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ebruary 24, 1954.
WM Ia\ Gerrie Woss Donald Knezevich Gentlemen: i TAJEflWffcAIV a success! Marie Sekel, Sec'y. •Stephanie Walter, Sec'y. Kate Nagy, Rep. Mildred Kovacic, Sec'y. 4- June 30! Page ft, \n\n Eiomas Gojmerac Is Highly Honored (Continued From Page 7) the Croatian Fraternal Union. Brother Mandich stated that every single member not only in Johnstown, Pa., but in every nook and corner of the United States and Cana da, is proud of the war record of brother Tommy, and it is quite proper that this tribute bfe paid to him in this manner by his fellow members and honor guests at this banquet. o e a n i s a e that it is quite natural that our Tommy does not talk very much of his exploits and sac rifices. The Silver Star deco ration and citation, as well as the Purple Heart Medal With three clusters, speak so eloquently of his part in the Korean war. The memories of happenings during life in the trenches and foxholes are never forgotten. They stay with us for life, and are as vivid and fresh in our minds, as though they happened on ly yesterday. Brother Mandich related and kept the audience spell bound with his dramatic re view of an episode in his own life as a soldier in the First World War. Solon Praises Honoree Congressman John P. Say lor, who wds first to inform the Johnstown people of Tom my's plight, praised the young soldier. He said: "When I heard the story of Tommy Gojmerac in the Walter Reed Hospital, I made it my business to learn all the facts. I learned that we in the 27th Congressional District had a soldier who on four occasions was hurt, patched up, and was out there again fighting again and again, until finally, the Reds' bullets stopped him. **Betieve me, he deserves latooa. Not, many boys ,so distinguished themselves as did Tommy. In my person al capacity as your represen tative in Congress, I am proud to join you people this eve ning in offering my congra tulations to a real soldier, whose love for his God and Country gave him the cour age to go out and do the things he did on the no-man's land of Korea. "The world today is filled with unrest the rulers of na tions are only concerned with the spread of imperialistic powers, the acquisition of wealth, and material proper ty. With such a philosophy, there is no peace, there can be no peace. Never has the world needed guidance from above as it needs it now, to help in the problems that be set the world." Quotes From The Bible Quoting from the Bible, o n e s s a n S a y o s a i "The Lord made his appear ance in the world as the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace. He* was so announced by the Prophet Isaias. Angels her alded His birth with the message of peace to men of good will. In departing, His final message was Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. "Fortunately, the founding fathers of our great nation built here a city of God. From the beginning and throughout our history, we have acknow ledged the sovereignty of God. That is what makes our soldiers the men they are. New Film Being Warmly Received Pit s u h, Pa. The technicolor film, "This Is Your Croatian Fraternal Uni on" which is made available to our membership carries but one prerequisite, that as ma ny people as possible see it. To help effect this, the C.F.U. Executive Board went on record advising that in communities where more than one of the Society's Lodges exist, that a C.F.U. Central Committee be organized for showing this film. The reason behind this reckoning is to treat all C.F.U. members in that community with a public showing of the film at one time. Only in this manner can we have this film make its rounds among our faithful and many colonies. We say faithful with a dose of sincerity because in the Society's Diamond Jubilee there is no doubt that pride in the chest of each and every member, youngster to elder, will swell somewhat upon see ing it as George Marchan would have you see it and as Stephen F. Brkich fills in with informative narration. We ask those who would book said film to carefully scan the calendar listing which follows: Sunday, Feb ruary 28, for the United CFU Lodges Annual Meeting to be held in Etna, Pa. Farrell Lodges will show the film Sunday, April 18th, and Gary, Ind., Lodges on Sunday, April 25th. Further on into the year Lodge 514 of Canton, Ohio, will show the film on Sunday, September 26th. All we ask is that immedi ately upon showing said film, that it be returned