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LKO.Vil.VN FK.VI liKN AL Will l.MON Pittsburgh, lnn*vhania ASto ^AJEiia^iCAE Lditorial Offices, 3441 horbw St., Pittsbargli IS, telephones: St'henley 1-440 1-4471 N Pa. Sixteen Pages? 'ZAJEDNIČAR" John Kosovec, Sec'y. app^arjng gl Y*a i for, W 1 I Sylvia Niksic, Sec'y. for enac^jn- 0| a y for cre anolher tQ our Jjodge U(e Thg prac_ Stanko Mandich, Sec'y. \n\n National Home Offices Fitting Climax THE Central Committee of Greater Chi cago Lodges Sunday, December 5, sa lute to the 60th Anniversary of the Society mark the last such major undertaking Of the current year. Represented in the Committee, one of the largest within the Croatian Fraternal Union, are np less than 20 Lodges, to wit, No. 9. 15, 24. 30. 32, 40. 53, 68 (Cicero), 70, 97, 118,148. 202. 228 (Lyons). 278 (Sum mit). 300. 749. 785. 948, and 980 (Des Plainer, CFU Children's Home). With a "lineup" like that to work with, the Committee can't help but make its De cember 5 celebration one its members and friends will talk about for years. Mention was made on these pages last week that this Committee has 1) been in ex istence for more than 15 years and 2) is considered the "instigator" of all CFU cele brations throughout America. We will not take issue with the first point, for it happens to be a fact. The second, however, is open to debate, for we can think of at least several such groups which have been in existence longer and promoted CFU celebrations years be fore the Central Committee of Greater Chi cago Lodges arrived on the scene. One of these is Greater Pittsburgh's Croatian Day Committee, which was or ganized in 1932 and on September 4 last celebrated its 23rd Annual "Croatian Day" et Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh. This particular Committee was the first to salute the Croatian Fraternal U- on national basis and at one time a program honoring the Society wh as heard from coast to coast and broug'it our people to the attention of millions of Amer icatf citizens. We know, for we had a hand In that memorable radio venture. In the end, it matters not which Coni mittee is the oldest in years. What counts is what good the Croatian Fraternal Union can derive from all such Committees, be thev one or twenty years old be they domiciled in the East, the Mid-West or the Far West. In that respect, the matter of doing good, all such Committees arc equal in our editorial eyes, for each has helped publi cize the Croatian Fraternal Union and in terested many in joining its ranks. The So ciety owes a great deal to them for their loyalty and devotion to the first cousin of Americanism Fraternalism. Let this serve as our tribute to the Cen tral Committee of Greater Chicago Lodges our recognition of its many years of faith ful service to the Society. Junior Convention great as 1954 has been, 1955 bids fair go down as the greatest year in the annals of the Croatian Fraternal Union, the »vorld's No. 1 Croat order. Opening the promising year ahead will be the Junior Order's 40th Anniversary Membership Campaign, which will be con ducted for five full months and end on May 31. Plans for the drive remain to be worked out in detail and announced on these pages. Highlight of mid-vear 1955 will be the Fourth Annual National Junior Order Con vention, which will be run off July 2-3-4 in Gary, Indiana, and hosted by the members of Lodge 170 and Nest 10. Climaxing the year will be the Society's 9th Quadrennial Convention. This always interesting gathering of Delegates from all parts of the United States and Canada will take place in Philadelphia next September and last, we hope, one week. To conduct a great Membership Cam •, paign and hold two Conventions in the space of nine months will take work above and beyond the call of perfunctory duty. But it can be done if our members •/M large put their minds to it and can count on a strong, cooperative leadership emanat ing from the Home Office at Pittsburgh, if We, for one. are prepared for the v?ar ahead and intend to take the Campaign and two Conventions in "work stride." i.e., each as it comes up to demand our full time and ^attention. We trust all concerned will entertain the same feeling. The Last Word i CO-EXISTENCE: The Russians believe in the spirit of co-existence: So does a wolf jjjffcen he meets up with a lamb. