Top AHF National Headlines, April 2007
Announcements / Member News
4/16/2007 - Dr. Ibolya David, head of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF / Magyar Demokrata Fórum) discusses current political affairs in Hungary. In an event co-sponsored by the American Hungarian Federation (AHF) and the Hungarian American Coalition and hosted by the Hungarian Reformed Federation, Dr. David addressed concerns expressed by the organizing committee ranging from US-Hungarian bilateral relations to Hungarian energy policy and relations with Russia.
AHF has been sponsoring a series of political discussion forums featuring representatives from various political parties in Hungary. Last year AHF hosted Dr. Horvath Janos (discussing voting rights); and Nemeth Zsolt (Fidesz) and Szabo Vilmos (MSZP) who debated the political crisis due to remarks by Prime Minister Gyurcsany. Dr. David then traveled to New York City's Magyar Haz. [read more]
Tickets may be ordered ONLINE and are $120 and $75 (students
THE AMERICAN HUNGARIAN FEDERATION
Cordially invite you to the
HUNGARIAN MAY BALL
6:00 – Cocktails
Music by the New York Continental Band
Elsobálozók - Debutantes
For more information call Irén Högye
at 703-671-2153 9 a.m. – noon or
AZ AMERIKAI MAGYAR SZÖVETSÉG
Szeretettel meghívja Önt és kedves családját a
MÁJUSI MAGYAR BÁLRA
az EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL báltermében
Az est tiszta bevételét a két szervezet megosztva, a Szövetség százéves fennállására tervezett jubileumi ünnepségre, a washingtoni Cserkészcsapat pedig az Angliai Cserkész Világtalálkozón való részvétel költségeinak fedezésére kívánja fordítai. Mindkét szervezet továbbra is folytatja a kisebbségi magyarok támogatását.
6:00 – Poharazás, zene
Zene: New York-i Continental Zenekar
Elsobálozók - Debutantes
5/27/2007 - The American Hungarian Federation announces Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday May 27, 2007. This year, AHF is honored to have received an United States Honor Guard Escort and slot for a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier at 2:15pm.
Representatives from NATO, both the US and Hungarian military, Hungarian American leaders, and the Ambassador and representatives from the Hungarian Embassy are expected to attend. Arlington National is the final resting place for a number of Hungarian American Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
The California Hussars will escort us on our walking tour of Hungarian American gravesites. Tentatively, we will meet in the parking area at 1:30 pm next to Arlington House and walk to the Tomb of the Unknowns for the 2:15 pm ceremony. Vehicle access is limited, please let us know if you need special assistance. [read more]
3/5/2007 - ACTION ALERT: Help build the Congressional Friends of Hungary (CFH)... On February 12, Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter inviting Members of Congress to join the Congressional Friends of Hungary (CFH). The purpose of the caucus, as noted by the co-chairs, is "to recognize the contributions of Hungarian-Americans to the United States and to strengthen the ties between the United States and Hungary."
How can you help?
1) Copy the sample letter below, paste it into a document and fill
in the blanks
IT IS BEST TO CALL and then FAX the letter.
What to Say?
"Hello, my name is _____. I am a constituent of Representative
_____ and also a member of the American Hungarian Federation. On
February 12th, Congressmen Tom Lantos and Christopher Shays distributed
a "Dear Colleague Letter" entitled
The Honorable [name of your Congressman]
Dear Congressman ________:
I am one of your constituents who lives in ______. I
Continuing News: AHF continues call for support of a 1956 Statue for the Nation's Capital...AHF's 1956 Commemoration Committee is seeking your help to erect a statue in Washington, D.C. devoted to the heroes of the Hungarian Revolution. The AHF plan calls for an actual-size statue to be placed prominently in Washington while we raise funds for its bronze replacement. Seen here with his prototype design is renowned sculptor Gyuri Hollosy, who was responsible for the Boston Liberty Square memorial. At the recent Capitol Reception honoring 1848, Congressman Tom Lantos mentioned his intent to place a 1956 memorial in Washington. We must ensure this remarkable design is selected! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and join the 1956 Commemoration Committee!
Scouting started in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England for 20 boys from a wide variety of social backgrounds. Today, Scouting is a million times bigger than when it first started. It involves girls and boys, men and women from every race, religion and culture, and nearly every country in the world.
The Magyar Cserkészszövetség, the primary national Scouting organization of Hungary, was founded in 1912. Help AHF help the Washington Scouts cover the costs of their participation in the 21st World Scout Jamboree in England! [read more]
Continuing news - A Centennial Celebration! The American Hungarian Federation turned 100 - Join and help us represent the interests of our community! The American Hungarian Federation (AHF), was founded in 1906 in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the oldest ethnic organizations in the US, AHF was established as an association of Hungarian societies, institutions and churches to "defend the interest of Americans of Hungarian origin in the United States." The American Hungarian Federation strives to unite the American Hungarian community through work that supports common goals. AHF is a national, non-partisan, independent umbrella organization representing the interests of the Hungarian American community. [more about us]
Buy ALL your books, videos, electronics and other gifts on AHF's Amazon Store. It costs nothing extra to you, but Amazon contributes a small percentage to AHF. The AHF store features books and articles written by AHF members on both our main site and our 1956 Portal for publications devoted to 1956.
The latest member books added:
Buy all your products through our Amazon store and help AHF!
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2007 and time to renew your membership! Only
in unity can we find strength. AHF is an all-volunteer organization
that focuses on common-ground issues. We need your support! JOIN
1) Memorial Day Commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery
General Robert Ivany, Ph.D.
