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ENGLISH OFRCIAL Michael Golub, Sec'y. SVI ZA JEDNOG -JECAN ZA SVE GLASILO HRVATSKI BRATSKE ZAJEDNICE O MUQ SECTION Many jlr A 4 \n\n Matter Of Fact Your Society Is Largest Of Kind On Face Of Earth TWO PAGES Membership Campaign Drive Succeeding In Spite Of Widespread Unemployment More Than 1,000 New Members Enrolled In Early Stages Of Recruiting Crusade By V. I. Mandich, Campaign Chairman Pittsburgh, Pa. We all know that our members throughout America and Canada, in these serious times have f&nty of their own worries and problems of everyday life. Unemployment has increased in almost all sections of the United States and parts of Canada, where our members live. Here and there, we hear our fllld workers say that this year, it will be just a bit more difficult to achieve good re sults in the Membership Cam paign than was true in the last several years, when em ployment conditions were bet ter and more secure. Despite this, it pleases us to be able to establish that as of the middle of March, so far In this Campaign we have en rolled one thousand fifteen new members in both divi sions. The adult membership was increased by 369 new members, and the Junior Or der by 646 new members. This that we have one-sixth of our quo- Five thousand more new members in both divisions, and we will have fulfilled our :mise, our pledge to the a n a e n a U n i o n te will honor its Sixtieth _...-jrsarv by enrolling six fEousand new members with six million dollar of new in surance. Battling Against Odds This means, sisters and brothers, that even a de gression, or call it what one will, cannot and will not pre vent the membership of the Croatian Fraternal Union in America and Canada from ap propriately proving its re spect and loyalty towards its Society during the Jubilee Membership Campaign. The Campaign Committee takes particular pleasure in iioting the lively activity a mong the officers and mem bers of our Lodges in Cleve land, Ohio. We believe that our Clevelanders, in this ^ar's Jubilee Campaign, will prove to the entire member ship of the Society that the fraternal spirit rides high among them. Unless our hopes mislead us, that love towards the Society, urged on by the zeal of our old and faithful workers, and helped by the new builders, will lift the membership of the city of Cleveland into the first place j£ successful endeavor in be half of the Croatian Fraternal Union in this Campaign. Cleveland Plans Later Due to the publication of the roster of Lodge officers in this issue of the official .organ, the available space for other material is limited, and .we are unable, at the present time, to give a fuller account of what is being planned in Oeveland. However, we will so in the next issue of the •^Zajedničar," and feel certain ittiat our members in other tplonies, such as Chicago, De ijaroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Can ada—yes, Pittsburgh too will take example from our Cle velanders. Through our united efforts, we must reawaken activities Within our ranks. Lethargy gtid disinterest must disap pear. Life is a struggle, and in struggle is life. Enjoyment of the fruits of success is complete and sweet only then, when success is achieved through struggle. Onward, then, sisters and brothers! Let each of us con tribute his share in this Jubi lee Campaign for the Croatian Fraternal Union, the greatest national, fraternal, beneficial and humanitarian organiza tion of our people in the world. Detroit Choir Primed For Tamburitzans Show Detroit, Mich. The Du quesne University Tamburit zans, under the direction of Walter Kolar, will prove themselves a beautifully dis ciplined group to their many friends in the Detroit area as tliey present their Annual Concert at the Masonic Tem ple Auditorium, on March 28, at 3:00 PM. In their 17th season now, they have made great prog ress through the years in pro moting the arts and spread ing the culture of the Yugo slav people. Their interpreta tions of the songs and dances are beyond description by mere words, whether they be the haunting flute songs of the Macedonian shepherd or the wedding songs of the o n e n e i n s u y e y must be witnessed in action to be appreciated. For your convenience we have set up a Reservations Committee and you may still obtain your tickets by calling Stephanie Walter, TO 5-4596, Frank Stromar, TW. 2-0969, or Jimmy Kalich, FO. 6-0292. Tickets can also be purchased at Grinnells Music Store. 1515 Woodward Avenue, or at Sti mac's Hardware Store. 