The exhibit of the history of Easter Eggs from Bela krajina created by the Museum of Bela krajina, Metlika

The people from Bela krajina started to prepare for the Easter already in the winter time. For the intricate work of traditional painting of the eggs, they needed beeswax, a sharp tool, a candle, red and black coloring and a lot of patience. The eggs were mainly decorated by women, who gave the special Easter Egg to the men they liked. Later they gave the eggs to their godfathers and friends and this tradition continues to date.

The exhibition will open to public on April 19, 2018 at 7pm at the Slovenian Museum and Archives, 6407 Saint Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103. Refreshments will be served.

Easter Egg


The exhibit was made possible with the cooperation of:
- Museum of Bela krajina, Metlika, Slovenia
- Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington DC
- Consulate General of Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland
- Center for Slovenian Studies, and Slovenian Museum and Archives, Cleveland
- Bela krajina Club, Cleveland

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Super Button Box Bash


Slovenian Consul General Andrej Rode and Mrs. Monika Rode enjoying the festivities at the 36th annual Super Button Box Bash on Sunday, April 8, 2018. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame once again teamed up with the Slovenian Society Home on Recher Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, to host Cleveland’s biggest squeezebox event with over fifty musicains and performers on stage.

Phil Hrvatin

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Slovenian Cultural Center April 2018

KresNext week, April 15 – Don’t Miss! Sunday Dance Performance at 1:00 pm

Kres Dancers from Cleveland and our own Slovenska Mladinska Skupina of the SCC (SMS/SCC) will provide a short program of dances at 1:00 pm after Sunday dinner.

MladinskaCome enjoy some beautiful dancing and encourage our young folks in this rich Slovenian folk tradition!

Don’t forget!! April 29 – Member Appreciation Dinner
The ANNUAL MEETING of the Slovenian Cultural Center will be held on Sunday, April 29,

Have you made your reservations?
Have you renewed your membership? 2018 after the Membership Appreciation Dinner. Members of the Board of Directors and their committees will be providing reports summarizing the past year at the Center. During the meeting, we will also be electing the Board for the upcoming year. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us for the meeting. We are always looking for new faces and new ideas on our SCC board. Anyone that is interested in joining the board should contact the Center or an existing Board member.
Your bakery donations are greatly appreciated!
Did you forget your reservations?
Did you remind Mom, Dad, Teta and Stric?
It’s not too late….YET! Spaces still available!
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Cleveland Kurentovanje

Cleveland Kurentovanje (koo-rahn-toh-VAHN-yay), a Slovenian-infused Mardi Gras festival, is a carnival event that has been celebrated in Slovenia for the past 50 years, connecting culture, arts, and people from all over Europe. Cleveland Kurentovanje is filled with costumes, a parade, ethnic food and drink, free musical and cultural performances, and authentic Kurents. The central figure of the carnival, the Kurent, is believed to chase away winter and usher in spring with its supernatural powers. Since it’s conception in 2013, Cleveland Kurentovanje has been held in the historical Slovenian immigrant neighborhood of St. Clair-Superior and has seen exponential growth with thousands in attendance each year. For 2018, Cleveland Kurentovanje presents four days of cultural and celebratory events:


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Slovenian Artistsan New York – January 2018

Eva Petric in conversation with David Cohen   on Saturday, January 27 at 3.30pm, Galerie Mourlot, 16 East 79 St., Suite 21, New York (between Madison and 5th Ave.You are cordially invited to join a discussion with David Cohen, publisher and editor of Art Critical and Slovenian multimedia artist Eva Petric who resides and works between New York, Vienna and Ljubljana about her work An Echo / A StainCS1 CS2


Concert by composer and saxophonist
with his upcoming album release “ELEVEN” by Clean Feed Records  on Wednesday, January 31 at with sets at 8pm and 9:30pm at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York

“Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed. That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living.”–Billy F

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Newsletter – Slovenian Consular Office in Chicago

Chicago Newsletter


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Tony Mravle Jr. Appointed as Chief Executive Officer at KSKJ


On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to share a matter of importance regarding a change of leadership at KSKJ Life.

