AHFS is the sponsoring organization of Cleveland’s Hungarian scout troops.

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting is an official non-profit 501(c)(3) organization chartered in the state of Ohio. All donations to the AHFS are tax deductible.

With your help the AHFS, as the sponsoring organization of the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops, can continue to help fund the many operating expenses incurred by the troops.

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting (#52064) is approved to receive donor designations through United Way campaigns.

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The AHFS officers

Michael Horvath, President
Louis Szigeti, Vice-President
Andrea Fricke-Tabor, Treasurer
Irene Slattery, Secretary
Julianna Gulden, Secretary
Judith Gyorky, Auditor
Tas Nadas, Auditor
Ferenc Jasper, Recorder
Steven Graber Jr., Property Mgr.

Appointments
Balazs Bedy, Honorary President
Elizabeth Balassy, Scout Ball Chairperson
Anna Maria Gyorky, Scout Banquet Coordinator
Joseph Gyorky, Scout Center Director
Janos Szigeti, Scout Park Director
Julianna Gulden, Michael Horvath, Newsletter Editors

Welcome!

Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble 45th anniv. Gala Performance a big success with 120 performers

Article and pictures of the Gala performance:

Article, in Hungarian, about the Gala Performance
View the 45th anniv. Gala Performance program book here.
Getting ready for the dress rehearsal
Dress rehearsal for 45th anniversary gala performance
Exhibition and audience arriving in the lobby
Getting ready for the big show!
Group photos
Rehearsals during the day
11-10-2018 From the Cradle to the Grave

 

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Hungarian scouts partake in St. Emeric feast day festivities

Cleveland’s St. Emeric Church celebrated its patron saint’s feast day on Sunday, November 4, 2018. They welcomed Rev. Dr. István Takáts, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Veszprém, Hungary, who was the principal celebrant and homilist. Also in attendance was Rev. Tamás Forrai SJ from Toronto. The Cleveland Hungarian Scouts and members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble were also represented at the Mass and the Ensemble performed at the St. Emeric Feast Day Banquet for all the guests in attendance.

See pictures from the St. Emeric feast day here.

 

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Cleveland Hungarians remember events of 1956 Freedom Fight

On October 21, 2018, Cleveland’s Hungarians remembered the heroes of the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence. The program, which was organized by the United Hungarian Societies and held at Saint Emeric Catholic Church, honored the memories of Hungarians who emigrated to America following the sad, yet glorious events of Hungarian history, and those who had preserved their memories of emigration, never forgetting their country and their national identity. The celebration of the Hungarian Revolution included the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops; several film compositions were screened.
Endre Szentkiralyi, President of the United Hungarian Societies, greeted the guests after the American national anthem and the opening prayer. Then, scout Julian Balassy read Imre Bogardy’s poem, entitled October Remembrance. After that, the Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34 performed songs to mark the occasion. The program continued with the recollection of various Hungarians from Cleveland, read by Scoutmaster Steve Graber and intern from Hungary Melania Miklos. Scout Leader Reka Pigniczky’s Arrival to America report was also screened.
Dr. Peter Szilagyi, Assistant Secretary of State of Hungary, gave the keynote speech. The program was closed with a prayer and the singing of the Hungarian national anthem.
Prior to the commemoration, at 1 p.m., the leaders of Cleveland’s Hungarian associations, together with the deputy secretary of state and the diplomats from the Chicago Hungarian consulate, laid a wreath at the statues of Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty and the 1956 revolution in downtown Cleveland . After the afternoon commemoration, guests enjoyed a warm reception hosted by Saint Emeric Church.

See pictures from the 1956 commemoration here.

 

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Scoutleader Zoltan Bocsay passed away October 1, 2018

Zoltan Bocsay was born in Balassagyarmat, Hungary on September 11, 1927. His father Jacob fought in WW I and later became police lieutenant in Budapest. His mother Lilla was the daughter of a Catholic Hungarian landowner family. He graduated from Fasori Evangelical High School in Budapest and went on to complete Hungarian Army Officer Candidate School in 1945. The following year brought the end of his military career as second lieutenant in the Hungarian Army Signal Corps. Two children were born out of Zoltan’s first marriage in Hungary, daughter Ottilia Somorjai and Sarolta Thurzo (deceased). He is the grandfather of Zsolt & Orsolya Somorjai and Bettina Thurzo; and great-grandfather of Adam Molnar and Dalma, Barna, Ákos, Balázs, Réka Somorjai. Forced to leave Hungary in 1948, he fled to Germany and later came to Cleveland in 1951. While working in a factory, he learned English and attended Fenn College of Engineering. During this time he became active in Hungarian Scouts and met the love of his life, Clara Boor. They were married in 1957 and became the parents of two daughters, Klara Bocsay Toth and Agnes Bocsay. Zoli worked as a civil engineer for Dalton, Dalton & Newport, which later became URS Dalton. He retired after 43 years, as VP of URS Corp in 2005. He and his wife were active in the local Hungarian Scout troops for over 60 years, also serving as regional leaders and advisors. He was Honorary President of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris. In 1952-53 he was scoutmaster of Troop 22 in Cleveland. The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting in Cleveland awarded him the White Stage Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 for his decades long dedicated work and support of the Hungarian scouts. Zoltan taught Hungarian history, geography and literature in Cleveland’s Hungarian School for over 20 years. He loved to travel and visited many places in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico with family and friends. Most cherished were the summer vacations he spent in Walt Disney World with his grandchildren Benedek and Borbala Toth. Zoltan remained a true soldier, gentleman and scout until the day he died.

 

 

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Nearly 3,000 guests entertained at the 63rd Cleveland Hungarian Festival!

Album 1 pics from the 63rd Hungarian Festival can be seen here.
Album 2 pics from the 63rd Hungarian Festival can be seen here.
Click here for Bocskai Radio’s pics from the 63rd Hungarian Fest.

Click here for more information on the 63rd Hungarian Festival
presented by the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting

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Cleveland Hungarian Scouts participate in the St. Stephen’s Day Hungarian Festival at St. Emeric Church

Cleveland’s Hungarian scouts participated in many areas of the St. Stephen’s Day Hungarian Festival held at St. Emeric Church on Saturday, August 8, 2018. For instance, the girls of Troop 34 prepared crepes for sale, the adult women scout leaders of Troop 33, along with scout leaders from other troops were making elephant ears (lángos), the men of Troop 22 sold ice cream and Hungarian themed souvenirs, and the boys of Troop 14 poured the drinks and kept the church grounds clean and in order.

Performances by the Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble in many different folk costumes entertained the crowd. The next day, on Sunday, August 19, 2018, the scouts and the ensemble were present to greet Cleveland Diocese Bishop Nelson Perez at the St. Stephen Day Mass at St. Emeric Church.

On the links below pictures can be viewed of the Folk Ensemble’s performances, the blessing of the new bread, singing sensation Attila László, 2011 winner of Hungary’s “A Star is Born” television show, and principal celebrant Bishop Perez at the Mass.

Pictures of the festival.           Pictures of the Mass.

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The AHFS celebrated its 60th year at the Hungarian Scout Ball

Click here to view photos of the 2018 debutantes with their escorts and their opening dance.
Click here to see pictures of the various events at the 2018 Hungarian Scout Ball.

