Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn at Polka Hall of Fame
Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn Polka Hall of Fame October 12, 2012
His Excellency Roman Kirn, Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia to the United States of America, visited Cleveland October 10-13, 2012 and took part in events covering education, business, media, government and the Slovene Diaspora. One of his stops was at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid.
Joe Valencic explained the history of Polka music and the Polka Hall of Fame to Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn.
Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Joe Valencic, Ambassador Roman Kirn and Tony Petkovsek
Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko presented a proclamation to Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn.
Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko and Ambassador Roman Kirn
Ambassador Kirn spoke at the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum about the role of music in society.
Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn and Tony Petkovsek
Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn with Polka musicians Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak
Slovenian Woman of the Year Alice Kuhar pinned special awards on the lapels of Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn and Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc. Alice is not quite as tall as the men so some adjustments had to be made.
Alice Kuhar pins Ambassador Roman Kirn
Alice Kuhar pins Consul Jure Zmauc
VASJ High School Principal Rich Osborne and John Lecky, executive director of the Our World Today organization, were introduced by Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc to Ambassador Roman Kirn.
John Lecky, Consul Zmauc and Rich Osborne
Consul Jure Zmauc and Rich Osborne
One of the highlights of the event was the informal polka jam by Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak.
Polka jam with Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak