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3.4 mus an( 3.4 1 u John s an( cases "ZAJEDNIČAR" May 21, 1958 \n\n Thursday Afternoon, March 27th, 1958. 8th Meeting The Supreme President called the 8th Meeting of the Supreme Board to order Thursday afternoon, March 27, 95S. with greetings and made note of the fact that in at tendance were all members of the Board and other CFU officials. Bro. Mandich Before we go into a broad discussion of this plan and the recommendations contained therein. I think it is in proper order that we first hear from Supreme Vice President bro. Bazdaric, who has done considerable work these past several months to bring about the near future staging of a weekend Training School for Greater Chicago Lodge Secretaries. Nest Managers, and interested others on the Lodge level. This school fits in with the Ex ecutive Board's conception of a^Field Department at the Home Office and should be explained here for the edifi cation of all of us. Bro. Bazdaric Together with others interested in this project. I have worked for months to interest our Lodge Secretaries and Nest Managers in a Training School de- have already said that they would be very happy to attend such a Training School and that arrangements are under way to hold the gathering Saturday and Sunday. May 3-4. 1958. We would require in advance of the School sessions prepared tents dealing with the operational methods of the various Departments at the Home Office and someone from here to conduct the May 3-4 meetings. We foresee nothing but good from this project and urge the Supreme Board to approve the undertaking for the welfare of the Croatian Fraternal Union. Finally, we in Chicago feel that this will mark a historic step forward in the annals of the Society, 1 Bro. Grasha This is most gratifying news, for it is rife with benefits and promises of future progress. Even more pleasing, it marks the first concrete step taken in the direction since the delegates to the 1955 Convention urged that a Lodge Secretaires and Nest Managers Training Pro gram be put into effect if feasible. In this Chicago School we now have the basis for a real program and I urge its acceptance by the members of this Board. Bro. Mandich You will note in the Executive Board's plan just such a proposal to conduct Schools along the lines Bro. Krasich I wholeheartedly endorse the proposal Bro. Skrtic I want to congratulate bro. Bazdaric on this step, for he and all others behind the idea deserve much Board 6 months ago instructed the Executive Board to pre pare a Field Department Program for this session of the Supreme Board. Be that as it may. I doubt that in the short time between now and the May 3-4 Training School in Chi cago the texts asked can be prepared by the Home Office. However, if same can be prepared. I too will endorse the undertaking under discussion. After bro. Bazdarich explained to bro. Skrtic why this Training School move was made in Chicago, bro. Skrtic asked the Chair to read the proposals made in the Executive Board's Field Department Program. operation of the Society b) To mimeograph or print the gathered material in book form. c) To divide the material into four parts for use at four well-organized lectures. d) That all members of the Executive Board and Offi- nies. Special emphasis on the benefits offered by the Soci- insurance. C. Third lecture. Explanation of the different kinds of certificates available to adult members. from membership in the Croatian Fraternal Union Bro. Skrtic then moved and bro. Hinich seconded that the Executive Board's Field Department Program be a dopted as tendered. Unanimously agreed. Bro. Skrtic next asked if any thought fi&d been given by the members of the Executive Board to a person or per sons capable of heading the Croatian Fraternal Union's new Field Department. When informed that no names had as yet been mentioned in connection with this work, bro. Skrtic proposed a former member of the administration for the post and asked the Executive Board to give him due con sideration. Agreed. Bro. Mandich We should bear in mind that the party who comes to handle the new Field Department must do so on a permanent basis. His duties will be many and varied, for he will have to further a promotional and new mem bership program the likes of which we have never under taken. In short, the person selected for the post rciiust be thoroughly qualified to carry out the assignments to 'be agreed on. Bro. Krasich No question about it. The person to be named to the post will have to be thoroughly qualified. Bro. Mandich advised the. Board that the time had come doing big business and foreseeing a great year. The success o a discussion on the Executive Board's prepared plan for the installation of a Field Department as a part of the oper ational makeup of the Croatian Fraternal Union's Nat'l