Goodbye and Good Luck

Writing via Amtrak

Writing via Amtrak

Dear SNF Members:

It seems my time as General Manager of the Serb National Federation has come to an end. But before I sign off, I just want you to know how much I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many of you. Traveling to your parishes and writing about you in the American Srbobran has helped us all feel connected and I appreciate so many of you calling and writing to tell me your thoughts.

Please keep in touch, let me know what you are doing, and I hope to see all of you at some future social event where Serbs gather for a good time.

Hvala i vidimo se!



Gone to Phoenix


All buses, trains, and planes have left for Phoenix, headed for the 46th Mid-Winter Golf Tournament, which promises to be the largest attended Mid-Winter Tournament in over 10 years with 163 golfers signed up ready to play. In addition to the full field at the Raven, the Phoenix Committee and Golf Director Nicky Lubich were able to secure the necessary extra tee times at the Legacy, which is just down the road from the Raven.

The SNF Board of Directors will be represented by First VP John Martich and Treasurer Greg Volitich. Be on the lookout to say hello!

Click here for the festivities:

Tournament Week Schedule


Orchestras for 3-DAY

Looking forward to a great deal of musical variety next weekend for 3-Day! On Friday, July 19, at Kennywood Park, the Srbija folklore ensemble of St. Sava Cathedral in Parma, Ohio, will entertain with a Serbian dance presentation.

After Kennywood closes its gates on Friday, everyone will ride on over to the American Serbian Club on the South Side to hear two terrific bands: Radost and Pobeda.

On Saturday, July 20, beginning at 11:00 a.m. there will be tailgating in the parking lot of the Gateway Clipper Fleet at Station Square. Entertainment will be by Slavlje Orchestra of Lackawanna, NY, with Petar Pajic on cello, Nick Jovonovich on bass, Milos Marjanovic on bugarija, Matthew Vranjes on brac, and Sam Korach on accordion. We welcome the return of this talented young orchestra to our tailgating party.Slavlje

The Boat Ride is all about dance, dance, and dance, featuring a King and Queen of the Kolo contest. In order to support so much dancing we searched for a terrific Serbian dance band and we found one in Osvezenje Bend (Justin Greenwald, Brock Belich, Sinisa Trbovic, and Boro Daich). Come and be a part of the competition.

On Saturday evening, it’s back to the Serbian Club to hear both Sokoli and Osvezenje Bend for more good Serbian music.

The music continues on Sunday, July 21, at the annual Savez Day at the Holy Trinity Picnic Grounds. Djuro Klipa, our distinguished MC for the weekend, will be playing in the pavilion, while Radost entertains in the Dungeon.

Don’t miss the chance to hear great Serbian orchestras all weekend long!




Serbian Night at “SUMMERFEST” Saturday

ATTENTION MUSIC LOVERS: If you’re Serbian you get a discount this Saturday, July 6, 2013, for Serbian Night at “Summerfest,” in Oakland, Pittsburgh, at the Twentieth Century Club. A performance of Jacques Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” (sung in English) will feature baritone Dimitrije Lazich as The Devil. After the performance, the Lazich family of Monroeville (Milutin, Natasa, Snezana, and Dimitrije) will entertain with Serbian cabaret featuring musicians Andy Dokmanovich and Sasa Slavkovic.

To get tickets, order online at or by telephone at 412.326.9687 and mention the code “SERB2013” to receive a 10% discount. The Twentieth Century Club is located at 4201 Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland. Park at UPMC or Soldiers and Sailors garages. Hope to see you there!P1010949P1020861


A meeting of all SNF Basketball Coaches will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. at the American Serbian Memorial Hall, 19940 Van Dyke Street, Detroit, MI 48234, announced Dave Tadich, SNF Basketball Director. All coaches are encouraged to attend.

All Basketball Players age 12 and older: Remember to bring your photo identification with you to the Tournament.P1000251


SNF Basketball! Detroit!

