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a K o v a e v i Perina Timko, Sec'y. Che Sj* tlidiitca aPPW fc^irr i*i v*#" 1 Ann Tschanz, Rec. Peter Garbel I.-. \n\n CFU-A HOUSE OF BROTHERHOOD By Michael lirasha, Junior Order Director (Seventh In An Informative Series) PITTSBURGH Last week we dealt with a number of salient examples of our CFU's benevolences to individuals and groups, members and non-members visited by plague and disaster the world over. We showed that the Society gave away hundreds of thousands, yes millions of dollars, in its characteristically unique humanitarian mission. In this bright and voluminous array of munificence the brightest by far is our Childrens' Home the crowning magnificence of magnanimi-« ty. it would be superfluous to go into a detailed history of the Home. We can simply say that it began some 41 years ago when 11 lodges of the then N a i o n a o a i a n S o i e y and the Croatian Society of Illinois formed a Udruga, fed eration, for the purpose of rearing the orphaned children of Croats in America. From the beginning the federation was an autono mous body receiving assis tance from both Societies and from dedicated individuals. With the merger of the Societies in 1926 the Croa tian Orphanage formally passed into the hands of the CFU and was officially designated as the Chil dren's Home of the Croa tian Fraternal Union. Until we had the actual physical plant, or Home as it is now developed, the federa tion gave moral and financial assistance for the orphans who were domiciled in van* oils institutions. Steady Decline Sets In By 1927 our proud estab lishment at Des Plaines was ready for occupancy and the first children arrived in Aug ust of that year. Within 10 years by 1937 the Home had re ceived hundreds of unfor tunate waifs and in that year alone there were 145 Children under its protec tive roof. From then on there has been a steady de cline in occupants a sure sign of definite im provement in the general well being of our people and America as a whole. During the great depres sion the Home welcomed its record number of children. There was and is another ve ry important factor affecting the Homes population. In earlier years there were few, if any, Social Agencies which cared for orphaned children. Nowadays every State has numerous bodies which al most jealously look after the interests of these unfortu nates. This too is an improve ment with which we certainly have no quarrel. Salvation For Family Our Society has performed a wonderful service in the maintenance of the Home. It provided a true home for hundreds of waifs who would have otherwise been thrown out into the world yes out into the streets. In the years gone by when our people were, in the main, employed in heavy, dangerous Work the incidents of fatal accidents were numerous. The bereaved mother had at least the solace of knowing that she could place her chil dren in a Home which came as close to the one they left as was humanly possible. She knew too that from the And, of course, in the in stances where children were •Uddenly deprived of both parents the Home was cer tainly a welcome haven. This haven is but 20 years young- er than the Society itself. It has served as the truest em bodiment of our national gen erosity. It represents the concerted effort of our people to live up to the tenets of brotherly love they are truly their "brother's keeper." Home Never Criticized We personally have had the opportunity of traveling far and wide amongst our mem bership. The members have been and will continue to be out spoken—that is the hallmark of our great organization. In that traditionally inherent disregard for "stara praksa for stara praksa's sake" they have been quick to question the management of the Soci ety. They have never been reticent in criticizing policy or expenditures, as is their right. We can say however, and say it with pride, that never have we heard even a whisper of criticism re garding the burden each and every one of us shares in the support of the Home. It would seem that each and every one of us—now 107,000 strong—feels that the Children's Home of the CFU is our own particular altar of fraternalism. Had the CFU done nothing else in these 61 years of its existance but maintain the Home it would have truly earned the respect and es teem of everyone. It has in deed carved a prominent place for itself in the realm of humanit a i a n i s m. It has proudly adhered to the pre cepts of the First Fraternal ist. Is it any wonder then that our Union can boast of more than 800 participants in its current membership drive Yes, this grass roots army of recruiters is in itself a tri bute to the organization. These zealots are possessed by a fraternalism which seeks expression in the desire to share membership with oth ers. They are the dedicated missionaries of a way of life —the CFU life—the love of fellow man! (To Be Continued) Columbus Lodge Plans To Hold Picnic July 8 Columbus, Ohio Lodge 310 of the Croatian Frater nal Union will hold its An nual Picnic Sunday, July 8th, at the well known Heiman dale Grove in South Colum bus. The Grove is a five min ute drive from the Buckeye Steel Casting Co., on the Groveport Pike. The outing will begin at noon and continue until 11 PM, with admission to the grounds free of charge. We will have present two orchestras, who