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John Anich, Jr. I° i s u K e e s o ••ZAJEDNIČAR" mMpwmyi am tutii "r'v.v Thomas Cubelic Michael Baicli, Scc'y. Ann Thomas, Sec'y. June 30! Page 9. Matt Zivich, Sec'y. i \n\n May 5, 1954. Applicants For Citizenship Need Not Fear Membership In Our Organization Croatian Fraternal Union Members Harm Society By Spreading False Propaganda By V. I. Mandich, Supreme President Pittsburgh, Pa. In this, the Diamond Jubilee year of the Croatian Fraternal Union, a time when our members in America and Canada are preparing elaborate festivities commemorating this great milestone in our history, and a year when the builders of our organization are striving with burning ambition to strengthen our ranks with new affiliates, we hesitate, but in the endf must bring to the forefront a sad fact which is causing our Society much harm, one which is of v^lue or honor to no one, and to us of the offi cial family, Lodge officials and promoters of the Society, causing much worry and needless work. In the past two years a regular stream of letters and communications has found its way into th£ Hpme Office, letters from our Lodge offi cers and individual members Turn to Page 8 for Editorial, "Matter Of Record." from various sections of the o u n y o a i n i n a some of our members are en countering difficulties in ob taining naturalization papers simply because they are affi liated with the Croatian Fra ternal Union. Articles have appeared in our official organ many times in the past, pertaining to this subject, documents were pro duced to confirm our allega tions that such statements are groundless and false, but all this to no avail. It seems to us that certain people de light in spreading these un truths about our Society. From the time that the new law concerning immigrants has come into being, new reg ulations regarding the pro curement of naturalization papers have likewise sprung up, ljjtws which are more ri gid and make it more difficult for our people when they seek to apply for these papers. Previously, a man needed only to apply for his second papers and within a few months he was called to bring his witness and come in for questioning. These questions were usually simple and many applicants had no difficulty in memorizing the answers. o e a e u e s i o n s such as what form of govern ment do we have in America, who makes our laws, who makes the changes in these laws, how many colors are there in the American flag, what is the significance of the thirteen stripes and the forty-eight stars, etc., were asked. Today, this has all been changed. Occasionally it takes a year or more after the ap plication for naturalization has been filed, before the ap plicant is called for question ing. Therein the applicant is asked to take an oath and answer a hundred questions Yegarding »his actions from the time of his arrival here in America to the present day. Then the investigation begins to ferret out if all that the applicant has said is true, and this, again, consumes much time which before was unne cessary. All this is according to our new laws and accord ing to the spirit of our pre sent conditions in the country. Now the authorities want to know where the applicant resided during his entire life here in the United States, who he associated with, with what organizations he has been af filiated. The majority of these applicants for naturalization papers are old timers who ne glected to fortify themselves with these papers when they should have and when it was a simple task to obtain them. Now the authorities want to know the reasons why these people waited thirty or forty years to seek citizenship. It is easy to see that the investigations today consume fpiore time than in the past, tout some of our people refuse to understand this. Instead, they throw the blame for the delay on everything and any thing but above all, their af filiation with an organization which has incorporated into its charter from the day of its founding 60 years ago to the present time, the purpose that "it educates its members in their duties as citizens with our English speaking peoples, and also educates them in the importance and duty of ob taining their citizenship pa pers in accordance with the laws of the United States." Suitable books have been printed under the guiding hand of the Society's various Boards, for the instruction and education of our people on how to obtain American citizenship. Our Society was liberal with its instruction and education but its voice fell on deaf ears in many ca ses. For their indifference and apathy of long standing, they now blame the Society, something which is dishonest and not in the spirit of broth erhood for which our organi zation stands. Remember this brothers and sisters! In not one in stance which we have to date investigated, did a govern ment clerk inform the appli cant for citizenship that hp would be denied papers sim ply because he was a mem ber of the Croatian Fraternal Union. In conclusion to this mes sage to the membership