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1 1 "ZAJEDNIČAR* or the dis J[or any change« Octofci* S3. 196$ \n\n Full Address Fourth Meeting, Tuesday PM, Sept. 9 All mem bere of the Board and other Officials were present as Supreme President bro. V. I. Mandich called the 4th Meeting of the Supreme Board to order Tuesday after noon, Sept. 9, 1958. It was agreed at the opening of this session to table discussions on the reports of the Superintendent and Board of the Children's Home until the invited representative of the Home appeared before this group later in the week. With that the Board members turned their attention to the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, Inc. which was chartered June 27, 1958. by the Courts of Allegheny County. Pa., and represents one of the greatest undertakings in the history of the Society. General Counsel bro. Servov dwelled at length on the great amount of preliminary work which preceded the char tering of the Foundation and called attention to the zeal with which all accepted invitations to become Directors and Honorary Directors of the Foundation as predicting great success for this educational project. Bro Servov next acquainted the Supreme Board with the meeting held Aug. 8. 1958. by the 7 Mrertorj of the Foundation, at which time these Directors adopted the Char ter. an Official Seal, and By-Laws immediately prior to electing among themselves an "official family vested with the responsibility of furthering the Foundation's aims. The General Counsel then named the new officials of the Foundation: A. E. Tomasic. Pittsburgh, President and ex-officio member of all Foundation Committees V. I. Man dich. Pittsburgh. Vice President and Chairman of the Com mittee on Public Relations Martin Krasich. Pittsburgh, Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee Ed ward B. Servov. McKeesport. Pa., Secretary Milan Skrtic, Campbell. Ohio. Chairman of the Scholarship Committee Thomas R. Balaban, Waynesburg, Pa.. 1st Deputy Insur ance Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the Honorary Directors Committee Mark Vin ski, Etna, Pa., Chairman of the Membership Drive Commit tee and Philip Vukelich and Stephen F. Brkich, both of Pittsburgh, co-Vice Chairmen of the Committee on Public Relations. Bro. Mandich followed with his own resume of that historic Directors' meeting of Aug. 8, 1958, as did bros. Krasich and Skrtic. both of whom were present at the time to assume their roles in this undertaking. Bro. Servov next advised the Supreme Board that the Directors of the Foundation unanimously agreed Aug. 8 to urge this Board to postpone until December of this year its customary award of twenty $200 Scholarship Grants for two reasons 1) To transfer the authority for the award ing of these grants to the domain of the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and 2) to leave until December, 1958, the distribution of these awards in view of the fact that the Directors felt grants in excess of the current $200 could be made at that time. Bro. Grasha wanted to know who would name the 20 Scholarship Award winners in December of 1958. Bro. Man dich replied that this would befall the Directors of the Foundation once the Supreme Board granted the authority now requested. Bro. Krasich, speaking as a member of the Foundation Directors, asked the Supreme Board to now bear in mind that the Croatian Fraternal Union of America and the Cro atian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, Inc., are two s e a a e o a n i z a i o n s In view of this, said bro. Krasich, it is important ror all concerned to realize that the Foundation will have its own bank account, method of operations, etc., and that the Su preme Board has no authority over its actions, nor rights other than to offer helpful suggestions, donate to its funds, and otherwise cooperate with the group. It was pointed out, however, that the name of the Cro atian Fraternal Union will always be attached to the Foun dation and that the Society would forever be recognized as the birthplace of this educational enterprise. The Supreme Board was also given a briefing on the plans of the Foundation Directors for Membership Drive Meetings in major American, and Canadian CFU centers and other promotional ends of the undertaking. Bro. Krasich next revealed that he has on hand the sum of $1,350.00 derived from earlier membership dona tions to our Scholarship Fund, the sale in 1957 of Christmas Cards, and other sources, and asked that the Supreme Board take the proper steps to transfer this money to the account of the new Scholarship Foundation. Bro. Mandich took the time at this point to explain in detail the Home Office dealings with Lipschutz and Com pany Philadelphia, in order to make it clear that our 1957 Christmas Card agreement with that concern was in many respects in favor of the Croatia*n Fraternal Union. It was agreed after hearing bro. Mandich that a state ment of these dealings with the Philadelphia concern be published in the Zajedničar for the edification of the mem bership of the Society. Bro. Verbos wanted to know whether the Directors or the new Foundation intended to continue with the present system of making outright grants of $200 to* seeker of scholarship grants or set up something on the order of a "revolving fund" wherein aid is given and returned over the years as graduates go on to make good in life. He also urged that it henceforth be made plain to all members of the So ciety that the Supreme Board no longer has any jurisdic tion over scholarship awards of the future. Bro. Verbos was advised by several Supreme Board members of the Foundation that a "revolving fund" such as he spoke of is among the future plans of this new educa tional group. Bro. Vranes then asked that the Supreme Board go on record as unanimously approving and endorsing the work of the Directors of the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and wishing all concerned nothing but the best in the future. It was so ordered with enthusiasm. Bro. Vranes next moved, bro. Hinich seconding, that the Supreme Board authorize the transfer to the account of Croatian Fraternal Union of America Scholarship Foundation Inc. Please list me as a Foundation Supporter Name .