6th Cossack Congress in America
On October 3rd 2015, representatives of Cossack organizations and communities gathered together in the Church of Saint Nicholas, Stanitsa Nikolskaya, Chester, Pennsylvania for the 6th Annual Cossack Congress in America.
The Congress began shortly after the conclusion of the registration with a prayer in the Church. Letters from online internet portal Dikoepole and the national Cossack Sherimici were read to the Cossacks. Present at the Congress was also a guest representative from the Cossack Guard regimemt, Leib Gvardi, from Paris, France. Supreme Ataman Iegor Brun de Saint Hippolyte had thanked all the representatives for attending the Congress, and congratulated everyone with the 5th year anniversary of the Cossack Congress in America. Following supreme Ataman's speech, he acknowledged the hard work of Alexey Kaganzev, for having served as the Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America, and awarded him with the very first certificate of graditude, and first Cossack to be awarded by the Congress. For the first time in history, the Cossack Stanitsa of Colombia sent Catherine Boncenne as a representative to the Cossack Congress in America. The Stanitsa expressed their desire to join the Cossack Congress in America and become a permanent member. The Congress had voted unanimously to accept the Stanita of Colombia into the Congress.
The Congress reviewed the completed objectives of the elected leadership for the term 2014-2015 and provided valuable feedback on their work. The Congress had then reelected the current leadership for the term 2015-2016.
Supreme Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America Iegor Brun de Saint Hippolyte
Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America for the territory of Canada Ruslan Dimitrov
Vice Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America for the territory of the USA Alexey Bocharnikov
The Cossack Congress then discussed the missions and goals for the following year, and had agreed to shift its focus on the education of Cossacks. As the representative for Phoenix, Arizona Cossack Community explained, the most important challenge we face, is the unity of Cossacks, and the education of the Cossack people. The Congress had agreed to expand the educational committee for the year 2015-2016, and is awaiting to see the results of their work. The Congress also agreed to organize and form a group of Cossacks who will be participating in the 2016 Captive Nations Week in New York City, as well as the Annual Roll Call of Nations in Washington D.C. These events are extremely important to the preservation of our Cossack identity. The Congress had officially concluded at 1:48PM, but the Cossacks continued to celebrate the 5th year anniversary at a celebratory dinner.
During an interview, Supreme Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America Iegor Brun de Saint Hippolyte said "it is important to acknowledge that the Cossack Congress in America represents the Cossack people in America with the Unity it has created. The Cossack People, living in various parts of the United States of America, Canada, and now South America, finally have a real and united power known as the Cossack Congress in America, which to this day has 10 Cossack organizations and communities as members, which also happens to be the majority of Cossacks organizations in those areas."
On October 4th, 2015, the Supreme Ataman of the Cossack Congress in America Iegor Brun de Saint Hippolyte, as well as both of the Vice Atamans, attended divine liturgy at Stanitsa Nikolskaya. Following the liturgy, the Cossacks prayed for all Cossacks who suffered in the Cossack genocide, in Leinz, Austria, and those who have lost their lives fighting in war of the previous century, during a memorial service. The Cossacks once again socialized at the lunch table, and this marked the conclusion the 6th Annual Cossack Congress in America and it's planned events.
Thank God we are Cossacks!