SPJST's Weekly Newspaper - Published on Wednesdays


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Vestnik Deadline - Wednesday at 5 p.m.
prior to the Publication Date

Send Vestnik information to:


Vestnik Editor/Director of Communication Melanie Zavodny

Email your Vestnik items.

Mail:  P.O. Box 100  •  Temple, Texas  76503-0100

Vestnik Fax:  (254) 773-8087

Phone:  (800) 727-7578  •  (254) 773-1575

Send large files (greater than 20 MB) to our secure dropbox.


It's called the Vestnik and it's SPJST's weekly membership newspaper. Translated, the name means "bulletin" and in the year 2015, it has been 103 years since Mr. Frank Fabian edited and published the first issue in Hallettsville, Texas.

SPJST members believed then - just as now - in the necessity of effective and regular communication between all parts of the organization. In a very real way, the newspaper has been a builder of images and a shaper of opinions and attitudes about the fraternal activities, insurance, and other benefits available to members.

Through two world wars, the Great Depression and decades of national and international tension and triumph, the Vestnik continues to evolve to reflect the changing needs and special concerns of SPJST members. On a weekly basis, the Vestnik delivers news on a wide range of organizational and cultural topics. In addition, each issue provides SPJST members with a forum for sharing news and information about happenings at their local lodges and youth clubs.

Subscriptions to the Vestnik are free upon request to members of SPJST. Non-members may purchase a subscription to the newspaper at the rate of $25 annually. Subscription requests may be directed to the Financial Secretary's Office, in care of the SPJST Home Office in Temple.


Material Appropriate for the Vestnik 

The VESTNIK is first and foremost interested in hearing about your lodge’s charitable and civic activities. We want to know what your lodge is doing. There are many activities at your lodge that deserve attention in the VESTNIK. After all, your members and potential new members want to know about the great work you are doing and how they can become members. We would especially like to hear about your lodge’s projects and news about the following subjects: 

• District Meetings/Events  Lodge Anniversaries, Picnics 

• Youth Club Events  Fund-Raising Activities 

• Organization/Chartering of New Lodges  Social and Other Noncharitable Events 

• Mortgage-Burning Ceremonies  Parade Entries 

• Lodge Officer Installations  Publicity for Future Events 

• Recognition/Awards to SPJST Lodges  Patriotic Events 

• Join Hands Day Projects  Membership Drives 

• 50-Year, 75-Year, Age 96, Age 100 and 

• Lifetime Achiever/Every Day Heroes Recognition Programs 


Keep in Mind 

• Submissions must be timely—mail or email your submission within two weeks of the date of your lodge’s event. 

• Information should be clear and complete. Answer the “five Ws” (who, what, where, when, and why). 

• Make sure to mention who benefited from the lodge activities—children, veterans, etc. 

• Submissions should be typed or neatly handwritten, double-spaced. Email submissions 

  should be embedded into the email or sent as Microsoft Word attachments. 

• Write clearly. Use your simplest English. Never use fancy wording or terms that only a 

  member of your lodge would understand. Most important, be honest, impartial, accurate, and 

  brief. Never use a quote unless it is direct and accurate, and always identify your sources. 

• Include a contact person and daytime/evening phone numbers in case we need more information.


Fraternal Activities and Entertainment Calendar Items

• When sending information about upcoming SPJST events, please include your name and 

   contact information (daytime/evening telephone numbers and/or email address). 

• Calendar items should include the date, time, location of the event, and contact information 

   for readers to call if they want more information. 

Wedding, Engagement, Milestone Anniversary/Birthday, New Member,
Achievement Announcements

 The VESTNIK will publish wedding, engagement, milestone birthday (beginning at 75 years 

and continuing in five year increments), milestone anniversary (25 years and continuing in 

five year increments), new member, and achievement announcements for SPJST members. 

