Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

We would like to inform you that the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York is organizing Slovak Consular Days in Chicago on September 6 and 7, 2013.

WHERE: KLAS Restaurant, 5734 W. Cermak Road, Cicero, IL 60804
WHEN: September 6, 2013 (Friday) – 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM and September 7, 2013 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Consular Days are dedicated to the Slovak citizens living in the area, focusing on all the consular applications that are, by law, required to be submitted in person. Such as:

  1. Applications for Passport
  2. Collections of newly issued passports
  3. Certificate of Slovak Citizenship Applications
  4. Notarizations of Signatures
  5. Termination of Permanent Residence in Slovakia

More detailed information on each kind of application can be found at www.mzv.sk/nyc in the Slovak Version under Konzulárne a vízové informácie.

– All passport applicants must have an appointment pre-scheduled with the Consulate on cg.newyork@mzv.sk or by phone 1-212-286-8434

– Applicants must bring all the supporting documents for each application in originals as well as in copies

– Consular fees will only be collected in cash or in form of money orders

– Applicant requesting notarization of a signature must present a valid passport or valid Slovak ID (občiansky preukaz); US Driver´s Licenses are not accepted.

 

In case of further questions, consult the Consulate by email on cg.newyork@mzv.sk or by phone at 1-212-286-8434; the webpage www.mzv.sk/nyc is also available.

Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

We would like to inform you that the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York is organizing Slovak Consular Days in Chicago on August 22 to 23, 2012 from 1pm to 8pm.

Slovak_PassportThe Consular Days in Chicago will be held at the KLAS Restaurant on the address 5734 W. Cermak Road, Cicero, IL 60804.

The event will be focused only on those consular activities which require personal appearance of applicants:

1. Application for a new Slovak passport,*

2. Delivery of an issued Slovak passport,

3. Application for a Certificate of Slovak citizenship,

4. Authentication of a signature.

 

 

*Applicants for a new Slovak passport should arrange an appointment in advance through e-mail: cg.newyork@mzv.sk

*Applicants for a new Slovak passport should submit:

1. filled out application form,

2. original of Slovak Birth certificate,

3. valid Slovak passport or valid Slovak ID (obciansky preukaz) or valid Certificate of Slovak Citizenship.

All applicants should bring copies along with original documents if submitting an application.

Consular fees are payable in cash or money order only. No personal checks are accepted.

We would appreciate it if you can distribute this information to Slovak communities, so the Slovaks can take advantage of the Slovak Consular days in Chicago.

Details are also available on this website.

Slovak Consul: Meeting of Honorary Slovak Consuls in Chicago held during the NATO summit

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Meeting of Honorary Slovak Consuls in Chicago held during the NATO summit

President Gasparovič and Donald Pafko

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.

Slovak Consul: Lidice – 70 Years Later

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Lidice – 70 Years Later

Donald Pafko and H.E. Ambassador Petr Gandalovič

On June 15 2012, the City of Phillips, Wisconsin held its annual commemoration of the destruction of the Village of Lidice, Czech Republic. As most of us know the village was destroyed by the Nazis during the second World War and many of its inhabitants were killed. This year marked a very special commemoration as it was the 70th anniversary of this unfortunate tragedy.

A special guest at this year’s event was the Czech Ambassador to the United States H.E. Petr Gandalovič. A solemn ceremony was held at the Lidice Memorial and a flag dedication ceremony was held as the flags of the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and the United States were raised. In addition, spotlights were installed to provide perpetual lighting of the three flags adjacent to the memorial. H.E. Petr Gandalovič, Czech Ambassador to the U.S. and Honorary Slovak Consul Donald Pafko were honored to have raised the Czech and Slovak flags.

A memorial service was held at the Baptist Church in Phillips, Wisconsin, during which Ambassador Gandalovič gave a very moving speech about the events that occurred during the second World War and in particular the destruction of Lidice. A film was shown depicting all the events surrounding the Lidice tragedy.

