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RADA 2021

Annual Council on November 5-6,
2021 in Soyuzivka

For those attending Rada virtually, please see below Zoom instructions.  Prohrama rady is listed in the section below.


Spartanky are inviting you to a scheduled "Zoom" Rada.


All attempts will be made to start at 11:00am. 


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Topic: Spartanka Rada - November 6th, 2021

Time: Nov 6, 2021 11:00 AM EST


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The Radi program

Friday, November 5, 2021

5:00 - 7:30 Arrival

7:30 - 8:30 Dinner

8:30 - Friendly meeting


Saturday,  November 6, 2021

8:00 - 8:45 Breakfast, Registration

9:00 - 10:30 Class, Walk

11:00 - 11:15 Opening (in full uniforms)

11:30 - 2:15 Meetings (Lunch at the same time)

2:30 - 3:00 Break / Photo

3:00 - 5:00 Meetings / Closing


  • Cost of Hotel and meal options are listed below.  ** Please advise your final accommodations plan to me, even though you have already emailed me two weeks ago. Checks for hotel stay and meals are to be made out to ‘Soyuzivka’.  They are:

  1. Stay Friday through Sunday.  This includes 2 night stay with Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Single room (1 person) = $340.20(this includes all taxes). Double room (2 person, 2 beds) = $243.00(this includes all taxes).

  2. Stay Friday through Saturday. This includes one night stay with Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch. Single room (1 person) = $189.00 (this includes all taxes).  Double room (2 person, 2 beds) = $124.20(this includes all taxes).

  3. Stay Saturday through Sunday. This includes Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast. Single room (1 person) = $189.00 (this includes all taxes).  Double room (2 person, 2 beds) = $124.20. (this includes all taxes).

  4. No sleeping over, but coming Saturday for the day only. This includes the Saturday lunch = $27.00 if you would like to have Saturday breakfast then your total cost will be $46.60. 

  • The New York State health department and the Soyuzivka management have the following Covid policies in place:

  1. All unvaccinated guests must wear masks indoors. All vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask while indoors, unless they want to.

  2. While outdoors, guests are not required to wear a mask, unless they want to.

  3. Servers and hotel staff will be wearing their masks as per New York State mandate.  Servers for the restaurant wear Rubber gloves for serving food.

  • Spartanky Vkladky will be collected during narady separately.  This is not  included in the prices listed above.

  • Zoom & Virtual viewing of Rada: Please note that we will send the Zoom link ONLY to the Spartanky that respond back stating that they are indeed attending Rada.  We will give the link and time for log on.  DISCLAIMER: We will make every effort to secure a reliable and interactive Zoom connection. Soyuzivka Wi-Fi is not 100% reliable given the mountain region that they are in. There may be a possibility, that we want to prepare everyone for, that if the Soyuzivka Wi-Fi is not working properly, we cannot guarantee that the virtual viewers will be able to participate. We will make every effort to see that this does work, but we need those participating virtually to be prepared that connection may be cut off due to possible Wi-Fi issues and this would need to be understood beforehand.

  • Zoom will be ONLY conducted during Narady.  Vidkryttia, Ceremonies (if applicable) or Zakryttia will not be virtual.

  • Please respond only to me, NOT ALL, as to whether or not you will be attending and your accommodations plan by Thursday, October 28th.  Text or email is fine.  Let me know if you require a single room or if you are in a double room, who you are sharing the room with. Also advise if you are attending just for Saturday. And of course you must advise if you are attending virtually only.

  • Remember to bring your odnostrij. :)



Christia Iwanik

Zactupnyk Kurinoyi

Cell - 860-716-0812

Email - 

Spartanky Plast sorority reunites for conference at Soyuzivka

DECEMBER 3, 2021 10:52 AM


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Members of the Spartanky sorority of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization gathered in front of                      the main house of the Soyuzivka Heritage Center during their annual conference.

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Members of the Spartanky sorority of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization gathered at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center on November 5-7 for the organization’s annual conference.

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spartanky members were thrilled to be together in person to share stories, reminisce, review the past year’s work and plan for the coming year.

