Official Publication of the Slovene National Benefit Society
USPS: 448-080
ISSN: 1080-0263
Second entrant joins the
Miss SNPJ Pageant field
SNPJ Fraternal Director
IMPERIAL, Pa. — The SNPJ Fraternal
Department is pleased to introduce the second
contestant to enter the 2011 Miss SNPJ Pageant,
Sydney Battersby, a member of Lodge 787 in
Boca Raton, Fla. Sydney is the daughter of Dr.
Gregg and Amy Battersby; and the granddaughter of Joe and Millie Virant (787), and the late
Dr. Jack and Norma Battersby.
A senior at one of the few Montessori High
Schools in the country, Sydney serves as student
council president and has received numerous
awards for her art work. A cross-country runner
and figure skater, Sydney is also active in tennis,
Society sympathies
for Lodge 3 president
IRWIN, Pa. — The members of Pleasant Valley Lodge 41 will meet Sunday,
March 27, at the Pleasant Valley Club,
1100 Valley Club Dr. in Irwin, beginning
at 12:30 p.m. All Lodge 41 members are
urged to attend.
Lodge 41 Secretary
East Ohio/Western Pa.
Fed to meet March 27
sounds of The Mansfield 5, the Eddie Rodick
Orchestra and more. We will be roasting a pig,
and the kitchen will be offering a full menu.
Be sure to check out the classic cars that will
be on display at the car cruise. A beanbag toss
tournament is planned as well.
Members of all four sponsoring Lodges will
sell drawing tickets to help defray the cost of
the weekend. Tickets are only $5 each for a
chance to win $3,000. The prize will be awarded
based on the July 4 Pennsylvania Daily Number
drawn at 7 p.m.
On behalf of the members of Lodges 6, 106,
138 and 715, we look forward to seeing you at
the SNPJ Recreation Center Aug. 12-13 as we
enjoy the spirit of fraternalism throughout the
entire weekend.
BOROUGH OF SNPJ, Pa. — Everyone is
invited to the SNPJ Recreation Center in the
Borough of SNPJ Friday and Saturday, Aug.
12-13, for a weekend of fun sponsored by SNPJ
Lodges 6, 106, 138 and 715.
The weekend kicks off Friday, Aug. 12, with
music by the Western Pa. Button Box Club as
they host a jam session in the Gostilna from 8
to 10:30 p.m. Activity on Saturday, Aug. 13,
includes balina and horseshoes tournaments
beginning at 9 a.m. Get your teams together
and enter the competitions.
The fun will continue into the afternoon and
evening on Saturday with a free dance at the
upper pavilion beginning at 3 p.m. featuring the
brief ly
Lodge 41 makes plans
for March 27 meeting
Four Lodges team up to host
Rec Center Fraternal Weekend
Lodge 106
Up-and-Coming Calendar of Events.......... 2
Slovenia From the Source.......................... 3
Slovenska Stran......................................... 4
SNPJ Recommender Coupon.................... 6
SNPJ Fraternal Honorees.......................... 8
2011 Winter Classic Bowling Results......... 9
SNPJ National Bowl Entry Form.............. 10
SNPJ Fraternal Sympathies..................... 10
IMPERIAL, Pa. — The SNPJ Home Office has been notified of the Jan. 30, 2011,
passing of Bro. Joseph M. Znidersich,
president of Lodge 3 in Johnstown, Pa.
On behalf of the entire Society, the
members of the Executive Committee
and Home Office staff extend their condolences to Bro. Znidersich’s family and
friends on their loss. See page 10 for the
complete obituary.
softball and basketball, and is an avid violist.
She volunteers her time as a figure skating coach
for special needs children. In addition, she is on
a team that organizes a charity half-marathon
race, raising money to aid in the recovery of
cancer patients.
Sydney is active with many musical groups
in her community, performing in a variety of
productions. She is a member of the Celebration
Singers, a choir that has traveled and performed
at many locations throughout the Carolinas.
Sydney has attended several SNPJ Youth
Roundup weeks at the SNPJ Recreation Center
In This Issue
GIRARD, Ohio — A meeting of the
SNPJ Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Federation is planned Sunday,
March 27, beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting
will be held at Amen Corner Restaurant,
20 West Main St. in Girard, Ohio.
On behalf of the Federation, I would
like to express our sincere sympathy to Elsie Furin on the recent loss of her husband,
Federation President Adam Furin. All delegates should attend the March 27 meeting
as we will need to elect a new president.
Federation Secretary
Lodge 776 schedules
mid-April meeting date
Lodge 776 members will gather for their
regular meeting Sunday, April 10, at the
SNPJ Recreation Center. The meeting
will begin at 2 p.m.
Lodge 776 Recording Secretary
Sharon Slovenian Home
hosts SNPJ presentation
Superstars x 2
SNPJ National President
the officers of Strabane, Pa.,
Lodge 138 with their second
SNPJ Super Star Lodge banner
in as many years. Lodge 138 is
the only Lodge, to date, to twice
achieve Super Star status in
the Lodge Rewards Program.
Pictured are [from left] Lodge 138
Secretary BOB LAWRENCE Sr.,
Recording Secretary COURTNEY
President RICK HERVOL and
Youth Circle 19 Director KAREN
BRUMBAUGH. Congratulations,
Lodge 138!
Take the bus to
the 75th National
Bowl in Detroit
District 4 Athletic Director
EUCLID, Ohio — That’s right. It’s time to leave the
driving to someone else. District 4 Athletic Director Linda
Gorjup is hosting a bus to the SNPJ National Bowling
Tournament, scheduled April 30-May 1.
The cost is only $50 per person, which includes your
round-trip bus ticket, and refreshments and snacks on
Saturday’s ride. The bus is scheduled to leave C.E. Orr
Arena Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 a.m. and return Sunday,
May 1, no later than 9 p.m. The bus is open to all SNPJ
members in the District 4 area. A stop on the West Side
will be considered if needed.
Bowling on April 30 will consist of doubles and singles.
We will be scheduled on the 1 p.m. shift at Sunnybrook
Lanes in Sterling Heights, Mich. The team event will be
May 1 at 10 a.m. Bowling entries are due by March 31.
Rooms that sleep up to four people are available at
Sunnybrook Motel for $39 per night. There are four
other hotels nearby, approximately four miles from the
lanes, where you can stay as well. The hotels are listed
on page 10 of this PROSVETA issue. Prices range from
$60 to $79 per night. Please book your own room, but
let me know where you will be staying.
Now, this bus isn’t only for the bowlers, it’s also for
SHARON, Pa. — SNPJ Sales Director
Bud Paladino will be presenting information on SNPJ life insurance, annuities and
final expense products in the Sharon area
Wednesday, March 30. The presentation
will be held at the Sharon Slovenian Home,
1037 Baldwin Ave., beginning at 6:30
p.m. For more information contact Bro.
Paladino by phoning 1-800-843-7675 or
e-mailing [email protected]
The next two PROSVETA issue dates
are April 6 and April 20. All material must
be received by Monday, March 28, for
the April 6 issue, and by Monday, April
11, for the April 20 issue. If you are
running short on time and concerned
about making the deadline, try faxing
your submission to (724) 695-1555 or
e-mailing [email protected]
Over 70
in the CAL
held Feb. 26.
CAL rolling into a new
season of athletic activity
by RICK GORJUP (158)
CAL President
EUCLID, Ohio — Well, another year
has passed, and CAL keeps going and
We finished our annual Sweetheart
Doubles Feb. 26. Another great turnout
helped us make this year’s event a success. Over 70 bowlers, along with some
friends and relatives, had a great time
on the lanes. The winners this year were
Everi Grahame and Patrick Vojtush in the
youth division, and Michelle Vojtush and
George Vojtush in the adult division. Our
CAL workers made sure everyone had a
great time.
The CAL Don Gorjup Golf Tournament will be played Saturday, May 28, at
Rolling Greens Golf Course in Huntsburg,
Ohio. This is our major event of the year,
and last year we had our largest turnout
since 1997 with over 100 golfers.
• Bella and Ruby Woolsey
Helper, Utah, Lodge 689
The members of Lodge 689 welcome 2-yearold Bella Rose Woolsey and 5-month-old
Ruby Rose Woolsey as their newest additions. Bella and Ruby are the daughters of
Bronzen (689) and Crystal Woolsey, and
the great-great-granddaughters of Helen
Majnik (689). We welcome Bella and Ruby
to the SNPJ, and extend our best wishes
to their entire family.
www.snpj.org • [email protected]
March 23, 2011
(USPS 448-080)
(ISSN 1080-0263)
Lodge 158
The Official Publication of the
Slovene National
Benefit Society
247 W. Allegheny Road
Imperial, PA 15126-9774
Phone: (724) 695-1100
1-800-843-7675 (THE SNPJ)
Fax: (724) 695-1555
e-mail: [email protected]
web site: www.snpj.org
Jay Sedmak
Associate Editor:
Kimberly Gonzalez
Subscription rate is $8 per year for non-SNPJ
members in the United States (Fla. subscribers,
please add 6 percent sales tax). Canadian and
foreign subscriptions, $50 per year. Advertising information available by writing our office.
Material concerning the official workings of
the Slovene National Benefit Society is given
publication priority. Unsolicited manuscripts
returned only if a self-addressed, stamped
envelope is enclosed.
Postmaster: Send all address changes to:
PROSVETA, 247 W. Allegheny Rd.,
Imperial, PA 15126-9774
(Issued biweekly on Wednesday)
(Periodical postage paid at Imperial, Pa.,
and additional mailing office.)
Executive Committee:
National President
Joseph C. Evanish
National Secretary
Karen A. Pintar
National Treasurer
Robert J. Lawrence
Office hours are Monday -Thursday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.; Fridays 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Finance Committee:
Chrm.: Roger C. Clifford — 568 Lang
Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Robert Lawrence, Secretary
Joseph C. Evanish
Kenneth Anderson — 2400 Derby Road,
Birmingham, MI 48009
Richard Hervol — 183 Wylie Ave.,
Strabane, PA 15363
Supervisory Committee:
Chrm.: Phyllis Wood — 9519 Evergreen
Lane, Fontana, CA 92335
Vincent Baselj — 1001 Grandview Ave.,
Apt. 903, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Louis J. Novak — 6308 Highland Rd.,
Highland Heights, OH 44143
Stan Repos — 1255 McCaslin Rd.,
Imperial, PA 15126
Joseph M. Grkman Jr. — P.O. Box 584,
South Park, PA 15129
Regional Vice Presidents:
Frank Bregar, Region 1 — 25 Willow
Crossing Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601
James L. Curl, Region 2 — 503 Orchard
St., Carnegie, PA 15106
Nancy Koutoulakis, Region 3 — 4321
Beverly Dr., Aliquippa, PA 15001
Dorothy Gorjup, Region 4 — 23760
Farringdon Ave., Euclid, OH 44123
Tracey Anderson, Region 5 — 1014
Edgewood Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Justina Rigler, Region 6 — 1116 Berkley Lane, Lemont, IL 60439
John Zibert, Region 7 — 284 N. 200
St., Arma, KS 66712
Fred Mlakar, Region 8 — 13592
Onkayha Cir., Irvine, CA 92620
SNPJ Recreation Center
270 Martin Road
Enon Valley, PA 16120
(724) 336-5180 • fax (724) 336-6716
Toll-free: 1-877-767-5732
web site: www.snpjrec.com
e-mail: [email protected]
Have something for
If a concert or dance, who is
Who to contact
Phone (
Complete and return to:
247 W. Allegheny Road
Imperial, PA 15126-9774
e-mail: [email protected]
New garden honors
Lodge 603 member for
years of dedication
Lodge 603
Correspondence received at:
247 West Allegheny Road
Imperial, PA 15126-9774
EUCLID, Ohio — Our
March Lodge meeting was
held Thursday, March 10, at
Recher Hall in Euclid. It was
nice to see Eileen Markusic
back at her post of sergeantat-arms. Eileen is recovering
from open heart surgery, and
she would like to thank all
who sent get well cards and
best wishes. Unfortunately
we missed her birthday, so
happy belated birthday to
Eileen, and to Stephen Godic
as well.
The annual Button Box
Bash is here! Don’t miss out on
one of the most attended musical events of the year Sunday,
April 3, at Recher Hall. This
event always proves to be a
great time. Contact Karen
O’Donnell at (216) 531-9309
for ticket information. We
hope to see you there.
This year marks the Loyalites Lodge 100th anniversary. We will be hosting
a dinner dance Oct. 8 to
celebrate. Loyalites will
be having a patron sponsor
program. Watch for details
in future prosveta articles
regarding the various sponsor
levels available. Gold, silver
and bronze medals will be
Our annual picnic at the
SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio,
will be held July 17. Gina
Volpe will be sending drawing tickets out to Loyalites
members next month. Please
consider entering this drawing; not only does it support
the Lodge, but the prizes will
be quite impressive since this
is our 100th anniversary.
Tickets will also be available
for purchase that day.
Congratulations to our
March anniversary celebrants,
Karen and Tim O’Donnell, as
well as Pat and Fred Nevar.
While we’re on the subject
of marriage, we congratulate
Bobby Russ on his recent engagement to Stacy Black.
Our travelers for this
month were Fred and Faye
Martin. They enjoyed their
visit to Punta Cana in the
Dominican Republic. Pat and
Fred Nevar returned from
Laughlin, Nev. Nobody will
ever know if they returned as
big winners.
Colleen Frank, Jan Smrdel,
Gina Volpe and Terri Halaburda represented the Loyalites at the SNPJ Winter
Classic Bowling Tournament
in February. We’re not sure if
we were successful bowlers,
but we had a great time. Isn’t
that what really matters?
Happy birthday wishes
go out to Madelyn Johnson,
Nancy Vasilko and Greg
Volpe. Don’t forget that every birthday you have is a
Lodge 158 Secretary Linda
Gorjup and Donna (Gorjup)
Sebusch will be traveling to
the Cayman Islands April 3.
Best wishes for a wonderful
trip, and don’t forget to bring
back some nice weather.
Our prayers and thoughts
go out to all of our ailing members and families. Continue to
support not only the Loyalites,
but all SNPJ Lodges.
Lodge 106
IMPERIAL, Pa. — Summer car cruises are returning
to Lodge 106 in Imperial. Every other Sunday afternoon
starting June 12, the Lodge 106 parking lot will be full of
classic cars, motorcycles, oldies music and great times. The
car cruises start at noon. A food buffet will be available
for purchase, and door prizes will be awarded.
If you have a classic car or bike and would like to show
it off, be sure to make your way to the SNPJ Lodge 106
parking lot to pick out your favorite spot. Even if you just
enjoy admiring these beautiful machines, head out to
Lodge 106 for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon.
Hop aboard the bus to the
75th SNPJ National Bowl
the gamblers. The bus will also be taking interested parties to the Detroit casinos both days. Don’t pass up this
opportunity to have fun in Detroit for the weekend.
Please reserve your spot on the bus as soon as possible.
Bowling entries are due March 31, and I need to have a
head count for the bus that day as well. Make checks
payable to Linda Gorjup, 790 E. 250th St., Euclid, OH
44132. For questions or any additional information, I can
be reached at (216) 650-1279.
How does your garden grow?
SNPJ National Board
Type of Event
Loyalites ready for 100th anniversary Car cruises returning
to Lodge 106 in June
SAMSULA, Fla. — On Jan. 30,
a ground-breaking ceremony for a
community garden in honor of lifelong Lodge 603 member Georgia
Nyburg was held on the property of
the BPOE Lodge 1557 Elks Club on
Park Ave. in Edgewater, Fla. Georgia
was recognized for her many years of
service to the Elks Ladies and Elks
Club, including her donations of apple
strudel, banana bread and rum cake
that she is best known for. Georgia
and her son, Bill Tomazin, have also
donated a ton or two of fresh produce
from her farm in Samsula to many
Elks functions. She chaired numerous
dinner parties for the club, and raised
money for the Harry Anna Trust Fund
by running bingo for 20 years.
Georgia, now 89, has resided in a
hospital or nursing home since Oct.
