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Members ifion Hoedown Peter Grbelya, Sec'y. Frank H. Becer Jr., Sec'y. "ZAJEDNIČAR" every member Fage 9. i Angela Yurjako, Sec'y* \n\n Wilmerding Lodge Bids Welcome To Anniversary Fete Wilmerding, Pa. e members of "St. Valentine" CFU Lodge 42 are preparing to celebrate, simultaneously, the 57th Anniversary of the founding of their Lodge and the 60th Anniversary of the Croatian Fraternal Union, on Saturday, February 13, at the Croatian Home, 101 Middle AVfenue. We plan to start the cele bration off on a solemn note by our attendance at the 8:00 AM Holy Mass, at the St. Aloysius Church. The special intention of our participation here will be for all the living members of our Lodge. Promptly at 8:00 PM our guests will assemble to shuf fle to the music of the Valen tic Brothers Orchestra, of turtle Creek, Pa. Again, at 9:30 AM, on Sun day, February 14th, our mem bers will travel to Rankin, Pa., to attend Holy Mass for the deceased members of our Lodge, scheduled to be cele brated at St. Mary's Church. This noble cause deserves the attention of all our members also. Lodge 42 came into being on February 7, 1897, and has served its membership for some fifty-seven years. It is the duty of our members to mark this historic milestone by promoting a successful event. We invite the members of the Croatian Fraternal Union throughout this area to be our guests at this celebration, free of admission charge, and as sist us in putting over the greatest show of fraternalism in the history of our society. John J. Brletic, Pres. Adam Matiasic, Sec'y. Canton, Ohio A gala Masquerade Dance is in store for all members and friends of CFU Lodge 514 on Satur day nite, February 27, at the American Croatian Home, 2543 Winfield Way, N. E. Over a year's time has elapsed since doings of this sort have been enjoyed by our colony and we are looking forward to a full house of eager fun seekers on that date. Several prizes for outstand ing costumes await some lucky people and admission to the event is free of charge, provided you come attired in suitable fashion for the oc casion. Johnnie Nervo and his "Plavi Jadran" ensemble from Massillon, Ohio, will furnish our dance music. During in termission you may visit our refreshment stands and revi talize your energy calls. So let's go, friends and fel low members! Make a real "Mardi Gras" out of your Lpdge masquerade funfest. Theresa Marich, Rep. Toronto Lodge 975 To Talk Shop February 21 •^Toronto, Ont. All mem bers of CFU Lodge 975 are requested to be present at the monthly meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 21st, 1954, at 8:00 PM, at the W.E.A. Hall, 577 Jarvis St. We would also like to see our members and friends pack the Macedono-Bulgarian Ca thedral Hall, 237 Sackville Street, on Saturday, February 13th, for the gala Dance which we are staging. Ivan Zuzek and his Orchestra from Beamsville, Ontario, will be on hand to see that every one spends an enjoyable eve ning. For the admission fee of one dollar, we guarantee a barrel of fun for both young the old. Eastern Lodges In Festive Mood Camden, N. J. The Cen tral Committee of Philadel phia and Camden CFU Lod ges is making preparations to sponsor a gala Dance on Saturday evening, February 13, 1954, at the SportB Cen ter, 805 Federal Street, in Camden. Your shuffling tunes will be expertly delivered by Ed Pinsky and his Merrymakers, all for the nominal admission fee of seventy-five cents. Might be that you're miss ing out on a festive time should you stay away from the Sports Center on this oc casion, so plan' now to avert this danger by making early arrangements to attend With your friends. Central Committee Mcnessen Juniors Set For Festive Gathering Monessen, Pa. The film ing of the Croatian Fraternal Union's new technicolor film in Monessen on Sunday, Feb ruary 14th, at the Croatian Home will give Monessen's talented juniors an o e chance to show their progress in the musical and dance field. The combined tamburitza and dance group will present a half hour program at 6:00 e e i n e i showing. Then along about 6:45, "This Is Your Croatian Fraternal Union" will be pre sented in its "Premier" show ing in Western Pennsylvania. The energetic youngsters, under the general guidance of Matt L. Gouze, internationally famous director and teacher of tamburitzas, are now in the second phaee of their train ing. If you chance to stop in at Monessen's Croatian Home on Wednesdays, you would see a veritable beehive of junior ac tivity. At 6:00 o'clock tambu ritza players arrive for their forty-five minutes of individ ual instruction. After a ten minute intermission thirty young girls join the tamburit za players for informal folk song singing in two and three part harmony, recently insti tuted by Mr. Gouze. Then at 7:30 o'clock the young ladies proceed upstairs to another practice room and go through their dance rou tines under the tutelage of Midge Satina and Nance Ra docaj. Downstairs, the