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Commemorating 1848/49

Cleveland’s Hungarian community gathered together on Sunday, March 18, 2018 to commemorate the 1848-49 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight. Sponsored by the United Hungarian Societies, nearly 200 people attended the event at the First Hungarian Reformed Church’s hall to hear keynote speaker dr. Csaba Latorcai, Hungary’s Deputy State Secretary for Social Affairs and Heritage Protection.

The program opened with Susan Daroczy greeting the crowd in the name of the UHS followed by Miklos Peller playing the American national anthem on the piano and dr. Csaba Krasznai, pastor of the church, saying the opening prayer. Rahel Krasznai introduced each program participant.

Those presenting on the stage decorated in Hungary’s tri-colors included the church’s Sunday School and Hungarian Language School students, Cleveland State visiting Fulbright Scholar from Hungary dr. Monika Fodor who shared her thoughts about 1848. the combined chorus groups from the local Hungarian Lutheran, reformed and catholic churches, Emory Bogardy who recited his own poem about 1848, the girl scouts from Hungarian Scout Troop 34 who sang songs and acted out a poem about the events from the time, the pastor of the Hungarian Seventh Day Adventist Church who played piano, and the Consul General of Hungary in Chicago dr. Zita Bencsik who presented a video collage of 1848 commemorations from around the world.

The program ended with Fr. Andras Mezei of St. Emeric Hungarian Roman Catholic Church saying the closing prayer followed by all in attendance singing the Szekler and Hungarian anthems. A reception with coffee and pastries concluded the afternoon’s events.

View pictures of the 1848 commemoration here.
Read the Bocskai Radio article and the video of the program here.

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AHFS celebrates 60 years at Hungarian Scout Banquet

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting (AHFS), the supporting organization for Cleveland’s Hungarian scout troops, celebrates 60 years since its inception this year. The 2018 Hungarian Scout Banquet held on Sunday, February 25 was the place to reminisce about the organization’s long history. More than 250 dinners were served by the troops’ scouts and its leaders. Scout chefs Judith Gyorky and Krisztina Tabor and their crew prepared the delicious chicken noodle soup, beef roulade with pureed potatoes, honey roasted carrots and homemade pickled mixed vegetables for the guests. Each place setting had a gift of a fleur-de-lis shaped gingerbread decorated with a big “60” and the organization’s initials by the girls scouts of Troop 34.

Before the meal, Michael Horvath, the AHFS president, greeted the guests and introduced representatives from Hungary’s Chicago Consular Office, Zsuszi Palmai and Agnes Budahazi. Horvath also recognized Balazs Bedy in the audience. Bedy was one of the original signers of the application for non-profit status in Ohio on March 15, 1958. Bedy was president of the AHFS from 1966 for twenty years and is currently an honorary president of the group. The state of Ohio officially recognized the AHFS as a non-profit organization on May 28,1958.

Horvath thanked those hundreds of leaders, scouts and their parents, over the past 60 years, that have guided the organization, built it from the ground up, established a scout park, a scout center, and three fundraising programs including the yearly banquet, the annual Scout Ball, and the fabulously successful Scout Festival, the Cserkésznap, which has allowed the group to flourish. He thanked all those in attendance for their presence and for their financial support each year for helping to provide for the organization’s future health. Everyone’s assistance ensures a great scouting program for the Hungarian youth and the scout leaders of tomorrow, he said.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was the introduction of newly trained leaders. Cleveland District Commissioner Krisztina Nadas introduced 11 Cleveland scouts who completed leadership training camps last summer at the Sandor Sik Scout Park in Fillmore, New York. Each new leader was presented a proclamation recognizing their accomplishments and thanking them for their good work.

During the luncheon, scout leaders Monika Gyerman and Bendeguz Pigniczky performed a short Hungarian folk dance after which Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble director Mathias Tabor talked about the group’s 45th Anniversary Gala Performance to be held at Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Saturday, November 10.

After lunch came the celebratory walnut cake. The cake was brought in by Joseph Gyorky who was president of the AHFS from 1991 to 2001 and Bea Tabor who was president from 2010 to 2016. Balazs Bedy, who has been a member of the AHFS throughout its entire sixty years had the honor of blowing out the candles and cutting the first slice of cake. While everyone enjoyed their piece of cake, scout leader Endre Szentkiralyi presented a slide show on the large screen with pictures from last summer’s jamboree camp in California which was attended by 50 scouts from Cleveland with the financial support of the AHFS.

A raffle helped top off the afternoon. Presided over by scout leader Judith Szentkiralyi and the younger girls scouts, the beautiful and valuable gifts prepared by Dr. Ildiko Bakos were raffled off one by one. Everyone went home afterwards having had an enjoyable afternoon, a great meal, and looking forward to the next 60 years.

Click here to view pictures of the Scout Banquet.

 

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

The Cleveland Hungarian scouts held their traditional Christmas program on Friday evening, Dec. 15, 2017 at St. Emeric Hungarian Roman Catholic Church.

Click here to see pictures from the program.
Click here to read details (in Hungarian) about, and view the video of, the program.

 

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Shopping at Christmas and every day of the year helps us out!

Amazon has a program in which they will donate a half percent of your purchase price to a non-profit organization of your choice.  The program is called AmazonSmile.

All you need to do is click on the link below to go to the Amazon store, choose American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, and shop as you would normally do so.  Amazon will forward the donation straight to the AHFS.

Shop here at the AmazonSmile website.

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Fr. Böjte from Transylvania at     St. Emeric Feast Day Celebration

Members of St. Emeric Church welcomed Fr. Csaba Böjte OFM brother of the Franciscan Order to their parish feast day celebrations on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Fr. Böjte, from Transylvania, was invited by St. Emeric parish administrator Fr András Mezei, for the celebration and for the fifth anniversary of the church’s reopening. The church was filled by nearly 350 worshipers for the 11 a.m. mass. The Cleveland Hungarian scouts and members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, dressed in authentic costumes of Romania’s Szekler region, were also in large attendance to greet Brother Csaba.

After mass there was time for everyone to personally meet and greet Fr. Böjte at the celebratory dinner held in the church hall. More than 300 guests enjoyed a stuffed half-chicken dinner, a dance performance by the folk ensemble, and most importantly a talk by Fr. Böjte of his work with the homeless and foster children in the Transylvanian town of Déva where he has many orphanages. Thank you Brother Csaba for visiting Cleveland on the occasion of St. Emeric’s feast day, for honoring us with your presence, and for enriching our spiritual well-being.

See pictures here of the St. Emeric Feast Day celebrations.
Video of Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble performance at St. Emeric.
View Bocskai Radio’s live feed of the St. Emeric Feast Day mass.

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The Reformation’s 500th anniversary closing celebration

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation was celebrated with a closing service by the Hungarian Reformed Minister’s Group of Cleveland on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church in Cleveland. A dinner was held after the church service in the church hall.

The Bocskai Radio’s pictures of the event can be seen here.

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Cleveland’s Hungarians remember the events of 1956

Under the organization of the United Hungarian Societies, Cleveland’s Hungarians gathered at the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church on Sunday, October 22, to commemorate the 1956 Hungarian revolution and Freedom Fight. After the singing of the American National Anthem the Rev. Eva Tamasy, pastor of the West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church and administrator of the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church, opened the program with a prayer. Zsuzsanna Palmai, the Hungarian consul in Chicago, then greeted the audience.