via parcel post and shipment insured, at the expense of the Lodge or Central Committee, to the CFU Sports-Educational De partment, 3441 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh 13, Pa. Inasmuch as booking of the film, the only one we have at the present time, is rapidly being filled, we ask that our busy body committees take advantage as soon as possible of the dates still open. Frank Braidic, Director Sports-Educational Dept. That is what made Tommy Gojmerac the soldier he was. Tommy, the American people are proud of you, as are your friends here tonight." An Impressive Program Brief remarks were also made y Michael Baich, Chairman of the affair. Frank M. Sopcich, President of Lodge 5, was Toastmaster, and also made brief remarks in behalf of the Lodge. The ladies of the Lodge, who prepared and served a delicious dinner, also present ed to the charming wife of our hero, to his mother, and to Mrs. Mandich, the wife of the Supreme President of the CFU, and to other ladies at the head table, beautiful cor sages, and to the men at the head table, a red rose bou tonniere. Catholic War Vfterans, West End Post, and the Johnstown American Legion Post presented the colors. Taps were sounded in memo ry of the departed soldiers by the Johnstown Poet of the American Legion. Dancing topped the eve ning's program, with Louie Kopler's orchestra furnishing the musical renditions. Frank M. Sopcich, Pres. Tarns' Pitt Show Should Be Corker Pittsburgh, Pa. Two mid-western youngsters who will be appearing with the famed Duquesne University Tamburitzans at the Syria Mosque on March 21st, at 8:30 P.M., are Gerrie Woss and Donald Knezevich. Miss Woss, who makes her home at 3737 Fillmore Street, Gary, Indiana, is now in her senior year with the collegiate group and will be leaving the Tammies after this season. Holding the role as leading female dancer, Gerrie has been a tremendous asset in the Tamburitzan's colorful production. Her choral background is due to the fine training that she received as a member of Gary's Preradovic Glee Club. Her sparkling eyes and flash ing feet have always made her an outstanding performer. Ma o i n in Elementary Education, she will receive a Bachelor of Education de gree in June and will teach in Gary next September. A member of C.F.U. Lodge 727 in Gary, Gerrie's family has long been ardent mem bers of the Union. Donald Knezevich, member of Lodge 856 in E. Chicago, Indiana, is the other mid western representative to the Tammies. An outstanding ac cordionist, Donald plays the major solo spots with the col lege group. His outstanding musical a bilities have earned him ma ny write-ups wherever the group has performed. On this year's show he does a masterful job on the "Poet and Peasant Overture." In addition to playing ac cordion, he also plays bass and is the only member of the group who has been able to master the "frula," an instru ment prevalent in southern Yugoslavia. Majoring in music educa tion at Duquesne, Donald is now in his junior year and hopes to teach upon gradu ation. Both of these youngsters will be appearing in the Tam mies Annual Greater Pitts burgh appearance at the Sy ria Mosque on Sunday, March 21. Make it a date to see the Tammies in their finest yet. GiVM Truth-Dollar today to the Crusade for Freedom, to support Radio Free Europe Ohio And Pennsylvania Keglers Ready For Weekend Invasion Of Queen City Buffalo Lodge 557 Bowling League Will Host Cleveland And Conway Lodge Groups Buffalo, N. Y. There's a busy social weekend ahead for the keglers of the Jerry Kustich Memorial Bowling League, affiliated with CFU xdge 557, when they tackle the prospect of entertaining the bowlers of "St. Joseph" CFU Lodge 99 of Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, February 27th, and the "Unity" Lodge 540 pinsters of Conway, Pa., the day following. Yes, sir, we're allowing no Krass to grow under our big eet as we dust off the frater nal welcome mat, fasten our aprons and dig right in to toast our guests in our finest manners. Naturally we're talking a bout the social portion of a well outlined program since we don't intend to let polite ness obscure our vision on the maple lanes. Our bowlers are completely confident that in this department we'll draw the line and pulverize the in vaders in our usual style. Be that as it may, we are eagerly looking forward to both these return engagement bouts with two of the finest outfits in our great organiza tion. These frequent, friendly tussles