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Victor Petrunicli, Sec'y. Paul Rupclc, Sec'y. Michael Novosel, Sec'y. Rudy Papa, Sec'y. "ZAJEDNIČAR* As nQw remmece upon Y0UTH to Frank Ivelieh, Sec'y. Ivan Borak, Sec'y ways and mca|13 t0 enrol, how hm make fraterna. Mark P. Nikolich, Sec'y. Los Angeles, K V Aam* Frank Beccr, Jr., Sec'y. \n\n Strufhers Lodge Preparing Party Strullicrs, Ohio The yearly meeting of "St. Jo seph" Lodge 504 will take place Sunday, December 12, at the Lodge Home between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 PM. Work or sickness will be the only good excuses for ab sence from this most impor tant of all meetings held dur ing the year. Surely no mem ber interested in the Lodge and the Croatian Fraternal Union will want to absent himself or herself December 12. Delicious refreshments will be served immediately follow ing the meeting. Come down to the Home on Sunday and enjoy yourself in the compa ny of your fellow members. Sisters and brothers, we proved at our 41st Anniver sary Banquet and Program held October 30 what can be done when we work together in the spirit of unity. That was a great day in our his tory, so let us endeavor to carry on in like spirit during 1955. Pitt Lodge 1 Members Urged To Cast Ballots Pittsburgh, Pa. Atten tion all members of Lodge No. 1! The regular monthly meet ing will be held on Sunday. December 12, at the Lodge Hall. 1546 East Ohio Street, North Side, at 1:00 PM. This will be followed by the An nual Meeting. At the Annual Meeting very important decisions will be made and the election of your 1955 Lodge officers will be held. Also, your Lodge Secretary requests that you bring your membership dues up to date, so that he can close the Lodge books for the year and turn them over to the Board of Trustees free of debt. Cornelia Pichler, Rec. McKeesport Lodge 44 To Name 1955 Leaders McKeesport, Pa. A very important monthly and an nual session for the members of CFU Lodge 44 is coming up on Sunday, December 12, at the School Hall, 715 Shaw Avenue, promptly at 2 PM. At this meeting we have many vital issues to discuss and are faced with the elec tion of new officials for the year ahead. It is the duty of each and every member to take an active part and help us select a strong committee which will work for the con tinued progress of our Lodge during the coming year. We also ask our members to kindly take care of any delinquent dues at this time in order that our books may be free of debt as we go into the new year. Lodge 437 Preparing For Annual Elections Bentleyville, Pa. All members of CFU Lodge 437 are urged to attend, without fail, the regular and annual meeting scheduled for Sun day, December 12, at the Moose Hall. The session will begin at the usual time. Just as soon as we have dispensed with the regular order of business we intend to swing right into the an nual meeting and elect our officials for the coming year. It is imperative that the majority of our members at tend this meeting in order that we may select those who are best qualified to lead our Society in 1955. As a final reminder we ask all members to see to it that their dues are paid up by De cember 25th, so that our books may be in perfect or der for the final audit. August ur kovic, Sec'y. Detroit's Onyx In Supper Encore Detroit, Mich. After the huge success of the October Pot Luck Supper, it was de cided to have another preced ing the Dual Meeting of Thursday December 9,1954. The Pot Luck Supper will start promptly at 6:30 PM at the Croatian Catholic Center, 201 West Seven Mile Road. All Onyx members and their families are welcome. After the supper, we will hold our regular monthly meeting combined with the annual meeting held for the purpose of electing Lodge officers for the coming year. An important issue at the meeting will be an increase in the monthly dues. Be sure to comc. The Children's Christmas Party will be held Sunday af ternoon, December 19, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It will be held at the UAW-CIO Lo cal 771, 20424 John and Eight Mile Road. This was formerly called Diamond Hall. Anyone having any questions may call either Ruth Lucatch or Ann Shabal. Another date to keep in mind is Saturday, January 29, 1955. That is the date of the Silver Anniversary Dance of "Onyx" Lodge 717. Neva Ruzich, Rec. Sec'y. Rothesfer Members To Elect 1955 Leadership Rochester, Pa. Official notice is hereby given all members of "Abraham Lin coln" Lodge 85 that the reg ular monthly and annual meetings will take place on Sunday, December 12, in the St. Cecilia Church Ha 11, Rochester. The monthly meeting will be called to order at 1:00 PM sharp and be devoted to the transaction of routine busi ness. The annual meeting will follow in short order