6, 2010. Every day she talks about
returning to the farm and planting
crops the Slovenian way. She is a lifelong resident of Samsula, born Nov.
10, 1921, to Jennie and John Luznar,
one of the pioneering families of our
Georgia married the late Joe
Tomazin Jr. and raised their children
on the farm. After Joe’s passing, she
married the late James Nyburg. Five
of her surviving children, Albert and
Bill Tomazin, Mary Ann Reichel,
Pauline Lockwood and Jeannette
Humphrey, attended the dedication.
Also present were her son-in-law,
John Reichel Jr.; her oldest grandchild,
Rhonda Tesauro; and her youngest
grandchild, John O’Rourke. Georgia
has 19 grandchildren and numerous
Elks Exalted Ruler Patty Greatrex
talked about Georgia’s service to the
Elks organizations and the $9,000
grant that will be received each year
for the next three years to be used in
the planting of eight plots in the community garden. Patty hopes they will
have an abundance of fresh produce to
be used for Elks Club functions and
for those in need through gifts of love.
A lifelong SNPJ member, Georgia
has promoted SNPJ and our Slovenian
heritage all of her life. She has donated
so much through the years for Lodge
603, the Samsula Woman’s Club and
SNPJ Youth Circle 57, and has chaired
more dinners at the Lodge 603 Hall
than we can count. When we were
A community garden in Edgewater, Fla., was dedicated in honor of GEORGIA
NYBURG (603) [center] for her service to Elks Lodge 1557.
children, she was instrumental in our
learning the art of floral decorating
and corsage making for Mother’s
Day. She had Mrs. Musson, a local
florist, teach us some of the basics of
growing flowers. Georgia had many
flower gardens on the family farm
where we picked many bouquets to
give away. I can best remember all of
the carnations, zinnias and pansies,
along with many more varieties. She
has been lucky to have traveled all over
the world, but loves Slovenia best and
longs to see it once again.
Former Samsula resident Paula
Jane (Edmonston) VanHuss of
Blairsville, Ga., visited Samsula for
a weekend and entered her art in the
Images Show in New Smyrna Beach.
She was joined by her childhood
friend, Pauline Lockwood, and her
cousins, Mac and Barbara Turberville, at a recent Lodge 603 Friday
night dinner.
Paula’s grandfather was Joe
Oresnik, and there was another Joe
Oresnik who also lived in Samsula
with his wife, Lucy. Joe and Lucy
donated their land to SNPJ for the
Lodge 603 Hall. Another piece of
Samsula history has been cleared
up for me! I very much appreciate
people taking an interest and letting
me know how the pieces fit.
A look at events planned by the Slovene National Benefit Society
• MARCH 27..... Herminie, Pa., Lodge 87 polka
dance in the Crystal Ballroom; 2-7 p.m.
Music by Mickey Dee and Dale Sinchak.
Admission is $8 and the kitchen will be
open. For details contact Shirley Bailley
at (724) 864-1606.
• APRIL 9......... Lodge 778 craft show at the Lodge
778 Hall, Spring Hill, Fla.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vendors, crafters and the public invited.
Table fee $10. For more information contact Daria Perse at (727) 753-9631.
• APRIL 10....... Herminie, Pa., Lodge 87 free
polka dance in the Crystal Ballroom;
2-7 p.m. Music by Ray Skovenski and
Jim Rhoades. Kitchen will be open. For
details contact Shirley Bailley at (724)
• APRIL 17........ Heritage Center Spring Fling in the
Alpine Room at the SNPJ Recreation
Center. Contact Carol Sadar Maruszak
at (440) 944-4229 for reservations or
additional information.
• APRIL 24....... Samsula, Fla., Lodge 603 Easter
egg hunt and dinner at the Lodge 603
Hall; 12:30 p.m. For details contact Mary
Ann Reichel at (386) 428-9570.
• APRIL 30-MAY 1....... SNPJ National Bowling
Tournament hosted by Detroit Lodges
564 and 677. For tournament information
contact SNPJ Fraternal Director Kevin
Richards at 1-800-843-7675 or e-mail
[email protected]
• MAY 21.......... Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138 hosts
the Don Wojtila Band at the Lodge 138
outdoor pavilion from 6-10 p.m.
• MAY 28.......... CAL Don Gorjup Golf Open at
Rolling Green Golf Course, Huntsburg,
Ohio. For details contact Rick Gorjup at
(440) 354-5001 or (440) 773-3233.
• MAY 29.......... Herminie, Pa., Lodge 87 Spring
Fling in the Crystal Ballroom; 2-7 p.m.
Music by Silver Sky Duo. A buffet will
be offered; tickets must be purchased
in advance. For details contact Shirley
Bailley at (724) 864-1606.
• MAY 30.......... The SNPJ Farm hosts Val’s Memorial Day Picnic, 1:30-7:30 p.m. at the
SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio. Music by
the Del Sinchak Band and Don Wojtila
• JUNE 19-24....... Youth Roundup at the SNPJ
Recreation Center. Contact Fraternal
Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-8437675 or e-mail [email protected] for
registration forms.
• JUNE 5.......... Orange Coast Lodge 786 wine
tasting party and picnic at Wiens Family Cellars, Temecula, Calif.; noon-5
p.m. Music by Fontana Button Box Club
members and others. For reservations
phone Jean Koci at (949) 495-0097 or
e-mail [email protected]
• JUNE 24-26....... SNPJ Young Adult Conference
at the SNPJ Recreation Center. For
registration information contact Fraternal
Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-8437675 or e-mail [email protected]
• JUNE 5.......... Westmoreland County (Pa.) Federation polka picnic at the Evanstown
Picnic Grove, Evanstown, Pa.; 1-7 p.m.
Music by the Frank Stanger and Jim
Rhoades bands. For details contact
Mary Ann Bebar at (724) 668-7394.
• JUNE 12........ Tony Mlinar Memorial Golf Outing,
Milwaukee. For additional details contact
Tony Mlinar at (414) 257-3385.
• JULY 2��������� Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138 hosts
Klancnik and Friends at the Lodge 138
outdoor pavilion from 6-10 p.m.
• JULY 3��������� Westmoreland County (Pa.) Federation presents Prime Time Polkas
Picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove,
Evanstown, Pa.; 1-7 p.m. Music by
Klancnik & Friends and Silver Sky Duo.
For details contact Mary Ann Bebar at
(724) 668-7394.
• JUNE 12........ SNPJ Western Pa. Golf Tournament at Rolling Green Golf Course,
Eighty Four, Pa.
• JULY 4 . ........ The SNPJ Farm hosts Val’s Summer Dance, 1:30-7:30 p.m. at the SNPJ
Farm, Kirtland, Ohio. Music by the Wayne
Tomsic Band and Stan Blout & Friends.
• JUNE 12........ Westmoreland County (Pa.)
Federation presents Mikey Dee’s Polka
Picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove,
Evanstown, Pa.; 1-7 p.m. Music by the
Mikey Dee and Del Sinchak bands. For
details contact Mary Ann Bebar at (724)
• JULY 8-10.......... Slovenefest XXX and the 55th
Miss SNPJ Pageant at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa.
For additional information phone the
Recreation Center toll-free at 1-877767-5732.
• JUNE 14........ V-Boj Lodge 53 bus trip to the Flight
93 Memorial and Quecreek Mine Rescue
site. For additional information contact
Martha Meglich at (440) 884-5043 or
Pauline Barbish at (440) 944-9139.
• JUNE 19........ Westmoreland County (Pa.)
Federation presents Steve Novosel’s
Father’s Day Polka Picnic at the Evanstown Picnic Grove, Evanstown, Pa.; 1-7
p.m. Music by the Don Wojtila and Dick
Tady bands. For details phone Mary Ann
Bebar at (724) 668-7394.
• JULY 16......... Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138 annual
Duck Race and family picnic.
• JULY 17-23........ First Family Week at the SNPJ
Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ,
Pa. For additional information phone
the SNPJ Recreation Center toll-free at
• JULY 24-30........ Second Family Week at the
SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of
SNPJ, Pa. For additional information
phone the Recreation Center toll-free
at 1-877-767-5732.
www.snpj.org • [email protected]
March 23, 2011
Leadership of Alpine
Convention handed over
SNPJ Marketing Department
Keep it simple
aving for retirement is necessary for a secure future, but sometimes the many options are just too
confusing for the everyday layman. We become
overwhelmed with the many different choices offered by
the many different institutions, so rather than make a decision, we put it off a little longer. Not good! The longer you
put it off, the more catching up you have to do to reach a
comfortable retirement.
The Roth IRA provides tax-free growth of your money
and, as a result, is one of the simplest and most effective
savings vehicles. The Roth IRA is a retirement account
that is funded with post­-tax income. You pay taxes on
your income this year as you would any year. You invest
some of your money into a Roth. Since your taxes were
paid before you invested, you’ll never pay income taxes
on those funds again. And the really beautiful benefit is
that all of your earnings on the principal amount will also
grow tax-free.
There are several restrictions to remember concerning
withdrawing your money and receiving the full benefit of
the tax-free growth. The growth on your Roth account can’t
be withdrawn until age 59½ without incurring a 10 percent
penalty (plus taxes) from the Federal government. In addition, the account must be open for at least five years before
you can withdraw any of the growth (interest), even if you
turn 59½ in the interim. To keep it simple, just remember
that in order to access the great benefit of tax-free interest,
the account must be open for at least five years and you
must be over 59½ years old.
Because you took care of your taxes up front, you’ll have
fewer restrictions later. For example, you do not need to
start withdrawing money from your account at age 70½, a
requirement of the Traditional IRA. In addition, as long as
you have an earned income, you can continue to contribute
to the Roth IRA beyond age 70.
Since money going into a Roth is post-tax money, it’s
very simple when it comes to the IRS. There is no need
to report a deduction on your 1040 form when you make
a contribution, like you would with a Traditional IRA. And
likewise, as long as you follow the five-year and over 59½
rule, there’s no need to report a withdrawal from your Roth
as taxable income.
Keep it simple and start investing in an SNPJ Roth
IRA. If you open an account before April 15, you can still
make your maximum contribution for 2010 and contribute
for 2011 as well. Call your local agent, Lodge secretary
or the Home Office at 1-800-843-7675 for
complete details.
• Thought for the Week — Everything should be made as simple as
possible... but not simpler.
Brdo pri Kranju (STA) — Slovenian representatives ceremoniously
handed over the presidential baton of
the Alpine Convention to Swit­zerland
on March 9 as the country’s two-year
stint at the convention helm came to an
end. Slovenian Environment Minister
Roko Zarnič expressed satisfaction with
Slovenia’s work over the past two years,
especially regarding the expansion of
the convention initiative through the
Dinaric Alps.
Zarnič handed the baton symbolically
to the head of the Swiss delegation, Robert Reich, as the 11th Alpine Con­ference
wrapped up at Brdo pri Kranju. During
the two-day event, representatives of
the Alpine Convention signatories exchanged views and restated the importance of potential in the Alps, both for
the region as well as for Europe. “Representatives of Austria, Germany, France,
Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia
and Switzerland expressed dedication
to future cooperation, and laid down
guidelines and priorities for the coming
six years,” according to Zarnič.
The minister enumerated the greatest
achievements of Slovenia’s presidency
to the press, saying that expanding the
convention initiative to the Dinaric Alps
was perhaps the biggest achievement.
“Slovenia represents a natural bridge
between the Alps and the Dinaric Alps.
Slovenia invested heavily in raising
awareness about the Alps and the
Alpine Convention. The country also
strengthened its relations with its Alpine
communities and with Triglav National
Park, as well as with and various experts,”
Zarnič pointed out. “An event dubbed
EcoRun was also held, marking Alpine
Convention Day in August 2010. The
event was a great success, and Slovenia
will organize it annually,” Zarnič said.
After symbolically receiving the baton from Zarnič, Reich listed the Swiss
priorities for the Alpine Conven­tion,
which include increased cooperation
among the signatories and raising awareness of the importance of the Alps on the
European level.
Apart from the Alpine Conference,
the two-day meeting also featured the
first Dinaric Conference, during which
the partici­pants signed a sustainable
development resolution for the Alpine
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Maribor (STA) — As a part of
the 2012 European Capital of Culture
project, Maribor will establish what
it has dubbed “culture embassies” to
strengthen cultural cooperation across
Europe, the Maribor 2012 Institute
announced in early March. To discuss
potential cooperation, the organizers of
the Culture Capital project hosted several
European ambassadors, cultural attachés
and foreign culture institute directors in
Suzana Zilic Fišer, a representative
of the Maribor 2012 Institute, said that
the main aim of culture embassies is to
“promote in-depth cooperation among
European cultures which will bring the
spirit of European culture not only to
Maribor and its partner cities, but to
Slovenia in general.” The embassies
will be located at the headquarters of the
Maribor 2012 Institute, which will serve
as a center where individual cultures will
be represented and promoted.
To date, seven foreign culture institutes have confirmed their cooperation in
the project – the French Charles Nodier
Institute, the British Council, the Austrian Kulturforum, the Italian Culture
Institute, the German Goethe-Institut,
the Spanish Cervantes Institute and the
Hungarian Finnagora Institute – as have
both Belgium and Portugal.
In the following weeks, representatives of the embassies and culture centers
will cooperate with the Maribor 2012
Institute to establish the program for each
country presented during the European
Capital of Culture in 2012.
Natural gas discovery
encouraging to Slovenia
Brussels, Belgium (STA) — While
attending a Feb. 28 EU ministerial meeting in Brussels, Slovenian Economy
Minister Darja Radić announced that
natural gas had been discovered in Slovenia’s north-eastern Pomurje region.
“This discovery is very encouraging,
especially in light of supply interruptions
caused by recent unrest in North Africa,”
from the
she pointed out. “We have started drilling
in Pomurje, research has been made and
we already have the first find,” Radić said
about the discovery, made by a British
company in the town of Petišovci.
Slovenia is currently importing natural gas from Algeria and Russia, and the
minister believes that a third, local source
of natural gas would be the best way to
ensure supply stability.
When questioned about the South
Stream pipeline project of Russian gas
producer Gazprom, which is supposed
to run through Slovenia, Minister Radić
said the project was “interesting,” but that
nothing had been decided yet.
During their time in Brussels, EU
ministers responsible for energy discussed the rising prices of oil and natural
gas follow­ing the unrest in Libya and
other North African countries. “Slovenia is not directly affected by the crisis
in Libya, but some EU countries get
important supplies of oil and gas from
that country, which is why the ministers
are concerned. In order to restrain rising
energy prices, the European Commission
will encourage Saudi Arabia to increase
production,” Radić said, adding that
no other measures were planned at the
moment, which according to her shows
how vulnerable the EU is.
Lipica celebrates 40th
year of its riding school
LIPICA (STA) — One of the world’s
oldest stud farms, Lipica, celebrated the
40th anniversary of its riding school with
a spectacle combining the gracefulness
and courage of white Lipizzan horses
with art at the Stozice Arena in Ljubljana
March 11.
“Lipica in Ljubljana: Pride, Beauty,
Courage” features 50 Lipizzans of the
Lipica Classical Riding School and the
Slovenian Lipizzaner Breeding Association. The horses “danced” to the music
performed by the Slovenian Army Orchestra and other musicians.
Tomaž Letnar, who arranged the
program, said he wanted to put together
a spectacle worthy of Lipica, and even
though the show featured excellent
musicians, the horses took the leading
role. Letnar believes the project was an
exceptional experience, and during his
work with horses he could do nothing
but “wonder at their characters.”
Lipica stud farm director Tomi Rumpf
said that the project was very demanding
in terms of logistics, since the horses had
to be transported to Ljubljana a few days
before the show and required quality
stables at the venue.
A morning show held on the day of the
event, open to both the public and school
children, served as a dress rehearsal for
the evening performance.
An exhibition by painter Avgust
Cernigoj (1898-1985), who lived in Lipica during his final years and donated his
paintings to the stud farm, opened Feb.
28 at the Kresija gallery as a part of the
Lipica in Ljubljana project. Since they
are kept at the Lipica stud farm, the 10
exhibited Cernigoj works were displayed
in Ljubljana for the very first time.