* Lodge No. Inclosed find my chedi, or money order, for $ Make All Checks, Money Orders, Payable To CROATIAN FRATERNAL UNION SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC. and mail to Foundation Treasurer Martin Krasich 3441 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh 13, Penna. the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, Inc., the $1,350.00 presently held by the Supreme Treasurer and the $4.000 which would normally be awarded this time to 20 scholarship grant seekers, or $5,350 in all. Unanimously agreed. Bro. Hinich hailed this decision with much enthusiasm and said it was like coming to the realization of a fond dream in which he was privileged to play a part during the CFU's 1955 Convention in Philadelphia. Bro. Brkich, speaking as a co-Vice Chairman of the Scholarship Foundation's Committee on Public Relations, also expressed gratitude over the Board's acceptance of this project and pledged his all-out support of the new under taking. With this bro. Mandich appealed to the members of the Supreme Board and all other Officials to make a contribu tion or pledge at this time to the new Foundation Funds. Bro. Vranes was the first to respond with a contribu tion of $100.00. Others were quick to follow suit and asked that* they be recorded as contributing or pledging as follows: Bro. Mandich ....$100 Bro. Bazdarich .... .... 100 Bro. Kovacevich .. .... 100 Bro. Bella .... 100 Bro. .... 100 Bro. Ovcarich .... 100 Bro. Bro. .... 100 Dr. Arch .... 100 Still others pledged contributions to be made at a later date. In bringing discussions on the Foundation to a close, several members of the Supreme Board urged that their names be associated with any Foundation Membership Drive Meetings held in their areas. Unanimously agreed. The Report of the Society's 2-year Membership Cam paign Committee was taken up next. Two reports had been submitted in this respect, one by Campaign Committee Chairman bro. Michael Grasha, the other by Committee Secretary bro. Joseph Bella. Bro. Grasha had nothing to add to his report, but did suggest that some incentives be arrived at to keep alive the recruiting interest of those who are not in a position to win either of the two Campaign Grand Prize Awards, a trip to Yugoslavia or a Caribbean cruise. Bro. Bella likewise stood on his campaign report to the Supreme Board, but in the light of what was suggested by bro. Grasha regarding incentives he raised the ques tion of paying cash awards to proposers not interested in either Campaign Award. Both the matter of future incentives and payment of cash awards to proposers found every member of the Su preme Board and other Officials discussing the pros and cons of these interesting questions. After a lengthy discussion, all suggestions, recommen dations, etc., along the line were then referred to the Cam paign Committee for consideration of the group and other Executive Board members at their first meeting following the adjournment of the Supreme Board. At the request of bro. Vranes, the next order of busi ness was the report of the New Building Committee. Speak ing in the name of the Committee, bro. Mandich first repor ted that the Building Committee had acted in accordance with the wishes expressed in this matter by the Supreme Board during its meetings of last March that is, to tread slowly in view of the general economic situation in the na tion and conditions among our membership. Bro. Mandich also advised the Board that several build ing sites were viewed since last March by the New Building Committee, but that no commitments had been made toward any purchase of such land or pertaining to the sale of the Society's present Home Office Bldg., at 3441 Forbes Ave.. Pittsburgh. The Board was likewise advised that the New Bldg. Committee had procured an Appraisal and Revaluation Re port in keeping with the desire of the Supreme Board and through the offices of the Industrial Appraisal Company, Pittsburgh. The Report shows that to reproduce a new Home Office along the lines of our present headquarters would cost the Society $485,623.00. This would include the cost of repro ducing the offices and printing department, as well as the architect's plans, specifications and supervision ends of the undertaking. Because it was late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1958, only a few Board members elected to ask question# at this time on the report of the New Bldg. Committee. However, at the suggestion of the Chair, the Board members agreed to visit the proposed building sites Wednes day, afternoon, Sept. 10, in order to acquaint themselves with this facet of the problem. Bro. Mandich then adjourned the meetings for the day. Stephen F. Brkich, Recording Secretary Fifth Meeting, Wednesday Morning, September 10, 1958 The Supreme President, Brother V. I. Mandich, called the meeting to order with his greeting. All supreme officers and officials were present. Brother Mandich asked Brother Vukelich to read the minutes. Brother Vukelich read the minutes of the first meeting, which were approved on motion