Twin Cities Slovenians Meeting

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Venetian Café – 30 present


President Norm Setnicker welcomed members and introduced guests Jose and Kasenja Rener-Sitar and their children, Dorian and Ariana.  The agenda order was transposed so the speaker’s presentation could come first. 


Norm introduced the speaker, Kasenja Rener-Sitar, who gave a three-part presentation on the contemporary Slovenian family.  Kasenja is a dentist at the University of Llubljana School of Medicine.  She finished her doctor’s thesis and became eligible to spend one year on sabbatical.  She chose the University of Minnesota because of their reputation in dealing with mouth and jaw problems.  The family will return to Slovenia next August.


The first part or her presentation included beautiful slides of some of the outstanding monuments, sights, and holidays celebrated in Slovenia; the second part showed statistics about Slovenia; and the third part showed their family’s background.  Members were given the opportunity to ask questions about contemporary Slovenia.


Norm thanked Kasenja for the presentation and commented on its appropriateness in light of the next theme for the Festival of Nations, “World Marketplaces of the World.”

He presented the Rener-Sitars a Rocky Mountain Walnut Potica (with raisins).


Treasurer’s report showed a balance of $3,276.20.


A motion was made and seconded to donate $200 to the SWUA Scholarship Committee.  Motion carried.


Norm read three communications regarding some of the issues that will be voted on at the national convention next summer.  He also called attention to an excellent resource newspaper, “The Slovenian American Times.”


Our Branch 109 Anniversary Party will be on Sunday, January 16, 2011, at the Venetian Café.  Information will be forthcoming to membership.


Saturday, February 12, will be our meeting at the Slovenian Museum in St. Paul, when we will celebrate Cultural Month.


Sue Rademacher reported that the Festival of Nations Committee held their initial meeting, generating many ideas for the festival, which will be held the first weekend in May.  She invited any interested individuals to attend the next meeting which will be held January 20, at 12:30 p.m. at the Rademachers, 7421 Parkview Drive, in Mounds View, 763-784-1179, or


Mary Ann Palmer distributed copies of the Slovenian Alphabet, ABECEDA, and lead the group in singing Happy Birthday, “Vse Najboljse,” to each individual celebrating a December birthday.  She also taught us “Vpresimo Sani,” (Dashing Through the Snow), and we sang, “Sveta noc” (Silent Night).  Vesele bozicne praznike in uspresno novo leto!


A short board meeting to discuss the anniversary party was held after adjournment.


Respectfully submitted,

Yvonne McComber