Slovenian mothers
choose to stay on the job
Brussels, Belgium (STA) — Slovenia registered the highest employment
rate for mothers in the EU in 2009, Eurostat revealed in a recent report.
The employment rate for women aged
25 to 54 with one child in Slovenia was
84.8 percent, climbing to 89.1 percent
for women with two children. Across
the EU, these rates stood at 71.3 percent
and 69.2 percent, respectively. While
the EU’s average employment rate for
women with three or more children was
only 54.7 percent, the rate in Slovenia
was much higher at 79.3 percent. The
EU-wide employment rate for women
without children was 75.8 percent, and
78.5 percent in Slovenia.
Male employment rates in terms of
number of children for Slovenia were
comparable with EU trends, with the
lowest rate tallied for men without children (80.5 percent in Slovenia and 80.3
percent in the EU), and the highest for
men with two children (93.7 percent in
Slovenia and 90.6 percent in the EU).
Couples with children comprised
roughly 24 percent of the near-800,000
households in Slovenia, while couples
without children accounted for just
over 19 percent in Slovenia. Just over
16 percent of Slovenia households were
single women without children, while
10 percent were single men without
Single mothers accounted for nearly
three percent of the households in Slovenia, while single fathers in Slovenia made
up less than one-half of a percent.
Majority of Slovenians
in single-family homes
Brussels, Belgium (STA) — In Slovenia, nearly 70 percent of the population
lives in single-family houses, the highest
percentage in the EU, according to a
recent survey. The survey determined
that 42 percent of all Europeans live in
apartments, 34 percent in single-family
homes and 23 percent in multi-family
units such as townhomes.
The countries following Slovenia with
more than half of their population living in
single-family homes include Hungary (68
percent), Romania (61 percent), Denmark
(58 percent) and Sweden (51 percent).
The survey also shows that apartments
are more common in Latvia, Estonia,
Spain, Lithuania, Greece, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy. Multi-family
housing units are most preferred in the
Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland.
According to the survey responses,
every sixth European lives in an overcrowded apartment, particularly in
Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Poland,
Lithuania and Bulgaria, while the lowest
rates of overcrowding were recorded in
Cyprus, the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland,
Belgium and Malta. The survey also
discovered that roughly four percent of
all Europeans still reside in dwellings
without a toilet, and three percent in
homes lacking indoor bathrooms.
Vine pruning preserves
an old Maribor tradition
Maribor (STA) — The world’s
oldest vine was pruned as a part of a
traditional event held in Maribor March
4. The city’s new vine-dresser, Stanislav
Kocutar, made the expert cut and distributed the wine grafts with the help of
Maribor Mayor Franc Kangler and the
2011 Maribor Wine Queen.
According to Kangler, the vine is one
of the most important symbols of the city
of Maribor and will play an important
role next year, when Maribor heads the
European Capital of Culture project.
He also noted that Lent, the old part of
Maribor, will take on a completely new
image next year following the planned
renovation of the Drava River banks.
According to tradition, the grafts were
distributed to representatives of several
Slovenian municipalities, and one was
sent to the Croatian municipality of Kolan
on the island of Pag.
Usually, some 6.5 gallons of wine are
produced every year from the grapes of
the Old Vine, which is over 400 years
old and has been protected as a symbol of
Slovenian national heritage for a number
of years. The wine is used by Maribor
authorities as protocol gifts for special
Move over McDonald’s,
Burger King is moving in
Ljubljana (STA) — Burger King,
the world’s second-largest fast food hamburger chain, opened its first restaurant
in Slovenia, in Ljubljana’s BTC City
commercial district, March 10. Burger
King restaurants are expected to branch
out to other major cities in Slovenia
this year.
The Burger King brand was brought
to Slovenia by Sportina Group, a retail,
tourism and catering company. Burger
King representatives said that the company had studied the region well and
be­lieved now was the right time to
introduce their brand in Slovenia. The
Sportina Group was happy to have met
the strict criteria for the Burger King
franchise and believes Slovenia presents
great growth potential for the brand’s
development and growth.
Over the past five years, Burger King
has grown significantly in Central and
Eastern Europe by opening franchises in
Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Bulgaria and Romania, and by introducing restaurants in Russia and Slova­kia
last year. Burger King now manages
over 12,200 fast food restaurants, serving over 11 million customers daily in
76 countries.
The articles comprising this feature have been
reprinted with permission from the Slovenian
Press Agency (STA).
www.snpj.org • [email protected]
23. Marca 2011
Ptice tudi pozimi nimajo miru
Ureja Vida Kosir
Arheološko zbirko
bodo lahko preselili
HEADLINE: They will be
able to move the archeological collection
TOPIC: The Ptuj city municipality recently became
the owner of two buildings.
With this acquisition, the
municipality received space
to move the archeological depositories and the collection
of the Ptuj Provincial Museum from a former church
nave at the Dominican monastery. Now the municipality
is planning to add a meeting
and cultural hall in the
monastery, which should be
completed at the beginning
of next year when Ptuj will
be a partner in the European
Cultural Capital Project.
Mestna občina Ptuj je dobila v last nekdanjo upravno
stavbo ptujskega kmetijskega
kombinata in stavbo nekdanje
gostilne Novi svet ob njej.
Obe sta bili v lasti Perutnine
Ptuj in sta v neposredni bližini
ptujskega dominikanskega
samostana. S tem je občina
dobila nove prostore za preselitev arheoloških depojev in
zbirk ptujskega pokrajinskega
muzeja in nekdanje cerkvene
ladje dominikanskega samostana.
V samostanu občina
načrtuje kongresno in kulturno
dvorano, ki bi morala biti po
prvotnih zamislih končana
do začetka prihodnjega leta,
ko bo Ptuj partner evropski
kulturni prestolnici. Ptujski
župan Štefan Čelan je povedal,
da za ureditev novih prostorov
za arheološko gradivo in za
njegovo preselitev potrebujejo
pol milijona evrov. Direktor
muzeja Aleš Arih pa je dejal,
da še ni povsem jasno, koliko
stroškov bo s tem nastalo, saj
so doslej potrebe le ocenjevali. Prvotno je bilo urejanje
kulturne dvorane v samostanskem kompleksu ocenjeno na
5,4 milijona evrov, saj gre za
zahteven projekt, na Ptuju pa
jih veliko nasprotuje takšnemu
poseganju v spomenike.
HEADLINE: Even in the winter time
birds don’t have peace
TOPIC: Scaring, shooting and illegal
navigation in the natural surroundings
are the reasons why there are fewer and
fewer birds that stay the winter on the
Drava River, which is the most important winter quarters for water birds in
the country. During their recent winter
count of water birds, ornithologists
have stated that the number of these
birds that stay in the area is a third less
compared to a typical year.
Even though this year’s results are
not yet available, the initial information
shows that the numbers will be as bad
as they were last year.
The biggest problem is with boats
on the river and motor vehicles on the
banks which disturb the birds. Besides
that, hunters were also very active this
year. During the hunting season, many
times hunters also shoot other birds that
are protected.
Plašenje, streljanje ter nezakonita
vožnja in plovba v naravnem okolju so
vzrok, da je ptic, ki prezimujejo na reki
Dravi, najpomembnejšem prezimovališču
za vodne ptice v državi, iz leta v leto manj.
Kot pri vsakoletnem zimskem štetju vodnih ptic ugotavljajo ornitologi, je število
prezimujočih vodnih ptic kar tretjino
manjše v primerjavi z običajnimi leti.
“Takšnega pritiska na ptice, kot smo
opazili letos, ne pomnim,” je povedal
vodja zimskega štetja ptic v Sloveniji
Luka Božič. Štetje je potekalo že petnajsto
leto zaporedoma; med 14. in 16. januarjem so delavci Društva za opazovanje
in proučevanje ptic Slovenije (DOPPS)
sistematično pregledali vse večje in srednje
velike reke ter večino stoječih vodnih teles
po vsej Sloveniji.
Čeprav rezultatov zimskega štetja še
ni, prvi podatki kažejo, da bodo prav
tako slabi kot lani, ko so zabeležili za
HEADLINE: Preparations for ship’s tourists
TOPIC: In April, a group
of merchants from Koper is
planning to establish their
own association which will
help develop commercial and
other business activities in
Koper’s historic city center.
“Development of commercial activities is extraordinarily important for improved tourist offerings in
expectation of a large number
of tourists. Last year, 37,900
tourists visited Port Koper
from cruise liners, and this
year they are expecting at
least four times more. We are
expecting 130,000 travelers
and crew members,” said
Jana Tolja, advisor for special projects at the mayor’s
Close to 70 percent of all
passengers stay in the city,
and this means more shoppers. There are many stores
and display windows that are
not properly arranged, and
some store schedules and
offerings are not directed
toward tourists.
Many of the merchants
don’t believe that the old city
center is more attractive for
tourists than the shopping
centers outside of the city.
On average, a tourist who
visits Slovenia for one day
spends $75.
Skupina koprskih trgovcev
Bossman in direktor Obalnih galerij Piran Toni Biloslav. Pred tem so se sestali
z gradbenim odborom in se dogovorili o
podrobnostih nadaljnega poteka prenove.
Najpomembnejše je, da občina pričakuje
od ministrstva za kulturo lani obljubljenih
495.000 evrov, ki jih mora ministrstvo
prenesti v letošnje proračunske postavke,
občina pa mora letos za ta dela nameniti
še en milijon. Člani gradbenega odbora in
župan so se zavzeli, da bi delavci Stavbenika še pred glavno turistično sezono
dokončali večino, da bi jeseni opravili
zaključna dela in namestili opremo.
Zanjo bo načrt izdelal Boris Podrecca.
Pokazalo se je, da imajo pri prenovi nekaj
težav s piranskim gostincem Bojanom
Šalamunom, ki ima v najemu pritlični
lokal pod galerijo. Težava je nesoglasje
med njegovim najemnikom in arhitektom,
kako ga opremiti. Predstavniki občinske
uprave zatrjujejo, da bodo trenutna nesoglasja s podnajemnikom pravočasno
zgladili in da to ne bo oviralo časovnega
načrta prenove ene osrednjih stavb ob
Tartinijevem trgu. Notranjost galerije bo
dodobra spremenjena, arhitek Podrecca
pa je županu predlagal svojo prvotno
zamisel, da bi galerijsko stavbo nad ulico
ponovno povezali z občinsko palačo, na
način, kot je to v zgodovini že bilo. V
Obalnih galerijah Piran so neuradno že
predlagali, da bi tudi po prenovi mestne
galerije smeli ohraniti razstavne prostore
v portoroškem skladišču soli Monford,
saj opažajo, da tamkajšnje razstave obišče
veliko več ljubiteljev umetnosti.
Sledi grosupeljskih prednikov
HEADLINE: Traces of
Grosuplje ancestors
TOPIC: After a short
break, archeologists in Grosuplje, where the Hofer
Company is planning to
build its new store, recently
started to again uncover the
remnants of the past. To
date they have discovered a
Roman road from the second
or third century A. D., as well
as coins, pieces of steel, nails
and a sandal which was at one
time used as horse gear.
They also came across a
large mass of ceramics dating
from the Bronze Period, the
12th to 10th centuries B.C.
The excavations will continue
until spring.
The manager of the excavations, Barbara Hofman
from the Okra Company,
said that these many rich
findings surprised them all.
So far they have uncovered
close to 100 pounds of ceramics. Among the items,
seven dishes were very well
preserved, which means that
the Grosuplje ancestors left
them where the archeologists
found them. All of the articles
will be donated to the Narodni Museum in Ljubljana. The
findings could stay in Grosuplje, but the city doesn’t have
a museum or a suitable place
to store them.
Archeologists also found
numerous channel brooks,
which means that at one time
this area was very wet and
Po krajšem premoru so
arheologi v Grosupljem ob
Adamičevi cesti, kjer namerava trgovsko podjetje Hofer
zgraditi trgovino, pred dnevi
Priprave na ladijske turiste
Mestno galerijo bi radi prenovili še letos
HEADLINE: They would like to
renovate the city gallery this year
TOPIC: Architect Boris Podrecca,
Piran Mayor Peter Bossman and director of the Obala Galleries Toni Biloslav
recently visited the site of the Piran City
Gallery renovation. Before their visit
they met with the construction board
and agreed on the details of the further
process of the renovation. The mayor
and members of the construction board
hope that the Stavbenik workers will be
able to complete most of the work before
the main tourist season starts, and in the
fall they could complete the final work
and furnish the gallery.
Delovišče prenavljajoče se Mestne
galerije Piran so pred dnevi obiskali
arhitekt Boris Podrecca, župan Peter
tretjino manj prezimovajočih ptic kot
običajno. Veliko motenj so zabeležili
tudi na najpomembnejšem območju za
prezimujoče ptice v Sloveniji, reki Dravi
med Mariborom in Središčem ob Dravi
na hrvaški meji, ki sodi med evropsko
pomembna območja za ptice (IBA).
Velik problem je predvsem vznemirajanje ptic z vožnjami s čolni in motornimi
vozili po obrežjih, poleg tega so bili
letos izredno aktivni tudi lovci; ti med
dovoljenim lovom na race mlakarice
velikokrat ustrelijo tudi druge ptice (letos
so našli ustreljene tudi zavarovane vrste
velikega žagarja, kormorana, sive čaplje
in velike bele čaplje), s svojo aktivnostjo
pa lovci tudi plašijo ptice pri počitku.
Ob tako intenzivnih motnjah se vodne
ptice nimajo kam umakniti, z begom pa
izgubljajo zalogo energije, postajajo bolj
plašne in s tem bolj ranljive, opozarjajo
spet začeli odkopavati ostanke
preteklosti. Do zdaj so odkrili
rimsko cesto iz drugega do
tretjega stoletja našega štetja in
na njej kovance, nekaj železja,
žebljičke in med drugim tudi
sandal, ki se je nekoč uporabljal
pri konjski opremi.
Naleteli so na pravo najdišče
keramike, ki spada v čas od
12. do 10. stoletja pred našim
štetjem, torej v bronasto dobo
ali v prazgodovino. Izkopavanja bodo predvidoma trajala
do spomladi. Vodja izkopavanj
Barbara Hofman iz podjetja
Okra je za Delo povedala, da
jih je bogato najdišče prijetno
Čeprav keramike ne tehtajo,
temveč jo določajo po obliki,
po ornamentu in prelomu ter
količini posod, nam je za lažje
razumevanje zaupala, da so jo
do zdaj izkopali približno 50
Od tega so sedem posod
našli precej ohranjenih, kar
pomeni, da so jih grosupeljski
predniki pustili tam, kjer so jih
arheologi zdaj našli; medtem
ko so ostale najdbe črepinje, ki
so se z oranjem zemlje precej
Vse predmete bodo predali Narodnemu muzeju v
Ljubljani. Najdbe bi lahko
ostale tudi v Grosupljem,
vendar mesto nima muzeja
ali primernega prostora za
shranitev. Iz prazgodovinskega
obdobja so odkrili še ožgane
kamne in luknje, v katere so
bili zabiti koli, na katere so
postavili kolibe.
Naleteli so tudi na več strug
potokov, kar pomeni, da je
bilo to območje nekoč precej
vodnato in močvirnato.
namerava aprila ustanoviti
svoje združenje, ki bo prispevalo k razvoju trgovske in
druge poslovne dejavnosti v
zgodovinskem središču mesta.
O tem se je pred dnevi dogovorilo približno 30 trgovcev
in nekaj drugih koprskih
poslovnežev, ki jih Regijska
razvojna agencija (RRA) Koper in uprava mestne občine
spodbujata k organiziranosti.
“Organiziranost trgovcev
v mestnem jedru bo skrbela
za reševanje skupnih trgovskih problemov in pomagala
pri uresničevanju poslovnih
priložnosti. Močnejši trgovci
bodo prispevali h bolj kakovostnem življenju v mestu in
k boljši turistični ponudbi,”
je povedal Slavko Mezek iz
RRA Koper. “Razvoj trgovske
dejavnosti je izrednega pomena za popolnejšo turistično
ponudbo ob pričakovanem
večjem turističnem obisku.
