By Clinton Machann, Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences
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President Leshikar and the SPJST proved to be most gracious hosts and cooperated in every way to make the SVU sessions a part of the general success of the magnificent week-end in Belton. Combining their resources, the two organizations were successful in securing the participation of Alexandr Vondra, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, as well as several Czech officials from Prague. Of course, many state government officials and other prominent Texans were involved in the SPJST ceremonies.
For example, this year interest in Czech language courses exceeded our capacity by more than 100 per cent. , in Australia and Croatia. This again, however, requires intensive cooperation on the part of these societies and communities. The Department also participates in projects of technical assistance, such as the reconstruction of Czech schools and cul- Page 11 tural centers of Czechs living abroad. In 1996, the Czech government earmarked certain amounts for the repair of schools, cultural centers, and roads in areas inhabited by Czech communities in Romania; the repair of the Comenius school in Vienna (the largest of its kind in the world); the repair of the Comenius Mausoleum in Naarden, Holland; and the maintenance of the Museum of Emigrants in Zelów, Poland.
Our Department can provide this publication to the societies free of charge. ) b) Our Department has also begun to build its own information database containing the lists of all societies and organizations, prominent Czechs living abroad, data on communities' libraries and archives, and publications as well as data on supportive activities of the OKKV. The Department has put together a comprehensive questionnaire that was sent to all societies, hoping they will help Page 10 complete the database, which serves the internal needs of the Department.