A small group of Spartanky arrived on November 5 to set up, decorate and prepare for the following day’s meeting. They were warmly greeted and attended to all weekend by the friendly Soyzivka staff. After a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Andriy Sonevytsky, the members had an informal social evening by the warm and cozy Main House fireplace.

On Saturday morning, after breakfast, a small group of outdoor enthusiasts began the day with a short hike to the cliffs behind Soyuzivka. A beautiful, sunny and crisp morning made an ideal setting for Kiki Zinycz to lead the group along a scenic and colorful 1.6-mile roundtrip path to stunning vistas of the town of Napanoch, N.Y., and the Catskill Mountains.

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The Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaczszak on November 7 led a divine liturgy at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church. Members of the Spartanky sorority of the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization joined him for a photograph in the church.

The formal part of the conference began shortly after the hike and was conducted in the main house library. Nineteen members representing New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Chicago attended the conference in person, and over a dozen additional members participated via Zoom.

Spartanky President Theresa Kuritza formally welcomed all Spartanky and thanked them for their dedication, support and work throughout the year. The Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaczszak led the group in prayer, singing the Plast version of Our Father. He then blessed the members, wishing them a pleasant and fruitful conference. The members then held a candle light ceremony to welcome candidate Zina Zinycz into the Spartanky sorority as a full member.

The Spartanky elected new board members for key posts, which included Vira Myskiw, president; Chrystia Iwanik, vice president; Zezya Zawadiwsky, secretary; Adriana Pidwerbetsky, treasurer; Ale­xandra Odulak Petrenko, chronicler; Marga­reta Nycz, flagbearer; and Roma Temnycky, press correspondent.

Leaders of the local chapters were also announced: Kiki Zinycz, New York/New England; Chrystia Stasiuk (interim), New Jersey; and Marusia Kolodij, Philadelphia.

Although the annual Winter Outing (Zumova Prohulka) and Pochatkoviy Tabir in 2021 were canceled, the Spartanky have been busy working in small groups and locally within their Ukrainian communities.

The New York/New England chapter met multiple times during the year via Zoom to discuss their projects and to plan this year’s conference. Tamara Tershakovec created a “Keep-in-Touch” email to promote camaraderie and stay connected during the pandemic. Christine Kozak worked with the group to manage the “Vmilist in a Box” to create and update merit badges/levels and their requirements. Kiki Zinycz shared with the group a “fan letter” she received in early 2021 from William Burban who participated in Plast camp at Vovcha Tropa as a young scout. He stated that he had fond memories of his time at the East Chatham, N.Y., camp and appreciates the sorority’s time and work sprucing up the facilities.

Ms. Stasiuk discussed how the New Jersey branch is actively working with the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey in Whippany, N.J. – for example, by doing physical and ecological work around the outdoor café where many come to attend events and meetings.

Louisa Kaminskyj gave an overview of plans for a Horseback Riding Camp to occur during in 2023. Committee members plan to travel to Virginia next year to meet with instructors and plan logistics for this camp, which will take place in July-August. The Philadelphia chapter prepared Christmas baskets for the elderly in their community and Zina Zinych organized and ran a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Federal Credit Union.

The conference ended late afternoon on November 6 with lots of new ideas, enthusiasm, excitement and plans for the upcoming year, as well as gratitude for the opportunity to gather in person. A small group of members stayed for another delicious dinner and more sisterly bonding by the fireplace where they reminisced about their Plast experiences and past conferences. On November 7 the group attended liturgy together at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.

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A small group of outdoor enthusiasts and members of the Spartanky sorority of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization took a short hike to cliffs located near the Soyuzivka Heritage Center.

The conference, planned and organized by the New York/New England chapter, was productive and ran smoothly despite obstacles and restrictions presented by the pandemic. The beautiful fall weather, the accommodations, as well as the hospitality and warmth of the attentive Soyuzivka staff, all contributed to a successful and enjoyable weekend. The Spartanky sorority is a group of energetic and dedicated women with wide ranging knowledge and strength in many different fields. With over 70 members, the organization is committed to continuing the work of Plast in the United States and abroad. The organization’s next conference, scheduled to take place in November 2022, will be planned and organized by the Philadelphia and Chicago chapters.

RADA 2021

Reports 2020-2021

Minutes of the
Council of 2020

​Spartan Song

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