and take up nominations and elections of all necessary Lodge and Nest officers. It is the duty of every member to attend and vote as he or she s^es fit for the common good. The Lodge will make its "Turkey Award" the after noon of December 12. Please sell your share of tickets and thus help benefit the Lodge your treasury. Margaret Zupeio, Pres. John R. Mikan, Sec'y. East Chi Lodge Plans Post-Meeting Funfest East Chicago, Ind. Mem bers of "Holy Trinity" CFU Lodge 154 are asked to re serve December 12th as the day to attend our yearly election meeting, beginning at 1:00 PM, at the Croatian Home, Chicago Avenue and Carey Street. The session is scheduled to begin early in order to give attending members an oppor tunity to enjoy the social a e i n a n e s i v i i e s which the Committee has planned for you. This gala event will be staged downstairs in the Lodge Clubroom after the meeting, beginning about 3 PM. Your friends are cor dially invited to come down and join in the fun, too. This post-election social is designed, in the opinion of the Committee, to give you an enjoyable time with little ex pense involved. We are serv ing free beef and ham sand wiches, while the liquid re freshments will be marked at reasonable prices. Music from the good old juke box should suffice to set your feet a dancing, but a grpup of mu sicians from within our own ranks will fill in, too. Let's make it our business to be both at the meeting and later enjoying the social gathering. Trojans To Talk Anniversary Shop S. S. Pittsburgh, Ta. It certainly would be grand to see some familiar faces again at the annual meeting of "Trojans" ES Lodge 76, sche duled for Friday, December 10, at 8:00 PM, at the Cro atian Home, located on 27th street in South Side. So far as the "Trojans" are concerned, the year 1955 should be an active one, one in which we revive the flam ing spirit which resulted in our organization twenty-five years ago. We've fired the opening gun on our intentions to stage a huge celebration in honor of our Silver Anniversary next year. Now, how's about coming to the meeting and throwing in some ideas on the subject next Friday? Need we remind our good members that this is also the session wherein we select our officers for the coming year? Come down to the meeting and get into the limelight we might find in you excellent officer material. Don't be content to be merely a statistic at the CFU Home Office. Instead, take to heart your fraternal duties as an affiliate of a great organ ization and attend your next Lodge meeting. Louise Bursic, Publicity Bridger Ledge 153 In Annual Confab Sunday Ambridge, Pa. The mem bers of "St. George" Lodge 153 will elect their official family for 1955 on Sunday, December 12, at 1:00 PM in the Church Hall. Every member is respect fully requested to attend, cast a ballot, take part in charting the Lodge's course for the year ahead, and, above all, bring his and her dues up to date. Remember: It's your Lodge, so be active in all its fraternal aspects. George T. Spolarich, Sec'y. Pathfinders To Feast After Annual Gabfest West Allis, Wis. Atten tion "Pathfinders!" on Tues day. December 14 our Lodge will hold its regular and year ly meeting at Kralj's Hall, corner of 60th and Madison Streets. The regular session will begin at 7:00 PM sharp, a full half hour earlier than our usual time. i The important yearly meet ing will be held immediately after the end of our regular meeting. At this time we in tend to elect the officials who will guide our Lodge ac tivities during the year 1955. Following the conclusion of this we'll swing right into our gala annual Christmas Party for our members. There'll be free beer, sand wiches, ham, polish sausages and hot dogs, with dancing as a special musical chaser. We'll also have a gift ex change. If you wish to parti cipate in this, you must bring along a gift of approximately one dollar value. We'll also appreciate dona tions of pickles and hot pep pers. But, what ever you do, don't forget the date, Tues day, December 14th. Be sure to attend and have a swell time. Ashland Lodge 599 To Elect Official Family Ashland. Wise. On Sun day, December 12, at 1:30 PM, the members of "Cro atian Pioneers" C.F.U. Lodge 599 will hold their annual meeting in the basement of St. Anne's Church. As this is the session wherein we are called upon to elect new officers for the coming year, we urge each and every member to be in attendance. Zelda Butler "Polish Hop" Delights Delegates To 56th Indiana State Fraternal Confab Fratcrnals Urged To Go Out And Sell Selves In Every Community In America By Sylvia Niksic, Member, CFU Trustees Gary, Ind. The 56th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Fraternal Congress was held in Indianapolis on October 25 and 26 at