The keynote speaker, Andrea Lazar, host of the Kapossy Hungarian Radio program and a 1956-er, recalled her personal remembrances of escaping with her parents from the communist Soviet regime. The program’s master of ceremonies was Aladar Solymosi Jr., English Chief Elder of the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church, who introduced each of the afternoon’s performers. Taking the stage were the West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church’s Hungarian school students along with soloist singer Judit Simon, the boy and girl scouts from Hungarian Scout Troops 14 and 34 with their 1956 tribute to the revolutionaries, Istvan Kekedy with a poem recital, and the combined choirs of the Hungarian Reformed, Lutheran, Adventist and Baptist churches conducted by Rev. Zoltan Tamasy and accompanied by Erika Boda on the piano and the organ.

The program concluded with a prayer by Fr. Andras Mezei, administrator of St. Emeric Hungarian Roman Catholic Church followed by the singing of the Hungarian National Anthem by all those in attendance. Sandwiches, pastries, coffee and other light snacks awaited everyone afterwards in the Church’s main hall.

See pictures of the 1956 commemoration here.

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church celebrates 125th anniversary

The parishioners of Cleveland’s St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church celebrated its 125th anniversary on October 15, 2017. The mass was celebrated by the Cleveland Diocese new bishop, the Rev. Nelson Perez. Concelebrating were Auxiliary Bishop Roger Gries, St. Elizabeth pastor Fr. Andras Antal, Fr. Andras Mezei from St. Emeric Church, and Fr. Barnabas Kiss from Holy Cross Church in Detroit amongst others.

Guests representing the government of the Republic of Hungary included from the Prime Minister’s Office Deputy State Secretary Dr. Peter Szilagyi and Hungary’s Consul General in Chicago Dr. Zita Bencsik. The mass was followed by a banquet in the church hall. Before the luncheon Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson congratulated the guests on the occasion of the anniversary and presented Fr. Antal a proclamation from the city. Fr. Antal has served nearly 30 years at St. Elizabeth and we congratulate him and his parishioners on their church’s, the first Hungarian Roman Catholic Church established in North America, 125 years!

View pictures of the 125th anniversary celebration here.

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More than 3,200 attend the      62nd Hungarian Scout Festival

While the early scout festivals in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s saw attendance numbers over 4,000, this year’s festival was the first time that more than 3,000 attended since the 50th festival held in 2005. This year’s attendance was 3,206. One would have to go back decades to see numbers that high.

A great big thank you to all those who volunteered their time to make the day a big success and also to a those in attendance who supported the Cleveland Hungarian scouts by their participation that day.

The following two photo albums provide a highlight of many of the day’s events:

Album 1 – Photos by Miklos Szentkiralyi of the 62nd Hungarian Scout Festival.
Album 2 – Photos by Mike & Judy Horvath of the 62nd Hungarian Scout Festival.
Bocskai Radio’s photos of the 2017 Hungarian Scout Festival.
Video report by Duna TV about the 62nd Hungarian Scout Festival (in Hungarian).

Click here for detailed info about the Hungarian Scout Festival!

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A great time and celebration at the 61st Hungarian Scout Ball

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting held its 61st Hungarian Scout Ball on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Woodside Event Center at St. Michael’s in Broadview Heights, Ohio. About 200 guests witnessed the introduction to Hungarian society of the debutantes as they were presented by their fathers. They then proceeded to perform their opening dance with their escorts.

Honored guests included the Hungarian General Counsel in Chicago Dr. Zita Bencsik who presented Dr. Endre Szentkiralyi an award from the Hungarian government. The AHFS’s President Michael Horvath presented the White Stag Award from the AHFS to George Kovacs for his 40 years of outstanding service to the Hungarian scouts of Cleveland.

Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 33 and Troop 34 celebrated milestone anniversaries of their founding, 60 and 65 years respectively. Many of their former troop leaders were in attendance and were recognized with a flower bouquet. For everyone’s enjoyment music was provided by Harmonia. The Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble presented their Hungarian court dance shortly before midnight. After which, to everyone’s delight, a sweet indulgence treat was served to all the guests before retiring for the night.

 

Pictures from the 61st Hungarian Scout Ball can be seen here.
Click here to view Aleksa Bogárdy’s pictures of the debutantes.
Krisztina Petho’s pictures on the Bocskai Radio facebook page.

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Wreath laying ceremony and program commemorates 1848

Cleveland’s Hungarians commemorated the 1848 Hungarian freedom fight with a program organized by the United Hungarian Societies on Saturday evening March 11, 2017. A new venue for this event this year was the downtown location of the Cleveland Public Library. On the library’s third floor hall, a wreath laying ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m. at the statue (bust) of Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi. In front of about 100 guests, a wreath was laid in his honor by UHS President Valeria Nagy-Rátoni, who is also the troop leader for Hungarian Scout Troop 33, and by Dr. Ádám Márkusfalvi-Tóth, Acting Consul General at the Consulate of Hungary in Chicago.

The commemorative program began at 6 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. Krisztina Pethő, an intern from Hungary serving the Cleveland Hungarian community, and Eszti Pigniczky, Leadership Training Commissioner for the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris, expertly hosted the program in Hungarian and English respectively. The American flag was presented by Julian Balássy of Hungarian Boy Scout Troop 14 and the Hungarian flag was presented by Kinga Turoczi of Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34, after which the United States national anthem was sung by the more than 150 people present.

The program included Sándor Veres reciting Sándor Petőfi’s poem, “National Song”; a musical performance by the Seventh-day Hungarian Adventist Church’s youth orchestra; a March 15, 1848 commemoration by the scouts from Troops 14 and 34; István Hargitai reciting another of Petőfi’s poems; and a performance by the new 30 member Cleveland Hungarian Churches’ United Choir. The keynote speech was given by Dr. Ádám Márkusfalvi-Tóth.

The wonderful program concluded with the youth orchestra and the choir performing Mihály Vörösmarty’s “Szózat” and all in attendance singing the Hungarian national anthem. Afterwards, a reception in the auditorium’s entrance hall was held with delicious appetizers and desserts served to conclude the evening’s activities.

You can see pictures from the commemoration programs here.

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A Delicious and Entertaining Scout Banquet

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting along with the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops held their annual Hungarian Scout Banquet on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in the St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church hall. The 300 guests were greeted by the AHFS President Michael Horvath who thanked them for their presence and support.

During the program, Cleveland District Scout Commissioner Andrea Meszaros introduced 16 new young adult scout leaders and presented them with a commemorative document in appreciation of their work with the scouts this past year. Former AHFS President Bea Tabor was presented the White Stag Leadership Award from the AHFS for her past many years volunteer work as a teacher for ten years at the Hungarian School, plus two years as its principal, and for dedicated work as president of the AHFS for the past six years.

While the guests feasted on the delicious dinner prepared by chief chefs and scout leaders Judith Gyorky and Krisztina Tabor and their crew, everyone was entertained by a slide show presentation of pictures from the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensembles three week research trip last summer to Hungary, and to Hungarian minority areas of Serbia and Romania. HSFE Director Mathias Tabor thanked those gathered for their financial support which made the trip possible.

A short film by Assistant Scout Leader Julian Kozmon of Troop 14’s past summer camp was shown to everyone’s delight on the big screen on stage. This was followed by Scout Master Dr. Endre Szentkiraly’s slide presentation of the boy and girl scout troops’ plans for camping with Hungarian scouts from the west coast, Vancouver and Calgary next summer in the California high country wilderness.

