President Klaus in Washington, DC

Message from the Ambassador

News in Brief

Palous Commemorates Czechoslovak Independence

Slovakia Appoints New Ambassador to the USA

CR Shaping Up Well for EU Membership

The Czech Automobile Superpower

Czech Auto Manufacturer Marks Production of Four Millionth Car

Economic Digest

Genealogical and Cultural Conference in Houston

Spa Life in Karlovy Vary

Conference on Czech and Slovak American Archival Materials

Fund for American Studies Summer Program in Prague

Czech Events Around the USA

President Klaus in Washington, DC

President Vaclav Klaus arrived in Washington, DC on November 18, 2003 for a 4 day visit to the United States capital, filled with lectures, meetings, and conferences.

This was President Klaus’s first visit to Washington, DC as the highest ranking representative of the Czech Republic, which centered around his meeting with Vice President Richard Cheney and his appearance at the CATO Institute’s 21st Annual Monetary Conference. Apart from Vice President Cheney, President Klaus also met Richard Lugar, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Horst Koehler, Chairman of the International Monetary Fund, James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, and Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System. 

The President was accompanied by Mr. Jiri Weigl, Chancellor of the Office of the President, Mr. Ladislav Mravec, Head of the Political Department of the Office of the President, and Ms. Pavlina Kostkova, Deputy Director of the Political Department. Vaclav Klaus had the opportunity to speak at several institutes on topics ranging from the Czech perspective on freedom to the impending accession of the Czech Republic into the European Union.

On November 19, Vaclav Klaus spoke as the keynote guest at the Fourth Annual Czech and Slovak Lecture Series presented by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in co-operation with the Embassies of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Washington and The American Friends of the Czech Republic as well as Friends of Slovakia. Apart from a number of distinguished guests, Czech Ambassador Martin Palous and Slovak Ambassador Rastislav Kacer also attended the event. The president’s speech, entitled “Freedom and Its Enemies (As Seen from Central Europe)," was followed by a short reception at the Woodrow Wilson Center. In his lecture, President Klaus conveyed his belief in the centrality of freedom and human liberty and the danger of political procedures that may undermine democracy. He stated that certain ideas, interests, and fears can erode ideals of freedom, and therefore, musn’t be allowed to prevail.  Later in the evening, the Heritage Foundation held a dinner in honor of President Vaclav Klaus at which he presented his brief address followed by a discussion with the attendees.

On Thursday, November 20, President Klaus met with Vice President Richard Cheney at the White House. The meeting, scheduled to further enhance political relations between the Czech Republic and the United States, took place on the day of the monetary conference. During their encounter, both officials agreed that the fight against terrorism must be carried on, and that they will work as allies towards this goal. Their talks also included exchange of views on EU issues and transatlantic relations.  

The CATO Conference on the Future of the Euro took place at the Renaissance Hotel, with speakers that included Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and James Buchanan of George Mason University. In his closing address at the conference, President Klaus commented on the rapid economic integration taking place in Europe, especially with regard to the monetary union, and laid out his hopes for success of  the central European nations, including the Czech Republic, that are expected to join the EU in May 2004. Klaus’ speech was received with tremendous appreciation and applause. Following the CATO event, President Vaclav Klaus met with James Wolfensohn, Executive Director of the World Bank. He then attended a dinner organized by the CATO Institute at which other speakers from that day’s conference, including Nobel Laureate in Economics James M. Buchanan, were present.

The President’s final day in Washington, DC began with a breakfast event at the International Republican Institute, where he gave yet another speech and engaged in discussion with the audience. On his last day, Vaclav Klaus was also able to devote time to meeting with members of the Czech-American community. President Klaus, his delegation, and members of the Czech Embassy attended a ceremony organized by The American Friends of the Czech Republic at the T.G. Masaryk Memorial on Massachusetts Avenue in northwest Washington. Following his remarks at the memorial, the President made his way to a reception at the nearby Hilton Embassy Row Hotel. The reception allowed President Klaus to meet and speak with Czech-Americans from the Washington, DC area. For the final event of his trip, Vaclav Klaus attended a luncheon for The Fund for American Studies at the University Club of Washington. The President gave a brief speech summarizing the events of the week and emphasizing some key points from his speech at the CATO Institute.  Tim Goeglein, Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, was also present at the luncheon, to address Vaclav Klaus and the rest of the attendees on behalf of President George W. Bush. He extended greetings from President Bush and expressed the U.S. President’s thanks and support of the Czech Republic.

