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June 16, 1954.
"ZAJEDNIČAR" "Z" Total Total Total June 30! I 52,954.38 $ 1,923.29 »M... 32.40 10.00 »40.59 Paul Eupcic, Sec'y. Total (Ace Children's Home. Pag? 11. oes.oe ,438.00 106.48 92.98 75.00 11.28 »5.00 19.52 18.50 10.10 8.08 9.68 29.90 3,481.56 815.00 144.89 6,226.01 296.58 144.27 40.10 32.50 20.00 13.73 9.50 36.66 4.66 3.92 11.11 9.91 3.18 5.94 .2209 5.68 194.56 9 Grand ToUl .• $184,088.58 Belle, 11,431.85 \n\n Nationally Famed "Preradovic" Choir Great Credit To City Of Gary, Indiana Fortieth Anniversary Of Group Recalls Many Contributions To Cultural History Gary, Ind. The 40th Anniversary Concert of the Croatian Glee Club "Preradovic" presented on Sunday, May 23, was a rousing success. The first meeting to organize a Croatian Singing So ciety in Gary, Ind., was held on May 6, 1914 in the Cro atian Church Hall, 23rd and Adams St. This meeting was attended by 10 men, called together by Z. I. Kerhin, who had already organized Cro atian Singing Societies in Chi cago, Pittsburgh, and Pueblo. Other men attending this first meeting were: Matt Oreskovic, Joseph Nejak, Jo sip Keleminic, George Rad man, Louis Ladra, Stephan Stritoff, John Matkovic, An- Others attending this meet ing and enrolling as members were: Louis Novak, Dominik Kovacevic, Milan Oreskovic, John Mitar, Janko Spanic, Mi lan Mesic, Blaz Lovrinic, Kar lo Norsic, Josip Keleminic and Frank Vodopija. The name of "Preradovic" was adopted upon the motion of member Blaz Lovrinic. Pe ter Preradovic, Croatia's best beloved "poet laureate," was born March 19, 1818 in the Bjelovar district of Croatia. At this meeting first mem bership dues 'were collected and the society's treasury started with the sum of $11. We must admire the spirit faring of this original 24 men, who in three time, under the lead v of the first teacher Fra*.a .Brnik, prepared for their first public appearance at a concert held in the local Eagle Hall on August 30, 1914. Croatian Singing Soci ety "Zora" from Chicago and Slovenian group "Slovan" from South Chicago came to take part in this first "Prera dovic" concert to help spread enthusiasm and encourage the support for the young society among the Croatian people in Gary. The work of "Preradovic," following this first concert, continued with many success ful appearances, membership increased and the Croatians in Gary, individually and through the several of their fraternal, political and other organizations, supported their singing group and were proud of it. There was not a celebra tion or festivity among the Croatians in Gary in those early years of "Preradovic," that this singing group was not the first one on the list of those called to participate. Moreover, to show their ap preciation and love for their singing society, all Croatian societies in Gary became life members of "Preradovic" be sides the many individual life and sustaining members. The first five years "Pre radovic's" activities consisted of appearances at concerts, public entertainments and fes tivities of the various soci eties and groups. "Prerado vic" also gave successfully several dramatic performan ces. During this period the society took its first steps toward the acquisition of ground for its own home, and working together with other societies helped to bring a bout the building of the Cro atian Hall, at 23rd and Wash ington, which was up to a few years ago the center of fra ternal, political and social ac tivities of the Croatians in Gary. Originally, this Croatian 3ome in Gary was the joint "Preradovic" and the two largest CFU Lodges, "Ban Jelacic" and "Hrvatski Sinovi." Later on the Lodges took over the hall and "Pre radovic" acquired its present home. That event surely marked a great progress for "Preradovic'/ also in financial respect. At present, the Club's prop- ton Matkovic and Nicholas erty and inventory has a clear Campagnetto. On May 15, 1914, at a' meeting attended by 24 men, the singing society was for mally organized and the fol o w i n o i e e e e e President, Z. I. Kerhin, Vice President, Joseph Nejak, Sec retary, Janko Svaric, Treasu rer, Frank Kelemenic, Audit i n o i e e N i o a