by Brother Skrtic, seconded by Brother Kovacevich. He then read the minute« of the second meeting, which were approved with correc tions on motion by Brother Mikan seconded by Brother Hinich. Communications and Resolutions. Brother Bella read a letter from Brother Glavaš, of California, who wishes to organize a training school of sev eral lectures in Northern California. There was an exchange of correspondence on the subject between the Home Office and Brother Glavas, showing that there is a need for or ganizing and holding these classes in California. Brother Vranes It makes me happy to see that we have in our ranks, and especially among our younger people, members like Brother Glavas, with such strong understand ing and will, and who show such interest for the Society and a desire for having these classes in California. We have heard from Brother Bazdarich's report how well our school succeeded in Chicago. Regardless of the traveling expense« involved, which should be borne by the Society, tance, such schools and lectures should be held in Northern and Southern California, and even in Denver, Colorado. I move here that the schools be organized and held there, that Brother Glavas organizes in Northern California, and Brother Kovacevich in consultation with him regarding the time, in the southern portion, and that capable and ex perienced men be delegated to go to the lectures, namely the Supreme Secretary Brother Bella and the Supreme Treasurer Brother Krasich. Sister Sylvia Niksic seconded Vranes' motion. Brother Skrtic I agree with Brother Vranes that Brother Kovacevich organize the school in his part of Cal ifornia, and Brother Glavas in his, and that one school be held in Denver, Colorado. I concur in this, because I am con vinced that it is necessary and in the interest of the Society. Minutes of The Sept., 1958, Supreme Board Meetings- 2 Bro. Verbos $100 Bro. Mikan 50 Bro. Hinich ......... 50 Bro. Skrtic 100 Bro. Majetic 50 Bro. Vukelich ..... 50 Bro. Brkich 50 Bro. Braidic 70 As far as the expenses involved are concerned, I believe in the statement of one high official of *he Insurance Depart ment of the State of Ohio, who stated publicly that we in fraternal organizations are spending too little money on advertising our organizations and for the sale of life in surance. I believe, said Brother Skrtic, if the schools were well organized here in the home office, that the traveling expenses of two instructors would be well worth while. That is why we organized the schools, to acquaint our members with the business of their Society, thereby advertising and strengthening it. Sister Niksic I feel that this project is very impor tant. and particularly so when young people like Brother Glavas are interested, who represent the younger element in our ranks, which element should precisely be our target for a revival of interest for our organization and everything it represents. It is essential that the younger people learn the history and operation of our Society from older, exper ienced members. Yes, I am in agreement, and second the motion that training schools be organized and held there ancj that the California area be cover«! with the cooperation of Brother Kovacevich in the manner he outlined here. Brother Ovcarich I was on the west coast a year ago and visited many of our communities, and I know what our people and our members there wish and need. We have a wide field of endeavor there, and it is necessary to train good workers to cultivate that field, through these training classes. I agree with the motion. Brother Borich When we first approached this ques tion, we were fearful of not being able to carry it out satis factorily, because we lacked the experience. Brothers Bella and Krasich held classes in Chicago and in Pittsburgh, which were successful. Brother Krasich prepared the text for the classes, copies of which he forwarded to all supreme officers, and I believe the material is good. However, in com piling the textbook, he made use of some of Brother Bado vinac's material. I am against Brothers Bella and Krasich going to California, as though only they two are capable of conducting these classes. That is discrimination, said Brother Borich. That means ignoring Brother Grasha and our Junior Order Department. We all know that the Junior Order is the most important branch of the Society, it is the chief source of our strength and our new membership, which must not be underestimated, and Brother Grasha, during his tenure, has shown that he leads the Junior Order well. Brother Vranes I would not want my motion to be misinterpreted. I did not think that personalities would creep into the question, but rather, that the importance of the matter would be considered. I am sorry that someone is trying to make something different of this, which I did not have in mind. I am only interested in one thing, and that is that we have good schools in California, in the interest of the Society. Brother Bazdarich We held the first such training school in Chicago, and we asked the Executive Board to furnish instructors at its own discretion, and did not ask for specific individuals. I think that is the way we should continue, and avoid any unpleasantness, which will only hurt the very thing we are working on. Pittsburgh had its training school, but there specific individuals were reques ted to act as instructors, which I think was a mistake. I had it thrown up to me, said Brother Barrdaric, that I am trying to build up somebody, which certainly was not the case, so I think we should all try to avoid anything that could create dissatisfaction. Brother Vukelich After the Chicago training