A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Desko Nikitovic

Desko Nikitovic, Executive Chairman of East Point Metals Ltd, was born in Arilje, Serbia on November 11, 1960. He received his law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1989. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Nikitovic was an active member of the “opposition movement” advocating democracy in Serbia. He immigrated to the United States in 1990 and has lived in Chicago for the past 30 years.

As a representative of Serbian diaspora in the United States, Mr. Nikitovic made numerous appearances on US national and local television and radio programs, promoting democratic changes in Yugoslavia. He served as President of the Serbian Unity Congress in Chicago, from 1998-2002.

In January of 2003, Nikitovic was appointed Consul General of Serbia in Chicago.

During his tenure as Consul General, Mr. Nikitovic pursued strong economic ties with the United States. He secured the prominent “Sister City” relationship between the Serbian Capitol Belgrade and the City of Chicago.

Moreover, Nikitovic initiated the “Sister States” agreement between the State of Illinois and the Republic of Serbia; the agreement between the airports O’Hare International and Airport Nikola Tesla in Belgrade and started the program of Sister Schools among Belgrade and Chicago elementary schools. His work as Consul General reflected his advocacy for economic, educational and cultural ties between the US and Serbia.

Mr. Nikitovic served as a Vice-Dean of the Consular Corps in Chicago from 2007-2013. He had been active in a number of Chicago civic organizations including the Serbian Bar Association of America, the Union League Club, Executives Club and the Economic Club of Chicago. Nikitovic is a frequent guest speaker at various universities and other educational forums on issues regarding Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. He is currently the Chairman of Chicago – Belgrade Sister City Committee and a Board member of The Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In October of 2013, Patriarch of Serbian Orthodox Church awarded Mr. Nikitovic with the Czar Constantine Award. On May 7, 2016, he received a Major Felman Merit Award from The Serbian American Bar Association.

After serving for 11 years as the Consul General of Serbia in Chicago Mr. Nikitovic, completed his diplomatic career in September of 2013 in pursuit of opportunities in the private sector. Nikitovic formed Capital Link International, an International business consulting company in Chicago. In February of 2014 he began consulting for Darby Overseas, a US Private Equity fund, as an Executive Director for East Point Holding; a Cypress based International Company operating in Serbia.

In August of 2015 he became majority shareholder in East Point Metals Ltd, a parent Company of Sevojno Copper Mill, and assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Nikitovic is also the President of the Supervisory Board of Sevojno Copper Mill company, with an annual revenue close to 200 million dollars. As dual citizen of Serbia and the United States, he shares his time between Belgrade and Chicago and helps many charitable causes in both Countries.


Desko Nikitović, Izvršni Predsednik East Point Metals Ltd, je rođen 11. novembra 1960 godine u Arilju, Srbija. Završio je Pravni fakultet u Beogradu, 1989 godine. Aktivno se zalagao za demokratizaciju Srbije kroz učešće u opozicionom pokretu od 1987 - 1990 godine. Emigrirao je u Sjedinjene američke države 1990 godine, gde živi poslednjih 30 godina.

Kao predstavnik srpske dijaspore predvodio sve anti ratne demonstracije u Čikagu tokom rata u Jugoslaviji 1999 godine. Predstavljao je srpsku zajednicu u mnogobrojnim nastupima na glavnim televizijskim i radio kanalima, kao CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, National Public Radio, kao i drugim medijima.

Bio je Predsednik Kongresa srpskog ujedinjenja u Čikagu od 1998-2002.

Imenovan za Generalnog konzula Srbije u Čikagu, januara 2003 godine.

Zalagao se za poboljšanje ekonomske saradnje između Srbije i Sjedinjenih američkih država i organizovao bratimljenje Beograda i Čikaga 2005 godine. Takođe, inicirao je bratimljenje Srbije i Države Illinois, aerodroma Nikola Tesla u Beogradu i aerodroma O'Hare u Čikagu, kao i povezivanje osnovnih škola iz Beograda i osnovne škole Ogden iz Čikaga. Dao je veliki doprinos unapređenju ekonomske saradnje i ukupnih odnosa između Srbije i SAD-a. Kao Generalni konzul postigao je izuzetne rezultate u povezivanju matice i dijaspore i pružanju konzularne zaštite srpskim državljanima, uključujući spasavanje dece porodice Nastić u Sjedinjenim Državama.

Generalni konzul Desko Nikitović je bio Podpredsednik diplomatskog kora u Čikagu, kao i član Srpsko-američke advokatske komore, Union League kluba, Ekonomskog kluba, Executive's kluba i drugih društvenih asocijacija u Čikagu. Bio je čest govornik na Univerzitetima i drugim kulturnim i obrazovnim forumima u Čikagu i Americi. Trenutno je Predsednik komiteta pobratimljenih gradova Beograda i Čikaga i član borda Florentine opere u Milwaukee-ju, Država Wisconsin. Odlikovan je od strane Patrijarha Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve ordenom Cara Konstantina. U maju 2016 godine, primio je odlikovanje za životno delo “Major Felman Merit Award“, od strane Srpsko američke advokatske komore.

Posle 11 godina na mestu Generalnog konzula, Nikitović je završio diplomatski mandat u septembru 2013 godine i nastavio karijeru u privatnom sektoru. Osnovao je konsultantsku firmu Capital Link International u Čikagu i počeo saradnju sa Darby Overseas, Američkim Private Equity fondom, kao Izvršni direktor u East Point Holdingu, kiparskom firmom sa poslovanjem u Srbiji.

