by Derrik Petrin, Membership Committee Chair, HAAW
21,000 Washingtonians say they have Hungarian heritage. Who protects and shares that heritage with all who wish to enjoy it, in both Hungarian and English? HAAW does.
Since 1984, the Hungarian American Association of WA has been an all volunteer-run organization. We rely on membership dues to fund our free picnics and holiday celebrations each year, and to provide a base of support for our cultural programs, Hungarian classes, dance groups, Scout troop and other initiatives. Strong membership numbers also help us in our grant applications and serve to indicate the current health of our organization.
Programs and achievements which deserve special attention this year:
– Building the first structure on our Cle Elum property
– The Scouts attending the national Hungarian Scouts camp
– Online language classes (registrations now open!)
– The summer reading challenge
2020 and 2021 have been unprecendented, challenging years for all of us. Our members worked hard to adapt as many of our programs as possible to online formats – for many of us, these were opportunities to remain connected to the HAAW community at a time when social support was needed most. As we look forward to the uncertainties of the coming year, HAAW will continue to work together to keep all of our programs alive and thriving. This has all been possible through your membership and support. If the preservation and sharing of Hungarian culture in the state of Washington is important to you, please…