The Lidice commemoration was held in conjunction with the annual Czech and Slovak Festival conducted in Philllips, Wisconsin.

Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Slovak Consul | 1 comment

Slovak_PassportWe would like to inform you that the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York is organizing the Slovak Consular Days in Chicago on March 8 and 9, 2012 from 1pm to 8pm.
The Consular Days in Chicago will be held at the KLAS Restaurant on the address 5734 W. Cermak Road, Cicero, IL 60804.

The event will be focused only on those consular activities which require personal appearance of applicants:
1. Application for a new Slovak passport,*
2. Delivery of an issued Slovak passport,
3. Application for a Certificate of Slovak citizenship,
4. Authentication of a signature.

*Applicants for a new Slovak passport should arrange an appointment in advance through e-mail: cg.newyork@mzv.sk
*Applicants for a new Slovak passport should submit:
1. filled out application form,
2. original of Slovak Birth certificate,
3. valid Slovak passport or valid Slovak ID (obciansky preukaz) or valid Certificate of Slovak Citizenship.

All applicants should bring copies of their original documents with them.

Consular fees are payable in cash or money order only. No personal checks are accepted.
I would appreciate it if you can distribute this information to Slovak communities in your area, so the Slovaks can take advantage of the Slovak Consular days in Chicago.

Please, find enclosed a detailed information and links on the Consular Days in Chicago in Slovak language.

Click HERE for more details.

Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Consular Days in Chicago, IL

Slovak_Passport

Generálny konzulát Slovenskej republiky v New YorkuOur Saviour’s Lutheran Church
815 S. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540

– 14. októbra 2011 (piatok) – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

– 15. októbra 2011 (sobota) – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Generálny konzulát Slovenskej republiky v New Yorku
801 Second Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212)-286 8434, (212)-286 8465
Fax: (212)-286 8439
E-mail: cg.newyork@mzv.sk

 

Consular days will be focused only on consular activities requiring personal appearance of applicants:

1. Submitting applications for and issuing ready Slovak national passports (appointment required),
2. Submitting applications for a Certificate of Slovak Citizenship,
3. Authentication of signatures,
4. A ceremony of granting of the Slovak Citizenship,
5. Submitting Visa applications.

Consular activities which do not require personal presence of applicants will not be excepted, for example applying for marriage, birth certificates, authentication of translations etc. Such applications can be mailed to the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York.

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Slovak Consul: National Defense University

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: National Defense University

By Donald Pafko, Honorary Slovak Consul

On Thursday evening, April 21st, 2011 the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis hosted a cocktail hour and dinner for the international officers attending the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Military officers from 47 different countries and senior leadership from the University attended this gala event and the Minnesota Consular Corp was invited. Attendees of the National Defense University travel throughout the United States during their course work with the University.

My wife and I were honored to be seated with Lt. Col. Slavomir Staviarsky, of the General Staff of the Slovak Armed Forces. Lt. Col. Staviarsky was very pleased to find that there was a Slovak connection here in Minnesota, and indicated he would be very happy to have future involvement with Minnesota Slovaks as well as with my functions as Honorary Slovak Consul. Members of the Minnesota Consular Corp were paired with military personnel from the countries they each represent, and were able to establish a relationship with these military officers and to make plans for future similar events. Seated also at our assigned tables were military officers from Japan and Columbia. All told, there were 88 attendees, military and consular corp.

A sincere thanks goes out to the Museum of Russian Art, and to Mr. Alain Frecon for hosting this event.

Slovak Consul: Annual conference – Czech & Slovak Culture & History

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Slovak Consul | 2 comments

By Donald Pafko, Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic

The annual conference on Czech & Slovak Culture & History was held March 10th-12th, 2011 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under the sponsorship of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

The conference kicked off with a welcome reception held at the Kosek Building in the Czech Village. Dignitaries who were invited to be presenters at the conference were introduced, and Director Gail Naughton welcomed all conference attendees and promised a very interesting and stimulating conference.

