UNA Home Office mails ballots for special vote on amended UNA By-Laws

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.”

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1935

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.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1966

Seen in this photo from the archives of the Ukrainian National Association are members of the executive board of the New York District Committee at a meeting held on May 9, 1966, in New York City. Seated (from left) are: Walter Klawsnik, Maria Demydchuk, John O. Flis (chairman), Mary Dushnyck and Dr. Wasyl Wyshywany. Standing are: Prof. Ivan Wasylyshyn, Dr. Roman S. Holiat, Petro Kuchma, Stephen Kowalchuk, Dr. Alexander Sokolyszyn, William Chupa and Dr. Ivan Sierant.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1950

Seen above, at the 22nd Regular Convention of Ukrainian National Association, which was held on May 22-27, 1950, in Cleveland, are the newly elected members of the UNA Supreme Assembly, at their first post-election meeting. Elected to the new Supreme Assembly were: Supreme President Dmytro Halychyn, Supreme Vice-President Joseph Lesawyer, Supreme Vice-Presidentess Genevieve Zerebniak, Supreme Secretary Gregory Herman, Supreme Treasurer Roman Slobodian (who are seen at the head of the table), Supreme Auditors Dmytro Kapitula, Stephen Kuropas, Walter Hirniak, Walter Kossar and Ambrose Kibsey, and Supreme Advisors Dmytro Szmagala, John Romanition, John Wasylenko, John Kokolsky, Peter Kuchma, Walter Didyk, Nicholas Dawyskyba, Taras Shpikula, Olena Shtogryn, Anna Wasylowska and William Hussar. Also in the photo are Svoboda Editor-in-Chief Luke Myshuha (partially hidden) and The Ukrainian Weekly Editor Stephen Shumeyko.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1980

The Ukrainian National Association was present on June 19, 1980, at a meeting of Republican presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan with representatives of 17 ethnic fraternal organizations. Held at the luxurious Halloran House in midtown Manhattan, the reception was sponsored by the National Republican Heritage Groups Council. Gov. Reagan was greeted at the rostrum by master of ceremonies John Flis, UNA supreme president, and Mary Dushnyck, UNA supreme vice presidentess, a well-known Republican activist who acted as official hostess. Before any formal introductions were made, Mr. Reagan was given a traditional Ukrainian greeting with bread, honey and salt by students from the New York School of Bandura. Of all the ethnic groups represented at the reception, the Ukrainian contingent was the largest and the most visible. Besides Mr. Flis and Mrs. Dushnyck of the UNA, noted Ukrainian community leaders in attendance included Ivan Bazarko, UCCA administrative director, the Rev. Ivan Stevensky, spiritual leader of the League of Ukrainian Catholics, Walter Dushnyck, editor of The Ukrainian Quarterly, Roksolana Stojko, president of SUSTA, and representatives from the Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics and other organizations. Also present were editorial staff members of Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 2005

On April 1-3, 2005, the Ukrainian National Association held a District Chairpersons’ Meeting and Secretaries’ Course at Soyuzivka. Represented were eight districts and 16 branches. In addition, eight members of the UNA General Assembly attended. See above are participants of the meeting. Seated in the front row (from left) are: Alexander Serafyn, auditor and Detroit District chairman; Martha Lysko, first vice-president; Stefan Kaczaraj, president; Christine E. Kozak, national secretary; Stefan Hawrysz, advisor and Philadelphia District chairman; Gloria Horbaty, advisor and branch secretary; and others. National Secretary Kozak organized the event and planned the agenda for the meeting, while First Vice-President Lysko conducted one of the sessions. Oksana Trytjak, national organizer, presented the scope of her newly created position, and Robert Mitchell from Western Catholic Union gave an excellent seminar on annuities. Each of the four speakers presented a different but vital aspect of UNA history, community involvement, business and Home Office innovations.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1989

Seen in the photo above are participants of the Soyuzivka Workers’ Reunion over the weekend of November 17-19, 1989. It was the first such reunion of employees of what was then the Ukrainian National Association’s heritage center in Kerhonkson, N.Y. (With the beginning of 2015, the Ukrainian National Foundation Inc. (UNF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization became the owner of Soyuzivka Heritage Center.) Writing in The Ukrainian Weekly, Andrew Oprysko noted that the reunion brought together Ukrainians of all ages for a celebration of their cherished past. “For years, the opportunity to work a summer or two at Soyuzivka has proven to be a rewarding experience to a good many people. Each year, bonds are formed and friendships flourish, it has become a place of memories: of youthful exuberance, and the ability to share it with others in a place of unthinkable beauty.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1936

Seen above are members of UNA Branch 273, the Brotherhood of St. Josaphat, in Hudson, N.Y. This photo appeared in the Ukrainian-language “Jubilee Book of the Ukrainian National Association” published in 1936 in commemoration of the UNA’s 40th anniversary. The branch was founded on September 15, 1915, with nine members; its founders were Toma Pyndus and Mykhailo Uhorchak. The first leaders of the branch were Josafat Raytarovsky, president, and Mykhailo Hryb, secretary. The jubilee book notes that Pavlo Matiyak did the most to grow the branch’s membership by enrolling 126 members. In 1936, 200 Ukrainian families resided in the Hudson area.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1979

Seen above in a photo from 1979 is the Ukes baseball team sponsored by Ukrainian National Association Branch 113 of Derry, Pa. The baseball team was organized by Branch 113 in 1970. Playing in the Teener League in the summer of 1979, the Ukes won 25 games to take the league championship. As Dr. Myron B. Kuropas wrote in The Ukrainian Weekly, “That afternoon, that remarkable team was the pride of the UNA.”

A photo archive of UNA history has been launched on the UNA website. It is a work in progress that will be expanded and refined.

UNA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS: A snapshot from history, 1980

Seen on the right in 1980 are the women members of the Ukrainian National Association’s Supreme Assembly, gathered in front of the Lesia Ukrainka monument at Soyuzivka during the assembly’s annual meeting held on May 12-16. From left are: Supreme Advisor Helen Olek, Honorary Member of the Supreme Assembly Maria Chuchman, Supreme Advisor Anna Haras, Honorary Member of the Supreme Assembly Anne Chopek, Supreme Vice-Presidentess Mary Dushnyck, Supreme Treasurer Ulana Diachuk, Honorary Member of the Supreme Assembly Genevieve Zerebniak and Supreme Advisor Tekla Moroz. The General Assembly’s Women’s Affairs Committee (comprising all of the above) submitted the following resolutions and recommendations, which were approved by the assembly. Resolutions: “Whereas, it is in the interest of the UNA to foster the greater participation of the new generation in Ukrainian life and especially in the UNA, now therefore, be it resolved: 1. That the UNA sponsor the stay of two needy juvenile members between the ages of 7 and 11 at the UNA Children’s Camp at Soyuzivka this summer; and 2.