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OUR GRATITUDE FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to Ukrainian financial institutions in the United States and Canada for the major support they provided in the last month of 2005. As of November 30, 2005 we were looking at a shortfall of 100,000 Can$. However, in December we received such substantial amounts: 10,000 US$ from each the Heritage Foundation and Self Reliance (N.Y.) FCU, as well as 5,000 US$ from Selfreliance Ukrainian American FCU and 5,000 Can$ from the Buduchnist Credit Union Limited based in Toronto as well as smaller contributions. Other financial institutional contributors of 1,000 US or Can $ or more in the last month were: Cleveland Selfreliance FCU, Ukrainian Credit Union in Toronto, Caisse Populaire Desjardins Ukrainieene De Monteral, Self Reliance (NJ) FCU, Ukrainian Selfreliance FCU (Philadelphia), SUMA (Yonkers) FCU and St. Josaphat’s Parish (Toronto) Credit Union (Limited). Furthermore, last year saw our big three member organizations; the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council meet their commitment to the UWC in full. As a result we were able to meet our revenue budget at 99.54%, which resulted in a surplus (revenue over expenses) of more than 40,000Can$. Thank you all.
UWC REGISTERS WITH UKRAINE’S CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION
The UWC’s registration with Ukraine’s CEC has been confirmed which permits the UWC to sponsor international election observers. Additionally, two of our member organizations the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) have registered with the CEC. The UCCA has received a US government aid for $50,000 to conduct a civic education program during the election period. Anyone interested in serving as an international election observer during the elections either in Ukraine or at any of the polling stations abroad may register with anyone of the three aforementioned organizations. The UWC is attempting to procure some funding for election observers from our eastern communities.
UWC DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS
The UWC has designated its President, Askold S. Lozynskyj as the main representative to the United Nations’ New York headquarters with Andrew Lastowecky, Ihor Dlaboha, Roksolana Luchkan and Borys Potapenko as additional representatives. We are currently seeking representatives to both the Geneva and Vienna offices. Anyone interested should contact the UWC President directly at Askold@verizon.net.
UNITED UKRAINIAN AMERICAN RELIEF COMMITTEE PROVIDES RISOGRAPHS
Acting upon our request, the UUARC has furnished Risographs (large volume copiers) to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Kharkiv and the Ukrainian lyceum in Bendery, Transdniester, and Moldova. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership of the UUARC for their kind response.
MYRON KERTYCZAK, the long-term chair of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, a Vice President of the European Congress of Ukrainians and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian World Congress passed away near Warsaw Poland, on January 26, 2006. Mr. Kertyczak was born January 29, 1955 in Poland. He graduated from Gdansk University in 1983 specializing in physics. In 1998 he completed the Main Commercial School in Warsaw specializing in Cultural Management. From1974 to1989 he was a activist of the Ukrainian Social Cultural Society (USCS) in Gdansk, organizing many youth events while working as a journalist-photographer and a member of the journalists’ trade union of Poland. From 1989-1990 he served as deputy chair of the USCS. Following the USCS transformation into the Association of Ukrainians in Poland (AUP) in 1990, he served as its secretary for six years. From 1996 to his death he served as Chair of the AUP. From October 3, 2005 he co-chaired a joint Polish governmental commission on nationalities and ethnic minorities. In 2004 he was honored by the President of Ukraine for his accomplishments. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The UWC has transmitted condolences to Myron’s wife, children, and his family as
well as the Ukrainian community in Poland. The surviving leadership of the AUP has requested that a fund be established with the UWC in the name of Myron Kertyczak. We await specifics, such as purpose, control and supervision, at which time the information will be furnished to the global Ukrainian community. May he rest in peace!