P1030375On Thursday evening, May 23, SNF Basketball Director Dave Tadich and Events Coordinator Susan Hayden gathered together in the Board Room with Home Office staff for the 74th SNF Basketball Tournament Drawings. On hand to cheer the match-ups were SNF Board member Dane Medich (who also coaches several teams), Jim Klipa, Jr., Jim Klipa, Sr., and Nick Pilipovich. To see the pairings, return to the Home Page, click on the Basketball Tournament Window and the link to the results of the drawings.

NOTE: DON’T FORGET TO BRING PHOTO ID TO THE TOURNAMENT! All players age 12 and older must have photo identification with them at all times, such asP1030377 school ID, health card, or state-issued Driver’s License. NO EXCEPTIONS PERMITTED.

SNF Lodges: e-Postcard filing

irs_logo[1]The IRS requires all SNF lodges to file e-Postcards by May 15 of each year. Each lodge must file an e-Postcard by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (the day after tomorrow!). Failure to file your e-Postcard will result in your lodge losing its federal tax exemption. If your lodge loses its federal tax exemption, your lodge will be required to file annual tax returns. If you have any questions or you are unable to file your e-Postcard, please call the Home Office at 412-642-7372.

If you submitted an application for restoration of your lodge’s tax exemption in December 2012, you will not be able to file an e-Postcard for your lodge on the IRS website because your tax exemption is still pending. The Home Office has filed an extension on behalf of each lodge that submitted an application in December 2012 for restoration of the tax exemption.



Accordionist Charity Jam Session!

11_13_6-accordion_web[1]Extend a Life Line (with Music) is a one-of-a-kind musical event, featuring eight (yes, 8!) master accordionists in an evening of musical entertainment to help a very special cause. The cause is LIFELINE, HRH Princess Katherine’s charity, which focuses on helping disadvantaged children of Serbia–orphans and those with disabilities and other special needs in desperate circumstances and in need of our support. LIFELINE provides direct aid to provide medical equipment, vital medicine, and bedding, clothing, and food.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m.

Where: American Serbian Club, 2524 Sarah Street, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA

Admission: only $10 at the door. Additional contributions to be acknowledged at the Club on the “LIFELINE Wall of Thank You.”

Food: Serbian

Accordionists Featured:

  1. Andy Dokmanovich, Pittsburgh
  2. Bill Dorfner, Pittsburgh
  3. Velibor Drobnjak, Cleveland
  4. Justin Greenwald, Pittsburgh
  5. Djuro Klipa, TraffordimagesCARAD5Z1
  6. Sinisa Trbovic, Detroit
  7. Sasa Slavkovic, Pittsburgh
  8. Paul Stafura, Pittsburgh

For more information, visit

SNF Golfers

421438_10150555608776442_1264445865_nAs the SNF Mid-Winter Golf Tournament in sunny San Diego approaches, we heard from Zeljko (Jack) Milasinovic that the San Diego Host Committee is looking forward to great weather and golf at La Costa Resort and Spa. The hosts have received some great prizes to be a part of the Silent Auction.

To mention one of the prizes, there is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath San Diego beachfront house available for a 10-day stay anytime for the prizewinner.

Zeljko assures us that the bar at the St. George Church Hall is being well-stocked with all the latest pivo and sljivovica from Srbija and Crna Gora. Ziveli!

Looking forward to February 13-16, 2013! For more information, go to the SNF Home Page at and click on Mid-Winter Golf Tournament.

SNF Sponsors Lecture at Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

Attention Pittsburgh-area Tesla enthusiasts: On Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yugoslav Room (Room 142) of the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt’s Oakland campus, the SNF will present “Nikola Tesla: A Man Out of Time.”

Thomas Lawson, Ph.D and Georges F. Montillet, Ph.D. will be speaking about Tesla’s patents and how his life has had an impact on both our past and our future. Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public. A wine and cheese reception in the common rooms of the Cathedral will follow the lecture. For more information, call the SNF Home Office at 412-642-7372 or email