Dear Members and Friends of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota,
I am pleased to provide you with this past year CSCC activities and give you an update on current plans. Recently, our web master received a most complementary e-mail from Barbora Siposova, a Slovak living in Prague, who was attending a conference here in Minneapolis. Her e-mail stated how amazed she was to see all the things the CSCC Center was involved in including lectures, films, and performances. She further wrote how pleased she was to see how these activities serve to preserve the Czech and Slovak culture.
And we are indeed proud of the activities offered this year to our members and friends of CSCC. On January 7 CSCC sponsored a production by the Perpich Center for Arts Education of the Josef and Karel Capek play “From the Insect World.” The play was held at the Whitling Proscenium Theatre, Rarig Center, on the University of Minnesota campus. We were able to offer $10.00 tickets for adults and $5.00 tickets for seniors, students, and children. Check our website for a detailed listing of our 2011-2012 Literary Ventures informal, small-group discussions of Czech and Slovak books in English translation. This activity is free and everyone is welcome. You can also view the 2011-2012 Lecture Series offerings at our website. These offerings are also free and open to the public. This year’s lecture series culminated with powerful accounts by two sisters who survived the razing of the town and massacre of the Lidice population by German forces on June 10, 1942. Their riveting discussion was presented via SKYPE from Prague.
This upcoming year 2012-2013 promises more educational opportunities for our members and friends. Literary Ventures has put together a most interesting schedule of books to be discussed. The lecture series is in the process of formulating more free lectures open to the public. Please connect to our website for the latest updates. We are also planning to co-sponsor a U.S. wide project called A Tribute to Milos Forman celebrating the director’s 80th birthday. This project will involve free showings of Milos Forman’s films provided by the Czech Embassy. Our website will update you on the dates, locations, and times for all of our planned activities.
For the past two years CSCC has offered free membership to our non-profit organization and free or reduced costs for our activities. We relied on sufficient donations to help sustain these activities. Unfortunately, expenditures have exceeded our ability to support programs. Therefore, effective September 21, 2012, the CSCC Board of Directors has authorized a renewal for fully tax deductible membership dues. Dues are as follows: Family ($30.00), Individual ($24.00), and students ($12.00). For your member dues you will receive free or reduced admission to CSCC events with first preference when attendance is limited; access to information and news on the CSCC Web page; members-only occasional bulletins and news briefs; a voice in governance of CSCC and its programs; and, most importantly, the satisfaction of promoting the mutual interests of Minnesotans, Czechs, and Slovaks and making a difference in their lives.
Finally, we hope that you will continue membership in CSCC. Follow the membership link to simply check for renewed membership or complete the form to initiate your membership. For those who choose non-membership but wish to remain on our list as friends of CSCC, we will continue to maintain your name on our list unless instructed otherwise. We will, of course, continue to appreciate donations in any amount to CSCC.
Thank you and warmest regards,
Allyn B. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota