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Complete List of Projects and Achievements

Advocacy

  • Advocacy to promote Czech membership in NATO (’95-“99)
  • Participated at White House Briefing and Discussion for Central and Eastern Europe (’96)
  • Testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on NATO enlargement ('97)
  • Panel on NATO enlargement at Czech Embassy conference ('97)
  • Briefing for US Senate Foreign Relations Staff (’99)
  • Briefing for Congress and State Department (’00)
  • Statements on terrorism after September 11th (‘01)
  • Educational reception for US government leaders visiting Prague (‘01)
  • Capitol Hill luncheon for staffs of House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees ('02)
  • Interview on Radio Prague (‘04)
  • Visa waiver for Czech citizens (’07-“08)
  • Expand Czech Caucus in Congress (’08)
  • Internet website on the Czech/US relationship (continuing since ‘97)
  • Facebook page (continuing since ’10)
  • Publishing AFoCR quarterly Newsletter - 5,500 circulation (US and international) (continuing since ’95)
  • Letters to media on Czech Republic related issues (continuing since “95)

Major Projects 

  • Flood Relief for 2002 Floods - Organized fundraising and raised over $300,000
  • Flood Relief for 2002 Floods - Made grants to 20 schools, churches, museums, hospitals, and towns in the CR ('02)
  • Developed and distributed a video presentation on Tomas Masaryk for educational purposes (‘01)
  • Built and dedicated Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk Memorial in Washington ('02)
  • Developed general educational programs with universities and international secondary school (‘02)
  • Provided replica of Masaryk Statue to Czech Embassy (‘02)
  • Constructed Masaryk Memorial Wall of Honor at Czech Embassy (’03)
  • Published 17,000 copies of book on Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 700 Czech Jewish children in 1939 (’08)
  • Built and dedicated Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague ('11)
  • Completed Walk of Freedom at Woodrow Wilson Monument (’12)
  • Facilitated planning, development, and opening of Aspen Institute Prague (‘12)
  • Dedicated Walk of Freedom Plaque in tribute to Václav Havel (‘12)
  • Distributed 7,000 copies of book on Sir Nicholas Winton for free to educational institutions to date (continuing since '08)
  • Havel Memorial at Georgetown University ('13)
  • Havel Bust in the U.S. Capitol ('14)
  • Reconstruction of SOKOL West, Texas gymnasium ('15)

Awards Received

  • Gratias Agit from Czech Foreign Ministry for NATO Advocacy ('98)
  • Churchill Award to AFoCR Chairman Fred Malek from (‘12)

Representation  Activities

  • Reception for U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Czech President Václav Havel, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (’95)
  • Congress of Prague for the New Atlantic Initiative ('96)
  • State Department ceremony for Czech President Václav Havel (’97)
  • Breakfast meeting with visiting delegation of Czech senators (’97)
  • Meetings in Prague with US Ambassador and Czech Deputy Foreign Minister (’97)
  • White House State Dinner for Czech President Václav Havel ('98)
  • NATO Enlargement Ceremony ('99)
  • White House State Dinner for NATO Enlargement ('99)
  • White House State Dinner for President Václav Havel (‘02)
  • Reception for Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla (‘04)
  • Meeting in Prague with President Václav Havel, Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda, and Deputy Prime Minister Martin Jahn (‘04)
  • Meeting with Prime Minister Miroslav Topolánek (‘08)
  • Conference on Czech Jews in America at the Czech Embassy (‘10)
  • National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Grand Reopening (‘12)
  • NATO Summit in Chicago (‘12)
  • New York Events Honoring Václav Havel (‘12)
  • Memorial Events in Washington Celebrating Life of Václav Havel (‘12)

