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William penn Life January 2015 Boldog Új Évet Kivánunk Happy ew Year 2015 WPA VTS January-February -- WPA Food Drive May WPA Annual Bowling Tournament at the Meadows acetrack & Casino, Washington, PA May 2 -- Join Hands Day July nd Annual WPA Golf Tournament & Scholarship Days at Quicksilver Golf Club, Midway, PA Aug Hungarian Heritage xperience Aug WPA Picnic-A Great Fraternal Fest Oct th WPA General Convention, Washington, PA william penn Life The Official Publication of William Penn Association Inside VOLUM 50 UMB 1 JAUAY 2015 ditor-in-chief George S. Charles, Jr. Associate ditors Jerry A. Hauser Diane M. Torma ndre Csoman Managing ditor Graphic Designer John. Lovasz ATIOAL OFFICS ational President George S. Charles, Jr. ational V.P.-Secretary Jerry A. Hauser ational V.P.-Treasurer Diane M. Torma ational V.P.-Fraternal ndre Csoman BOAD OF DICTOS Chair Barbara A. House Vice Chairs William J. Bero ickolas M. Kotik ational Directors Dennis A. Chobody Andrew W. Mcelis oger G. agy Katherine. ovak James W. obertson ichard. Sarosi Anne Marie Schmidt Your comments are always welcome. Contact us at: William Penn Life William Penn Association 709 Brighton oad Pittsburgh, PA Phone: mail: Beginning a new year of fraternalism 9 WPA Annual Bowling Tournament 10 Scholarship ligibility ules & Application Columns 4 Tibor s Take 6 The Hungarian Kitchen 8 Aging Well 9 Branching Out Departments 2 For Starters 3 Magyar Matters 14 Just 4 Kidz 16 Branch ews 24 In Memoriam Puzzle Contest Cover: Photo Can Stock Photo Inc./yellowj Inside Front Cover: otebook Can Stock Photo/blackbirds; Hand Can Stock Photo/lnur This Page: Photo Can Stock Photo/3dfoto Official publication of the William Penn Association. Published monthly. Office of publication: 709 Brighton oad, Pittsburgh, PA Phone: (412) Third Class U.S. Postage Paid. Indiana, PA Permit o. 12 Unsolicited articles, letters, pictures and other material submitted to the William Penn Life are forwarded at the owner s risk, and the William Penn Life expressly denies any responsibility for their safekeeping or return. The William Penn Life reserves the right to edit, revise or reject any article submitted for publication. Postmaster: If undelivered, please send form 3579 to: William Penn Association, 709 Brighton oad, Pittsburgh, PA ISID BACK COV William Penn Life º January 2015 º 1 For Starters OFFICIAL OTIC 38th General Convention In accordance with the By-Laws, Article 2, Section 202, the Board of Directors hereby gives notice that a regular meeting of the General Convention of William Penn Association will convene on October 10, 11 and 12, The Board has designated the General Convention will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Meadow Lands 340 acetrack oad Washington, PA By order of the Board of Directors, Barbara A. House, Chair of the Board George S. Charles, Jr., ational President Jerry A. Hauser, ational Vice President-Secretary Diane M. Torma, ational Vice President-Treasurer ndre Csoman, ational Vice President-Fraternal Turn your scholarship donation into a message or greeting Looking for a different way to wish your child a happy birthday? Would you like to wish your special someone a Happy Valentine s Day? Or, would you like to share memories of a deceased loved one? William Penn Life invites you to share your personal messages in the pages of our magazine. Make a donation to the WPFA Scholarship Foundation, and you can express greetings, wishes or heartfelt memories while allowing us to provide financial assistance to our young members pursuing a higher education. The size of your message or greeting will be based on the amount of your donation as follows: $ 25 = 1 /16 page (approx. 1 7 /8 x 2 1 /2 ) $ 50 = 1 /8 page (approx. 3 3 /4 x 2 1 /2 ) $ 100 = 1 /4 page (approx. 3 3 /4 x 5 ) $ 200 = 1 /2 page (approx. 7 1 /2 x 5 ) Please remember the deadline for each issue is the 10th day of the previous month. (For example, the deadline for the February issue is January 10.) To place your personalized donation, send your check and message--along with your phone number and address--to: WPFA Scholarship Foundation, 709 Brighton oad, Pittsburgh, PA Please make your check payable to William Penn Fraternal Association Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Branches make Holiday Basket program a success PITTSBUGH -- The spirit of fraternalism never shines more brightly than it does every year during the holiday season. This past year was no exception as WPA branches once again responded with overwhelming generosity to the Association s Holiday Basket program. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, WPA branches donated 104 baskets of non-perishable food and other items worth nearly $5,000 to those in need in their local communities. While we are happy to report that about two-thirds of our branches participated, our goal remains to achieve 100 percent participation. We also encourage all our branches and members to continue caring and sharing throughout the year by donating regularly to local charities which aid those in need. One way to continue this good work is by participating in the WPA s current food drive (see page 9), which continues from now until the end of February. 