Following a successful 45-year career, of which seventeen were as CEO, Anthony T. Mravle has retired as CEO effective January 1, 2018. The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Tony Mravle Jr, Chief Information Officer, has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Rudy2One of the most important responsibilities of the Board is to ensure the stability and future viability of our organization. Along with strategic planning and risk management, the Board is responsible for managing the CEO and ensuring back-up and succession plans are in place.

Finding and retaining the right leaders is a difficult task for any organization. It is critical to identify the person that has the right combination of education, experience, skills, values, and organizational fit, not only for the present moment but for the future. It is also important to ensure that the collective leadership team has the necessary characteristics to support each other and successfully manage the array of serious responsibilities required for leading a fraternal life insurance organization.

We have experienced this challenge in our own organization. Tony Sr retired from the CEO position in the fall of 2012. Unfortunately, during the following year the Board felt it was necessary to ask him to return, and Tony Sr agreed to resume CEO duties.

Thankfully for KSKJ Life, it was during that period of transition that Tony Jr. was hired as VP of Fraternalism and Communications.

A life-long member, Tony Mravle Jr began working with us in 2004 as a consultant, supporting Julie Schneller with the creation of our Young Adult Leadership Conference, the first of which was held in Chicago in 2005. Since his hire as a full-time employee in 2012, Tony Jr has served on the home office executive committee and has played a key role in guiding KSKJ Life’s expansion of fraternal support and member benefits, technology innovation, branding and marketing development, and talent acquisition and growth. Tony Jr holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, the FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation, and the PHR (Professional, Human Resources) certification.

This transition and the new appointment are exciting milestones in the history of KSKJ Life.tony2

Tony Mravle Sr. originally joined KSKJ in 1972 as the Treasurer, and held several leadership positions before being appointed as CEO toward the end of 1999. During his time in that role, Tony Sr. led the society through a sustained period of significant development by executing key strategies for product expansion and asset growth. Among the highlights are KSKJ Life’s development of a strong independent agent distribution channel, expansion into new states, successful new releases of fixed annuities and final expense products. Since 2000, KSKJ Life has experienced incredible increases in membership growth and assets (from $50M to $500M).

In his new role, Tony Sr will continue to serve as Investment Manager, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, as he transitions these and other duties to the executive team. There is an excellent staff and strong leadership team in place at the home office that will continue in their roles, including Stuart Buchanan, Chief Operations Officer; Paul Kaiser, Director, Agent Sales; Kathy Lovati, Manager, Agent Sales; and Brian Sharp, VP Information Technology.

Tony Sr will leave a considerable legacy, and we’re grateful for his inspiring leadership over the years. We’ll look forward to working with he and Tony Jr to ensure KSKJ Life is positioned for continued success through a robust transition plan.

I want to thank the Board for their leadership, service, and dedication to KSKJ Life.


Rudolph Krasovec Jr
Chair, KSKJ Life Board of Directors


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CLE SLO SKI CLUB – Feb trip deadline approaching


From: Christine Vidmar <>
Date: January 16, 2018 at 9:00:37 PM EST
Subject: CLE SLO SKI CLUB – Feb trip deadline approaching