Lani je koprsko pristanišče
obiskalo 37.900 turistov s
potniških ladij, letos jih bo vsaj
tri-do štirikrat več. Pričakujejo
130.000 potnikov in članov
posadke,” je dejala Jana Tolja,
svetovalka za posebne projekte v uradu župana Borisa
Popoviča. “Kar 70 odstotkov jih ostane v mestu, in to
pomeni občutno več kupcev.
Poslovni partnerji, ki vodijo
turiste k nam, so zaradi nizkih pričakovanj zadovoljni
z našo trgovsko ponudbo in
nam dajejo dobre ocene, vendar menimo, da je še veliko
neizkoriščenih možnosti.” Po
njenem mnenju veliko trgovin
in izložb ni primerno urejenih
oziroma se z urniki ali ponudbo
preslabo prilagajajo potrebam
Mnogi trgovci težko verjamejo, da je staro mestno jedro
privlačnejše za turiste, kot so
trgovska središča zunaj mesta.
Povprečna poraba gosta, ki za
en dan obišče Slovenijo, je 57
evrov, znesek v turistično in
trgovsko razvitejših državah
pa je višji.
REŠITEV - Vajenec je rešil šefa, da ni utonil. “Najlepša
hvala,” mu je dejal šef. “Zdaj lahko poveš, kakšno željo
naj ti izpolnim.” Vajenec ne razmišlja dolgo: “Prosim
vas, da nikomur v podjetju ne poveste, da sem vas rešil
iz vode!”
MINEŠTRA - “Natakar, glejte, kaj sem našel v mineštri:
vžigalnik!” - “O hvala gospod. Vidim, da so še pošteni
ljudje na svetu!”
Zaradi obnove izpraznili
piransko pristanišče
HEADLINE: Because of
the renovation they emptied
Piran Port
TOPIC: Even the oldest
inhabitants of Piran can’t
remember when Piran port
was ever so empty, without
even one boat. Historian Nadja Terčon from the Sergej
Mašera Piran Pomorski
Museum said that in the last
120 years the port had only
been renovated twice – once
in 1893 and again in the
1930s, but at that time not
as extensively.
Niti najstarejši Pirančani
ne pomnijo, da bi bil notranji
piranski mandrač prazen in
brez enega samega čolnička.
Zgodovinarka Nadja Terčon
iz Pomorskega muzeja Sergej
Mašera Piran pa je povedala,
da so v zadnjih 120 letih samo
dvakrat obsežno prenavljali pristanišče - leta 1893 in
sredi tridesetih prejšnjega
stoletja, vendar v prejšnjem
stoletju dela niso bila tako
obsežna. Obnove so se lotili
delavci treh gradbenih podjetij: Stavbenika, Adriainga
in Grasista. Doslej so zabili
že 60 železobetonskih pilotov
od 15 do 23 metrov globoko,
ki bodo nosili obalni zid. Zid
je bil že poln lukenj in tudi
cesta na Cankarjevem nabrežju
se je posedala. Pomolček na
zahodni strani pristanišča
bodo zgradili znova, na njem
bodo kamnite mize za prvo
prodajo rib, starega železnega
dvigala ni več, obalni zid bo
za dobro ped višji (morje bo
zato manjkrat poplavljalo).
Ob koncu obalnega zidu bodo
plavajoči pomolčki, ki bodo
ribičem olajšali delo, tla ob
pristanišču pa bodo tlakovali
s starimi in novimi kamnitimi
ploščami. Vrednost naložbe je
bila ocenjena na 3,5 milijona
evrov. Delo naj bi dokončali
do velikonočnih praznikov, a
bodo izvajalci težko izpolnili
pogodbeni rok.
Vojaška tekma na Mangrtu
HEADLINE: The military competition on Mangrt
TOPIC: On June 4, the Military
Mountaineers Association of Slovenia and the Bovec Municipality will
arrange the first memorial competition of military mountaineers on
Mangrt. Through a giant slalom
competition, and with the help of
the American embassy, they will
repeat the events of June 1945 when
soldiers of the 10th Alpine Division
arranged a skiing competition
below the mountain, in which 75
competitors participated.
“At the suggestion of the Military
Mountaineers Association and the
municipality, the competition on
Mangrt will see its first repetition,
and there is hope that it will become
an annual memorial event which
could restore part of AmericanSlovenian joint military history
and present Mangrt as a mountain
that unites three nations and three
cultures through friendship and
participation,” said Janez Kavar,
president of the Military Mountaineers Association of Slovenia.
The members of the active 10th
Mountain Division from the United
States and many other military
mountain groups from different
countries will participate in the
July competition.
In 1945, the American military
mountaineers won the ski competition. The individual winner was
Walter Prager who, prior to the
war, was very successful in his native Switzerland and in 1948 became
the leader of the American Olympic
ski team.
Združenje vojaških gornikov
Slovenije in bovška občina bosta 4.
junija priredili prvo spominsko tekmo
vojaških gornikov na Mangrtu. Z
veleslalomsko preizkušnjo bodo s
pomočjo ameriškega veleposlaništva
tako ponovili dogodek iz leta 1945, ko
so vojaki 10. gorske divizije pod goro
pripravili smučarsko tekmo, na kateri
je nastopilo kar 75 tekmovalcev.
“Na pobudo združenja vojaških
gornikov in občine bo tekma na Mangrtu dočakala prvo ponovitev in želja
je, da bi postala tradicionalen spominski dogodek, s katerim bi oživljala
del ameriško-slovenske skupne
vojaške zgodovine in poudarili Mangrt kot goro, ki združuje tri narode,
tri kulture, tri države, prijateljstvo in
sodelovanje,” je poudaril predsednik
Združenja vojaških gornikov Slovenije Janez Kavar. Napovedujejo,
da bodo na tekmi nastopili pripadniki
aktivne 10. gorske divizije iz ZDA,
ekipa naslednikov veteranov divizije,
ekipe držav mednarodne federacije
vojakov gornikov, ekipa Slovenske
vojske, ekipa gorske enote slovenske
Policije in ekipa domačinov iz Bovca
(smučarski klub, postaja GRS). Po
navedbah so bili prav v omenjeni gorski diviziji takrat najboljši ameriški
alpski smučarji. Na Bovškem so se
znašli v drugi polovici maja 1945,
potem ko so zavezniške sile po
jugoslovanski osvoboditvi Trsta in
začrtani Morganovi liniji zavzele zahodni del Soče od Jadranskega morja
pa vse do Loga pod Mangrtom in
Belopeških jezer pri Trbižu. Čeprav je
takrat zima že mahala v slovo, so bila
melišča na južni strani Mangrta še vedno zasnežena, zato so vojaki nestrpno
pričakovali smučarsko tekmo. Večina
je uporabljala smučarsko opremo,
ki so jo zaplenili nemškim gorskim
lovcem. Na startu veleslaloma je
bilo kar 76 vojakov, približno 500
pa je dogajanje spremljalo ob strmi
in zahtevni progi. Do cilja je prišlo
samo 25 posameznikov, zmago pa
je slavil Walter Prager, ki je bil pred
vojno uspešen v rodni Švici, leta
1948 pa je postal tudi vodja ameriške
olimpijske ekipe.
Škot pripoveduje prijatelju: “Lani
sem ženi za rojstni dan kupil
zračno blazino.” - “Pa letos?” “Letos jo bom napihnil.”
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March 23, 2011
Sygan Lodge 6 activities are sure to please
Lodge 6
Badger Brain Bender
Just a little test of your memory. Can you name these two
accordionists? What was the occasion and date (or year) of the
event they are playing for? Where was the celebration taking
place (name and location)? If you get all the answers right, you
are good! The answers can be found in Bro. Bob Smole’s “Badger
Jabber” column on page 6.
March 2011
Eileen J. Wilfong
Philip F. Bummer
Janice M. Bly
Mary J. Ravnikar
Kenneth W. Knafelc
Sabella M. Gallon
Darlene Mills
Antoinette Dirschl
Betty J. McErlean
Fred Nevar
Virginia B. Boroz
John H. Samanich
Jane E. Wilson
Diane J. Klohs
Joyce Drugmand
David F. Brown
Joseph B. Sankovich
Stanley V. Baucher
Thomas L. Gertscher
Frank D. Benedict
Virginia Lipovec
Janice M. Lucci
Raymond Brennen
Angeline Hlasta
Max F. Pavlovich
60-Year Members
March 2011
Joseph P. Schmetter
Jean Lipinski
Loretta J. Winter
Alice A. Hedderman
Marian Zeppi
Audrey Fleming
Dorothy L. Woynovich
Lillian K. Pastovich
Audre A. Fox
C.J. Chesnic
Bertha E. Hencey
Eleanor LePage
Jean M. Hagsten
Paul Tomsich
Mathew E. Balint
Mary J. Palmquist
Theodore M. Waligora
Carolyn R. Nagode
Rose M. Smith
70-Year Members
March 2011
Bertha Y. Herron
Tony Pishkur
Anna Sensasak
Agnes DeJohn
Agnes J. Koporc
Edwin Baraga
Amelia Glazar
Frances H. Torella
Josephine Vossen
Hilda E. Terek
Rose L. Jochum
Anton Perme
Paul Sersha
80-Year Members
March 2011
Alma Eppick
Molly Drobnick
Edith Kuehl
Lodge Member
Anna Wittress
Julia Belanger
IMPERIAL, Pa. — Come
out to the SNPJ Lodge 106
clubroom in Imperial on the
second and fourth Thursday
of every month for bar bingo.
The first game starts at 7 p.m.
and we play until 9.
Lodge 106 has gone country! On Saturday, April 2, the
Lodge 106 Hall will be alive
with the high-energy country
sounds of Southern Detour!
Admission is only $7 per person at the door and the Lodge
106 kitchen will be serving
a great menu. The band will
perform from 9:30 p.m. until
1:30 a.m. The public is invited
and encouraged to attend this
kickin’ night of country music
in Imperial!
The next dinner jam night
in the Lodge 106 clubroom
will be Saturday, April 16.
Music starts at 7 p.m. This
is always a great time at the
The Lodge 106 children’s
Easter egg hunt will be held
Saturday, April 23, from 1 to
4 p.m. There are several ways
to RSVP for this party. You
can register your children in
the clubroom during regular
business hours; you can contact Circle 106 Director Tracy
Steele at (412) 527-6771 or
[email protected]; or
you can visit the youth page
of our web site, www.snpj
1. A street of small shops
6. *Part of Rocky’s arsenal
9. *Object of Frodo’s obsession
14.*“Ice ___”
15.It’s plucked to foretell love
16.Move very quickly
17.*“Apocalypse Now” takes
place during the Vietnam one
18.City in Belgium
19.*“The ______,” starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin
21.*It starred Hoffman and Cruise
23.“To and ___”
24.Ancient Greeks’ harp
25.Munchhausen’s story
28.*The first Bond movie
30.*He went against Kramer
35.At the top
37.Male children
39.Richard Nixon’s VP
40.Level or dismantle
41.One of 10 on humans
43.“Layla” performer
44.*It starred Denzel Washington
and is set during Civil War
46.Generic name for dog
47.*“____ the Halls,” starring DeVito and Broderick
48.“The world is your ______”
52.Timid or unsure
53.Slang for heroin
imperialpa.com, and click on
the “E-mail Me” button under
the picture.
Please RSVP by April 16. It
is very important that we make
sure we have enough candy
and food for the children.
Back by popular demand,
the trio Renewed Memories
II will entertain members
and guests in the Lodge 106
clubroom Saturday, April 23,
from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The May dinner jam night
in the Lodge 106 clubroom
will be Saturday, May 21.
There will be a Cinco de Mayo
theme for the dinner this evening. This will be the last jam
night of the season; jam nights
will resume in September.
The officers and members of
Lodge 106 wish everybody a
great summer.
Speaking of summer, SNPJ
Lodges 6, 106, 138 and 715
have teamed up to sponsor a
fraternal weekend at the SNPJ
Recreation Center Aug. 12 13. Check out the article on the
front page of this PROSVETA
issue for additional details.
You’re invited to join in on
the fun!
It’s never too late to become
a member of Lodge 106. See
our sales representatives, Joe
Sladick, Stan Repos or Brian
Patosky, to purchase SNPJ life
insurance or an annuity and
become a member of SNPJ
Lodge 106 today!
Gear up for summer dancing at the Spring Fling
SNPJ Heritage Center Committee
Sunday, April 17, on your calendar for
the Spring Fling sponsored by the SNPJ
Heritage Center in the Borough of SNPJ.
It will be a dinner dance afternoon in the
Alpine Room, featuring the Pittsburgh
Area Jitterbug Club and the Polka Pirates
from Cleveland.
The sun is beginning to peek through
the clouds, so it’s time to start training
for all the picnics and polka dances this
summer. The polka is an exhilarating and
fun dance that is a great exercise for just
about everyone. And because dancing the
polka is so much fun, most people are
unaware they are exercising.
There are many polka styles, but the
basic three-step is the most common.
The polka can be danced in a sweeping
style, much like a fast Vienna waltz, or
it can be short and quick steps that are
very high energy. Be prepared to sweat
because dancing the polka is an intense
physical workout. Many young people
are discovering the polka and find it a
great alternative to cardio exercise. It’s
impossible to be in a bad mood while
dancing the polka!
The Button Box Dynamic Duo,
Kathy Hlad and Ron Likovic, will be
taking the bandstand and entertaining
the crowd. Kathy and Ron have been
performing together for over 30 years
and continue to engage crowds with their
talent. Musicians are invited to bring their
The cost of the event is $15. A chicken
and sausage dinner prepared by SNPJ
Recreation Center Director Tim Jergel
is included and will be served at 1 p.m.
The afternoon will also include a dance
demo by the Pittsburgh Area Jitterbug
Club and dancing to the big band sound
of the Polka Pirates.
Reserved seating will be available if
ordering dinners for at least eight people.
Dinner dance tickets must be reserved in
advance. Only want to dance? Admission
for the dance only is $8 and can be paid at
the door after 2 p.m. The day’s schedule
of events is as follows: the doors will
open at 12:30 p.m., a buffet dinner will
be served in the Alpine Room at 1 p.m., a
PAJC dance demo will start at 1:30 p.m.,
and dancing to the Polka Pirates will run
from 2 to 5 p.m.
For $15 per person, the dinner dance
ticket covers the entire event and will
be mailed to you in advance. Reservations must be received by April 1. Send
a check made payable to “SNPJ Heritage
Center” to Carol Sadar Maruszak, 2151
PROSVETA Crossword
At the Movies
The entry fee is $21 per bowler and
includes a tailgate party in the parking
lot during the tournament. For an entry
form or additional information, contact
Jim Curl at (412) 221-9862. Please register
early as requested shift times will be
determined on a first-come, first-served
For information regarding any of
these events, log onto our web site, www.
sygan.net. Click the “Special Events” or
“Sunday Dance” tabs for dance information, or click the “Clubroom Events”
tab for what’s going on downstairs with
Margie. You can also find us on Facebook
by searching [email protected], or
contacting Jim Curl at (412) 257-4007 or
[email protected]
Imperial Lodge 106 bustling with upcoming events
Lodge 106
50-Year Members
SYGAN, Pa. — There are several upcoming events taking place at Lodge 6 you’ll
want to mark on your calendar.
Bar bingo will be held March 23 in the
downstairs bar. The doors will open at
6:30 p.m. and bingo will begin at 7 p.m.
The cost is $1 per card, per game. There
will be nine regular games, two specials
and one coverall. Please note that there
is no reserved seating and Margie does
not open until 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 26, is an evening with
The Mansfield 5 and The Four Townsmen bands. This is a South Fayette (Pa.)
Foundation for Excellence fund-raiser.
Tickets are $15 per person and can be
purchased by calling (724) 693-9441.
Adult beverages and refreshments will
be available for purchase.
Youth Circle 36 bowling will be held
Sunday, March 27, beginning at noon.
Our youth Lodge members will be bowling for the SNPJ Telegraphic Bowling
On Sunday, April 3, Relay for Life is
hosting bunco in the Lodge 6 clubroom.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and
bunco begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $10
per person.