orches tra is still rehearsing, but now as a complete ensemble and drilling with orchestra pieces such as polkas, waltzes, kolos and concert numbers. Now, back to the film pre sentation. Monessen Lodge 194 of the Croatian Fraternal Union is putting out the wel come mat for this two-fold gala attraction before the Lenten Season closes in. An invitation is extended fo the general public for the affair, but a very special invite goes to CFU Lodge officers for the premier showing. No doubt they will be interested in the film for future affairs. Following the main pro gram dancing is scheduled. Arrangements Committee Lodge 234 Members To Discuss Knotty Issues Pittsburgh, Pa. We have an important Lodge 234 meet ing coming up on Friday eve ning, February 12, at 8:30 PM. As usual, this meeting will be held in the down stairs meeting room of the Bratska Sloga, 146—44th St. There are several important topics to be discussed at this meeting. Your support for the various issues to be presented will be appreciated. Lodge officers will be pres ent at 7:30 PM to collect dues. We note that some of our members are still in arrears with their dues. Please make an earnest effort to attend this meeting and have your dues brought up to date. Dance To Follow Chicago Sweeper Chicago, 111. This is to call attention to the "Bowl ing Sweeper" Dance to be sponsored by Chicago's "Pro gress" Lodge 749 on Saturday evening, February 20, at the beautiful Flynn Hall, 3236 West 63rd St. Of course, everyone in and around Chicago is cordially invited, but these lines in the main are meant for our own Progress members. The rea son is that the necessary en thusiasm seems to be lacking, at least as of today. To sell tickets in advance not only insures success, but in this case it also saves two bits. This should make it easy to sell tickets in advance, but so far the reports are not too encouraging. Your committee is hard at work meeting once every week, so that if this dance does not go over big, the fault will not be with the commit tee, but with the membership for lack of co-operation. The committee is only a few people, but to fill the big hall in which the dance is to be held, many, many more active people are needed. How about you? How many tickets will you sell before the dance You can get your tickets at the Gage Park Bowling Al leys, 5643 S. Western Ave., any Sunday evening, for that is where our League bowls. Or better yet, why don't you come to the committee meet ing any Friday about 8:00 P.M., same place where the Lodge meets, 6122 S. Ashland Avenue. We have not done any too well financially, so won't you put your shoulder to the wheel, help us put this dance over big and put our house in good financial order. The committee is depending on you! Anxious Rox Lodge 143 Spirits To Meet Thursday Eve McKees Rocks, Pa. The next "Spirits" Lodge 143 meeting falls on Thursday, February 11th, one of the many decisions emanating from the annual meeting. In answer to the thought fulness shown by some of those members who were ab sent and for the record, we wish to state that all of the 1953 officers were returned to office. Rudy Krulac be comes the vice-president, a post he held with the lodge back in 1947. Joe Grgurich will head the Board of Trus tees. Speaking in behalf of the Lodge membership we wish John Rackie, hospitalized for two operations within a per iod of sixty days exactly, a change of luck for the better. Just how powerful and em bracive fraternal organiza tions are can be gathered from the statement of the Hon. Artemus C. Leslie, in s u a n e commissioner of Pennsylvania, delivered re cently addressing the Frater nal Congress in Philadelphia: "More than one million fra ternal certificates in Pennsyl vania and its one billion of fraternal insurance in force". Here all the while we thought we were held to our own CFU membership by Chauvin ideals rather than by the soundness of such fi nancial security. It's nice to know these things when shopping for protection and good associates as well. The year 1954 can be as epochal as we "Spirit" mem bers make it. The best place to lay such groundwork and reminiscing is at and after the monthly meetings. Frank Braidic, Pres. It is seldom that a man fails because he has not the ability to succeed. Usually failure comes because he uses too small a percentage of his actual power. Good Business Holders Of Matured 20-Pay Policies Must Pay Society 23 Cents Monthly Varied Membership Rights Are Involved In Payment Of Small Monthly Obligation By Michael Grasha, Junior Director Pittsburgh, Pa. At its September, 1953, meeting the Supreme Board of the Croatian Fraternal Union decreed that from the first of the year, following, holders of matured certificates would be assessed 23 cents monthly in order to maintain their membership in the Union and rights to bene fits which characterize a fra-f ternal benefit society. There was nothing about that decision to set it apart from the dozens of