18025 Oakland Avenue, TW. 3-1110 A reception and dance vill follow immediately after the Concert and we will have the Cavalier Tamburitza Orches tra strumming four favorite dance tunes at the United Dairy Workers, 15840 Second Avenue, in Highland Park. Stephanie Walter, Sec'y. Hamilton Juniors Are Going To Lionize Moms Hamilton, Ont» Once again, the Juniors of Nest 397 are making extensive plans to fete their mothers with a Concert in their honor on Sunday, May 9, 1954, at the Croatian Hall, 173 Beach Rd. Our festivities will begin at 8:00 PM and many special items of interest are sched uled, for your pleasure, on our program. We intend to have several special guests and a prize for the winning Nest mother. Everyone is cor dially invited to attend and we urge you to reserve the date for a pleasant evening with us. Joseph Stanovich, Mgr. ALL FOR ONE-ONE FOR ALL Farrell Members Will Screen Film OOGAN Of THE OOVliW FMTBtHt UNION Special Treat Is Slated For Easter Farrell, Pa. CFU Lodge 126, in conjunction with its affiliate Junior Nest 190, is planning an Easter Sunday treat for its members and friends by scheduling the showing of that widely dis cussed film. "This is Your Croatian Fraternal Union", plus a Concert, on Sunday, April 18, at the Croatian Home, on Staunton Street. The Concert will begin promptly at 2:00 PM, featur ing some of our talented lads and lassies of Nest 190 and also the popular Kossovo Tamburitzans of Pittsburgh. This is the engagement a warded to Lodge 126 by the Kossovo ensemble in con junction with the "Tamburit za Sweetheart" contest staged by the Croatian Day Commit tee last year. Just as soon as the musical portion of our program is completed, we will have the showing of the film, which deals with some of the high lites of the mechanisms of our great organization. Here you will see the offi ces where the work of our Society is processed daily, how your "Zajedničar" is made up and mailed to you, activities at the CFU Chil dren's Home in Des Plaines, and, finally, the cultural pro motion work instigated in the ranks of Junior Nest 10 of Gary, Indiana. There are many of us who have never before had the opportunity of obtaining a "bii'd's eye view" of the tre mendous scope of the Croa tian Fraternal Union. We know that you won't be sorry that you grasped this chance to do so on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1954. To help us while away the evening hours, the Kossovo Tammies will provide delight ful dance tunes for your shuffling pleasure. Make your plans to spend the entire af ternoon and evening in en tertainment and gaiety at the Croatian Hall on Sunday, April 18th. Rankin Lodge To Hark Anniversary Rankin, Pa. In keeping with the policy of national celebrations of the Croatian Fraternal Union's Diamond Jubilee, the members of CFU Lodge 6 have made plans to celebrate the 60th Anniver sary of their Lodge on Sun day, May 2, 1954, at the beau tiful and spacious Croatian Hall, located on Fourth and Antisbury Streets. Naturally, at this early date our preparations are still in the drafting stages and must be sketched out in de tail before we present our plans, in their entirety, to our members. Be that as it may, we defi nitely intend to begin the ga la and momentous festivities with a Banquet, scheduled to begin promptly at 5:00 PM, and followed by an evening of dancing to the Monessen, Pa., Junior Order Nest 87 "Sloga" Tamburitzans WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1954. Membership Status In Society Not Detrimental! Croatian Fraternal Union Membership Not Factor In Naturalization Process Membership In Society Tsn't Of Concern To United States Department Of Justice By V. I. Mandich, Supreme President Pittsburgh, Pa. For quite some time now, I have been intending to write on a subject of great importance to our members, but which is generally only whispered about and not a popular subject for writing. What I have in mind is the following: Innumerable times in the past seven years that I have been holding this office, members from Pittsburgh and vici nity came to me in the Supreme Office asking my assistance in their application for American citizenship. As always, ever since I first came to America back in 1918,1 was glad to help. Our first immigrants to America came to this country with the intention of working and saving their hard earned money, and then eventually returning to their native villa ges and their families on the old homestead. At first, very few of them had any notion of becoming American citizens. However, between the First World War and World War II, as these immigrants became accustomed to the American way of life, more and more of them decided to bring their families here, and to become American citizens. The naturalization laws were much less strict then, than they are now. Many an older man who neglected to obtain his citizenship papers during his earlier years is now having difficulty in doing so. What motivated my writing this article, is the fact that many of these applicants for citizenship are blaming mem bership in the Croatian Fraternal Union for their inability to secure naturalization. In the past seven years* we have cleared many such cases in the States of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and found that membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union did not bar anyone from having his application for American citizen ship granted. On the contrary, in many of the cases, it was established that altogether different reasons caused delay, but they erroneously insisted that their membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union was the reason. Several of these cases were cleared in Chicago, where irresponsible spreading of untruths caused us much harm and embarrassment. Lately, we have been called upon to help clarify similar cases in the West. In every case to date, it was found that membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union