President Vaclav Klaus’s first trip to Washington, D.C. ended on a positive note and marked the end of a very successful visit in which he was able to further secure political relations with the United States, as well as convey the Czech Republic’s stance on issues of economic concern. The Czech President returned to Prague on November 21, 2003.  

Message from the Ambassador

I would like to begin by commenting on the achievements of the Czech Republic in 2003. This year marked the final stepping-stone in negotiating our re-entry into the family of modern, democratic, and prosperous European nations. The year 2004 will see the momentous accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union. Only time can reveal what other significant challenges will emerge for us and for the rest of the world.  I hope for positive progress in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, and for greater freedom and democracy in nations such as Cuba, Burma, North Korea, and elsewhere in the world where freedom is lacking.

To summarize the year 2003 in only a few words, I would say that it was a very busy time for all of us, and many tasks that were set forth remain to be accomplished in the future.

The diplomatic events of the fall season have kept my staff and myself in constant activity. We have enjoyed political engagements of the highest level – always challenging, always demanding, and always satisfying.

In November, the capital city of Washington hosted Czech President Vaclav Klaus. As part of his visit, President Klaus met with Vice President Richard Cheney, Senator Richard Lugar, Chairman Alan Greenspan, and the Directors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He also spoke at a conference organized by the CATO Institute on "The Future of the Euro." If I were to evaluate the visit in just one word, I would certainly describe it as a success. Information and pictures describing the four-day presidential visit have been compiled in this newsletter for your enjoyment.

In July, Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla visited the United States to meet with President George W. Bush. His meeting with the president stood as a testament to the best relations between the Czech Republic and the United States to date.  The two countries stood side by side in Iraq during combat operations and through the subsequent reconstruction phase.

Last, but definitely not least, I would like to wish all of you a happy and peaceful holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. I wish for all of us to be blessed with good health, prosperity, and above all, the gift of an understanding heart in the coming year.

News in Brief

NATO Launches Rapid-Response Force

NATO has formally launched its rapid response force, which includes the Czech Republic's elite nuclear, biological and chemical unit. The 9,000-strong NATO Response Force (NRF) will be capable of deployment to trouble spots anywhere in the world within five days. When complete, the force should number more than 20,000 troops. Among them is the 500-strong Czech-led anti-chemical unit based in Liberec, which saw action in the 1991 Gulf War and the US-led invasion of Iraq. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999.

Havel Awarded State Distinctions

The former Czech president Vaclav Havel received the country's highest state distinctions in Parliament on Tuesday evening. Mr. Havel was awarded the Order of the White Lion and the Order of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk for his lifelong contribution to democracy and human rights in the Czech Republic. Among those present were Vaclav Havel's wife, Dagmar, his close friends, and former Prague Castle employees.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Albright Arrives in Prague

The former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has arrived in her native city Prague for the start of a five-day visit. Ms. Albright, who was born Marie Korbelova, is in the Czech capital to attend the Forum 2000 conference and to promote her new book of memoirs, Madam Secretary. The book has been translated into Czech by the former ambassador to the United States, Michael Zantovsky. Ms. Albright, who speaks fluent Czech, will meet with a number of senior officials during her visit, including former president Vaclav Havel, who is a close personal friend.

Military Service to be Phased Out by 2004

Defense Minister Miroslav Kostelka has confirmed that he wants compulsory military service to be phased out by the end of next year, as proposed by his predecessor Jaroslav Tvrdik. If the plan is approved by parliament, the very last set of Czech conscripts will begin their military service in April 2004. Minister Kostelka had previously stated that military service should be phased out either in 2005 or 2006.

