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Louis Which a I cj g^eve vukovic, sisters Ka- nich Hrvatski SokoI Dalmacija, un(jer .Tr itir itr Ttiin mmm »w jjn enadere' bcth very Was Bilillgua, ver' stay Louis. A 1 in camPai^er- "ZAJEDNIČAR" st- Bros- was eased 10 note' too that Chica_0 lake aDecial Drid, in THE Frank Braidic fifes!*., i v 1 s*. .--2 $ \n\n Central Committee of Lodges In Fitting Tribute GARY, Ind. The Central Committee of St. Louis Lod ges, composed of Lodges 49, 50, 157 and 167, sponsored a Program and Dance Sunday, October 25th, in honor of the 65th Anniversary of the Cro atian Fraternal Union of America. It was indeed an unexpec- ted pleasure to be the guest of honor and speaker on this occasion, as for quite some time it has been my desire to visit the historic city o .: way on the Mississippi River to the South. The month of October Is a particularly pleasant time Of the year to drive through Illinois and Indiana, as Mo ther Nature provides a ve ry colorful country-side. But Saturday morning, Oc tober 24, proved to be a rainy, dreary day, and as my travel ing companion, sister Kathe rine Mrzljak, and I started out the drive south did not look promising however, as we approached St. Louis the and was the first of many welcome gestures extended to us during our stay in the city. We Meet Old Friends Upon arriving at the Stat ler Hotel we were most plea-,Speech santly, surprised with a tel ephone message waiting for us from brother Robert Po tocnjak and his lovely wife and we already had letters from our members Philip and Olga Yakir and Anton Vlat kovich, all extending their hospitality. In addition, since we are members of the "Preradovic" Singing Society, we were also itive and thank brother Nick Tadrich. Sunday morning mi a woke to a very pleasant surprise a basket of fruit from the hotel man agement, and we thank brother Robert Potocnjak for introducing us to the hotel management which made our stay very plea sant. Here we were greeted by brothers John Narancich and Imbro Robich, whom we had seen just a few weeks previ ously during the CFU Con vention in Detroit. Benld Goes To Town St. Louis Salutes The Society By Sylvia Niksic, Sec'y. CPU Board Trustees ately surrounded by the offi cers of the participating lod ges and the membership. Greeting us were two more delegates of the recent Con vention, brothers Frank Kris kovich and John Crnkovich. Many lodge of(jcers jn addi. (Q th(, ones already men_ whom we met were brothers Wa]ter Grb_ is the jprte- Crnkovic, Katica Cull- sister Narancich, wife of the secretary of Lodge 50. A very, very pleasant surprise to all of us was a bus full of members from Benld, Illinois, headed by their president and former delegate, Joseph Trgovcic, and the secretary and dele gate to the 10th Conven tion, Richard Zarr. With them they brought their "tamburaši", a fine tam- buritza group who came a- ,, long to help while time away sun came through the clouds ... with music and song. I am sure that everyone was de- Following the welcome ad? dress by brother Matt Anto- president of the Central acquainted with the singers Committee, a fine concert of of "Vila" Singing Society who c^tizn songs was presented also extended their hospita-j Singing Society of lity, of which we are appreci- the direction of Ivan Lusicic. The singers, and the Ko lo dancers led by Anna Lu sicic, all dressed in Croa tian national dress, were given a hearty applause by the audience. Following the introduction of all the lodge presidents and secretaries, the writer was in troduced by We then hurried to St. Jo- Yakir, former member of the Beph Church for Mass, fol- CFU High Trial Board and lowing which we had the plea- for years an active member of sure of meeting the pastor of Lodge 50. who in his speech the Church and a number of reminisced back to the 7th parishioners who are also and 8th Conventions of the members of the Croatian Fra- CFU. ternal Union, and in the hall We thank brother Yakir we found some members of for his complimentary intro the arrangements committee duction. It was indeed a already working. pleasure to be once again with our fraternalists Philip and lrOT Olga Yakir whom we had the pleasure of meeting at several Conventions of the CFU. A Memorable Affair As the honored guest and speaker of the