Twin Cities Slovenians

Membership Meeting

January 17, 2015

New Brighton Community Center

Welcome by President John Zakelj, and welcome to new attendees! Please mark your Slovenian home on the large map. Thanks for those who set up and brought treats, potica and pohanje/flancati. Please sign up for future meetings.

Music by Mary Ann Palmer


Norm-  Kranjske klobase is now a protected food in the EU.  Article in Slovenian magazine touts our seeking and maintaining our Slovenian heritage.  Membership in SUA includes Zarja, and we have a reputation for being one of the most active groups in U.S.

Next year’s programming – please see John or a board member. Please consider sharing a skill, story or something to contribute regarding Slovenia.

Jan. 31 a group called Twin Cities Iron Rangers will have a benefit curling bonspiel.  It will be at the St. Paul Curling Club and includes a number of people with Slovenian heritage.

Announcements- there are a few sets of placemats left.  Please check out the library.

Treasurer’s report Mary Ann Setnicker – balance is $5,078.16.  Jean Podominick reports 121 members.

Attendance  - 49

Door prizes wine and a calendar from Bled


 Our presenter is Silvester Vicic, and his presentation is titled “How My  Mom and Dad Met Freedom - A Story of Determination.”   Mr. Vicic is a first-generation Slovene and a dual citizen of both Canada and the USA. The idea of presenting his parents' journey has been in Silvester Vicic's mind for many years - he has probably heard many, but not all of the stories in bits and pieces. But like for so many, it is the story of determined people making a decision from which they could not be swayed, looking for a better life for themselves and their future family. It is heroism that doesn't claim that for itself - it was just the right thing to do. This story is about Ivan and Ivanka Vicic, Silvester's parents, and how they went from a tiny village in Slovenia to a camp in Italy, life in Venezuela and finally their second set of roots in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Silvester played his accordion, to his parent’s favorite song “Pod to Goro Zeleno”.

Upcoming meetings:

February 7 – Julian Sleeper House in St. Paul, celebrating death of France Preseren. The program is “On the Money”. Volunteers from our Slovenian language class will present on the notables on Slovenian money (pre-EU)

February 21 – New Brighton.  Tea Rozman-Clark will present oral history videos made of Yul and Mimi’s histories. 

National Convention June 18-21 in Lemont Ill. Norm and Mary Ann will be delegates. There may be a bus coming from northern Minnesota.

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Miller,

Recording Secretary