Washington, DC – On January 31, Hungarian American Coalition (Coalition) Board member, Dr. Endre Szentkirályi was elected President of the United Hungarian Societies in Cleveland at the organization’s biennial meeting. The other newly elected members of the leadership are: Judy Gyorky, Vice President; Paul Strada, Treasurer; Nicholas Boros and Sándor Nagy, Secretaries; Zsuzsa Daroczy and Charles Hokky, Controllers.
Dr. Szentkiralyi is a graduate of Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, and earned a PhD from the University of Debrecen. He was born and raised in the Cleveland area, and has been an avid scout leader for most of his life, both on the local and international levels. He worked on several documentary films about the Hungarian diaspora as an associate of 56Films (Journey Home, Inkubator, and Heritage), and is a member of the American Hungarian Educators Association. He has also edited and written several books about Cleveland’s Hungarians, including Cold War to Warm Cooperation: the Military Service of Cleveland Hungarians 1950-2014, and the oral history project ‘Clevelandben még élnek magyarok?’. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society and of the Coalition.
The United Hungarian Societies serves as an umbrella organization that unites the Greater Cleveland area Hungarian-American organizations and works to represent their interests, and in so doing, seeks to preserve, cultivate, develop and disseminate Hungarian culture. To further serve the region’s Hungarian-Americans, it may initiate and organize activities for the benefit of this community. Its member organizations are: American Hungarian Friends of Scouting; Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society; Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel; Hungarian Association; Hungarian Conference in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Hungarian Cultural Center of Northeastern Ohio; Hungarian Cultural Garden of Cleveland; Hungarian Geneological Society of Greater Cleveland; Hungarian School Care Club; St. Ladislaus Association & Order; World Federation of Hungarian Veterans and Hungarian Media Foundation – Bocskai Rádió.