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1954 ENGLISH SECTION Sstabtxahea November 6, 1929. Published toetkly By The Cnatian Fraternal Union Of America STEPHEN F. BKKICH, Editor-in-Chief Minority Rule O intelligent American can possibly be lieve that there is no danger in minori ty rule, be it on a local, statewide or na tional basis in its scope. And while no average American believes in as much, he is the first to pass up the right to cast a ballot on election day and accept the decision of those who did vote as representing something of no concern to him. In the end, he knows better. We fear that this same "don't give a damn" attitude will be adopted by the ma jority of the members of the Croatian Fra ternal Union when they are asked to attend their Annual Lodge Meetings. Many will refrain from attending simply because "there's nothing in it" for them others because they don't care who' is elected to the various Lodge offices. Some will stay away because they can't see the good in Fraternalism for looking at it. These, we might add. are no different than those who can't sec Americanism. So, a comparatively small handful of members of the Croatian Fraternal Union will attend their Annual Meetings and vote as their conscience dictates. The faithful, as always, will do the best they can under the circumstances to keep their Lodge in good hands hands which have been at the helm for years on end in all too many cases. All of which is not becoming the mem bership of the twenty-fourth largest fra ternal on the North American Continent. COMMENTING, Page 7, on the Golden Anniversary of the Croatian Section of the Zajedničar and the Silver Anniver sary of its English Section. Supreme Pres ident bro. V. I. Mandich foresees a 16-page Official Organ in the near future. We readily agree with the Supreme President that the Zajedničar, as now con stituted. is not nearly adequate enough to publish all the material which crosses the desks of the Official Organ's Editors. There is entirely too much activity in the Croatian Fraternal Union to cover ev ery phase of it in the current 12-page week ly issues of the Official Organ. That activity plus has been a ma jor problem and headache for both Editors since 1948. On the other hand, it has been a tremendous boon to the Society and re sulted in countless eligibles seeking to join its constantly expanding ranks. Neither Editor is complaining about the tight space situation, for each must plead "guilty" to the fact that their handling of material of major importance has been such as to result in greater activity at every turn. Hundreds of their correspondents will readily attest to as much particularly those whose articles they "gilded." Which is not. as some would have it, the "dužnost" of the Editors. There is one pressing reason, one above all. why a 16-page Zajedničar is needed: The Croatian Fraternal Union has out grown its present "12-page britches." It has outgrown them through the ac tivities which the Official Organ has pro moted week in and week out to interest the membership in their Society, to show others why they should affiliate themselves with the Croatian Fraternal Union. The Zajedničar, as the Supreme Presi dent points out, is "The Heart of The Or ganization." Impair it in any way and you hurt the Society as a whole refuse to ex pand its facilities and you refuse progress the right to dwell in our midst. Such arc the facts of fraternal life in these days of fierce competition. In Passing Our nation could not have been founded and o w n w i o u u u a trust and indeed, no so ciety can very long cohere without the firm binding of charity and good will. The spread of scandal is always the first characteristic of a decaying so cial order. "Benefit of doubt" is more than a legal maxim: it is a moral imperative, if we want to transmit faith and rectitude to our chil dren. Sjd Harris Slovan Members In Jubilee Fete Lodge Planning Memorable Event Slovan, Pa. A final sa lute to the Diamond Jubilee of the Croatian Fraternal Union, before the year passes into history, will be fired by the members of CFU Lodge 548, on Saturday evening. December 18th, at the'Cro atian Home. A gigantic 60th Anniversa ry celebration will be staged at that time in commemora tion of this nationally mark ed occasion, while in the af ternoon of the same day the youngsters of our Junior Nest will receive tHeir Yule tide treat. The well known and popu lar tamburitza ensemble un der the direction of Mr. Matt L. Gouze has been engaged to provide music for dancing in the evening. Our friends from both near and far are invited to help us mark the birthday of our great organization by joining us in the festivities on Decem ber 18th. The Committee on Ar rangements issues definite assurance of a grand time to all who cross our threshold. Pitt Station To Beam Croat Hour Pittsburgh, Pa. The A e i a n- o a i a n a i o Hour will inaugurate another feature over Pittsburgh's popular 1,000 Watt, Radio Station WPIT, on next Sun day, December 5th. This pro gram will be aired every Sun day afternoon from 3:30 to 4 P.M. and will be heard at 730 on your radio dial. This new feature will mark the Director's 25th year of radio broadcasting Croatian songs and music and this in augural show will feature se lections presented over Cro a i a n a i o o u s s o e twenty years ago. When the Director