s Campagnetto, Ivan Matkovic, Janko Spanic. value of $50,000 which grew from the original treasury of $11 some years ago. Finan cially, we can proudly say, we did not fare so badly in these past 40 years. But how do we stand in respect to our Croatian na tional and cultural activity? After all, the aim and pur pose of a Croatian Singing Society in our new homeland, U. S. of America, was and should be to promote the unity among the immigrants, to keep the ties with the old country continuously alive and strong and to spread the good name of the Croatian nation among other national groups. Moreover, we believe, the principal aim of our society and other similar groups was to prove to the American pub lic that the Croatian nation, although a, small one, as na tions go, has its own ancient culture and worthwhile a chievements in the several fields of cultural activities. "Preradovic" therefore, like all other Croatian singing so cieties among the Croatian immigrants, chose the field of musical culture and endeavor ed to bring before the Amer ican public the best in choral singing as it was developed in our old country. In this work we followed the steps of the singing societies of Croatia, which have been ac tive in this field for many decades, principally in the cities, and later on, after the political rebirth of the peas ants of Croatia, in the villa ges. Looking at it from this point, the Croatian singing societies in the United States were principally the imitation of the similar societies in old Croatia. And, likewise, they were supposed to be the torchbearers of the national Croatian spirit, the spirit of the centuries old struggle for political and national liberty, for the democratic way of life. We can truly say that most of such societies in America were doing this work of keeping the light of nationalistic spirit burning a mong the Croatian immi grants in America with suc cess and they deserve much credit in spreading the good name of the Croatian people in the field of cultural a chievements. What did "Preradovic" do in this field of activity dur ing the past, forty years? First of all, in Gary "Pre radovic" is known as one of the outstanding choral groups and since its early days has taken part in every impor tant event on the musical field. In holding its Anniver sary celebration throughout these past forty years, we have had as our guests sev eral other Croatian singing societies from near and far, which helped us to demon strate before the other na tionality groups and Amer ican public, that the Croatian nation has its own cultural background, its glorious hisT tory and aspirations for a place among the free and in dependent nations. "Preradovic" took part in most of the local musical fes tivals and celebrations. The annual Music Festival would not be complete in Gary, if "Preradovic" were not on the program. During the past sev eral years "Preradovic" has taken part in singing Christ mas Carols under the spon sorship of the local Merchants League and the Gary Cham ber of Commerce. During the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the City of Gary, "Prerado vic" was represented by a nicely decorated float depict ing a typical Croatian scene. The following day, the glee club sang before 25,000 peo ple at Miller Beach in Gary. At one time we arranged an exhibit of the various needle work and national costumes and other national art »work for the Gary public school teachers. Other appearances of "Pre radovic" outside of Gary are too numerous to list here, but let us mention some most im portant ones: "Preradovic" sang before the Indiana State Legislature (in national cos tumes) at the invitation of former Governors Paul V. McNutt and Clifford Towns end, in 1935 and 1937. We sang on Radio Stations WIND, WLS, WCFL in Chi cago on several occasions. We took part in the All-Slavic Singing Festival at the Chi cago Opera House in 1934, in the First and Second Music Festivals of the Midwest Sing ing League in Milwaukee and Chicago we participated in the concert arranged by the Chicago University Chapel, we were guests at the Teach ers Educational Association in Chicago Palmer House we sang