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Thursday, October 11th, 2018

The Croatia Club restaurant is hiring!

Server (part time) – We’re looking for friendly, competent waitresses/waiters to make sure our patrons have a memorable dining experience. Quality of service is crucial to the success of many businesses, the same is true here! This is a great opportunity for post-secondary students looking to pick up a few evening shifts a week!

Responsibilities and Duties
• Greet customers
• Prepare dining tables
• Enter orders into POS system
• Deliver food and beverages/attend to the needs of guests
• Issue bills and obtain payment
• Assist in cleaning and closing the restaurant

Qualifications and skills
• Must be 18+ years old with Ontario Smart Serve certification (ability to obtain Smart Serve after hiring also possible)
• Excellent verbal communication and math skills
• Great customer service and conflict-resolution skills, and a commitment to professionalism
• Excellent teamwork ability
• Previous experience working in the serving industry an asset
• Must have a valid driver’s license and means to arrive at work each day

Current typical working hours are Wednesday to Friday (4 p.m. start times), however some Saturday’s, Sunday’s and other “off” hours are available for private/special events. Please forward your emails to frankperin@hamiltoncroatia.com.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, our membership was called to a Special General Meeting to outline details of a new project beginning in October 2018 to upgrade the soccer fields and bocce courts on our grounds at 166 Green Mountain Road East.

Members in attendance were shown the plans and unanimously voted to move ahead with the proposal – the #GMRturfproject.

Benefits of new soccer fields

  • Currently our soccer fields can be used from June to September
  • A new turf playing surface would allow our teams to use the fields from March to December
  • Our older rep teams cannot use our current fields, nor can our men’s or women’s teams
  • New fields can be used by all ages for training, especially with the planned lighting
  • Current fields are not playable if it rains
  • Turf fields can be played on even when it’s raining
  • Maintenance requirements are time consuming (cutting grass, fertilizing, watering, painting lines, etc.)
  • Turf fields require very little maintenance – brushing once a month, and deep grooming as required
  • Current fields would need major upgrades – drainage, added topsoil, and new sod, or switch to turf (investment needed)

Our soccer program is very healthy and growing!

  • In 2011 we had five youth boys teams, one youth girls, and 86 co-ed house league kids
  • In 2018 we fielded 12 boys, three girls, and 198 co-ed house league

Benefits of the new bocce courts

  • Current courts are not playable if it rains at any point on scheduled game days
  • Turf courts can be played on even while it is raining
  • Maintenance requirements are time consuming (leveling surface, dewatering, brushing, etc.)
  • Turf courts have very little maintenance – brush them weekly, roll them every 2-3 months
  • Current courts are in need of a complete upgrade
  • Leagues could expand with the addition of a fifth court

Project timeline

  • Work would begin in early October of this year (drainage, curbs, fencing and bleacher pads before winter)
  • Poles and lighting would also be done in the fall
  • Turf installation would take place in the spring along with any grass and asphalt repairs and other final touches
  • The entire project would be completed by Spring 2019
  • All leagues would start on time – end of May/beginning of June


If you are interested in helping see another major upgrade take place at The Croatian Sports and Community Centre of Hamilton, please click the button below and show us your support!


Thursday, August 16th, 2018


Thursday, August 23rd, in the Main Hall

An official notice to all members of our organization that on Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Executive Committee of the Croatian Sports and Community Centre of Hamilton has called a Special General Meeting (SGM).

The purpose of the SGM is to update members during an in-person meeting on the plans in proceeding with a major project that would take place on our grounds. The project is focused on improvements to our current grounds and sports facilities – we are excited to share more information with you on August 23.

At this meeting, club president Mark Vuksan will walk members through the plans, drawings, budget and other information that we have available. We will also ensure that there is ample time for all of your questions and feedback and ask members whether they are supportive of this project by calling for a vote from those in attendance.

The meeting should be adjourned within 2 hours (men’s bocce is still on that night – revised times will be communicated shortly).

