THE CROATIAN ACADEMY OF AMERICA
THE TWENTY-NINTH ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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Journal of Croatian Studies, XXIV, 1983, – Annual Review of the Croatian Academy of America, Inc. New York, N.Y., Electronic edition by Studia Croatica, by permission. All rights reserved by the Croatian Academy of America.
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The Croatian Academy of America held its Twenty-Ninth Annual General Assembly in the New York Hilton on May 14, 1983. The meeting was called to order by the Academy's President Dr. Jere Jareb. Upon verification of proxies, Edward S. Yambrušić was elected to chair The Assembly. He invited President Jareb to present his report. Dr. Jareb, in referring to the fact that the Academy had completed its thirtieth anniversary a few weeks ago, said that through the years the Academy has been consistently striving to accomplish the purpose for which it was formed. Major areas of activities have consisted of publishing the Journal of Croatian Studies, organizing lectures and exhibits, and the sponsoring of literary contests by the Academy's chapters. Scholarly papers on Croatian history, culture, linguistics, political science, economics and literature, including creative translations into English, are the testimony of work accomplished in these fields. The three chapters of the Academy: Midwest (Chicago), West Coast (Los Angeles-San Francisco), and Toronto (Canada) were successful in organizing lectures and sponsoring literary contests spurring interest in research related to Croatia, Croatians, and Americans and Canadians of Croatian descent. The next report was given by Recorder Ivan Sarac who reported on the Executive Council's meetings.
The Executive Secretary Maria K. Tuškan, M.D., in her report stated that the Academy's membership totaled 210 regular, 9 cor-responding and 3 conributing members. Since the last annual assembly 18 new members were accepted. Of the 210 regular members there are only 29 women. In contrast to this low representation of women there is by now a noticeable influx of younger generation applicants for membership. There is an incentive of the West Coast chapter to promote a special category for student-membership which, she feels, should be adopted nation-wide. The Executive Council met five times. All the meetings have taken place in New York City. The following business was discussed at these meetings: a) membership drive, b) Journal of Croatian Studies, c) chapter activities, d) finances and e) other current business covering correspondence, inquiries and numerous miscellaneous items. The Executive Secretary reported in detail on each of these areas, except the Journal of Croatian Studies, which was later covered in the editor's report. Referring to chapter activities the Executive Secretary said that each of the three chapters developed its own program reflecting the needs, abilities and strength of its particular membership. The Midwest chapter continued with its usual monthly meetings as it had in the past during the life of its first secretary, the late Dr. Francis H. Eterovich, though it had to adjust itself to the loss of a dynamic leader. Warren I. Previes served briefly as the chapter's secretary. Now Jure Krišto is the chapter's moderator. The Toronto chapter's activities are centered in literary contests. The two best manuscripts of the last contest were submitted for possible publication in the Journal of Croatian Studies. The Secretary said that we were happy to have with us. Mrs. Mira Ashby, representing the Toronto Chapter and asked her to give a more detailed report on Chapter's activities. Mrs. Ashby gave more details on the Chapter's literary contests, discussed consideration of establishing scholarships and reported on other Chapter experiences which might be of general interest for the Academy. She informed the Assembly that the Chapter plans to organize lectures and exhibit "Five Centuries of Croatian Printing Art".
Mrs. Tuškan asked former President Ivo Vučićević, who came from San Francisco to attend the Assembly, to report on the West Coast chapter activities. Vučićević said that on November 20, 1982 the Chapter sponsored a dinner in San Francisco honoring professor Vinko Nikolić, editor of Hrvatska Revija. The Chapter sponsored and exhibition of paintings and drawings of Tomislav Gabrić held in Los Angeles in Croatian Catholic Church Hall of St. Anthony on February 19 and 20, 1983. About 300 people visited the exhibition; 24 oils and many drawings were sold. Mr. Gabrić donated all proceeds — about $7,400 — to the scholarship fund. The Chapter held a meeting on February 20 following the closing of Gabrić's exhibition and elected Srećko Duhović as a new secretary.
In continuation of her report Mrs. Tuškan said that the Executive Council followed up on the issue of Croatian-language broadcasts of the Voice of America which was raised at last year's Annual Assembly. Two members, E.S. Yambrušić and B. Anzulović, were asked to explore avenues for actions which might be undertaken in this matter. They submitted a preliminary report which is being reviewed by the Executive Council. Among other activities reported by the Secretary of special interest are the following: The University of Michigan's School of Music asked the Academy to help a talented young Croatian, a student of the world famous violinist Ruggero Ricci. The Academy Council's members: Branimir Anzulović (Springfield, VA), Joseph Bosilievich (Cleveland, Ohio), Srećko Duhović (San Pedro, CA), K.J. Duvnjak (Westport, CT), Tomi'slav Gabrić (Arcadia, CA), Vinko Grubišić (Mississauaga, Ont., Canada), Ante Kadić (Bloomington, IN), Stjepan Krešić, (Ottawa, Ont., Canada), Jure Krišto (Chicago, IL), Nicholas Milosevich, (New York, NY), Karlo Mirth (New York, NY), Vlado Petranović (Willowdale, Ont., Canada), Mario Spalatin (Wauwatosa, WI), Jozo Vrbić (San Francisco, CA), Ivo Vučičević (San Francisco, CA).
COMMITTEE OF CONTROL: Josip Knežević (New York, NY), Antun Nizeteo (Ithaca, NY), Šime Vatavuk (New York, NY).
In discussion on new business it was recommended that the members be systematically reminded about the status of their dues and that Canadian members be advised to send their remittance in U.S. funds or a larger sum to make up for the difference in exchange rates. Professor Bogdan Raditsa asked for about ten minutes time to call attention to several issues of importance to American Croatians. He discussed the situation in the Hoover Institution, in the Voice of America and in the Pentagon and said that in the fields of special interest for Croatia and Croatian people, American Croatians are not represented. Raditsa proposed that the Academy recommend that all professors attend the next meeting of the American Society for Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) in Kansas City and take part in panel discussions. Raditsa also recommended that Croatia and Croatians, a new book by George Prpić, be promoted and widely distributed. President Jareb said that Prpić sent a letter expressing best wishes for success of the Assembly and asked him to recommend to the Academy members to join the Society of Croatian Studies, which is affiliated with the AAASS. Several other topics were discus-sed by Mira Ashby, Antun Nizeteo, Predrag Kordić, Maria K. Tuškan, Ivo Vučičević, Anne Pavlich, Jere Jareb, Karlo Mirth and others.
In the evening a banquet was held in the Polo Room of the Hilton's Hurlingham restaurant.