October 2008 Report

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

The Constitution Committee is now complete. At our last Executive meeting, we discussed the preliminary work needed in order to get this committee organized and working. Once we have our definite plan in place, we shall be contacting the committee members, and the work will begin. Needless to say, the discussions and work will be done mostly through teleconferences and email. We have added two more members from Saskatoon, Mary Budzak, who is a National Past President, and Anne Klopoushak, who has served on the National Executive, as well as many years on the UMC Board. We felt that the expertise and input of these two Executive members would help us greatly in the task ahead.

The committee members are:

BC – Vicky Pushka
AB – Carla Kozak
MB – Olena Garrity
SK – Cecilia Kachkowski, Anne Klopoushak, Mary Budzak
Eastern – Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay

DONATIONS

Our campaign for donations to World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, and Ukrainian
Social Services is now over, and the amounts sent in are as follows:

WFUWO – $640.00
USS – $590.00

We thank the following branches for their contributions to our campaign:

Alberta: St, John’s, Edmonton; St. Olha, Vegreville
Sask.: Olena Pchilka, Codette; Hanka Romanchych, Saskatoon; St. Olha, Moose Jaw;
Olena Pchilka, North Battleford; Kn. Olha, Prince Albert
East: Lesia Ukrainka, Hamilton; Daughters of Ukraine, Montreal

At our September meeting, the Executive decided to send $1000.00 from the Benevolent Fund to
USS to aid the victims of the flooding in Ukraine.

MATERIALS SENT OUT

Since taking office we have sent out the following materials:

English Certificates – 77
Smoloskyp Pins – 11
Ukrainian Certificates – 1
UWAC Banner: – 1

We now have the Child’s Companion on hand, as well as several copies of the Canadiana. The Website “Store” will be updated to include the items available from the office, and we will include the list in our next newsletter which will be sent out in the near future.

UKRAINIAN MUSEUM OF CANADA

The Fall Schedule of events at the UMC Headquarters in Saskatoon includes the following:

Ukrainian Wedding Exhibition – September 2 – November 15: This exhibit is on loan from the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore,
University of Alberta

Yarmarok Christmas Market – Friday, Nov. 28, 4-9 p.m.: Opening of Artisans Market and
Art Exhibition Show and Sale with local, national, and international artists,
Bells of Hope Bistro, Hand Bell Performance, and wandering musicians.

Saturday, November 29 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 30 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Unique gifts created by local artisans and imported items from Ukraine, Musicians, Refreshments in Bells of Hope Bistro, Gift Shop specials.

50th ANNIVERSARY OF PROMIN

2010 marks the 50TH Anniversary of our journal, PROMIN. We are very proud of this journal, as it has become a first class publication, with interesting articles on a variety of topics. It is where members and branches have the opportunity to share their news and activities, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this ability to let others know what they are doing.

Fifty years of publishing is very significant, and must be appropriately commemorated. We would ask our members and branches to send us any ideas they may have on how to celebrate and commemorate
this occasion.

FLOOD VICTIMS IN UKRAINE

By now everyone has heard about the catastrophic flooding in western Ukraine this past summer. The floods have damaged over 40,000 homes, destroyed agricultural land, made nearly 700 km of roads impassable, and have killed close to 30 people.

We are urging all Ukrainian Canadians to assist our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are victims of this tragedy. Please send your cheques made out to the “Pomich Ukraini Fund” to:

Ukrainian Canadian Social Services,Inc., National Headquarters,
2445 Bloor St. W.,
Toronto, ON M6S 1P7