Vaclav Klaus: October 28 a Significant Holiday

Czech President Vaclav Klaus also considers October 28th a significant Czech holiday. Speaking to journalists after placing a wreath at the statue of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, the founder and first president of Czechoslovakia, he said it was a day of commemoration and inspiration. As has become tradition, the Czech President received foreign diplomats on the national holiday and awarded state medals to twenty personalities at a ceremony at Prague Castle. Among those honored were oncologist Pavel Klener, Olympic medallist Dana Zatopkova, and Czech actor Jiri Kodet.

Czechs Commemorate Foundation of Czechoslovakia

October 28 is a national holiday in the Czech Republic, celebrating the foundation of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918. Although Czechoslovakia split into two separate states – the Czech Republic and Slovakia – on January 1st 1993, the public holiday continues to be celebrated every year in the Czech Republic. However, it is no longer marked in neighboring Slovakia. On Tuesday, Czechs marked the 85th anniversary with a number of public events across the country. At a ceremony at Prague's National Museum, Culture Minister Pavel Dostal expressed disappointment at the young generation's lack of interest in the holiday and stressed it was important for the Czech people to remember their modern history.

Czech Foreign Minister Meets with Sympathy in Italy

Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda said on November 13 after talks in Rome with his Italian counterpart, Franco Frattini, that some of the amendments proposed by Prague to the draft European constitution currently under debate  were met with a positive response from Frattini, CTK reported. Frattini told journalists that Italy and the Czech Republic have similar positions on some of the proposed amendments, specifically those concerning a rotating EU presidency and the role of a future European foreign minister.

Field Hospital Winding Up Mission

The  Czech field hospital in Basra is to leave the country before the end of the year, having completed an eight month long mission in the southern Iraqi city. The hospital treated both civilians and soldiers, conducting over 200 operations and treating over 10,000 people. Making the announcement in Prague, Czech Defense Minister Miroslav Kostelka said the hospital staff had done a great job and their work was much appreciated both by the allies and the locals. The field hospital is to be replaced by a Czech military police unit to be deployed 25 kilometers from Basra. The unit is to help train local police officers.

Klaus's New Year Address to be Broadcast on CT, Nova, CRo, BBC

The New Year address of President Vaclav Klaus will be broadcast not only on the public Czech Television (C TV) and Czech Radio (C Ro) but also on the Nova commercial television station and the Czech BBC radio station. This marks the first time in the history of the Czech Republic that the public media’s monopoly on the president's New Year address has been severed.    

Palous Commemorates Czechoslovak Independence

On November 5, Czech Ambassador Martin Palous spoke at an annual conference commemorating the founding of the Czechoslovak state at the Woodrow Wilson House. Ambassador Richard Kacer of the Slovak Republic was also in attendance. Ambassador Palous remarked on the existing good relations between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He expressed the importance of the founding of Czechoslovakia to democracy in the 20th century. In speaking to the audience, Ambassador Palous payed tribute to Thomas G. Masaryk and President Woodrow Wilson for their roles in creating an independent state for Czechs and Slovaks. Both men believed that democracy could be achieved in central Europe; indeed, Czechoslovakia was one of the first democracies to exist in Europe. Masaryk’s vision of democracy was tested throughout the 20th century, and a clash between two extremes in international politics, between power games and utopian visions, emerged. In light of this clash, the Czechoslovak experience is significant, showing the need for more sober and realistic expectations about the future. In today’s Europe, he describes younger nations as being stuck in a gap between the past and the present, emphasizing that “what we know is that we don’t know." A vision of a world driven by small nations, based on the Czech experience, should not be overlooked. All nations must have the fortitude to take risks to make right decisions, following in the footsteps of men like Thomas G. Masaryk and Woodrow Wilson.  

Slovakia Appoints New Ambassador to the USA

On September 8, 2003, Mr. Rastislav Kacer, the former Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defense, was presented as the new Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States in Washington, DC. In his previous position, as the State Secretary in the Ministry of Defense, Kacer’s main focus was Slovakia’s accession process to NATO, a task that ended successfully with Slovakia’s invitation to join NATO at the Prague Summit last year. Ambassador Kacer has worked in the Slovak government since 1992, seeing the country through its tumultuous economic and political development.  Prior to his appointment with the Ministry of Defense in February 2001, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he became the Director General of the Division of International Organizations and Security Policy. He also served at the Slovak Mission to NATO from 1994 to 1998.  