day, my speech We then went to the home started with the very humble of Matt and Frances Sarich,' beginning of our great frater where we were dinner guests I nal society and in tribute to and had the pleasure of meet- our very worthy pioneers was ing their family. given in the Croatian lan- In their company we re- guage. turned to St. Joseph Church Then for the benefit of the Hall where we were immedi- younger generation I proceed- Attention, Junior Nest Managers Christmas Parties for CFU junior members are an j| established institution. Our dedicated Nest Managers, i with the assistance of interested adults, make this a gala j, annual affair for the youngsters. We know that, for the cprrent year, the prepa rations for these parties are already well under way. We are happy, therefore, to be aWe to an nounce that headquarters is again prepared to sup ply you, on demand and at no cost to you, favors for that Xmas Party. For the past two years we were giving Christmas Carol booklets. This year we have metallic rulers in scribed with the season's motif. Nest Managers may order a supply but only enough for your estimated attendance, please! Michael Grasha, Director Junior Order Department ed in English to outline the fraternal benefits, activities and various types of certifi cates which our Society today possesses. Our Society today ranks a mong the finest and the strongest, so our younger e n e a i o n s o u y a means be proud to be mem bers. During the program the Cont i n e n a 1 Tamburitzans played, while dancing was to the music of the Balkan Ser- man, Emilija Ivancich and Recruiters At Work to 811 who fine fraternalists who came to Imost celebrate the 65th Anniver* sary of our Society. The master of ceremonies was Robert Potocnjak of the so-called "younger genera tion", who executed his duties so admirably that the mem bership can be happy to have such a fine fraternalist in their ranks, one who will car ry on our fine traditions. The hour of parting came iness in record time all too soon, as we had to travel to Indianapolis, Indi ana, to attend the Indiana Fraternal Congress, a good 259 miles away. Once more my sincerest thanks to the'committee for the lovely corsage presented to me, to the ladies through whose diligent efforts a deli cious supper was served, and contributed to my lighted to meet this group of ,tershiP The membership campaign closes December 31st, but there is still time to bring in new members. It is my sincerest hope that this successful undertaking is just a beginning for more ef forts through the Central Committee of the CFU Lod ges in St. Louis. We are all members of a great fraternal society and it is good to have many lodges, yet there are times when in unified efforts a larger group working together for the best interest of the Croatian Fra ternal Union can accomplish brother Philip more. St. Louis has proven that it can be re-activated, and no doubt the members will con tinue to work in the spirit of a e n a i s s o a o u mighty organization will pros per throughout the United States and Canada. .Harborites Map Plans PrC" Holiday Party EAST CHICAGO, Ind. "Harborites" CFU Lodge 856 will celebrate Christmas at their annual party, which will All members may bring guests and rest assured that all the food, refresh ments, and music will be made available for your enjoyment. If experience is a teacher, we have been well taught and can expect a terrific, gala oc casion. Games, dancing and "Zivio" all add up to a typical Croatian ball, so come on you members, back up the rest of us. You must let us know two weeks prior to the 19th of December whether you will attend so that the money can be found on hand for expen ses. Call Ann Popovich at Ex. 7-6163 or Madge Sindicich at EX 7-7316. South Chicago Convention Delegates Will Be Honored Sunday, December 13 Celebrants Will Help Boost Treasury Of CFU Scholarship Foundation, Inc. SOUTH CHICAGO, 111. Recognition which comes all too seldom to our dedicated Fraternalists will be in full flower at the C.F.U. United Lodges of South Chicago Dele gates Testimonial Banquet on Sunday, December 13, 1959, at 6:30 PM at Rupcich's Restaurant, 106th Street and In dianapolis Boulevard. This banquet will serve a dual purpose. Primarily it will be to honor our United Lodges Delegates for their