other routine topics that come be fore the Board for its con sideration and eventual affir mation or rejection. Yes, no thing, unless we were to ad mit the obvious and that is that it was something that should have been done some twenty years ago. Though it appeared in the Official Organ along with the rest of the minutes of those sessions it elicited no com ment from the membership. Only now that the time for its implementation has ar rived have a half dozen pro tests been received. When we consider that there are over 600 Lodges within the organization, this is indeed an insignificant measure of disapproval. Even most of these were merely to object to procedural matters which every member has the right to question and the ex pression of which no one wants to abridge. Face Problems Squarely There was one epistle how ever that was so full of mis leading verbiage and so short on authentication that I deem it imperative to make a pub lic defense of a ruling which is eminently just and fair. As I mentioned before, this action was one that should have been taken some 20 years ago when the first of the limited payment type ce^l5ctate ,that tificates was issued. It was natural, of course, for the management of that time to close its eyes to a problem that was to manifest itself a score of years in the future. The time has come how ever when the number of ma tured certificates has reached sufficient proportions to be reflected in a serious drop in administrative revenue. It is entirely conceivable that the day will come when more than half of the mem bership will be of the "ma tured" type and so the bur den of functional costs will be borne by those who have the smallest share in th# wsets of the entire group. No Trouble To Society? It is stated that the reason the 20 Payment Life certifi cate was selected in prefer ence to the Whole Life type despite its higher monthly cost was its limited payment feature. The member in question states further that once his certificate has matured he is of little, if any, trouble to the organization and doesn't see why he should continue to contribute to its upkeep. Let us therefore, before go ing any further, establish the factual premise that all in surance premiums are broken down into two components mortuary and administrative costs. The second is more commonly called "loading" and with commercial compa nies and even with some fraternals it is a hidden cost which is added to every mul tiple of $500 or $1000 cov erage. Your CFU however plainly labels this charge which amounts to 32 cents and fur ther breaks it down to let you know that 23 cents goes into the Administrative Expense fund, 5 centq for the main tenance of the Children's Home in Des Plaines, 2 cents for the Sports-Educational fund and 2 cents for the Na tional fund. This 32 cents is charged to you only once whether you carry the abso lute minimum of $500 or the maximum, ten times that much. For Services Rendered Let us now accept a hypo thesis which in reality occurs every day of the week. An ap plicant, age 10, takes out a 20 Pay Endowment at Age 85 certificate for $1000. The rate for that is $2.06 per month. Of this amount 32 cents goes into the various admin istrative funds and but $1.74 goes to mortuary. We see therefore that in a year this member has paid in toward his $1000 certificate $20.88. In 20 years that sum has risen to $417.60, but since he has received 18 dividends which have amounted to a bout $57.00 his net contribu tion towards the face value has been $360.00. It is obvious therefore that the society must exist, must function, must incur expen ses and overhead while it goes about the business of earning the remainder of that $1000. It must in fact oper ate long enough to at least make $640 to complete its contractual obligations. It is equally obvious that the administrative overhead must continue and who is to foot the bill is it to be that Whole Life member and the newcomer? Surely the con cepts of fraternalism clearly Trafford Youth In Kolo Classes .carry his own load. Letter Writer Is Wrong The letter in question con tained such words as "fraud, hoax, misrepresentation, etc." I take vehement exception to such indiscriminate charges. Our organization has built an enviable 60-year-old chro nology of true fraternalism and practical humanitarian ism. It would be superflous to recite here the innumerable instances, the long record of proud deeds over and above the call of strict contract ob ligations. What can we think of a shareholder in an enterprise whose fundamental concepts are service to humanity on a true brotherhood basis who threatens to carry his pro tests to "the highest insur ance and fraternal authori ty?" Not that I am afraid of an adverse ruling for the legal as well as all other aspects of this question have been studied by competent legal authority. I am however much con cerned about the depth of fraternal devotion of a mem ber who would condemn and forsake the organization be