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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

Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Joe Valencic,
Ambassador Roman Kirn and Tony Petkovsek





Joe Valencic and Ambassador Roman Kirn



Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko presented a proclamation to Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn.

Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko and Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn

Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko and Ambassador Roman Kirn





Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko



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 and Tony Petkovsek




Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn with Polka musicians Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos  and Joe Novak

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.

Slovenian Woman of the Year Alice Kuhar pins special awards on the lapels of Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn

Alice Kuhar pins Ambassador Roman Kirn




Slovenian Woman of the Year Alice Kuhar pins special awards on the lapel of Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc

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

John Lecky, Consul Zmauc and Rich Osborne





Consul Jure 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 by Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos  and Joe Novak

Polka jam with Hank Guzel Jr., Bob Kravos and Joe Novak


See photos and videos of the polka jam including and explanation of the differences between Slovenian and Polish polkas and accordions.

Enjoy these other images from Ambassador Kirn's visit to the Polka Hall of Fame.

Consul Jure Zmauc, Ambassador Roman Kirn and group


Slovenian Ambassador Roman Kirn and Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc

Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc and Ambassador Roman Kirn


Kenny Yuko, August Pust and Joe Novak

Kenny Yuko, August Pust and Joe Novak


Tony Petkovsek

Tony Petkovsek


Phil and Fran Cobberly with Ambassador Kirn

Phil and Fran Cobberly with Ambassador Kirn


Alice Kuhar and Lori Sierputowski

Alice Kuhar and Lori Sierputowski


Dan Hanson and Rich Osborne

Dan Hanson and Rich Osborne


Alice Kuhar and Jure Zmauc

Alice Kuhar and Jure Zmauc


Slovenian wines

Slovenian wines


Ambassador Roman Kirn and August Pust

Ambassador Roman Kirn and August Pust


Joe Valencic, Consul Zmauc, Ambassador Kirn and Tony Petkovsek

Joe Valencic, Consul Zmauc, Ambassador Kirn and Tony Petkovsek


Luka Zibelnik, Erika Schiavoni, Alice Kuhar and Tony Petkovsek

Luka Zibelnik, Erika Schiavoni,
Alice Kuhar and Tony Petkovsek


Consul Jure Zmauc and


Joe Novak and Kenny Yuko

Joe Novak and Kenny Yuko


Consul Jure Zmauc and Alice Kuhar

Consul Jure Zmauc and Alice Kuhar


Consul Jure Zmauc, Ambassador Roman Kirn and group


See photos and videos of the polka jam including and explanation of the differences between Slovenian and Polish polkas and accordions.





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