Czech Center Museum Houston NEWS FROM THE CZECH CENTER MUSEUM HOUSTON - DECEMBER 5, 2012
From the Heart of Europe to the Heart of Houston Texas
in the Museum District

4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, Texas 77004 - 713.528.2060
czech@czechcenter.org    www.czechcenter.org
Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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December 15, 2012, EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET – Prague International Gifts Shop, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Treat yourself to Music, Refreshments, Unique Gifts!!!!!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS Greetings from your friends at the Czech Center Museum Houston with wishes to you for all the Blessing of the Season. May you enjoy the Holidays with Family and Friends. May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow with wishes for good health, joy and happiness throughout the New Year 2013! Let us hope, pray and work towards Peace in the World!
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Regarding St Nicholas Eve Thursday, December 6, 2012
To Board, Honorary Board, Officers, Members and Friends. We realize some will not be attending Czech Center Museum Houston's annual St. Nicholas Traditions Eve Holiday Dinner, which our membership generally enjoys so much they invite extended family and friends. St. Nicholas exudes star power and the sweet angel and devil, who make sure the young know they should be doing good things, are also a hit. Prefaced by Butler passed hors d'oeuvres in Brno Gallery then Dinner in Prague Hall of ground Beef Sirloin au jus with mushrooms, onions and colorful peppers, whipped potatoes and grilled seasonal colorful vegetables accompanied by holiday beverages followed by typical Christmas cookies makes for a purely Slavic Epicurean feast! Most importantly the organization honors a stellar group of persons this evening, those like you, who make a difference in the world giving to make a better place to live.
   Among these are Herman and Carol Triska Vacca, the epitome of volunteerism, a geo physicist and teacher artist, parents of three, Jimmy, Jonathon and Jenny.
  The Honorary Board Members listed in your invitation are those of you who have given and continue to give to this, a fine City Museum built for all to see and enjoy.
   Should you not have the good fortune to be here personally please take the time to congratulate our friends, volunteers par excellence, in your thoughts for their volunteer gifts of giving.
   At this time of the year we send an End of the Year Appeal. At the Dinner, the Appeal cards are available under your gold charger or at Registration.
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Who was Saint Nicholas?
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, born during the third century in the village of Patara. The area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children and his concern for sailors and ships. The Roman Emperor ruthlessly persecuted Christians, and he suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. St. Nicholas is patron of seamen and protector of children and ferrymen.
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End of the Year Appeal
  Thanks to your previous support we are at the midpoint of an effort to complete the build out of the Third Floor aptly named Kloess Pilsen Hall. It has been an eight year process to finish a floor that was left in an unfinished state due to the unavailability of funds. At this time the installation of air conditioning, carpeting 70% of the floor, some electrical work, some partitioning to make it semi-usable has been completed. There is a contract to provide a permanent ceiling and upgraded lighting in the above 70% portion. Work remains to complete the remaining unfinished portion to provide rest rooms, offices, archive space and a small catering kitchen, which will be completed as funds are available.
  You are asked to contribute to complete the third floor by your end of the year donation. We ask you to consider any amount to be applied to this effort. The result will be another great gathering venue, upgraded services and display facilities. Thank you for your consideration. Please remember any amount would be appreciated so very much! Effie M. Rosene, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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Make a Lasting Gift to the CCMH - Leaving a Legacy
You are important and indispensable to the health and success of this organization. Make a lasting gift by leaving a legacy. Consider joining the fifteen members who have already benefited from making a Certificate Loan to CCMH. You will benefit financially by earning 4½% annual interest, or to leave a legacy to designate the earnings remain as a gift to the CCMH. Consider perpetuating the assets of this loan and/or purchasing a Charitable Gift Annuity as a means to continue your support with the earnings accruing to you in your lifetime with the principle remaining with the CCMH. Consider a Planned Gift to support a perpetual endowment of $1,000,000 to assure the financial security of the CCMH and strengthen our mission of preserving our heritage and global citizenship. If we can be of assistance to you in this endeavor, please call Bill at 713.528.2060. We need you more than ever now!
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Remember or Honor by your purchase of an engraved Marble tile to celebrate someone important in your life by inscribing Your Name or your Honoree's Name on a tile as a lasting and meaningful memento of thoughtfulness and support of the mission of this unique Museum District site. The inscribed tile will be mounted in the Honor Courtyard at this beautiful Baroque building. A personalized tile, in your name, memory or honor of family and friends will forever be a part of the history and tradition of the Czech Center Museum Houston. By subscribing to a tile you will automatically become a member of the CCMH or extend your existing membership. Tile Sizes: 4 x 12, $250; 6 x 12, $500; 8 x 12, $750; 12 x 12, $1,000; $5,000 & $10,000 Top Row with Gold Border. $1,000 donations and above qualify for Lifetime Membership and Support. For assistance in building your tile call 713.528.2060.
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We Honor our Volunteers - We honor, not just today, but every day, our Volunteers, members of the Czech Center Museum Houston Guild. They Tend the Prague International Gift Shop, Give Docent Historical Tours, Meet every visitor to the CCMH from around the world, Answer every telephone call for its execution. We Educate all who enter, the importance of embracing their heritage from wherever, to know who they are, as the roots to being a citizen of the world, not only as Texans or as Americans. Volunteers are unpaid, yet give financial and charitable support to help grow our institution to be enjoyed by others via education, service, the arts, culture, history and heritage.  We honor our Ancestors in whose memory the CCMH was built, to remember they came to America through great trials and tribulations, stayed, and made a difference, as all immigrant groups have. We honor all our Members, Friends, Board Members, past Board Members. We honor their "stepping up" in great attitude and aptitude to administer the Museum's needs.
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Kroger, a Community Contributor. Enroll your Kroger Card in their Neighbor to Neighbor program to make a contribution to the CCMH. It's easy. The cashier merely flashes your existing card along with the attached barcode, and every time you shop, a small contribution will be made. Click here for barcode...
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"Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you." Anonymous

Questions or comments or to be removed, please email first and last name to czech@czechcenter.org.
Effie M. Rosene, Chair/CEO, on behalf of Board of Directors, Volunteers and Members and Friends.


This organization is supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the
Houston Arts Alliance and by the contributions of our Members and Volunteers.
4920 San Jacinto
Houston, TX 77004
phone: 713.528.2060