Message from Tryzub President
These are hopeful times for our great organization. Remediation from the impact left over from the destruction left behind by hurricane Ida enabled us to proceed with planning and beginning repairs to the clubhouse and facility.
The Tryzub Board and Administration consists of entirely volunteers. I’d like to take this time in the spirit of the season and thank them dearly for their dedication and service, and the time they devote to helping run this club and facility. Thank you all Volunteers!
In our continued effort to grow to make our club and organization better, both the Tryzub Board and Ukrainian Nationals Board have committed to developing our Strategic Plan to codify our combined mutual objectives and build a realistic plan for accomplishing our goals. This plan is vital and serves as a requisite step to accomplishing our mission and includes:
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With so much work to do within our two organizations, our off season will not be without much activity. Stay tuned and make plans to come by the clubhouse and think about where you can volunteer to help grow the teams and the club to reach our mutual goals. Let’s all make an impact.
It is important to remember that as volunteer-centric organizations both Tryzub and the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, the success of our organizations depends entirely on the efforts and engagement of all our volunteer members… you! Whether serving on the Boards or serving on a committee or volunteering at events and for projects, this can’t be done without you, our members!
On behalf of the Tryzub Board of Directors,
WELCOME to our new Website!
During the Coronavirus we were busy updating our web technology as well as our facility. We will post all of our facility improvements soon.
For an extended period of time, commencing 3/12/2020, the club facilities and clubhouse were closed and open, depending on state mandates. We are currently open and continue to monitor and to modify our policies and procedures to meet ever-changing and emerging standards. Click here for more COVID info.
During the extended lockdown, our Club did not realize any revenue, while its income since re-opening has been limited. We have a very magnificent facility to upkeep; the costs are quite large. Although we have the best volunteers on planet Earth, our expenses keep mounting. Please consider donating towards our club and uphold our mission in the community.
COVID 19 ALERTS: Click Here: for Special Safety Measures-Rules for your attendance at Tryzub Festivals, Fests and other events; and for other Alerts and Notices.
UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE FOLK FESTIVAL 2021 IS CANCELLED
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT YEAR:
Next Year’s Ukrainian Independence Day Folk Festival will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2022.
We have created and are enforcing a FESTIVAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY - Please review it and help us to keep everyone safe and health. Also, return to this page often to review updates and changes to this policy.
We invite your suggestions for our 2022 celebration of Ukraine’s freedom. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID 19 ALL EVENTS ALERTS: Visit website or call or email periodically for notices, alerts, safety protocols and measures and information, for possible date, program or format changes, for possible attendance, advance ticketing and other entry limitations and requirements, and for changes, procedures and updates. www.tryzub.org
We have created and are enforcing a Festival Health and Safety Policy - please review it and help us to keep everyone safe and health. Also, return to this page often to review updates and changes to this policy.
Tribute To A Great Man... Yaroslaw “Jerry” Kozak
As of earlier this year, we celebrated the life and passing of Yaroslaw “Jerry” Kozak. His solemn funeral mass at Annunciation BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church brought together so many people from Tryzub’s gloried past and present. It is the bittersweet thing about funerals. For those who attended from the Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, it was such a privilege to be there. The Tryzub family came to honor an Extraordinary Man—a man who earned your respect and admiration every day of his life in the example he set.
The pictures below tell part of the story: Jerry Kozak as a player here; Jerry Kozak as a coach here; Jerry Kozak building, planting, moving earth, operating equipment, etc.; Jerry Kozak leading us and representing us at all times with dignity. The fuller story is how one dedicated, hard-working volunteer with a heart of gold and unexcelled passion for this Club could shape it for seven (7) decades. For perspective, most people who come through our soccer organization will be involved here for five, maybe ten years. We know Jerry Kozak was not alone in making this place. But for those of us in the soccer leadership for the past couple decades, he was the most visible example of Tryzub’s core values: integrity, loyalty, dedication and service. Jerry Kozak possessed an iron-will to get things done.
As soon as you joined the soccer organization, you discovered Jerry Kozak’s stature here. It was never in anything Mr. Kozak said. He possessed that rare gift of great leaders—humility. But you knew he carried weight when you heard a teenage girl named Larissa or her brothers greet him as “Pon Kozak.” While the term was unfamiliar to us, you could hear the respect in it. Jerry Kozak earned respect, and not because he was Tryzub’s President at the time. The pictures testify. He was a man of action along with his friend, Ted Kulp. Pon Kozak recognized a problem, analyzed it, and solved it. Tryzub was always improving on his watch.
We joined this Club after the turn of this century. By then, Pon Kozak had been here for fifty (50) years. Through his life of service, he had a keen sense of who he could depend upon. But he never asked of anyone what he was not prepared to do himself. Today, we talk about the unfortunate sense of entitlement people have. This was never Pon Kozak. You would never see him take as much as a free draft. It was frankly the opposite. After a long day of spring clean-up, trenching, or getting ready for a Club event, Pon Kozak would buy his crew a round of “Old Kiev.” You fondly remember the day you were in that special community of volunteers and toasted “Na zdrovya.”
The details of Pon Kozak’s extraordinary life and wonderful family are in his obituary posted on our Facebook page. Pon Kozak was a WWII survivor. He was intelligent, educated and successful. Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Pon Kozak gave us everything. Some might think it cliché to say Pon Kozak was Tryzub. He was.