PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The 2020 Almanac of the Ukrainian National Association, which is published by Svoboda Press, was mailed earlier this year to Svoboda subscribers, but it is available for purchase by others who may be interested in this unique publication, which this year marks its 105th annual release.
The Ukrainian-language publication is devoted to historic anniversaries of the year 2020. The 288-page UNA Almanac opens with an article by the late Ivan Kedryn Rudnytsky, the well-known journalist active in Ukraine and the United States who was a longtime member of the Svoboda editorial staff. This excerpt from his memoirs speaks about the momentous year 1920 and what it meant for Ukraine.
Seen on this page are the top members of the UNA Supreme Assembly in 1915 as they appeared in the 1915 Almanac of the Ukrainian National Association.
A year earlier, the 1914 “Kalendar Ruskoho Narodnoho Soyuza v Amerytsi,” the almanac of what was then called the Ruthenian National Association, marked the 20th anniversary of the fraternal organization, which was founded on February 22, 1894, in Shamokin, Pa. It is interesting to note that the 1914 almanac was written in the Latin alphabet. Much of the jubilee almanac was devoted to the history of the organization; and there is a list of 372 branches, beginning with Branch 1 of Shamokin, Pa., the St. Andrew Brotherhood. The almanac also included Ivan Franko’s poetic work “Naymyt” (The Hired Hand) and the lyrics to the “Hymn of American Ukrainians” by Vasyl Shchurat.
Seen in the photo on the right, taken in 1990, is the three-person staff of the Ukrainian National Association’s Washington Office (from left): Assistant Director John Kun, Administrative Assistant Maria Lischak and Director Eugene Iwanciw.
The UNA Washington Office opened on July 1, 1988, with the aim of making Ukrainian Americans heard in Washington, and it served the community through September 1995. (Others who were on its staff during that period were Adrian Karmazyn and Xenia Ponomarenko.)
The UNA Supreme Assembly gathered for its 1975 annual meeting on May 19-23 at Soyuzivka. Its members (and some guests) are seen above during the traditional opening ceremonies. It was the first annual session of the 26-member body after the 28th UNA Convention held in 1974 in Philadelphia. The Supreme Assembly adopted a series of resolutions and a budget in the amount of $5,539,500 that foresaw $4,905,500 in expenses and an increase in assets of $634,000; awarded a total of $15,900 in scholarships to 95 student members; and approved $12,500 in contributions to various Ukrainian national causes. The Supreme Assembly also filled the vacant seat of Supreme Advisor Taras Shpikula, who had passed away in November 2014, by electing both John Odezynsky and Eugene lwanciw to full terms as advisors.
Seen above is the Massachusetts delegation to the Ukrainian National Association’s 23rd Convention held on May 31 to June 5, 1954, in Washington. With them is Rep. John W. McCormack (fourth from right) of Massachusetts, the second-ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives. The congressman addressed the delegates on the third day of the convention, speaking of communism as a “world killer.” He told the audience of 437 delegates and 19 supreme officers that the Free World, including the United States, would someday free the enslaved peoples behind the Iron Curtain. Other congressmen who addressed the convention were Michael A. Feighan (D-Ohio), Charles J. Kersten (R-Wis.), John R. Pillion (R-N.Y.) and Kenneth B. Keating (R-N.Y.). The senators who spoke were: Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) Irving M. Ives (R-N.Y.), Homer Ferguson (R-Mich.), Paul H. Douglas (D-Ill.), William F. Knowland (R-Calif.), Speaker of the House Joseph W. Martin Jr. (R-Mass.), Thomas A. Burke, (D-Ohio), H. Alexander Smith (R-N.J.) and John F. Kennedy (D-Mass).