of the Croatian Fraternal Union, I bring a recent communica tion which we received from the U. S. Department of Jus tice, Washington, D. C., in answer to our inquiry relating to this question. Lay this is sue of the official organ aside for future reference. Brothers and sisters, we ask you to put a stop to this harmful propaganda against your organization. Lodge of ficials and individual mem bers who have informed us and who will continue to in- form us of these situations may rest assured that the Society is grateful. We stand ready to investigate each problem. We reiterate our state ments here are positive and you may be certain that your affiliation with the Croatian Fraternal Union does not stand in the way of your United States citizenship. Now here is the letter: John Anich, Jr. Elects Lodge 52 St. Louis, Mo. Recently a Well known name was add ed to the roster of "Slavulj" C.F.U. Lodge 52 when bro. John Anich, Jr., the son of John and the late Evely Anich, was enrolled into our fraternal ranks. In bygone years, John's father served in many offi cial capacities in our Lodge, while his mother was a very active member of long stand-1 ing prior to her untimely! death last June. We heartily welcome this ambitious young man into our midst and sincerely hope that he will follow in the footsteps of his parents, giv ing us the cooperation and interest which has, so far, been ours from the Anich clan. May we wish John a life time of good health, happi ness and success, and many active years in the promotion of fraternalism within the ranks of the "Slavulj" Lodge. George Soric, Sec y. Uniontown Lodge Will Screen Beautiful Film Uniontown, Pa. Plans have been completed by the members of CFU Lodge 72 for the showing on Sunday, May 9, of the widely ac claimed, beautifully executed Croatian movie "The Magic Sword." The showing will take place at the Croatian Hall on Franklin Street, Uniontown, and start at 4:00 PM sharp. In addition to the movie, se lections will be rendered by the Nova Zora Tamburitza Orchestra. Delicious refresh ments will also be served. We also want to take this opportunity to thank our .. ,. legion of C. F. U. friends in Cokeburg, Clairton and nu merous other centers for pa tronizing the Lodge 72 Easter Dance held on April 24. It was a tremendous success. The Tammie Serenaders did an excellent job of entertain ing the crowd on the occa sion and everyone had a grand time. .. Catherine G. Yukish UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE WASHINGTON 25, D. C. Please refer to this File No. 56244/727-A INV:CS February 25, 1954 Croatian Fraternal Union of America 3441 Forbes Street Pittsburgh 13, Pa. 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 pro scription 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 citizenship 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. Sincerely yours, Raymond F. Farrell (Signed) Assistant Commissioner Investigations Division The history of "St. Rochus" Lodge and the Croatian peo ple of Johnstown is very in teresting and abounds in deeds%of moral courage and service for the benefit of its members and its community. The annals of history re cord the coming of the first Croatian to Johnstown short ly after the great Johnstown flood of 1889 and settling in what is today the Cambria City section of Johnstown. Here we find the home of Lodge 5, along with the "St. 'Rochus" Catholic Church and School, and the Rodoljub Singing Society. Led by the immortal Bozo Gojsovich, this small group took steps to organize the Croatian people of this com munity. After several years of door to door campaigning, the "St. Rochus" Lodge be came a reality. Commencing with a total of 21 members, the Lodge today boasts of some 800 names on its rosters, thus becoming one of the largest affiliates of the CFU. Its Junior Nest 4 num bers over 400 youngsters. In view of this historic milestone a fitting program has been arranged to com memorate the founding of our great organization, on May 15th and 16th. On Saturday evening the Lodge will sponsor its Anni versary Ball, with the Veselo Selo Tamburitzans furnishing the music for the occasion. On Sunday, May 16th, the day's activities will begin with a Requiem High Mass i«y)AOST 8EIOVEO WORQ IN USE AMOktG MANKIND IS MOTHIR beginning Jos.B.3Ufc\ n 0ftlfE TO THE END TO THE DEAREST MOTHER The dearest Mother in the world Is no one else but mine I know, because you've always been So thoughtful, sweet and fine And that's one reason, Mother dear, Why I'm so proud today, To honor you and send a world Of loving thoughts your way! Cpl. Dorothy L. Grassa United States Army and their newly adopted country. Waltham, Massachusetts Member, CFU Lodge 5 Johnstown Lodge 5 Members Will Mark 60th Anniversary In Style May 15-16 Johnstown, Pa. The weekend of May 15th and 16th will long remain in the memory of the members of "St. Rochus" CFU Lodge 5, for on that date we will commemo rate the 60th Anniversary of the time when a group of im migrant Croatians came to historic Conemaugh Valley and laid the