cause of one ruling with which he or she does not agree. Things All Should Know For the information of all let me point out that the form furnished by the insur ance departments for annual reports to their supervisory bodies asks this question: "Does the society collect any contribution from members for general expenses of the society under paid-up certifi cates ... if not, how are such expenses met?" This certainly is a clear in dication that even the state insurance departments whose main purpose is to protect the interests of the insured are aware of the need for addi tional cont i u i o n s even from matured certificate holders. (Continued On Page 10) Trafford, Pa. We would like to inform all members of Junior Nest 203 that here after our monthly meetings will be held on the third Sun day of each month, promptly at 1:00 PM, at 212 Third St. It was decided at our pre vious session that the Nest will sponsor a picnic on July 11, 1954, at the Trafford Gun Club. More details about this will be released at a later date. For some time now our older juniors have been en joying kolo dancing classes. Anyone interested in joining the group, please contact Miss Dolores Krcclic, 617 Sixth St., in Trafford, or call her at 593-M. We would like to build this kolo ensemble up big so that we might be able to partici pate in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Borough of Trafford, scheduled for Aug ust of this year. Those of you who are de linquent in the payment of your dues are urged to see the newly elected Nest Man ager, bro. Frank Vukson, 337 Short Street, or phone 1028-J. Frank Vukson, Nest Mgr. Gary Glee Club Dreaming Of May Gary, Ind. As previously announced the 4|phh Anniver sary of the Croatian Glee Club "Preradovic" will be Ob served May 23rd. Plans for a gala occasion are now in the making, songs have been selected, and the membership is preparing for the day which will mark another milestone in the his tory of this society devoted toward furthering the Cro atian culture. At this time we appeal to all our friends, who are inter ested in singing with us upon this glorious occasion, to come to our rehearsals which are held each Tuesday eve ning in our clubrooms located at 3469 Broadway at 8 P.M. The glee club is particularly in need of male voices in or der to be able to present a male chorus. The glee club is in posses sion of many new songs, that is, they are old compositions, but new to our glee club, and under the able direction of our enthusiastic teacher, V. Smut ney, they will be delightful to learn. Would you like to sing? Then come to our rehearsal next Tuesday evening. You will be welcome, as we are dedicated toward promoting the Croatian song! Sylvia Niksic, Member Pitt Lodge 1 Members To Face Camera Sunday Pittsburgh, Pa. At the monthly meeting of C. F. U. Lodge f, scheduled for Sun day, February 14, pictures will be taken of all members and officers in attendance. These photographs, as well as others taken of our Hall and Club, will be inserted in our program book in com memoration of our 60th An niversary, also in the "Z." Brothers and sisters, make a special effort to be present at this all important session and thereby take a part in our celebration. We know you will treasure our souvenir booklet in the years to come and it will be of greater value if your countenance is there with the rest of your frater nal brothers and sisters. e e e s w i e brought up to date on the preparations which we are making towards the success ful outcome of our March 21, 1954, anniversary celebration. We ask that you bring along a list of the patrons and well wjshers which you have al ready signed up for our pro gram book. Thomas Miller, Pres. John Ovcarich, Sec'y. North Cal Fete Sets New Record San Francisco, Cal. The Concert and Grand Ball spon sored by the Central Commit tee of CFU Lodges of North ern California, held on Jan uary 23rd at the All Slav Club in Richmond, was a tremen dous success. The celebration, which this year was locally supervised by Lodge 591 of Richmond, drew one of the largest crowds in the history of so cial events out here in the West. Following the introductory remarks by our affable em cee, Chris Radovan, the Sac ramento Tamburitzans, com prised of John and George Glavas, Tony Oreb and John Jurchinovich, played a num ber of Slav songs much to the delight of the audience. Next on the program was Marilyn Covell, the brilliant young high school student and pianist from San Ansel mo, Calif., whose agile fingers over the keyboard brought cheers throughout the hall. The same was true of the audience reaction when Lynn Faciolla, singer and dancer, took to the stage in a few numbers. At this point the San Fran cisco Quartet, featuring Wil liam Blazevich, Nancy Ruzich, Jeanne Belich and Frances Susnich, displayed their tal ents in the singing and play ing of various Croatian and Yugoslav favorites. The humerous antics jof the skit "Baba Ana," as enacted by members of Watsonville