will provide standpoint of material re- entertainment for young and quirements the children! old. One orchestra will pro would in all probability be I vide modern dance music and even better off. In other cases the Home was the salvation for a family which lost a moth er. The father could con tinue to work and have peace of mind in the know ledge that his children were well cared for. The family ties were never severed. the other will play your pol kas, kolos and other folk dances. For the children, a playground is located on the grounds. The picnic menu will con sist of hot barbecued lamb, ham, Croatian pastries and cooling drinks. We invite the members of our lodge, neighboring lodges and all Croatians, Serbians and other Slavs of Spring field, Dayton and vicinity to attend our annual outing. will deliver the Welcoming Address and then turn the duties of Master of Ceremo nies over to bro. Mark Les. The lovely and talented He len Vukovich will open the A Special Meeting will also be held on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 PM. All members are urged to attend this ses sion, as there will be very im portant business to be dis cussed. May we also remind you that our junior members of Nest 185 will hold a picnic on Sunday, July 15, at Clewell's Park and Lodge 57C will sponsor an outing at the came place on Sunday, August 12. A11 our members and friends are cordially invited to attend. Three Farrell Groups Will Picnic On July 8 Farrell, Pa. CFU Lodge 126, Nest 190 and the Sloga Tamburitzans will jointly sponsor a Picnic on Sunday, July 8, at the George Borko vich Farm in Frutsmill, Pa. The outing will begin be fore noon, when the first of the barbecued lambs and pigs will be ready. Those planning to purchase some for their noon meal are asked to con tact, in advance, the Civic Club, Joe Dzapo or Michael Golub, so that a sufficient supply may be prepared. Those who do not have a way to the picnic are asked to come to the Croatian Home. Likewise those who will have room in their cars for some extra passengers are asked to come to the Home There will be good music for your dancing and listen ing pleasure and an enjoy able time is promised to all. Josip Dzapo, Pres. Michael Golub, Sec'y. Gates will open at 10 AM, and the barbecued lambs wall be ready at noon, under the guidance of bro. Vinko Onto nich. Hot and cold refresh-f ments and baked delicacies will also be served. Around 2 PM, we will so journ to the ballroom where our president, Gilbert Zafran, Official Organ Croatian Fraternal Union of America English Section Wednesday, July 4, 1956 Page 9 So. California Central Committee In Annual Outing July 8 At Croat Center CFU Vice President Math Kovacevich Scheduled To Deliver Principal Speech Los Angeles, Calif. The Central Committee of South ern California CFU Lodges are happy to announce comple ted plans for their Annual Picnic which will take place on Sunday, July 8, at the Croatian Recreational Center, 117th and Budlong Avenue. vacevich, President of Lodge 177 and 3rd Vice President of the CFU. Next the Yosemite Dancers will entertain with thrilling dances, dressed in authentic costumes. Frankie Auble, Ma ry Pickard's protege, will al so be on hand to sing several selections. While on the sub ject of singing, I spoke with Edo Lubich, who promised to appear, if he is in town on that date. We hope that his busy schedule will permit him to be with us. Frank Petrovich and his Haydukes Tamburitza O r chestra will accompany the singers and dancers and play for kolo dancing, later in the evening. The Melody Men Or chestra will play in the eve ning from 7 until midnight and that means lots of polkas and waltzes for your danc ing pleasure. "Come early and stay late" is the warm welcome from the entire Central Committee and the Southern California stage presentation with the singing of our National An- Croatian Fra them. Ous honored guest. speaker will be bro. Math Ko-1 Bethlehem Lodge Sets Special Meeting Date Bethlehem, Pa. The members of CFU Lodge 576 are hereby notified that the next two regular meetings will take place on Friday, July 27, and Friday, August 24, at 7:30 PM, in the Croa tian Home on E. 4th St. ternal Union. Mary M. Pickard, Pub. Quip Choir Will Hold Outdoors Fete July IS Aliquippa, Pa. The "Ja dran" Singing Society will sponsor an outing on Sunday, July 15, at the Serbian Park on Broadhead Road. Dance music will be fur nished by the Jadran Tam buritza Orchestra and the "Jadran" Singing Society will render a few selections. Deliciously prepared barbe cued lamb and a variety of cooling drinks will be avail able. The friends of Jadran are all cordially invited to attend. Meeting July 8th For Cleveland 403 Members Cleveland, Ohio The Meeting of CFU Lodge 403 is scheduled for Sunday, July 8th, at Polish Falcons Hall, 7146 Broadway at 2 PM. As you all know our An nual Croatian Fraternal Uni on Day will be held on Sun day, August 26, at Puritas Springs Park and we again have a contestant represent ing our lodge in the Populari ty Queen Contest. We ask all our members to cooperate in selling tickets for the 1956 Buick, so that our contestant can be crowned Queen. Another important phase of the meeting will be the re ports of our Trustees. Members are all urged to attend. Andy Tumbri, Rep. Chi "Harmony" Choir Awaits Moonllte Fete Chicago, 111. Croatian