the Marott Hotel. This fraternal body has the distinction of being the oldest of the state congresses. Its first session was held in 1898. Mabelle Lindenmeyer, of the Women's Catholic Order of Foresters, presided throughout the sessions and banquet, with the exception of the^ Field Section which was deft-1 installation of officers for the ly arranged and presided over coming year, the assembly by Clem E. Smith, the newly was brought to a close with elected President for the year the singing of "God Be With of 1955. The Field Section this year was particularly interesting panel discussion giving an opportunity to those present Another deviation this year was the colorful and inspir ing drill team from the Cze choslovak Society of Ameri ca, who made the trip from Chicago, Illinois. Their performance was beautifully executed, draw ing numerous bursts of spontaneous applause. Dur ing the dancing program, thi« group attired in their red, white and blue uni forms, danced the polka European style, and in this number they were joined by yours truly and a rep resentative of the Polish Roman Catholic Society. The "Polish Hop" seemed to be a unique and unusual sight in this Hoosier Capital, which is the reason I mention this incident. However, we of the Slav descent were proud of our agility and accepted the ensuing tribute with mod est pride. The presentations of our sisters and brothers of the Czechoslovak Society were received with such exhilira tion that I too was happy for them. Mayor Voices Welcome The banquet was featured by an address bv L. J. Bay ley, Secretary of the Unity Life and Accident Insurance Association of Syracuse, New York. The address was entitled "Pot-Pourri" and that is just what it was! "Pot-Pour ri" is the name of a French soup consisting of a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. So, too, this highly entertain ing after dinner address con sisted of the same ingredients as only a jovial Irishman can put it across. But all was not on the light side, for we were wel comed by the Mayor of In dianapolis, Alex M. Clark, and greetings were extend ed by Harry E. Wells, In diana Insurance Commis sioner. Other speakers were renresentati ves of the Retail Credit Company, the Hooper-Holmes Bureau, and Insurance Research and Review Service. Following the election and You Till We Meet Again.' What Is Fraternalism? due to e ac a a ^ne the sessions of this Congress, of subjects were introduced^ and then all participated in a the ha9is laced to ask questions and receive answers either from the speakers or from other dele gates. Siv subjects were pre sented as follows: "Why Women Buy Fraternal In surance," "Youth Building for the Future." "Social Security and Life Insur ance," "What I Expect from My Manager and Home Office", "Impor tance of Keening Records," and "Work Habits." In view of the fact that there were six topics, all very interesting and constructive, it is impossible to review them in this brief report. However, this departure from past set routine was very en thusiasticallv received, and it was decided that next year's session would follow along the same pattern, thst is, a panel discussion will take place. Dancers Thrill Throng South Chi Lodge 440 Sets Refreshment Hour So. Chicago, Dl. A call is issued to all members of CFU Lodge 440 to attend, without fail, the regular and annual meetings scheduled for Sunday. December 12. The regular meeting will start promptly at 1:00 PM, and immediately upon the conclusion of business we will begin our annual session, and the election of officers will be held. Should the members pre sent decide to raise the Lodge assessment at this time, those of you who are not in atten dance will have no recourse but to go along with the de cision, as our next secretary will be governed by the reg ulations passed at this meet ing. We'd also like to urge our members to have their dues paid up to date since our books must be in first class condition before the end of the current year. e e s e n s w i e served to all members follow ing adjournment. New Castle Secretary In Appeal To Members New Castle, Pa. Official notice is hereby given to all members of "Sveto Trojstvo" CFU Lodge 357 to the effect that the regular and annual meetings of the Lodge have been scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th, at 7:30 PM. We urge our affiliates to bear the date in mind and make it a point to be in at tendance. In fact, why not make a New Year's resolution right now to take a more ac tive interest in Lodge affairs next year and to attend its meetings regularly. Cokeburg Lodge Has Fine Record lists and good citizens of them. This, of course, ha« been uppermost in the minds of our own CFU officials, but it is worth noting that other so cieties