foundation for an institution dedicated to the ser vice of God, their fellowmenf Their struggles were many, their sacrifices great and de manding, their material sour ces meager. Inspired, howev er, with a supreme trust and an unnwavering confidence in Almighty God, and armed with a dauntless courage, they faced their self-imposed tasks to give to our commu nity another center dedicated to fraternalism and the bro therhood of man, the "St. Ro chus" Lodge 5 of the Cro atian Fraternal Union. for all the deceased members, lat the Croatian Church. The Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend J. A. Sostarich, Pastor. At 2:00 PM the Anniver sary Party will be held in the Croatian Hall, which will fea ture the Slovene Polka Chaps, while a delightful floor show is scheduled for 3:00 PM. Promptly ,at 6:00 PM our Banquet will get under way, with many prominent figures in fraternal and civic life as our guests of honor. Bro. V. I. Mandich, Su preme President of the Cro atian Fraternal Union will head our list of speakers, and the Junior Order Director, Michael Grasha, will also have a few words to say. Among other guests we will have the Honorable John P. Saylor, Congressman, Sena tor John Haluska, Judge A. A. Nelson, Judge George Griffith, Colonel W. D. Grif fith, Mayor Walter E. Rose and many others. The Rodo ljub Singing Society will be featured at the banquet. Seven 50-Year members will be honored guests at the banquet and will be presented with 50-year' Emblems. A mong these will be bro. Geo. Mikesic who was among the pioneers of our Lodge and is 84 years old. o a s o e a o u member who was awarded the Army's coveted Silver Star for galantry in action in Ko rea, will have additional hon ors bestowed upon him. He will be given a cash award by bro. V. I. Mandich. Our doors will be opened to those of neighboring Lod ges and friends who care to join us on this meihorable occasion. The following Com mittee members extend an all embracive invitation to at tend. Frank Sopcich, Lodge Pres ident and Chairman, assisted by Frank Franovich and Paul Palian, and the following Committee Michael Baich, Joseph Thomas, John Sopcich, Charles Lucas, John Kolar, Michael Boldin, Frank Kolar, Thomas Cubelic Going Up Ladder Pittsburgh, Pa. A mem ber of CFU Lodge 234, Tho mas Cubelic, Jr., was recently promoted to the Sales division of the Schehley Distilling Company. The son of Thomas and Ann Cubelic, of Glenshaw, Pa., Tom began his current career in the Merchandising Department of this firm, do ing display work in Erie, Pa. Probably the fact that he didn't wait for the salesmen to make his contacts but went right ahead and made his own, led his superiors to be lieve that Tom would succeed in the selling field. For his diligent efforts, bro. Cubelic was promoted to Sales in August, 1953, and o n s e u e n y a n s e e back to Lawrenceville where he was born and raised. Another member of Tom's family who is widely known is his brother, Charles, the as sistant Director of the Du quesne University Tammies. We take this opportunity to congratulate bro. Cubelic on his ambition and fortitude, and extend our best wishes for a very successful future. Toronto Canucks Sponsor Social May 15 Toronto, Ont. The "Ca nucks" CFU Lodge 975 mem bers are getting all enthused about their for o i n Spring Dance, to be staged in extravaganza fashion on Sat urday, May 15, at the Mace do n i a n-Bulgarian Cathedral Hall, 237 Sackville Street. For this very special occa sion we are featuring the pop ular Joe Loncarich Tamburit za Orchestra of Hamilton. These boys are well versed in the tastes of our jive bugs and cater to the whims and fancies of a diversified audi ence, so we urge you to come on down and try them out for shuffling pleasure. Of course, the usual fine assortment of refreshments and tasty beverages will be the order of the day as is always the case at any of our socials. Although the admission f|e for the ladies and gents is one dollar per person, young sters under the age of sixteen who are accompanied by their parents will be admitted free of charge. This affords a com plete evening of fun and fro lic to the average family for the sum of two dollars, which we think is fair enough. Under the circumstances, we wouldn't advise your miss ing out on our spring festival dance, 'cause there's fun for all at the Macedonian-Bulga rian Hall, on Saturday, May 15th. Our doors will open at 8:00 PM and the joint will be jumping until the stroke of midnight. Social Committee Frank Babich, Mrs. Mary Stojkovich, Mrs. Stephania Fishter, Mrs. Barbara Kolar, Thomas Gojmerac, Nicholas Mihelic, Mary Lou Stojko vich, John Pavich, John Goj merac, Josephine Chobody, John Fabina, Joseph Petrusic, Joseph Barberich, Roy Sop chick, Frank Sestrich, Joseph Fishter, Mark Juran, Michael Turkovich and Frank Repak. East Chicago Choral Group To Stage Franz Lehar's "Merry Widow" Hay 9th Members Of "Sloga" Glee Club Awaiting One Of Greatest Days In Group's Annals Kast Chicago, Ind. Colorful posters advertising its presentation of Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" were distributed at a recent meeting of the Croatian Glee Club, "Sloga," and scored a hit with all who saw them. The posters were designed by Miss Elizabeth Billen of East Chicago. They feature a vari-colored can-can skirt and girl's legs in mesh theatre hose reminiscent of the "Gay Nineties." "Sloga's" produc-t tion will include a can-can line dancing the spirited "Ritan tou Can-Can." "The Merry Widow" will be presented at 3 P.M. on Sun day, May 9, at Roosevelt High School auditorium In East Chicago. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Miss Mary Ann Lasko, so prano of Whiting, will sing the role of Sonia, the "Merry Widow." Mladen Kabalin, an East Chicago baritone, will portray Prince Danilo. Ano ther soprano, Mrs. Jean Bro zovich, wife of John Brozo vieh, who is East Chicago's Supervisor of Public Works and founded "Sloga," will be Baroness Natalie o o f. Walter Kazic of Gary will have the tenor role of Vicom te Camille. Leading the minor players is Milan Mulle, who will be Baron Popoff, and Miro Je lovcic, who will be Nisch. Al so featured are Matthew Ri vich, Louis Rozmanich, Wil liam Hegie, Zvonko Jugovich, Miss Catherine Vild, Mrs. Mary Kvenich, and Mrs. He len Žafran. "Sloga" is direct Detroit Girding For Big Tourney (Continued From Page 7) And Then, The Banquet The climax of the glorious weekend will come to pass on Sunday evening when the Victory Banquet takes place at 6:00 PM, at the United Dairies Workers Hall. Trophies will be awarded to the winners in the midst of many local and state govern ment officials and also the officers of the Croatian Fra ternal Union. We have definitely been as sured'that Michigan's affable and very popular Governor G. Mennen William* will be among those present. We are honored to be able to extend our hospitality to such a well known and respected man. There you have it, C.F.U. bowlers and friends! We've said it, we've printed it time and again, and now we leave the matter squarely up to you. We Detroiters are prepared to entertain you, our hospi tality is yours for the asking, so hop on the bandwagon and vacation in Detroit with your fellow Croatians at the 20th Annual CFU Tenpin Tourna ment. It's this weekend, May 6 thru May 9th. We hope you all have a wonderful time! Cleveland Ladies Set For Wednesday Session Cleveland, Ohio The reg ular monthly meeting of the Gospojinski Klub will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 1954, at 7:30 PM, at the Croatian Home, 6314 St. Clair Avenue. All members are urged to attend. A special Mothers' Day Party is being planned to take place immediately after the business session is con cluded. ed by Prof. Charles Stephens of Chicago, and rehearsal ac companiest is Mrs. Marilyn Karras. Girls who will dance the Parisian can-can and the Cro atian kolo are Misses Mary G. Rozmanich, Violet Kvenich, a y V u i n i V i i n i a Reyes, Mary Kay Mardjetko, Bunny Baum, Dolly Maglish, and Mrs. Ann Sikich. A total of 65 people will participate in the production. A dance at the Croatian Home in Indiana Harbor will take place that evening. Pat De Mure's Orchestra will pro vide American music, and the Veseljaci Tamburitzans will provide European music. "Sloga" is taking offers now from various groups all over the U. S. to present this operetta outside of Indiana. If anyone is interested, con tact Andrew Livovich, 337 North Virginia Street, Ho bart, Indiana. He is also to be contacted if your group would care to sponsor "Sloga" in an annual trip to your city this year to sing. Diana Mazui North Cal Group Shapes June Fete San Franeiseo, Cal. The Northern Cal Central Com mittee, at its regular meeting held on April 4th, set into motion extraordinary plans for its annual Croatian Da Picnic to be held on Sunda June 27, at Napredak JP, in Cupertino. The current plans call for the organizing and activating of all day and evening festivi ties, hot barbecued lamb din ners, folk dancing, modern and folk music, hand ball playing and many other out door activities. In charge of this forthcom ing outing are George Glavas, Chairman, assisted by Albert Sankovich, Milan Popovich, N. J. Nikolac, John Scurich, George Ivancan, Mrs. M. Du gancich and Mary Popovich. These workers are determined to make this event the great est ever yet tackled. The Committee also went on record making its inten tions known to sponsor a 60th Anniversary C.F.U. Fiesta at some future date. Peter Obad, Publicity East Chicago Meeting Slated For Later Date East Chicago, Ind. This is to inform the members of "Holy Trinity" C.F.U. Lodge 154 of East Chicago, that our regular May meeting will not be held on Sunday, May 9th, but instead thereof, will be held on Tuesday, May 11th, at 7:00 PM. The reason for the change in date is that on Sunday, May 9th, the "Sloga" Singing Society will present an oper etta which many of our mem bers will want to see. Here you will witness just what can be done when there is har mony in our hearts. 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.