Dear Brothers and Sisters:
As recited in the Nicene Creed…Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. Indeed, Christ is born!
In the midst of this pandemic, Jesus Christ is the peace, love and understanding we rely on to help us through these difficult times. Our families have been challenged, but through Christ all is good.
As President of our beloved Serb National Federation along with our entire board and office staff we have met the challenge of this virus. We have made the proper adjustments to reassure all our members that the SNF is on solid ground and moving forward with a positive plan to take our Savez to the next level.
Reflecting on this past year, we have made the changes necessary to keep everyone safe. In March and following our great Heritage Night in Cleveland, where the folklore group Morava performed at the NBA Cleveland Cavalier game, and Nikola Jokic coming into the middle of 600 plus Serb fans, we had to make adjustments because of Covid 19 for the rest of the year. Working with our lodges and churches, we cancelled and rescheduled all of our SNF events and tournaments. I am hoping and praying for some type of normalcy in 2021.
Speaking of this year, 2021 marks the 120th anniversary of the SNF! In 1901 delegates of eight Serbian benefit societies and a few prominent Serbs met in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and founded the first federation of benefit societies, and in 1929 renaming the society to the Serb National Federation.
Starting in this Christmas issue, which is mailed to every member in the United States and Canada, we will cover and introduce our new financial products, our scholarship program, talk about our tournaments, tell you about our lodge revitalization campaign, and promote our cultural events including SNF Three-Day and Person of the Year. What I am most excited about is the digitization of our American Srbobran and our updated website.
In this issue we introduce the digitally archived American Srbobran dating back to 1906. This is the longest running fraternal paper in the United States, and the longest continually published Serbian newspaper in the world. By digitally storing our history, all generations can now read and research every issue.
We hope you will read this issue of the paper in its entirety to fully comprehend how much the SNF cares for and protects our Serbian Heritage and identity. This is great news!
As we look forward past this pandemic, the current board wants to build the SNF into a company of which all Serbs can be proud, and know that the Serb National Federation is in existence to Preserve, Protect and Prosper for all our Serbian families, today and for future generations. We can only do this with your continued and expanded support of our SNF. When looking to provide financial security for your family, consider our SNF products such as annuities and life insurance, in addition, support our historic and award winning American Srbobran by subscribing today.
May you and your families be blessed by God’s Grace and Love during this Holiday Season. I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
MIR BOŽIJI – HRISTOS SE RODI! GOD’S PEACE – CHRIST IS BORN!
SRETNA NOVA GODINA! HAPPY NEW YEAR!