Slovenian Prime Minister Lojze Peterle in Cleveland
St Mary of the Assumption Church February 4, 2011
The Honorable Lojze Peterle, Member of the European Parliament and first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, spoke at St Mary of the Assumption Church in Cleveland on February 4, 2011. Between 1990 and 1992, Peterle was the president of the first freely elected Slovenian government, and he was among those who led Slovenia to independence from Yugoslavia.
Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc introduced Lojze Peterle
He was presented by The Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia.
Former Slovenian Prime Minister Lozje Peterle
Peterle spoke to the audience in Slovenian and took questions at the end.
One highlight was when he told how President Bill Clinton was from a big country and played a big instrument, the saxophone. He is from a smaller country but can still make beautiful music. He took out a harmonica and played some Beethoven.
Lozje Peterle playing harmonica
Enjoy these photos from the evening
August Pust and Lojze Peterle
Jure Zmauc and Lojze Peterle
Maria Sedmac and Luka Zibelnik
Martin Strel - the Big River Man - has swum the length of the Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze and Amazon Rivers
Helena Gaser with Andrea and Zdravko Novak
Father John Kumse and Consul Jure Zmauc
Fran Coberly and Drago Androjna
Joe Valencic, Barbara Strumbly, Janja Zmauc, Martin Strel, Luka Zibelnik and August Pust
Dr. Edi and Mrs. Milena Gobetz
Listening to Prime Minister Peterle
Questions for the Prime Minister
Debbie Hanson, Lozje Peterle and Fran Coberly
Dick Russ and Consul Jure Zmauc
Lojze Peterle and Fran Coberly
August Pust, Lojze Peterle and Martin Strel
The evening ended with Slovenian wine and patitsa & coffee