<html> <head> <title> ALTERNATIVA THE ALTERNATIVE / L'ALTERNATIVE, alternativaonline, Editor Alexandru Tomescu - EXILUL CREATOR - TRAIAN LASCU </title> <meta name="keywords" content="alternativa, THE ALTERNATIVE / L'ALTERNATIVE, alternativaonline, Editor Alexandru Tomescu - EXILUL CREATOR - TRAIAN LASCU, The American Romanian Orthodox Youth, Orthodox Brotherhood (Frcia Ortodox), PS Episcop Valerian, Sfincirea Troicei de la Vatra pe 30 Mai 1958 - Memorial Day, Gerald J. Bobango, Sophie Morris ARFORA, Anne Mercea "> <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"> <!-- IMAGE01= "on.gif" IMAGE02= "off.gif" function imgover(imgname){ imgname.src = IMAGE01 } function imgout(imgname){ imgname.src = IMAGE02 } //--> </SCRIPT> </head> <body bgcolor="#fffff0" link="#660000" vlink="#330066"> <center> <table width="680" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" style="border: 0 solid black;"><tr><td><div align="justify"> <center> <font face="arial" size ="7">TRAIAN LASCU</font><br><hr> <font face="verdana" size ="5">Editor, publicist</font><p> </center> <table width="320" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="5"align= "left" style="border: 0 solid black;"> <tr><td bgcolor="#F0EFEF"><div align="justify"> &nbsp;<br> <center><img src ="images/TraianLascuEC.jpg" width="250" height="377" border="0" alt="TRAIAN LASCU"></center><p> <font face="arial" size ="2"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Traian Lascu s-a nscut pe 24 septembrie 1923 n localitatea Palo_, jud Bra_ov, Romnia, n familia Traian _i Maria (Stanciu). <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A prsit Romnia n 1948, petrecnd trei ani ca refugiat n Europa (Cehoslovacia, Germania, Franca). Cu ajutorul vrului su George Ulita a reu_it s emigreze n Canada, sosind la Halifax pe 24 decembrie 1951. A petrecut cteva sptmni n Sudbury urmnd cursurile de limba englez pentru emigranci. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;S-a mutat la Timmins, unde timp de trei ani al lucrat la Aunor Gold Mine. Pentru ca mina a intrat in criz s-a mutat la Windsor, Ontario, unde vrul su George lucra pentru General Motors. n cadrul "Cultural Asociation" a refugiacilor, ntlne_te pe Florence Gaspar, cu care se cstore_te _ase luni mai trziu la Catedrala "Sfntul Gheorghe" din Detroit. A doua zi dup eveniment a plecat impreun cu socia _i bunul prieten Eugen Siara la Vatra s ntlneasc pe Episcopul Valerian, despre care _tia c a fost un student de frunte n Romnia. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Socrul lui Traian, Jack Gaspar, care era proprietarul unei tipografii n Detroit a preluat tiprirea publicaciei Solia (by-weekly basic) dup ce Episcopul Valerian a mutat operatiunea de la Cleveland n 1954. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Mai nti Traian a lucrat ca ucenic tipograf, ulterior prelund ntregul proces de produccie al Soliei, care cuprindea scrierea, tiprirea _i administrarea. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; n 1955 a primit funccia de editor la AROY, iar n 1957 de Pre_edinte AROY. Atunci a iniciat o coloana numit "President's Corner", in englez, unde se reflecta activitatea de la Vatra _i AROY. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; n timpul congreselor de la Vatra era responsabilul standului "Solia".<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;S-a angajat la "Detroit Free Press" _i s-a nscris la "Wayne State University" pe care a absovit-o n 1967. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A lucrat apoi n "Departament of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Services", State of Michigan. n aceast perioad, _i-a dedicat mai mult timp pentru editarea "Soliei", cu ocazia mutrii locului de tiprire in Woodward Avenue, Detroit. A fost numit editorul n englez al "Soliei", PS Episcop Valerian rmnnd editorul n romne_te. De multe ori, cnd PS Episcop Valerian era plecat sau foarte ocupat Traian Lascu prelua intreaga sarcin a editrii publicaciei. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Observnd c trecnd anii, membrii AROY, rmneau n afara asociaciei, datorit vrstei, i-a sugerat PS Episcop Valerian, s nfiinceze o nou organizacie auxiliar. Astfel la Congresul Episcopiei din 1967 s-a infiincat "Orthodox Brotherhood" (Frcia Ortodox), organizacie creat pentru enoria_i, cre_tini ortodoc_i. A fost ales primul Chairman al organizaciei, _i de atunci _i-a dedicat mult timp pentru buna funccionare a ei. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; n 1974, Congresul Episcopiei a aprobat propunerea IPS Arhiepiscop Valerian de a nfiinca un "Heritage Center". Doi ani mai trziu, Traian Lascu a ocupat funccia de "President of the Center" iar IPS Arhiepiscop Valerian "Chairman of the Board". <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; n urma plecrii ntru Domnul a IPS Arhiepiscop Valerian, Traian Lascu a devenit "Chairman of the Board". La propunerea lui, centrul _i-a schimbat numele n "Valerian D. Trifa Romanian-American Heritage Center". &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Dup pensionare a fost editor al "Informattion Bulletin". Sntatea precar a celei de a doua socii, care a decedat in 2001, l-a obligat sa se retrag din activittea centrului.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Ne-a prsit pe 8 decembrie 2015, la vrsta de 92 de ani, n Florida. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A fost depus la "John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home", Garden City, Michigan. Serviciul religios din 12 decembrie 2015 a fost oficiat de PC Printe Laurence Lazar, n prezenca IPS Arhiepiscop Nathaniel, la Catedrala "Sfntul Gheorghe", Southfield, Michigan.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Se odihne_te pe veci, a_a cum _i-a dorit, n Cimitirul "Sfnta Maria" de la Vatra, Grass Lake, Michigan.<p><center> ***<p> <img src ="images/InformationBulletin_Nr1_Fall_1983EC.jpg" width="250" height="323" border="0" alt="Information Bulletin Nr1 Fall 1983 - Editor Traian Lascu"><p> <b>"Information Bulletin" Nr1 Fall 1983 - Editor Traian Lascu<p> </td></tr> </table> &nbsp;<br> <center> <b><font face="verdana" size ="3"> Our Tenth Anniversary Since the Center's Inauguration</font></b></center><p> <font face="arial" size ="3"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Thirteen years ago, on July 6th, 1975, in the AROY Conference Room at the Vatra, the Articles of Incorporation of the Romanian-American Heritage Center were singed. Thus was initiated the project of setting up a research and documentation institution dedicated to the anonymous, often forgotten and neglected, Romanian immigrant in America. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;It vas to be a daring venture. The newly incorporated institution has no money, no location, and no one connected with it at that time had any experience in running such an institution. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Oh yes, there were some promises of financial help behind the venture. Somewhere, in Tusla, Oklahoma, there lived a Romanian lady by the name of Marie McWilliams, who had wanted to do something for her ethnic group. With that thought in mind she had approached His Eminence, Archbishop Valerian some five years earlier, and after becoming convinced that an old folks home at the Vatra, which was her first thought, was too difficult a project to carry out, she embraced the idea of a Heritage Center as suggested to her by Archbishop Valerian. She knew quite well that at that time, in her own words, when a Romanian immigrant died "his footprints in the New World were lost forever". A Heritage Center would avoid such happening. To that end she set up a Trust composed of her estate, with the proposed Center as the beneficiary after her death. <br> <p> <center> <img src ="images/Traian_Lascu_AROY_A_Short_HistoryEC.jpg" width="253" height="377" alt="Traian Lascu, The American Romanian Orthodox Youth - A short History"><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Traian Lascu, The American Romanian Orthodox Youth - A short History</b></center><p></font> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;That promise of financial help gave the fledgling institution a boost, no dough about it. But the reason of the Center's subsequent success is due primarily to the man who had conceived the idea of a such a Center and would guide its uncertain steps for the next eight years. <br> <p> <center> <img src ="images/Traian_Lascu_Valerian_EC.jpg" width="250" height="377" alt="Traian Lascu, VALERIAN 1951-1684"><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Traian Lascu, VALERIAN 1951-1684</b></center><p></font> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The planning, fundraising, and building phase took three years to complete. The Archbishop strongly believed that a useful project such as the Center had a good chance to succeed, and he was right. The project generated national interest and enthusiasm. The Episcopate, its auxiliaries, its parishes, the Union and League and some of its fraternal associations and social clubs, contributed substantial amounts of money and o dream was to become a reality. The Episcopate leased the new, non-profit corporation a one-acre parcel of land for ninety-nine years for one dollar, on which to build the Center, after preliminary cost studies to build it in Detroit or Cleveland proved prohibitive and beyond its means.