Home Office at Pittsburgh. voted to an open form discussion of the many complex fa- edif^nng1 and I believe we are all in agreement that the May ccts of the Croatian Fraternal Union and ways and means of solving the many problems which beset our Lodge and) Board's Field Department Program, mark the first steps we Nest officials. I am pleased to inform you that 57 people and the beginning of a new and greater era in its manyl gro Grasha explained that the inclusion of a Training years of service to our people in the United States and, School Program in the Field Department proposal" finally nada suggested by our Chicago members. The results which come future to promote Training Schools and other phases of out of this particular undertaking will serve all of us in good stead when we plan future schools in other centers of the Society. before us. for nothing but good can come out of it as we i sentativc could move to that area immediately after his stay continue to look after the best interests of the Society and in Chicago and thus cut down on expenses. Bro. Mandich its membership. Of course we need such schools in American asked bro. Hinich to explore the possibilities of such a Mil and Canadian centers of the Croatian Fraternal Union and1 waukee-West Allis School after his return home and advise the sooner we propagate their undertaking the better for the Society. I am positive that the Home Office will extend every possible aid in order to help assure the success of the May 3-4 Training School meetings in Chicago. credit. However, I cannot understand why bro. Bazdaric Field Dep't Program was then put to a vote. Unanimously came up with this now when he knew that the Supreme Bro. Mandich then read the following proposals in thei question be mailed to every member of the Children's Home Field Department Program, which the Executive Board Board, with a request for a reply as to their findings, and agreed on without dissent immediate action by the Executive Board of the Croatian So as to ease the work of the lodge officers and present Fraternal Union if necessary. Unanimously agreed. builders, and in order to properly explain to our members! Bro. Bella next read a telegram from Delegate bro all of the benefits offered by the Society, we recommend to the Supreme Board the following plan: requested information regarding the Society's operations 1. That a capable person be employed in the Supreme in his state. His wire was acknowledged and filed Office in the near future, with the following duties: A letter was read from McKeesport. Pa., Lodge 44 a) To gather various material concerning the work and cials in the Supreme Office assist in the gathering of ne- fornja Central Committee of CFU Lodges and their outlook cessary material, each with respect to his own department. in such drives promote just such schools as the one to be undertaken in Chicago surround the Croatian Fraternal Union with the best in public relations and so forth. Now, should we proceed with a Field Department in the face of the present national economic situation? If you read your daily papers, the answer is "yes." In spite of unemployment and everything else, insurance companies in Amcrica are of our own Membership Campaign, which is exceeding our fondest expectations is proof of this boom in the insurance industry in general. Now that we have adopted a Field Department, now that we have taken the first step to carry a mandate of the 1955 Conventibn, now that our fii'st Train ing School is about to be held in Chicago, let us proceed with confidence in the future. Finally, I would agree with bro. Skrtic's choice of a person to handle the new Field De partment. But I feel we should seek the identity of still others who may possess the qualifications needed for this vital post. Bro. Majetic asked bro. Krasich what he had learned during his recent interview with a person connected with a, fraternal employing paid Field Men. The Supreme Treasu rer obliged and said in his remarks that our Field Depart ment Program will prove in time to be far superior to any thing now promoted by organizations like ours. on the lack of promot 2. The lectures or classes could be divided in the fol-j0f the West. lowing manner: I Bro. Krasich moved and sister Niksic seconded that A. The first lecture to include a general outline or the bro. Kirin's suggestions, recommendations, and the like, be Society's history, the history of the fraternal movement turned over to the Executive Board for thorough study America in comparison with commercial insurance compa- ety in addition to insurance coverage. member of Uniontown. Pa., Lodge 72, in which he wished B. Second lecture. Insurance as a sound investment, 1 the Board well in its deliberations and urged action in the and methods for selling larger amounts of insurance evep., if the prospective