are also endeavoring to inaugurate plans which will be attractive to their youth. Also brought forth was the fact that our communi ties are neither aware nor appreciative of the efforts made by the fraternalists to help prevent juvenile delinquency. This of course is partly due to the fact that fraternalism is not sufficiently advertised. Fraternal societies as a gen eral rule do their good deeds with little or no fanfare. After the assembly was brought to a close, I stepped into the elevator whereupon the elevator man asked me: "Ma'am, what is fraternal ism?" And that, sisters and brothers, is a very good ques tion one which should be ex pounded upon to great extent, as many people whom we meet in every day contact do not know what fraternal ism means. Cokeburg. Pa. All mem bers of "St. George" C.F.U. Lodge 354 are urged to at tend their regular monthly and annual meetings which will be held Sunday, Decem ber 12, at 1:00 PM in the Croatian Home on Victor St. As usual the annual meet ing will be held right after the regular meeting is ad journed and the highlights of the meeting will be the elec tion of officers for both the Lodge and the Club for the new year. Also the annual re ports of all the Lodge offi cials and our Club Secretary will be on the order of busi ness for this, our last meet ing of 1954. At our yearly meetings we charter the course that our Lodge will follow during the coming year, so it is very im portant that all our members are present. This year we start our fraternal work in perfect condition our Lodge Home is paid for, all our treasuries show a marked profit for the year we are e a v i n e i n a n o u Lodge Home is in the process of being remodeled. All this can be better understood by attending our yearly meeting. At this meeting we would like to bring the Lodge Ad dress Book up to date. Many of our members have new addresses but did not report the changes to the Secretary. Most important of all we need the Box Numbers of the members living right in Coke burg. All this information is very valuable to the Lodge Secretary when he has to send cards and notices to our members. At present we'are proud to say that none of our mem bers are behind in payment of their dues, but we do urge you to keep this up and we hope to close our Lodge books December 12th for the year 1954 with no balance being carried forward into the new year. There are still a very few Croats in Cokeburg who do not belong to our Lodge or Nest, and with a bit of ef fort there is no reason why these eligibles can not be shown the worth of the Cro atian Fraternal Union and enrolled as our fellow mem bers. In conclusion there are still a few of our members who have liens against their cer tificates, and as we have been advising in the past, again we wish these members would consider this carefully: Why keep paying interest on interest if you are in a posi tion to settle such an obli gation? Remember Sunday, Decem ber 12th, attend your regular and annual meetings! Bernard M. Luketich Clairton Members Are Urged To Cast Ballots Clairton, Pa. The next regular meeting of the Clair ton CFU Lodge 248 will be Sunday, December 12, 2:00 P.M., at our Maple Avenue home. Following the close of old business, nominations will be open for all lodge officers. The specific officers are as follows: President, vice-pres ident, recording secretary, dues secretary and treasurer of Lodge 248: 5 members to the educational committee, director of Junior Nest 39 3 trustees and other officers that may be necessary. All members are urged to attend and participate in the nominating. Before, during, and after the meeting all members are requested to pay up their dues for the remainder of the year in order to start 1955 with a clean slate. Coast Croaflans To Welcome 19$ Calif. The Croatian National Associa tion, with its fifteen member organizations, will sponsor once again, its Annual New Year's Eve Dance at the Cro a i a n e e a i o n e n e 11625 South Budlong Avenue, on Friday, December 31, at 8:00 PM. Elaborate preparations are being made to assure a gala celebration for all members and friends of the Associa tion. CFU Lodges 177, 677, 865,880 and 972 are included in this active society. Two orchestras, the finest artists available in the mod ern and polka tune styles, have been engaged for the occasion which is slated to keep going until the late hour of 2:00 AM. Ray King and his ensemble will take care of the popular music while lovers of the kolo and folk tunes may shuffle to the strains of 'he ever popular Hyduk Tambur itzans. The two dance ensembles will alternate during the eve ning in order that our guests may enjoy the festivities un til the wree hours of the morn ing. There will be refresh ments galore and you may obtain