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Ground was broken on March 19, 1977, and the walls of the new building went up quickly. However, shortly after puting the building under roof, the contractor went bankrupt. Rather then losing time looking around for the another contractor to complete the building, with the help of the supervising architect, the function was now taken over by his Eminence himself. With all the building that had gone on before at the Vatra and in many of the parishes, His Eminence had become quite apt in supervising constructions and renovation work. Subcontracting bids went out to complete the interior work, and the building program proceeded on schedule. At this stage, His Eminence would spend many hours in conferences with the architect and subcontractors and in supervising the work to see that the job was done right. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Even with His Eminence's phenomenal stewardship, not enough money could be raised in the end in donation to complete the building project, and a $50,000 internal loan from friends and supporters was launched to complete it at a cost of $180,000. The new Center was inaugurated with proper religious ceremonies and festivities on Sunday, May 28, 1978. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Efforts at the beginning were directed towards furnishing the Center, which was accomplished through the generosity of Mr. Andrew Peru, one of the Center's major Benefactors. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Next came the task of cataloguing the sizeable archival material the Center had already acquired, among which were the complete archives of the Episcopate transferred to the Center in 1979. Not being able to find a permanent Director for the Center at that time, the task of cataloguing and classifying was taken over and accomplished under the direction of Mr. Stelian Stnicel, who accepted to serve as the Center's Administrator without pay for the time being. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The year 1979 also saw the publication of the first book by the Romanian-American Heritage Center, "The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. The First Half Century, 1929-1979", by Gerald J. Bobango, published on the occasion of the Episcopate's 50th anniversary. The cost of printing and distribution of the book which amounted to $12,000, was covered by the generosity of 12 donors mentioned in the acknowledgement in the book. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Three years later, the Center would publish its second book, "Language Maintenance Within an American Ethnic Community: The case of Romanian" by Alexandra Roceric. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Five years after its inauguration, the Heritage Center decided to broaden its operation. During the summer of 1983, Mr. Eugene Boia, a student form Cleveland, did research at the Center and completed a bibliography of the Center's holding. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In October of 1983, Mr David Bernatowicz, a graduate student in History was hired as the Center's first Secretary-Archivist. His duty would include the publication of a quarterly Bulletin, the inventorying of new material donated to the Center, and the carrying of the day to day activities of the Center. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Also in October of 1983, the Center came out of the first issue of the "Information Bulletin" at that time a 12-page, typewritten publication, as a liaison between its members and supporters and with those interested in the field of ethnic studies. Subsequent research and contribution from our readers have necessitated an expansion of the "Information Bulletin", to the point where today it is printed in 16 pages. The printing process and the increased pages allow us to bring our readers twice as much material then in the past. As of the beginning of this year, the "Information Bulletin", is being published bi-monthly. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;In October of 1984, the Heritage Center hired a new Secretary-Archivist, in the person of Mr. Alexandru Nemoianu, a historian educated in Romania and recently arrived in the United State. The knowledge of the Romanian language was deemed to be a necessity in order for the Secretary-Archivist to benefit from the research of the many documents in the Romanian language in the Center's holding. <br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The operational machinery for the Center is in place. What we will need from now on is our community's financial support in order not only to continue its present program, but to expand them with new research and an expanded publication program. <br> <p><center>*** *** ***<p> <p> <center> <img src ="images/AdunareaComitetuluiAROY_1956_EC.jpg" width="600" height="333" alt="Adunarea Comitetului AROY, n Gary, Ind., noiembrie 1956. Printre cei invitaci: PS Episcop Valerian, PC Princii Victor Brbulescu _i Eugen Lazar, Princesa Ileana. Primul din stg. Traian Lascu."