Lodge 352, was hilarious and very much enjoyed by the audience. Yes, the young la dies, Madeline Pavlovich, Ma ry Scurich, Charlotte Car and Stella Jagich put on a master ful performance and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year. Our star of the show, An tone Soljanich, accompanied by Mrs. Krkstosich, did a su perb job of vocalizing in ma ny of our favorite tunes. He displayed tremendous power and control in his singing and received a splendid ovation from the audience. Following the cultural por tion of our program, our guests retired to dance halls where the Martin Santich Orchestra and the Peter Ku salo ensemble catered to the desires of the shuffling fans. Mention must be made here of the delightful vocal sing ing of Lynn Faciolla, accom panied by the Santich Orches tra, especially of her rendition of "Walking My Baby Back Home." We sometimes won der what the big wheels in Hollywood are waiting for! The job of managing, serv ing refreshments and so forth, was masterfully per formed by the various volun teers of the Central Commit tee. We are indeed grateful to Albert Sankovich, and Mike and Matt Brjkovich, for their splendid cooperation a long this line. In fact, the Committee, headed by Peter Capitanich, wishes to take this opportu nity to thank each and every one of you who saw fit to at tend our celebration and those who volunteered to serve on the working teams. Peter Obad, Publicity Society Is Fresh Out Of 1954 Wall Calendars Pittsburgh, Pa. There are no more 1954 CFU Wall Calendars left for distribution a o n o s e w o a v e swamped the Home Office with requests for same. Only a limited number of these Calendars was ordered and we made every effort to distribute the supply on an equitable basis. These Calen dars, like just about every thing else, have increased in cost to such an extent In re cent years that the Society simply had to limit the num ber it bought. Joseph Bella, Secretary Lodge 1 Primes For Gala Affair OR March 21st Pittsburgh, Pa. As pre viously announced in both Sections of the Official Or gan, "All Saints" Lodge 1 of the Croatian Fraternal Union will sponsor a Comical Dra ma, Program and Dance on Sunday, March 21, in honor of its 60th Anniversary Year. The Drama and Program will be held in Javor Hall, 822 North Canal Street, North Side Pittsburgh, and start at 2:00 PM. This will be follow ed at 6:00 PM by a Banquet at the Lodge 1 Hall, 154® East Ohio Street, North Side Pittsburgh, and, later, danc ing to the music of the "Pla vi Mjssec" Tamburitza Or chestra. The big Committee on Ar rangements for this celebra tion is preparing a handsome Souvenir Book for the occa sion and invites its sister Lodges to utilize its pages for greetings and best wishes. Charges for insertions in this booklet are $3.00, $5.00 and $10.00. An entire page may be had for $25.00, a rea sonable "asking price" in these costly times. All Lodges desiring to make use of our 60th Anni versary Souvenir Book are urgently requested to forward their greetings, best wishes, etc., not later than February 28 to Martin Kra.sich, 3441 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh 13, Pa. Please act promptly. For complete details per taining to this March 21 cel ebration, please refer to your Zajedničar weekly. Martin Krasich, Publicity Harborites Lodge 856 To Meet February 16th Indiana Harbor, Ind. The members of "Harborites" ES Lodge 856 have voted to hold, all meetings during the^ife^ rent year on the third TueŠ» day of every month, at the Croatian Home, 4033 Main Street. Prior to this we held our s e s s i o n s o n e s e o n Wednesday of every month, but for the convenience of our members, we changed the date. We'd like to stress the im portance of your attendance at our February 16 meeting inasmuch as we have many vital issues to discuss at that time. Our newly appointed officers would like to see a full house at this session. Columbus Lodge Books Girard Tarns For Dance Columbus, Ohio "St. An thony" CFU Lodge 310 will open its 1954 Social Calendar with a Pre-Lenten Dance on February 20th at the Croatian Hall, 377 Reeb Avenue, Co lumbus. The committee, under the capable leadership of Sam A. Skunza, is hard at work to make this an unforgettable evening for all who attend. Dancing music will be fur nished by the "Pozega" Bro thers Tamburitza Orchestra of Girard, Ohio, featuring Gus Rogan, vocalist, from Young stown, Ohio. One of their specialty num bers is the Kolo, or circle dance, and since our group in Columbus has become "Kolo Krazy", we hope to see all of the Kolo fans at the Croatian Hall on February 20th. Danc ing will start at 7:30 P.M. All members and friends are cordially invited to be our guests on this auspicious oc casion and participate in the gaiety which usually prevails w e n e v e e s e u s i a knights are in charge of pro viding the entertainment. The traditional custom of having hot barbecued lamb and li quid refreshments will, as usual, be observed at this event.