member believes he already has sufficient acknowledged with thanks and filed. Following came a lengthy letter of suggestions, recom mendations, and certain criticisms, penned by bro. Josip D. Fourth lecture. Explanation of juvenile insurance gate to the 1955 Convention. Acknowledged and filed, certificates, and the benefits and advantages to be derived a letter from Bourlamaque, Quebec, Delegate bro. Mile He will have to safeguard old business with the same zest Lodge 1 with reference to better social security and assis that he goes after new members and business. Cash sur- tance to elderly citizens, medical care, and that our Society renders, lapsations. and other similar problems will have urge the adoption of such laws for assistance to the aged o be solved by him. He will have to promote Membership and feeble. Can^aigi£ fireats widegprayi eeotijgept for participation Brother Kxiflfeh This resolution £omes from jnjr Bro. Mandich Everything said so far has been most Chicago Training School, together with the Executive take along the road of experience. This is a wonderful beginning, one we may well bo proud of. Bro. Borich congratulated the Executive Board on its Field Department Program and urged the Board to organ ic as many Training Schools as soon as possible, with em phasis on a school in the national headquarters city of the Croatian Fraternal Union the City of Pittsburgh. Sister Niksic likewise congratulated the Executive Board and urged the members thereof to keep in mind the Purdue University fraternal life insurance course, the best in America, when the Field Department begins operations training is needed. convinced him of the soundness of the idea as a whole. Un til then, said bro. Grasha, he was still of the opinion that paid Field Men could never do for the Croatian Fraternal Union what its Membership Campaign workers have been doing for years building it from the fraternal standpoint. Bro. Vranes revealed that he too had talked with Field Men on the payroll of other insurance organizations and came to the conclusion that their system was by far more commercial than fraternal, something we here want to a void at all costs. In congratulating the Executive Board, he urged that nothing be left done now and in the immediate the new program. Bro. Hinich asked if it were possible to conduct a Train ing School in the Milwaukee-West Allis Area after the May School in Chicago in order that the Home Office repre- the Home Office of his findings. Bro. Majetic promptly proposed such a school in Great er Detroit and sister Niksic urged that one be undertaken in the so-called Calumet Region of Indiana. Both Board members were promised action along the line. Bro. Skrtic's motion to adopt the Executive Board's agreed Finally, details pertaining to the May 3-4 staging of the Greater Chicago Training School were left to the Chicago Committee and the Executive Board. The next Order of Business was the reading of Com munications and Resolutions. A letter was read from former CFU Children's Home employee sister Maria Javor in which she called attention to certain conditions said to exist in the Home. After a long discussion of the matter, bro. Hinich moved and bro. Mikan seconded that copies of the letter in Baldasar, New York, N. Y., Lodge 129. wherein he igned by Secretary Margaret Rupcic Miller thanking the Supreme Board for its September, 1957, Scholarship Award to bro. Joseph Sucevich. The Board was pleased to hear the sentiments of the Lodge members and the parents of the award winner. A long letter was read from bro. Milan Kirin, Van Nuys, Calif., in which he detailed the work of the Southern Cali- action. Agreed. Next came a Minutes of The March, 1958, CFU Supreme Board Meetings-Part 3 ion in youth activities in that part ietter from bro. Peter Crnkovic, long-time of the Society's older membership. The letter was Frankovic of McKeesport, Pa., Lodge 25, who was a Dele- Butkovic was read and then turned over to Junior Order Director bro. Grasha for further study. Acknowledged next was a letter from bro. George Kar lovic of Zeigler, 111., Lodge 452. Also acknowledged and filed was a letter from HamUr ton, Ont., Lodge 644 Delegate bro. Joseph Stanovich. With this the Chair adjourned the meeting and or dered the next one convened Friday morning, March 28, 1958. Stephen F. Brkich, Recording Secretary Ninth Meeting, Friday Morning, March 28, 1958 The Supreme President, Brother V. I. Mandich, opened the meeting with his greetings. All supreme officers and officials were present. The President asked for the reading of the minutes. Brother Vukelich read the minutes of the sixth session, which were approved, on motion of Brother Mikan seconded by Brother Kovacevich. Next in the order of business was discussion on cor respondence and resolutions. Brother Bella, Supreme Secretary, read