fine work at the recent C. F. U.f Tenth Convention, for, from' Jorden, by calling Essex 5 all reports, the work of the 4550. Tenth Convention was monu- Tickets are $3.75, and ta mental, and only the Dele- bles for eight may be reserved gates' devotion to duty and on a first come first served hard work enabled them to basis. complete the Convention bus- Certainly the member ship of the United Lodges of South Chicago feels that our Delegates must share in this fine record. For that reason the C.F.U. United Lodges of South Chi cago is taking this means to 1 express their appreciation to our Delegates, Bro. John Stropin, of Napredak Lodge 9, Bro. John Bakovich, of Dalmatian Unity Lodge 17. Bro. Stanley R. Juracich, of fine historic citv a fine '. PITTSBURGH, Pa. We Croatian rolnnv Ah a mpm- i ^s^r'an their minds. Brother Walter Grbcich, Secretary of Lodge 167 handed us a $5000 20 Year Endowment e e rship application in the Junior Order, and Brother John Narancich, Secretary o Lodge 50, had five member ship applications. thony's Lodge 948. Outstanding Young Man Secondly, it will serve as a even during the celebration two of our members also had the campaign uppermost in means of raising funds for the C.F.U. Scholarship Foun dation, Inc., a very worthy enterprise in its own right. All of the net proceeds from the Delegates Testimo nial Banquet will be donated to the Foundation to enable it to continue aiding our de serving student members. The program will feature the introduction of the Del egates and their re3pon8eSi aB this will he their night as Guests of Honor, and deser v e y s o If any one Delegate can be singled out from this dedicated group for special mention at this time it is Bro. Stanley R. Juracich, of Istrian Bros. Lodge 118, who did such an outstand ing job at the C.F.U. Tenth Convention as Convention Secretary, and then went on to further honors by be ing elected to the C. F. U. Board of Trustees. Congratulations Stan, the recognition that you have a chieved reflects great credit, not only upon yourself, but Istrian Bros. Lodge 118, the United Lodges of South Chi cago, and the Croatian Fra ternal Union as well, for in spiring capable people, such as yourself, to devote their efforts to the best interests of the C.F.U. Knowing Stan, we're cer tain that he will represent the best interests of all C.F.U. members, but we in. South be held December 19 at the Thl the fact that we now have Croatian Home, 4033 Main St. Reliable committee chair men have tieen selected to make all preparations. All that is required of members is that they bring a $1.00 grab bag gift and an admission charge of $5.00 per person. personal representation on the C.F.U. Supreme Board. Again, congratulations good luck to you Stan. Plan Tables For 8 Bro. Juracich will be at tending the first meeting of the newly elected C.F.U. Su preme Board in Pittsburgh during the week of Nov. 16, 1959. His report of this meeting at the Testimonial Banquet is certain to be of paramount interest to all C.F.U. mem bers in South Chicago. To conduct this forum of Fraternal appreciation and expression, the Master of Ceremonies will be Bro. Charles Grenko, of Napre dak Lodge 9, who has per formed so outstandingly at other past United Lodges affairs in various capaci- Banquet tickets can be ob tained from your Lodge rep resentative, or from the Ban quet Chairman, Frank M. Your attendance will be an expression of your appreci ation to your Delegates and of your support of the C.F.U. Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Gary Member Asks For Helping Hand Lodge 118, and received a letter recently from Sister Mary Kozul, of St. An- Miss Mary Dernik of Shafter, California, which as she states is about 20 miles from the city of Delano, the site of C.F.U. Lodge 730. She wrote to Steve Pavich, the president of said lodge, and had an appointment to see him. They met and she found out that the younger set is interested in getting their children to learn Yugo slavian songs, dances, skits, etc. Mary Dernik wrote, "I used to do some singing, just a little folk dancing and some skits that our Catholic school put on when I was a little girl and feel that I can easily get back on the track". She goes on to ask for information or leads to ob taining Croatian s o n gs, folk dances, films, readers