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

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Association’s Home Office on 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.”

Also included in the packet sent by certified mail to convention delegates and General Assembly members were the Proposed Amended Charter and By-Laws of the Ukrainian National Association, Inc., as well as a summary of the key highlights of the proposed amendments.

In the event that any delegate or General Assembly member did not receive the packet, they are urged to phone the Home Office at 973-292-9800.

UNA Ukrainian Heritage Day Camp at Soyuzivka geared toward children age 4-8

UNA Ukrainian Heritage Day Camp at Soyuzivka geared toward children age 4-8

Campers and counselors at the Friday night closing program of the UNA Ukrainian Heritage Day Camp.


KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Soyuzivka Heritage Center will host its popular UNA Ukrainian Heritage Day Camp again this summer during the weeks beginning on Sundays, July 14 and July 21. This weeklong camp is geared toward children age 4-8 and families who have a desire for their children to learn more about their Ukrainian heritage. 

The camp is held with the sponsorship of the Ukrainian National Association.

The theme this year will be farms and farm animals. Past themes from recent years include characters from Ukrainian folklore, the Black Sea and “Lys Mykyta.” 

Children stay at the resort with their caretakers and enjoy a half day of activities, which include Ukrainian dancing, singing, arts and crafts, stories and games. While the children enjoy camp, moms, dads, grandmothers or aunts are free to enjoy some time to themselves at the resort or venture out to the local attractions in Ulster County. Some of these include mountain climbing at the majestic Shawangunk Mountains, hiking at Lake Minnewaska, shopping at the Woodbury Common Outlets or touring nearby vineyards. 

As the 2019 theme will be farms, the children will learn about animals and food that grows on a farm. This year’s camp will feature a cooking challenge with some of the vegetables campers harvest with “celebrity” judges offering their critiques. There will also be an afternoon scavenger hunt, the kids’ favorite Water Olympiad and special surprise guests.

Campers and their families enjoy the Thursday night bonfire.

The afternoons are perfect for family time at the pool or playground. Returning favorites include the popular Tuesday night movie night/pajama party, Wednesday night’s singing concert and Hutsul night dinner, during which guests enjoy showing off their best vyshyvanky. On Thursday nights after dinner there is a bonfire during which families participate in fun skits and songs with plenty of marshmallows to go around. The fun week culminates with a Friday evening dance and song recital by the children followed by an Odesa Night dinner. 

By Friday night, all have made new, dear friends and gained knowledge about their Ukrainian culture. The older generation is able to rekindle old friendships and memories that are unique to a Soyuzivka vacation. 

The Ukrainian cultural heritage is so special, and the aim of UNA Ukrainian Heritage Camp is  to help a new generation discover the Ukrainian part of themselves, make lifelong friends and perpetuate traditions.

UNA Home Office employees  enjoy presentation on wellness

UNA Home Office employees enjoy presentation on wellness

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Ukrainian National Association’s Home Office staff on June 11 enjoyed a presentation by Petrusia G. Kotlar, D.C., on “Wellness and Nutrition as a Means to Healthy Longevity.” Dr. Kotlar’s topics included: ethnonutrition, seasonal eating, nutritional trends and alternatives to chemical medicine. A doctor of chiropractic and well-known alternative health care provider, Dr. Kotlar has been the featured speaker at several wellness seminars organized by the UNA as part of its outreach to its members and the community. Above, Dr, Kotlar (second from left) is seen with UNA officers and employees, and a visitor to the Home Office.

UNA Almanac for 2018 dedicated to centennial of Ukrainian Revolution

UNA Almanac for 2018 dedicated to centennial of Ukrainian Revolution

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Earlier this year, Svoboda Press released the Almanac of the Ukrainian National Association for 2018, which is dedicated to the centennial of the Ukrainian Revolution and the establishment of the Ukrainian National Republic.

The Ukrainian-language volume’s editor is Petro Chasto, a longtime member of the Svoboda editorial staff who has been in charge of the successful Almanac projects since the year 2000, always finding fascinating topics and authors for readers’ enjoyment.

This year’s Almanac begins with a chronicle of the historic events of 1918. That is followed by an article about the momentous Battle of Kruty and poetry dedicated to the heroes of Kruty.

Other noteworthy articles focus on the Crimean campaign of the Ukrainian National Republic’s army and the biography of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky. There are excerpts from the memoirs of Dmytro Dontsov, a Ukrainian nationalist writer and political thinker (1883-1973). Mr. Chasto is the author of an article about the year 1918 on the pages of the Svoboda.

Other historic events whose anniversaries are noted in the 2018 Almanac include the 370th anniversary of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky’s fight for the Ukrainian nation’s independence; the 170th of the “Spring of Nations” in the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the 100th of the November 1 Act in Halychyna; and the 310th of the massacre at Baturyn.

The 272-page Almanac also includes monthly religious calendars for 2018, in both Julian and Gregorian versions, as well as a section of interesting miscellany titled “Good to Know.”

The cover design is by Ihor Pylypchuk.

It is noteworthy that the Almanac is a fund-raiser for the Svoboda Press Fund. This year marks the 104th year that this annual volume has been released.

The 2018 Almanac was mailed to subscribers of Svoboda. Copies of the Almanac are available for $20 from: Svoboda, 2200 Route 10, P.O. Box 280, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Please note: checks should be made payable to UNA Publications.

Wellness and nutrition are topic of presentation in Bridgeport

Wellness and nutrition are topic of presentation in Bridgeport

Some of those who attended the UNA-sponsored presentation on wellness and nutrition with Dr. Petrusia Kotlar (fourth from right).

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Connecticut District Committee of the Ukrainian National Association, which encompasses UNA branches in Ansonia, Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Stamford and Willimantic, Conn., as well as Ludlow, Mass., organized a wellness and nutrition presentation by Dr. Petrusia Kotlar on Sunday, March 18, at Holy Protection of Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall in Bridgeport.

Topics covered by Dr. Kotlar included ethno-nutrition, seasonal eating, nutritional trends in 2018 and alternatives to chemical medicine. Dr. Kotlar has previously discussed this topic in New Haven, as well as in Whippany, N.J., with UNA members and their guests. Some 25 people attended her presentation in Bridgeport.

Dr. Kotlar, a chiropractor, is a well-known alternative health care provider who has been practicing for 33 years. Her holistic wellness practice in New York encompasses spinal health, nutrition, exercise and apitherapy.