UNA’ers gathered for the annual meeting of the New Jersey District Committee.

New Jersey District Committee holds annual meeting at UNA Home Office

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The New Jersey District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association held its annual meeting here at the UNA Home Office on Friday, April 7, with representatives of UNA Branches 25, 37, 42, 133, 155, 171, 269 and 287 in attendance. District Chairman Oksana Stanko opened the proceedings by welcoming all to the meeting. Meeting participants voted a presidium consisting of Yuriy Symczyk as chairman and George Stanko as secretary. The UNA Executive Committee was represented by President Stefan Kaczaraj, National Secretary Symczyk and Treasurer Roma Lisovich. Also present was Luba Walchuk, a UNA advisor and secretary of UNA Branch 362, which is based in neighboring Pennsylvania.

At the “World of Garlic” presentation at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic (from left) are : UNA National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk, New Jersey District Chairperson and Branch 37 Secretary Oksana Stanko, and Maria Drich, UNA sales agent.

UNA representatives visit St. Nicholas Parish in Passaic

PASSAIC, N.J. – The New Jersey District of the Ukrainian National Association hosted a presentation by Roman Osadca titled “The World of Garlic” on Sunday, March 5, after liturgy at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Passaic N.J.

This was the third in a series of fraternal events sponsored by the UNA that were tailored to provide local communities an opportunity to congregate and learn more about what the UNA has to offer as a fraternal benefit society. Oksana Stanko, the district chairperson, welcomed the parishioners and introduced UNA National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk. Mr. Symczyk thanked the pastor, the Rev. Andriy Dudkewych, for his hospitality in allowing the UNA to host the event. He spoke about the benefits of membership in the UNA, inviting everyone to pick up the “Guide to Life,” UNA’s new publication, at the display table.

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UNA supports Ukrainian Heritage Day at New Jersey Devils hockey game

NEWARK, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Association and its two newspapers, The Ukrainian Weekly and Svoboda, were major partners of the Ukrainian Heritage Day held on March 19 at the Prudential Center during a National Hockey League game between the home team, the New Jersey Devils, and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets. Seen above at the UNA information table – where booklets about the UNA’s offerings, copies of The Weekly and Svoboda, the Ukrainian Heritage Day program and Ukrainian flags were distributed to all interested – are: (from left) Ola Bihuniak, UNA National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk, Maria Drich and Tanya Bihuniak.

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Children receive gift bags from UNA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Children were presented Christmas gift bags from Gloria Horbaty, UNA advisor and financial secretary of UNA Branch 414 of New Haven, Conn., during the Christmas season. Several recipients are seen in this photo (from left): Tristan and Justyna Horbaty-Young, and Brandon and Andreu Aponte.

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Plast scouts bring ‘koliady’ to UNA

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A group of carolers from Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization stopped by the UNA Home Office on January 11 to share the joy of Ukrainian Christmas traditions, bringing carols (koliady) and best wishes (vinshuvannia) to the Ukrainian National Association’s officers and employees. The group was from Plast’s Newark, N.J., branch, which is based at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center in Whippany, N.J. Seen above are: (front row) Monia and Marchyk Hurley, (back row) Orest, Andreya and Pavlo Pencak, and Jaroslava Mulyk.

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Ukrainian Music Institute carols at UNA Home Office

PARSIPPANY, N.J. –  Two students of the Ukrainian Music Institute of America branch at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, accompanied by their teacher and a parent, brought Christmas carols to the Home Office of the Ukrainian National Association on January 17. Seen above (from left) are: teacher Lilia Kushnir, Marta Kowal, Sophia Kowal and Liliana Tomko.

The Executive Committee of the Ukrainian National Association (from left): National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk, President Stefan Kaczaraj, Treasurer Roma Lisovich, First Vice-President Michael Koziupa, Second Vice-President Eugene Oscislawski and Director for Canada Myron Groch.

UNA General Assembly holds 2016 annual meeting

Yuriy Symczyk elected as national secretary

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – The Ukrainian National Association’s General Assembly convened its 2016 annual meeting here at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center on Friday and Saturday, November 18-19. The business sessions were marked by good news about the UNA’s continued progress during 2016 – the fourth year in a row that the fraternal organization has enjoyed net profits. In addition, during the past year the UNA’s surplus has grown by nearly $1 million and is projected to stand at $9.3 million by the end of the year. Reports were delivered by the full-time executive officers of the UNA, President Stefan Kaczaraj and Treasurer Roma Lisovich, as well as Deputy National Secretary Yuriy Symczyk, who was elected by the General Assembly to serve as national secretary. All other General Assembly members – executive officers, advisors and auditors – as well as the editor-in-chief of the UNA’s official publications, Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly, had the opportunity to deliver addenda to their written reports.

Participants of the New Jersey UNA District Committee’s fall organizing meeting.

New Jersey District Committee holds fall organizing meeting

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The New Jersey District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association held its fall organizing meeting here at the UNA Home Office on Friday, November 11, with representatives of UNA Branches 25, 37, 42, 76, 133, 155, 171, 269 and 287 and in attendance. The UNA Executive Committee was represented by UNA First Vice-President Michael Koziupa. UNA President Stefan Kaczaraj stopped by the meeting to greet participants, while Treasurer Roma Lisovich, who could not attend, sent a written update on UNA matters that was distributed to attendees. At the beginning of the meeting, a moment of silence was observed and a prayer said for the repose of UNA National Secretary Christine E. Kozak, who passed away in June. New Jersey District Chairperson Oksana Stanko delivered a report on the district’s activity, pointing to its presence at area festivals where members manned UNA information tables.

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