Singing Society "Harmony" will hold its first Moonlight Picnic, Saturday, July 7, at the Yugoslav Grove, 5540 So. Narrangansett Avenue, begin ning at 5 PM. Refreshments will include barbecued lamb, pork and na turally liquid refreshments. There will be dancing to the music of Frankie Kova cic and his Orchestra begin- Rox Lodges To Stage Annual Outing July 8th At Well Known Grounds McKees Korks, Pa. The two Rox affiliates of the Cro atian Fraternal Union, Lodge 125 "Sveti Josip i Matija" and Lodge 143 "Spirits" will hold their annual picnic Sun day, July 8th. As in the past four years of this joint en deavor, the site of the outing will be the well known Ru precht's Grove located off McCoy Road in McKees Rocks. The committee composed of officials from the two lodges has made meticulous arrangements for your ulti mate satisfaction. Ruprecht's Grove is accessible to our out-of-town friends via U. S. Route 51 over McCoy Road, the foot of which is but 1500 feet from the south end of the McKees Rocks—Nofrth Side Pittsburgh bridge. Janjetina to which we have accustomed much of our non Croat populace will be avail able from 3:00 P. M. It is expected that there will be a clinking of glasses, tall and short, of cooling refresh ments. Music for the picnic will be furnished by the Three Kings, whose rendition of polka and jazz dance music is assuredly expected to satisfy the young and the old timer. Speaking of old-times, Mc Kees Rocks is an old C. F. U. colony, wherein even many C. F. U. members from other Pittsburgh area lodges reside. This picnic then is a good op portunity. to associate in an atmosphere typically frater nal and with a tinge of Cro atian setting. Picnickers will participate in a drawing for a door prize which will cost them nothing in admission, the multiples of opportunity to be ascertained by the amount of refresh ment tickets purchased. In closing we extend you a cordial invitation to Rup recht's Grove, Sunday, July 8th, where plenty of shelter against rain or sun and am ple space for parking facilities awaits you. John Karpan, Chairman George Vrcek, Vice-Chair. Lodge 484 Picnic To Star Famous Tammies N e w i o n a Lodge 484 of the Croatian Fraternal Union of America will hold its Annual Picnic Sunday, July 15, at Wise's Grove, New Brighton. The outing site is located off Route 88, often called Mercer Road. Providing the music for dancing will be the nationally known "Sloboda" Tamburitza Orchestra of East Pittsburgh. This ensemble has played throughout the country and ranks among the foremost musical organizations in Ame rica. Barbecued lamb will be prepared in the open on Sun day, July 15, and no less than ten will be available for con sumption. Marko Zrille, Far rell, Pa., will prepare this tra ditional Croat delicacy. Refreshments to suit the individual taste will also be a vailable. All CFU members and their friends are invited to attend. Joseph Zimmerman, Pres. Membership in the Croa tian Fraternal Union is the Hallmark of Brotherhood. ning at 7:30 PM. Everyone is invited to at tend and join for a guaran teed gop.d time. Publicity Committee Milwaukee Vans Taking Vacation June 17 Fiesta Rousing Success Milwaukee, Wise. "Van guards" CFU Lodge 807 held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 14, 1956. An enjoyable social hour was enjoyed with the playing of Croatian records and re freshments were served. Ko lo dancing was carried on with Ann Puskarich and Wal ter Kersmanoff doing some spectacular performing. Richard Malkovich, of Nest 630, has transferred to Lodge 807. His parents, Peter and Mary Malkovich, have been members for many years. We are happy to have Richard as a member with us. Many of our members are changing from the CFU's old to the New Disability Plan. The time in which to make this changeover .with* out a medical examination has been extended to the end of the year. We hope that the rest of our members will take advantage of this extension. A new infant member has joined our Nest. She is Debo rah Lynn Evans, born May 11 to Mr. and Mrs. (nee Shir ley Kobza) Evans. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kobza, very popu lar Vanguard members of long active standing. The meetings of the sum mer months of July and Aug ust have been cancelled to permit our members to vaca tion. Olga and Fran Rocki will be vacationing in the East, the end of July. Walter Gayske, President, has just returned from a va cation around the upper north. He visited around the Wisconsin peninsula, the Menomonee Indian Reserva tion, Ashland, Superior and Duluth, Minnesota. He came back through Kickapoo Val ley and Madison. He reports a grand time. Charles Puskarich's luck never ends. He was the lucky winner of our Pot of Gold. Recently, Walter Gayske's daughter, Kathleen, made a popular appearance as Queen Juno of Mount Olympus. "Home of Gods" was the theme of the Annual Roman Banquet of the Latin Club of West Allis Central High School. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to bro. Ste phen F. Brkich, English Edi tor of the Zajedničar, for his fine address at our 8th An nual Croatian Fraternal Uni on Day Picnic, Sunday, June 17, at Arcadia Park Inn. The people were greatly impress ed with his address on how we can become a stronger and greater organization. He is a fine hospitable, congenial, fraternal brother and a great promoter among our people. He mixed sociably with us the entire day. We also extend our grati tude to all our faithful and diligent workers at the pic nic. They all helped make it a great event. Republic Lodge Plans Mid-Summer Festivities Republic, Pa. The mem bers of CFU Lodge 528 are urged to attend, without fail, the regular meeting which will be held, Sunday, July 8th, at the usual place and time. At the last meeting held on June 10, the members pre sent decided to sponsor a pic nic sometime in August, for the benefit of our lodge and Nest 189. We therefore wish to have all members present at the forthcoming meeting, when we will appoint a com mittee to take care of the preparations, select workers etc. Remember the date of this important meeting, July 8. George Tomasevic, Sr., Rec. Betty Krstich and Jerry Derich, Jr. Hold Wedding Reception In Church Hal| Toronto, Ont. The Holy N a e o a n a o i Church was the setting for the marriage of Betty Krs tich, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Božidar Krstich, and Jerry V. Derich, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry V. De rich (Dragicevic) on Satur day, February 11, 1956. After the marriage vows were completed, a reception was held at the St. Sava Ser bian Church Hall, with many guests and well-wishers in attendance. Are there many people of our CFU that are interested in Croatian dances, language and affairs? We could count them on our fingers. We know that sis. Knaflic is a Milwaukee girl and is doing all she can. Our Amer ican mothers of Slav descent are trying to carry this through with her. We don't want the members to say that the Mother's Club is do ing everything. We are try ing to help you and to ask our children to perform like you had been asking others in previous years to perform for you. If some of us like to do charity work, as well as for the welfare of our lodges and club, it is up to us. We are. the ones to fulfill the job we don't see the one that is cri ticizing doing it. Our Club is trying its best to raise money through card parties and oth er affairs so that we can. pay for our Halls where we prac tice dancing. We also plan to Let's all give a .good hand when needed and appreciate The groom's father is from selo Supetar Otok Brać and his mother Jessie is of Ca nadian descent. Betty and Jerry have both been mem bers of "Canucks" C. F. U. Lodge 975 for years. On behalf of the members of Lodge 975, I wish to ex tend our sincerest greetings and congratulations to the young couple and wish them the best of everything in their future life together. Milwaukee-West Aliis Mothers' Club Going Concern In Spite Of Opposition Malcontents Fail To Dampen Spirits Of Group Which Has Done Much For Juveniles Milwaukee, Wise. Now that most of the Hall affairs are over with, the picnics begin and we look forward to the Zajedničar to read the articles about such affairs. To some of us it was a surprise to read about our sis. Mitzie Knaflic, member of Lodge 255, and President and organizer of the Mother's Club and the Kolo Group. We know that in the event of an affair, she is a pretty busy gal. Just why, because she is de pendable, honest and sincere the ones that are working, with her work, and being Some of us are smart in known for her activities,| some things and ideas and knows just how to go about things. We don't me$n that we wouldn't know how, but there are some lodge broth ers and sisters and maybe friends that we think will do very well in the volunteer work group. What sometimes happens is that he is doing more damage than profit, in other words, stabbing the chairman in the back, so that members can laugh what a failure the affair was. Each To His Own Taste some not. So, let's praise the ones that are working. Let's give credit where it's due. Critics Miserable Lot We know of certain people that were contacting our mothers, so that they drop the Club. Then it was told to us that these people would like to see our club fail, so that we could be laughed at. i We all look forward to reading the "Z" and the arti cles of Mitzie Knaflic are very interesting. When we don't see an article written by sis. Knaflic we wonder what went wrong. It's surprising how many of our people read the Zajedničar that didn't In* fore. Now we see that sls. Knaf« lie is the treasurer of thi American Croatian Ra i e Club. Now we know whert their picnics and other affairs are held and who are mem bers. Before you heard that we had the Croatian Radio Hour but did we know if the CFU was in it or not. Follow CFU By-Laws So please don't say that ft person has more than he can undertake. It is up to the in dividual himself. If they see fit to handle them, let them. There were plenty of moth ers that were on the old-fash ioned side and always sat home. You don't see that now-a-days. They look for ward to coming to our meet ings as it is a means of re laxation to them. We don't have to have the clutching or politics at our start a tamburitza orchestra, i meeting, behind someone's We haven't heard anyone say back, and don't discuss things that they will donate us some money, like you read in the n e w s a e s w e e o e Americans are donating .for good causes. that aren't connected with the CFU By-Laws. We corres pond with other Mother's Clubs and give our ideas, as well as they give us theirs. Verna Toporsh Mary Homes