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Director Erika Lee to Speak at Friends of IHRC Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Immigration History Research Center Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Croatian Hall in South St. Paul. IHRC Director Erika Lee will be the featured speaker. For information about reserving tickets and agenda topics, read on.

Director Erika Lee, Professor of History and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, will speak on the topic of "Tell Us Your Story: Planning for the IHRC's 50th Anniversary in 2015."

The event will be held 6-9 pm at the Croatian Hall, 445 Second Ave S, South St Paul, MN 55075. Tickets for the Annual Meeting and Dinner are $25, and reservations must be received by Oct. 31. An order form for tickets and additional information is available here.

Appetizers: Cheese and Veggie Tray; Bacon Wrapped Apricots
Dinner: Chicken Breast, Sarma (cabbage rolls with beef and pork)*, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots
Bread Baskets and Dessert; Coffee, Water, Wine and Soda
*non-pork option available with advance request (see Vicki Albu)

Tentative Schedule
5:30 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Social hour: Appetizers with Entertainment by the "Chris Kalogerson Orchestra"
6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner
7:15 p.m. Annual Business Meeting
7:30 p.m. Presentation, Erika Lee, IHRC Director
8:15 p.m. Drawing for Door Prizes; Adjournment

For more information about the dinner and entertainment, please contact Vicky Albu at or call (651) 201-7654 (M-F, 8-4:30).

The Friends Board of Director has announced elections for At-Large Board of Director positions, in addition to the usual Board of Director and IHRC reports at the Annual Meeting. Please note these recent changes pertaining to At-Large positions and consider running for one of these seats.

At-Large Directors
The Friends Board of Directors recently voted to revise the bylaws by changing the number of at-large board members from at least one (1) but no more than five (5) to at least five (5) and up to fifteen (15). All 15 at-large seats will be elected by the members at our Annual Meeting on November 10th.

If you or any another member wish to serve on the Board of Directors, please submit their name and contact information in writing by November 2 to Karen Varian, 1817 121st Ave. N.E., Blaine, MN55449, or These names will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and placed into nomination at the Annual Meeting. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

Qualifications to be a candidate for an at-large Board position

  • Must be a member of the Friends of the IHRC, with dues paid by November 2, 2012.
  • Endorse the mission of the Friends
  • Regularly attend as many of the 10 meetings peryear of the Board as possible
  • Be willing to participate on a committee or project, and/or serve as an officer of the Board
Only those members who have paid their 2012 dues by November 2, 2012 will be able to vote at the annual meeting.

Karen Varian and John Andreozzi, co-presidents of the Friends of IHRC Board, are available to provide more information about the election. If you have any questions, contact Karen Varian at 763-754-7463.