The C-RS Connection is a monthly e-newsletter providing information about upcoming events, membership announcements, new member introductions, volunteer profiles and more! 

C-RS Connection 

August 2020



Dear Friends, 

Usually during the summer months, most people take a break and enjoy those lazy, hazy days. But not us! The Media Education Committee has been meeting every two weeks. Thus far the committee is responsible for creating our new Facebook group page, Instagram, and producing interesting video programs:

The Genealogy Committee created a genealogy forum: so please check it out. You may find some of the information provided useful.

Our long-time member Bill Tarkulich added a great value to our society by indexing all of our New Rusyn Times. We are very pleased about how his efforts turned out. It’s should now be quite easy to find information. Our members can access the index here after logging in or by visiting the membership portal homepage. This index is important, especially to our newer members and researchers.

Regarding the indexing of John Schweich’s collection of parish histories, I am happy to say that we are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to our volunteer who wishes to remain anonymous, we are currently on Box #38; there are only two more boxes after that, plus a stack of various postcards and papers to go through.

We have three different inventories: one of parish histories, one of journal articles, and other books, and a list of CDs and DVDs. So far, I would estimate the combined lists to total about 225 pages! Then the tremendous task of scanning that collection, which would entail tens of thousands of pages, awaits us. As always, we are looking for volunteers.

We are also compiling an explanation of how the books were indexed to make it easier, given that so many church names changed over the years. We think that will be helpful.

This year, due to the pandemic, our annual meeting will be held remotely by Zoom on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. We will send you phone in and login information in September.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay safe.

Take care,

Maryann Sivak, C-RS National President


Welcome to our newest C-RS members. The following list of names reflects new members who have joined (or have been reinstated) since July 15, 2020. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know. 

  • Mark Bennett - Lake Wales, FL
  • Sandra Fisher - Portage, MI
  • Susan Gordon, Stephenville TX
  • Jean Grussing - Minneapolis, MN
  • Kathleen Hickey -Davis, CA
  • Lisa Kramer Vosko - Spring, TX
  • Lena Mikulak - Arlington, VA
  • Richard Pohanich - Sedona, AZ
  • Kenneth Salak - Gulfport, FL
  • William Schultz - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Albert Smochko - Glenshaw, PA
  • Mary Stasko - North Arlington, NJ
  • Paul Swiatko  - Clayton, CA

Again, we welcome these new members and look forward to a lasting relationship.  We hope they become involved by bringing their talents and skills to the C-RS. 


Come to the Genealogy Forum! Bring your questions and be guided to resources and answers. Or you might want to help a fellow researcher who has hit a brick wall. Researchers with expertise from their long term Carpatho-Rusyn research are waiting to help you!

To access the Forum:

  • From the C-RS website. home page, scroll down to the “Genealogy” icon (link) and click.
  • You will be directed to the “Genealogy” page, please read the terms & conditions.
  • Scroll down to the “Join Genealogy Discussion Form” button at the bottom of the page and click.
  • You will be asked to log in with your email address and password, the discussion form and the recent forum update page will appear.
  • You have the option to either reply to an existing topic or create a new topic. 
    • For new topics click on the “Topic” button and enter the subject and topic content (body). Note: To prevent spam you will be asked “I’m not a robot”, respond accordingly.
    • To reply to an existing post, click on the topic title from the list, and then click on the “Reply” button to enter your response.
  • Then click the “Post” button.

Attachments can be included as part of the reply or topic, i.e. pictures and/or documents. To insert an attachment:

  • Click on the “Choose files” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Select the file(s) to be attached. Up to 20 files can be uploaded. Each file should be less than 20 MB.
  • When complete, click on the “Post” button
C-RS Genealogy Forum


Margaret Anysia Conjelko Awarded 2020 Scholarship

The Anna Donson Memorial scholarship committee members comprised of Dr. Paula Donson, Sharon Jarrow, Pam Hemzik, Sarah Latanyshyn, and Paul Lohin, were delighted to receive excellent applications from outstanding students applying for the scholarship. All applicants were exceptional making the task of awarding this scholarship so very difficult. After serious consideration, the scholarship has been awarded to Margaret (Maggie) Anysia Conjelko of Indiana, PA. Maggie plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and pursue a double-major with either Spanish or International Studies. She wishes to delve into areas of her concern of Urban Studies such as social and environmental issues like poverty, sustainability, and inequality.