Meeting Details:
* Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
* Banquet Hall – 166 Green Mountain Road East, Stoney Creek
* Invite open to all members

Following the August 23 SGM, there will be a Veza sent to summarize the events of the meeting. The Veza will then be the regular means of communicating with members while work on the project is underway. However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Jason Grbavac at jsgrbavac@gmail.com either prior to or anytime after the SGM.

We look forward to seeing as many members as possible on Thursday, August 23 as we believe that your input is important for us to continue improving our Croatian community centre and overall enjoyment of our members and guests for many years to come!


Thank you!

Your Executive Committee

Friday, May 25th, 2018


This Sunday!

2018 House League starts next week (Monday, May 28)

Times & Age Groups:

6:30 – 7:20 for U5, U6
7:30 – 8:20 for U7,U8

6:30 – 7:20 for U3, U4, U6
7:30 – 8:20 for U7, U8

World Cup @ GMR

Catch all of your friendlies and World Cup action at GMR.  Friendlies leading up the World Cup are on June 3 and June 8 (details below):

Then its on to the World Cup action…

The wait is over – 2018 Bocce season begins next week!
(both Men’s and Women’s leagues)

We’re Hiring!
Anyone interested in job opportunities at our centre is encouraged to reach out to us for more information.  Positions currently available are in and around the operation of the restaurant.  We look forward to reviewing your application!  If interested, please either reply to this email or send resumes and questions to Frank Perin at frank.perin@hamiltoncroatia.com.

Ladies Night @ GMR – THANK YOU!
A big thank you to all who supported the ladies night on May 18. It was a great time and look forward to hosting future events at GMR that are just as memorable.

Call for Volunteers
Our organization hosts many events throughout the year where we depend on our volunteers to make the events possible.  We want to take this opportunity to thank our members who have stepped up – and continue to step up – throughout the year.If you are willing to help, please contact Tom Saic at toma.saic@sympatico.ca. Tom is responsible for coordinating volunteers for our events in 2018.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

April Veza


In this Veza:
  • Tonight: TV Sports Extravaganza at GMR
  • May 2 & 3: Bocce Registration Nights
  • May 5: Spring Park Day
  • Student & Other Volunteer Opportunities
  • May 13: Mother’s Day Roast
  • Join our Cycling Team 
  • May 18: Tickets now available: Girls Night Out
  • May 27: Big Picnic: Save the Date and Tombola Tickets

TV Sports Extravaganza Tonight at GMR

We know what is happening right about now….messages between friends are flying to see where you will get together to watch the “big game” tonight.  Now, whatever game or sport interests you the most, make GMR your choice for all the action.

Whether its; Game 7 elimination battle between two original six rivals Leafs-Bruins (Go Leafs Go!); or the Toronto Raptors who are basically forced to break a two-game losing stint on the road in Washington with an important Game 5 at home tonight; or the Jays who also battle a Boston side in game two of a three game series – we have you covered (p.s. it’s cool the Marlies are also playing tonight but lets get serious).

After the prime time action is over, the soccer faithful will stay and witness what is likely the biggest game in TFC’s history.  They kick off the second leg (9:30 pm) for a chance to be crowned the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Champions. There is work to do after losing the first leg 2-1 at home; although, we know this team can score in Mexico against top tier teams so we do believe…TFC! TFC!

–Doors open at 5 pm–

Please come and support the team and sport of your liking at GMR

2018 Bocce Season Update – Registration Dates Confirmed

Registration nights for our two leagues will take place on the following dates:

  • Women’s League on May 2
  • Men’s League on May 3

(Reminder: Women’s action is Tuesday & Wednesday and Men compete Monday and Thursday evenings).

Time and Food:
Registration will take place from 6pm-8pm at GMR with the restaurant open at 5 pm for dinner for those interested

Don’t Delay:
As many of you know, leagues are always at capacity and sell out quickly. Please organize your team now and be prepared to make the final payment (with includes full roster details) at your registration day next week.