fought in the spirit of good sportsmanship have great nutritional value in the growth and prosperity of.our Society. Don't mind if we pVod our members into a little action and urge them to be on hand to welcome our visitors. We'll have music, the Conway Bi ser Ensemble naturally, re freshments and fun galore, so come on down to the Dugout, 226 Condon Avenue, on Sat urday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, and enjoy these pre-Lenten festivities with us. Samuel Alberti, Publicity Government Rules Lodges Do Not Come Under Groups Subject To Income Tax Pittsburgh, Pa. A number of our Lodges have con tacted the Home Office to ask whether they must pay In come Tax and use the Internal Revenue Department's Form 990 for the purpose of filing the necessary statement. The answer, in brief, is "No!" However, we would much rather qUote, in full, an official letter from Washington pertaining to the matter in order that every Lodge in the United States may govern itself accordingly. The letter, written by Mr. R. C. Dunlop, Head of the Exempt Organiza tions Branch of the Internal Revenue Department, follows. Croatian Fraternal Union of America 3441 Forbes Street Pittsburgh 13, Pa. Joseph Bella, Supreme Secretary Bureau ruling of June 8, 1938, based upon the informa tion submitted at that time, held that you are entitled to exemption from Federal income tax under the provisions of section 101 (3) of the Revenue Act of 1936 and that ruling was affirmed under the Internal Revenue Code and corres ponding provisions of prior revenue acts on July 24, 1940. Furthermore, Bureau rulings of April 30, 1941, and May 22, 1947, held that your subordinate lodges appearing on lists submitted under dates of April 16, 1941, and May 5, 1947, respectively, are exempt under section 101 (3) of the Code and corresponding provisions of prior revenue acts. Upon reconsideration and in view of the information recently submitted which included lists of your subordinate lodges which were chartered and those which ceased to exist during the years 1947 to 1951 inclusive, it is the opinion of this office that you and the subordinate lodges throughout the United States under youf jurisdiction are entitled to exemption from Federal income tax under the provisions of section 101 (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This ruling is applicable to those subordinate lodges appearing on the list submitted on May 5, 1947, covering all lodges under your jurisdiction as of December 31, 1946, whose charters have not been terminated and those subordinate lodges appearing on the list submitted on January 22, 1953, which were chartered during the years 1947 to 1951, inclusive. Accordingly, you and your subordinate lodges will not be required to file income tax returns unless changes are made in your character, your purposes or your method of operation. Any such changes should be reported immediately to the Director of Internal Revenue for your district in order that their effect upon your exempt status may be determined. It will not be necessary for you and your subordinate lodges to file the annual return of information, Form 990, generally required of organizations exempt under section 101 of the Code, as you and your subordinate lodges come within the specific execeptions contained in section 54 (f) thereof. You should furnish the Bureau annually on the calen dar year basis, lists, in duplicate (present requirement) show ing only the names, numbers and addresses of any new sub ordinate lodges chartered by you during the year and the names, number and addresses of any lodges which for any reason have ceased to exist, together with a statement sworn to by one of your principal officers as to whether the in formation heretofore submitted by you and on which this ruling is based is applicable in all respects to the new lodges appearing on the lists and they should be forwarded so as to reach this office not later than February 15, of the follow ing year. Bureau rulings of June 8, 1938, and July 24, 1940, appli cable to you and Bureau rulings of April 30, 1941, and May 22, 1947, applicable to your subordinate lodges are hereby affirmed. The Directors of Internal Revenue for your district and for the district in which your subordinate lodges are located are being advised of this action. Very truly yours, I do not know what com fort other people find in con sidering the weakness of great men, but 'tis always a R. C. Dunlop Head, Exempt Organizations