2 º January 2015 º William Penn Life Magyar Matters Helping share the goodness of Hungarian pastries during a Holiday Open House hosted by the ationality ooms of the University of Pittsburgh Dec. 7 were (from left): Kati Csoman, chair of the Hungarian oom Committee (HC); Perry Ganchuk; Judit Ganchuk; Diane M. Torma, WPA ational V.P.-Treasurer and HC Treasurer; Alan Gardocky; Kathy ovak, WPA ational Director and HC Vice Chair; and ndre Csoman, WPA ational V.P.-Fraternal. Hungarian ationality oom welcomes visitors during annual open house by Kati Csoman PITTSBUGH -- The Hungarian oom Committee of the University of Pittsburgh was wonderfully represented at the annual ationality ooms Open House on Sunday, Dec. 7, held in the University s amazing Cathedral of Learning. Hungarian oom Committee (HC) members Judit and Perry Ganchuk, Alan Gardocky, Diane Torma (treasurer), Kathy ovak (second vice chair), accompanied by her father Steve ovak, and Kati Csoman (chair) were present to help sell donated pastries and sweets. We were happy to welcome among our visitors WPA ational Vice President-Fraternal ndre Csoman and his wife Arlene; Joe Csoman and Connie Shotton Shaffer; Alexander and Margit Patho; Gareth agy (brother of First Vice Chair oger agy); 2014 HC scholarship awardee Jonathan aser, his mother Joann and sister Liz; Prof. Agnes Vardy and Prof. Steven Vardy; and committee members Andrew and Marguerite Mcelis. We also enjoyed chatting with many visitors who were interested in the pastries and sweets we were offering. Many visitors shared fond memories of kifli (cookies) made by their aunt or diós beigli (nut roll) made by their grandmother. We have noted that we must have more nut rolls next year! We had an opportunity to share our Hungarian culture with many interested visitors and to collect the names of several people who would like to learn more about the activities of the Hungarian oom Committee. Thank you to everyone who contributed baked goods, their time or Christmas tree ornaments. We thank WPA for generously donating a beautiful lighted Christmas tree to the Hungarian oom. The tree is decorated with felt ornaments handmade in Hungary. You can have one of the ornaments tagged in honor of a relative or friend for a donation of $15. Checks can be made payable to the Hungarian oom Committee and should include the word donation in the subject line. Checks may be mailed to: Diane Torma, Treasurer, Hungarian oom Committee, c/o William Penn Association, 709 Brighton oad, Pittsburgh PA Paprika Ball set for March 7 The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) will sponsor its 25th Annual Paprika Ball on Saturday, March 7, The ball will be held in the historic Silver Grille, located on the 10th floor of the Higbee Building at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. The event will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and dancing to the music of Harmonia. Tickets are $200, $350 or $500 for individuals; tables of eight start at $2,500. The CHDP is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians. For more information, call or go online at www. Festival of Trees continues to Jan. 25 W BUSWICK, J -- The American Hungarian Foundation s Annual Festival of Trees, featuring Christmas trees representing nine countries, will be on display from now until Jan. 25 at the AHF s museum in ew Brunswick. The trees feature handmade decorations and showcase traditions unique to each country. This year s exhibit features trees representing America, Belarus, Denmark, stonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, and Latin America. For more information about the exhibit or general information about the AHF and its museum, contact the AHF at or visit the AHF website at www. If you have news about people, places or happenings in the American Hungarian community that you think would be of interest to our readers, please share it with us. mail information about your Magyar Matters to: William Penn Life º January 2015 º 3 Tibor s Take with Tibor Check, Jr. decisions ew year s resolutions MAY PHASS A USD so often that their meaning is nearly lost: blue ribbon task edition... fact lifetime guarantee...lose 10 pounds without dieting. You can create your own list without much thought. Such phrases begin with noble intentions, but overexposure morphs them into catch phrases, expressions which make little or no impact. The word resolution falls into that category. During this time of year, many will make resolutions. Unfortunately, those lofty goals will be all but a distant memory by the end of January. With that idea in mind, I have decided to rename my esolutions for 2015 as Decisions 2015 