By Donald Pafko, Honorary Slovak Consul
The annual meeting of all Honorary Slovak Consuls was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 20 to 22, 2012. The occasion for this meeting , not only for the annual get together for Slovak Consuls but also because the President of the Slovak Republic H.E. Ivan Gasparovič was in Chicago attending the NATO Summit. The NATO Summit was attended by many world leaders including President Obama. In addition, a new Honorary Consulate was opened in Naperville, Illinois, while the President and former Slovak Ambassador to the U.S. were in Chicago.
A series of meetings over a three day period provided an annual opportunity for Slovak Consuls to network and interface. A private audience was held with President Gasparovič and an informal dinner was also held with former Slovak Ambassador H.E. Peter Burian. The three day event was concluded by the appointment of a new Honorary Consul for Illinois.
While in Chicago, some of the Slovak Consuls utilized the opportunity to have a private tour of the Czech and Slovak Museum in Oak Brook, Illinois. The staff of the museum , as well as the President of CSA opened the doors of the museum and conducted a very informative and educational tour of the museum.