did not prevent the obtaining of citizenship papers. In several instances, it was established that member ship in the "Croatian Benevolent Fraternity" of the I. W. O. ait the time of application for citizenship, or in years passed, barred the applicant from American citizenship, but still they insisted that it was their membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union thait caused their failure to be granted citizenship. The latest case involves one of our members from northern California. Here, too, the member insisted that be cause he is a member of the Croatian Fraternal Union, he was denied American citizenship. In order to bring an end to these claims, his case was brought to the attention of the United States Department of Justice at Washington, and the following reply received, which we quote in full: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE WASHINGTON 25, D. C. February 25, 1954 56244/727-A INV.CS Croatian Fraternal Union of America 3441 Forbes Street Pittsburgh 13, Pa. Gentlemen: Reference is made to your letter of February 10, 1954, concerning the naturalization of members of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America. No finding has been made by this Service that the Croatian Fraternal Union comes within the proscription of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. However, as you are aware, that Act-requires a personal investigation with regard to the activities of all aliens applying for citizen ship to determine their eligibility for naturalization, whether or not they may happen to be members of any organization. Since some of these investigations take a considerable period of time, delays are to be expected in certain individual cases. Please refer to this File No. Sincerely yours, Raymond F. Farrell (Signed) Assistant Commissioner Investigations Division This letter should put an end to all malicious gossip and insinuations whispered against our Society. To make it clear, I wish to emphasize that in the above quoted letter, the highest authority in Washington having jurisdiction on such matters confirms that membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union bars no one from becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. Should any of our members desire a copy of the letter in order to clarify or expedite the investigation of his appli cation for citizenship, we will be glad to finish it. Let there, therefore, be no more malicious statements made concerning the Croatian Fraternal Union, which is first and foremost an American fraternal and beneficial organization, having the honorable task, among Americans of Croatian origin, to keep alive their Croatian national con sciousness and to promote the Croatian language, music and culture in the United States of America! Žumberaks Prime For Festive Nite Friends To Fete Wilson Latkovic Cleveland, Ohio Tickets are now available for the Wilson Latkovic Testimonial, to be held on Saturday, April 24th, at the Nelson Family Style Restaurant, 1422 Addi son Road. An outstanding program of speeches and entertainment, all designed to represent the high esteem in which bro. Latkovic is held by his fellow members and friends, is be ing rapidly molded into shape. Come to the next Lodge meeting on Thursday, April 1st, or call PR 1-2323 on any week day, and you will be well supplied with tickets. Let's make this a big, well attended event and show our retiring Secretary that all his efforts in our behalf were really appreciated. George Relicli,' Jr., Chair. Milwaukee Nests Plan Mother's Day Festival Milwaukee, Wis. In pre paration for the 2nd Annual Mother's Day Program to be staged by the combined CFU Junior Nests of the Milwau kee-West Allis areas on May 9, 1954, at the Collins Meyer Post, the Nest Managers held another meeting at the home of sister Knaflic and tickets for the event were distribu ted. Two featured attractions for the day have been added to our already star-studded program. For the very first time in our history, our mem bers and friends will be given the opportunity of seeing that much talked about film, "This is Your Croatian Fraternal Union" which was recently re leased by the C.F.U. Home Office. They will also see and hear sister Sylvia Niksic of Gary, Indiana, who is a member of the CFU Supreme Board. Sis ter Niksic has done a fine job during her" short tenure in office and has therefore, been invited to be with us for the occasion. The special film is of uni versal appeal and should please our guests no end as it narrates the story of our great organization. It should also prove to be the best form of inducement to join a CFU Lodge which you may employ in signing up your non- mem ber friends, so invite them to accompany you to the show ing. We hope to see most of you at the event and have special recognition to extend to the oldest and youngest mother in attendance, possessing the most children. Our Nest Managers have tickets for sale, so be sure to approach them for yours as early as possible. We are still waiting to hear from some of the Nests which haven't, as yet, gotten in touch with us about having their youngsters on our program. Mitzie, Program Chairman When you buy a bond, and make