In high school she has excelled as a scholar academically with a fascination and strength in learning languages. Maggie has studied Spanish, Persian and Russian. She participated in the National Security Language Institute Study Abroad in Tajikistan and completed a Russian Language program at Kent State University. Noted is her ability to create opportunities in areas that interest her. In the past her travels, also, included Ecuador. She values her Rusyn heritage and it has fostered an appreciation of other cultures. She has been an active participant at her church working at dinners, programs, Rusyn dances, pysanky and singing in the choir. Her musical talents extend as well to playing percussion in the marching band. In addition, Maggie is an ESL tutor and a volunteer at the animal shelter.

The comments she ends with in her essay are very telling. “Being Rusyn –American is something that I am extremely proud of, and I take representing my community with dignity and respect very seriously.”

“This scholarship will help me to further contribute to my community and society like many of the proud Rusyn-Americans that came before me.”

2020 Award Winner

Maggie Conjelko


Just a reminder to all chapter/branch leaders that a new feature is now available on the C-RS website. Upcoming event announcements can now be submitted online using the newly implemented "Event Announcement Submission Form". This form is restricted to chapter/branch leaders and board members only. To access this feature, go to the "Our Events" option on the C-RS website and select "Event Submission Form" from the drop-down menu.

Fill out the form with the event information and click the "Submit" button. The event form will automatically be sent to email address for review and approval. Once approved appropriate action will be taken to post the event on the C-RS website's event page and Facebook or any other media as necessary.


The Who are the Rusyns? DVD was released in 2019 for the 25th Anniversary of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

It is professionally presented by John Righetti explaining the complicated history of the Rusyn people. This “hard copy” should be in every Rusyn home simply because it will be referred to often and hopefully shared with others. One realizes how close the Rusyns were to becoming extinct and gives great hope for the future as we are now recognized as an ethnic minority by many countries.

The DVD can be purchased for $25, which includes postage and handling. Please include the name and address of the recipient and mail your check made payable to Carpatho-Rusyn Society to Bonnie Burke, 1101 Tanner Crossing Lane, Indian Land, SC 29707. 

Orders will be processed immediately upon receipt.


The Southeastern States Branch has been significantly growing. Therefore, it has become necessary to divide the Southeastern Branch into the Georgia Branch, Florida Branch and Carolinas (N&S) Branch on our website. If you have any friends or relatives who might be interested, please let them know. Have them visit our website under "Chapters" and they just need to click “join email list.” Contact Bonnie at for additional information.

Upcoming Virtual Events from the C-RS Pacific Northwest Branch:

Saturday, September 26, 2020 5:00 PM Pacific

PNW “Happy Hour” Meet-n-Greet

Bring your favorite beverage and snack to our first branch-wide Virtual Social Gathering. Let’s get to know each other a bit and discuss how C-RS is meaningful in our lives.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 2:00 PM Pacific

Sauerkraut Workshop

Cabbage was a mainstay in our ancestors’ diets. Sauerkraut was a pantry staple. Both find their way into so many Carpatho-Rusyn recipes. Together digitally, each in our own kitchen, we will make sauerkraut from scratch.

On that day you will need: an earthenware crock, a weight, cabbage(s), salt, and other ingredients depending on a favorite recipe. More details in the near future.


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The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) is a national 501(C)(3) organization founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 1994. As stated in our mission statement, the C-RS is dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the homeland in east central Europe. Information about joining C-RS and a membership application may be obtained on the C-RS membership website at