15-16 the National Championship of computer typewriting of the Czech Republic
was held in the business school in Hodonin.
of INTERSTENO I personally testimonied the consideration of our Federation
for the effort and the passion of the Czech National Group, led by Prof.
Jaroslav Zaviecic (reconfirmed as president in the elections) and by the
World typewriting champion Helena Matouskova. I was a guest of Mr. Zaviecic
and the Czech Interinfo Group whom I thank with particular warmth.
Hodonin is an
industrial town with 30,000 inhabitants, situated in a part of the Czech
Republic called Moravia, near the border of Slovakia and Austria. After the
institutional changes in the last decade, Hodonin is facing heavy problems
with unemployment, therefore educational institutions are trying to provide
new means for upgrading competencies of both, young people and workers.
where the competition was held (a fine building of 1890s) is directed by a
young headmaster Prof. Milos Prochaska, who transmits positivity and
effectiveness; this is a vivid impression for the visitors who consider the
objectively difficult conditions in which the country is operating.
teachers, headmasters and professionals together with young competitors came
to Hodonin to take part in the annual meeting of the Czech National Interinfo
Group, a young organization which gives enthusiasm and enhances the mood of
all of us.
meeting and the election of the leading group the dinner came, a Moravian
folk orchestra played local songs and after that three young girls sung
Italian opera pieces. Special thanks for the pretty and very skilled
interpreter Ingrid Moczerniukova, called by the headmaster for helping me
during the visit what made possible for me to follow all the meetings.
The visit of
the Polish delegation, guided by Mr. Aloisy Berger was appreciated very much.
Thanks to the support of Prof. Zaviecic, Intersteno is enhancing effective
relationship with that Group, starting from a qualified participation in the
Rome Congress next year.
participated Horst Diehl, director of a business school in Essen (Germany)
and former president of the German Shorthand Association, and Mrs Kulb,
leader of the Austrian National group, together with her husband and Franz
Sager, who kindly took me from Wien to Hodonin.
participants were received in the town hall (recently and finely restored) by
a very young mayor. He explained to us how the City is trying to favor the
cultural exchange of students and teachers, since they feel this is a crucial
means for enriching the citizens' knowledge and opportunities. In such a
perspective is also the partnership with the Italian city of Cattolica. In
the town hall we also climbed many steps to the Tower (art nuveau - 1902): from that height
we could see the river Morava, which now signs the border between Czechia and
competitions students used the ZAV software, which is having big success not
only in the country. Prof. Zaviecic is working with passion and strength for
releasing the program for other new languages
In the awards
ceremony I assisted the calls of young champions, traditionally but always
with the same emotion. The impressive results (565 stroke per minute) are
promises for the World Championship which will be held in Rome next year. I
remember the happy face of a crying girl who was called many times to the
stage, but I would like to thank those youths and all of those who are daily
training themselves: Intersteno owes much to them and all the organizing
committee will make special efforts for reserving them an adequate welcome
and events for favoring each other's introduction and their own