Branch mortification to me to ob serve that, there is no perfec tion in humanity. —0, Montague. Executive Board And United Lodges (Continued From Page both languages, greetings and best wishes from Lodges, in dividual members, firms and the like, interesting pictures, etc. u i n o a i o n a w rates, etc., pertaining to this Souvenir Book may be ob tained by writing to the Exec utive Secretary of the 1'nited Ivodges Committee, Philip Vu kelieh, 3441 Forbes Street, Pittsburgh 13, Pa., who will le happy to furnish the datum. This information may also be had during the course of the Committee's Annual Meet ing at Etna on Sunday after noon, February 28. Gary Lodge 170 Primed For Mardi Gras Dance Gary, Ind. Plans are now in the making for the a n n u a e- e n e n a n e sponsored by the "Croatian Sons" Lodge 170, which will be held Sunday, February 28, in the lovely ballroom of our Croatian Center, located at 3679 Broadwdty. The popular tamburitzans "Serenaders" have been en gaged for the evening, there by assuring all participants of a full quota of "kolos", "pol kas" and "drmez," which are so very essential to our mem bership in order to enjoy themselves to the fullest-ex tent. The merry festivities will get under way at 8 P.M. and will take on the air of Mardi Gras, or as we Cro atians know it "Kyabuljni Pies"! Mardi Gras is a very an cient custom and a very de lightful one, where all enter into the spirit of gaiety and i a i y u s e o e A s Wednesday, which brings us to the Lenten period. The members of our Lodge are endeavoring to revive this very enjoyable old custom by offering cash awards for the most interesting costumes. We urge all our members and friends to enter into the spirit of the occasion by wearing a costume we assure you that your evening will be more enjoyable. This year we will again have "domaci krafli" which our two members, Mrs. N. J. Erbesti and Mrs. Stanley Sve sko, prepare to the utmost tastiness. They just melt in your mouth. The men assure all that the bar will be going in full swing with all the pop uar refreshments. The com mittee has prepared an eve ning of merriment, so it is up to you to attend and make it jSylvia Niksic Pitt's iavor Hall To Be Jammed February 27 Pittsburgh, Pa. Plans have been completed for the staging on Saturday, Febru ary 27, of the Croatian Na tional Hall "Javor" Pre-Len ten Dance. Hundreds of members and friends are expected to storm the Hall at 822 North Canal Street that evening for one last social fling before the advent of Lent. In view of the fact that the fun will begin at 8 o'clock, why not come down early? In addition to music for your dancing pleasure, we will have the wonderful North Side Kolo Group on hand to entertain you in style. Some 18 in number, these artists never fail to thrill those who watch them go through their paces. As for refreshments, rest assured that our ladies fair will come up with food, snacks, etc., fit for a king and our bartenders with your fa v o i e beverage. Whatever you do on Saturday, February 27, don't miss this Pre-Len ten Dance of ours! Dukane Tarns To Play In Detroit Detroit, Mich. On Sun day, March 28, our members and friends in the Detroit area will have the opportuni ty of witnessing those world famous Duquesne University Tamburitzans in action, as they present their Annual Concert at the Masonic Tem ple Auditorium, at 3:00 PM. This year's program is com posed of the finest talent, dances, songs and instrumen tals which this unique ensem ble has been able to assemble through its years of cultural promotion. The spontaneous exuberance of each individ ual act, as well as the com bined talents of the ensemble, stirs immovable audiences in to true appreciation of the music of our forefathers. All tickets sold for the per formance will be by reserva tion only, so see about pro curing yours just as soon as possible. For your reserva tions call either Stephanie Walter, TO 5-4596, Frank Stromar, TW 2-0969 or Jim my Kalich, FO 6-0292. To round out your day in complete enjoyment, we will have the Cavalier Tamburitza O e s a s u i n o u your favorite dance tunes at the United Dairy Workers Hall, 15840 Second Avenue, Highland Park. They'll be on hand immediately following the Duqi^pne Concert. Ther j* have it, Detroit ers, a uaie truly to be re membered. Sunday, March 28, 1954. We wouldn't miss it for the world, how about you? Harbor Bowling League In Old Fashioned Fun East Chicago, Ind. The Bowler's League of "Harbor ites" CFU Lodge 856 