Join SNPJ Region 2 Vice President Jim
Curl for a day of fun and bowling at the
Sygan Lodge 6 lanes Sunday, May 15. Two
shifts of bowling are planned, the first at
10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.
(#0611) by StatePoint Media
55.Long time
57.*Cult film involving
repossessing cars
61.Type of wool
64.AKA dropsy
65.“___ and feather”
67.Used for breathing,
but not by humans
69.*“17 ___,” with Efron and Perry
70.Egyptian god of air
71.Relating to uvea of the eye
72.Go from solid to liquid
73.Type of sweet potato
74.Chatty or full of news
1. As opposed to B.S. degrees
2. Reproductive structures
3. Land of Israel
4. WWII villain
5. Slow the growth of
6. *It featured the line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
7. Turkish military leader
8. Rocker Chuck
9. Seabiscuit control
10.One on a list
11.Indian ethnic group
12.Mountain valley
15.Tool used for gripping
20.* “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad _____”
22.*Indiana Jones saved
it from raiders
24.*“Gas Food _______”
25.*Featured the line, “And I guess
that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.”
26.*“Eat Pray Love” locale
29.Another spelling for #56 Down
32.Bogs down or gets stuck
33.Another spelling for Eric
34.*He famously called
out to Adrian
36.____ Plus shampoo
38.*“Boys on the ____” with Parker,
Goldberg and Barrymore
42.Thrown to give up
49.Consumer electronics maker
51.*Featured the line, “I feel the
need... the need for speed!”
54.Antonym of calm
56.Lack of guile or experience
57.Paper unit
58.*“The Razor’s ____”
59.Loud ringing of bells or laughter
60.Leave out
61.Starch from cuckoopint root
62.Ball of yarn
63.Exclamation for unfortunately
66.American Heart Association
68.*Stallone’s nickname
The solution to puzzle #0611 will
run in the April 6 issue.
Larchmont Dr., Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be
sure to include your phone number.
Don’t take off those dancing shoes
just yet! The PAJC will be offering free
dance instructions for those interested in
various styles, including line, polka, waltz
and swing. With the current popularity
of all types of ballroom dancing, the
Heritage Center wanted to host a multigenerational event to reintroduce and
encourage the fun of dancing.
The Heritage Center museum and gift
shop will be open during the afternoon.
Self-guided tours are encouraged. This is
a great opportunity for Youth Circles and
Lodges to take a field trip to the Heritage
Center to become acquainted with the
museum and browse the gift shop. This
can be an educational experience that
promotes fraternalism and SNPJ activity.
Be sure to visit the gift shop. Selected
T-shirts will be on sale for $5, and while
you’re there, stock up on those necessary
cooking and baking items. Take 10 percent off your entire purchase. These special incentives are available April 17 only.
Due to numerous requests, Kathy
Hlad and Carol Sadar Maruszak will
be hosting a polka bus from Cleveland.
Please contact Carol at (440) 944-4229
for more information regarding the bus
or to reserve dinner tickets.
www.snpj.org • [email protected]
March 23, 2011
Get hoppin’ to the Rec Center for Easter egg hunt
by SUE HARDING (277)
SNPJ Recreation Center
On your mark, get set, and
the hunt is on! That is, the
Easter egg hunt at the SNPJ
Recreation Center Sunday,
April 10. The hunt begins at
noon with a free lunch with the
Easter Bunny for children 12
and under. Adults can purchase
lunch for $4.
Following lunch, eggs will
be hidden outside for all the
Badger Jabber
by Bob Smole
Lodge 584
Milwaukee — Word has it that Sis.
Cindy Hayes (584) has reached a milestone. After 25 years of service at the
Milwaukee County Medical Complex, she
has decided to retire. A celebration honoring that accomplishment – with many of
her rowdy, fun-loving, party-going friends
– took place March 4 at various locations
(specializing in libation) in and around
Milwaukee and West Allis. A good time
ensued. Congratulations to Cindy with
best wishes for a long, healthy and happy
Hey, kids! What time is it? If you were
my age you might respond, “It’s Howdy
Doody time!” Wrong! Are you ready for
some... bowling? It’s really time for the
SNPJ Youth Telegraphic Bowling Tournament. Sis. Mary Donovan has informed me
that everything is set for this annual event
to take place Sunday, April 3, at Riviera
Lanes, 86th and W. Greenfield, starting at
1 p.m. (please arrive 15 minute earlier).
As in years past, the cost for Badger
Lodge 584 youth members for bowling,
shoes, soda and lunch will be zero, zip,
nada, nothing. The Badger Lodge is picking up the tab for their youth members. The
invitation to participate is also extended
to all SNPJ youth members from the Lily
(764) and Jolly Allis (686) Lodges as well.
Those youth members will have a fee of $9
which will include bowling, shoes, soda
and lunch after bowling. Any adults who
wish to join in for lunch will be asked a
$5 donation to cover costs.
Sis. Donovan is asking for items to add
to the lunch table (baked goods, condiments, Jell-O, snacks, etc.). Flyers and
entry forms have been e-mailed to previous
participants, so they should contact Mary
and let her know if they are interested, and
if you can add to the food list. Those who
haven’t received a notice should contact
Sis. Donovan at (414) 817-0192.
This is a fun time for the kids on the
alleys. The more, the merrier! Bigger is
better – all good proclamations associated
with having a good time in numbers. And
better yet, you can’t beat the price!
Two weeks from that date you can come
right back to the same place, Riviera Lanes,
and be part of the festivities linked to the
Fun-O-Leers annual nine-pin bowling
social. The lanes are filled, but that doesn’t
mean you can’t come and enjoy the fun
with us Saturday, April 16. We would
like to see you there participating in the
festivities that will start at 11:30 a.m. and
run until who knows when.
As in past years, the newest member
of the Fun-O-Leer Club is required to run
a bowling social to introduce himself as a
Fun-O-Leer and to show his worthiness to
the Fun-O-Leer Club. That new member is
Bro. Matt Bolka (584), who was initiated
into the Fun-O-Leer Club in November.
Learn more about the Fun-O-Leers Club
on our web site, www.funoleers.org.
children to search for, weather
permitting. Be sure your children bring a basket or bag to
collect their eggs. Pictures can
be taken with the Easter Bunny
after the hunt, so parents, remember to bring a camera.
Keeping with the bowling trend that
I have going, I need to expound a bit on
Bro. Joe Azzolina (584) who rolled a
whopping 782 series (games of 268, 244
and 270) recently in the Night Mixers at
Classic Lanes in Greenfield, Wis. This accomplishment did gain him some notoriety
in The Milwaukee Journal. Bro. Azzolina
is a fairly new SNPJ member, and part of
the Badger 584 Touring Team when he can
get off work. Obviously, he does possess
the talent, so congratulations to Bro. Joe
on his great series.
Not bowling and want to participate in
the making of the Slovenian traditional
butare (spring greenery tied in bundles
and carried in church for blessing on
Palm Sunday)? Then you should attend
the gathering at Triglav Park in Wind
Lake, Wis., Saturday, April 16, beginning
at 10 a.m.
If you have access to sprigs of greenery
(pine branches, pussy willow branches,
colored ribbons, green floral tape) to
make your butare, then bring them along.
Never made one? Experts like Helen
Frohna and others will be there to assist.
If you are unable to get the required items
together, no worry – come anyway and
bring a friend.
You can obtain more information from
Helen regarding the Sunday, April 17, 8
a.m. Palm Sunday Mass at St. John the
Evangelist Church. Time is running out if
you are interested in attending the Mass,
followed by a breakfast at Klemmer’s,
104th and W. Lincoln Ave., for a cost of
$12. This is your last chance. You must
contact Helen Frohna at (262) 821-5295
since breakfast reservations are required.
All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage,
applesauce, coffee, milk and juice will
be served at the annual West Allis West
Lions Club pancake breakfast scheduled
Sunday, May 1. Serving will begin at 8
a.m. and will continue until noon. This is
an annual fund-raising activity for the West
Allis West Lions and is held at the Mary
Queen of Heaven Hall, 2350 S. 106th. A
donation of $6 will get you through the
door and a plate to start enjoying the allyou-can-eat breakfast.
In between pancakes you will have the
opportunity to participate in various games
of chance to win some prizes, as well as
enjoy the popular Wisconsin pull-tabs
that will be available. This is one of our
events held during the course of the year
to raise money for the various charities
that the Lions Club supports.
The Lions Club International (LCI) is
a national organization that is committed
to assisting the sight impaired. This is also
a community-oriented group, so much of
the funds raised stay right here, in this
community, to assist local individuals in
need. Come out to support the West Allis
West Lions Club and enjoy the delicious
pancake breakfast. Let the West Allis West
Lions serve you, and you can be doing your
part to help some local people.
The first week in June is usually when
the Milwaukee Balina League starts its
new season. Bro. Stan and Sis. Shirley
Vidmar (764) have been handling this
Phone the SNPJ Recreation
Center toll-free at 1-877-7675732 to make your reservation
for the great Easter egg hunt,
then hop on over for a fun-filled
afternoon. Don’t miss out on
all the excitement!
league for a countless number of years,
and will do so again this year. They are
looking for players, so if you are interested
in playing balina or if you are returning
for another year, give the Vidmars a call
at (414) 541-9143.
As I mentioned, play usually starts the
first week of June on a Monday evening.
Two shifts are scheduled, depending on
how many players sign up. The first shift
starts at 6 p.m. and plays for 50 minutes,
followed by the second shift. Last year,
11 teams competed in the league, so the
season lasted until September. It’s a fun
league for everyone, with the occasional
flare of sportsmanlike exuberance and
enthusiastic expression. Come on out – if
not to play, then to watch – to West Allis
Veteran Park, S. 70th and W. National Ave.
Sunshine, temperatures in the 80’s and
a cool breeze. That’s the weather forecast
ordered by the Badger Lodge Picnic Committee for the second annual SNPJ Badger
Lodge 584 picnic. Reserve the date of
Sunday, July 24, on your 2011 calendars
before you forget. The picnic will be held
at the same location as last year, Root River
Parkway, picnic area #1.
Have some ideas for this wingding?
Share them with me at [email protected]
Please enter “Badger Picnic” or “Wingding” in the subject line. Picnic committee
members include Brothers Tim Donovan,
Bob Smole and Jerry Wucinski, and Sis.
Mary Donovan. SNPJ members from other
Lodges are invited to join us on that day as
well. We will publish more details as they
become available, so watch for updates.
“Aye, ’tis St. Patrrrick’s Day we celebrrrate.” Corned beef, cabbage, boiled
potatoes and carrots were on the menu
and enjoyed by many, I’m sure. It sounds
pretty good to me! It seems this is one day
of the year that everyone is Irish... or at
least they all claim to be.
The next Badger Lodge regular monthly
meeting will be held Thursday, April 21
(the third Thursday in April), beginning
at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church Hall,
7929 W. Lincoln Ave. Although April
Fools’ Day will have passed, this is no
joke, and we’re expecting to see you at
this important meeting. This would be a
good opportunity to come up with some
unique ideas for the summer picnic. Filling
the hall would be wonderful and a pleasant
surprise. How about it? A large pot of hot
coffee is always ready, and there is plenty
to nibble on with all the various homemade
desserts that are brought to enjoy.
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(From left to right) Brothers Tony Gorenc
(764) and Eddie Vidmar (764). The date
was Dec. 31, 1945, and the location was
Stemberger’s Restaurant (if you got that,
you’re pretty good!), which was located
near the Milwaukee Airport back then. It
was a New Year’s Eve party that these
two talented accordionists played for.
Today, they are both still very active and
performing in the Milwaukee area for weddings, dances, parties and most Slovenian
functions. Many thanks to Bro. Ed Vidmar
for the picture.
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YUKON, Pa. — Yukon Lodge 117 member Sis. Louise
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“I was born in Greensburg, Pa., where my parents and
siblings were members of Lodge 223. We lived in Pennsylvania until 1924 when we left for Newark, N.J. I attended
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Official Proceedings
Minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting
January 17, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. by President Evanish
with Sis. Pintar and Bro. Lawrence in attendance.
Approved the minutes from the Dec. 2, 2010, Executive Committee meeting.
Discussed the health care quotes that we received for renewal
of employees’ health plan. Discussed various options from other
health care providers. We have meetings scheduled with brokers
this week to discuss the options.
President Evanish reported on the Recreation Center meeting
that was recently held. The committee approved the purchase of
some security cameras, discussed the roof on the upper pavilion
that needs replaced, and discussed various other items for the
upcoming season.
Approved the purchase of a $150 ad for the Pittsburgh Airport
Area Chamber of Commerce directory.
Approved the purchase of a $150 ad for the 75th SNPJ National
Bowling Tournament booklet.
Approved the purchase of training modules from the NFCA.
Cash Withdrawals:
Dec. 8, 2010 - There was one Matured Endowment and one
Adult Cash Withdrawal, none of which were conversions. Cash
value, $2,204.96; insurance, $10,400.
Dec. 15, 2010 - There was one Youth Cash Withdrawal and 15
Adult Cash Withdrawals, none of which were conversions. Cash
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Dec. 21, 2010 - There were three Adult Cash Withdrawals, none
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Jan. 11, 2011 - There were two Youth Cash Withdrawals, one
of which was a conversion. Cash value, $96.17; insurance,
Jan. 12, 2011 - There was one Outlived Policy and five Adult
Cash Withdrawals, none of which were conversions. Cash value,
$5,138.61; insurance, $6,510.
Jan. 17, 2011 - There was one Adult Cash Withdrawal, which
was not a conversion. Cash value, $0; insurance, $25,000.
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March 23, 2011
Spring Hill Lodge 778 breezes through another busy winter season
Lodge 778 Secretary
SPRING HILL, Fla. — Lodge
778 has already had a busy
season! On Feb. 26 we held
our Snowflake Dance. The title
didn’t prove to be too appropriate as temperatures that day
were nearing the 80’s. Nonetheless, we had a good time and a
good crowd of approximately
160 people.
The Frank Moravcik Band
with Linda Hocevar entertained
for the day. As always, they
did a wonderful job! Thanks
are also extended to our ticket
chairpersons, Ralph and Mary
Ann Hiltz, for promoting this
successful event.
The following Wednesday
we held our monthly business
meeting and luncheon. What
a nice surprise we had when
Grace and Otto Doerk (559)
stopped in to visit with us. They
were on their way to a cruise
vacation and took a major detour to head our way for awhile.
Everyone was so happy to see
them. These two truly know how
to practice fraternalism!
After lunch we got busy
decorating, setting up tables
and chairs, cleaning, and putting up welcome banners to
prepare for our Florida SNPJ
Days weekend. Some of the men
gathered in the kitchen to help
Bob Turcola prepare sausage for
the Friday jam session. It was
like watching a hive full of busy
bees. What a hub of activity we
had going on!
Our chairperson for this
weekend was Daria Perse. As
always, she did an excellent
job promoting our event on the
Internet and in person. A recap
of Friday’s activities can be
found in Daria’s article in this
Prosveta issue.
A cancellation by the Polka
Quads in early February left us
scrambling to find entertainment for our Saturday evening
and Sunday afternoon dances.
Fortunately, we were able to hire
the Alex Meixner Band. Alex is
such a talented and personable
young man. I don’t know where
he gets all of that energy, but it’s
News from
Here & There
Lodge 559
News From There...
CHICAGO — Otto and I didn't know
if we would make our Florida trip
this year since six to eight inches of
snow were predicted on the day of our
departure. There was a possibility that
our flight would be canceled.
As things worked out, the plane
was on schedule from Chicago to
Charlotte, N.C.; however, we did run
into a problem with our departure
flight in Charlotte. Before taking off, a
male passenger suffered a heart attack
and the passengers were panicking.
There were two nurses on board who
got him breathing again. Everyone
shouted and clapped. The plane was
delayed for several hours, but we
eventually reached our destination
in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Upon arriving at Samsula, we
found the Lodge 603 Hall, and boy
was it hopping. The crowd was good,
the food was excellent and there was
music galore. I was in my glory, seeing
many SNPJ friends I hadn’t seen in a
long time. Two years ago I met Daria
Perse in Spring Hill, Fla., and we have
corresponded for the past two years.
