Branch Information

The Slovenian Union of America national branches offer meetings, events and fellowship in many U.S. cities and towns.  For more information about a branches listed below contact them directly, or contact the national home office by e-mail, or call 815.727.1926, Wed from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

No branch near you?  If you would like to organize a branch in your area contact,  Mary Lou Voelk, National President at Help is here!


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Branch 1, SHEBOYGAN, WI  (updated 12/17/2018)
Mary Sandwick – President
Denise Schueffner – Vice President
Mary Jo Grabner – Secretary 
Betty Repenshek – Treasurer
Mary Ann Schellinger – Zarja Reporter & Member Rep 

We meet 5-6 times a year with general meetings held at the SS. Cyril and Methodius Church Hall.  Special events include a Summer Potluck in July.  We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Branch 2, CHICAGO, IL  (updated 4/6/2017)
Judy Stoll, President, Treasurer and Zarja Reporter  
Jean (Daisy) Zeleznikar, Vice President  
Deborah Morris, Secretary and Recording Secretary,  

We have random meetings at the Peaches and Pears Restaurant in Chicago, and in December meet for a Christmas luncheon.  Dates will always be announced in the Zarja.

Branch 3, PUEBLO, CO
Maragaret Cullen, President, 719-564-6137   
Elieen Kaplan, Secretary/Treasurer, 719-564-4716 
Bernice (Hiza) Krasovec, Zarja Reporter,   

Under the direction of Eileen Kaplan and Margaret Cullen we meet at 12:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month May through October at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 307 E Mesa Avenue, Pueblo, CO. See you then!

Phyliss Fon, President, 
Karen Zarich, Treaurer, 
Mary Dragn, Secretary, 

Branch 5 meets on Saturdays 6+ times a year after 4:30 Mass at Holy Trinity Church. Pitch-in dinner follows; bring your favorite Slovenian dish – your recipe or Grandma’s!! Meeting dates are published in the Holy Trinity bulletin, TRINITARIAN and by mail. Family and friends are always welcome!

Branch 10, Cleveland, OH
Stephanie Segulin, President and Zarja Reporter 216-451-1876 
Ann Stefanic, Vice President 
Theresa Dagg, Secretary/Treasurer, 216-451-1876 

Branch 13, SAN FRANCISCO, CA  (updated 11/5/2016)
Doreen Sustarich, President
Beverly Jackson, Vice President
Michele Twers, Treasurer, Acting Secretary, Acting Zarja Reporter, Member Rep 
Virginia Sustarich, Auditor 

We meet the 1st Tuesday, September through June, 11:30 am at the Slovenian Hall, 2101 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA. We have an Annual Women’s of the Year Luncheon the 1st Sunday in May.

Marjorie Mitchell, President, 
Mary Jane Strus, Vice President/Treasurer, 773-768-5127  
Therese Rossi, Recording/Coressponding Secretary,  
Dolores Franko , Zarja Reporter, 

We meet January through May and September through December on the second Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at St. George’s Hall, 95th & Ewing Ave., Chicago.  The December meeting will be a Christmas luncheon held on the 2nd Saturday but at 2 p.m., instead of 1:00 p.m, at a local restaurant.

Branch 20, JOLIET, IL
Charlene Kobe, President, 
Jeanne Warsaw, Vice President, 
Diane Hohenwater, Recording Secretary, 
Robyn Coyne, Corresponding Secretary,  
Georgene Agnich, Treasurer  
Jo Lustick, Zarja Reporter 

Branch 20 meets every third Tuesday of the month (except June, July and August) at St. Joseph Park Hall (Raynor and Theodore Streets) at 7:00 p.m. with a guest speaker. The last Sunday of the month in September we hold our annual “Grape Festival ” at St. Joseph Park Hall from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The December meeting is a Christmas party and held on the third Sunday of the month.

Branch 23, ELY, MN (updated 12/30/2016)
Patricia J Koski, President, 218-365-5630 
Albina Medved, Co-Vice President 
James Lah, Co-Vice President 
Virginia Ivancich, Secretary 
Mary Ann Lekatz, Treasurer 
Cecilia Harri, Reporter  

We meet on the first Monday of each month (except January, June, and July) at 6:00 p.m. at St Anthony’s Catholic Church Hall, 231 E Camp Street, Ely. We have a one-hour meeting followed by refreshments.

Branch 24, LASALLE, IL  (1/24/2017)
Bonnie Prokup, Co-President, 
Debbie Pohar, Co-President,  
Shirley Eide, Secretary 
Lois Hellerich, Treasurer 
Diane Data, Zarja Reporter 

We meet at various locations on the third Thursday of each month except for the winter months.  April – Themed Meeting, May – Mother’s Day Luncheon, June – Taste of Slovenia Picnic, September – Themed Meeting, October – All Soul’s Day Walk & Dinner, November – Themed Meeting & December – Christmas Dinner Party.