The Bocskai Radio’s Lorand Csibi was also on hand to present to Hungarian Scout Fund Director and Scout Leader Krisztina Nadas a check for $2,000 which they raised to help pay for a new infirmary to be constructed at the Hungarian Scout Association’s Scout Park in Fillmore, New York where, amongst many activities, scout leadership training camps also take place.

The girls from Scout Troop 34 wrapped up the afternoon with their raffle where many wonderful gifts were raffled off to the delight of the many guests in attendance.

Click here to see pictures from the 2017 Scout Banquet.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas!

The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting and the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops wish all of our supporters a very merry and blessed Christmas.

Pictures from the scouts’ Christmas program may be viewed here.
See the video of the Christmas program here.

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West Side Hungarian Reformed Church 110th Anniversary

15196086_10154682405687278_3298664187635789325_o1The Cleveland West Side Hungarian Reformed Church celebrated its 110th anniversary on Saturday afternoon, November 19, 2016. Processing in at the Celebratory Church Service were some of Cleveland’s Hungarian scouts, members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, ten clergyman including Bishop of Calvin Synod, UCC Rt. Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasnai who is also pastor of Cleveland’s First Hungarian Reformed Church, and one priest St. Emeric Church Administrator Fr. András Mezei.

The celebration’s guest of honor and main speaker was former pastor and scout leader the Rev. Dr. Szabolcs Kálmán. The Rev. Kálmán was pastor of the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church from 1991 to 2000. The church service was made more special with the performances of The Little Hungarian Choir and organist Márton Tamásy. A banquet followed the event where the 110 participants were greeted by the church’s Chief Elder Aladár Pálffy and English President Aladár Solymosi.

Pictures from the celebration can be seen here.

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St. Emeric Feast Day with Archbishop Márfi of Hungary

marfi-gyula-ersek-073aCleveland’s St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church celebrated its patron saint’s feast day with a solemn Mass followed by a banquet on November 6, 2016. The principal celebrant was Archbishop of Veszprém, Hungary Dr. Gyula Márfi. The Archbishop was the one who on Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon’s invitation recommended Fr. András Mezei from Veszprém to be the administrator at St. Emeric Parish. Fr. Mezei accepted the appointment and has been leading the flock at St. Emeric since July 2015.

The Hungarian scouts and members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble led the procession into the church in welcoming the Archbishop who holds the same position as Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty before he was appointed Cardinal. The Archbishop was escorted to America by Deacon Attila Szántó, also from Veszprém.

After Mass, Márfi blessed the newly established Cardinal Mindszenty Memorial Room. In the room are displayed once again the pictures and memorabilia of the Cardinal’s visit to St. Emeric during his North American tour in 1974 that had been in storage during the church’s closure.

Nearly 300 people gathered for the banquet in the church hall. The folk ensemble presented a dance to everyone’s delight which was followed by delicious servings of chicken soup, chicken paprikas with dumplings and strudel for dessert.

We are grateful to the Archbishop for making the long trip from Hungary to visit us and to celebrate together St. Emeric’s feast day.

Pictures from the feast day’s events can be seen here.

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1956 Commemorations in Cleveland

1956-2016-115Cleveland’s Hungarian scouts participated in the many commemorations for the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. Initially, on Oct. 20, 2016  members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble escorted the presentation of the flags at the reception held by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at city hall in honor of the events of 1956. On Oct. 23, the Hungarian flag presented to the scouts last year by Hungary’s Parliament Speaker László Kövér, and which flew above the Parliament Building in Budapest, also flew over city hall.

At the same time, two streets down from city hall, nearly 100 people gathered at Mindszenty Plaza for a wreath-laying ceremony sponsored by the United Hungarian Societies (UHS). The scouts presented the flags at the 1956 memorial and the Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty statue. After the singing of the United States and Hungarian national anthems, Cleveland District Commissioner Andrea Vareska-Meszaros gave the keynote address and scout Julian Balassy from Hungarian Scout Troop 14 recited a poem.  1956-ers Steve Kekedy and Scout Leader Thomas Ratoni-Nagy with the assistance of Assistant Troop Leaders Hanna Szentkiralyi and Keve Pigniczky laid wreaths at the statues. The program was directed by the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris International Commissioner and the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting Executive Secretary Michael Horvath.

After the wreath-laying ceremony, at 4 p.m. at St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church, the scouts presented the flags of the U.S. and Hungary and the four scout troops’ flags along with some other organization’s flags at the “Legacy of Freedom” concert sponsored by the UHS. The main performers at the concert were the 50 member Cleveland Women’s Orchestra which performed Hungarian works by Liszt, Kodály, Erkel and Brahms. After the concert, attended by about 400 people, a reception was held with food and drinks in the Church hall for all those in attendance.

All the programs were a fitting display and remembrance in tribute to all the heroes of 1956.

Click here to see pictures from all three 1956 events.
Click here to see pictures and videos of the wreath-laying ceremony.
Click here to see pictures and videos of  the city hall ceremony.

 

 

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A beautiful day at the 61st Hungarian Scout Festival

IMGP8369The weather could not have been more perfect for the 61st Hungarian Scout Festival on Sunday, September 4, 2016 held by the Cleveland Hungarian scouts and their supporting organization the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting. About 2,850 were in attendance at this annual event once again held at the nearby German Central Park with its most accommodating indoor and outdoor facilities.

After the flag raising ceremonies (where nearly 200 uniformed scouts stood at attention) and the Sunday church services were completed, the kitchens opened at noon serving up the most delectable Hungarian foods – chicken paprikas, stuffed cabbage, goulash soup, grilled pork steak, fresh sausages, elephant ears (lángos), jam filled crepes, tortes, napoleons, biscuits and ice cream.

Live music, performances by the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, live exotic animal presentations, a market bazaar, folk dance lessons, a book fair, raffle, and kids’ arts, crafts and games kept the crowds entertained throughout the day.

Pictures show a thousand words about how everyone enjoyed the day.

Click here to see pictures from the 2016 Scout Festival.
Click here to see Bocskai Radio’s pictures from the 2016 Scout Festival.
Click here for more information about the 2016 Scout Festival.

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60th Ball is a milestone event

1IMGP8238Before the debutantes could be presented, there were a few formalities that needed to take place before the gathered guests at the St. Elias Cultural Center’s ballroom on Saturday night, April 30, 2016. The evening’s program was expertly hosted by scout leaders Hanna Szentkiralyi and Bendeguz Pigniczky. The president of the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, Bea Tabor, greeted all those in attendance to this year’s 60th Hungarian Scout Benefit Ball. The AHFS is the sponsoring organization for the local Hungarian scout troops and the host for the Scout Ball. Fr. Andras Mezei, pastor of St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church, followed by saying grace before the evening’s meal.

After the delicious dinner, the president of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris, Emory Lendvai-Lintner, commemorated the 65 years of Hungarian scouting in Cleveland. He praised those, who with their volunteer work, helped establish and guide the success of the movement through the many years. It was in 1951 that the first Hungarian scout troop in North America was founded in Cleveland. Next to speak was Dr. Ferenc Szebenyi, Hungary’s Consul General in Chicago, who acquainted the guests with his work and responsibilities to Hungarians living in Cleveland and Ohio. He congratulated the scouts for celebrating their two milestone events.