She was there with her son, Erik. I was
only kidding, Erik. I’ll send you my
granddaughter’s e-mail address.
We planned to meet Ed, Sharon
and John Kovack, our friends from
Chicago Lodge 8. They and their
families stay in Florida throughout
winter. I don’t blame them. We
saw Karen and Ken Pintar; Jim and
Betty Curl, who will be celebrating
their 50th wedding anniversary on a
cruise; Kathy Paulenich, with whom
I always enjoy talking; Sondra and
Dave Long, our polka cruise friends
from Youngwood, Pa.; and, of course,
Tony and Ann Klepec. We saw so
many more people, and I must say
everyone seemed to be so happy –
and so was I.
We decided to stay another day
to visit with the Florida Slovene
Days crowd in Samsula. The second
day was also filled with friends and
camaraderie. We spent a lot of time
informing Ed and Sharon Kovack
about everything that was taking place
at home. Ed told us that Linda Novotny
(8) had back surgery; we wish her the
best in her recovery.
On our visit to Samsula for Florida
Slovene Days, we were greeted at
the gate by Lodge 603 member Bill
Tomazin. This second day we saw
many of those we saw the day before,
plus many others. How nice it was
to see Ed Kuzma. Miss SNPJ Selina
Progar told us that that Allison Engel
(138) was recently married. We didn't
have much time to talk to Jeannette
Humphrey, Ruth and George Benedict
and other Lodge 603 members; they
were very busy, and I mean busy.
It was nice seeing our cruise friends
from Canada. We looked forward to
seeing them on our March 5 polka
cruise. It was also nice talking with
Rose Marie Jisa from Cleveland, with
whom I have corresponded regarding
genealogy. The button box players at
the Florida Slovene Days jam sessions
were at their best. The music of the
Marc Bouchard and Bob Turcola
orchestras rang out all day.
What can I say? Otto and I were
very happy that we were able to attend
contagious. Alex and the boys in
the band that weekend (Michael
Fortunato and Kurt Harfmann)
kept us thoroughly entertained.
A large group of jammers joined
in during the breaks.
Dennis and Brigette Lamberti prepared their homemade
goulash for us on Saturday. It
was a delicious treat!
We were very lucky to have
a great group of volunteers for
the weekend. They included Ben
and Carol Drongosky, Grace
Bouma, Carmel Cassanova,
Ed and Mary Ann Klotz, Anne
Gombocs, Richard Krcmaric,
Walt Harfmann, Ed and Patricia
Klasa, Dave and Gloria Koprowski, Catherine Feil, Daria
Perse, Nežka Novak, and John
and Doris Laurich. If I have
forgotten anyone, it was not intentional; my memory just isn’t
as good as it used to be!
The weekend was a lot of
hard work, but more importantly, a lot of fun. Nearly 400
members and guests passed
through our doors. What a wonderful weekend we had!
Florida Slovene Days in Samsula.
We thank Lodge 603 members for
the gift, recognition and, above all, a
bottle of wine. I really appreciate it.
It was beyond words.
Congratulations to Lodge 603 on
a successful Florida Slovene Days
celebration. We’re looking forward
to the next SNPJ convention which
will be held in the Samsula area. I
hope to be there.
While Otto and I were enjoying
the 85-degree temperatures in Florida,
we heard that the Chicago area was
getting hit with snow and ice, along
with 30-degree temperatures. I’m glad
we were in Florida.
After having a very enjoyable time
at Florida Slovene Days, we visited
the anual craft fair in New Smyrna
Beach. There was no need for me to
buy anything there; I have more than
I need. I keep telling Otto we have to
empty our house a little... who wants
all this clutter when you have to move.
We’re not planning a move right now,
but possibly in the near future. Our
house is too big and the yearly fees
are outrageous.
Our next visit was with a friend
who moved to New Smyrna Beach
about six years ago. She and her
husband built a beautiful log home,
and let me tell you, everything inside
the house was fashioned the same
way. They own 10 acres of land and
have woodland animals frequenting
their grounds.
Our next stop was in Longwood,
close to Orlando. I really wanted
to scooter through Epcot, but Otto
thought he would have a hard time
getting around. In Winter Springs,
near Longwood, we had dinner with
one of my son’s friends, Ed Durda
(559), and his fiancé, Carol Miller.
They will be getting married soon; it
will be the second marriage for both.
We wish them both all the happiness
in the world.
Every time we come to Florida we
visit Tarpon Springs – and that we
did, maybe for the last time. It was
amazing how few people were there.
We had our special Greek pizza and a
Greek pastry, and then moved on. As
we traveled through the Tampa Bay
area, we could see all kinds of boats
cruisng on the water. We stayed in
Weeki Wachee, and thank goodness
there was a computer in the place so
I could catch up on my e-mails.
Otto and I have visited the Spring
Hill and Port Richey area many times
over the years, so we thought we
would visit one more time. Our home
was Weeki Wachee, which Daria
Perse recommened. I wanted to visit
Suncoast Lodge 778 since I was invited to speak at its dedication (I can’t
remember the exact year – a senior
moment) by the late Frank Groser.
Fortunately, Lodge 778 members
were holding a meeting that day, so we
had the opportunity to visit with many
members. John and Doris Laurich and
I reminisced about all the old timers
who are no longer with us. We saw
Bob Turcola, who was busy making
čivapčiči, while Lodge 778 members
were busy preparing for the three-day
Florida SNPJ Days weekend which
we were unable to attend.
Eileen Harfmann seemed to be the
coordinator, while Daria Perse was
taking care of all the refreshments
and lining up people to work in the
kitchen. Grace Bouma is still the same,
even though she’s now 87. We met
her son, Ron, and his wife who live in
Bolingbrook, Ill., a town just north of
us. We found that we frequent many
of the same places, but we’ve never
run into each another.
Walt Harfmann, I believe, is instrumental in the selection of orchestras
for Lodge 778 events, and he also
plays button box during jam sessions.
I misssed seeing Betty Keber, who
knew our late Uncle Charley very
well, and we also missed seeing Ann
Gombocs, who along with her late
husband John were our next-door
neighbors at the SNPJ Recreation
Center during Slovenefest.
Nežka was there with her husband,
and as usual, she was everywhere –
helping with the preparations and getting ready for her job behind the bar.
Of course, I have many memories of
the Suncoast Lodge Hall since many
Lodge 559 members transferred here.
Unfortunately, most are no longer
with us.
Our next stop was in North Ft.
Myers, where many of our snowbird
friends from Illinois stay during the
winter. Many of them are Otto’s Sokol
friends that he grew up with. We had
a grand time. We tried not to drive
too many miles each day, so our next
stop was in Ft. Lauderdale, where we
visited with my cousin and his wife
who live in Crete, Ill.
Soon we were in Miami and getting ready for our polka cruise. I must
admit it was a wonderful drive from
Daytona Beach to Miami. But would
we ever do it again? No; it’s too hard
on us, moving ourselves and our luggage in and out of motels each night. I
wanted to make this trip mainly to visit
the two SNPJ halls in Florida. From
now on we’ll probably be traveling
with Mayflower tours. They pick you
up and do all the planning, and you
never have to carry your luggage. I
have to admit that Otto and I are getting older, but we still manage to do
what we can while we can.
Prior to boarding our cruise ship,
the Carnival Liberty, we visited with
my cousin, Frank Stanfa, and his wife,
Ann, who had rebuilt a home in Ft.
Lauderdale that was originally built
in 1931. It was beautiful, and you
should see Ann’s garden – flowers
everywhere. In fact, Ann received
an award as the best gardener in Ft.
We boarded the Carnival Liberty
March 5, and sooner than we thought,
we were off on our Caribbean cruise.
We rested on our first day of the cruise
so we would be prepared for all that
would follow.
On the second day of the cruise we
went to Half Moon Cay, located on
24,000-acre Little San Salvador Island
in the Bahamas. Half Moon City is
built on 45 acres along a crescentshaped, white sand beach more than
a mile in length that fronts a protected
bay leading west to Exuma Sound.
Everyone told me this was such a
beautiful beach that I wanted to see it
for myself. Ferrying over to the island,
I was amazed to see how blue the water
was. I went into the water, and it was
just as clear as the water we viewed
coming over on the ferry.
Boarding our ship after visiting
Half Moon Cay, we next went to our
first polka session. It was nice seeing
some of the former polka cruisers,
Andrea and Ray Grolemund from
Kane, Pa., and Anthony and his wife
Katherine from British Columbia.
Both Anthony and his wife are accomplished musicians. Joey Tomsick
was playing accordion and button
box with three members of the Martin Brothers Band from Michigan.
Everyone was happy, enjoying the
The 2011
lineup kept
the dance
floor crowded
all weekend
long at the
Spring Hill,
Fla., Lodge
778 Hall.
music and dancing.
I had a chance to talk with Tony
Petkovsek, who was representing Kollander World Travel. Tony has run his
radio program on WELW 1330 AM
for 50 years, and with this milestone
he is having an event each month
in Cleveland at each of the various
Slovenian halls. Tony is also the funding chairman of the 1,500-member
Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame located
in Euclid, Ohio.
The guests on the polka cruise,
numbering 67, came from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Canada;
Otto and I were the only couple from
Illinois. By the time the cruise was
over, we were all one big, happy family. We’re already looking forward
to next year’s polka cruise, which
we understand will travel to Hawaii.
Start saving your money...
Otto and I have been to St. Thomas
dozens of times, but I had to view
St. Thomas and its beachfront once
again. In 1917, St. Thomas, St. John
and St. Croix were purchased by the
United States for $26 million as part
of a defensive strategy to maintain
control over the Caribbean and the
Panama Canal during the First World
War. Being a shopper, I couldn’t resist
checking out all the stores. Each night
after our day trips we had the main
show to look forward to, as well as
other shows on board. I must say that
the comedians weren’t the best.
Everything was going along fine
until we reached San Juan, which was
once called Puerto Rico, meaning rich
port. At one time the entire island was
called San Juan, but the capital and
the island’s names were accidentally
switched later.
We toured one of the most prolific
rum distilleries in North America and
also visited the only tropical rain forest
in United States territory, El Yunque.
I can’t say no to shopping, so I went
on my way. Unfortunately, coming
out of a store I fell head first down a
few stairs. They wanted to take me
to a hospital, but I refused since I
knew what that would have entailed.
Consequently, when I returned home
I had to have X-rays and physical
therapy. But I didn’t let that bother
me; I knew the consequences.
The last place we visited was Grand
Turk and the Caicos Islands, consisting of 40 islands and cays, eight of
which are inhabited. The islands are
located 550 miles southeast of Miami,
Fla., just below the Bahamas chain,
and just to the east of Cuba and the
island of Hispanicia (the Dominican
Republic and Haiti). Technically, the
Turks and Caicos are located in the
Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean
Sea. Did I learn my lesson and pass
up a shopping trip? No. I really didn’t
purchase much on this trip since I have
so much to get rid of at home and
didn’t need any more clutter.
Our 16-day trip is over, and I have
only wonderful memories. Now I’m
looking forward to the next vacation...
which won’t be for a while.
News From Here...
I am most grateful to Jean Cherway
(559) who took minutes of the Slovene
Pensioners’ Club meeting and the
Pioneer Lodge 559 meeting. You can
always depend on Jean.
The American-Slovene Retirement Club meeting was held March
9 at the American Legion Hall. Members sang happy birthday to President
Emil Golub, Florence Rogel, Frances
Snyder, Gladys Braun and Anne Cretnik. Members decided to celebrate the
club’s 49th anniversary April 13.
We extend our get-well wishes to
Lodge 8 members Frank and Dolores
Novotny, and their daughter Linda,
who have had a series of accidents
and health problems.
The Pioneer Lodge 559 meeting
was held March 11. Officers Otto
and Grace Doerk were absent. The
minutes of the previous meeting
were read and approved, as was the
financial report. Correspondence from
National Secretary Karen Pintar was
read by Secretary Anita Vitous, which
introduced the new SNPJ Security
Whole Life product as of March 1. The
next SNPJ National Board meeting is
scheduled March 25.
The PROSVETA is asking all
Lodges to send notices regarding any
upcoming Lodge events so they may
be listed on the web site and in PROSVETA. A letter was received from
Fraternal Director Kevin Richards
announcing the official opening of the
2011 Miss SNPJ Pageant. Bro. Richards also congratulated our Lodge for
attaining a Silver Star award.
The Pioneer Lodge now has 574
active adult members, 38 youth members and a total 716 policies in force.
We had no 50-, 60- or 70-year members, nor deaths, for this month.
Michael Vidmar reported on the
Chicago Federation meeting. Ailing
members include Sophie Sowa, who
has infection on her leg. It was nice
to see Carolee Michalik back in attendance after knee surgery. Get well
wishes to Anne Cretnik who is suffering from a bronchial condition.
Pioneer Lodge members were
urged to attend the upcoming Zbor
Spendov spring concert and dance
planned April 30 at the Slovene Center
starting at 7:30 p.m. Music for dancing
will be performed by Ansambel Veseljaki. Five Pioneer Lodge members
are members of the Zbor Spendov
choral group. Mike Vidmar won the
attendance award.
Our sincere sympathy to the
Matiasek family on the passing of
Emily Matiasek. Emily and her late
husband, Chester, were the owners
of a bakery in Cicero, Ill., for many
years. We are also sorry to report
the passing of Georgiana Krtous (8).
Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Georgiana was an SNPJ Home Office retiree and a member of Slovene
Retirement Club.
Congratulations to Justin Rigler
(449), a senior at Lemont High
School who featured the Polka Pals
on his school’s Faculty Idol. Justin’s
brother, Robert (449), was one of the
Polka Pals dancers. Justin put this
act together in about two weeks, and
we are proud to announce that the
act came in third place out of nine
I believe we will be reading much
about the Rigler brothers’ future accomplishments. They are the sons of
musician Vince Rigler (449) and SNPJ
Region 6 Vice President Tina Rigler,
and the grandsons of Maria Rigler
(449) and Justina Dabrowski (449).
After returning from our vacation,
we attended the monthly corned beef
and cabbage dinner at the Slovenian
Cultural Center in Lemont, Ill. Their
next monthly dinner will be served
April 10, followed by an April 17
Easter brunch. It was nice seeing
Marlene and Chuck O’Connell (1),
and their daughter Diane, in attendance. It was also nice talking with
all of our friends
Well, I think I have written enough.
Until next time, na svidenje!
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March 23, 2011
Members celebrating 50, 60, 70 and 80 years with the Slovene National Benefit Society
SNPJ National President
e of the SNPJ belong to an organization
that has a very ex­traordinary and diverse
member­ship. Our members range in age
from newborn to 100-plus years. They
come from many different parts of the United States,
have a wide variety of ideas and have many different
backgrounds. But they all have something in common –
their loyalty and love of SNPJ.
It is through our older members, the backbone of our
Society, that our younger members have learned and
will continue to learn the meaning of fra­ternalism. They
have guided our Society through the good times and the
trying times with one common goal... unity and harmony
within the SNPJ.
Every year, more and more of these respected SNPJ
elders reach the 50-, 60-, 70- and astronomical 80-year
milestone of membership in the Slovene National Benefit
Society. It is our privilege to honor some of this elite
group of elders.
In acknowledging our elder members, we show our
respect for these honorees by offering our thanks and
appreciation for the loy­alty they have shown the Soci-
• The Society recognized Sis.
Lodge 559 for her 70th membership anniversary. She writes:
“Thanks for the lovely blanket. I
plan to use it while I watch TV.
“Born near the town of Arma,
Kan., I came to Chicago to start my
second year of high school. After
graduation I lived with my sister,
Eva Zordani, and her husband,
John. I joined Pioneers Lodge 559
in 1941. I sure miss all the dances
and picnics we had.
“My husband, Frank, passed
away in 1996. I have one daughter,
Karen, a son-in-law, Scott, two
granddaughters and two greatgrandsons. I’m 88 and now live
with my daughter and her family.