school it was only logical that similar classes be held in Pittsburgh, the seat of the Society, and to invite the brothers who al ready gained some experience as instructors. Nobody was ignored. In fact, it was expected that all of the Executive Officers and officials, and even the office personnel, would attend. Some of them were there, and they took part in the lectures. The United Lodges organization here consists of 34 lodges from the Pittsburgh area, headed by 15 offi cers. That organization is part of the Society, and it is wrong that such an organization be boycotted, as well as the school which it organized in good faith and for the Soci ety's own good. There is another thing that I must say. There is a lot of emphasis being put here on the Junior Order, as though its head is the only person who has the right to talk in the name of that department. That is not correct, for we must all of us look equally upon all of our departments, and ad vertise them equally. That holds for the editors, as well, who must work equally for all as a whole, so it is not right to say that the editor does not have the right to talk and write a bout the Junior Order and hold lectures on that department, as well as the adult department. »I held many such lectures, and was never accused of discrimination, which does not ex ist among us. Brother Hinich When we held our celebration in Mil waukee, for example, I was asked who should be invited. I suggested that the membership be permitted to decide whom they wanted. I did that in order to avoid complaints. It is impossible to please everybody. For instance, if Brother Bella comes, somebody will ask, why Brother Grasha was not invited, and vice versa. We cannot make these decisions, if we wish to avoid dissatisfaction. There will always be somebody who will complain, and we know that. However, we can make decisions as we think best and most beneficial to the Society. Brother Krastah It appears that the opinion domi nates in this Board that who does not work, he is criticized for lacking ambition, lacking ideas and the will to work. And he who works and has the will and creative spirit, and particularly because he is self-secrificing and works and builds, he is the one to be hit over the head with a club. Why? Krasich is being hit because he is purportedly build ing himself, that he wants to elevate himself. And for what is ne building himself? I have no other ambitions than that I be tihe treasurer, so I do not have to build myself for that, for if I have not built myself up in the past 15 yean to achieve re-election, then I will not do so now. Brother Bo rich, on the one hand, praises my textbook, and on the other hand belittles it and says that I made use of somebody else's material. In writing about and explaining the Society, everybody must make use of facts and the history of the Society. It cannot be done otherwise. But these facts must be found and gathered, then studied, condensed and written to conform with the requirements. So, that is what I did. I did that work on my own time, at home. And when I com piled the material, I gave it to all of the department heads to go over it. I wanted everything to be gone over, so that it would be accurate and as should be. There was a motion made here, and two were men tioned to conduct the school and lecture in California, Bella and myself. That evoked a protest. When the school was held in Chicago, it was necessary to gather and prepare the material, so Bella and I were selected. I had to prepare what I could in a hurry. We did not then have a textbook. Only after my return and when it was decided to have the classes here. Then, following my experience in Chicago, I undertook the task of preparing a textbook. I sought the assistance of the head of each department and I submitted the book to all for examination and their suggestions that may be needed. The work of the Junior Order is in cluded in this. And now, this is discrimination, as Brother Borich puts it, as though I do not have the right to explain the business of the Junior Order, but only Brother Grasha. I explained the Junior Order certificates before Brother Grasha came here. And now, because of me and everything I did, the dis cussion revolves around personalities, and not the benefit of the Society. I will not call this discrimination, for I dis like the use of that word in any discussion. Krasich is cri ticized for compiling the textbook for the school and be cause he worked for its success. What can you call this, when I am being criticized mere ly because Brother Grasha was not nominated to go to Cal ifornia? Grasha was there a year ago and held lectures. Brother Bella was never there, whereas I was there five years ago, at the expense of the Central Committee, and not of the Society. I am not anxious for traveling, and if there are qualified people in California, let them conduct the classes, and I will be satisfied. Brother Majetic This would not have come up, if spe cific persons were not named. When we have something in Detroit, we invite, for example, Grasha and Brkich, then Ovcarich and Mandich, so that we do not have the same speakers every time. It is a mistake to think that if it were not for Krasich, that their would not be a textbook. Some body else would have compiled it. It also is not good to pre tend that only Krasich can do this and that he alone can conduct the schools. It is being asked and said, why Krasich in particular? The members are asking that. It is my opinion that it is logical that Brother Bella, as the head of the Secretarial Department, and Brother Gra sha, the Junior Order Director, should be the instructor* at