at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition. In 1936 "Preradovic" was in the front of the action to organize the District League of the Croatian Singing Soci eties in the midwestern states. Besides "Preradovic" the following Croatian Singing Societies became members of this League: "Zora," Chica go "Slavulj." Detroit, "Za greb," Milwaukee "Hrvat ska," Chicago "Sloga," East Chicago "Dunav," Wauke gan and "Vila," St. Louis. The League is active to day, although some of the member societies have dis banded during the past world war. In 1938 several members of "Preradovic" joined the Chicago "Zora" singing soci ety on a tour of Croatian cities. During the last seventeen years "Preradovic" has spon sored the annual Easter con cert in Gary, given by the well-known Duquesne Tambu ritza Orchestra from Pitts burgh, Penna. When World War II came, 17 of "Preradovic" members were in the service, and one of them, Anton Seibal, died in the service of his country. We cannot forget that in all our work we have had the fraternal and willing cooper ation of the many other Cro atian Singing Societies in America. They attended our anniversary celebrations, we helped to celebrate theirs, and for the record of true and friendly cooperation on this cultural field. May this friend ly and fraternal cooperation continue in the future! The national characteristics of a Croatian Singing Society have also been expressed by "Preradovic" on several im portant occasions in the poli tical life of the Croatian peo ple. Thus "Preradovic" had Z. I. Kerhin as a delegate at the First Yugoslav Congress in Chicago, held in March, 1918, during the War. Before that, "Preradovic" was work ing together with the local branch of the Croatian Lea gue. Later on, when the lead er of the Croatian Peasant Party, Stjepan Radie, died from an assasin's bullet in the Belgrade Parliament, e a o v i o i n e o e Croatian societies in honoring his memory at a requiem mass in the local Croatian Church, The year of 1949 is a mem orable one, for during the two day celebration of the 35th Anniversary, with nu merous glee clubs and their representatives participating, the birth of the Croatian American Singers Federation took place, and Z. I. Kerhin was elected president. September of the same year witnessed the first gigantic Music Festival of the Singers Federation, held in Pitts burgh in conjunction with the 55th Anniversary of the Cro atian Fraternal Union, with whose aid and moral support the Singers Federation devel oped from a dream to a re ality The past five years have found the "Preradovic" mem bers joyfully joining their many frienls near and far to participate in the anniversary celebrations of other singing societies. In 1952 a group of "Prera dovic" members travelled to Yugoslavia with the Du quesne Tamburitzans where they met and made personal contacts with the cultural men of Croatian renown, a mong whom were Rudolph Matz, Slavko Jankovic, Dr. Vinko Zganac, Dr. Josip An dric, Bozo Krnic, Stjepan Ste panof, Ivo Tijardovic, Jakov Gotovac, and Krsto Odak. The two month summer so journ of the "Preradovic" members in the land of their heritage enabled them to bring back a wealth of music and literature, making this the most beneficial trip ever made, and thereby swelling the archives of Croatian cul ture here for the benefit of all the Croatian organizations in America. Annual events of "Prerado vic" are concerts, picnics, "Night in a Croatian Village," and Christmas Party. In the Fall of 1953 committees were formulated for the prepara tion of the 40th Anniversary. All in all, members of "Pre radovic" in Gary can be proud of their past achievements in their chosen field of activity. But what of the future? Let us frankly admit that all our Croatian Singing Soci eties are deeply concerned about their future. Many singing societies are finding it more and more difficult, as the years pass, to hold their groups together and especial ly difficult to replace the de pleted ranks with new mem bers. Some of our Croatian Sing ing Societies have organized altogether new groups of American-born boys and girls and are making good pro gress. Others are