AUGB BLOG - 1ST BLOG OF 2017

15.02.17


With the last ladle of borshch, final holubets and varenyk digested, carol singing completed, Malankas over and our houses blessed, 2017 started on a sombre note with the funeral of Wasyl Oleskiw, one of the founding members of AUGB and a lifelong community leader. Then we had the sadness of the death of one of our longstanding members and most dedicated community workers Bohdan Zamulinskyj, who sadly lost his fight with cancer. With the numbers who attended his funeral it was a fitting tribute to a likeable and very popular individual who will be missed by us all. 

In addition, with renewed fighting in Eastern Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian cost, Ukraine finds itself on a new wave of defending it’s territory with little response from the West. I feel this year will be pivotal for Ukraine’s future. We must continue to lobby our politicians and government to send Putin a clear message that we will not sit quietly and accept this illegal invasion of a sovereign state. AUGB wrote in those terms to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnston at the beginning of February, and I would urge all our members to maintain the pressure on our political leaders in any way they can.

The Board of Directors met on 4 February at AUGB Nottingham for its first meeting of 2017 where a large agenda of items and issues were discussed that face our Association in the coming months (See the latest issue of UD). One of the main topics was the future of our longstanding newspaper “Ukrayinska Dumka”. Due to a lack of subscribers and support from our branches and wider community, we find ourselves with a difficult decision to make. The next few months will decide the newspaper’s fate after further consultation and discussion with branches and members.

We are now entering the AGM season, starting with branches and culminating with the national AGM in June which this year will be hosted by AUGB Doncaster. This is a good opportunity for our members to voice their views and opinions on their branch’s year that was and the future. AUGB at branch and national level has great potential to be a uniting force working in the interests of all those of Ukrainian descent, but fulfilling that potential requires leadership, new ideas and new energy. Our community depends on volunteers and I hope that more people will come forward and get more involved in their branch committees so that our community can become still stronger.

I hope to get to as many AGMs as possible, especially those branches I have not yet had the opportunity to visit, and look forward to seeing you all there!

Petro Rewko
AUGB Chairman

 

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