The 60th Annual Convention of the Ukrainian Orthodox League of the USA was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Coraopolis, PA, just twelve miles from Carnegie, PA. The Senior and Junior UOL Chapters of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church hosted this year’s convention. The hotel amenities were surely an attraction to all participants: free airport transportation, full-cooked breakfast each morning, and a director’s social hour each afternoon.
UOL President, Melanie Nakonachny (Parma, OH) opened the business sessions at 12:00 Noon with comments about her three-year tenure as national president. The colors were presented by Anastasia and Gregory Markiw, both active in scouting programs, and both dressed in scouting uniforms for this special occasion. Metropolitan Constantine offered inspirational words to set a serious and exciting tone for the 60th Convention.
A presentation and update on “The UOL Fund to Furnish the Chapel at All Saints Camp” was presented by Mrs. Irene Carman (Watertown, NY), Pani Matka Mary Anne Nakonachny (Parma, OH) and Mrs. Diane Senedak (Youngstown, OH). Their report indicated the status of the fund drive, and encouraged the continued financial support of the remaining icons and other aspects of completing the camp chapel.
Pre-Teen activities were made available and coordinated by Denise Spoganetz (Carteret, NJ), on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Friday Business Sessions included inspirational remarks by Archbishop Antony.
An enthusiastic presentation was made by Beth Harendza, with the assistance of husband Phil, and Co-Chair Alexis Oryhon, for the 61st UOL Convention to be held at St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Johnson City, NY July 30 – August 3, 2008.
The Ukrainian Band, “Na Zdorov’Ya” provided music that had everyone dancing until the very final song. And there were the usual star performances to the traditional Ukrainian dance music.
Again, Wasyl Pysh created an excitement at the banquet when he presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA for the U.O.L. Teenage Conference. The entire gathering rose in unison with enthusiastic applause in thanks and appreciation for his continued philanthropic generosity.
Sts. Peter and Paul church school students greeted Metropolitan Constantine, Archbishop Antony and clergy at the rectory prior to the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. Then, the National Senior and Junior UOL Presidents greeted the hierarchs and presented each with flowers. Parish representatives also greeted the hierarchs with the traditional paska and salt.
Following the liturgy, a Farewell Luncheon, Chaired by Shirley Stasko, was served in the parish hall. The luncheon was sponsored by the Parish Kitchen Workers, with the St. Matrona Society providing home made desserts.
Members of the Carnegie UOL Chapter provided transportation to the airport, thus ending the 60th Annual UOL Convention – 2007. A very special “thank-you” is extended to Hierarchs, clergy, delegates and guests who attended this year’s convention.
President- Oleh Bilynsky
Spiritual Advisor- Hieromonk Daniel (Zelinsky)
First VP- Daria Pishko Komichak
Second VP- Jared Burgan
Recording Secretary- Aleksandra Hucul
Corresponding Secretary- Shirley Skocypec
Treasurer- Martha Misko
Financial Secretary- PM Linda Oryhon
Auditor- Emil Skocypec
Editor, UOL BULLETIN- Natalie Bilynsky
Immediate Past President- Melanie Nakonachny
61st Convention Co-Chairs- Pam Scannell and Alexis Oryhon
UOL Archives- Denise Spoganetz
Junior UOL Executive Board – 2007-2008
President- Patrick Scannell
Spiritual Advisor- Fr. John Haluszczak
Jr. UOL Advisor- Melanie Nakonachny
Vice President- Nicholas Anderson
Recording Secretary- Emily Kominko
Corresponding Secretary- Natasha Walewski
Financial Secretary- David Koroczynsky
Treasurer- Michael Nemeth