a resolution of Lodge 1, and was adopted after receipt of complaints from a number of old members who are not entitled to sick ben efits from our Society, and whose old age pensions are limi ted. with the result that they are in dire circumstances. The resolution was adopted with good intentions, and the mem bers of Lodge 1 are desirous of our Supreme Board taking action to support the growing demands for passage of ade quate social security and for the adoption of a medical aid program, such as already in effect in some states. He ex pounded and explained the subject in considerable detail. Brother Bazdarich I agree that this is a good thing, but would ask if there might not be a better way to go a bout this, namely, if there are not, in Pennsylvania, stronger and larger organizations than our own Society, and if these organizations are taking similar action, and if so, then we should lend our support, which would be of greater effect than if we were to undertake the action on our own. Brother Bella In contradiction to Brother Bazdarich, I think that a start should be made some place for stronger action in the passage of better social security laws for more liberal assistance to the aged who really neetl this assis tance. This can in no way harm our Society, but can only help it. He cited some action which was attempted along these lines, but which died out. Brother Hinich I think we should adopt a resolution on the basis of this resolution of Lodge No. 1, and that it be published in the official organ as encouragement to our lodges to urge their senators and congressmen to lend their support to these laws. Sister Niksic This is an important subject, although it is nothing new, for there has been much talk about social security and medical aid laws, over the years, and which will come some day, so it is more than desirable that we take some action in this direction. Brother Borich Ours is an organization made up of 99'V of the poor working class, who in their old age receive a meager pension of $60 a month, or worse. The labor unions are fighting for social and medical security for the working class and ordinary people. I am a member of an American beneficial organization, which is also working for better social security. It is our duty to join this struggle by whatever legal means at our disposal. Yes, I agree that this resolution of Lodge 1 appear in the Zajedničar for the information of all our lodges, and that we all take appropriate steps in ac cordance with the resolution. Brother Bazdarich I would not like to be misunder stood. I have said that I agree with this, but I wondered if there was not a better way to effect our aim. Brother Majetic I am a member of the CIO union, which union is demanding and putting the pressure on the lawmakers and the companies, for adoption of social se curity laws, such as now under discussion. It is a law which will eventually be adopted, for the public demands and re quest it. Majetic made a motion that the resolution of Lodge 1 be printed in the Zajedničar. Brother Grasha I am in favor of increasing social security assistance. I was in favor of medical aid until two weeks ago, whpn the Insurance Department held hearings for increase of rates for medical and hospitalization insur ance. The way things are going, the rates will soon be so high and exorbitant that we will not be able to pay for this protection, and will have to drop it. Brother Skrtic Everything said here was well stated. I have nothing to add in favor of this resolution, which is a proper one, except that we are not asking our government for anything for nothing. Anything that can be given under these laws, we are paying for, and we have a perfect right to ask for better protection in old age, disability and sick ness. Other supreme officers also spoke in favor of the reso lution under discussion, Brothers Kovacevic, Ovcarich, and then Mandich, who spoke in some detail on the fraternal code and how gradual action in that direction can be under taken however, that pressure should not be exerted upon him as president of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Congress,' for him to put the pressure upon Congress, which should be done only at the proper time and under the proper circum stances. Brother Vranes When this resolution is printed, the attention of our lodges should be called to it, with instruc tions for the membership to authorize their officers, in case a bill is pending, to immediately send telegrams to their senators and congressmen, urging that they vote for such bill. Passed. Next to be taken up was a resolution from Lodge 32, objecting to the rejection of their resolution for printing, on the subject the sale of the old, and erection of a new home office building. Brother Bazdarich obtained the floor and explained how the adoption of that resolution