Slovak Catholic Sokol - A tradition of providing sound financial protection and benefits to our members.


Scott T. Pogorelec

From the desk of the Supreme Secretary

Merry Christmas

by Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17

This being my first column in the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to extend well wishes to all our members, family, and friends. I hope that 2018 will be one of good health, happiness, and prosperity for all! The New Year will mark our organization's 113th Anniversary. Not many institutions can boast of more than a century of success with outstanding fraternal and sporting activities, along with our stable financial strength. It was on July 4, 1905 that a group of young Slovak immigrants met in Passaic, NJ and established our great organization. Our founders, along with generations of hard-working members, have built our Society which today has over 28,000 members with assets of nearly $85 million. I wonder if our founders would ever believe how successful their venture would become!

New year's resolutions are something you hear quite often during this time of year. Exercise more, complete jobs around the house, and save more money are a couple that come up quite often. Allow me to give you one that will not only make you feel good about yourself, but also benefit your community and our wonderful organization. Try to make a commitment this year to get more involved in your local Assembly/Wreath and/or Group. Local level functions are the cornerstone of the Slovak Catholic Sokol. It is through these events and our national fraternal functions that our message is delivered to our current members and potential members. We would especially like to see our younger members take a more prominent role in creating and assisting at your local level. Creating a Facebook page for your Assembly/Wreath or Group would be a wonderful start that can possibly kickstart some interest and participation at your local events. As we all know, this can be done very easily by the younger generation! For our youth, especially those who have received so much from the Slovak Catholic Sokol through scholarships or the ability to participate at our national functions, what better way to give back than to help at your local level. If you need assistance or are looking for ideas, please feel free to contact me at the Home Office at 1-800-886-7656 and I would be glad to help.

Speaking of activities and increasing our participation levels, I had the pleasure of attending our Physical Fitness Board Meeting in Youngstown, OH this past weekend. Our Supreme President, Michael J. Horvath, and I were honored to be there sharing in the energy and excitement of the meeting. Many thoughts and ideas were exchanged and I commend our Supreme Director of Sports and Athletics, James C. Matlon, and our entire Physical Fitness Board on a well-run and efficient meeting. 2018 is sure to be an exciting year of activities!

During this time of year, we should also look at our individual life insurance needs as well as that of our family. Life insurance can be a financial blessing in the event of a lost loved one. The purchase of it can mean saving your home, sending your kids to college, or preserving the quality of life of your family. If your children do not have a policy yet, it is great time to get them one. Since premiums are based on age, the younger the child is, the lower the premium will be. In addition to the financial protection, the child enrolled by their parent or grandparent will enjoy the many benefits our society offers such as our sporting activities and our scholarship grants. There is no better time to make the purchase since our SOKOL LEGACY CAMPAIGN has been extended to March 31, 2018! If you have any questions, please contact the Home Office or our Director of Sales/Marketing, Albert J. Suess, at 412-381-5431, and we would be glad to assist you. Take advantage of this fraternal benefit and secure your family's future!

Until next time, have a wonderful month, stay warm, and God Bless!

Zdar Boh!


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