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Joe Senko, Slovak Honorary Consul for Pennsylvania, recently shipped over $40,000 of new and used medical equipment to three nursing homes in Slovakia. Prior to the shipment, Joe made two trips to Slovakia to meet with the sisters from the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi who operate nursing homes in Svidník, Bardejov and Bratislava. Based on these meetings, Joe made arrangements for the shipment of a 40 foot container filled with beds, chairs, surgical instruments, gloves, masks, pads, braces, glasses and many other items. These supplies were donated by Brother's Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh. The shipping costs were paid by U.S. Steel-Kosice. The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava helped coordinate the paper work with the Slovak government..



Ivan Gasparovic, President of Slovakia, was invited to the White House on Thursday, October 9, 2008. After meeting with President Bush, Mr. & Mrs. Gasparovic came to Pittsburgh along with Marek Madaric, Minister of Culture, and Robert Kalinak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. Also accompanying them were ten persons from Slovak media. Also accompanying them were seven members of the Slovak Embassy from Washington, D.C. The entourage including protocol and security numbered over 50 people.

Upon arrival on Thursday evening, they were hosted at a dirmer by Honorary Consul J oe Senko and his wife, Albina. On Friday, the program arranged by J oe Senko, began with a meeting with Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor of Pittsburgh and his staff followed by a meeting at the national headquarters of U.S. Steel Corp. The meeting included all of the former presidents of U.S. Steel Kosice — John Goodish, Chris Navetta and Dave Lohr, as well as other key executives, During the meeting at U.S. Steel, Mrs. Gasparovicova visited a Women’s Shelter in Pittsburgh. She was escorted to the facility by Albina Senko. The first lady, who has a foundation in Slovakia, gathered infonnation to start a similar shelter back home. Before lunch, Mr. Gasparovic and his staff went to the Mellon Arena where they watched the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team practicing. The President, who is an avid
hockey fan, was presented a Penguin jersey autographed by Miroslav Satan who is from Slovakia.

After lunch, the President and his group visited the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Leaming where they met with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg. The meeting included a discussion about the possibility of a joint program with Slovak universities, Vtfhile at the university, the President also visited the Czechoslovak room, one of 27 nationality classrooms at the university. From there, the President took a tour ofthe Heinz History Center conducted by museum President Andrew Masich.

The day concluded with a reception at the LeMont Restaurant overlooking the city. Approximately, 150 people attended the festive event. The world famous Duquesne University Tamburitzans provided the entertainment. The President and his entourage were very impressed with the energetic
and professional dancers.

On Saturday moming, the President and his group flew back to Slovak directly from Pittsburgh.