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Joseph Mussomeli was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia on October 29, 2010.

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Ambassador Mussomeli entered the U.S. Foreign Service in September 1980. His first overseas posting was in Cairo, Egypt, as a general service officer (GSO). After that, he returned to Washington DC, where he worked at the Department of State as staff assistant to the Undersecretary for Security Assistance. His next overseas assignment was in Manila, Philippines, as a consular officer from 1984-1986, to which he would later return in 2002 as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM). Before that time, however, his tours included: North Korea Desk Officer (1986-1988), Senior Watch Officer (1989-1990), Economic Counselor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, (1990-1992), Inspector for the Office of Inspector General (1992-1994), Political Counselor in Rabat, Morocco (1995-1998), Deputy Chief of Mission in Manama, Bahrain (1998-2001), and as a member of the Senior Seminar (2001-2002). During his second tour in the Philippines as DCM, he served as Charge d'Affaires for a year while the Ambassador, Frank Ricciardone, was away. On June 24, 2005, the United States Senate confirmed him as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. After this, he served as Director of Human Resources/ELCDA at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, for one year, followed by a tour in Kabul, Afghanistan as Assistant Chief of Mission. Ambassador Mussomeli was confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia on September 29, 2010.
Ambassador Mussomeli has received several awards including two Superior Honor Awards, one Group Superior Honor Award, and two Meritorious Honor Awards.

 

Ambassador Mussomeli graduated summa cum laude from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) in 1975, earning a BA in Political Science. In 1978, he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/150152.htm

 

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August 3 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava pensioneers picnic www.slovenskapristava.org The picnic will begin with Mass at 12:30 p.m., followed by dinner. Ansambel Europa from Canada will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

August 3 (Sun) Triglav Park Slovenian Community in the Greater Milwaukee Area:  Drugi (2nd) Picnic, Mass at 11:00 a.m., Dinner at noon. Music by Veseljaki 1:00-5:00. www.triglavpark.com

August 3 (Sat) SNPJ Recreation Center 877-767-5732 www.snpjrec.com/ Music 2-8pm Jack Vasko / Al-Ray

August 5 (Tue) Club Slovenia - Potluck Program Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall.com

August 7 - 9 KSKJ 28th National Convestion Walt Disney World Resort www.kskjlife.orgBringing together 120 years of history and leading our members is our newly elected Delegates and National Board. Our convention includes, guest speakers, training and development, member distinctions, honoring agents and much more. Music by the Cleveland based Joey Tomsick Orchestra www.joeytomsick.com

August 9 (Sat) SNPJ Recreation Center 877-767-5732 www.snpjrec.com/Music 3pm-midnight  Mansfield 5 Don Wotila Eddie Rodick

August 10 (Sun) Primorski Klub piknik www.slovenskapristava.org

August 9 (Sat) Saint Lawrence Feast Day at St. Mary’s in Collinwood. 5:00p.m. Mass followed by dinner.

August 10 (Sun) The Slovenian Catholic Center’s Annual Picnic and Raffle will be held on the grounds of St. Mary’s. The day will begin with 11:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a delicious luncheon of pork and lamb. Cevapcici will be served in the afternoon. Entertainment by Veseljaki. 630-243-0670  secretary@slovenian-center.org  www.slovenian-center.org

August 15-16 (Fri-Sat) St. Mary’s Parish Krofe Sale. Friday at 9:00; Sat. at 8:00.

August 16 (Sat) ST. CLAIR AVENUE SLOVENIAN NATIONAL HOME CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, marking the 100th anniversary of the Slovenian National Home Organization and the 90th anniversary of the hall will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Tours of the Diemer Mansion behind the hall and the Slovenian Museum and Archives will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by cocktails in the Kenik Annex. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. followed by a short program and music by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra. Donation for the event is $50. For tickets or more information, please call 216-361-5115.

August 17 (Sun) SNPJ Recreation Center 877-767-5732 www.snpjrec.com/ Music 2-8pm Wayne Tomsic

August 17(Sun) Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Ave. 100th Anniversary Dinner Program. Info: Gerri Hopkins 216-361-5115.

