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HtUfcmgli, March 21, 1954, Pa. The date n i o n's Clairton, ..Pa.—. Another SVI ZA JEDNOG-JEDAN ZA SVE GLASILO HRVATSKE BRATSKE ZAJEDNICE, U MICRO PAGE SEVKN I \n\n Matter Of Fact CFXT Insurance Is Still Your Best Investment SIX PAGES HERO FETED o a s J. Gojmerac, Jr., fourth from left, found out on January 31 that Fraternalism is indeed a living, warnf thing when he was honored at a gala Testi monial Banquet sponsored by his fellow "St. Rochus" CFU Lodge 5 members. Hundreds gathered at the Croatian Hall on the occa sion to hail the youthful Korean War hero and applaud him as he accepted the United States Army's Silver Star for gallantry in We firmly believe that we have come up with an out standing program for staging at Javor Hall, one which will prove of great interest to guests of all ages. The major portion of the opening program will be de voted to musical interludes and dance interpretations by our young folk dance enthu siasts. Interspersing the various acts on the stage, we plan to have several well known per sonages address our guests with brief greetings, the first among whom will be bro. V. I. Mandich, C. F. U. Supreme President, and bro. Charles Verbanic, President of the CFU Board of Trustees. Young Thespians Good At this point some highly talented thespians in our All Lodges affiliated with the Committee are most ur gently requested to see to it that their Delegates attend this session. We are most anx ious to get off on the right foot early this year and spon Korean War Hero Finds Fellow Fraternalists Great Lot Sixtieth Anniversary Of Lodge I Will Be Celebrated On Sunday, March 21st has all the earmarks of becoming a mem orable day not only for the members of "All Saints" CFU Lodge 1, but for all affiliates of the Croatian Fraternal Union in the Pittsburgh area, as well as for those of our nationality not yet housed within our fraternal ranks. On that significant day, and promptly at 2:00 PM, we begin our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Lodge 1, at the Javor Hall, 822 North Canal, and end the festivities with a Banquet and Dance at the Lodge 1 headquarters, 1546 E. Ohio Street Outstanding Program midst will take to the stage to present a hilarious comedy play entitled "Prodani Djed." This act is packed with laughs throughout its one hour duration and we are cer tain that those who view it will long remember its enter tainment value. We'll mention the names of the actors at a later date and pay tribute to marty of them who, al though born in this great na tion of ours, do complete jus tice to the language of our forefathers. Furnishing the musical ac companiment for our program in Javor Hall, as well as for the banquet and dancing la ter, will be the ever popular Plavi Mjesec Tamburitzans. Banquet Tix Available During the banquet cere monies our guests will have the opportunity of hearing bro. Milan Vranes, CFU Su e e V i e- e s i e n a n bro. Milan Skrtich, Secreta ry of the CFU Board of Trus tees, in short addresses. Danc ing will follow immediately after our tables have been cleared away. As we mentioned previous ly, admission to the after noon program at Javor Hall stands at seventy-five cents per person, while the evening banquet charge is $2.00 per plate. First come, first served, will be the order of the day around our banquet tables, so assure yourself of a seat by coming early. Martin Krasich, Publicity Cleveland Lodges In "Frat Day" Meet Cleveland, Ohio A very important meeting of the Greater Cleveland CFU "Fra ternal Day" Committee will take place on Friday evening, February 26, at 7:30 o'clock in the Croatian Home, 6314 St. Clair Avenue. sor a "Fraternal Day" in keeping with the magnitude of the Croatian Fraternal U action. Among the many distinguished guests who attended were, left to right, CFU Sup. President V. I. Mandich Mrs. V. I. Mandich Colonel Walter D. Griffith, United States Army, Second Army Headquarters, Fort Meade, Maryland Thomas J. Gojmerac, Jr. United States Congressman John P. Saylor, 27th Congressional District Mrs. Florence Gojmerac (Tommy's wife) and Thomas and Agnes Gojmerac, Tommy's proud parents. 