Contact Information:
Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
PO Box 21
Tabor, SD 57063
Taborís 68th annual Czech Days celebration is being dedicated to the late Helen Vlasak during ceremonies on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Sokol Park at 3:00 p.m.

Helen Noll Vlasak was born on the homestead farm south of Tabor to Joseph J. and Sylvia (Ptak) Noll on June 18, 1916. She attended Tabor grade school, high school, and later attended business courses in night school while she worked in Omaha. She was employed as a housekeeper, a bookkeeper in the Tabor Bank, and was a group leader for Gurney Seed and Nursery Co. for fourteen seasons.

She married Clarence Vlasak on June 6, 1939 and raised three sons: Richard, Joseph (deceased) and David. She also has five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Helen was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary serving as president or chairman for forty years. Her elective offices were Unit, District, Department President and National Vice President of the Northwest Division. She was a National Committee Woman, an Area "D" National Rehabilitation Chairman, Area Communications Chairman, and Junior Activities Chairman, and also a life member of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society.

Helen wrote an essay for the "Make A Difference Day" and won a monetary award for the Legion Auxiliary. Those funds are being used for the display of the casket flags of our veterans at her request. Helen wrote many, many poems for almost any occasion. She wrote four pageants for Tabor, the largest of which was the Bi-Centennial Pageant with over two hundred people in the cast. She was a memorial speaker for Legion and Auxiliary memorials, as well as a memorial speaker for the Czech Days opening for the Czech Heritage Society. Her latest writings were that of humorous musical plays for the Czech Heritage Society in the Czech language.

Travel played a very important part of their lives as she traveled to twenty national conventions of the Legion Auxiliary. Clarence and Helen took many trips throughout the United States and many trips to Europe, Germany, Italy, Australia and most of them to the Czech Republic. Helen served as a counselor for Girls State of the American Legion Auxiliary. She also taught classes in the Czech language, both in school and as a part of the Czech Heritage Program. Her ambition was to see Tabor have a museum and that mission was accomplished.

Helen was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church and a member of the church choir for over fifty years. She was the coordinator of the Polka Mass for many years and sang in the National Auxiliary chorus at two conventions. She took part in many plays, both in English and in the Czech language, both as a Sokol and for the Czech Heritage Preservation Society.

Helen passed away April 17, 2014.



1964 L. A. Cimpl

1965 Joseph A. Dvorak

1966 Rev. Raymond Koman

1967 Matt Petrik

1968 K. L. Szymanski

1969 Dr. & Mrs. F. M. Blezek


1970 James M. Schuch

1971 Msgr. E. A. Bouska

1972 Pioneer Settlers of Tabor

1973 John F. Kostel

1974 James J. Kocer

1975 Rev. Gilbert Laketek

1976 Joseph V. Zitka

1977 Thomas J. Binder

1978 Emil E. Blachnik

1979 Joseph M. Petrik


1980 Edward L. Petrik

1981 Dennis L. Bies

1982 Joseph J. Rezac

1983 Helen Mach

1984 Albert G. Honner

1985 Caroline "Curley" King

1986 Rosie Petrik

1987 Emil Kutilek

1988 Charles Rokusek and Jerry Jarolim

1989 Bernard G. Zitka


1990 Agnes T. Kostel

1991 Emil Rezac

1992 Sylvester Pechan

1993 Lloyd Aten

1994 Edward J. Kudrna

1995 Frank J. Petrik

1996 Henry A. W. Adam

1997 Leonard Rokusek

1998 Frank E. Vaith

1999 Deceased Beseda Dancers


2000 Thomas G. Kronaizl

2001 Alisa Anne Prunty

2002 Norby Mach

2003 Anna Schuch

2004 Laddie E. Kostel

2005 Edmund Wagner

2006 Rich Schild

2007 Allan Sternhagen

2008 Rosie M. Kortan

2009 Helen Fejfar


2010 Don Koranda

2011 Clarence Vlasak

2012 Vivian Vaith

2013 Violet Zdenek Povondra

2014 Josie Kutilek

2015 Mildred Cimpl

2016 Helen Vlasak