U avgustu 2015 godine, postao je većinski akcionar u East Point Metals Ltd, kompaniji u čijem sastavu je Valjaonica bakra Sevojno i preuzeo ulogu Izvršnog predsednika. Nikitović takođe obavlja funkciju Predsednika nadzornog odbora Valjaonice bakra u Sevojnu, kao njen većinski vlasnik. Kao dvojni državljanin Srbije i Sjedinjenih država, provodi vreme između Beograda i Čikaga i podržava više humanitarnih organizacija.


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Gojko Vuckovic

The longtime member and supporter of NASSS, Dr. Gojko Vuckovic(61) passed away on October 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, after a brief battle with gastric cancer. Dr. Vuckovic was buried at the Serbian Cemetery in Los Angeles, officiated by Father PetarJovanovic.

Dr. Vuckovic received his B.A. from the University of Belgrade. After arriving to the United States, he received a M.S.M.from the Arthur D. Little School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts(1990) and a M.P.A. from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1991). Healso received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), School of Public Administration, Los Angeles, California(1996) with a concentration in the areas of comparative politics and administration.

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Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори

Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење

Епископ Атанасије (Јевтић)

У издању Севастијан преса из Лос Анђелеса и Братства Св. Симона Мироточивог из Врњачке Бање, недавно је изашла нова књига Атанасија (Јевтића), умировљеног Владике херцеговачког, Савремени еклисиолошки подсетник о Дијаспори - Историја и анализа тзв. „Америчког раскола“ (1963-1992) и предлози за његово превазилажење.

Текст ове књиге је написан сада већ далеке 1990.године, и до данас био необјављен будући да је само за Синодске Оце Архијереје био намењен ради превазилажења тзв. „Америчког раскола“. Данас, када је тај српски раскол литургијски и административно превазиђен, сасвим је разумљиво и пожељно било да се овај текст предочи јавности.

На молбу Светог Архијерејског Синода, ондашњи јеромонах Атанасије је сва питања везана за болни раскол у српској дијаспори ставио под светлост православне Еклисиологије и Предања, што је био једини начин за њихово суочавање како би се дошло што ближе до зацељивања раскола. Читалац ће приметити како је он савесно и непристрасно проанализирао цело питање раскола и дао целисходне икономијске предлоге за његово решење. Ова књига је резултат његовог савесног христољубивог и црквољубивог рада.

Конкретан резултат Атанасијевог еклисиолошког предлога била је обнова евхаристијског општења и помирења које је постигнуто на празник Сретења Господњег, 15. фебруара 1992. године у Саборној Цркви у Београду, када су Српски Патријарх Павле и чланови Светог Архијерејског Сабора служили са Митрополитом Иринејем (Ковачевићем), дотадашњим епископом у расколу. Коначно, 21. маја 2009. године, Свети Архијерејски Сабор је донео одлуку и о коначном административном јединству Српске Цркве у Северној и Јужној Америци.

Истовремено, ова књига осветљава битно питање Дијаспоре. Дијаспора је пред Православну Цркву поставила два битна проблема: питање провере исправности нашег схватања Цркве, оног које се у последњим вековима код многих од нас усталило, и питање мисије Цркве у свету.

Књига је изашла са благословом Епископа новограчаничког и средњезападноамеричког Лонгина и Епископа западноамеричког Максима.

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Contemporary Ecclesiological Reminderon the Diaspora:
History and analysis of so called “American schism” (1963-1992) and recommendations for its overcoming

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

Recently, a new book by Athanasius (Yevtich), retired Bishop of Herzegovina, was published in Serbian by Sebastian Press of Los Angeles in cooperation with St. Simeon the Myrrh-streaming of Vrnjacka Banja.

This book was written in a now already distant year of 1990. This is its first publishing since the original intent was to have it available only for the hierarchs of the Holy Synod for the purpose of overcoming the so-called “American schism” within the Serbian diaspora. Presently, as the Serbian schism has been liturgically and administratively vanquished, it is understandable and desirable to have this valuable research available to the public.

At the request of the Holy Synod, back then hieromonk Atanasije acceded to collect all relevant documents in reference to painful schism in Serbian Diaspora, placing them in the light of Orthodox Ecclesiology and Holy Tradition, which was the only way to face it properly and bring it closer to healing.The readers will notice how Bishop Atanasije analyzed responsibly, and impartially the whole question of schism, and at the same time provided comprehensive, integral and thorough ecclesial economy, recomendations for solutions.This book is the result of his Christ-loving and Church-loving labor.

A tangible result of Atanasije's ecclesiological recommendation was the Eucharistic renewal, communion, and reconciliation which was established on the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple, February 15, 1992. At the Cathedral in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Paul and hierarchs of the Holy Episcopal Assembly celebrated for the first time together since the schism, with Metropolitan Iriney (Kovacevic), up until then, schismatic bishop in Diaspora.Finally, on May 21, 2009, the Holy Assembly made a decission about conclusive administrative unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

In the same time this book reveals crucial question regarding Diaspora, because ecclesial organization of the Orthodox Church abroad presents itself with at least two problems: a) a check-up of our interpretation and comprehension of the Church, especifically of the last couple of centuries existing convictions, and b) a question of the Church mission in the World.

This book is published with the blessings of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica - Midwestern America, and His Grace, Bishop Maxim of Western American Diocese, of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South America.

Price $15

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