KSKJ Life

  • Naslov: 2439 Glenwood Ave, Joliet, Illinois 60435-5490
  • Tel: 001 815 7412001
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  • Druge aktivnosti:

    KSKJ 2007-2010 Board of Directors

    od leve proti desni - prva vrsta: Julie Schneller, MaryLou Stefanick, Dan Golob, Pat Slapnick, Theresa Krampac, Stan Markun, Greg Snyder, Bob Lokar, Dan Mihelich, od leve proti desni - zadnja vrsta: Ken Velasquez, Tony Flaynik, Tony Menart, Joe Hocevar, Rudy Krasovec, Al Suhadolnik, Tony Mravle, Mike Vidmar, Tim Klodnick, Phil Hrvatin.
  • Opis:
    Prvo srečanje KSKJ leta 1894

    Na prelomu v 20. stoletje so se Slovenci bolj množično začeli izseljevati v Združene države Amerike. Namesto boljših gospodarskih pogojev kot so jih izkusili v "matični državi" so se morali mnogi soočti s številnimi stiskami in brezposelnostjo.

    Ni bilo sindikatov, socialne varnosti ali društev za pomoč potrebnim. Ko so priseljenci zboleli, so pogosto sami in njihove družine postali breme prijateljem in sorodnikom. Javne nabirke za plačilo pokopališča in pomoč vdovam in sirotam so bile običajne.


    As immigrant numbers continued to increase, the early Slovenians realized that protection was necessary for the less fortunate, to keep them from becoming public charges. Slovenians banded together in various states to form fraternal lodges as a mechanism to help each other in time of need. But there were some early leaders who saw a need for a larger and more integrated society.
    The early guiding spirit of what was to become KSKJ were Msgr. Joseph Buh, publisher of the American Slovenian (Amerikanski Slovenec), and Fr. F.S. Sustersic, a Joliet priest.

    Msgr. Buh urged "Slovenians Unite!" in an autumn of 1893 article. Fr. Sustersic campaigned that Slovenians would have greater security in a united organization.

    A committee was formed in Joliet April 1 and 2, 1894, the committee approved by-laws to merge 10 independent Slovenian benefit lodges to form the first Slovenian fraternal union.
    Joseph Stukel was influential in naming the new society KSKJ Kranjsko Slovenska Katoliska Jednota (KSKJ)
    KSKJ began official operations on June 1, 1894 with 333 members and no treasury. It was also on June 1, 1894 that Msgr. Buh's newspaper published the KSKJ Glasilo (Voice) pages within his Amerikanski Slovenec (American Slovenian) newspaper. That nameplate, the oldest Slovenian newspaper in the world, is now part of the KSKJ Voice and is published 12 times per year. The Amerikanski Slovenec is printed in the Slovenian language.

    At the present time, KSKJ is licensed in 12 states, has a total over 30,000 certificate memberships in more than 50 lodges.

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