><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Adunarea Comitetului AROY, n Gary, Ind., noiembrie 1956. Printre cei invitaci: PS Episcop Valerian, PC Princii Victor Brbulescu _i Eugen Lazar, Princesa Ileana. Primul din stg. Traian Lascu.</b></center><p></font> <p> <center> <img src ="images/Troita_Vatra_Romaneasca_Sfintire1958EC.jpg" width="600" height="398" alt="Sfincirea Troicei de la Vatra pe 30 Mai 1958 - Memorial Day"><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Sfincirea Troicei de la Vatra pe 30 Mai 1958 - Memorial Day (din articolul "The Year of the Troitza" - AROY, A short History). Proiect suportat de AROY. Pe ea se afl scris: <i>"In memory and in gratitude, AROY dedicates this cross to our parents who gave us the precious gift of Orthodoxy. Blessed this day, May 30, 1958, by His Grace Bishop Valerian."</i></b></center><p></font> <p> <center> <img src ="images/Inaugurare_Camera_AROY_1960_EC.jpg" width="600" height="341" alt="Comitetul Executiv al Episcopiei a inaugurat 'Camera AROY' (AROY Room) n cldirea de la Vatra - Memorial Day 1960. PS Episcop Valerian n mijlocul membrilor comitetului. Primul din stg. rnd II, Traian Lascu"><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Comitetul Executiv al Episcopiei a inaugurat "Camera AROY" (AROY Room) n cldirea de la Vatra - Memorial Day 1960. PS Episcop Valerian n mijlocul membrilor comitetului. Primul din stg. rnd II, Traian Lascu</b></center><p></font> <p> <center> <img src ="images/InvitatiLaOrthodox_BrotherhoodEC.jpg" width="600" height="450" alt="Pre_edinci ai organizaciilor nacionale invitaci la Conferincele 'Frciei Ortodoxe' (Orthodox Brotherhood), (stg. la dr.): Traian Lascu Orthodox Brotherhood; Sophie Morris ARFORA; Anne Mercea, Ladies Auxiliary of U&L; Eugene Popescu, Union & League."><p><font face="arial" size ="2"> <b>Pre_edinci ai organizaciilor nacionale invitaci la Conferincele "Frciei Ortodoxe" (Orthodox Brotherhood), (stg. la dr.): Traian Lascu Orthodox Brotherhood; Sophie Morris ARFORA; Anne Mercea, Ladies Auxiliary of U&L; Eugene Popescu, Union & League.</b></center><p></font> <hr> </td></tr> <tr><td bgcolor="#F0F3F0"><div align="justify"> <font face="helvetica" size ="4"><b> Despre Traian Lascu _i activitatea sa:<p></b></font> <font face="helvetica" size ="2"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Un gol semnificativ n organizarea Episcopiei a fost umplut n 1968 cu fondarea unei asociacii speciale pentru adulcii laici a cror vrsta _i abilitci dep_eau domeniul AROY - aceasta era "Frcia Ortodox". A fost propus consiliului de Traian Lascu _i Andrew Peru, mpreun cu Leonte Copacia _i Augustin Vincent la Adunarea din 4 martie 1967, iar organismul a aprobat rapid deja pregtitele statute pentru o astfel de societate. O adunare general organizatoric a fost cinut la Cleveland pe 21 octombrie, unde Train Lascu a fost ales Pre_edinte. <h6 align="right">Gerald J. Bobango</h6> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Traian Lascu face parte din generacia de emigranci romni care au prsit cara dup al II-lea rzboi mondial. S-a format _i educat pe continentul American. Apropierea de Episcopia Ortodox Romn de la Vatra i-a dat _ansa s-_i valorifice calitcile spirituale _i n acela_i timp s le druiasc comunitcii romne_ti din SUA _i Canada.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;A fost un martor ocular _i un participant activ la evenimentele prin care a trecut Episcopia Ortodox Romn de la Vatra, n lupta dreapt pentru pstrarea ortodoxiei n rndurile celor care si-au prsit cara, dar nu credinca _i tradiciile. Crcile sale _i articolele publicate sunt surse precioase, mrturii de valoare pentru generaciile viitoare. <h6 align="right">Alexandru TOMESCU</h6> </font> <hr> </td></tr> <tr><td></center> <IMG NAME="IMAGE01" SRC="off.gif" WIDTH=10 HEIGHT=10 BORDER=0> Pentru arhiva<b><A HREF="exilul creator.html" onMouseOver="imgover(IMAGE01)" onMouseOut="imgout(IMAGE01)"> EXILUL CREATOR</a></b> apasati aici. <center>&nbsp;<br> <FORM ACTION="../cgi-bin/mycgi.pl" NAME="myform"> <BUTTON NAME="go" TYPE="input" onclick="origina()" ><STRONG>Home</STRONG></BUTTON> </FORM> <script language=javascript> function origina() { parent.location.href="index.html" } </script> <SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript"> function blinker() { if (document.forms.myform.go.style.color == 'blue') document.forms.myform.go.style.color='red'; else document.forms.myform.go.style.color='blue'; setTimeout('blinker()',500); } blinker() </SCRIPT> </td></tr> <tr><td align= "center">ALTERNATIVA / THE ALTERNATIVE / L'ALTERNATIVE - Politica, cultura, stiri, publicitate </center> </td></tr></table> </body> </html>