and skits which we sup plied in material or as to source thereof. Quoting her further, "We need something that will give the young ones an interest in the land of their ancestors and their customs. The young ones, no doubt, will go along in learning but how much more pleasant it will be if they can be given a 'readiness' session instead of blindly plunging them into some thing". Still quoting her, "I teach here in Shafter Spanish to first and second graders my! how the little ones are 'eating it up'. After seeing how these children learn, it gave me the incentive to do something about our Yugo slavian children who have a start from already hearing the language at home. The group in Delano is interested and I am willing to go along— to learn and then pass it on". Mary Dernik, as we found from the Home Of fice records, is a member of Gary, Indiana, Lodge 727. As to when she emi grated to California, we know not her but for this bit of first correspondence. She seems very enthusiastic which can go a long way. Un doubtedly she is a welcome addition and impetus. May she in behalf of C.F.U. acti vity and Croatian culture have the full support from the Lodge 730 members in Del ano, California. The few lines here devoted to her attempts in that direc tion are but a fair compliment due to Mary Dernik. Frank M. Jorden Banquet Chairman Younger Set Out To Learn Folklore The longer a man goes They Came To Build A Society of Free Men WATER was too shal low to land the boat. But the harbor was well sheltered and it looked like the kind of landing place they were seek ing. "Bring her alongside that rock!" said Captain Miles Standish. The tiny boat, its mast split in three places, turned its side to the grey December sea and drifted up against the great boulder. The intrepid Standish stepped over the gunwhale and planted his foot on the New England granite. The boulder was Ply mouth Rock. For the Pilgrims, it was "the end of the beginning." Behind lay persecution, exile, and the momentous decision to seek religious freedom in the uncharted New World. Ahead lay hardship, death, and immortality. Mayflower Compact It was four days before Christmas when Standish and his small group of men went ashore at Plymouth. They returned to the May flower, anchored off Pro vincetown, with the good news that a site for the new settlement had been found. On December 26th, 1620 the Mayflower, braving high wintry winds, made a suc cessful passage into Plymouth Harbor. The Mayflower had set out for America on Septem ber 16, 1620, with 102 pas sengers. On November 19, land was sighted. A few days later the Pil grims met in the cabin of the ship and drew up the famous "Mayflower Compact", estab lishing themselves as a civic body under a government of law. It is one of the great doc uments in mankind's search for freedom. Grain Covered Graves The Pilgrims' first winter is a tragic and precious page in American history. In "The Story of the Pil grims," published in the John I Hancock Mutual Life Insur ance Company's popular his o i a o o k e s e i e s e group's sufferings are de-' scribed. "Before the winter was over, half the entire band had perished of disease, hunger, and exposure." I The dead were buried on nearby Cole's Hill, and grain was sown over the burial plot to conceal from the Indians how many of the band had First American Thanksgiving died. It was feared that this knowledge might embolden the Indians to make an at tack. Indians To Rescue Early in March, 1621, in credibly cold winter finally began to recede. On March 26th another hopeful event took place when Samoset, grand sachem of the Monhegan Indians, entered the village exclaiming "Wel come!" Through him the Puritans became acquainted with Squanto, and these two Indi ans played an important role in the history of the Colony. They told the Pilgrims to plant Indian corn "when the oakleaves are as big as mouse-ears," and to catch fish to fertilize the soil. Thus the seeds were sown for the first Thanksgiving harvest. ,* Twenty-one men and "six large boys" the entire sur viving able-bodied male work ing force of the colony did the planting. They had no horses or other domestic an imals. With heavy hoes they broke the earth, and planted 20 acres of corn. Then they sow ed 6 more acres with wheat, rye, barley and