Galas and Anniversary Events 

  • Chaired 80th anniversary celebration of Czechoslovakia (’98)
  • Concert - 10th Anniversary of Velvet Revolution, Washington ('99)
  • Civil Society Vision Awards Dinner - Plaza Hotel, New York, NY – Honoring Madeleine Albright ('00)
  • 2nd Civil Society Vision Awards Dinner – World Bank; Masaryk Memorial Dedication, Washington, DC – Honoring Fred Malek, Hank Greenberg, & James Wolfensohn ('02)
  • 3rd Civil Society Vision Awards Dinner – CR Membership in European Union, JW Marriott Washington, DC – Honoring Václav Havel ('04)
  • 4th Civil Society Vision Award Dinner – Returning Wilson Monument to Prague, JW Marriott Houston, Houston, TX – Honoring James Lovell & Eugene Cernan (’08)
  • 5th Civil Society Vision Award Dinner – Returning Wilson Monument to Prague, Ritz-Carleton Hotel, Chicago – Honoring Mayor Richard M. Daley (’09)
  • Woodrow Wilson Monument Dedication Masaryk-Wilson Award Dinner—Rudolfinum, Prague – Honoring People in Need and its Director and Co-founder, Šimon Pánek, (’11)
  • Dedication Ceremony and related events for the Woodrow Wilson Monument in Prague (‘11)
  • Wreath laying ceremony on National Day with Prime Minister Petr Necas – Washington, DC (‘11)
  • Tomáš Masaryk Birthday Commemoration Ceremonies (continuing since ‘03)

Seminars on Business in the Czech Republic

  • Winston-Salem, NC ('96)
  • Presentation on NGOs at Congress of Society of Arts and Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic (’96)
  • Temple, TX ('97)
  • American University, Washington, DC ('98)
  • Washington, DC, with US Chamber of Commerce (‘04)

Grants

  • Czech student at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. ('01)
  • Ceský Talent, musical organization in the Czech Republic (donor advised) ('02)
  • Charles University Dobruška Czech Language Institute (donor advised) ('03)
  • For flood relief to schools, churches, museums, hospitals, and town public facilities in the Czech Republic (‘03)
  • Donor advised to the Jewish museum for a holocaust education program and presentation (‘04)
  • Donor advised to the Jewish Museum for renovation of a synagogue in Prague (‘04)
  • Donor advised to Charles University Medical Faculty for educational materials (‘04)
  • Oldrich Škácha for Václav Havel photographic exhibit at Czech Embassy (donor advised) (‘04)
  • Donor advised to Charles University Medical Faculty for educational materials ('05)
  • Katrina relief, donated by City of Ústí nad Labem ('05)
  • Donor advised to the Jewish Museum for renovation of the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague (‘05)
  • Donor advised (Littauer Foundation) for publication Czech translation of Nicholas Winton book (‘05)
  • Donor advised (Kraftcares) to the Nadeje organization for humanitarian aid - food bank in the Czech and Slovak Republics (‘03-‘07)
  • Donor advised (Urbanek Family Educational Fund) for projects at Charles University in Prague (‘02-‘11)
  • Donor advised to the City of Holice for young Czechs to pursue study of law (‘10)

Receiving and Hosting Visitors

  • Czech Premier Vaclav Václav Klaus ('95)
  • Czech Ambassador Alexandr Alexandr Vondra ('96)
  • Apollo 13's Captain James Lovell ('96)
  • Lord Mayor of Prague, Jan Koukal ('96)
  • Czech Ambassador Michael Žantovský ('97)
  • Czech Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla ('99)
  • Czech Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee ('00)
  • Lord Mayor of Prague Jan Kasl (“00)
  • Czech Trade Representative ('00)
  • Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kavan ('01)
  • Czech Prime Minister Miloš Zeman ('01)
  • Czech Minister of Culture Pavel Dostál ('02)
  • Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla (’04)
  • Prime Minister Miroslav Topolánek (’08)
  • Czech President Václav Klaus – Washington, DC (‘10)
  • Ambassador Petr Kolár (‘10)
  • Czech Senate delegation, led by Vice Chairman PaedDr. Alena Gajdušková (‘11)
  • Stanislav Kázecký, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs section for Czech Organizations Abroad (‘11)
  • Various Delegations from the Senate, Parliament, and government (continuing since '95)