is mak ing plans to stage a gala pre Lenten Dance on Sunday, February 28, 1954, at the Croatian Home, 4031-33 Main Street, in Indiana Harbor. If you're dh hand along about 8:00 PM, you will be given the opportunity of shuffling to the tunes of Pat DeMure and his orchestra in the upper hall, or if you're in clined towards our old time favorites, you may retire to the lower hall and enjoy the music of the Star Tamburitz^ orchestra. Sloboda Sports Group Ready For Jam Session Chicago, 111. In order to keep everybody happy the "Hrv. Sloboda" Lodge 32 Ath letic Club will hold another grand Masquerade Dance on Saturday, February 27, 1954. We were fortunate in se curing Kubal's Ballroom, 3059 South Central Park Avenue, which will give us the room needed to provide a good time for all. Joe Kovich and his Variety Orchestra will play, and from what we hear they are supposed to be sensational. They are so entertaining that having them alone insures everyone of having a good time. The Dance starts at 8 P.M. We urge you to plan your costumes now and get your crowd together for another enjoyable evening. Tickets may be secured at Slamar's, Pardus Barber Shop, Lacky's Fopd Mart and from the Ath letic Club Members. Vital Datum- I Worth Knowing By Joseph Bella Supreme Secretary Pittsburgh, Pa. For this week's topic of discussion, w« have chosen a very vital seg ment of operation of the Cro atian Fraternal Union, name ly, the payment of death claims to designated benefi ciaries. This subject has been se lected for discussion, at this time, for the reason that a fairly large number of death claims are at present filed aa unpaid, for one or more rea sons, and to make matters worse, some of the claims ar« more than a year old. Such a situation cannot continue to exist, as it can only hurt the goodwill and prestige of our Organization, which are two valuable assets we wish to maintain at a high level at all times. Re: Reporting Death Therefore, in order to ex pedite the payment of death claims by the Home Office, the following suggestions should prove helpful to our Lodge Secretaries and Mem bers: When reporting the death of a member, please make certain that the proper forms are mailed to the Home Of fice as soon as possible. These forms consist of: (1) Report of Death by the Lodge, (2) Certificate of Death, and (3) Certificate of the Member. Absolutely no death claims can be paid until the Home Office receives the 3 docu ments stated above, as this is a strict requirement of the State Insurance Departments. Beneficiaries Correct? Make certain that the In formation stated on the Cer tificate of Death is absolutely correct, otherwise, the pay ment will be withheld until all discrepancies are thoroughly checked. This may take manj*., months if such information is forthcoming from Europe. Please check your certifi cates and make certain that all the designated benefici aries are alive, and that their whereabouts are known. If any beneficiary is deceased, we must withhold payment of the claim until such time as their legal heirs are estab lished. Or, if such beneficiary cannot be located, payment is withheld until he or she is located. Birth Year Important If the correct year of birth of a deceased member is not known, please do not attempt to guess at it, as this may re sult in the grading of the claim if no documentary proof can be obtained thereafter. We urge all Lodge Secreta ries and Members to read this information very carefully and act accordingly, for only in this manner can we expe dite the payment of death claims. Cleveland Ladies Are Invited To March Meet Cleveland, Ohio The members of the "Hrvatski Gospojinski" Club are re quested to attend the regular monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, at 7:00 PM, at the Croatian Home, 6314 St. Clair Avenue. As there are many vital is sues to discuss, we urge all members to be present. Also, be on hand to enjoy the re freshments immediately fol lowing the conclusion o business. Ann Thomas IS THE DEADLINE for pres ent day members of the Soci ety to transfer to the Sick Benefit Department's New Disability Plan on a Non Medical Basis, regardless of age. Following that date, June 30, all members past 35 years of age must undergo a medical exam if they desire such protection, whereas mem bers past 50 years will not be permitted to make change over in question under any conditions. See your Lodge Secretary today for a changeover form and have him fill it out before it is too late.