The highlight of the evening was the debutante’s opening dance which was choreographed and taught by Ilona Gulden-Solomon. The debutante girl scouts and their escorts were Eva Johnson and Andrew Duna, Karina Kosa and Christopher Mepham, Natalia Mepham and Joseph Linder, and Eneh Turoczi and Zoltan Nadas. After the opening dance the dance floor was filled with a waltz played by the Harmonia Orchestra.

Later in the evening members of the Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble presented their court dance in their traditional Hungarian court attire. A large round of applause greeted them at the end of their beautiful performance. Before the night was over, the guests were surprised with an evening buffet at which a chocolate fountain was the centerpiece. A myriad of deserts, fruits, candies, pretzels, bacon, and other delicacies were available for dipping into the richly flowing chocolate.

Special thanks go out to Elizabeth Balassy, Ball Committee Chairperson, and to members of the Ball Committee for their wonderful organization of the evening’s event. We hope to see many more of you at next year’s Ball.

2016 Hungarian Scout Ball photos, Album 1.
Elizabeth Balassy’s official pictures for downloading and printing, Album 2.

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Four scouts receive sacrament of Confirmation at St. Emeric

AIMGP8154On Sunday, April 24, 2016, seven people received the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Emeric Hungarian Roman Catholic Church in Cleveland. Amongst them were four Hungarian scouts – Erika Kovács, Katica Linder, Enese Pigniczky and Ferenc Somogyi. Bishop Dr. Ferenc Cserháti, Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom-Budapest, (Hungary), entrusted with the pastoral care of Hungarians living outside of Hungary presided over the Mass. A full church, with about 35 Hungarian scouts in uniform and folk costumes, were present to welcome the bishop. Joseph Gyorky, scout leader and St. Emeric Parish Council President offered greetings to his Excellency. The Youth Music Group and Chorus, of which many members are also scouts, enhanced the proceedings with their excellent talents. After the Mass, a Spring Banquet, attended by a 250 people, was held to commemorate this special occasion and the visit of Bishop Cserháti.

Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

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Hungary’s Bishop Cserháti visits scouts at the Scout Center

IMGP8015Bishop Dr. Ferenc Cserháti, Auxiliary Bishop of Esztergom-Budapest, (Hungary), entrusted with the pastoral care of Hungarians living outside of Hungary visited the Cleveland Hungarian scouts on April 22, 2016 at the Scout Center. At the time, the scouts were enjoying a spirited activity of folk games. At the end of the scout meeting the Bishop addressed the gathered youth. He is a guest at St. Emeric Parish this weekend and will celebrate Holy Mass on Sunday, April 24th at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend!

Pictures from the visit can be seen here.

 

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invite cover 2016

Celebrating 65 years of Hungarian scouting in Cleveland!
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 6 p.m.
St. Elias Cultural Center, 8023 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn, Ohio
Click here for more information.

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Remembering 1848 revolution1

Under the organization of the United Hungarian Societies and its members, the Cleveland Hungarian community remembered the events of the 1848 revolution at the First Hungarian Reformed Church’s great hall on Sunday, March 13, 2016. The program was gracefully led by church member Rahel Krasznai. The singing of the American and Hungarian national anthems by those gathered was accompanied by Marton Tamasy on the piano followed by an opening prayer from the church’s Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai.

The program continued with opening remarks and greetings from the leader of Hungary’s Consulate General office in Chicago, Dr. Adam Markusfalvi-Toth. He was followed by Laszlo Bojtos, Hungary’s Honorary Consul General in Cleveland, who read Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s remarks about the events of 1848. The West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church’s Little Hungarian Choir presented songs for the occasion, the First Hungarian Reformed Church’s Hungarian School older students performed a stage play followed by the younger students’ poetry recitals, and the scouts from Hungarian Scout Troop 14 dramatized a recruiting of soldiers’ scene through dance.

The keynote speaker for the afternoon was Kelemen Mikes Program intern Gergely Bodok from Hungary. The Cleveland Hungarian School’s 6th grade student Emilia Payne’s recital of Sandor Petofi’s poem “National Song – Rise Up Magyar!”, a closing prayer by Rev. Sandor Kulcsar of the Cleveland Hungarian Bethany Baptist Church, and the singing of the Szekler Anthem concluded the commemoration. A social gathering with pastries and coffee completed the afternoon’s event.

Click here to see pictures from the commemoration.

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A delightful Scout Banquet afternoon

1It’s unknown to us how many times the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting and the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops have held their annual Scout Banquet. But, it is for sure that the 250 guests at the St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church hall on February 21, 2016 went home in a good mood and a full stomach after a delicious meal and an entertaining program. Scout leaders Judith Gyorky and Krisztina Tabor, the event’s chefs, along with their tremendous kitchen help, prepared the luncheon consisting of creamy mushroom soup, stewed beef with vegetables and egg barley. Lajos Mezosi, owner of Transylvania Bakery Shop, capped the menu with his walnut torte filled with apricot jam.

Bea Tabor, president of the AHFS, greeted the guests with a few words of welcome. Fr. Andras Mezei, pastor of St. Emeric Parish, opened the luncheon with a prayer before the meal. Our young adult scouts served up the dinners with expertise. Between courses, scout leader Endre Szentkiralyi presented a report in pictures and a video of the 2015 Scout Jamboree. He thanked all those in attendance who financially supported the camp and helped make it a success. The leader of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble, Mathias Tabor, gave a brief insight into the group’s plans for this summer’s 3rd tour of the Carpathian Basin. Plans are to visit parts of old Hungary and the Transylvania region of Romania where they will gather and learn about authentic Hungarian traditions.

Before the afternoon was complete, beautiful gift baskets provided by adult scout dr. Ildiko Bakos were raffled off to everyone’s delight. On a beautiful winter day everyone went home well fed and with a big, satisfied smile on their face.

Click here to view pictures from the Scout Banquet.

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110 member scout choir helps celebrate Christmas at St. Emeric

 

Cserkesz karacsony 098The Cleveland Hungarian scouts celebrated the birth of Jesus at their annual Christmas Program on December 18, 2015 at St. Emeric Hungarian Roman Catholic Church. Scout patrols and leaders from Hungarian Scout Troops 14 and 34 gave witness to the blessed Christmas story through song, verse and a Nativity play. The program was accompanied by music provided by Adam Torok-Dancso (violin, recorders, zither), Geza and Peter Balassy (guitar), Judith Horvath (keyboard) and Miklos Peller (organ).

Fr. Andras Mezei, pastor of St. Emeric Church, gave the sermon and closing prayer, which was followed by 110 scouts singing as a choir to conclude the beautiful holiday program. Afterwards, all were invited to the church hall for desserts, refreshments and fellowship. Special thanks go to Adam Torok-Dancso (intern from Hungary) and Eszter Pigniczky and Judith Horvath (leaders in Troop 34) for their efforts in arranging the program.

We wish everyone a very blessed and peaceful Christmas!

Pictures of the event can be seen here.

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We remembered the events of 1956

1956 megemlekezes 037A commemoration of Hungary’s 1956 revolution was organized by Cleveland’s United Hungarian Societies with the cooperation of the West Side Hungarian Evangelical Church at 2 p.m. on October 25, 2015 at the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church’s Bethlen Hall. The program was moderated by Aladar Solymosi, an adult scout and representative of the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church.

