The Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Andrej G. Rode, City of Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, and Councilman, Michael D. Polensek, hosted a celebration commemorating Slovenian Statehood Day at Cleveland City Hall on Thursday June 13.
The event was well attended by members of the Cleveland-Slovenian community, including representatives of KSKJ (Phil Hrvatin) and AMLA (Tim Percic), as well as several dignitaries from the state of Ohio. A special visit was made by the Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, Stanislav Vidovic. Joe Valencic served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
The evening began with the singing of national anthems of both the United States and Slovenia by Cleveland-based Slovenian Mens’ Choir, Fantje na Vasi. Major Jackson, Consul General Rode, Coucilmen Plecnik and Polensek, Joe Cimperman, Senator Kenny Yuko and Ambassador Vidovic all addressed the guests. The program concluded with a short performance by Cleveland-based Slovenian youth dance organization, Folklorna skupina Kres.
After the program, guests enjoyed a wide-variety of hors d’oeuvers prepared by the Zalar family, select wines from Slovenia and other regions, as well as refreshing beer produced and provided by Cleveland’s own Hansa Brewery.