trying to hold on to the old traditions and to keep alive their Croatian national character and ideals. But this is a hard struggle. We must admit that the Am erican melting pot is working too well and overtime. True, there is Croatian blood in our American-born children, but their spirit is American and we can hardly expect them to accept as their own some thing that they cannot under stand or feel. Can we blame them, we who have for years been sing ing with such enthusiasm a bout the endless love of one's own land of birth, about the eternal glory of dying in the battle for freedom of one's own fatherland? We cannot do that, but we can and should urge them to join our ranks, to carry on, in their own American way, the love of good songs, the fraternal spirit of friendly gatherings at which they will sing praises of America and its way of life. They can do this much easier, with less personal sac rifice than was done by the pioneers of our singing soci eties. May this 40th anniver sary celebration of "Prerado vic" in Gary, Ind., be an in spiration to hundreds of Ame rican born young people of Croatian parentage to join REPORT OF SUPREME SECRETARY Disbursements For The Month Of April, 1954 Paid To Members And BeneficUrtee Death benefit claims, United States $ 53,«40.63 Death benefit claims, Canada 2,041.66 Cash surrender value 4.800.03 Cash loans 4,288.00 Premium loan 806.79 Dividend 171,41 funds of payments v 122.99 Sick benefit "A", United States 20,920.20 Sick benefit "A", Canada 1,978.77 Sick benefit "B", United States 132.00 Sick benefit "B", Canada 934,00 Disability benefit, United States 9,290.00 Disability benefit, Canada 1,930.00 Maternity benefit 1,235.00 Total .......'.......j ......|102,291.48 PaM Prom Administration Pond Salaries Of Executive Board 9 2,075.00 Salaries of Employes and Officials 7,722.00 Salaries of Editors and Employes of Zajedničar .... 1,902.00 Printing of Zajedničar ...., 7,757.50 Postage for Zajedničar 859.35 Newspaper cuts 65.41 Mailing tags for Wm. Exline, Inc., members dues books 1,364.40 Moody's Investors Service, personal management 3,300.00 Cauley & Bowman, Att'ys, settlement with F. R. Preveden 16,000.00 S. Binstock, Jewelers, campaign prizes 502.68 CFU Employes' Pension Fund, monthly contribution ...j. 251.30 CFU Printing Department, printing supplies 552.19 Frank O. Shuman Co., gummed labels 212.10 Equitable Gas Company, gas 197.16 Duquesne Light Company, electricity 145.85 Anthony J. Brajdic, filming 155.57 T. W. A., plane fare to Dallas, Tex. for Joseph Bella 154.00 Rochester Germicide Co., janitor's supplies 166.15 R. Douglas Hill, semi-annual fee 450.00 International Bus. Machines Corp., rental of machines 334.24 Systems Equipment Corp., binders 131.78 Bell Telephone Co., telephone and telegrams 100.34 Milan Vranesh, traveling exp. to Philadelphia. Pa 76.33 Thomas R. Balaban, traveling exp. to Philadelphia, Pa 76.33 V. I. Mandich, traveling exp. to Philadelphia, Pa. 56.33 Joseph Bella, traveling exp. to Philadelphia, Pa 56.33 Peoples F. H. Bank & Trust Co., imprinting checks ....MM.... 97.97 The Fraternal Age Magazine, 30 subscriptions ......... 52.50 Receiver General of Canada, assessment 69.46 Penn Window Cleaning Co., cleaning office windows 43.00 Penn Manufacturing Co., 1 plate glass desk top 69.86 Haughton Elevator Co., elevator service 39.50 Penn Office Supply Co., office supplies 51.30 Bogetich-Florists, Wreath for Anna Pintur 25.00 New England Fraternal Congress, dues 25.00 Acme Printing A Stat. Co., office supplies 24.65 Standard Analytical Service, comparative reports 89.25 Peoples Realty Company, insurance premium 64.26 A. G. Trimble, lodge badges 20.38 Peoples F. N. Bank & Tr. Co., rental of deposit box and coupon collection 160.69 The Todd Company, checkwriter ribbons 10.94 Luncheons and entertainment 40.85 Apex Soap & Sanitary Corp., soap 9.85 Commonwealth of Penna., elevator license 6.00 The Nation Magazine, subscription 17.00 Pittsburgh Machine Accounting Assoc., membership dues 12.00 M. R. Belanic, phone calls, Re: New York State license 15.32 White Star Linen Supply Co., towel service 6.'15 Insurance Commissioner of Florida, filing fee 10.00 Puro Water Filter Co., water service 12.25 American Sanitary Supply Co., paper towels 90.83 Pitney-Bowes, Inc., servicing postage meter 56.40 Nu-Llte Corporation, electric bulbs 34.74 Western Union Telegraph Co., telegram 4.03 Paid for accrued interest on bohds 373.36 Postage and express ...» 