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May 12, 2006 11:03PM
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"Love The Life You Live & Live The Life You Love" Papa Briggy
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May 14, 2006 06:34PM
The following excerpt is from a letter mailed to Secretary Burke Pavlovich on April 16, 1999, in which William Vojnovich explains the origin of the ASERBs in early 1963.

For your information, (from my involvement) I can vividly remember how the ASERBS began. I was president of the Duquesne Serb Club and Zoran Janic was secretary. He and I were talking one evening at the Club and were discussing the number of Serbians we knew personally, but not formally as members of the Masonic Order. I suggested (which at that time seemed like a bold suggestion) that we ought to send out a letter to those people to attend a meeting for the purpose of meeting them formally, It was several meeting after this that I proposed that we consider having the wives attend with the members for a social gathering after each meeting. Shortly after that, I believe it was Tiger Trbovich who gave me a list of Serbian Masons that covered a wider geographic area. And thats how it started to grow.

The first meeting aimed at trying to form an organization took place in March 14, 1963.

About 25 men were present. The original notes for that meeting are (for the present) lost or otherwise unavailable, however, a letter pursuant to that initial meeting was drafted by acting secretary George Vuick and mailed to prospective members on April 5, 1963. An excerpt from that letter follows:

Wouldn't it be wonderful if approximately 150 Serbian Masons in this area got to know each other? It would be even more wonderful if we joined together in an organization whereby we could meet periodically on a social basis. Out of this organization might even come plans to give of ourselves by doing some good for others, our children, or our church.

About twenty-five of us met on March 14, at the Serbian Club in Duquesne to discuss these possibilities in a preliminary way. We finally decided to form a committee to write a letter to all of you personally, to invite you to our next meeting in order that we may discuss these ideas more concretely, and to make firm plans to form an organization.

We urge you to please attend this meeting to be held at the Serbian Club in Duquesne, 29 North Third Street, on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M. Subsequent meetings will be held at various other localities to enable each representative community group the opportunity to act as host.

We earnestly hope that well see you on the 16th of April at 8:00 PM We need your presence, your opinion, and your brotherhood.

It is amazing to discover how much of the core structure of the organization was able to emerge from its inception as outlined in this initial letter. For example, the concept of rotating the meetings between localities continues to the present day. The seeds of the scholarship fund can also be discerned from the statement of ...doing some good for others, our children, or our church.

At the April 16, 1963 meeting, the organization was formally brought into existence. Bill Vojnovich presided over the meeting as acting President until an election of officers took place. The original elected officers were as follows:

President:
1st VP:
2nd VP:
3rd VP:
Treasurer
Secretaries:
Sam Vignovich
Milan Tomich
Nicholas Vosovic
Miles Carson
Lou Obradovich
Robert Mervis & George Vuick


It did not take long for the ASERBs to settle on the idea of creating a college scholarship fund. At the November 16, 1963 meeting, the official minutes report that, A motion was made and passed that a scholarship committee be formed. By the December 21, 1963 meeting, the minutes record that the scholarship committee presented a draft report regarding applicant qualifications and procedures for granting awards. On April 18, 1964 the ASERBs had completed their first year as an organization and another election of officers took place. The following were elected:

President:
1st VP:
2nd VP:
3rd VP:
Treasurer
Secretaries:
Trustees:
Dr. Michael Musulin
Michael Trbobich
Michael Wuchenich
William Vojnovich
Lou Obradovich
Robert Mervis & Emil Voolitich
Milton Savanovich, Nick Lalich, and Michael Minnich.


The organization continued to grow and to find its purpose. During this initial incubation period the traditions and practices of the organization were formed. Various fund raising ventures were discussed and tried. Eventually, the ASERBs were able to host their first scholarship presentation banquet on June 6, 1965, when two $250 awards were presented.

It is worthwhile to point out that the ASERB was not the only organization of its kind to exist. If fact, a sister organization that predated the ASERB, known as the American-Serbian Masonic Club, was started in the Chicago area in 1953 and at one time claimed 300 members within its ranks. Unfortunately, by 1975 the group disbanded and transferred its assets to the ASERB scholarship fund. An examination of the early ASERB minutes reveals references to the Chicago group and undoubtedly exchanges of ideas and experiences occurred. Some of former members of the American-Serbian Masonic Club of Chicago have since joined the ASERBs.

In 1976, then Grand Master of Pennsylvania, John L. McCainovic, required all organizations that required Masonic affiliation as a prerequisite for membership to register with and be certified by the Grand Lodge. The ASERBs complied with his directive and in 1976 were officially recognized as a social Masonic organization by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

In summary, the ASERB saga is one of sustained success and meritorious achievement arising from humble beginnings. It is a story of how men can come together to do good when good prevails in their hearts.

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