Alex Trebek, beloved game show host, 80

WALTHAM, M.A. – Answer: This man – who for 37 seasons played the quintessential host of a world-famous, widely beloved quiz show, and whose father, George Edward Terebeychuk, emigrated from Ukraine as a child – died of pancreatic cancer on November 8. He was 80.

Question: Who was George Alexander Trebek?

Born on July 22, 1940, in Sudbury, Ontario, Alex Trebek was synonymous with “Jeopardy!,” the Emmy and Peabody award-winning syndicated game show in which questions were presented to participants as answers, and answers were given in the form of questions.

UNA’s New Jersey District holds fall organizing meeting virtually

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The New Jersey District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association held its fall organizing meeting on November 16 via videoconference. It was the first virtual meeting ever for the district.

Participating were representatives of UNA Branches 37, 42, 76, 133, 171, 234, 269 and 287.

The meeting was chaired by Oksana Stanko, district chairperson. In attendance as a representative of the UNA Executive Committee was Yuriy Symczyk, UNA chief operating officer/national secretary.

A farewell

Dear Readers:

Back on July 31, I formally gave notice that I would be retiring as editor-in-chief of The Ukrainian Weekly and Svoboda, the Ukrainian National Association’s two official publications, as of December 1. That time has now come. This is my last issue. As I write this farewell, I am filled with sadness, but also with appreciation and pride for the work the UNA’s newspapers have done and, I have no doubt, will continue to do.

Forty-three years is a serious chunk of time to fit into 70-plus lines in an editorial… It’s an impossible task. Let me just say that during those more than four decades at The Weekly, and the last 13 at Svoboda as well, our editorial staffs produced issues every week without fail in a most professional manner. We met our deadlines no matter what – whether it be the nuclear accident at Chornobyl in 1986 or the proclamation of Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 9/11 in 2001, the Orange Revolution of 2004-2005 or the Euro-Maidan/Revolution of Dignity of 2013-2014.

Nov. 29, 2013

Seven years ago, in preparation of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement that was to be signed on November 28-29, 2013, at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution on November 21 that halted those preparations, sparking large protests in Ukraine on November 24 that became known as the Revolution of Dignity. It was the largest protest action in Ukraine since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

The Cabinet’s decision attracted between 100,000 and 200,000 protesters to Kyiv’s Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosty) to demand the resolution’s cancellation and the Association Agreement’s signing by President Viktor Yanukovych.

Remembering the Day of Dignity and Freedom

The statement below was released by the Ukrainian World Congress on November 21.

Seven years ago, on this day, the people of Ukraine stood up in defense of their will to live freely in a democracy that respects the choice of the people. This day, which began a spiral of events leading to the Revolution of Dignity with tragic consequences, is now marked as the Day of Dignity and Freedom.

On November 21, 2013, precipitated by the refusal of the Yanukovych regime to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the peaceful protest was answered by authorities with violence spurring the country to rise up in mass demonstrations.

UCCA prepares for a new decade of U.S.-Ukraine relations

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America issued the following release on November 18.

Following a historic election, with over 150 million combined votes cast for the first time in U.S. history, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest grassroots representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, reached out to President-elect Joe Biden with a letter of congratulations, urging the former vice-president to fortify relations with Ukraine and reinforce internationally recognized principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Opportunities abound!

Dear Readers! Welcome to The Washington Notebook, a column compiled by the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS) to provide perspective and insight on activities in Washington that concern the Ukrainian community.

What did the November 3 elections prove in the United States? Firstly, an unprecedented number of citizens went to the polls to cast their vote for our elected officials. But more importantly for the Ukrainian community, many of our “Friends of Ukraine” in Congress have been re-elected, while those newly-elected to Congress have had opportunities to interact with community representatives during the campaign period.

Belarus on my mind

Part II

Sadly, the dictatorial regime of illegitimate President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has again stepped up its repression of the people of Belarus struggling for their democratic rights and freedoms. This includes the violent death of protester Roman Bondarenka in police custody. After the shocking brutality against peaceful protesters that the world witnessed in the immediate aftermath of the August 9 fraudulent elections, the degree of abuse by the Lukashenka regime’s security apparatus had diminished somewhat – although it never completely went away.

The recent comprehensive and authoritative OSCE Moscow Mechanism Report on post-election human rights violations notes the numerous instances of police brutality and torture on the part of security forces that operate with impunity.

UNWLA invites Ukrainian community to its 95th anniversary celebration

On December 6, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) will be celebrating its 95th anniversary. We invite the Ukrainian community to join us for this virtual event beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. A wonderful program highlighting our various achievements is planned.

Formed in 1925, the UNWLA’s goals include informing the Free World about events in Ukraine, and promoting and preserving Ukrainian national identity, cultural heritage and ethnic traditions. The UNWLA is guided by the principles of political non-partisanship, religious tolerance and universal respect for human rights. These moral pillars helped the UNWLA become one of the largest and oldest Ukrainian organizations in the United States.

Wilmington parishes remember Holodomor

WILMINGTON, Del. – The parishioners of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, both in Wilmington, Del., commemorated the 1932-1933 Holodomor with an ecumenical panakhyda celebrated by their pastors. Seen above are Father Volodymyr Klanichka (right) of St. Nicholas and Father Stephen Hutnick of Ss. Peter and Paul at the Holodomor Memorial on grounds of the Orthodox parish. Flowers were left at the memorial by the members of Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch 54.