The program began with the singing of the Szekler Hymn. Miklos Peller, organist from St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church, accompanied those in attendance on the piano. The Rev. Eva Tamasy, pastor of the West Side Hungarian Evangelical Church, opened the program with a prayer. The Kis Magyar Choir, directed by Judit Simon-Vasarhelyi performed songs for the occasion. The chorus was accompanied by Adam Torok-Dancso, an intern from Hungary, who at various times played the zither, recorder, and violin.

Also performing were the students from the West Side Evangelical Church’s Hungarian School, members of Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34, and Edina Leitgeb presented a famous Hungarian poem for the occasion.

The keynote address was given by Dr. Imre Szakacs the Diaspora Liaison from the Hungarian Consul General’s office in New York. Fr. Andras Mezei, pastor of St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church gave the closing prayer and the program concluded with all in attendance singing the Hungarian National Anthem. Desserts, coffee and refreshments were enjoyed afterwards by the 200 people in attendance.

Pictures from the event can be viewed here.

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2,500 in attendance to celebrate 60th Hungarian Scout Festival

Kathleen Szentkiralyi’s official photos of the 2015 Festival can be viewed here.
View Bocskai Radio’s pictures of the 2015 Hungarian Scout Festival here.
Video report from Hungary in English about the 60th annual Cleveland Hungarian Scout Festival.
See Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proclamation here.
See U.S. Senator Robert Portman’s (OH) letter of greeting here.
Winners of the 2015 raffle can be seen on the Scout Festival page.


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Click here for more info about the 60th Hungarian Scout Festival.

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Mezei atya elso mise Szt. Imre 026Fr. András Mezei is welcomed to St. Emeric parish

On Sunday morning, July 5, 2015, Fr. András Mezei was welcomed by the St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church congregation for his first mass at his new parish. Fr. Mezei, who is now also the landlord for the Hungarian Scouts and their Scout Center, was greeted by many scouts in attendance. He was born in the Szekler region of Romania and has come to St. Emeric Church via Hungary to tend to the spiritual needs of Cleveland’s Hungarian catholic community. Fr. Mezei briefly introduces himself here:

     My name is András Mezei, I was born in Gyergyóditró, which is in the Szekler region of Transylvania. I am the third child of my parents and have an older sister and an older brother as well as a younger brother. Our father died in 1988,  and our mother raised us by herself.

     I had a happy childhood.  I enjoyed serving Mass.  The idea of becoming a priest became a recurring thought even then and probably  played a role in my eventually becoming one. I completed my theological studies at Blessed Gizella Seminary in Veszprém, Hungary. After my ordination in 2008, my first assignment was in Keszthely, where I served  for five years before I was named pastor at Csabrendek.

     Now Providence guided me to Cleveland, where, judging  from  my brief experience and observation, there is great need for pastoral service. I ask all Hungarian bretheren of good will, to pray for blessings for the success of our joint missionary endeavor. 

     Father András Mezei

Pictures of the mass and reception afterwards may be viewed here.
Miklos Peller’s report, in Hungarian, about the day’s events can be read here.
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2015 Hungarian Scout Ball

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The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting held their 59th annual Hungarian Scout Ball on April 18, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown.

Guests of Honor at the event were Honorary Patrons Emery Lendvai-Lintner, President of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris and Dr. Ferenc Kumin, Hungary’s General Consul in New York.  The Principal Guest was George Gulden, recipient of the AHFS’s Friend of Scouting Award for his decades’ long support and service to the organization.

The Cleveland Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble presented their traditional Court Dance during the evening to the delight of all those in attendance.  Harmonia presented the musical entertainment for the evening.

See pictures of the event here.
See the Bocskai Radio’s pictures here.
Video of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble’s Palotas dance.
Katica Szentkiralyi’s official ball pictures can be found here.

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Scouts, Folk Ensemble Welcome Fr. Csaba Böjte to Cleveland

Bojte Csaba atya Szt. Imre 000March 22, 2015, became a memorable day for the Cleveland Hungarian community.  Father Csaba Böjte, Franciscan priest well known for his charitable work, accompanied by two representatives from the St. Francis Foundation, Dr. Agnes Madarassy and John Csák, visited Cleveland, Ohio during their North American tour.  They chose St. Emeric Church as the center for the day’s activities, which began with the celebration of Mass at 11 a.m.  The church was filled to capacity with parishioners, visitors, and guests from the Cleveland area and also from as far away as Columbus, Ohio.  The Hungarian Scouts also participated, with some members of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble dressed in the costume of the Szekely (Szekler) region of Transylvania, where Fr. Csaba hails from.  Father Csaba’s inspirational homily presented in his unique style focused on the Franciscan’s motto, also known as the prayer of St. Francis,  — “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…”, emphasizing the power of love as Christ taught us when facing challenges and by working together in harmony and peace for the good of others.   

Following Mass, a reception lunch in Hungarian style, of goulash and „lángos” prepared lovingly by the ladies of St. Emeric Parish welcomed the 300 guests in the church hall.  As a token symbol of the love and respect of the parishioners, a group of children presented Father with a bouquet of flowers, which Father then asked one of the girls to place on the Blessed Virgin’s altar in the church.

Bojte Csaba atya Szt. Imre 031During the course of the luncheon, John Csak, a trustee of the St. Francis Foundation, briefed us on the far reaching charitable work of the Foundation in maintaining the 82 orphanages and children’s homes founded by Father Csaba in the Transylvanian region of Romania and in Hungary over the past 20 years. These homes help the most vulnerable, the poor, the neglected, and the destitute children in society by providing not only basic necessities such as shelter, food, clothing, education, but above all human dignity and hope for their future.  Csak said that the success rate is outstanding.  Father Csaba then proceeded to vividly illustrate with real life stories not only the everyday challenges in the lives of these children, but also the heart-warming successes in the lives of these individuals as having become contributing members of society.  It is interesting to note that Fr. Csaba’s visit for us coincides with the season of Lent when all Christians are called to deepen their relationship with God through prayer, penance, and practice of charity.  What a terrific teaching example we have of this in the life and work of Fr. Csaba and the St. Francis Foundation.  During the course of the afternoon the foundation trustees accepted donations to help in their work.  The generosity of the donors is to be commended.

This year’s 5th Sunday of Lent and the first Sunday of Spring has become a day we will remember for a long time to come.  We thank Fr. Csaba Bojte for visiting us in Cleveland, for celebrating Mass with us and for inspiring us and spiritually enriching our lives.  The parishioners of St. Emeric Parish consider it an honor and privilege that they were chosen to host this event.  The parishioners, especially the ladies of the parish, together with the scouts worked hard, but lovingly, to bring about this reception and for that we thank them.  Above all, we thank Our Heavenly Father for his loving providence in allowing us to be part of this spiritually enriching experience.      

-Ildiko Peller

Click here to see pictures from the day’s events.

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Cleveland Commemorated the Hungarian Revolution of 1848

1848 megemlekezes-2015 002More than 200 guests gathered on March 15, 2015 at Cleveland’s West Side Hungarian Reformed Church to commemorate the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.  Organized by the United Hungarian Societies, the program began with the singing of the American and Hungarian national anthems, accompanied by Marton Tamasy on the organ. 