August 17-19 SNPJ 30th Quadrennial Convention - The Plaza Resort & Spa Daytona Beach Florida. www.snpj.org

August 17 (Sun) Slovenian National Home 100th Anniversary Dinner Program Gerri Hopkins 216-361-5115 Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave snh6409@sbcglobal.net

August 17 (Sun) St. Mary's Parish picnic www.slovenskapristava.org at Slovenska Pristava. We will begin with Mass at 12:30 p.m. followed by a chicken/roast beef dinner ($13 for adults and $7 for children). Ansambel Veseli Godci will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. There will be a Biergarten with “Brats & Burgers”, roast pig and lamb, ?evap?i?i, food and refreshments throughout the day, as well as a Chinese Auction, Bake Sale and Children’s Games. Mark your calendars and invite your families and friends to join us.

August 23 (Sat) COLLINWOOD SLOVENIAN HOME REVERSE RAFFLE, in conjunction with its 95th Anniversary,. Main Board tickets are $65 and additional dinner tickets are $25. There will also be a Chinese Auction. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, please call 216-681-6649.

August 30 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava veselica www.slovenskapristava.orgl Special Guest Ansambel Donacka www.donacka.si/

August 30 (Sun) KRES Slovenian Folkdancing Group - 60th anniversary performance at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Ave. Contact president, Marija Rowane, fskres@gmail.com.

August 31 (Sat) SNPJ Recreation Center 877-767-5732 www.snpjrec.com/ Music 2-8pm Joe Grkman Jack Tady

September 10 (Wed) Slovenian Sausage Festival at SNPJ Farm – noon to 8:00. Vote for Best Sausage Maker; dance to favorite polka bands; enjoy home cooking. (216-261-Fame)

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatev (wine festival), NO MASS, Dinner at noon Music by Grant Kozera 1:00-5:00 Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185 www.triglavpark.com

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatec wine festival www.slovenskapristava.org

September 20 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava CLAM JAM www.slovenskapristava.org

September 20 (Sat) On Saturday evening, September 20, a gala dinner dance is to take place to salute the SNPJ Farm. The festivities close on Sunday, October 26, with a Polka Brunch. SNPJ Farm is located on Heath Road, off Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio, three miles
east of State Route 306. You can also rent SNPJ Farm for picnics, anniversaries and special events. For details, call (440) 256-3423 or (440) 943-1191

September 27(Sat) Oktoberfest in the parking lot of the Slovenian Cultural Center. 630-243-0670 secretary@slovenian-center.org www.slovenian-center.org

September 27(Sat) The St. Clair Rifle and Hunting Club annual clam bake at their club grounds, 6599 Ravenna Road in Concord Township.  Clam bakes and steak dinners will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Jeff Pecon Orchestra will provide the musical entertainment for the evening. For tickets call Bob Siers at 216-408-9366.

September 28 (Sun) Club Slovenia - Grape Fest Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall.com

October 8(Tue) Club Slovenia meeting.  Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall.com

October 12 (Sun) Koline Pristava pensioners www.slovenskapristava.org

October 18 (Sat) Please join us in celebrating Slovenska Pristava's first annual Oktoberfest! The event will be held in Lausche Lodge on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Authentic German foods, pretzels, pastry, and beer will be served, while the sounds of traditional polka music will fill the hall! More details to follow! Spread the word -- All are welcome!! PROST! NA ZDRAVJE! www.slovenskapristava.org

October 26 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava annual meeting www.slovenskapristava.org

November 4 (Tue) Club Slovenia meeting. Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall

November 27-29 (Thur-Sat) Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend – Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel.  Reserve hotel $105/night. Reserve tickets: Kollander Travel 216-692-1000 or go to: www.KOLLANDER.com or at Polka Hall of Fame 216-261-FAME.

November 29(Sat) Annual Polka Awards Show. 2:00 p.m., New location: Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel. 

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