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 

February 2021



Dear Friends, 

Spring may be off to a slow start, but not us! Our newly-appointed trustee Bill Tarkulich has been very busy getting us moving. Although he is new to the C-RS Board, he is not new to the Rusyn world. Bill has lectured extensively throughout the States on the World War II Battle of the Dukla Pass. He has assisted hundreds of Rusyn descendants discover their ancestral villages through individual coaching and his Eastern Slovakia research website. Bill been a member of the C-RS since the year 2000.

We are in the process of making organizational changes, recruiting new volunteers, working on our strategic plan, and creating a budget. We are also preparing for the election of our next Board of Directors. All positions are opened.

We are looking for board members who have a sincere commitment to the organization and a willingness to work to ensure the C-RS thrives for many years to come! Don’t wait to be nominated. You can nominate yourself. It’s been successfully done before.

We’ve got an exciting year of events and activities coming up. However, we need your help to accomplish them. Trustees Bill Tarkulich and Karen Varian looked at what we need to achieve our goals and prioritized them. They came up with a list of volunteer opportunities. Some are one-time activities or events, some are recurring at specific times, others can be done as your time permits. Many, even leadership positions, can be addressed from your home. Just contact Karen or Bill through our email address for volunteering ( and leave your name and email or phone number. They will get back to you within few days. They are familiar with the volunteer opportunities and can give you more information on what we need and how you can help.

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 January 15, 2021. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know. 

  • Kathie Altemose – Norristown, PA
  • Fr James Badeaux – Hillsborough, NJ
  • Dorie Ann Buchanan – Loveland, CO
  • Carol Caton - Fort Mill, SC
  • Aundréa Cika Heschmeyer - Girard, OH
  • Susan Collins – Wilmington, NC
  • Mark Dorogy – Macon, GA
  • Joseph Ferenchick – Schwenksville, PA
  • Pat Gable - Colleyville, TX
  • Kelly Gardiner - Township of Wales, MI
  • Daniel Kopchick - Wilmington, NC
  • Joseph Landon - Clermont, FL
  • Stephanie Laughlin - Philadelphia, PA
  • Rachel Lawrick - Rochester, NY
  • Michael Mitchko - Bluffton, SC
  • Pamela Nix – Mogadore, OH
  • Mark S Pegula - Dunmore, PA
  • Paula Scott - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • James Snyder – Blaine, MN
  • Catherine Sparks - Dawsonville, GA
  • Cate Stadelman - Charlotte, NC
  • Mikala Stubley - Chicago, IL
  • Pamela Sumner - Orlando, FL
  • Paul Wargo - Warren, OH
  • Michael J Zareva - Howell, NJ

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. 


Dear Carpatho-Rusyn Society Member:

The 2021 Nominating Committee is currently seeking names of members in good standing who you feel could lead our organization as members of the National Board of Directors. When nominating a candidate, please include 3-4 sentences about what this member would bring to the nominated position; i.e. skills, talent, etc. All nominated members will be contacted by the committee regarding their interest in being placed on the ballot as a candidate. Please note: with the availability of various media sources, nominees can now live anywhere in the United States or Canada.



Nominations may be submitted to the nominations committee by;

  • Email at (preferred), or
  • Postal mail to - Carpatho-Rusyn Society, Attn: Nominations Committee, 915 Dickson Street, Munhall, PA 15120-1929
  • Please account for delivery time when submitting through postal mail, so it is received by the deadline. For email submissions, please use BOD Nomination in the subject line.

Nominees for the Board must:

  • Be current in their dues payment; 
  • Be able to participate in monthly board meetings via teleconferencing or other media sources;
  • Have internet access and be comfortable communicating via email, teleconferencing, or other media sources;
  • Be able to actively participate on assigned committee(s),
  • Be able to fulfill their fiduciary duties to the organization;
  • Be able to participate in any fundraising for the organization, and
  • Be familiar with and comply with the C-RS by-laws. (A link to the by-laws can be found on the home page of the C-RS website.)

Nominations can be made for the following Board positions. Note, a nominee may be nominated for more than one position, and that nominee can confirm what position he/she may be interested when contacted by the committee.

  • President: Chief executive officer of the organization, shall preside at all BOD meetings, represent the society as appropriate and have general supervision of and general management of the affairs of the organization.
  • Vice-President: Exercises the powers and duties of the President when called on to do so.
  • Recording Secretary: Takes official minutes of all meetings; maintains all corporate documents including meeting minutes, records and reports; provide notices and documentation as required by the by-laws or the Board.
  • Chief Financial Officer: Generates and maintains financial records; oversees budgeting, accounting, and investments; pays bills and invoices; responsible for filing taxes; custodian of contracts and business records.
  • Chief Financial Administrator: Deposits financial vehicles and non-financial valuable effects of the organization; maintains depository records; reports regularly to the board.
  • Chief Information Officer: Oversees electronic membership records; supervises general mailings; helps the organization with its information technology needs.
  • Trustee (six positions): Actively participates in day-to-day business of C-RS through fundraising and actively serves on board committees; audits the financial books annually.