The opening prayer was given by the Rev. Eva Tamasy of the West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church.  The keynote address was presented by the Rev. Thomas G. Forrai, SJ, Provincial of the Hungarian Jesuit Province.  The afternoon’s program was hosted by Hanna Szentkiralyi, assistant troop leader of Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34 and the representative of the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans, Cleveland Chapter.  Among those performing at the commemoration were the Little Hungarian Chorus, the First Hungarian Reformed Church Sunday School students, the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church Youth Group members, and the girl scouts from Troop 34. 

Sandor Petofi’s “National Song” was expertly recited by Julian Balassy of Hungarian Boy Scout Troop 14 and a 5th grade student in the Cleveland Hungarian School.  The Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai of the First Hungarian Reformed Church gave the closing prayer and the singing of the Szekler Hymn by all those attending finished a most memorable afternoon.  Pastries and coffee awaited all those in attendance in the church’s large hall.

Click here to see pictures from the 1848 Commemoration.

 

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Nearly 300 at Scout Awards Banquet

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Nearly 300 guests braved the very cold and snowy conditions to travel to downtown Cleveland on Sunday, February 22, 2015 to the St. Emeric Parish Church Hall for the annual Hungarian Scout Awards Banquet.  Scout leaders and master chefs Judith Gyorky and Krisztina Tabor prepared a delicious meal for the luncheon. On the menu was Spring pea and vegetable soup, breaded pork cutlet, mashed potatoes with onions, cucumber salad and very tasty Napoleons for dessert. 

Before lunch was served, large red bell peppers stuffed with a Hungarian cream cheese spread with paprika were provided with freesh homemade biscuits at the bar for the guests to satisfy their hunger while they waited for the program to begin.  During the program, Cleveland District Commissioner Andrea Meszaros presented Certificates of Achievement to 19 newly trained scout leaders for their outstanding work during the previous year.  She asked these scout leaders to continue to follow in the leadership examples set forth by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting, and his wife Olave, whose shared birthdays were celebrated that day.

This was followed by the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting President Bea Tabor proudly presenting the Scout Leadership Award to her son Mathias Tabor.  The recognition was for his work as an adult scout leader in Hungarian Boy Scout Troop 14 and as one of the skillful leaders of the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble since 2007 where he also has organized a three week tour of Hungary and two gala performances for the group.

Before dessert was served Endre Szentkiralyi, camp director of this year’s Hungarian Scout Jamboree to be held August 6-16 in Fillmore, New York, shared his plans for this worldwide gathering of Hungarian scouts.  The afternoon concluded with a raffle organized by Dr. Ildiko Bakos of Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34, sending many guests home with some fabulous prizes to enjoy.

Click here to see pictures from the 2015 Scout Awards Banquet.

 

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Vilmos Bardossy passed away at 92

Scout leader Vilmos Bardossy passed away on January 6, 2015 at the age of 92.  Bardossy was scoutmaster of Cleveland’s Hungarian Scout Troop 14 from 1953 to 1955.  He was the troop’s second scoutmaster.

Bardossy Vilmos Csoda.dijalIn 1951, Bardossy was the Secretary of the newly formed Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris headquartered in Garfield, NJ.  He was its Executive Secretary from 1957 to 1959.  For many years Bardossy was an instructor at the organization’s leadership training camps in 1957-59 and 1976-1993.  His specialty was teaching young leaders about the HSAiE’s rules and regulations.

He was a longtime supporter of the Cleveland Hungarian scout troops’ sponsoring organization, the American Hungarian Friends of Scouting.  Bardossy was one of the organizers of the initial Hungarian Scout Festivals and Benefit Balls.  In 2000, the AHFS awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to the Hungarian scouts of Cleveland.

About 50 uniformed scouts, standing at attention, saluted him at his funeral mass.  He is mourned by his three daughters Elizabeth, Victoria, and Maria, all of whom were once scouts in Hungarian Girl Scout Troop 34.  May he rest in peace.

 

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A joyous scouts’ Christmas Program

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Cleveland’s Hungarian Scout Troops 14 and 34 held their annual Christmas program on December 19, 2014 at St. Emeric Church.  Hundreds of scouts, parents, and friends gathered to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.

Pictures from the program can be seen here.

 

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1956 megemlekezes 015Remembering the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

On October 19, 2014, the greater Cleveland Hungarian community remembered the events of Hungary’s 1956 revolution.  The day began in downtown’s Mindszenty Plaza where Dr. Janos Csak, the Hungarian ambassador to England from 2011 to 2014, laid a wreath at the statue commemorating 1956.  His son Máté also was in attendance.  Later, at St. Emeric Church, Csak gave the keynote address at the program remembering 1956 which was sponsored by the United Hungarian Societies and the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society.

The afternoon’s commemoration began with the singing of the American and Hungarian national anthems accompanied by Miklos Peller on the organ and an opening prayer by Fr. Andras Antal, pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church.  The program included songs by the St. Emeric Choir and also the West Side Hungarian Lutheran Church’s Little Hungarian Choir under the leadership of the Rev. Zoltan Tamasy and organist Marton Tamasy, poems about the events of 1956, and a presentation by the boys of Hungarian Scout Troop 14.

The program, which was hosted by Erika Chmielewski, Hungarian Scout Troop 34 patrol leader and representative of the Hungarian War Veterans Association, concluded with the singing of the Szozat and the Szekler Hymn.  Following these events, with the accompaniment of coffee and pastries in the church’s downstairs hall, an exhibit in photos and print of the 1956 revolution was presented by Andras Lazar, curator of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society’s museum, and Imre Bogardy, a refugee from 1956 Hungary.

See pictures from the day’s events here.

 

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2015 Hungarian Scout Jamboreejubi_logo

Every five years, the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris celebrates its anniversaries with a jubilee jamboree.  These scout camps are rather large and expansive.

About 800 Hungarian scouts will gather at the next jamboree on August 6-16, 2015.  Visitors to the camp on its final weekend will push the total attendance to over 1,000 campers.

This camp presents an excellent opportunity for scouts to gather in fellowship with Hungarian scouts from other metropolitan cities and from other countries around the world.

More information about the jamboree, in Hungarian, can be found here on the camp’s website.

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Amazon has a program in which they will donate a half percent of your purchase price to a non-profit organization of your choice.  The program is called AmazonSmile.

All you need to do is click on the link below to go to the Amazon store, choose American Hungarian Friends of Scouting, and shop as you would normally do so.  Amazon will forward the donation straight to the AHFS.

Shop here at the AmazonSmile website.

 

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Laszlo Zala  –  Apr. 21, 1934 – Oct. 6, 2014

Zala Laszlo 2003Our dear friend in scouting, Laszlo Zala, passed away in an automobile accident on Monday morning, Oct. 6.  Mr. Zala was born in Colombia and was Scoutmaster of Hungarian Scout Troop 22 in Cleveland from 1966 to 1968.  The American Hungarian Friends of Scouting presented him its White Stag Scout Leader Award in 2003 for his many years of service and support toward the Hungarian scouts in the greater Cleveland area.

Mr. Zala is mourned by his loving wife Judith, their children Judie, Marianna, Laszlo, Steven, Eva, Emmi and their family members, the scouts from Troop 22, and all the scouts from the large Hungarian scout community.  In memoriam, the family suggests a donation to the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society, P.O. Box 24134, Cleveland, OH 44124.