came about, and why the members were moved to resentment and displeasure over the fact that the matter was taken so lightly, wherefore he believed that the members were entitled to some expla nation. He put the blame on the Croatian Editor, Brother Vukelich. Brother Vukelich In addition to this resolution, there were a number of similar resolutions received, and the Ex ecutive Board ruled, while the matter was before the dele gates for decision by referendum, that nothing be published in the official organ, either pro or con, so as to allow the delegates to vote without an attempt to influence them. The Supreme President, Brother Mandich cautioned me, said Brother Vukelich, that I should explain that to the lodge by private letter, but which I overlooked doing, and I admit that the error was mine. That is how the Croatian Section brought one small article in favor of the building of a new home office by one of our older members from Lodge 351 in Detroit. That small article appeared in the Zajedničar by error, and I admit that it should not have, but in that same issue there was a lengthy article, also from a member from Detroit, Brother Sudetich, against the new building, and even against Brother Mandich, our Supreme President, in the English Section. My Lodge No. 32 does not complain about that article, but only objects to this which was pub lished in the Croatian Section. Lodge 32 is my lodge, for I was in that lodge at the time I was elected to this position, and I have always considered it my lodge. I am sorry this happened, and I admit my mistakes here, and ask that my lodge take this into consideration, which I did not do intentionally, but through error. Brother Borich Since Brother Vukelich gave such a truthful explanation and regretted the incident, I think that Lodge 32 thereby obtained some satisfaction, so I move that it be so stated in the minutes, and that this mat ter be considered closed. Brother Mandich read a letter which he wrote in reply to the secretary of Lodge 32, for the information of the su preme officers, and asked Brother Bazdarich to try to as sure the members of his Lodge that even though a mis take was made, it was not intentional. Brother Borich's motion, seconded by Brother Kova cevich, was passed unanimously. Brother Bella read a letter from Lodge 374 written by Brother Plemel, regarding the decision of the Executive Board upon the request of the lodge that Brother Mandich be the speaker at the lodge celebration, the Executive Board having decided unanimously, after Brother Mandich's ex planation, because of the high traveling expenses, that he not attend their celebration. At the same meeting, there was a discussion of the invitation that Brother Sarich at tefld tbe (jeleb^atioji of Lodge 787, Vancouver Canada, which was also denied because of the great expense involved. On February 12th, said Bro. Bella, I notified the lodges dl' the Executive Board's decision, but Lodge 374 did not be lieve that a unanimous decision had been made with refer ence to Brother Mandich's invitation, therefore the protest to the Supreme Board. Brother Mandich stated that he is of the opinion that if he could visit the lodge, and at the same time visit Port Arthur, Canada, and our Montana lodges, that such a trip would be worthwhile. In that case, he would be willing to take the trip, so as to satisfy our Rock Springs, Wyoming, lodge. Brother Krasich I exchanged several letters with Sis ter Glavota on this subject, for clarification. She is a good secretary and fraternalist, but there is no basis for the pro test that this lodge also pays administration expense assess ments, which is not for traveling, but for the Society'® administration expenses. When this question came before the Executive Board regarding the invitations to Brother Mandich and Brother Sarich, Brother Mandich stated that this is a long trip connected with great expenses, and since considerable amounts were spent on traveling, he was of the opinion that we should be careful and tighten our belts, in order to keep the traveling expenses from being too high. I was the first to tell Brother Mandich that I agree with him in that, and the decision was accordingly made that these trips not be taken by reason of high traveling expen ses. Brother Borich At the last session, the Supreme Board permitted the Executive Board freedom to decide when it is necessary to send speakers to lodge celebrations. He said that if it could be arranged for a visit to the lodges in Rock Springs, Montana and Port Arthur, perhaps it wouM benefit the Society, so he moved that this be done. Brother Skrtic We have here the question of Bro ther Mandich, and also Brother Sarich and his visit to the Vancouver lodge. Our decision should be impartial. If speakers are sent to these places, then our California lodges can also ask for