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 

September 2020



Dear Friends, 

This year, due to the pandemic, our Annual Member Meeting will be held online on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be on Zoom and, possibly, other platforms. To join, you will have to register via email. Please email us at: to reserve your place.

Please include your name, home address, phone number and email. You will then receive a confirmation email that your annual meeting attendance request has been received. Login information will be sent to you prior to the meeting. Please be aware that the Annual Meeting is open to C-RS members only.

The Board of Directors is reviewing and updating C-RS by-laws. Amended by-laws will be sent to all our members for review before being formally adopted. More information is forthcoming, so please stay tuned.

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 August 15, 2020. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know. 

  • Paul Dubitsky - Millburn, NJ
  • Walter Figel - Castle Rock, CO
  • Devon Grieve - Ladysmith, British Columbia
  • Natalia Holliday - Bellevue, PA
  • Steve Jurbala - League City, TX
  • George Kaufman - Burien, WA
  • Vincent Pelesky - Jerome, PA
  • Craig Reshetar - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Patrick White - Shaker Heights, OH
  • Olga Zebrun - Dallas, TX

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. 


Do you have questions about where your Baba came from? Where to find records in Europe? Or stateside information about your family here in America? Where to begin? Where to find resources?

Let us be one of those resources! A team of genealogy research experts can be found at the C-RS genealogy forum. 

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


Despite the cancellation of the Cleveland chapter’s activities due to CO-VID 19, the Rusin garden (located in the Cleveland Cultural Garden) has been a bright spot over the past few months. 

Recently, volunteer members have conducted maintenance efforts on the Rusin garden including weeding, raking, sweeping and trimming.  The volunteers maintained a safe distance while working, and the garden has never looked better! Hopefully we can keep up this momentum. 

Feel free to drive by the Rusin garden on 930 East Blvd to see what we have accomplished.


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


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