Three-year-old Robert Ivany, the son of World War II refugees from Hungary, immigrated to the United States with his parents following the war. He grew up in Cleveland and eventually graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1969. Over the course of his 34 years of dedicated service in the United States Army as an armored cavalry officer, he led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. He assisted several nations in the transformation of their armed forces. In 1990, Robert Ivany was the first senior military officer invited to Hungary to contribute to the democratization of their defense establishment.
General Ivany taught history at West Point, coached the West Point football team, spent 2 years as an aide to President Ronald Reagan, and commanded forces throughout the world. In July 1998, Major General Ivany was assigned as the Commanding General, Military District of Washington. General Ivany's career culminated with his appointment as the 45th Commandant of the War College at Carlisle Barracks, the Army's foremost institution for educating its leaders. Dr. Ivany retired from the Army on September 30, 2003 and is now President of Houston's University of St. Thomas.
Dr. Ivany is a recipient of the 2006 Col. Commandant Michael Kovats Medal of Freedom from the American Hungarian Federation. He is also recipient of the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Military Writing. An expert on leadership development, he is presently conducting research on the leadership attributes of 20 generals and admirals who have transitioned to corporate leadership. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he received a Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
AHF is especially pleased to congratulate him and wife Marianne on their son's upcoming graduation from West Point! Brian Ivany, the 6'1," 200 lb midfielder, is a two-year letterwinner in Lacrosse. He is majoring in American Legal System. His brother Chris Ivany is a captain in the U.S. Army while another brother, Mark, is a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army.
Hungarian Student's project leads to $2M protection: Sarasota County prompted to build breakwater to protect bird species.
Viktoria Hutter, daughter of AHF member Judit Zambo, with the help of fellow student Aubry Tucker, spent more than 400 hours researching and documenting how erosion from motorboats had eaten away at the islands' mangroves, endangering the birds roosting there. The work was the continuation of Viki's project that won 5 special awards at the 2006 science fair.
County officials decided to build a breakwater around the Bird Colony Islands last year, based partly on the students' findings. The project is expected to begin in August 2007. [read more]
July 21-28, 2007
Support the Hungarian Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The American Hungarian Federation added $1000.00 (thanks to AHF member Dr. Katalin Kadar Lynn) to its effort at raising funds to the Hungarian Scholarship Fund that supports ethnic Hungarian students in the successor states in the Carpathian Basin. The Federation gave $5000.00 in 2005, and needs your support to surpass that number. Known as the "Professor Paprika," Bela Bognar grows and sells paprika to raise money. [read more] about the Hungarian Scholarship Fund and DONATE!
The Darr Mine Disaster is known as one of the worst in US history. On December 19, 1907 a gas and dust explosion killed 239 coal miners in the dark tunnels of the Darr Mine. The majority of the dead were Hungarian-American. The American Hungarian Federation (then known as the Hungarian American Federation) placed the memorial seen here in 1909. An inquiry into the disaster afterwards concluded, as was usually the case in that period of Pennsylvania coal mining, that the Pittsburgh Coal Company was not at fault. But within six months the US Geological Survey created the Mine Accidents Division and on July 1, 1910 an Act of Congress established the US Bureau of Mines. AHF is still in planning stages. Please contact Rev. Imre Bertalan, Jr. of the Bethlen Home and get involved! [firstname.lastname@example.org] or (724) 238-2235
The Hungary Page and its "Nobel Prize Winners & Famous Hungarians"
Simonyi returns to earth! Charles Simonyi (b. 9/10/1948, Budapest)
is a billionaire computer Scientist and was Chief Architect of Microsoft
During the 1970s at Xerox PARC, Charles Simonyi led a team of programmers in the development of Bravo, the first WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get, pronounced wizzywig) word processing editor. Bravo was a fundamental departure from the way information was previously displayed and organized and it was part of PARC's contribution that changed the face of computing and ultimately led to personal computing.
Simonyi joined Microsoft in 1981 to start the development of microcomputer application programs. He hired and managed teams who developed Microsoft Multiplan, Word, Excel, and other applications. In 1991, he moved to Microsoft Research where he focused on Intentional Programming. He was generally thought of as one of the most talented programmers at Microsoft.
Dr. Simonyi, whose long career has made him independently wealthy, has endowed two chairs: the Charles Simonyi Professorship For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University which is held by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins; and the Charles Simonyi Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Simonyi paid $25 million for a 13-day trip to outer space and returned to Earth on April 21, 2007 in a space capsule that also carried a cosmonaut and a U.S. astronaut, making a soft landing on the Kazakh steppe.
AHF's Executive Committee Chairman, Bryan Dawson-Szilagyi issued the
following statement: "A New Hungarian-American Trailblazer
- When Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi was asked if he believed in extraterrestrials,
he replied, "They are already here...they are called Hungarians!
Charles Simonyi's accomplishments are a matter of great pride to the
American Hungarian Federation and to the Hungarian American community
- and to those 1956 freedom fighters we honored last year on the advent
of the anti-Soviet revolution's 50th anniversary. It is a testament
to the genius Hungary has lost to war and occupation and to what a Hungarian
can accomplish in a free society.
See the Duna TV Website "Charles in Space / Magyar az Ürben" or read more about him and other great Hungarians on The Hungary Page's "Nobel Prize Winners and Famous Hungarians" at www.thehungarypage.com
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