The idea to rename resolutions decisions came while observing a certain Akron, Ohio, native who currently plays basketball for Cleveland s BA franchise. He has used the term decision on two different occasions. ach decision yielded personal and monetary successes epic in proportions. I like to keep my decisions private, so if I fail to live up to them, others will never be aware of it. In this Take, I offer 10 ideas for composing your own decisions. These suggestions target American-Hungarians Take 2 who have interest in preserving our unique culture and traditions. I promise that each suggested decision will not encompass in any way, shape or form the deprivation of foodstuffs or imbibing. DCISIO: Join at least one American-Hungarian organization, church or club. (WPA doesn t count; this will be explained later in this story.) DCISIO: Patronize shops, stores or companies that are owned/operated by American-Hungarians. DCISIO: Listen to an American-Hungarian radio/ television program. This may be difficult for those living in areas with no such local programming. However, there are internet sites that offer access to programs originating from Hungary. DCISIO: Attend an American-Hungarian event. The get together can be either informal or formal and can be either historical, cultural or religious in nature. DCISIO: Obtain information about family history. Do you know the five W s concerning your Magyar ancestors prior to their American immigration? Ask older relatives for addresses of family and relatives living in Hungary. DCISIO: Communicate with relatives living in the OV TH YAS, I have had many conversations with Hungarians who sadly project the following sentiment: other than at the ortheast Ohio Hungarian Cultural Center, or in some obscure areas of omania where there is a large population of Hungarians, the wooden kapu (gate) is a thing of the past. Until recently, I agreed. But, my travels through rural Hungary changed my mind. The kapu is a quaint tradition that is alive and well in the land established by King Stephen! I learned that most houses located outside of the large cities do have a gate in one form or another. The modern gates do not possess the majestic, imposing or artistic aura of old gates that we see in historical photos, but the concept of a kapu is evident throughout Magyarország. The gates of today are usually not made of ornately carved wood, but consist of materials such as aluminum, steel, particle board, pressure-treated lumber or extruded panels made from recycled plastics. Whatever the materials used, the time-honored culture and history associated to the kapu remains in full force. The kapu is a romantic part of Magyar ritual, custom and hospitality. While visiting cousins in and around Csót, my family went to dozens of homes and each had a kapu. Some gates were in need of repair while others were well maintained. ach home followed the kapu protocol. First, we would arrive at a home, stop at the gate and wait there until someone came to open the gate and greet us. You, as a guest, do not open the latch of the gate; it is opened by the host. Some gates featured an electric doorbell, others an actual bell with a string you needed to pull to make it ring. A few gates had a knocker, while a few gates had no device to warn the occupant a visitor was present. But, the most popular welcoming device was the family dog, as every Hungarian household in the falu (village) had at least one kutya (dog). I spent a bit of time casually watching the everyday movements of the residents on Petőfi útca in Csót. I observed several neighbors informally visiting each, and all followed the kapu protocol. From what I can gather, this is an everyday tradition that will be part of Hungarian culture for generations to come. 4 º January 2015 º William Penn Life Tibor s Take homeland. If you have an older relative who corresponds with the folks in urope, ask them to introduce you. xhibit sincerity in wanting to learn about the family in Hungary. o one expects you to have a long dialogue with a person 35 years your senior, but chances are there will be a person close to your age who would be overjoyed to correspond with you. Most Hungarians 35 years of age and under have a computer and the skills necessary to text, Skype or . Don t let the language barrier discourage or frighten you from establishing a connection. Utilize Google Translate in your written conversations. emember to include your address when writing. Sending photographs is another way for your relatives to get to know you better. Transmitting photos via the internet is easy, but I advise you to send only a few pictures at a time; many villages in Hungary have slow internet connections, and sending many photographs in a single could hinder or disrupt the process. DCISIO: Learn more about what is going on in Hungary. If you rely upon the media here in the states for Magyar news, you will be hard pressed to find out very much. There are