Dragi prijatelji,

A great time was had by all on the MLK trip!  (Download Pic SLO SKI)  We all had some potica and “medicine” and I think each of us may have met a new Slovenian friend this weekend.  Rob Ugrin and Tony Klepec did a wonderful job entertaining us with their button box and accordion skills and we had some talented singers on board this time too.  Holiday Valley was very enjoyable.  In the evening we relaxed and had a great time in Ellicottville.  Holimont was especially wonderful; they did a great job grooming, no lift lines, and in the afternoon we had some sunshine.  Mark your calendars for next year MLK Sun-Mon; same trip for sure.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 is our one-day bus trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort.  The $90 cost includes a round trip motor coach, along with an 8 hour full access lift pass.  Children between the ages of 7-11 enjoy a discounted price of $75; children 6 and under ski for free!!   Non-skiers and boarders are also welcome to join for only $35.  Deadline for registration and full payment for this Holiday Valley trip is February 4, 2018.  To register, please send a check payable to: Cleveland Slovenian Ski Club, 111 E. 214th St., Euclid, OH  44123 and include the below information for EACH person:  (1) First and Last Name (2) Age (3) Cell phone (4) e-mail address (5) Skier/Boarder or Bus ride only.  Reservations are first come, first serve, and you’re not considered registered until payment is received.  At this point the bus is about half full.

We’ve been consistently selling out and have had the pleasure of many new members join us.  It’s especially enjoyable for us to meet new people, and see the camaraderie that skiing naturally brings.  It’s always been about celebrating our Slovenian roots… and your cooperation, friendly faces, and our joint love of skiing make it a pleasure to plan.  Come join us on the slopes!


Christy and Frank Vidmar

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The Bishop Baraga Association


Monthly Dinner to benefit

The Bishop Baraga Association

Sunday, January 14, 2018
After 11:00 am Sunday Mass at the Slovenian Catholic Mission church, join us for our fabulous and always home-cooked monthly dinner!  This month’s dinner proceeds will go to the Bishop Baraga Association to assist in furthering the cause of the great Bishop’s sainthood.

Dinner prices are:
     Adults are $15
     Children 7 and over are $8
     Children 6 and under are freehouse

There will be a 50/50 raffle!
All bakery and pastry donations are appreciated.

No reservations are required! 
Hope to see you Sunday!

Our current fundraising efforts

Renovation of the Baraga House
The Bishop Baraga Association has begun to renovate the house in which Bishop Baraga died for the purpose of moving all the archives associated with him and all the missionaries that worked with him (which eventually included over 20 Slovenian priests) to make them accessible for more in-depth research on the history of the church in the upper midwest.

The building is also being renovated to return it to its original look when the Bishop lived there and to ensure it will continue to exist for a long time. There is a firmly held belief in the leadership of the Bishop Baraga Association that Bishop Baraga was deeply influenced by his missionary work by his Slovenian heritage.  In every major monument or building in Michigan which has been created in our lifetimes such as the Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest and the Bishop Baraga chapel in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Marquette, there have always been plaques which recognized the contributions of the Slovenians from Northern Illinois. We would like to do the same by donating $5,000 for the renovation of the Baraga House. This Sunday’s Baraga Fund Raising Dinner is focused on this effort.

Aside from what is made at the dinner, donations are also being accepted for this cause. The plaque will recognize the specific donation of the Slovenians from Northern Illinois in the renovation of the home. Of course, anyone who wishes to make a donation on their own directly to the BBA for this cause is also welcome to do this. Checks can be written to the Bishop Baraga Association. The memo line should include a reference: Renovation of the Baraga House.

Within a few weeks, a short documentary will be released which was done by EWTN on Baraga’s work in the upper Midwest. The BBA has begun a discussion with the Slovenian organization that created the documentary on Bishop Volk, “The Bishop on Fire”, to create a documentary on Baraga’s Slovenian background and ministry.

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“Pursuit of Happiness”


“Pursuit of Happiness”
by Slovenian contemporary dance company

January 12 and 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm and January 14, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Festival “Uder the Radar”
Skirball Centre, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

OBIE-Award winning, New York-based performance group Nature Theater of Oklahoma takes on the American Dream and the bleak desert of its aspirational aftermath. Created in collaboration with six dancers of the highly acclaimed Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup, lead by the renowned choreographer Iztok Kovač, the piece charges through a rough-and-tumble, endlessly morphing myth of the Wild West, where whiskey pours, fists fly, and bullets ultimately settle the score.

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