Either the bride or groom must be an SPJST member for engagement and wedding 

announcements. Either the husband or wife must be an SPJST member for anniversary 

announcements. Achievement announcements include a significant event in an SPJST 

member ’s life. This includes (but is not limited to) awards, academic achievements 

in college, business achievements, and promotions. We ask that announcements be kept 

brief. Photos may be submitted with announcements.


• When sending wedding, engagement, milestone anniversary/birthday, new member, 

   and achievement announcements, please include your name and contact information 

  (daytime/evening telephone numbers and/or email address). Photos may also be 

   submitted with announcements. 

• Please send engagement announcements at least three or four weeks before the 

   wedding date to ensure timely publication. Please send wedding and milestone 

   anniversary/birthday announcements within two or three weeks following the event 

   for timely publication. 

•  All announcements are subject to editing for length and journalistic criteria. Lengthy 

   wedding announcements will be edited to a reasonable length or be charged $20 for 

   additional space. 


Obituaries/Resolutions of Sympathy 

 The VESTNIK will publish obituaries/resolutions of sympathy for recently deceased 

  SPJST members. Photos may be submitted with obituaries/resolutions of sympathy. 

 When sending obituaries/resolutions of sympathy, please include your name and 

  contact information (daytime/evening telephone numbers and/or email address).


Family Reunion Announcements

• The VESTNIK will publish family reunion information. The information must be 

   submitted by an SPJST member and must include the member ’s lodge number. 

• When sending reunion announcements, please include your name and contact 

  information (daytime/evening telephone numbers and/or email address). 

• Reunion information should include the date, time, location of the reunion, activities, 

  and contact information for readers to call if they want more information. 

• The first announcement will be printed with complete information. Future 

  announcements will be condensed on the reunion calendar, pending space availability. 

• The VESTNIK will not publish post-reunion information or photos.



The VESTNIK welcomes photo submissions from lodges. Both 35mm prints and digital 

images are acceptable. 

• Newspaper photos, photocopies of photos, photos printed on computer printers, 
  Polaroid photos, and negatives are not acceptable. 

• Photos should never be bound with paper clips, stapled, or have writing on the back.



Digital Photographs 

Digital images emailed to the VESTNIK or submitted on a CD can 

be used if they meet the same standards as those for 35mm prints, and some additional 

standards related specifically to the quality of digital images. 

• A camera with at least three megabyte capacity should be used. 

• Not all digital images are created equal. The key to good, reproducible digital photos 

  is the file size of the image, with larger, higher resolution images being preferred. It 

  is important to create, save, and send the image in high enough resolution. Digital 

  photos must have a minimum resolution of 1,500 by 900 pixels, or dots, per image to 

  be reproduced with acceptable quality; the higher the resolution, the better. Digital 

  cameras generally can be set for high resolution using words like “high” versus “low” 

  resolution, or by actually selecting or setting dimensions in pixels. We realize it takes 

  longer to email larger files, but print requires a higher resolution than the web. 

• Do not send in prints made from digital images—send in the image itself via email or 

  on a disk. 

• Use a JPEG format (.jpg). 

• Please DO NOT embed the photo in a document such as Microsoft Word. Enter the 

  caption in the text of the email and send the picture as an attachment. 

• Please do not crop the photo. Sometimes we need a little space to help fit it correctly. 

• If it is a scanned photo, keep the resolution at a maximum of 300 dots per inch (DPI) 

  and a minimum of 150 DPI. 


Special Advertising Rates for 2016

 Paid advertisements are accepted provided that they do not conflict with SPJST’s 

products or local lodge events. Political candidates must be SPJST members. Rates for commer- 

cial advertising are $6 per column inch. Rates for non-profit organizations are $4 per column 

inch. Rates for local lodge advertising are $2 per column inch. 


SPJST • P.O. Box 100 • Temple, Texas 76503
Home Office at 520 North Main Street  •  Temple, Texas  76501
(800) 727-7578 •