several websites that disseminate Hungarian news in nglish. Use a reliable search engine to find these sites and bookmark them for quick referencing. DCISIO: Cook some Hungarian recipes. This very publication has a regular column written by Chef Béla. He not only offers explicitly detailed and easy-to-follow recipes but also explains the history and nuances of each. Host an informal get together and sample some Hungarian wine or spirits. Pálinka, Unicum, Törley, Tokaji and Bull s Blood are all uniquely Magyar and blend perfectly with pogácsa, Pick brand salami or a slice of dobos torte. DCISIO: Become a well-rounded American- Hungarian in terms of history, culture and music. Listen to the rhapsodies of Liszt or the Hungarian Dances by Brahms. Learn to csárdás or dance the gólya or waltz. ead the award-winning books of Kate Seredy: The White Stag, The Good Master and The Singing Tree. esearch the Golden Bull and Treaty of Trianon. DCISIO: Become involved with William Penn Association. Find out about your local branch and attend a meeting. Introduce yourself to the officers and other members in attendance. Many WPA members my age have benefited from the WPA s scholarship program. It is time to give back by becoming involved with WPA. ead William Penn Life; it offers a treasure trove of useful fraternal, ethnic, community and common sense information. In less than 10 months, the WPA General Convention will take place. Held every four years, this gathering of leadership and branch-elected delegates will have the important task of forging the future of the largest American- Hungarian fraternal organization outside of Hungary. Before the convention takes place, I will devote a future installment of Tibor s Take to the many challenges the delegates, ational Officers and Board of Directors will have to deal with concerning the future of the WPA. By reading William Penn Life, you can be informed of the topics and decisions that will make up the 2015 convention agenda. As the convention nears, personal communications with your elected branch officers concerning those upcoming issues will be welcomed. The preceding decisions are geared for young adults and adolescents, but can be adopted by any WPA member. Modify or alter my suggested decisions to reflect your personal interests. Don t bite off more than you can chew. It is better to choose a moderate goal and succeed. Éljen a Magyar! Tibor II Tibor Check, Jr., is a member of Branch 28 and a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law eview. He currently is an attorney working in research at American University in Washington, D.C. When he can, Tibor hosts The Souvenirs of Hungary radio program on WKTL-FM 90.7, Struthers, Ohio, on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. elatives in Csót greet us at their kapu. Let s hear your take If you have any questions or comments about me or my column, please me at:, or drop me a letter in care of the William Penn Association, 709 Brighton oad, Pittsburgh, PA William Penn Life º January 2015 º 5 The Hungarian Kitchen with Főszakács Béla Perfect Poultry FÁADJO B A MAGYA KOYHÁBA! Happy ew Year 2015 to you all from The Hungarian Kitchen. Chef Vilmos and I worked over the holiday season, helping other chefs so they could provide meals for those who most needed them. After all, it is the season of giving and not thinking of one s self. A wise chef once told me that if you concentrate on helping others and do not think of yourself, you will run into someone who will make sure your needs are met. A true chef does not have the word no in his or her vocabulary and is always willing to help out. A good chef is always in demand and never has to worry about work. That being said, Chef Vilmos and I--being true, good chefs--look forward to another year of Magyar cuisine. Let s start off with the trivia question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer appears below the recipes. POULTY is the term used for domesticated birds bred for eating. Poultry is a staple in many diets around the world, particularly since chickens--the most popular and widely eaten poultry in the world--do not need as much room to grow as cattle or pigs. Poultry is different from other meats in that it does not have any intracellular fat, the marbling found in other meats. Most poultry consists of bundles of muscle cells held together by connective tissue. Surprisingly, poultry is composed mostly of water; the composition of poultry is 72 percent water, 20 percent protein, 7 percent fat and 1 percent minerals. The USDA recognizes six categories of poultry: Chicken has both light and dark meat with relatively little fat. Duck is used most often in commercial food service and roasted. Popular breeds include Peking and Long Island ducklings. Ducks have only dark meat and large amounts of fat in the skin. Duck has a high percentage of bones and fat to meat: a four-pound duck would onl
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