peas. Bountiful Harvest It was a warm and bright summer, and the crops grew: and thrived. Old Timers Keep Nat'l Croatian Home Clean From Stem To Stern Sans Charge DETROIT, Mich. The year: National Croatian Home Cor poration President, bro. Ma tujec, and i s Executive From the 4ay of the Grand Opening up to the First An niversary this group has con sistently cleaned the premi ses every Saturday and Sun day and a few are still active on the job. This group has refused compensation for its servi ces and threatened to quit whenever wages were men tioned. Many hours were contribu ted by this loyal group and we of the Executive Board wish When autumn arrived, the three log warehouses were filled with provisions. By this time the Plymouth Colony also boasted seven dwellings and a combined church and i town meeting hall. Not only did the Pilgrims enjoy a bountiful harvest, but the waters abounded with fish Members of Detroit Pensioners Club Can Put Younger Generation To Shame Group number one worked for five consecutive months: Anton Narich, 95 hours Board wish to extend their Frank Vidash, 70 Ivan Ho thanks and appreciation to the members of the Pension eers Club for their services on the cleaning squad. rak, 70 Anton Vidusic, 65 George Vukicevieh, 57 and Andro Golac, 57. The following group work ed the entire year: Ivan Jan kovich, 220 hours Nikola Vr banac, 202 John Kalan, 192 Mike Kovacic, 174 Stevo Ti jan, 168 Josip Stuglin, 168 Phillip Kolakovich, 136 and Joseph Dobrinec 397. Bro. Dobrinec also served as a supervisor, timekeep er, and always tried to have a group of workers on hand. Thanks, bro. Dobri nec, for a job well done. The last group was the off and on group, but none the to express our thanks and ap- less appreciated. They are: Ivan Rimac, 88 hours John Mrsan, 88 Anton Stipak, 75 preciation for their unselfish services. Following is a list of names and the number of hours each without CFU Life insurance, the more he needs it, the less chance he has of getting it, and the more it costs him in one contributed in tint past 22 and George Svellacich, 7.1 Luka Petrinovic, 62 Joseph Rochen, 46 Stevo Bazant, November 25, 1950 and the woods were filled with deer and wild turkey. Governor William Brad ford and the Plymouth Council deliberated gravely. I w a s i i n e y thought, to celebrate and give thanks for their good fortune. The Pilgrims issued a for mal invitation to Massasoit, grand sachem of the Poka moket Indians, to join them in a feast of Thanksgiving. Mas sassoit arrived with 90 of his followers and stayed for three days! There was a great round of entertainment and feasting. For Freedom's Sake As with all Thanksgiving Days since that first celebra tion at Plymouth, it was an occasion that combined gaiety with solemnity. The devout Pilgrims added prayers of thanks to ther feasting. The days of suffering, how ever, were not yet over. Fa mine was to come to Ply mouth again in succeeding winters. But for the Pilgrims once they had set foot on Plymouth Rock there was no thought of turning back. They Came to build a so ciety of free men in the in hospitable wilderness and this they were determined to do. In later years, Governor Bradford wrote in his famous "History of Plymouth Planta tion:" Out of small begin nings greater things have been produced. As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone onto many." He, of course, could not know that the light he helped to kindle would one day shine throughout the earth. Bethlehem Kolo Club Will Stage Festival Saturday, December $ BETHLEHEM, Pa. The Veselo Kolo Group, under the auspices of CFU Lodge 576 and Nest 185 will present a Folk Festival at the Croatian Hall, 1135 E. 4th St., Satur day, December 5, at 8 p.m. The Kolo Group is com prised of 25 children and adults, who are taught by Bill and Charlotte Morgan of Philadelphia. The program of the evening will include dances by the children, some by the adults, the group as a whole and songs by the orchestra. Music for dancing will b# provided by the Lola Tammi* Orchestra of Philadelphia. This was a total of 2,459 man hours of voluntary con* tribution. Of this we can only say "thank you", which seems sd inadequate for such a fin# performance and loyalty to, our Croatian Home. 1$ We are proud of you folks. Thanks again. Vidusic, Rec.