Event Sponsorships

  • Czech Ambassador visit to New Orleans ('97)
  • CzechInvest trade initiative in Chicago ('00)
  • Opening of CEELI Institute in Prague ('00)
  • Unity Dinner for Czechs and Slovaks ('01)
  • Historical educational project - University of Nebraska ('01)
  • Salute to President Václav Havel - New York University ('02)
  • Honoring Martin Bútora, Slovak Ambassador to the U.S. ('03)
  • Honoring Sir Nicholas Winton in Prague ('07)
  • Central European Energy Forum at CSIS ('08)
  • Cosponsored American Dvorak concert tour in the Czech Republic (‘10)
  • Cosponsored Defiant Requiem commemorating 50th anniversary of performances at Theresienstadt concentration camp (‘10)
  • Woodrow Wilson Annual Remembrance in Prague on date of death -Feb 3 (‘12)
  • "Nicky's Family" Screened at Bohemian National Hall, New York (‘12)
  • Sokol Ceremony at Wilson Monument in Prague - July 4, 2012 (‘12)
  • Cosponsored concerts, plays, art exhibits, films and other cultural events in Washington area (continuing since ‘02)

Co-sponsorship of Czech and Slovak Gibian Freedom Lecture Series (continuing since ’00)

  • Michael Novak (11/9/2000) on “The Struggle for Freedom 10 Years After in the Czech and Slovak Republics” --- the role of intellectuals in the struggle
  • Madeleine Albright (11/19/01) on Central European – US relations --- the importance of NATO enlargement and cooperation in the fight against terrorism while maintaining our shared values
  • Adam Michnik (12/5/02) on “The Czech and Slovak Legacy in the Struggle for Freedom” --- the importance of contacts among dissidents throughout Central Europe in building resistance to Communism
  • Václav Klaus (11/19/03) on the Czech Republic and the EU --- the importance of market oriented economic reform
  • Timothy Garton Ash (11/11/04) on “What Velvet Revolutions Now” --- the legacy of the Velvet Revolution and its relevance for countries in transition today.
  • Martin Palouš (11/17/05) on “Czech-US Relations at the Beginning of the 21st Century” --- the need for maintaining close US-Czech ties and building a “pro-American Europe and a pro-European United States”
  • Ivan Mikloš (11/13/06) on “The Political Economy of Reforms in the Slovak Experience: Do Reformers Have to Lose?” --- the approach of the Slovak government towards implementing its economic reform program.
  • Alexandr Vondra (11/16/07) on the “EU and US in the 21st Century: What Identity for Transatlantic Relations” --- the importance of maintaining US-European security, economic, and energy cooperation.
  • Jan Kubiš (11/21/08) on "Strengthening U.S. - Slovak Relations and the Transatlantic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges in Today's World" --- Slovakia’s role as a full partner in NATO and the EU and in the transatlantic relationship.
  • Miroslav Topolánek (12/10/09) on  "Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution"
  • Iveta Radicová (11/10/10) on "Freedom, Democracy, and Prosperity in Central Europe: Story of Transformation and Integration of Slovakia"
  • Petr Pithart (11/17/11) on “Does the Czech Constitution Provide a Solid Base for the Nation’s Political Health in Comparison with the U.S. Constitution?”
  • Martin Butora (11/16/12) on "Twenty Years of Independence: Reflections on Freedom and Democracy".

Service

  • Administrative support to the Czech Embassy for cultural projects (continuing since ‘97)
  • Maintain the Masaryk Memorial in Washington DC in partnership with the Czech Embassy (continuing since ‘02)

Administration and Management

  • Maintained bank account in Prague to manage funds for the Wilson Monument project (’10-“11)
  • Management support and advice for Czech NGO “Woodrow Wilson Monument Fund” (’10-’11)
  • Annual audit and review of AFoCR finances and financial management (continuing since ‘00)
  • Annual IRS Nonprofit organization tax returns (continuing since ‘95)
  • State nonprofit organization registrations (continuing since ‘95)
  • Regular and Annual Board of Directors Meetings (continuing since ‘96)