Branch 26, PITTSBURG, PA   (inactive)

Branch 30 – consists of members, like myself, who do not live in a reasonable proximity to an existing Branch.  We are spread out across the country and lack the closeness of participating and sharing our heritage, as well as the opportunity to make new friendships. We can do something to change this situation!  Jan King,

Branch 33, DULUTH, MN  (updated 11/5/2016)
Mary Spehar White, President, Member Rep 
Shirley Hoppenyan, Honorary Vice President 
Jackie Ruikavina, Treasurer & Secretary 
Ann Menart, Zarja Reporter 

Meetings: 1st Thursday, March, April, May, September, October, November, December, February (Do not meet in January, June or July, August ) 6:30 pm/ St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church-610-99th Ave W-Duluth, MN 55808

We celebrate all members at a dinner in May, go out for a dinner meeting in October, and have a Christmas Party in December. For funerals we have 6 members serve as Honorary Pallbearers on behalf of the lodge, pray the rosary before Mass and a special prayer after the Mass with a flower presented to the family. We make donations to the Scholarship Fund and other non-profit organizations. We send cards/money gift to shut in members at Christmas.

Branch 35, AURORA, MN  (Updated 11/3/2018)
Vida Lanari, C0-President, 
Rosemary Ribich, C0-President, 
Bernice Ceglar, Sec/Treasurer – 
Recording Secretary, Sharon Starkovich 

Meetings are held at the Community Center at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays: November 4, 2018, December 2, 2018 (Christmas Party- possibly to be held at a restaurant to be determined), January 2019  no meeting, February 3, 2019, March 3, 2019 (Quarter Auction), April 7, 2019, May 5, 2019  (Member of the Year Dinner), June – September 2019  no meetings, October 6, 2019, November 3, 2019, December 1, 2019  (Christmas Party).

Branch 40, LORAIN, OH
Agnes Serazin, President, 440-324-3393 
Stephanie (Turk) Polutnik, Zarja Reporter 

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius church hall. The meetings are brief and are followed by dessert and coffee. We have a wonderful group of faithful members and urge everyone to join our club.

Marge (Yemec) Church, President, 
Jeanette Offutt, Vice President/Secretary, 216-662-4935
Lillian Sadowski, Recording Secretary/ Zarja Reporter, 
Jacqueline Albers, Treasurer, 

We meet on the second Saturday in February, May, August and November at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Heights Public Library in Maple Heights, Ohio. Christmas plans are in the making. Please join us.

Branch 43, MILWAUKEE, WI  (updated 11/5/2016)
Janice Luzar Gehm, President 
BettyAnn Kolesari, Vice President 
Mary Bregant, Recording Secretary & Zarja Reporter 
Helen Frohna, Treasurer & Member Rep 
Tillie Skusek, Corresponding Secretary 

Or website 

We meet at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 West National Avenue, West Allis, WI in the Constitution Room, January through June, at Noon the 4th Wednesday of the month. We do not meet in July or August and start up again in September through December.

Each month we have a luncheon/meeting to highlight some Slovenian culture. In March we make butare and on Palm Sunday we carry them in procession to church in our nosa’s. In have our annual MOY in May, celebrate Martinovanje in November, and have a Christmas Party in December.

Branch 47, GARFLIED HEIGHTS, OH (1/15/2017)
Deborah Duris, President/Secretary 
Diane Lee Fornaro, Vice President  
Madelyn A. McKittrick, Treasurer  
Katherine Wallace,  Auditor 
Kathleen J. Ferrante, Zarja Reporter 

We meet on the second Sunday in March, September, and November at the Maple Heights Public Library. In May and December we meet on the first Saturda of the month. Call or email for exact location.

Branch 50, EUCLID, OH  (1/24/2017)
Rosemary Toth, President, 
Cookie Maxim, Vice President, 
Josephine Wutchiett, Secretary 
Pat Gruden, Treasurer, 
Rick Tomsick, Zarja Reporter,  

We meet every third Wednesday of the month except January, February, July and August at the Euclid Public Library on East 222nd St. at 1:00 p.m. We welcome new members, members whose branch does not have regularly scheduled monthly meetings and guests. We always have refreshments.

Branch 54, WARREN, OH
Louise Vett, President, 330-757-2577  
Elsie Shine, Vice President, 330-544-2104 
Joanne Ponikvar, Secretary/Zarja Reporter  

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of February through April and September, and November. In May and December we meet at a local restaurant.

Branch 55, GIRARD, OH
Maria Selak, President, 
Joan Twaddle, Vice President, 330-759-1377 
Anka Krakora, Secretary, 330-539-1032 
Monica Selak, Zarja Reporter, 

We meet on the first Sunday of the month; February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December at 7 p.m. at 1575 Norwood Ave., Girard, Ohio.

Branch 71, STRABANE, PA   
Beverly Rosselle, President, 724-873-0914 
Helen Hervol, Vice President, 724-745-4676 
Adelia Verakis, Secretary, 
Agnes Bostjancic, Treasurer, 724-746-1099 

Branch 84, BROOKLYN, NY  (Updated 1/24/2017)
Tanya Vajk, President  
Maria Whitmire, Member Representative  
Elizabeth Gross, Zarja Reporter     

We celebrate KULTURNI DAN & Prešeren Day every February in honor of the cultural national holidays in Slovenia.

