A Special Visit

Just hours after the NATO Summit ended, a motorcade arrived on Benedictine University’s campus. Slovak Republic President Ivan Gasparovic visited to install Rosemary Wisnosky, a Naperville resident, as Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Chicago.

“What I’m especially grateful for for the future is Slovakia will have many more friends,” said Gasparovic.

As Honorary Consul, Wisnosky will help organize official Slovak visits, strengthen the relationship between Illinois and Slovakia, support those of Slovak heritage in the area, and assist citizens of the Slovak Republic who visit Chicago, all as a volunteer.

“You may be certain that I will diligently pursue my duties in a way that will make you proud and which will serve also as a tribute to the memory of my Slovak grandparents,” said Wisnosky.

Wisnosky has worked for years to strengthen the bonds between the Chicago area and Slovakia. She is a founding member of the Slovak American Cultural Society of the Midwest, helped select Nitra, Slovakia as Naperville’s first sister city, and has visited the country several times.

“Almost immediately I found a name for her, Slovak American Iron Lady, because she was so energetic and so full of enthusiasm in developing many projects,” said Peter Burian, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States.

Wisnosky is also a trustee of Benedictine University, which was founded in 1887 to educate people of Czech and Slovakian descent.
“Having you here reminds us of our past and challenges us to embrace our future,” said William Carroll, President of Benedictine.

During the ceremony, choirs sang the national anthems of both countries, and speeches were given in both languages.

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