60th Anniversary Year. We should also like to ad vise all local organizations that, our 1954 "Fraternal Day" will be held on Sunday, August 15. Their cooperation in refraining from scheduling any counter attractions for the day will be deeply appre ciated by the Committee. Anna Rescic, Sec'y. ALL FOR ONE-ONE FOR ALL OFFICIAL OftGAN OF THE OCWJJIAN FRAJERNAL UNION Johnstown Lodge Backs Benefit Fete Clairton Lodges To Fete Officers Our special guests on the occasion will be the members of both the Executive and Su preme Boards of the Croatian Fraternal Union. On that date the Supreme Board is in its semi-annual session and we hope our members and friends will grasp this oppor tunity to visit with the lead ers of our great organization. The doors of the Croatian Home will be thrown open to receive all those who care to sip our hospitality on Satur day, March 20th. Committee Welland Lodge 812 k Promoting March Dance Welland, Ont. A gala Dance will be sponsored by the Croatian "Maple Leafs" CFU Lodge 812 on Saturday, March 6, at the Croatian Hall, 22 Fifth Street, beginning promptly at 8:30 PM. The main attraction of the evening will be music and songs as interpreted by the S i v e S i n s O e s a There will also be refresh ments to please one and all. May we take this opportu nity to invite our friends and members in neighboring Ham ilton, Toronto, Buffalo, Ni agara Falls and St. Cathe rines to this, our first social attempt of the current year. A good time is assured to all. Georgina Santek, Rec. The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Tal ent is only a starting point in business. You've got to keep working that talent. Thomas Gojmerac Is Highly Honored Bakalar Supper is being planned by the members of CFU Lodges 248 and 534 for Saturday evening, March 20, to be held at the Croatian Home on Maple Avenue. The delicious meal will be prepared by the expert cooks of both Lodges and served to our guests promptly at 6:00 PM. The admission fee has been set at $1.00 for adults, fifty cents for children under twelve years of age. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1954. United Lodges in Annual Meet At Etna Sunday Korean War Hero Gets Silver Star Johnstown Pa. At the celebration which was given in honor of Thomas J. Goj merac by Lodge 5 of the Cro atian Fraternal Union, Johns town, on Sunday, January. 31st, in the Croatian Home, some 400 members of the! Lodge and friends looked on as Colonel Walter D. Griffith, e e s e n i n e U n i e States Army from the Second Army Headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, pinned the Army's coveted Silver Star on Johnstown's most shot up hero of the Korean Campaign, Tommy Gojmerac. Colonel Griffith said: "The Army does not just give the Silver Star Citation to any one—you must go out and distinguish yourself in the field of battle, for valor. Only a boy proud of his American heritage would go out and do what Tommy did, fight, and"1 fight hard against the powers which are seemingly wholly interested in material things and who feel that religion is an obstacle to the fulfillment of their materialistic pro gram. They are occupied with the very destruction of belief in God." Accepts With Modesty Tommy was given a thun derous ovation by the audi ence which included such hon ored guests as Rev. J. A. Sor tarich, Pastor of the Croatian Catholic Church, V. I. Man dich, Supreme President of the C.F.U., and Congressman John P. Saylor, representing the 27th Congressional Dis trict. Choked with emotion, Tom my, who looks more like a lad fresh from high school than a veteran of the Korean battles, modestly accepted the citation, remarking: "I only did what any Amer ican soldier would have done faced with the same obstacle that faced me—fight, and fight hard against the godless forces who are trying to im peril the freedoms we, as Americans, are enjoying." He also thanked the members of Lodge No. 5 for bestowing this honor on him. The Silver Star Citation was sent by special courier from Fort Meade so that it could be presented at the testimonial dinner. Father John A. Sostarich, pastor of the Croatian Cath olic Church, spoke briefly, and said that only God-loving boys could be good soldiers as Tommy was. Through his religious teaching, he learned the love of God, love of lib erty and the dignity of free men and learned to value the democratic way of life and government. Proud Of His Record The Supreme President of the Croatian Fraternal Union, brother V. I. Mandich, extend ed to our hero, Tommy Goj merac, and his wife, the best wishes of the membership of (Continued On Page 9) Wilson M. Latkovic 7 fmberaks Slate Date Foj Banquet Wilson Latkovic Will Be Lionized Cleveland, Ohio The spot for the Wilson M. Latkovic Testimonial Dinner has final ly been chosen, and that is Nelson's Family Style Res taurant, located at 1422 Ad didon