them whenever you feel the need of a lift. Noise makers, novelties and prizes will also be furnished. Make it your social busi ness to come out early on New Year's Eve and enjoy one of the biggest nights of fun ever offered our people in Los Angeles. Let's all cele brate and welcome in the year 1955 together! The entire proceeds will go for the ben efit of the Croatian Recre ation Center. Publicity Committee Socfal Will Round Out Cleveland Lodge Confab Cleveland, Ohio The reg ular monthly and yearly meetings of CFU Lodge 403 are scheduled for Sunday, December 12, at 1 PM sharp, at the Polish Falcons Hall, 7146 Broadway. Brothers and sisters, at this session we have many important issues to discuss and decisions to make per taining to the course which our Lodge will take during the coming year. Our Lodge-sponsored so cial events this year were as scarce as the proverbial hens' teeth but we have every in tention of remedying this con dition in the next year, by staging picnics, dances or perhaps a banquet or two. Then too, we must observe our 46th Anniversary in some auspicious manner. Following the regular order of business we will have our election of officers and then all set down to the task of enjoying a delightful social which will be prepared for all members in attendance. We'd like to remind our af filiates that our next month ly meeting which would usu ally be held on January 9, 1955, has been postponed un til January 16th in order that our members might attend the gigantic Croatian Radio Hour Concert and Dance scheduled for January 9th. Andy Tumbri, Rep. December 8, 1954. Clairton Lodge Plans Yule Fete Clairtou, Pa. An Xmas Concert and Dance will be staged by CFU Lodge 534 on Sunday, December 26th, at 7:00 PM, at the Croatian Hall on Maple Street. The Concert will feature, for practically the very first time in our territory, Matt Gouze and his new Pittsburgh A11 University Tamburitza Ensemble which was recently organized under the capable hand of this well known maestro. We cordially invite our members, friends and frater nalists from the entire area to spend the post-Yuletide holiday basking in our hos pitality and enjoying the mu sic of this new ensemble. Committee Liberties Yule Party Promises To Be Corker Pittsburgh, Pa. The main order of business during the Friday evening, Decem ber 10, meeting of "Liberty" Lodge 234 will be the election of Lodge officers for the year 1955. This meeting will begin promptly at 8:30 PM. As usual, this session will convene in the downstairs meeting room of the Bratska Sloga, 146 44th Street. Once again, we wish to re mind our members to bring their dues up to date. Mem bers who are in arrears with their dues are requested to make an earnest effort to take care of this matter at this meeting, so that there will be no indebtedness at the close of the year, on our books. Lodge officers will be present at 7:30 PM to collect dues. After the meeting, "Liber ty" Lodge will usher in the holiday season with a Christ mas Party for all the mem bers. Our meeting room will, be gaily decorated, complete with a Christmas tree and other trimmings in keeping with the Yuletide Spirit. Santa Claus has sent word that he will be present to dis tribute gifts and lend a hand in the singing of Christmas Carols. There will be ample refreshments served by the committee and lots and lots of dancing. However, there is one prerequisite, and that is every member must bring a one dollar grab-bag gift. All of our members are cordially invited to the Xmas Party on December 10, after the Lodge meeting. Please come, because a good time is in store for all who attend. Gallup Lodge 60 Sets Date For Annual Meet Gallup, New Mex. We urge all members of C.F.U. Lodge 60 to be present at the annual meeting scheduled for I December 12, at 2:00 PM, at the Petranovich Hall. At this session we will be faced with the problem of I electing our officials for 1955, !and also settling many im portant issues for the welfare of our Lodge. We hope all members make an earnest effort to attend. Matt Plese, Rec. Sec'y. A ONE DOLLAR is the fee charged for the publicatioE of one-column I pictures of individual members in the I jf I Zajedničar. THREE DOLLARS is re- O quired for two-column pictures show ing several persons. FIVE DOLLARS Is the fee for three-column pictures showing tamburitza ensembles, groups, etc., not exceeding six persons. SEVEN DOLLARS is required for the publication of such large pictures as singing societies, wedding groups showing bridesmaids, mass meetings, etc. The fee MUST accom pany each picture. Make all Checks or Money Orders pay able to the CROATIAN FRATERNAL UNION OF AMERICA and forward, together with photo, to: "ZAJEDNIČAR" English Section 3441 FORBES STREET PITTSBURGH (IS) PA.