Ambassador Kacer received his education at the Slovak Technical University and at the Institute of International Relations, School of Law, Comenius University in Bratislava 

CR Shaping Up Well for EU Membership

The Czech Republic is looking more prepared than ever to join the European Union according to the November 19 edition of the Financial Times. The four page Special Report on the Czech Republic cites the strength of the Czech economy in accounting for the country’s preparedness for European integration. The country has attracted the most foreign investment per capita in Central Europe for the last five years, and continues to attract increasing investment as time goes on. It has become Europe’s favorite for investments in strategic services. Tourism continues to be an important sector of the Czech economy. The European Commission has been pleased with the Czech government’s preparations for membership, which include the passing of a law on public procurement last month that will allow the country to manage structural and cohesion funds that will be available when EU membership is finalized. In September, the government was able to pass a fiscal reform package through parliament. With strong technical skills, good infrastructure and low wages, the economy has grown steadily and is braced to stay strong even in times of economic slowdown. Although, the Czech Republic is not at 100% political and economic efficiency, the government has done a remarkable job in transforming the nation’s political and economic mechanisms over such a short span of time. That achievement in itself has made the Czech Republic the most poised of all the new EU members to join the Union. The Financial Times Special Report on the Czech Republic can be found at

The Czech Automobile Superpower

The Skoda Auto company has brought the Czech Republic profits and pride as it has grown to become a top auto manufacturer in Europe over the past decade. Skoda’s global market has expanded significantly since the company became a part of the Volkswagen Group in 1991, but it has managed to retain its own identity and continues to develop its own models and motors. Eighty five per cent of the 445,500 Skoda cars produced last year were sold abroad in 78 different countries. 238,000 Skoda automobiles were sold in 10 Western European countries alone. In Central and Eastern Europe, Skoda accounts for nearly 20 percent of all cars sold. The high quality and lower cost of Skoda models, such as Fabia, Octavia, and Superb, has allowed the company to grow in appeal to international consumers. The Fabia is Skoda’s standard model hatchback, the Octavia is a mid-range sedan, while the Superb, Skoda’s newest creation, is a high-end sedan aimed at business managers and executives. 

 Skoda came into existence in 1925, when Czech auto manufacturers Vaclav Klement and Vaclav Laurin merged their production facilities with the firm Skoda Plzen. World War II put Skoda’s progress on hold. In 1964, Skoda became the first automobile company to manufacture engine blocks from pressure-cast aluminum for mass-produced car models. With the end of the cold war, and the diminishing of its “Eastern" reputation, Skoda has become a highly reputable auto manufacturer, offering a wide range of engines and options that meet the standards of Volkswagen’s models. 

Czech Auto Manufacturer Marks Production of Four Millionth Car

Czech automaker Skoda reached a milestone when it produced its four millionth car since becoming incorporated into Germany’s Volkswagen in 1991. The Fabia Combi was manufactured at Skoda’s factory in Mlada Boleslav, 25 miles outside of Prague. Fabia is one of three models that Skoda is currently producing, the other two being the Octavia and the Superb. Skoda Auto’s chairman, Vratislav Kulhanek praised the evolution of the company from a local manufacturer of one vehicle type to a “full-value member of a significant multinational automotive corporation.” Of the 5 million vehicles produced by Volkswagen in 2002, 442,469 of them were made by Skoda. According to Kulhanek, Skoda sells nearly half a million modern, technologically advanced cars in three model ranges in 78 world markets every year.  Skoda has become the Czech Republic’s largest and most profitable exporter since the being acquired by Volkswagen AG, which was one of the first significant privatizations in the Czech Republic following the end of communism in 1989. Skoda cars were first produced in 1925 when Czech car maker, Laurin & Klement merged with Skoda Pilsen, Czechoslovakia’s largest industrial company at the time. 