439.21 Local traveling expenses 18.35 "Janitor's supplies ........... »«»•«*.• 9.12 Telephone calls 2.75 Prizes for new members 5,419.54 Medical examination of new member« 486.00 Canadian exchange ..... 11.35 Social Security taxes 338.78 Athletic Fund Salary «f Director $ 400.00 Sports appropriations to lodges 1,064.45 Pantone Brothers Bowling Lanes, Junior Dux Tourney 95.40 Joseph Dzapo, basketballs and services 62.45 Michael Grasha, attending Toronto Bowling Tourney 89.72 Anthony Brajdic, services at Farrell Basketball Tourney 40.80 Frank Braidic, attending Farrell Basketball Tourney 46.30 V. I. Mandich, attending F'arrell Basketball Tourney 25.80 CFU Printing Department, printing supplies 62.86 S. Binstock Jewelers, gift for Bolkovac 35.51 National Pond Lodge 4, additional funeral expen es for Ivan Basa $ 187.41 Lodge 552, additional funeral expenses for Anton Grgurich 160.24 Donations to 60 year members 75.00 Kolo Federation of America, donation 50.00 Allegheny Co. Society for Crippled Children, donation 10.00 The Salvation Army, donation Donations to indigent members 4. 45,00 Dues for unemployed ....... 2.94 Orphans Trust Fund Total 1,658.93 Junior Order Death benefit claims ./••••$ 58.00 Credits for transfer to adult department 1,849.19 Cash surrender value 1,262.07 Dividend ...» »19.39 Transfer of terminal reserve 886.03 the ranks of our Glee Club, to make "Preradovic" their own gathering place and to carry on the cultural work which was started forty years ago. An old Croatian proverb says: "He who sings thinks no eyil." Singing, like all mu sic, is an expression of one's inner feelings it is an echo of everything that is noble in man's soul and heart. Peter Preradovic says in his poem about a grandfather Tube City Lodge Sets Date For First Picnic 4 Mate Cmarec, death benefit of grandfather Juro $ 581.19 Consulate General of Yugoslavia, death cert .'. 4.24 217 Joe Kirasich, death benefit of mother Anna 545.82 550 Julia Borske, death benefit of father Peter 375.24 787 Luja Papez, death benefit of husband Stipe 152.44 McKeeeport, Pa. The Annual Picnic sponsored by the members of "St. George" CFU Lodge 44 will be staged on Sunday, June 27, at the well known Cindric Farm, lo cated on Long Run Road. Music on the occasion will be furnished by a favorite tamburitza ensemble which can't be beat when it comes to catering to the musical tastes of both the young and old alike. As is the custom at most of our Croatian outings, we plan to have an ample supply of delicious barbecued lamb and all sorts of cooling re freshments. The youngsters, too, will find our larder stocked with their favorite soft drinks. May we take this opportu nity to invite our members and friends, from this and surrounding areas, to join us for a delightful day in the great outdoors. and grandson that song is free and does not understand any commands, it follows its own voice. May this sentiment of the poet Preradovic find echoes in the hearts of all members of the Croatian Singing Soci eties that have gathered to celebrate our 40th Anniver sary. May "Preradovic" carry on in this spirit with the help of our American born youth for many years to come! 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. Gary Church In Midst Of Important Festival Gary, Ind. The start of the fund raising campaign to build a new parish church for St. Joseph's Parish, began with the mailing of individual pledge cards to parish mem bers and the announcement of plans for a Parish Festival, according to John Samarzia and Mrs. Michael Horan, co Chaimien for the Festival. The Parish Festival, to be staged from June 15 to June 20th, inclusive, at the church grounds, located at 44th and Pennsylvania, will be the first real effort to reach a goal of $250,000 needed to build the new church, and also to pro vide more classroom space in the parish school. Sponsoring the Festival