one down payment, you owe for a bond. When you buy CFU life insurance, and make one down payment, you own an estate. Figures Show Too Great Week Ahead llth Cage Tourney Farrell, Penna. April 2-4 Inclusive Pittsburgh, Pa. Ever since taking over the office and duties of Director of the Junior Order in the Supreme Office a little over two years ago, I had frequently planned to write this article, so as to present to our membership a matter to which I had given much thought, and which the members of the Lodges concerned should bring up for serious discussion at their Lodge meetings. We have 86 Lodges, whose Junior Order Nests number 10 or less members. We are cognizant of the fact that the Junior Order is the sole certain source of new members for the adult division and that the numerical strength of the Junior Order is more and more becoming the strongest factor for the growth and progress of the organization in the future. We must take advantage of every opportunity, utilize every possibility, look into every cause and effect, which may be preventing or hindering our efforts to strengthen the Jun ior Order with new membership. Below is a list of these Nests, showing the number of members in each, together with the number of the parent Lodge, and the number of members in the Lodge, for pur poses of comparison. We see. for instance, that Nest No. 6 has 2 members, and Lodge No. 479, under whose supervision Nest No. & operates, has 31 members. We further see that Nest No. 6 534 has 8 members, and Lodge No. 876, under whose super vision it operates, has 117 members. What does this signify? Either that the members in these Lodges are all unmarried, or, if they are married, they have no children. But, we fear that a third reason is the correct one, namely, that they are mostly married, have children, and even grandchildren who are not enrolled in our Junior Order! What is true in Nest No. 6 and in Lodge No. 470, i^ most probably the case in the majority of Nests and Lodges included in the following list. In some cases, on the other hand, the results of our findings are the exact opposite. Take, for example, Nest No. 13, with 10 members, and Lodge No. 372, under whose supervision it operates, which has only 11 adult members, Nest No. 53, which has 9 mem bers, and Lodge No. 150, its parent Lodge, which likewise has 9 members. And then again, there is Nest No. 104, which has only one member, while Lodge No. 364 has 33 members. Statistics prepared for inclusion in the annual reports of the Society to the various State Insurance Departments, and which have already been published in the "Zajedničar", show that at the close of 1953, the Croatian Fraternal Union had 72,042 members in the Senior Order, and 33,279 in the Junior Order. Therefore, the ratio of adult members to juve nile members is, 7 adults to 3 juveniles. Taking this ratio as a yardstick, Lodge 364, mentioned above, and which has 33 members, should have in its Nest 104 at least 15 juvenile members, while Lodge 876, with 117 adult members, should show at least 50 juveniles in its Nest 534 instead of the present membership of 8. Our intention, therefore, is obvious: To bring forcibly to the attention of the officers and members of our Lodges, how vitally important it is to enlarge their Junior Order Nests. Our Junior Order now offers bigger and better bene (Continued On Next Page Column 1 and 2) Many Are Seeking Society's New Film Pittsburgh, Pa. The So ciety's own film, "This is Your Croatian Fraternal Uni on" in technicolor is rapidly being booked by our Central Committees and Lodges. The film is the standard 16 mm type and is available to our Lodge groups at no cost. Portraying the departmen tal activities and various ad ministrative and clerical pro cessing in the Home Office, the Children's Home and the Gary Nest 10 Summer School, our members can take advan tage of the shooting eye of George Marchan and the nar rative comments' of Stephen F. Brkich. The projector and tape re corder for both the film and the sound must be supplied by the sponsoring Lodge group. This we do not have at the Home Office. Further more it is far more convenient handling but the film which itself requires that it be re turned via parcel, post and in sured. This is a must since a nother Lodge in some distant PAGE THREE Still Outside Ranks Of Our Junior Order Department Many Lodges Could Correct Status Quo During Society's '54 'lembership Drive By Michael Graslia, Campaign Secretary city is scheduled to show the CFU film the next weekend. The film at this writing can be had for the Sundays, April 4th, May 16th, May 30 and any date thereafter with the exception of Sunday, Septem ber 26th, which has been booked by Lodge 514 of Can ton, Ohio. For booking the film, "This Is Your Croatian Fraternal Union", our lodges and cen tral committees are asked to write to the CFU Sports-Ed ucational Dept. Frank Braidic, Director Des Moines Lodge 872 Will Hold Dance May 8 Des Moines, Iowa The Sloboda Tamburitza Ensem ble of Chicago, Illinois, will journey to our fair metropo lis on Saturday, May 8, 1954, to provide music for the "Wild Rose" CFU Lodge 872 Dance, scheduled to be staged at 8:00 PM at the Highland Park American Legion Post, 3712 Second Avenue.