the training schools. Brother Mandich We now have a new motion, and I think we should abide by the motion on this question which was passed last March, which directs that all lectures fol low the same text. In that way, all will explain our busineM alike. We had thought that we would be able to find a qual ified man to organize a Fieldmen's Department for the Su preme Office. It was also thought that we would find capa ble and qualified members who could be employed as part time fieldmen. We have not yet done so. If we are going to have only two lecturers, that will not give an opportunity to others to be trained. I think it would be better to give others a chance, and not only to two, to take part in holding classes, according to our earlier decision. At this point, Brother Mandich quoted from the decision of the Supreme Board of last March, as follows "After the text for the classes will have been prepared, all lectures will follow the same text, so that all participant« in any particular lecture or class, regardless of where the lecture will be held, will derive the same benefits from all lectures. "In communities close to the Supreme Office, the class es can be conducted by the Executive Officers and Officials. In more remote places, the classes would be conducted by members of the supreme administration or the director of these activities from the Supreme Office, who gathered and prepared the material for the classes. "In addition to conducting these classes, the director, in his free time, would engage in publicity work and in the en rolling of new members according to advance plans, in which he would have the cooperation of all lodge officers and builders. "We believe that among those who will attend our lec tures, there will be discovered a certain number of diligent, willing and capable young persons who could eventually be employed as part-time or permanent Fieldmen, when and if a definite Fieldmen plan is adopted in the Society. "The gathering, compilation and preparation of worth-while text for four lectures or more, if necessary, will demand time and ability. No member of the Executive Board has sufficient time to devote to this work. Therefore, we believe we must find a person who will be willing to take on full responsibility for this task, if it is our desire to have the work done properly. "Recommendations and advice will be welcome from cltt membership and all those persons who perhaps have some experience in this kind of work." When I heard about Brother Glavas' letter, I thought of sister Kovacevich, who is a teacher, and who could con duct the lectures. I will have a motion to this effect, for even Brother Krasich has mentioned that it would be agreeable to him if somebody can be found, that we have a lecturer from California for California, and I will make a motion for Mrs. Kovacevich and Brother Glavas to conduct the lec tures. If my motion is adopted, there will be no complaint«. I seriously believe that we then would not have to send any body from the Supreme Office to California. I will vote a gainst the present motion. We must abide by the previous motion and I do not have to repeat, if we approve that Brothers Bella and Krasich go to California, that we will b« disregarding our decision of last Match. I believe that with time, we will be able to find capable fieldmen for temporary or permanent emp'oynient. That is why we must stick to the earlier decision. (Brother Mandich again quoted from the earlier decision.) It being near noon, the Supreme President interrupted the discussion and announced that after lunch, all of the supreme officers and officials will inspect a proposed site for the erection of a new Home Office Building. Philip Vukelich, Recording Secretary Sixth Meeting, Thursday A.At., Sept. 11 Supreme President bro. V. I. Mandich called the 6th1 Meeting of the Supreme Board to order Thursday morning, Sept. 11, 1958, with warmest greetings. Present at the opening were all Board members and other Officials. The Chair first called on English Editor of the Zajed ničar bro. Stephen F. Brkich to read the Minutes of the 3rd and 4th meetings of the Board, held Tuesday morning and afternoon, Sept. 9,1958. Bro. Milan Vranes moved and bro. Nikola Borich sec onded that the Minutes of the 3rd meeting be adopted a« read. Agreed. Sister Sylvia Niksic then moved, bro. John R. Mikan seconding, that the Minutes of the 4th meeting be adopted as read. Again, agreed. -Correspondence and Resolutions was now the order of business. Up for continued discussions at this point was thejps quest of the Northern California Central Committee of CFU Lodges for the conduct of a Training School in that area and bro. Vranes motion that same be under the supervision of Supreme Secretary bro. Joseph Bella and Supreme Treatf* urer bro. Martin Krasich. Bro. Bella I have now participated in all three such Training Schools held to date, at Chicago April 26-27, 1958, at the Croatian Center, Millvale, Pa., June 7, 1958, and the rather localized (me held in So. St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 30, 1958, immediately prior to the staging the following day of the Annual Conference in the same city of the Minnesota State Federation of Croatian Fraternal Union Lodges. Because of the very short time between the March meetings of this Board and the convening April 26 of the first such class, we had to work very diligently to prepare for the Chicago School sessions. However, both bro. Krasich and I returned from that School satisfied that real head way had been made, that we accomplished something. Following that experience, bro. Krasich with the fu&> (Supreme Board,- P.