For further details or with any questions please contact the committee at or phone 412-567-3077 and leave a message. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

Yours in Rusyn Unity

C-RS Nominations Committee



Nestor Chylak

Thank you C-RS members for your great response in submitting names of individuals with Rusyn roots who have achieved the top rung of their professional sports. In less than five weeks, we have identified and confirmed 13 people. Research continues for ten other athletes, who either competed in Major League Baseball (MLB) or in the National Football League (NFL).

I would appreciate your help if you have any information on the later group. I’m still looking for additional nominees. You can contact me at or at 206 Taylor Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

Here are the athletes discovered thus far. I’ve included either their birthplace or hometowns:



Andy Seminick  (Pirece, WV)

Nester Chylak  (Olyphant, PA)

Steve Ridzik. (Yonkers, NY)

Jim Pyecha  (Aliquippa, PA)

George Toma (Edwardsville, PA)

Mike Goliat  (Yatesboro, PA)

Stan Musial  (Donora, PA)
Harry Dorish  (Swoyersville, PA)

Jim Honochick  (Oneida, PA)

Yet to be confirmed

Danny Kravitz  (Lopez, PA)

Joseph “Ducky” Medwick  (Cartaret, NJ)

George Shuba  (Youngstown, OH)

John Kucab  (Olyphant, PA)

Football (NFL)


Paul  (Stenko) Stenn  (Berwick, PA)

Greg Manusky,  (Dallas, PA)

Andy Uram  (Minneapolis, MN)

Yet to be confirmed

Scott Zolak (Monongahela, PA)

Bernie Kosar  (Youngstown, OH)

Tom Yewcik  (Conemaugh, PA)

Pete Duranko  (Johnstown, PA)

Sam Havrilak  (Monessen, PA)

Bill Malinchak  (Charleroi, PA)

Weight Lifting


John Terpak (Mayfield, PA)


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

2021 Genealogy LEARN AND CHAT Sessions

2021 Discussion - 2nd Wed of the Month - 7:30 – 9:00 pm 15 – Minute Speaker Topic
January Zuzana Palovic Behind the Iron Curtain
February - Members Only Bill Tarkulich State of Slovakia Research
April 14 Chris Black DNA
May 12 Mary Osborne I’m a Boyko!
Jun 9 Barb Popovich Poland Research
Aug 11 Chris Black Ukraine Research
Sept 8 Sharon Jarrow Travel in Ukraine
Nov 10


As you may know, the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Heritage Program is now part of the family. is an internet based Rusyn radio station in Slovakia.

The broadcast is under the main title of ГОЛОСЫ РУСИНІВ АМЕРИКЫ / HOLOSŶ RUSYNIV AMERYKŶ / VOICE OF RUSYNS IN AMERICA, but is still known as The Carpatho-Rusyn Society Heritage Program.

The program can be heard on Sunday afternoons at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. can be accessed through any computer with internet access or as a smartphone application.

To listen, visit To listen live at broadcast time, please click:
To listen to any of the archives, please visit our media page:


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.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

1:00 PM (Virtual)


with Bill Tarkulich (C-RS Trustee)

Please join Bill for an open discussion on the wide range of volunteer opportunities on Sunday afternoon February 21st, 2021.

Bill will provide details on various types of projects, programs and work we will be doing in 2021 and beyond. Ask all your questions, learn details about each job, the amount of time required, and work from home. There will also be discussion about the various leadership positions that will be available from committee leads to Board Members.

Get to know others! Learn about our Carpatho-Rusyn heritage! Participate in our activities!

Registration is not required. For more information, visit


Sunday, February 21, 2021

5:00 PM (Virtual)

WW I: Winter War on Rusyn Lands 1914-1915

A presentation by Ron Matviak. Ron has researched this topic extensively and has visited the region several times.



Monday, February 22, 2021

7:00 PM (Virtual)

Eastern PA Chapter - Virtual Meet & Greet

You’re invited to a virtual Meet and Greet with the C-RS Eastern PA Chapter members.  

Introduce yourself, your family village, maybe a unique story or ideas to share with our board.



March 21-28, 2021

A Multi-Cultural Celebration of Spring (Virtual)

Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms and hosted by the Pitt Global Hub

The festival is a family-oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions. Celebrate the ethnic customs of India, Romania, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with games for all ages. Rusyn videos will be used in this virtual event. 


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915 Dickson St.
Munhall, PA 15120
(412) 567-3077

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