began i s first broadcast with the Croatian Aces Tamburitza Orchestra, the program originated from another Radio Station WW SW. just a block awav from W I o w n o w n i s burgh. The American-Croatian Ra dio Hour has included among its annual public service un dertakings, entertainment for our hospitalized veterans and every year, during the month of January, the program fea tures March of Dimes shows in order to accent contribu tions to fight polio. Til® re sults have averaged more than $5.00 per minute. Pittsburgh's popular Sta tion WPIT in Downtown Pittsburgh, covers a radius of the State of Pennsylvania. Eastern Ohio. Northwest part of West Virginia and South western New York, which should include many mem bers of our organization and their friends to the thousands of our new listeners on Sun day afternoon from 3:30 to 4 P.M. at 730 on your radio dial. As a special incentive, the program will present a valu able award to the listener, who can verify by the listing of a part of the musical se lections, as residing the far thest distance from the sta tion site. In order that you may re ceive complete details con cerning this contest, tune in the inaugural program of the America n-Croatian Radio Hour over Station WPIT (730) on Sunday afternoon from 3:30 to 4 P.M. The regular weekly presen tation of the American-Cro atian Radio Hour over Radio Station WMCK. McKeesport. will continue to be featured ever}' Saturday evening from 5:05 to 5:30 and the place on the dial is 1360. Toot Brajdic, Director GOOD OLD DAYS The members and friends of Gary, Ind., Lodge 170 took great delight in the staging of the play "Prodani Djed" which was among the many high lights of the community's October 17, 1954, salute to the 60th Anniversary of the Cro atian Fraternal Union of America. Now, meet the cast. Seated, left to right, Mra. Gary Lodge 170 Thespisns Help Make 60th Anniversary Fete Memorable One Drama "Prodani Djed" Carries Audience Back In Memory To Old Fashioned Days Gary, Ind. The amateur The audience was very re- 'ed gram, we featured the 1 an- ous Croatian drama, "Proda-. ented cast comprised of Mrs. Louise Burnach, Mike Haba zin. Mrs. Sylvia Nik^ic, N. J. Erbesti. Robert Karich, Geo. Rajkovich, John Bujan and Z. I. Kerhin. And. may we point out with special emphasis that he has accomplished this at this relatively early date despite the fact that he was about 2 months far re moved from CFU jurisdic tion. He was visiting in Yugo slavia this past Summer, but that only accelarated his re cruiting activities before and after that trip. thespians of CFU Lodge 170,ceptive to our efforts in the Croatian plays, did themselves proud at the i field of dramatics, and from recently sUjtcd salute to the all appearances our tribute: to Diamond Jubilee of the Cro- the 60th Anniversary of the atian Fraternal Union. CFU was a grand success. Among other items, of in- photograph of the cast, tices leading to the day when terest 011 our e a orate pro- Ba an &n 0,d timer jn ni Djed perfoi med by a a -1 ^g circles. Bro. Bas- ering oftener than the once 4- ys. nnni /t Am rA/1 nf Vl all times. Vincent Biskupic Grand Prize Winner In Spite Of Long Recruiting Vacation Veteran Chicago Campaigner Is Elected Honorary Delegate To Ninth Convention By Michael Grasha, Secretary. Campaign Committee Pittsburgh. Pa. It is a pleasure supreme to officially welcome bro. Vincent Biskupic into the select circle of Hon orary Delegate to the 9th CFU Convention. Bro. Biskupic is no novice on the Campaign scene. The wonder of it is that year after year he manages to emerge as a victor in our membership drives. This year he has earned the1 insurance in force by $71,800. distinction of being the third Of this amount $32.000 is cre person to win the coveted ti- dited to the senior depart tlc of honorary delegate to ment and $39,800 to the ju the Philadelphia conclave. jvenile. The Junior Order has been enriched by no less than 57 members while the i adult branch has had a simi i lar increment. I We want to point out too I that due main! v to bro. Bis kupic's recruiting zeal and I ability, Nest 17, of which he is the Manager, has now grown to an impressive Every Mail Engrossing membership of 730. That i Nest now holds the honor ed number 2 position in nn merical strength. I As we are completing this We here at the helm of our article the day's mail has ar "ship of state" are more rived and we notice that bro. closely watching the dailv in- Biskupic has just sent in a flux of membership applica- nother 12 Points. This is pos tions for the arrival of a sin- itive proof that he is a true gle envelope might spell the fraternalist, never relenting crossing of the threshold some campaigner. Thus it was that on No vember 15 we were inform ed that bro. Biskupic had sent in an application for* an increase of $4000. This was sufficient to boost his