Branch 89, OGLESBY, IL  (updated 11/5/2016)
Julie Harback – President 
Fran Morrison – Vice President 
Terry Kamnikar – Treasurer 
Rose Bell – Secretary 
Barbara Bruch – Zarja Reporter & Member Rep 
Mitzi Banich – Contact Person, 

Visit our Facebook page at

We meet the 2nd Monday in March, April, October and November at 6 pm. We meet at the Dickinson House, 440 Dale Avenue, Oglesby, IL 61348. Our Picnic Potluck is in September, with dinner outings in May and December. Meetings include food demonstrations, Zagen Meal, culture & heritage discussions. There will be a Slovenian Heritage Celebration April 8, 2017 from 4-7 pm at Claudette’s, 253 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 with Displays, food samples, polka music, and raffles.

Branch 93, NEW YORK CITY, NY  (3/4/2017)
Stephanie Owens – President 
Camille Okoren Price – Vice President 
Veronika Dolar – Treasurer 
Alyssa Owens – Secretary 
Tanya Vajk – Past-President 
Ria Whitmire – Member Representative 
Kathleen Simmonds – Zarja Reporter 

The Slovenian Union of America (formerly SWUA) unites Slovenians in our community, creating a cultural bridge between New York City and Slovenia. We host regular events and meetings bringing together Slovenians and Slovenian-Americans of all generations.

We aim to provide resources, communication, and foster friendships in honor of our cultural heritage. Everyone in NYC and the surrounding areas are welcome to join and participate! To learn more please visit:, contact us at

Branch 99, LEMONT, IL (updated 3/27/2017)  
Bill Zerial, President, 
Sonja DePratt, Vice President,
Jana Hlade, Secretary, 
Monica Morrissette, Treasurer, 
Jana Hlade, Zarja Reporter,   

We meet at local restaurants or at the Slovenian Catholic Center in Lemont, IL. Our schedule varies year to year. Please contact us for specifics.

Branch 100, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  (updated 1/12/2017)
Teresa Koci – President 
Linda Costell – Vice President 
Joanna Farrage – Treasurer 
Jean Turnbull – Secretary 
Jean Koci – Zarja Reporter & Contact Person 
Dorothy Jerneycic – Member Rep 

We have no set meeting dates or location but meet three times a year, with an annual cooking class in February or March. The Member of the Year luncheon is in April or May, and a Christmas luncheon in December.

Branch 102, WILLARD, WI
Bonnie Brierton, President, 
Agnes Debevec, Vice President, 715-267-6764  
Karen Spires,  Zarja Reporter,  

We meet at Holy Family Parish Center in Willard, WI.  We meet in February, May, September and December on a day when the Parish Center is available. This is usually published in the Zarja under Branch 102 news. We always have a potluck lunch followed by our meeting. Give us a call!

Branch 103, WASHINGTON, DC  (updated 11/5/2016)
Mary L Terselic, President 
Ana Sonc Jevtic, Vice President 
Richard A Terselic, Treasurer, Secretary, Zarja Reporter & Member Rep 

Branch meetings are held in the Slovenian Chapel located in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC after the 1st Sunday of the month at 11:00 am. (Slovenian Language Mass) We have no set meetings. Communion breakfasts are held in the basilica cafeteria in the fall, Easter food blessing the Saturday preceding the feast; annual election of officers at the January branch meeting.

Branch 108, OLNEY, MD
Bernadette Kovacic Fitzsimmons, President & Zarja Reporter,  
Lynn Koiner, Vice President, 
Anne Straton, Secretary, 
John Klansek, Treasurer, 

We invite SWUA members, visitors and friends in the Washington, DC metro area to affiliate with our new Maryland branch. We meet on second Sundays in Feb., March, April, May, Sept., Oct. and Nov. for a 1:00 p.m. lunch meeting. Meetings are held in Olney, MD at Hunan Delight, The Olney Community Room, or other places that coincide with branch events. Guest speakers are featured regularly, and our members and juniors participate in parades, international book festivals and more in honor of our Slovenian heritage. Send an e-mail for details on upcoming meetings and events.

Branch 109, TWIN CITIES, MN  (updated 3/3/2017)
Mike Koski – President, SUA Representative 
Chuck Podominick – Vice President 
Mary Ann Setnicker – Treasurer 
Liz Miller – Recording Secretary 
Jean Podominick – Membership Secretary 
Elaine Barthelemy – Zarja Reporter

Meetings are the 3rd Saturday of the Month, 9:30am-Noon (September through May) at the New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. We participate in the Festival of Nations with an exhibit for Slovenia, For information on our other events please visit our website or Facebook Page.

Branch 110, LAKE COUNTY, IL
Mary Gornick Carmody, President, 
Candi Pfeiffer, Vice President, 
Nick Carmody, Secretary/Treasurer, 

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