Seen in the photo above, taken in October 1997, are the employees of the Ukrainian National Association and its two newspapers, Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly, in their first group photo taken in Parsippany, N.J., after the UNA and its subsidiaries had moved from Jersey City, N.J., about 30 miles to the east of the new venue. The old UNA headquarters, a 15-story office building located at 30 Montgomery Street was sold on August 14. The closing on the two-story Parsippany building took place on August 28, and the move to the site of the new Home Office took place over the Columbus Day weekend October 10-13. The new headquarters of the UNA was blessed on Sunday, November 9. A new sign identifying the building as the Ukrainian National Association Corporate Headquarters was erected on December 9.
Seen in this photo from the archives of Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly are organizers and participants of the fourth annual Labor Day weekend tennis tournament held at Soyuzivka, then known as the Ukrainian National Association Estate, on September 5-7, 1959. According to a news story in The Weekly, 84 players representing nine Ukrainian sports clubs from the United States and Canada participated. The host of the tournament was the Carpathian Ski Club of New York under the able direction of Bohdan Rak, who had served in that capacity since the inception of the sports event in 1956. As identified on the back of the archival photo (from left) are: Soyuzivka Manager Walter Kwas, tournament committee member Taras Hrycaj, committee chair Mr. Rak, and UNA Supreme Treasurer Roman Slobodian. Also in the photo (fifth and sixth, respectively, from right) are Svoboda editor Bohdan Krawciw and George Kupchinsky. The winner of the men’s tournament was George Korol, while the women’s winner was Irene Stecyk. There was competition also among senior men, and in juniors divisions of boys and girls.
Above, in a photo taken in 1991 at Soyuzivka, are the members of the UNA Supreme Assembly elected at the Ukrainian National Association’s 32nd Convention in 1990. Seen above are: (seated from left) Supreme Auditors Taras Szmagala Sr., Anatole Doroshenko and William Pastuszek, Supreme Vice-Presidentess Gloria Paschen, Supreme Director for Canada John Hewryk, Supreme President Ulana Diachuk, Supreme Vice-President Nestor Olesnycky, Supreme Secretary Walter Sochan, Supreme Treasurer Alexander Blathitka, Supreme Auditors Wasyl Didiuk and Stefan Hawrysz; (second row) Supreme Advisors Genevieve Zerebniak, Helen Olek-Scott, Anya Dydyk-Petrenko, Roma Hadzewycz, Anne Remick, Tekla Moroz and Walter Kwas, Honorary Member of the Supreme Assembly Mary Dushnyck, Supreme Advisors Vasyl Luchkiw and Andrew Jula, and Honorary Member Anne Chopek; (third row) Supreme Advisors Pawlo Dorozynsky, Andrew Keybida, Alex Chudolij, Wasyl Liscynesky, Walter Korchynsky and Eugene Iwanciw.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Association’s Home Office has mailed a voting package to all delegates to the last UNA Convention, held in May 2018, and to current members of the UNA General Assembly. The package contains proposed changes to the UNA By-Laws and a ballot that is to be returned via the mail by January 21. Delegates and General Assembly members are being asked to vote on proposed changes to the UNA By-Laws, a draft of which was presented to delegates at the UNA’s 2018 Convention. The voting takes place as the UNA celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding. As noted in a letter from UNA President/CEO Stefan Kaczaraj that was sent with the ballots, “The passage of these By-Laws is an important and crucial step to ensure the UNA’s viability for the next 125 years.”
Seen in this photo reproduced from the 1936 Jubilee Book of the Ukrainian National Association, which was published by the Svoboda Press to mark the UNA’s 40th anniversary (1934) are members of UNA Branch 23, the Zaporozska Sich Society, in Derby, Conn., gathered for a group photo taken in 1935. The branch was founded on November 21, 1915, with 12 members. Its founders and first officers were Ivan Mokrytsky, president; Illya Hupalo, secretary; and Franko Spivak, treasurer. As noted in the Jubilee Book, UNA Branch 23 was active in supporting Ukrainian causes in the U.S. (churches, schools, aid to orphans, various groups) and in “the old country.” The funds for this activity came from the profits of events and from dues. The branch worked closely with the central leadership and local branch of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine.