Slovenian Union of America

2014 SUA Survey

Dear members:  having completed our transition to 501(c)3 status, we have started a strategic plan. Our first step is this “get to know our members” survey which we published in Zarja.  We look forward to your answers and we look forward to collaborating with every one of you to maintain and sustain the heritage of the Slovenian Union of America and prepare for the future, “Slovenia—yesterday, today and tomorrow”.

This survey will take just a few minutes to complete. The results will only be used by Slovenian Union of America; your information will not be shared with or sold to any third party.  A special thank you to our volunteers for developing this survey over the past few months:  Elizabeth Gross, Jan King, Joan Walker, Maria Whitmire, Mary Lou Deyak Voelk, and Tanya Vajk.  If you have questions about how to complete this survey, please email

Thank you-hvala!

Bonnie Prokup, President

Slovenian Union of America

431 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois 60432-1703 USA

+ 1.815.727.1926

1.       TO COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY, CLICK ON THIS LINK:  If you use the internet link to complete your survey only one survey can be submitted on each computer. If you partially complete but do not submit your survey you can return to it but you will need to reenter your answers. You can go back and forth between the questions by clicking “previous” and “next” as you complete them but your answers will not be saved if you close the session.

2.       OR:  you can complete and return the attached survey SUA Survey.docx or  SUA SURVEY 2014-10-8 PDF– these two attachments are identical, in different file formats)  or the email below to:

Mail To:

Slovenian Union of America (SUA) Home Office

431 N Chicago St

Joliet IL 60432-1703

Email To:


It’s time to support everything you love about the Slovenian Union of America! Whether it’s a gift of Time, Talent, or Treasure – WE NEED YOU! No matter how big or small your effort is, it will allow us to continue to share our love for our Slovenian heritage for generations to come.

TIME: Can you give us a helping hand? We are looking for Grant Writers, Zarja – The Dawn Writers, Fund-raising Teams, Exhibits, Membership Director, and Volunteers at our Home Office & Heritage Museum.

TALENT: Can you conduct a workshop at a location convenient to you that would share a Slovenian talent you may have?

TREASURE: Can you make a donation to our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation? Can you fund an exhibit at our Heritage Museum? Or can you simply fill out the enclosed membership application and enroll a friend or family member?

At SUA’s 2015 National Convention our goal is to announce a healthy, financially stable membership, with many active members and a great membership campaign.

From now until May 15, 2015, for every member who recruits a member, we will enter the recruiter’s name in a drawing. The more members you recruit, the more chances you have to win the fabulous prizes: 1st place – $150 and 2nd place – $100

The member who recruits the most new members will receive $150!


Who wants to participate? Simply fill out an application and add your name as the recruiter. You can download copies on our website.

The more members you enroll, the more chances you have to win. Membership fees for those 18 years of age and older are $25, and those under 18 are $5. Who wants to make a difference?


Bonnie Prokup, National President


Mark your calendar! 2015 National Convention of the Slovenian Union of America

Branch 99 of Lemont, Illinois, is pleased to host the 27th SUA National Convention for next summer. It will be held from June 18-21, 2015 (adding another day from previously noted) at the Chicago Marriott Naperville hotel in Naperville, Illinois, and spending a day on the beautiful grounds of the Slovenian Catholic Mission and the Slovenian Catholic Center in Lemont. Lemont and surrounding areas have a very proud, active Slovenian community and we welcome you to enjoy a long weekend enjoying Slovenian food, entertainment, and friends.

Our National Convention will include many activities, including a celebration at the SUA Home Office/Heritage Museum in Joliet, Lipizzan stallions performance, Slovenian fashion show, Potica contest, Apron contest and auction, Polka lessons, Beehive tour and presentation, tour of the Slovenian Catholic Center and grottos, Slovenian art show, entertainment, and more!

Room reservations may be made at the Chicago Marriott Naperville hotel (630.505.4900) at special convention prices beginning later this year. Plan to enjoy the beautiful downtown area of Naperville with its many shops and restaurants.

The Convention is open to all members, Branch delegates (Member Representatives), and guests of all ages. All are welcome to join in the meals, activities, special events, and business portions of the Convention.

Watch for future Zarja issues with more information and details. If you have questions, please contact: Julie Lajoie National Convention Chairperson or 630.854.5400

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Živijo_Zarja Tour

The  Zivijo, Zarja 85th Anniversary Tour to Slovenia is full. We have an exciting group from all over the United States ready to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime. Check back later for photos.

For the first time Member Representatives joined the National Board of Directors for a teleconference. You are welcome to read the minutes from this historical meeting. The next meeting will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. 

2013 Annual SUA Teleconference Meeting Minutes Delegate_Meeting_11-16-13

Membership Application and Brochure






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