I enjoy cooking and baking.”
14292 Kirkwall Ct.
Green Oaks, IL 60048
• In honor of her 70th membership
anniversary, Sis. FLORENCE
TELICH was recognized by Ely,
Minn., Lodge 268 and the SNPJ.
Sis. Telich writes:
“I want to thank the Society for
the blanket. I’ll make good use of
it as the winter has been cold. The
years go by fast; I was surprised I
was a 70-year member.”
ety for so many years. In a small way we can etch their
names into the archives of the SNPJ even more through
Upon reaching the 50-year mile­stone, the Executive
Committee forwards a certificate of recognition. Sixty-year
members receive a diamond-studded gold pin; 70-year
mem­bers receive an embroidered fleece blanket and 80year members receive an SNPJ custom blanket.
We ask our elite elders, once they have received their
awards from the Society, to submit a short report on their
past and present life style which includes Lodge affilia­tion,
hobbies and other informa­tion which might be of interest
to PROSVETA readers.
We welcome letters from all of our fraternal honorees.
Sometimes, over the years, a member transfers to another
Lodge out of state. This short report enables us to pass
along addresses so that longtime ac­quaintances can keep in
touch or renew old friendships which have gone astray.
Our congratulations to all who have reached these
honored mile­stones. It is said that our future is in the
young, but without our elite elders the traditions and
heritage of the SNPJ would not be able to grow and our
young would not learn the true meaning of unity, harmony
and fraternalism.
“Charlie and I were active members in the Lodge. I was a member
of the ladies auxiliary. During
those years there were many fun
activities, especially the dances
and bowling tournaments.
“I have been a widow for 25
years now, as Charlie passed
away in 1985. At age 96, I now
reside at an assisted living facility.
I was able to remain in my home
until I moved hear 1½ years ago.
I have two sons, Chuck and Ken,
four grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren.
“Thank you again for the blanket. I truly appreciate it.”
years working in the coal mining
industry. When he retired he was a
long-wall coordinator for American
Electric Corp.
Tom and Jeanne share interests in traveling, camping with
family and enjoying their second
home near Scofield Reservoir in
Utah. Their winters there have
been special because the Taskars
are avid snowmobilers, and have a
wonderful group of friends to ride
with. If health permits, they plan to
remain active in these pursuits for
at least a few more years.
Bro. Taskar is very appreciative
of the nice gifts he received from
the SNPJ over the years. He enjoys
reading prosveta because
once in a while he recognizes
someone who submitted news or
422 Manor Road
Delmont, PA 15626
• Imperial, Pa., Lodge 106 member
Sis. ELSIE VIDRICK was honored
by the Slovene National Benefit
Society for her 70 years of membership. Sis. Vidrick writes:
“When I received the beautiful
throw blanket, I was very happy
and appreciative. I’ll cherish and
keep it forever. I will use it often
and think of the Society with great
pride. Thank you so much!
“I no longer live in Pennsylvania,
but I miss all of my friends and
the different functions I attended
during my years there.”
4 S. 3rd Ave.
Helper, UT 84526
• The Society also recognized
Bro. Kristan’s mother, 70-year
member Sis. JEAN KRISTAN of
Greensburg, Pa., Lodge 223, for
her membership anniversary. Sis.
Kristan writes:
“I’d like to thank SNPJ for the
lovely blanket acknowledging my
70-year anniversary as a member.
I became a member through my
late husband, Charles Kristan,
after we married in 1938. Charlie
was one of the founding members
of Greensburg Lodge 223.
• In honor of his 60th membership anniversary, Bro. THOMAS
TASKAR was recognized by
Helper, Utah, Lodge 689 and
the Slovene National Benefit
Thomas Anton Taskar has
been a proud member of SNPJ
for 60 years. He was born in
Helper to Anton and Mary (Pahlin)
Taskar Jan. 9, 1933. His parents
emigrated from Austria to the U.S.
while in their teens. They met and
married in Black Diamond, Wash.,
and eventually came to Helper to
seek work in the many coal mines
of the area.
Bro. Taskar distinguished
himself as a talented high school
athlete, playing on a football team
that won a state championship his
senior year. Tom was selected allstate running back and was offered
several football scholarships. He
chose to play for his local junior
college where he was honored
as an all-conference player. His
promising football career was interrupted by the Korean War, and
Tom proudly served our country for
18 months with the Korean Military
Advisory Group (KMAG). When
discharged, he had attained the
rank of staff sergeant.
Tom returned home to Helper
where he met his wife, Jeanne.
Together they raised four children
who have blessed them with five
grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. During 54 years
of marriage, Tom worked on the
railroad, sold cars and spent many
• Denver Lodge 218 member Sis.
MARY KING was honored by the
Slovene National Benefit Society
for her 70 years of membership.
Sis. King writes:
“Greetings from New Mexico,
the ‘Land of Enchantment’! Thanks
for the lovely fleece blanket. It’s
so gracious of SNPJ to remember its longtime members. You
must know the elderly like to stay
“My Slovenian parents, Anton
and Antonia Cunja, came to America in 1921. They left the small
village of Ospo, nestled under a
hillside of the Austrian Alps. They
settled in the village of Yankee,
N.M., where my dad worked in
the coal mine. That’s where I was
born on Feb. 21, 1923, their fourth
of six children.
“After about four years, we
moved to Sugarite, N.M., in a beautiful canyon that, for the last 25
years, has been designated a state
park. Each Memorial Day, the park
hosts a ‘Coal Camp Days’ history
program with volunteers portraying camp life in the 1930s.
“When the camp closed in
1941, the same year I was to
graduate high school, our family
moved to Raton, N.M. My dad
was unemployed, so I went to
work at a summer tourist resort in
Red River, N.M. I cleaned cabins,
receiving room and board and very
little pay.
“When I returned home, I
worked at the J.J. Newberry dime
store until I received a better offer
at Nixon’s Automotive as a parts
clerk. About three years later, I
married an ex-Marine, Fletcher
‘Buzz’ King. We had 47 years together before he passed in 1991.
“I was a stay-at-home mom raising four wonderful, caring children.
Our twins Cindy and Lindy, son
Jerry and daughter Carol are all
are married and doing well. Three
live nearby in Colorado while
Cindy and her husband, Bob, live
in Raton and help care for me. I
have been blessed with five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren,
a great-granddaughter and a
240 S. 15th Ave. E.
Ely, MN 55731
• Bro. KEN KRISTAN of Greensburg, Pa., Lodge 223 was honored
by the Society for his 50 years of
membership. Bro. Kristan writes:
“I’d like to thank the SNPJ for
the lapel pin and wallet, and a
little money to put in it. Thank you
so much.
“During my youth I was a
member of the Lodge’s Youth
Circle, participating in softball and
“I worked for 42 years as a sheet
metal worker/planner in the HVAC
industry. I’m now 66 and retired.
My wife and I have two children
and five grandchildren.
“I’d like to mention how much I
enjoyed the article in the Labor Day
PROSVETA issue that discussed
how SNPJ was formed through the
hard work of immigrants and the
large part they played in forming
labor unions. All Americans can
now enjoy the benefits of their
efforts and sacrifices.”
Bro. KEN KRISTAN (223)
422 Manor Road
Delmont, PA 15626
905 Glendale Road, Apt. 335
Murray, KY 42071
Bro. KEN KRISTAN (223) and Sis. JEAN KRISTAN (223)
Sis. MARY KING (218)
great-grandson. I’ve enrolled the
younger ones in SNPJ and hope
they will continue their memberships.
“While growing up, my family
attended SNPJ picnics where we
enjoyed delicious food, dancing,
games and friends. I enjoyed
reading The Voice of Youth and
Mladinski List, and I still enjoy reading my Prosveta. When I wrote
to congratulate the Society on its
100th anniversary, I heard from
Mary Chagenovich of San Pedro,
Calif. She is an SNPJ member who
came from a nearby coal camp in
New Mexico. Thanks to my article,
we began corresponding and have
become the best of friends.
“To each and every Slovenian,
be proud of our heritage and keep
our traditions. Live well, love much
and laugh often. Keep a song in
your heart!”
Sis. MARY KING (218)
916 S. 4th St.
Raton, NM 87740
Detroit Lodge 564 was honored
by the Society for her 70 years
of membership. Sis. Boggess
“Thank you so much for the
lovely embroidered fleece blanket
I received in recognition of my 70
years as a member of SNPJ. I
was presented with the blanket
at the Lodge 564 Grape Dance
in November 2010 from President
Rudy Zornik and Secretary Marion
Volpe. As a Michigan resident, this
blanket will truly come in handy on
those cold, snowy nights.
“I’ve enjoyed many Lodge
564 activities in the Detroit area
throughout the years, including
bowling and dancing. I still attend
dances at the Slovene American
Club in Melvindale, Mich., and
enjoy listening to jam sessions put
on by the button boxers. I’m also
an active member of Lodge 564
Senior Group.
“I like to read, play pinochle
and work on crossword puzzles.
I’m an active member of the
Eagles’ Senior Group, serving as
their membership chairperson. I
love to travel and have been on
many wonderful cruises and land
tours, including trips to Slovenia in
1971 and 1996. My last trip was a
Baltic Sea cruise in 2004. I’m no
longer traveling, but I cherish the
memories of the places far and
near that I’ve visited with family
and friends.
“My son, Dennis Peternel, and
my daughter, Bonnie Peternel
Long, live nearby so we are able to
spend time and holidays together
as a family. I have two grandsons
and two great-grandsons. I live
alone and do all of my own driving
and shopping. I’ve been blessed
with good health and will celebrate
my 90th birthday in October.
“Thank you again for the embroidered blanket. I will cherish it
along with the memories of my 70
years as a member of SNPJ.”
18404 Campo Dr.
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
• The Society recognized 70-year
member Bro. FRANK GERMAN
of Pueblo, Colo., Lodge 21, for
his membership anniversary. Bro.
German writes:
“I presently reside in an assisted
living community called Balfour
with my wife. We are getting along
fine and are quite happy here,
enjoying all of our friends.
“Thank you so much for the
blanket. It’s wonderful.”
1336 E. Hecla Dr., Unit 203
Louisville, CO 80027
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March 23, 2011
Lodge 778 extends gratitude for a job well done
Lodge 778
NOVEMBER played a big role in the Friday jam session.
DORIS LAURICH ran the weekend ticket table.
The Friday kitchen crew included CATHERINE FEIL,
No one went thirsty, thanks to the hard work of DAVID
SPRING HILL, Fla. — Weeks before our
2011 Florida SNPJ Days weekend started,
I already had a long list with names of
people who deserve to be mentioned here. I
made notes a few times, and if I still forget
someone I’d like you to know that your
contribution is just as much appreciated as
everyone else’s! This is a thank you note to
all those who helped our Friday, March 4,
jam session come true, either by organizing
it or attending the fun event at the Spring
Hill Lodge 778 Hall.
I received many encouraging messages
and thank you notes before and after our
biggest event of the season, both in person
and via e-mail. They mean a lot! However,
all the praise goes to the teamwork of everyone who stood by me even through the
toughest of times. From the bottom of my
heart, I thank you all, including the bands
that passed out flyers and brochures with
our schedule of events: the Frank Moravcik
Orchestra, Bob Kravos and the Boys in the
Band, and the Polka Quads.
As mentioned above, the Friday jam
session was successful, and quite a few
musicians and dancers decided to come to
Spring Hill to be a part of it. We had five
jamming groups entertaining from 1 to
6 p.m., including November and Zaletel;
Kravos and Turcola; the Melvindale, Mich.,
Button Box Group; Turcola and Kravos; and
Zaletel and friends. It looked like all the
musicians had a blast, and we all shared a
lot of laughter.
And now to my list of names of those
who contributed the most for this event to
happen, or have been active in our Lodge
for a long time. Pete November is definitely
the one person I have to mention first. He
had been helping me spread the word since
Thanksgiving 2010 by talking to jammers
and handing out promotional materials. On
Friday at the hall, he organized everything
and everyone so the jamming ran smoothly.
Pete is also very fun to watch when he is
playing his button box with so much passion. Many people notice and appreciate
that quality. Thank you, Pete, for all your
Bob Turcola is another nice guy who
glows while playing music on his accordion.
Beyond that, he makes great čevapčiči (little
sausages without casing), and without him
there would be no ethnic food on our Friday
menu. Thank you, Bob, for everything!
There’s one more Bob who made my life
easier: Bob Kravos. He offered, brought
and installed his sound system for Friday’s
jamming. I told him already that he couldn’t
have done a bigger favor for me at the time,
and here’s my thank you once again for being a friend and a great entertainer.
When I didn’t know who to call to borrow
a set of drums, there came an offer from John
Gurl. John is a great musician who never
runs out of fun and witty remarks. He has a
great understanding about how important it
is for musicians and clubs to work together
because we rely on each other.
Gloria and Dave Koprowski became my
dear friends throughout the last few years.
They’ve helped with more things at the hall
than I can list here, including the drawing
ticket sales, bartending, washing the fans,
and other cleaning and maintenance. On
top of that, they invited some friends over
for dinner and a drink on Friday night after
the event. You’re both very special to me,
for countless reasons.
We can’t even imagine our bar without
our new vice president, Nežka Novak, and
her smiling face. All in all, “one-hell-ofa-woman,” as someone stated about her
recently, and I have to agree.
And now some more people who are
always around when things need to be
done at our Lodge, even though they hardly
ever get mentioned. This reminds me of a
fun fact my mom told me this past summer: I didn’t get too much of her attention
because I have always been a good child
and trouble-free.
Ever since their retirement, Lodge 778
has been like a second home for John Laurich and his wife, Doris. When it looked like
I had no one to help me with Friday’s event,
John was one of the first people to raise his
hand to volunteer, saying, “If I can walk that
day, I’ll be here and I’m going to help Daria.”
When I heard about it, that comment made
me cry. John has one of the kindest hearts
ever, and I knew that when I first met him
about four years ago. In short, a book could
be written about everything Doris and John
Laurich have done for Lodge 778. I can’t
even think of the words to suitably thank
them for everything.
One more person who is always there, no
matter what’s going on or who needs help,
is Grace Bouma, our recording secretary.
Grace always makes sure everyone gets
fed, including the volunteers, and she bakes
some delicious cakes.
We held a regular monthly meeting
March 2, before the event. As a pleasant
surprise to many people, former National
Secretary Grace Doerk joined us, along with
her husband, Otto. I met Grace at our hall
three years ago and we have been friends
ever since. I very much admire her cheerfulness and positivity, and I’m glad she had a
chance to witness some of the best times
at our Lodge while we were getting ready
for the upcoming weekend of fun.
After the meeting and free lunch, we
readied the hall. I want to mention Ronald
and Sally Bouma, Ed and Mary Ann Klotz,
Carmel Casanova, and Eileen and Walt
Harfmann, who have not been thanked
before. Ed Klasa is most deserving of a
thank you for the touch-up paint job he did.
He missed a couple of spots, but I can’t say
that out loud because he threatened to paint
my nose if I did.
To Catherine Feil, our new president, I
am sending much love and appreciation for
your hard work, creativity and optimism.
Another thank you goes to Ed Klasa and
Tony Klepec for bringing a large group of
people. Last but not least, thanks to Anne
Gombocs for offering her help when I
most needed it, and to Kathy Paulenich
for everything.
In closing, the reason why it took me so
long to finally sit down and write this article
was the sad ending of our three-day event.
Dave Koprowski had an accident at home
after he helped us clean the hall Sunday
night. He passed away peacefully Tuesday,
March 8, after his three children arrived
from Georgia and California, and both of
Gloria’s daughters flew to St. Petersburg,
Fla., from Cleveland and Germany. Gloria
and David Koprowski were newlyweds;
they were just married Feb. 19 in Crystal
River, Fla.
Still finding it difficult to accept the loss
of a good friend, let me wrap this up with
the following: Genuinely kind people are a
blessing and a treasure, and true friends are
priceless. There are no words to properly
express how much I appreciate you all!
