CLEVELAND—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) presented the First Catholic Slovak Ladies’ Association (FCSLA) a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives on the 125th anniversary of the group’s founding. Founded by nine immigrant homemakers on January 1, 1892, the group has served as a fraternal organization for the care and development of the Slovak community in the greater Cleveland area.

“I am honored and humbled to present the 125th anniversary award to such a distinguished group,” said Rep. Anielski. “It is a testament to the character, commitment to American ideals, and dedication to their faith that the association has continued to serve their communities throughout the United States.”

National President Cynthia Maleski spoke for the organization: “We have been a rock for our members, providing them with financial stability and growth, even in difficult times. But for a society like ours, financial strength must go hand in hand with fraternal strength. Working together we not only celebrate our common heritage, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of community and spirit of generosity and service that unites us.”

Rep. Anielski, herself a member of Branch 221, attended the FCSLA’s anniversary banquet gala where she presented the award to members from all over the United States. A group of people without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots, luckily the FCSLA has many branches to keep sharing the culture.

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