Facility Upgrades:
As a reminder, by next year, our organization is planning significant upgrades to the bocce facilities as we are committed to making this league the best one around, anywhere! We are excited about these upgrades as the players in our leagues have been the drivers of this feedback over the past few years.

2018 League Fees:

  • Per Player Fee: $70

Membership Required:
Each player in any of our leagues is required to be a member in good standing of our organization.  For those who are not Lifetime Members, or who have not yet paid their membership in 2018, can do so at the registration night (this is also why full rosters are required in early May). 

Members Fees:

  • $30 per person
  • $50 per family
  • $10 for seniors over 60 years of age

Let’s Start!
The 2018 season will begin the week of May 28th which is the day after our BIG picnic.  A schedule will be available shortly after the registration is complete.

Spring Park Day | Saturday May 5

A notice and call for volunteers to help get our park ready for the busy outdoor season.  It has been a long and grueling winter, we need as many hands on deck for as much time as people have available on Saturday, May 5 to help ensure the park is ready for it’s official opening for the summer season later in May.

As mentioned, even if you only have an hour or two to spare – it goes a long way!

To sign-up for park day to allow us to plan for the tasks based on the number of people we can expect to have help out, please email Steven Radencich at stevenradencich@gmail.com.

Call for Volunteers

In addition to Park Day, our organization hosts many events throughout the year where we depend on our volunteers to make the events possible.  We want to take this opportunity to thank our members who have stepped up – and continue to step up – throughout the year. 

We are asking that every family consider dedicating a few hours this year to one of our events.  This is what makes our organization successful so thank you!

Tom Saic at toma.saic@sympatico.ca. Tom is responsible for coordinating volunteers for our events in 2018.

In particular, this may be of interest to students in high school looking for credit towards a volunteer opportunity requirement from their school in our community.  Please inquire with Tom today!

Sunday May 13 – Mothers Day Meat Sale

As per our annual tradition, we will have lamb and pork available on Mother’s Day this year at GMR.  The meat always sells out so please come early!

For pre-orders of half or full lamb/pig, please contact Nikola Vrbanac at (905) 865-7070.

Gates will be open early and meat will be ready for sale and pickup at 10 am.

Update | Team Hamilton Croatia Cycling

Team Hamilton Croatia Cycling is a club of bicycle riders excited about getting fit and staying fit.  We welcome men and women of all ages – just get a good bike, helmet, riding gear and a make a commitment to keep going.

Our rides take place every Saturday morning 7:30 am from GMR parking lot.  We have two groups: more experienced riders with road bikes who complete a 50+km route at a good pace.  For more novice riders, beginners or those with hybrid bikes, there is a shorter or alternate route available.  We also ride as a team at many of the local Granfondos, participate in organized rides and celebrate with after-ride parties.

Cycling is being called the ‘new golf’ and we are fast growing team – with 25 riders in only two years!  So, whether you are sixteen or sixty – you will enjoy the exercise and camaraderie of riding with like minded Croatians (mostly).  Curious?  Well come out on Saturday mornings starting May 5th to meet the team and see if cycling is for you.  Interested parties can ride as guest with annual membership to the club at $42 to the Ontario Cycling Association and a $25 admin fee.

For more information, contact:  

Ladies Night – Friday, May 18th

See flyer for details or email us with any questions – looking forward to an exciting event!

Hamilton Croatia BIG Picnic
Date: Sunday May 27

Please note that Tombola tickets for our annual raffle are already on sale and in circulation in our Croatian community.  Thank you to all of the donors who are noted on the back of the tickets as well as all of you who buy tickets to support our organization with a great chance to win one of the many amazing prizes (a reminder that the top prize is round trip airfare to Croatia).

We encourage your feedback and suggestions.  For any questions, comments or concerns, please reply to this email and let us know what you think!

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