Thank you for your vote of confidence in allowing me to be your president for the next two years. It is an honor to serve all of you. I follow three amazing presidents Patrick Janis, Charlene Hurta and Frank Kalbac. I will have very big shoes to fill, but with the support of an awesome board and members such as yourself I will be able to make you proud.
Our organization was formed to educate and support our Texas Czech families, language, and culture. Our history as Texas Czechs is a legacy we cannot lose to the shifting sands of time. We have a rich and interesting legacy that needs to be shared not only in our own organization but in the many communities throughout Texas and beyond.
My goals as president will be to continue to bring noteworthy speakers to our conferences to achieve our goals of educating our members and guests of their heritage, culture and genealogy. We have numerous unique books in the many stages of being written and published and I am supporting this outreach as more topics are being explored for future publications. The research library is growing by volumes and it is a wonderful asset to our organization and with the workshops that are held throughout the year this helps so many in uncovering those hidden gems we all treasure in genealogy. I am always on the lookout for research tools and books to add to this treasure. Join me in hunt.
The independence of Czechoslovakia was officially proclaimed in Prague
on 28 October 1918 in Smetana
Hall of the Municipal House
, a physical setting strongly associated with nationalist feeling. The Slovaks officially joined the state two days later in the town of Martin
. A temporary constitution was adopted, and Tomáš Masaryk was declared president on 14 November. The Treaty of St. Germain
, signed in September 1919, formally recognized the new republic. In honor of this 100th
year anniversary, we will be hosting talks and conferences celebrating this astounding occasion of Czech history in partnership with the Czech Republic and how Texas Czechs played a role. If any of you have stories you would like to share about your families during this time period, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again I must say it is with a thankful heart that I will serve you as your new president.