Economic Digest

October 11 The strong Crown and heavy discounting has led to record growth in new car sales. Over the first three quarters, passenger-car sales rose by 4.6%, to 112,998. Skoda Auto’s market share fell to 48.3%. The leading importers were Renault and Peugeot. Sales of light commercial vehicles rose 26.7% in the third quarter, partly due to the expected change in VAT (an increase from 5% to 22% next year). Small cars from Hyundai and Ford contributed the most to the sharp rise in passenger-car sales.

October 17 DHL announced that its new global IT center in Prague-Chodov will require an investment of CZK 16bn (USD 550m) over five years. In the first phase, the investment will be CZK 5.5bn, and 400 jobs will be created. It is the biggest IT investment in Europe of the past two years. DHL said the five reasons why the CR was chosen for a global IT center were: low costs, availability of local labor with IT experience and skills, good infrastructure, tax incentives and favorable air connection. It said the overall costs in the CR are 33-36% of those in the U.K., Germany or France. The company does not expect EU entry next May to cause wages to rise significantly. The one thing that could push wage costs up, is competition if more such IT centers are built.

October 20 American based company Accenture plans to invest hundreds of millions of crowns to expand its existing service center in Prague. Employment will grow from current 300 to 1.500 in 2008.  The impact of the project could be compared to DHL’s planned five years investment of CZK 16bn.

November 10 Construction output rose by 14.5% in September. Permits for more than 4,000 new dwellings were issued during the month, at an average orientation price of CZK 2.2m (USD 75,000). Average monthly wages in the sector stood at CZK 17,358 (USD 635) in September, and are rising faster than in other sectors.

November 11 Unemployment dropped to 9.9% at the end of October largely because recent graduates who had been on the jobless roll were able to find a job. However, analysts expect the jobless rate to increase around the end of the year. The finance ministry expects a rate of 10.5% in November of next year.

November 12  The Statistical Office reported that foreign owned companies accounted for 48.6% of the revenue of Czech industry at the and of the third quarter. This represents a rise of 100% over the past six years. The average monthly wage at foreign companies is at CZK 17,800 (USD 655), which is 13% more than national average in the industrial sector. 

November 19 The dollar fell to a six-month low of CZK 26.50 and slid at one point to 1.197 to EURO, which might be a good time for Czechs with large assets to shift some of them into dollars. Experts say the dollar´s decline will not have a significant impact on the Czech economy as a whole.  

Genealogical and Cultural Conference in Houston

An enthusiastic group of over 300 persons of Czech and Slovak ancestry gathered in Houston, Texas on October 15 – 18, 2003 to attend the ninth Genealogical/Cultural Conference held by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI).  The conference offered 40 sessions on Czech genealogical and historical topics and featured speakers from the U.S. and the Czech Republic. Dr. Clinton Machann, Professor at Texas A&M University and author, presented the keynote address titled Czech Immigration to Texas in the Nineteenth Century: An Overview and a Case Study From the 1870’s. Evening events included a Parade of Kroje show, folk dancers and Czech music. Prior to the conference, tours were offered to three nearby areas: Galveston Island, where many Czech immigrants entered the U.S.; Czech Painted Churches established by early Czech immigrants to Texas; and a Houston Library and Museum tour. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and CSA Fraternal Life were major sponsors of this biennial national conference.

CGSI is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose purpose is to promote genealogical research and to create an interest in Czech and Slovak ancestry and heritage. Ancestors of CGSI members emigrated from the lands now contained mostly within the Czech and Slovak Republics. Although based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the organization has members in all 50 of the United States as well as several other countries. With nearly 4000 members, CGSI is one of the largest ethnic genealogical societies in the USA and has the largest active Czech-American membership in North America.

Our members are actively interested in their heritage, do family history research and purchase related books and periodicals. The society maintains a library collection where researchers have access to a wide variety of books, family histories, maps and periodicals. The society also makes available for sale books, genealogical research material and other material not commonly available in the United States. In addition, the society advises members on procuring genealogical research from the Czech and Slovak Archives as well as through private researchers in both countries. 

Contributed by

Mr. Gene Aksamit

CGSI President,

St. Paul, MN

Spa Life in Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), the most famous Czech spa town, located in the thickly forested hills of west Bohemia, offers a classic Czech spa experience — complete with grand colonnades and meandering forest paths, as well as ample opportunities for shopping and relaxing in cafes and restaurants.