Rest in peace Mr. Zala.

 

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2,100+ guests at this year’s festival – Thank you for your support!

You may view pictures from the 2014 festival here.


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Click on the picture for more info about the festival.

 

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Gulden Kati Freedom Award 033Katalin Gulden Receives The Freedom Award 

The American Nationalities Movement of Ohio presented Katalin Gulden their Freedom Award at its 53rd Annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 17, 2014.  Gulden was recognized for her many years of service to the Cleveland Hungarian scouts in addition to her work with many of the other organizations within Cleveland’s Hungarian community. 

The dinner was held during Captive Nations Week which was signed into law in 1959 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Every successive U.S. President has declared the third week of July to be Captive Nations Week.  The week aims to raise public awareness of the oppression of nations under the control of Communist and other non-democratic governments.  Ohio’s U.S. Senator Robert Portman, also a Freedom Award recipient that night, gave the keynote address.

Gulden’s award was presented to her by the Hon. Judge Ralph J. Perk Jr., President of the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio, along with more than half a dozen proclamations from area dignitaries recognizing Gulden’s achievements.  Congratulations Mrs. Gulden for all that you have accomplished!

See pictures from the event here.
View Gulden’s biography from the program book here.
See The Freedom Award inscription here.

 

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 58th annual Hungarian Scout Ball

IMGP5009The Cleveland American Hungarian Friends of Scouting held its 58th Hungarian Scout Ball on Saturday, May 10 in the ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.  This year’s debutantes, Aleksa Bogardy, Viktoria Ponti, Zsuzsi Szabados and Lilla Turoczi, along with their escorts, opened the evening’s festivities.  Also participating in the opening dance in their decorative court gowns were last year’s debutantes Erika Chmielewski, Monika Gyerman, and Andrea Orszag.  Before midnight, the Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble presented their traditional court dance, the Palotas. Panni Tabor and Tibor Baki guided the guests through the evening’s program while Harmonia provided the night’s dance music.

Click here to view pictures from this year’s ball.
Katica Szentkiralyi’s official ball pictures can be found here.
Click here to see the ball invitation.

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Cleveland’s Commemoration of Hungary’s 1848 Fight for Freedom

1848. megemlekezes 055Under the organization of the United Hungarian Societies, the commemoration of the 1848 Freedom Fight was held on March 16, 2014 in the hall of Cleveland’s First Hungarian Reformed Church.  The program was emceed by scout leader Gyula Kozmon of Hungarian Scout Troop 14. 

The program began with the singing of the American and Hungarian national anthems.  That was followed by greetings from the Church’s pastor and host, the Rev. Dr. Csaba Krasznai.  Performances included the Kis Magyar Choir, the First Hungarian Reformed Church’s Sunday School children, the boy scouts of Troop 14, and Enese Pigniczky reciting Sándor Petőfi’s poem Nemzeti Dal. 

The keynote speaker was István Hargitai who shared his thoughts about the events of 1848.  The program concluded with everyone joining in the singing of the Szekler anthem.

Click here to see pictures from the program.

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A successful and delicious Scout Banquet!

More than 300 guests participated at this year’s Scout Banquet sponsored by the Cleveland American Hungarian Friends of Scouting and the local Hungarian scout troops.  The banquet was held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at the St. Emeric Church Hall.  The delicious luncheon was prepared by our scout chefs Judith Gyorky and Krisztina Tabor along with their talented scout and parent assistants.  During the program we recognized our new scout leaders, listened to and viewed a brief presentation of last fall’s Scout Folk Ensemble Gala Performance, and learned about the fundraising campaign for this year’s 50th anniversary of the Sándor Sík Scout Park.  Many of those in attendance went home happy with a great prize from our raffle.


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Click here to see pictures from this year’s banquet.

 

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Regos gala eloadas 2013 108Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble 40th anniv. Gala Performance

The Hungarian Scout Folk Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala performace on November 16, 2013 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  regos 40. logoThe nearly 200 performers of cub scouts and brownies, scouts, ensemble members and those of the two orchestras enriched our Hungarian culture with a two and a half hour program.  Pictures from the performance and the cast party held after the show at the St. Emeric Church Hall can be seen here:  Gala performance pictures.

More than 800 pictures by Emi Lengyel can be viewed here.

Professional photos of the event can be seen here on the Ensemble’s facebook page.

On the Hungarian television program 5 Continents – One Nation, see Réka Pigniczky’s half hour program about the preparations for the Cleveland Hungarian Folk Ensemble’s 40th anniversary performance.

 

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Hungarian Scout Radio is the Cleveland Troop 14 and Troop 34 Hungarian language current events program.  Program hosts are Eva Orszag and Tibor Baki.

Presented at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month on Bocskai Radio, WJCU 88.7!
Click on the link above to hear past programs in Hungarian.

 

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Father Sándor you will be missed!

St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church’s most respected and loved pastor, Father Sándor Siklódi, who was also the Cleveland Hungarian scouts’ landlord, began his life in Ditro, Transylvania on April 20, 1947.  His life’s work as a priest concluded on July 31, 2013 when he entered into Heaven to have his spirit embraced by the arms of the Lord. 

An accounting of his wake, funeral Mass, burial, and a reception for the congregation can be viewed here. 

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A solemn farewell to scout leader Frank Beodray

One of the original scout leaders of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris, an innovative leader of the Hungarian Cub Scouts and Brownies, and one of the founders of Hungarian scouting in Cleveland, Frank Beodray was remembered at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Emeric Roman Catholic Church on June 1, 2013.  Born in Szeged, Hungary on February 26, 1928, he died in Cleveland, Ohio on May 11, 2013.  May he rest in peace!

Pictures from the Mass and remembrance can be seen here.
The Mass booklet with remembrances can be read here.

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Scouts welcome Hungary’s Bishop Cserháti as he visits St. Emeric Church

Dr. Ferenc Cserháti, the Bishop of Hungarians living outside of Hungary, held Mass at St. Emeric Catholic Church on May 19, 2013.

Pictures of the bishop’s visit can be seen here.

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Hungary’s Defense Minister Csaba Hende visits Cleveland

Cleveland’s Hungarian scouts stood guard at the city’s Mindszenty Plaza downtown as Hungary’s Defense Minister Csaba Hende placed wreathes in front of the Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty statue and also at the 1956 revolution memorial.  Prior to the commemoration, Hende and the scouts attended a martial arts presentation in one of the nearby hotel’s meeting room.  Later, Hende presided over the citizenship oath ceremony held at the Hungarian Heritage Museum.

Photos of the day’s events can be found here. 
Video report from Hungary, in Hungarian, of the Defense Minister’s visit to Cleveland.

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kmcssz_logo_EN1What is Hungarian Scouting all about?

If you are interested in Hungarian Scouting but you don’t know exactly what it is about, then view the short presentation about this youth organization.  While the narration is in English, the pictures speak for themselves!

The Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris recruiting film.

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Cleveland’s Hungarian scouts participated in the western North American Hungarian scouts’ 2012 summer camp in the Kananaskis Country area of Alberta, Canada near Calgary.  About 50 scouts from Cleveland joined more than 200 Hungarian scouts from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Hamilton at the camp.   The scouts returned with everlasting memories from this trip.

Click here for pictures and reports on the community facebook page.

Ez a lap olvasható / Also available in: Magyarul