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Lithuanians in Arizona:
Arizona Chapter of
Lithuanian-American Community (LAC)


The Arizona Chapter promotes Lithuanian culture and fellowship by organizing social and cultural events in Arizona. It also responds to the directives of the LAC's National Executive Committee and the governing board of the Western District.

Becoming A Member

If you live in Arizona, if you are 18 or more years old, and if you have Lithuanian roots or are married to one who does, we invite you to become a member of the Arizona Chapter of LAC and to join us in our social and cultural activities. To join or to get more information, please contact Chapter's secretary Ausra Gleason at [email protected].

Bylaws and Rules

The official bylaws and rules governing the Lithuanian-American Community, Inc. are in Lithuanian. click here to view bylaws and rules

Governing Board

Zenonas Misius
Ruta Sweetsir,
Ausra Gleason
Ruta Motiejunas
Vytas Stagniunas
Aldona Vaitkus

Auditing Commission

The auditing commission for the Arizona Chapter of LAC is composed of Gilanda Matonis (chair), Rita Martinaitis and Casimir Matonis.

Our Chapter And The National Organization

Regionally LAC is subdivided into districts, regions, and chapters. Our chapter is in the Southwest Region of the Western District.

At the national level there is the National Board of Directors and the National Executive Committee. The National Board of Directors serves as the legislative body of LAC and sets the agenda and the rules of operation for LAC. Its members are elected every three years and meet once a year. Past and present Arizona representatives on the National Board of Directors:

Rimantas Vaitkus (2006 - 209)
Stanley Vanagunas (2009 - 2012)
Kestutis Eidukonis (2012 - present)

The National Executive Committee executes the directives of the Board and administers the national LAC organization. The chair of the National Execcutive Committee is appointed by the Board every three years. The chair then appoints the Committee members, who are confirmed by the Board.

Donations & Annual Solidarity Contributions

Your donations to the Lithuanian-American Community are deductable from federal income taxes (federal tax id #36-3625439) and help support Lithuanian causes in Arizona, in the United States, and worldwide. All members are encouraged to make an annual solidarity contribution of a minimum of $10.00 per individual or $20.00 per family. Please make your check payable to "Lithuanian-American Community, Inc." and send it to the following address:

Lithuanian-American Community
c/o R. Sweetsir
1152 W. Isabella Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210

Your Help Is Welcome

Our cultural and social activities need volunteers with a wide range of talents. If you have an interest in contributing your talents and energy, please contact Ausra Gleason at [email protected].

Chapter Origins And History

To read about the origins of Lithuanian-American Community and the Arizona Chapter click here