Road. The date set is Saturday (evening, April 24, 1954. For all those who care to attend, a royal treat is in store. There will be plenty of food and liquid refreshments, all at a very reasonable price considering the inflated pri ces of today and the deflated pocketbooks. The next meeting of the Committee will be held at the Croatian Tavern, E. 33rd Street at St. Clair Avenue, at 7:00 PM, just prior t6 the "Žumberak" Lodge meeting on March 4th. Tickets for the Banquet will be available at this session. This meeting is especially important for all committee members, so please make an attempt to be present. George Relich, Jr., Rep. Cleveland Nest In Benefit Draw Cleveland, Ohio As be fits one of the CFU's largest juvenile branches, there is al ways news to report from the ranks of Cleveland's Jun ior Nest 55. First of all, parents are warned that the dues of their children must be paid every month. To accommodate you, I am at the Croatian Home, 6314 St. Clair Avenue, every 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM and on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 PM to collect dues. In short, there is no excuse for not paying Nest 55 dues. Next, there will be a benefit drawing at the Croatian Home on April 8, the proceeds of which will be used to boost our Nest 55 treasury and support the young bowl ers of the Nest. Every CFU member in Cleveland should support this worthy cause. Finally, the Annual Nest 55 Picnic will be held on July 4, 1954, at the Croatian Home on St. Clair Avenue. Local o a n i z a i o n s w i e a s e make a note of the date and cooperate. Anna Rescic, Mgr. Lodge 5 Members Stage Dance Patrons To Help March Of Dimes Johnstown, Pa. C. F. U. Lodge 5 has made plans to sponsor a huge Benefit Dance on Saturday, February 27, at the Croatian Hall, Broad Street. All proceeds of the event will be turned over im mediately to the National In fantile Paralysis Fund. Due to the fact that many other Lodge affairs were staged during the month of January, we were forced to postpone this dance until a later date. Corky Christy and his Col legians have been booked to furnish the music for the oc casion. Jan Thomas will be the vocalist with the band, and several entertainers are scheduled to appear on stage during the course of the fes tivities. The Committee in charge is composed of John Pavic and Frank Sopcich as co-Chair men, assisted by Mark Juran, Joseph Fishter, Michael Ba ich Joseph Thomas, Frank Repak and John Gojmerac. The signal for the shuff ling to begin will be given promptly at 9:00 PM and re freshments will be plentifully supplied throughout the eve ning by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Club. A sellout crowd is expected to jam our facilities for this important event and we invite one and all to join us. Let's all dance on Saturday, Feb ruary 27th, so that some un fortunate kid may walk. Conway Bowlers In Queen City Buffalo, N. Y. A return engagement between the keg lers of the Jerry Kustich Memorial League of C. F. U. Lodge 557 and the pin bust ing enthusiasts of the Con way, Pa., Lodge 540 and Club is being staged in the "City of Good Neighbors" on Sunday, February 28. The hospitality with which our bowlers were received in Pittsburgh last March, and subsequently feted in the beautiful Croatian Hall in Conway, prompted us to seek an opportunity to repay these fraternalists in like manner. Reliable sources inform us that an entire busload of Pennsylvanians will invade our metropolis on that day, complete with musical accom paniment to the tune of the Biser Tamburitzans. Yes, this popular ensemble, which made such a hit with our shufflers last year, will make the trip with the bowlers. We have a slight suspicion that the "dugout" will be filled to capacity on the eve ning of February 28th, and you're cordially invited to drop in and enjoy the fun. George Rok, Publicity Every age has its prob lem, by solving which, hu manity is helped forward. —Heine. hration at We«t View Park on Society. Sunday, July 25, of the ITni-1 Announce Queen Contest trd Lodges' 14th Annual "Fraternal Day," and (3) the screening of the sound, tech nicolor film "This Is Your Croatian Fraternal Union!" Stephen F. Brkich, Chair man of the United Lodges Committee and English Edi tor of the Zajedničar, will narrate the film. Background music during the narration will be handled by Tony Braj dic, Director of the McKees port Station WMCK Ameri can-Croatian Radio Hour and member of the CFU's Home Office Clerical Staff. Plan