total to 753 Points and thereby place him in the win ning circle. i Nest 17 In No. 2 Spot Bro. Biskupic's efforts have increased the CFU's in his labors on the CFU's behalf. To you bro. Biskupic, as well as to the two who pre ceded you onto the podium of victory, bros. Balich and Bi rek, and to all who will attain that goal as well as to every earnest worker, our sincere— Thank You! Louise Burnach, Mike Habazin, and Mrs. Sylvia Niksic. Standing, usual order, N. J. Erbesti, Robert Karich, GeoT%e Rajkovich, John Bujan, and Z. I. Kerhin. Steve Baslyan, physically handicapped member of Lodge 170, snapped this photo. He has a studio in Gary and will be only too glad to be of service at any time to his fellow members. Society Prepared To Provide Plays Pittsburgh, Pa. Over the recent months we have re rpivpd fpnupQtQ frnm cmaftor. sections of the C0Untry jn this issue, was the general public sees the our own Steve play afford the members of Thoughts of retaliation and revenge will always harm a nation or individual, rather than be of any help. cast a medium of ga,h. lyan maintains a picture stu- a month Lodge meetings, dio and stands ready to serve Assuming a part in the cast our members and friends at faii to younger people in the Lodge rather than, as is often the case, the older members. A part in the play may give some American or Canadian born member an opportunity to all the better acquaint himself or herself with the mother tongue, Cro atian. Even taking part in an English language play has its merits and fits well into fra ternal aspects. For plays to embellish your Lodge or Nest social pro gram, we ask that you write to the Sports-Educational De partment at the Home Office where same are available with the compliments of the Croatian Fraternal Union. In many cases we can give you sufficient copies of the play you select to make unneces sary any transcribing by you locally. Frank Braidie, Director Sports-Educational Dept. December 1, 1Đ54. Portland Lodge In Festive Mood Members To Hail 60th Anniversary Portland, Ore. One of the youngest affiliates, "Port land Rose" CFU Lodge 976, together with its affiliate Junior Nest 632, will salute the 60th Anniversary of the Croatian Fraternal Union on Sunday, December 12, at 1 PM, at the Woodlawn Hall, 700 N. E. Dekum Street. Although the Lodge is small numerically, it is big in spirit and fraternal brother hood. We intend to prove this statement by staging one of the largest celebrations to hit the West Coast in many years on that date. A rich program is in store for our guests as the Broad well Studio Group is listed a mong our performers, along with the talented Dubrovac Family of Portland, and our Kolo Dancers. The Committee is prepar ing to cater to your inner man needs with delicious food complete with all the trim mings sure to be on our menu during the festivities. Music for your dancing pleasure will be furnished by a popular ensemble immedi ately following our program. Doors Open To Everyone We extend a most cordial and sincere invitation to the Slav people in this and sur rounding localities to join us for this momentous celebra tion. Members of our sister Lodges* especially, will re ceive a most royal welcome. Croatian or E ll3h Trojans To Hark Silver Milestone S. S. Pittsburgh, Pa. Well, sir, the "Trojans" of ES Lodge 76 came out of hi bernation recently, looked a round with clouded and leth argic eyes, and came to the realization that the year 1955 brings with it the 25th Anni versary of the founding of the South Side affiliate. As usual, our energetic President, Larry e 1 o s t, gathered together his hand ful of active members, those few who show up at our meetings, and asked for opin ions on how we may best mark this occasion in our fraternal history. Several ideas were ad vanced and a Committee ap pointed to investigate possi ble dates, set up a program and, in short, start the ball rolling for the celebration. For the time being we ask that you bear the date, Sat urday, February 5, 1955, in mind and plan to join us for a gala event. The place is the Liberty Hall, Josephine Street, and the well known Kossovo Tamburitzans have been engaged to do the mu sical chores for the evening. Louise Bursic, Publicity Sacramento Lodge 434 Scores Triumph TRIUMPH Success of the first magnitude marked the October 9, 1954, salute by Sacramento, Calif., Lodge 434 to the 60th Anniversary of the Croatian Fraternal Union, which was addressed by Martin Krasich, Pittsburgh, Su preme Treasurer of the Society. Shown in the above photo with bro. Krasich are some of the 'dignitaries who attended the fete. Left to right: George Culjis, President of Sacra mento Lodge 434 Victor Dragich, President of Roseville Lodge 619 bro. Krasich and Thomas Zanze, President of Sacramento Lodge 843. Our heartfelt congratulations to one and all on a job very well done!