Submitted by: Rose Marie Jisa, President

Ohio Chapter, SGSI


“Growing up Slovenian” in Girard, Ohio in the ‘40’s was a special treat for this young person! My life was filled with Slovene relatives - grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, Slovene food, Slovene customs, Slovene music - songs and polka dancing, Slovene neighbors, Slovene classmates and Slovene fraternal organizations! I certainly knew my heritage! I was Slovenian!

As I matured, however, I began to wonder whether I did, indeed, know all that I should and could know about my family and about being Slovenian. This is when Al Peterlin and the SGSI came into the picture - in 1984. Since that time, I’ve learned so very much about my heritage, both in America and in Slovenia, that I decided, after retirement, to share this information with others. The Slovenian Genealogy Society International was the vehicle of choice.

In 1997 while living in Florida, I volunteered to become the SGSI State of Florida Chapter President and organized a small group of people in the Naples area. Since that time, I’ve returned to Ohio and have organized two SGSI groups in the Greater Cleveland area - one for Cleveland’s east side residents and one for the west side residents. We meet on a quarterly basis.

My presentation at this first SGSI Convention will focus on organizing and developing State SGSI chapters for the purpose of assisting those who are interested in learning more about their Slovenian ancestry do so in an organized, efficient manner. Among the topics to be discussed will be:

--GETTING STARTED - the who, what, when, where, how, and why of it



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Rose Marie Jisa

12185 Pheasant Run Circle

North Royalton, OH 44133

Telephone: (440) 230-2954 Email address:




Youngstown State University Bachelor of Science Degree in Education

Major: Spanish Minor: Business

Kent State University Master of Education Degree

University of Akron Educational Administration Certification

Doctoral Program/Educational Admin.

University of Ljubljana Two Summer Sessions to Learn Slovenian



Owner, Bonita Business Services A word processing/secretarial company

Owner, Heritage Antiques Specialized in antique furniture

Director, Secondary Education Parma City School District, Parma, OH

Adjunct Assistant Professor Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Supervisor, Business and Vocational Education Parma City School District, Parma, OH

Business Education Teacher Parma City School District, Parma, OH

Maplewood School District, Mecca, OH

Grand Valley School District, Orwell, OH


Named Outstanding Business Educator in the State of Ohio—1978

Listed in Who’s Who in American Women



Slovenian Genealogy Society International Ohio Chapter President

Rotary Club of Parma Newsletter Editor and Song Leader

Jadran Singing Society Slovenian Chorus Member

Deutsche Musik Venier Play Clarinet

Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter Chair Committee on Domestic Violence

Quail Ridge Book Club



Reading, genealogy, swimming, golfing, and volunteer work at the Cleveland Musuem of Art and

for the Cleveland Orchestra.



Am the mother of two children and grandmother of seven.