2011 SNPJ Winter Classic Bowling Tournament Results
Tournament rolled Feb. 18-20, co-hosted by SNPJ Lodges 6 and 138
Men’s Doubles Event
Lodge Score Prize
*J. Wagner/J. Herforth Jr. 138 1,194 $200
**N. Robb/G. Spoharski
1,436 $200
E. Pelino/R. Miller
1,312 $140
M. Stimmel/A. Stimmel
138 1,310 $110
T. Vehar/J. Kuisis
138/6 1,291 $80
A. Paul/F. Tauzel
138 1,285 $64
J. Lagoni/C. Smigiel
138 1,268 $52
K. Cramer/E. Turney Sr.
1,265 $44
N. Malenka/D. Clark
1,263 $43
Jo. Watson/Je. Watson
34 1,260 $40
C. Cadez/Ja. Cadez
138 1,258 $38
M. Reed/J. Cummings
1,246 $36
C. Embleton/L. Teyssier
1,230 $34
J. Snider/R. Hervol
138 1,219 $32
K. Richards/R. Walker
106 1,216 $32
D. Caroleo/S. Park
106 1,210 $32
Men’s Singles Event
*Bob Lawrence Jr.
**Dave Caroleo
Nevin Robb
Glenn Supinsky
Jeff Cummings
Henry Quevi
Jake Young
Frank Wright
Tim Efthiamedes
Shawn Park
Brian Paluda
Anthony Kaskie
Craig Embleton
Gary Usnick
Jozef Watson
Jason Cadez
Lodge Score Prize
Miss SNPJ Pageant
field grows with
second entrant
as a camper and has participated in TEL
Workshops. She is planning to serve as a
counselor this summer for Youth Roundup,
as well as a delegate to the Young Adult
Sydney is planning to attend Erskine
College in South Carolina after graduation
to major in biology and minor in music.
On behalf of the SNPJ Fraternal Department, I welcome Sydney to the Miss SNPJ
Pageant and wish her all the best. The Miss
SNPJ Pageant will take place during Slovenefest weekend July 8-10 at the SNPJ Recreation Center. All 17- to 25-year-old single
female members are eligible to enter.
Jim Bacher
Dave Belfiore
Denny Brand
Greg Curl
Greg Gottschalk
Ron Tkach
Bob Harwood
Art Stimmel
Ken Lawrence
Don Schipps
J.J. Neubauer
John Jumba
Butch Krek
Glenn Spoharski
Ron Walker
Lodge Score Prize
626 $27.50
626 $27.50
625 $26
618 $25
618 $25
613 $23
610 $22
609 $21
609 $21
608 $20
607 $20
603 $19
602 $19
600 $18
598 $18
Men’s Team Event
*No Deposit No Return
**Fathers & Sons
Full House
Beer Nuts
Frightened Turtles
The Wheel Rats
Hardwood Cowboys
Dingus Stink
Older Guys
Team Yuengling
Lodge Score Prize
Men’s All-Events
*Bob Lawrence Jr.
**Rob Miller
Lodge Score Prize
1,951 $70
2,101 $70
Lodge Score Prize
Frank Wright
Glenn Supinsky
Nevin Robb
Jeff Cummings
Glenn Spoharski
Craig Embleton
Kelvin Cramer
Art Stimmel
Dave Caroleo
Women’s Doubles Event
Lodge Score Prize
Lodge Score Prize
Darlene Malizio
Pam Paluda
Tami Paris
Lisa Brand
Tammy Neubauer
Mina Higgins
Bethany Brooks
Kim Rodick
Peggy Cushman
Maria Binnotto
Jan Smrdel
Mary Stutts
698 $32
695 $30
688 $28
686 $26
677 $24
675 $22
673 $20
670 $19
668 $18
660 $17.50
653 $17
653 $17
*B. Shultz/S. Shultz
138 1,075 $160
**P. Paluda/T. Davis
138 1,397 $160
A. Mavrich/D. Malizio
138 1,382 $95
R. Morgan/K. Brumbaugh 138 1,382 $95
S. Taylor/J. Fetcko
138 1,359 $56
S. Gabriel/B. Brooks
138 1,350 $44
K. Rodick/L. Brand
158/6 1,339 $40
B. Bozicevich/M. Wasky
1,336 $38
N. Cameron/M. Higgins
138 1,336 $38
C. Frank/J. Smrdel
158 1,333 $34
K. Usnick/M. Cummings
1,332 $34
**Team Wright
Back Up Bubbas
Beer Babes
Sygan Sisters
Alley Cats
Strabane Dames
Women’s Singles Event
Women’s All-Events
*Beverly Bozicevich
**Tammy Davis
Shannon Shultz
Ursula Green
Barbara Craig
Maria Cummings
Denise Cummings
Lois Downs
Ashley Paul
*Peggy Cushman
**Tammy Davis
Maria Cummings
Bethany Brooks
Beverly Bozicevich
Tammy Neubauer
Karen Maier
Lodge Score Prize
Women’s Team Event
Lodge Score Prize
Lodge Score Prize
*Indicates Actual Champion
**Indicates Handicap Champion
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2011 Miss SNPJ Pageant
Official Entry Form
Entrants must be between the ages of 17-25 by Dec. 31, 2011,
and an SNPJ member in good standing for at least 3 months.
NAME_ _________________________________________
BIRTH DATE_____________________________________
POLICY NUMBER_________________ LODGE_ ________
PARENTS’ NAMES________________________________
GRANDPARENTS’ NAMES_ ________________________
I will compete in the Miss SNPJ talent competition
Type of talent________________________________
(NOTE: Talent is not necessarily proficiency on a musical instrument
or singing ability. Creativity is encouraged. Everybody has a talent.)
On a separate sheet of paper and in your own words, please
describe any school honors you have received, and any organizations, clubs and activities you were involved with. Be sure to
include specific SNPJ Youth Circle, Lodge or Federation activities.
Mail completed application,
along with a clear, color photo, to:
Slovene National Benefit Society
Att’n: Fraternal Director
247 West Allegheny Road
Imperial, PA 15126-9774
Application Deadline: June 13, 2011
SNPJ 75th National Bowling Tournament
April 30-May 1, 2011
Sunnybrook Lanes
7191 East 17 Mile Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Phone: (586) 264-2700
e-mail: [email protected]
Doubles & Singles
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m.
Doubles & Singles Event
Entry fee $30 per person
Saturday Only
Team Event
Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m.
$5 per
SNPJ fraternal sympathies
Bro. Joseph M. Znidersich
• Lodge 3 President •
members of Lodge 3 sadly
announce the Jan. 30, 2011,
passing of Bro. Joseph M.
Znidersich, 83, in the Palliative
Care Unit of Memorial Medical Center.
Bro. Znidersich was born
Nov. 6, 1927, in Johnstown, a
son of John and Mary (Lovsin)
Znidarsic. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of the Ko­rean War
and a retired ticket agent for
Greyhound Bus Lines.
Bro. Znidersich was a lifelong member of SNPJ Lodge
3 where he was active most of
his adult life. At the time of
his passing, he had served as
Lodge 3 president and treasurer
for more than 30 years. Bro.
Znidersich also served as club
steward for many years. In addition to his SNPJ membership,
he was also a member of St.
John Gualbert Cathedral.
Joseph was preceded in
death by his parents; three
brothers, Theodore Chop,
Frank Znidarsic and John Znidarsic; and a sister, Josephine
He is survived by a brother,
William Znidarsic of Johnstown; two sisters, Marion
(Tom) Krupa of Irwin, Pa.,
and Alice (Frank) Eritino of
Southgate, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass for Bro.
Znidersich was celebrated
Feb. 3 at St. John Gualbert
Cathedral. A private commit-
tal took place at Grandview
On behalf of the members of
Lodge 3 and the Slovene National Benefit Society, we offer
our sincere condolences to Bro.
Znidersich’s family, relatives
and friends on their loss.
Sis. Mary Ann Gayarski
• Lodge 138 •
STRABANE, Pa. — With
sadness, the members of Lodge
138 report the March 4, 2011,
passing of Sis. Mary Ann
Gayarski, 90, of Canonsburg,
Pa., in Hawthorne Woods,
South Strabane Township.
Sis. Gayarski was born
June 11, 1920, in Canonsburg,
a daughter of Anthony and
Antonina Lis Osinski.
In addition to her SNPJ
Lodge 138 membership, Mary
Ann also belonged to Our
Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Church, Meadow Lands, Pa.
She was formerly an active
member of St. Genevieve
Church in Canonsburg, where
she served as a Eucharistic
minister and belonged to
Christian Mothers, Ladies of
Orchard Lake Society and
Pierogie Ladies. Sis. Gayarski was also a member of the
North Strabane Volunteer Fire
Department Women’s Auxiliary, Democratic Women and
the North Strabane Women’s
She was a homemaker and
enjoyed gardening.
On Aug. 17, 1940, she
We’ll have the usual great time (as long as the
weather cooperates) with 18 holes of golf, prizes,
grab bags and the same wonderful menu to compliment the day. New this year – beer, pop and water
will be included in the ticket price!
Last year’s winners were Daren Fetcko (138),
men’s gross; Larry Butka (138), men’s net; Fran Gaudio (158), women’s gross; and Vicki Tomsic (604),
women’s net. More details on the 2011 tournament
will follow in upcoming PROsveta issues.
Keep June 5 open for our annual picnic at the
SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. As long as I have
known my mother, our picnic menu has never
wavered; we are the only group to serve spaghetti
and meatballs. Jeff Pecon will be on the bandstand
for the party.
Last year’s picnic was on one of the hottest days
of the summer, but we prevailed and everyone had
a great time. We’re looking forward to seeing your
happy faces at the Farm again this year.
Photo submitted by Sis. Joanne Lessar (757).
Utah Members Pack It In for Picnic Season
The members of Price, Utah, Lodge 757 have been hard at work
preparing blood sausage for the annual Slovenian Day Picnic hosted
by Utah Lodges 113, 689 and 757. The picnic will be held Sunday, Aug.
7, at Price City Park. For more information on the Slovenian Day Picnic,
contact Gene or Joanne Lessar at (435) 637-6925.
Play balina with your friends at the Waterloo Home
Lodge 5
with friends and get some needed exercise
while enjoying friendly competi­tion? And
all for just 50 cents a game!
Now that Lent has begun, many more
of you will be enjoying the Friday fish
fry dinners prepared and served by the
women’s auxiliary. While you’re here
for dinner, take a few minutes to look at
our balina courts. Better yet, try playing
a game at no cost, either before or after
dinner. You’ll have fun, just give it a try.
CLEVELAND — Balina is alive and
well at the Waterloo Slovenian Workmen’s
Home! Come and join your friends for a
fun-filled afternoon of play. The courts
are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays at 1 p.m.
New players and beginners are always
welcome, and teams are chosen randomly.
Where else can you spend an afternoon
Fairfield Inn by Marriott
7454 Convention Blvd.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 939-1700
Must reserve by April 7
King Study — $79
Double/Double — $79
King — $59
Double — $64
• Continental breakfast offered
• Ask for special SNPJ rate
• Continental breakfast offered
Four-Person Team Event
Entry fee $60 per team
Sunday Only
Team name______________________________________
Team captain’s name, phone number & e-mail address:
Comfort Inn
7001 Convention Blvd.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 268-9020
Must reserve by April 7
Single — $60
Double — $60
The entry fee in each event is $15 per bowler, $8.25 of which shall be used for prizes,
$5.50 for bowling and $1.25 for tournament expenses. An extra $5 is charged to all
who desire to compete for handicap all-events prizes.
Return form, along with fees of $15 per person, per event, to:
Tournament Secretary Tracey Anderson
1014 Edgewood Dr., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 548-2499
Make checks payable to DAL
The Home Office will verify all memberships. Complete tournament rules are
available by contacting the SNPJ Fraternal Department, 247 West Allegheny
Road, Imperial, PA 15126. Rules are also available online at www.snpj.org.
SYGAN, Pa. — The members
of Lodge 6 sadly announce the
March 8, 2011, passing of Sis.
Amelia “Millie” Butya Demsher, 90, of Bridgeville, Pa.
Baymont Inn & Suites
7447 Convention Blvd.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 977-7270
Must reserve by April 1
Submit bowlers’ names by position in lineup
Sis. Amelia Demsher
• Lodge 6 •
Sis. Demsher was born
April 18, 1920, in Moon Run,
Pa., a daughter of the late Victor and Ann Butya. On Sept.
27, 1941, she married John M.
Demsher; he preceded her in
death on May 28, 2000.
Millie and her husband
owned and operated Demsher’s
Bar and Restaurant for more
than 30 years. In addition to
her SNPJ Lodge 6 membership, Millie was also a member
of St. Barbara Church and St.
Barbara Christian Mothers.
She loved being with her family
and grandchildren.
Sis. Demsher is survived
by a son, Ronald Demsher and
wife Rosemarie of South Fayette Township, Pa.; a daughter,
Diana DiNardo Horne and husband Mike of Canonsburg, Pa.;
four grandchildren, John (Helen) Demsher, Joanne (Kevin)
McNally, Dayna (Dave) Gillis
and Jim (Renee) DiNardo; a
brother, Mike Butya; and 11
In addition to her parents
and husband, she was preceded
in death by five brothers, Victor, George, Tony, Johnson and
Carl Butya; and three sisters,
Ann Tanis, Mary Boley and
Dorothy Butya.
A Mass of Christian Burial
was celebrated for Sis. Demsher March 12 in St. Barbara
On behalf of the members
of Lodge 6 and the Slovene
National Benefit Society, we
offer our sympathies to Sis.
Demsher’s family, relatives
and friends on their loss.
CAL opening SNPJ golf
season with Gorjup Open
Accommodations for the 75th
SNPJ National Bowling Tournament
married Louis Gayarski; he
preceded her in death on Aug.
29, 2003.
Sis. Gayarski is survived by
a son, Gregory Gayarski (Alberta Lischner) of Charleroi,
Pa.; two daughters, Michele
Mistoffelees of McMurray,
Pa., and Jacqueline Elias (Jeff)
of Houston, Pa.; a sister, Lorraine Patrene of Canonsburg;
four grandchildren, Dr. Jeffrey
Elias, Vincent Elias, Adam
(Briana) Elias and Gregory
Gayarski; two great-grandchildren, Ca­dence Marie and
Brayden Elias; and several
nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents
and husband, Mary Ann was
preceded in death by two
sisters, Frances Danley and
Bernadine Licht.
A Mass of Christian Burial
was celebrated March 9 in Our
Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Church, Meadow Lands, with
the Rev. John O’Shea as celebrant. Burial followed in Forest
Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
On behalf of the members
of Lodge 138 and the Slovene
National Benefit Society, we
extend our sympathies to Sis.
Gayarski’s family and friends
on their loss.
• Continental breakfast offered
• Max: 3 guests per room
Candlewood Suites
7010 Convention Blvd.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 978-1216
Must reserve by April 9
Studio Suite — $69
• Full kitchen
• Max: 2 guests per room
Golf • Bowl • Motel
7191 East 17 Mile Rd.
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 264-2700
30 to 40 Rooms Available
$39/night — tax included
Plans are in the works for a stepped-up
balina program at Waterloo. The program
would begin next fall after the outdoor
summer play at other sites concludes.
If you have any questions give me a
call at (440) 943-7212, or see Waterloo
Home President Joe Bradac (614), our
Man of the Year. You can usually find
Joe at the hall, where he spends most of
his time working.
See you at the courts!
For the weeks of Feb. 16-28, 2011
Arthur E. Santilli
Theodore E. Ketterle Jr.
Elbin F. Blazich
Stanley J. Tomsic
Martha Kress
Gilbert Dolinar
Bruce Phillips Sr.
Frank E. Zupanc
Joseph Bartol
Joseph E. Dablock
Lillian J. Kime
Sophia Kuznik
William F. Anderson
Ruth Zemlock
Robert S. Hainsey
George A. Dugas
Bessie Janachek
Donald P. Lauriha
Helen R. Stanonik
Frances M. Susnik
Bruno Fazi
Olga M. Elledge
Peter P. Povrzanich
Joyce B. Keller
Donald J. Sabol
Alvin H. Jergel II
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