will Salaries of Director and employes Prizes for new members CFU Printing Department, supplies Postage and express Nest 21, appropriation to Dux Tourney party CFU General Order, dues books Harley N. Bruce and Associates, actuarial work Lancaster Photo Engraving Co., newspaper cuts New York Times, subscription Penn Office Supply Co., cabinet repair Acme Printing & Stationery Co., office supplies Refunds of dues to members Social Security Taxes Total $ 8,009.17 Printing Department Salaries of Manager and shop employes Salaries of Mailing Room employes Hauling paper and Zajedničar Intemational Paper Sales Co., newsprint Goss Printing Press Co., supplies Ailing & Cory Co., paper, paste & twine Harry Guckert Co., rules and slugs Addressograph Corporation, servicing machine Certified Dry Mats Corporation, matrices Lewis Roberts, Inc., ink Braden Sutphin Ink Co., ink General Paper Corporation, paper .4 Chatfield & Woods Co., supplies Whitaker Paper Co., supplies Bostitch Ohio, Inc., supplies ... Intertype Corporation, parts CFU General Order, 1 newspaper cut The Inco Co., solvent Postage and express Glycerine and sharpening knife Social Security taxes Salaries of Superintendent and employee $ 2,219.59 Meats, groceries and milk 1,345.98 Hillyard Sales Co., wax and polishes 139.65 Stephen T. Pepich, rehearsals and traveling expenses 127.50 Public Service Co., gas and electricity 139.50 J. I. Rozgoy, rehearsals and traveling expenses to concerts 173.00 Vesely's Drug Store, drugs and supplies 93.84 Edward Don & Company, merchandise 86.94 The 12th Street Store, paint «... fB.75 Frank Pardus, barber 80.00 Square Deal Shoe Store, shoes 47.85 Spiegler's Department Store, wearing apparel 37.46 Middle States Telephone Co., telephone and telegrams 82.87 Stores of Des Plaines, paint and hardware 87.68 Comfort Manufacturing Co., toothpaste 28.58 Frank A. Bremer & Son, stationery 21.68 Lake Cook Farm Supply Co., farm supplies 89.50 Johnson's Electric Shop, steam iron 2156 Dr. Philip H. Heller, medical services 16.00 Lagerhausen Lumber & Coal Co., roof paint 17.00 Lee Dry Goods Store .... curtains and cloths 20.15 Linoleum Town & Country, mats 20.65 Service Cleaners, cleaning apparel 17.60 Wilmers Sinclaire Service, gasoline St oil 2.40 C. L. Bishop, plumbing 11.20 Des Plaines Motor Sales, gasoline 5.46 Television service tP.OO Laundresses .00 Traveling expenses on business 20.90 Committee meeting 197.00 Social Security taxes 117.58 Total $ 5,278.87 Sommsiy Paid to members and beneficiaries $102,291.48 Paid from Administration Fund 52,954.38 Athletic Department ,..1 1,923.29 National Fund 540.59 Orphans Trust Fund 1,658.98 Junior Order 8,009.17 Printing Department 11,431.85 Children's Home 5,278.87 be five church organizations, namely, the Holy Name So ciety, the Altar Society, the Rosary Sodality, the St. Jo seph Choir and the Parish P.T.A. Assisting as co-Chair men will be Michael Pampa lone, Mrs. John Jacovic, Mrs. Louis Bucko, Walter Kazic and Mrs. James Mako. Serving! as consultors to the Reverend V. M. Ardas, Pastor of the Parish, during the fund raising campaign, are John Samarzia, Steve Sanders, Peter Sut, Enrico Martin, Charles Yelusich and Walter Krane. Committee Gloversville Team In Bangup Diamond Start Gloversville, N. Y. The Croatian Club representing Lodge 305 on the softball diamond is well into the sea son, having won five games and lost one in the local Y. M. C. A. league. The games are well attend ed, which goes for the out of-town games and also when strong independent contin gents are hosted at the Cro atian Park grounds. We do, however, have room in the rooting section for a f«fr more additional voices. At the present the C.F.U. colors will go into battle un der the following personnel: Frank Budinscak, John Bu dinscak, Harvey Ropan, Ed ward Stefic, Frank Sirovica, Emeran Fabian, Steve Ceh, Frank Gersak, Thomas Ger sak (still in the Nest ranks), Joseph Foley, George Willett, Frank Ropan and Charles Stefic. Any day now we hope to be hearing from Tony Kordic of Cementon, N. Y., with the idea of getting the New York State C.F.U. Softball champ ionship games stalled. Charles Stefic, Scribe Supreme Secretary