Legend has it that the town came into being when Charles IV was on a hunting trip and found one of his wayward hounds swimming in a pool of steaming water. After getting his dog out, Charles IV founded Karlovy Vary, meaning "Charles’s Spring." Since that time, Karlovy Vary’s healing waters have developed a well-known reputation that has attracted many great names, including Emperor Franz Josef, composer Ludwig van Beethoven, Russian Tsar Peter the Great, and writer Lev Tolstoy.

Karlovy Vary’s therapeutic waters and charm continue to heal and enchant visitors today. Healing is a serious business in Karlovy Vary, where the waters are thought to treat any number of ailments. Doctors prescribe baths, massages, and drinking cures to aid patients, who ideally stay for about three weeks. Between treatments, visitors can relax in a cafe over coffee and sweets, or shop for crystal and porcelain for which the area is famous. Overall, Karlovy Vary offers a wonderful environment for those seeking "the cure," as well as for those who are simply there to enjoy its pleasures.

Conference on Czech & Slovak American Archival Materials

Over sixty representatives of Czech and Slovak American organizations and experts from the USA, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Canada actively participated in the "Working Conference on Czech & Slovak American Archival Materials and Their Preservation" organized by the Embassies of the Czech and Slovak Republics in Washington, in cooperation with the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) and the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, on November 22-23, 2003.

The conference discussed various topics with respect to archival materials concerning Czech and Slovak presence in America, emphasizing the necessity of their preservation for future generations. The resolution adopted by the participants stresses, among other things, the importance of further cooperation and collaboration among the archives related to Czechs and Slovaks and of support by universities, public libraries, and various other private and governmental institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. A coordinating committee to follow up on the recommendations of the conference will be set up to prepare guidelines for future activities with regard to the archival issues.   

Fund for American Studies Summer Program in Prague

The Fund for American Studies, in cooperation with Georgetown University and Charles University, seeks outstanding students to participate in the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES), a premier leadership program in Prague, Czech Republic during the summer of 2004. AIPES brings together students from the United States, Europe and the former states of the Soviet Union to explore the political and economic challenges facing Eastern and Central Europe in the post-Soviet era. Diversity and cultural awareness are a cornerstone in educating future leaders. Established in 1993, the Institute allows students the opportunity to discover distant cultures while examining fundamental principles of the foundations of democracy and free market economics. Academic credit is available for graduate and undergraduate students through Georgetown University. As part of the program, students spend 3 weeks in Prague attending classes, participating in a parliamentary simulation, listening to prominent speakers and attending educational, cultural and social exchange events. For more information, please visit 

Czech Events Around the U.S. A.

December 14

(Washington, DC)

St. Nicholas Traditional party for children of all ages with good food and good time, however this year we have lost the support of members that used to prepare this event and we need a lot of help in order to continue this tradition. Please contact Milos Toth at 301/585-8534 if you can help. 

December 31

(Cleveland, Ohio)

Ceska Sin Karlin (5302 Fleet Avenue) presents a New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets are $35 per person includes dinner, drinks, and noise makers. Music by Captian’s Crew and Dinner by Bonnie’s Catering. Call 216/883-4760 for additional information.

January 4-11 

(Washington, DC)

Ski trip for children to Burke Mountain, Vermont. Prices are still being negotiated. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by at least one adult. If you would like more details or if you would like to register, please contact Pavel Klein at 

January 17

(Cleveland, OH)

Karlin Musicians Appreciation Dinner and Dance, Food. Call 216/883-4760 for details.  (Glendale, Arizona) The Czech & Slovak Genealogical Society presents Margo Wilson speaking on the topic of Czech artists. Meeting will begin at 1:30 pm at Glendale Library (5959 W. Brown Street). 

January 25

(Cleveland, OH)

St. Joseph and all Czech Catholic Union members are reminded to attend the District Alliance of Czech Catholics Annual Meeting and Party at 2:30 pm in the Czech Catholic Union Building. Dues are $5.00 per year. Ladies are asked to bring a plate of bakery.