The conference officially began Friday morning, March 11th. Subjects covered on the first day of the conference included a very broad range such as “Czechoslovakia 1989-1992”, “What We Know About Slovakia’s Last Two Decades and Why We Should Care”, “The Czech Republic 1993 to 2011”,. The day concluded with a gala dinner and a presentation entitled “1989-2011 Transitions to Democracy”, featuring Slovak Ambassador Peter Burian, former Slovak Ambassador Martin Butora and Jiri Ellinger, Head of the Political Section, Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Saturday’s conference activities commenced with a welcome by Gail Naughton who gave an update on the status of the new National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Presentations for the second day of the conference included subjects such as “Being Hungarian in Slovakia: The Politics of Minority Rights”, “The Collision of Nationalism, Democratization, and Europeanization in Post Socialist Slovakia”. The day concluded with a gala dinner reception at the Marriott Hotel. Ambassador Adrian Basora, former US Ambassador to Prague, made a presentation entitled “The Velvet Revolution 22 Years Later”.

This concludes a series of conferences dealing with Czech & Slovak Culture & History. Many thanks to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library for promoting and organizing, and sponsoring this every informative and productive conference. I look forward to more of such conferences in the future.

Pictured from left to right.
Slovak Ambassador Peter Burian, Gail Naughton, Director – NCSML, Dr. Pavel Cernoch, Czech Representative to the EU in Brussels, Sharon Valasek, Honorary Czech Consul, Donald Pafko, Honorary Slovak Consul

Slovak Consul: Groundbreaking for new Nation Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Groundbreaking for new Nation Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

By Donald Pafko, Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to initiate the move and expansion of the flood damaged building currently located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During this ground breaking ceremony, the Board of Directors of the library announced they had met a major milestone in the reconstruction of the museum following the devastation of the June, 2008 flood. With funding from the State of Iowa, individuals and businesses in the Cedar Rapids area, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance and national and international donors, the library reached its capital fundraising goal of $25 million, which made it possible for the museum to officially break ground on the site of the new museum and library.

The ceremony was held on the building site followed by a reception at the museum’s Kosek Building, its home since the flood. Along with thirteen other individuals, including state senators and the mayor of Cedar Rapids, I was honored as Slovak Honorary Consul to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony. We were all issued white construction hard hats and golden shovels with which to break ground as television cameras and photographers snapped pictures.

Site preparation has begun, with the move of the damaged building scheduled for May, 2011 and opening of the new expanded library scheduled for May, 2012.

Slovak Consul: Embassy of the Slovak Republic Hosts Reception

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010 in Slovak Consul | Comments Off on Slovak Consul: Embassy of the Slovak Republic Hosts Reception

By Donald Pafko, Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic

On Thursday, November 4th, 2010 the Embassy of the Slovak Republic hosted a reception to announce the publication of a new book entitled Slovakia! Traditions Old and New.

The editor of this book is Helene Cincebeaux, director of the Slovak Heritage and Folklore Society, leader of countless tours to the Slovak Republic and author of several other books on Slovakia as well as editor and publisher of a periodical entitled Slovakia. Helene has divided her newest book into four sections according to the four seasons of the year: Summer, Fall,Winter and Spring. She highlights all of the traditions and customs relative to each of the seasons and does so with countless numbers of photographs and illustrations.

I was honored to be Master of Ceremonies at this gala event and as such was privileged to introduce Helene and her book to the gathered audience and the Embassy staff. A fantastic Slovak buffet was prepared by the Embassy staff which added to the festivities of the evening. Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States, Peter Burian, and other diplomatic staff were in attendance at this event. In addition to all of the above, Helene also exhibited a portion of her collection of Slovak folk dress which added color to the evening.

For further information about obtaining a copy of this fantastic book about Slovakia you may contact me at 952-831-1440 or email dpafkoskconsul@aol.com