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 

November 2020



Dear Friends, 

Every November 11, we honor the men and women who have served our country in uniform. They have made sacrifices that many will never know or understand. They have helped to make this world a better place with their courage, sacrifice and dedication to our country. Their service made it possible to have those freedoms we enjoy today.

As we prepare to gather with family and friends in this season of gratitude, we are reminded to count our blessings, reconnect with friends and relatives and thank God for what He has given us. 2020 has been an experience that historians will write about for many years to come.

This Thanksgiving, unlock the fullness of life. Turn stranger into friend, chaos to order, and confusion to clarity. Such gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. In the words of President John Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” November is unique in that in addition to holidays, it is a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. It gives us time to reflect upon what lessons we learned and how we can spread happiness, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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

  • Natascha Burdeinei – Chicago, IL
  • Penny Collins - Grass Valley, CA
  • Mary-Margaret Fisher – Smithfield, VA
  • Drew Hutsko – Arlington, VA
  • Aaron Kaufman - Seattle, WA
  • Elaine Kowalik, Danville, CA
  • Mary Kaye Kuzma - Lino Lakes, MN
  • Marina Maschuck – Bellevue, WA
  • Jessica Mitchell – Kildeer, IL
  • Jeannie Pohanich - Upper Chester, PA
  • Mark Rebich – Auburn, NY
  • Mariann, Rufle - St Louis, MO
  • Christopher Tracy – Bordentown, NJ
  • Ellen Weimer – Waxhaw, NC
  • Julianna Zazrycki – Nanticoke, PA

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. 


Submitted by Sharon Jarrow

The genealogy committee continues to work toward meeting the research needs of our members. We are busy planning further programs with an exciting book review by the authors in the making. Our genealogy site on the C-RS website is rapidly changing and has a new look. Additionally, we will begin adding resources to the “tool box” which should be helpful to those deep into researching your Rusyn roots. The Genealogy Forum is the place to ask your genealogy research questions and get answers.

Give it a try - you very well may be surprised by what you find out!

Our committee is comprised of those with extensive backgrounds in genealogy research in our European homeland as well as their settlements here in America. I would like to begin the introduction of one of our team members by highlighting Bill Tarkulich in this Connection.

Bill Tarkulich is the grandson of Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants, from the villages of Nova Sedlica and Zboj, Slovakia. His grandparents were part of the big influx of emigration to America, arriving in 1903 and 1904. When his father passed away, the drive to know his roots became stronger. With no one living who could even say what country or village they were from and with Czechoslovakia sealed off from the west, he could make no progress. Change came quickly with the downfall of communism in 1989 and the “velvet divorce” of 1991 creating the country of Slovakia. The new government opened many resources to the public and communications with the west were breakthrough events in his research. When he finally broke through, he was invited by his cousins to visit and stay with them. For two weeks, we slept, ate, traveled and talked constantly. Nowadays, Bill shares the strategy and tools he used to find those cousins with others seeking to make connections back to their homeland. He is the author of the Slovakia Genealogy website , lectures and writes on Slovakia genealogy topics, all of which are applicable to Rusyn genealogy research.

Bill’s other research interests include the 1941 to 1945 activities of underground resistance within Slovakia as well as daily life of ordinary citizens in Czechoslovakia from 1947 to 1989.

Bill was born in northern New York State and resides in Massachusetts. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from RIT and an MBA from Northeastern University. After a full career in the computer industry, he now devotes much of his time to volunteer activities, travel, skiing and hiker safety programs.


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


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.

Monday, November 16, 2020

7:00 PM 

C-RS Presents "Rusyn Immigrants: Are You Hiding From Me?" (A Zoom presentation by Tom Peters) 

This is a members only event.  For more information and to register click the link below.  


Saturday, November 21, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 PM (PST)

Pacific Northwest Branch November Meet & Greet


Please join your fellow Pacific Northwest/West Coast Region C-RS members for casual conversation and good cheer on Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 pm Pacific time. Hope to see you there!


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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