KERHONKSON, N.Y. – During his report to the Ukrainian National Association’s 40th Regular Convention, Second Vice-President Eugene Serba expressed regret over the small number of applicants (50) for UNA Scholarships. So, it was a hopeful sign that a group of younger delegates not only attended the convention, but also took an active part in many lively discussions. They shared their impressions with this reporter.
For Volodymyr Myshchuk, from UNA Branch 13 in Albany, this was his second convention. Mr. Myshchuk affirmed the importance of participating “to help the community stay strong and keep the culture alive.”
Petro Fill, also from Branch 13, also felt strongly about staying active in the Ukrainian American community.
“The overall message of the convention is focused on unity,” Mr. Fill said, adding that by doing so the organizers are “doing something right.”
Sisters Chloe and Emma Diakiwsky represented Branch 161 in Pittsburgh.
Chloe has a scholarship in voice and piano, and Emma would like to study art. They are proud of their Ukrainian heritage, and this was their first convention. Regarding all the parliamentary procedures, reports and discussions, Emma said, “it’s much more interesting than you might think.”
Philip Sheremeta, a delegate from Branch 173, took a very active part in many discussions during what was his first convention.
Mr. Sheremeta plans on studying to become an aerospace systems engineer. He anticipates future peace-time UNA efforts to continue to help people in need, and he believes the UNA “does important work by raising awareness of causes, and giving back to the community through its insurance and scholarships.”
Hopefully, all younger delegates will value their convention experience, and continue their association with the UNA on every possible level.