Elaborate Program In keeping with the C.F.U. Supreme Board's September, 1953, ruling, the United Lod ges of Western Pennsylvania Committee and the Society's Executive Board will co-spon sor the celebration this year of the Croatian Fraternal Union's 60th Anniversary. Plans for this joint spon sorship have been in the mak ing for some time, with the leaders of the two groups having met at the Supreme Office last Sunday, February 21, to agree on a program of action. e i e i s i o n s s u e s tions, etc., will be aired in full during the Annual Meeting at Etna on Sunday, February 28, for the edification of all Delegates. That the program which has been worked out will sat isfy one and all appears to be a foregone conclusion, for all concerned want to see the 60th Anniversary of the Cro atian Fraternal Union cele- Great Week Ahead 201 ?i Tenpin Meet Detroit, Michigan May 6-9 Inclusive Society's Executive Board Will Join United Lodges Committee In Observing Sixtieth Anniversary Of Organization Delegates To Knjoy Showing Of New Film Following February 28 Meeting In Etna By Stephen F. Brkich, Chairman, United Lodges Pittsburgh, Pa. The United Lodges of Western Pennsylvania Committee, largest such working group within the Croatian Fraternal Union of America, will hold its An nual Meeting on Sunday, February 28. This very important meeting will be held in the Etna Lodge 4 Croatian Home, 110 Bridge Street, and start promptly at 2:00 PM. Every Lodge affiliated with the Com mittee is most urgently re-^ quested to be represented by its accredited Delegates. Highlights of the meeting will be (1) election of 1954 officers and committees, (2) adoption of plans for the eele- 'n brated in a style befitting a great organization. In fact, the July 25 festivi ties at West View Park pro mise to be the most elaborate anniversary annals of As per custom, the United Lodges will again sponsor a "CFU Queen" contest in con junction with their 14th An nual "Fraternal Day" salute. Eligible to enter the con test is any female member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, with each contestant vieing for the "C.F.U. Queen" title and its accompanying honor! by disposing of tickets Q£ United States Gov^JjJBM&k, Savings Bonds. Six Bonds in all will be a warded at West View Park on July 25. First prize will be a $1.000 Bond, the next three $100 Bonds, and the fifth a $50.00 Bond. To tlie contest victor, the "CFU Queen" of 1954, will go a cash award of $100.00 to the runnerup $75.00 and to the third plare winner $50.00. All other contestants will re ceive cash awards of $25.00, provided their ticket sales ex ceed $100.00. All contestants, regardless of their finish, will be hon ored on the stage of West View Park during the CFU's 60th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 25. Prepare Souvenir Book To make the July 25 festi vities all the more memora ble, the- United Lodges will issue a Souvenir Book and the CFU's Executive Board will arrange for the stamping of Souvenir Badges in conjunc tion with this public salute to the organization. The Souvenir Book will contain a brief history of the Croatian Fraternal Union in (Cont. Page 9 Col. 6) CFU Queen Will Be Crowned July 25th Pittsburgh, Pa. Among the many highlights of the United CFU Lodges of West ern Pennsylvania Committee's July 25, 1954, "Fraternal Day" celebration at West View Park, Pittsburgh, will be the crowning of a "C. F. U. Queen" to reign over the festivities. Provided she is a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, any young lady may participate in this exciting contest by selling tickets on United States Savings Bonds. To be awarded on July 25 are 6 Bonds, 1 at $1,000, 3 at $100.06, and 2 at $50.00. The top ticket seller will receive a cash award of $100.00, sec ond $75.00, third $50.00, and all others $25.00 provided their sales exceed $100.00. First to officially enter this race for the 1954 "C. F. U. Queen" is Miss Jo Ann Pas I torkovich, member of North I Side Pittsburgh Lodge 131. Still others are expected to announce their intentions a long the line at an early date. Those interested in enter ing this contest may do so by sending their name, home ad dress and Lodge or Nest number, to the United Lod ges' Executive Secretary, Phi lip Vukelich, 3441 Forbes St., Pittsburgh 13, Pa. Each contestant is also re quested to forward a clear photograph of herself for publicity purposes. Please do not send camera snapshot«« Photographs only! Stephen F. Brkich, Chair« Philip Vukelich, See'y.