speakers from the Supreme Office at the expense of the Society, which will bring on great expenses. He moved for confirmation of the Executive Board's decfr* sion. Brother Vranes I do not think either of these mo tions is in order, for we gave the Executive Board the right to make decisions regarding traveling, and now we want to change their decision. He said that was not correct and made a motion that the Supreme Board redirect the matter to the Executive Board for final decision at its discretion. Brother Vranes' motion was seconded by Brother Krasich. Brothers Kovacevich, Servov and Mandich spoke on this question. Brother Vranes' motion was submitted to a vote and passed without dissent. This concluded the order of business for this meeting, whereupon the Supreme President, Brother Mandich, closed the meeting, which was to resume in the afternoon. Remaining Correspondence and Resolutions were the next item on the agenda. A letter was read from bro. Simon Skalabrin, member of Seattle, Wash., Lodge 439. Bro. Skalabrin's recommenda tions and suggestions were acknowledged with thanks and filed. A letter from bro. Philip Paulin, Milwaukee, Wise., Lodge 261 member, requested from this Board a clarifica tion of his status in connection with the Children's Home Board. This letter elicited a brief round table discussion, fol lowing which bro. Mikan moved and bro. Kovacevich second ed that the Supreme Secretary be directed to reply to same in behalf of the Supreme Board. Unanimously agreed. Next came a letter from bro. Ciril Ga jak, a member of Youngstown, Ohio, Lodge 109, in which he outlined cer tain recommendations pertaining to recognition of thoai| affiliated with the Society for 50 or more years. The Board acknowledged tfie letter with thanks. This completed the reading of Correspondence and Res olutions. The Supreme President then turned to discussions per taining to the Good of The Order. Bro. Mandich began the discussions by asking the Su preme Board in the name of the Executive Board for a clear cut interpretation of what services come under the monthly salary of the Legal Counsellor of the Croatian Fra ternal Union and what legal services are to be considered subject to additional compensation. This brought on a lively discussion, one which saw ev ery member of the Board speaking out on the matter ai|| an explanation of the extra services rendered by the Leg« Counsellor himself, bro. Edward B. Servov. It was finally agreed by the Supreme Board that the action in this matter by the Executive Board be approved. Next came the Society's Christmas Card Program, whicdl was inaugurated in 1957 for the purpose of augmenting it Scholarship Fund. The Board was briefed Thursday, March 27, 1958, on the outcome of the 1957 card undertaking by the head of the Philadelphia company which distributed the cards to members of the Croatian Fraternal Union. After a brief resume of the matter by bro. Mandich sister Niksic moved and bro. Mikan seconded that the Soci ety's present contract with the Lipschutz Co. be terminated! Unanimously agreed.- Bro. Mandich then asked the Board to decide what to do about continuing the Christmas Card Program in 1958 along the lines of the suggestions and recommendations made by Mr. Lipschutz himself on March 27. Bro. Grasha then moved, bro. Borich seconding, that, the Croatian Fraternal Union enter into a new contract witlt the Lipschutz Co. for the distribution of 1958 Christmas Cards. After explaining his reasons for apposing a contin uation of this program, bro. Hinich moved that the idea 0it. 1958 Christmas Cards be dropped. Bro. Ovcarich seconded the motion. Speaking on his motion, bro. Borich stated that a con tinuation in 1958 of the Christmas Card Program seemed the proper thing to do in light of Mr. Lipshutz' explanations of the previous day and pledge to correct the many mistakes which cropped out during the first such undertaking in 1957. ICqRtifiusd On Page 10 Philip Vukelich, Recording Secretary Tenth Meeting, Friday Afternoon, March 28, 1958 Supreme President bro. V. I. Mandich called the Tenth Meeting of the Supreme Board to order Friday afternoon, March 28, 1958, with best wishes and a plea for completion of this semi-annual session by early evening if possible. Present were all Board members and other officials of the Society. The first order of business entertained by the Chair called for the reading of the Minutes of the 7th and 8th Meetings, both recorded by English Editor of the Zajednicaar bro. Stephen F. Brkich. Sister Sylvia Niksic moved and bro. Math Kovacevich seconded that the Minutes of the 7th Meeting be approved as read. Unanimously agreed. Bro. Milan Vranes moved and bro. John R. Mikan sec onded that the Minutes of the 8th Meeting be adopted as read. With bro. Milan Skrtic dissenting, these Minutes were approved by majority vote.