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The Pensioners Club of Slovenska Pristava

"Senior members of Slovenska Pristava with Fr. Urbanija present at their annual picnic on August 3, 2014 (about 1/4 of the total Pensioners Club membership)"Our club was established in 1987. All Pristava members in good standing are able to join our club when they reach age 60 or when they retire.  Our current annual membership dues are $10.00.

PURPOSE OF THE CLUB  (from the 1st page of the club’s by-laws)

The purpose of the club is to bring together retired and older people who are members of Slovenska Pristava to:

  1.      Foster social interaction of membership with meetings, social gatherings and group travel.
  2.      Provide financial and physical support to Slovenska Pristava as possible.
  3.      Provide financial support to Slovenian school and cultural organizations as possible.
  4.      Support our sick members with prayers, get well wishes and visits.
  5.      Support our deceased members and families with joint prayers and funeral attendance.
  6.      Support our fund raisers by offering help when needed.

We have monthly luncheon meetings, annual picnic on Pristava in August, koline (sausage dinner) in October, and Božičnica (Christmas dinner) for all our Pensioner members in December. We also schedule a bus trip outing for our members two or three times a year. We pray at the funeral homes whenever any of our members pass away. In the spring we organize a cleaning day to get Pristava ready for the summer picnic season. Some of our members even work year-round on Pristava doing whatever work is necessary so Pristava operates smoothly. 

We, as Pensioners Club members, have to show good example to our young Slovenian generation and welcome them with open hearts and arms, so they will also want to become Pristava members and later join us as Pensioners of Slovenska Pristava. Our responsibility is to work with Slovenska Pristava board, Campers, two Slovenian churches and schools and other Slovenian organizations. Our goal should be to work in unity for the preservation of our Slovenian heritage in the greater Cleveland area. We are very fortunate to have Pristava. Let’s take care of it and pass it on to the next generation, so they too will have the opportunity to enjoy this “little piece of Slovenia” right here in America.

The Pensioners Club is an organization with a “positive attitude.”


By Frank Vidmar, President



Pristava Campers

Slovenska Pristava Rules & Regulations (REV MAR 2012)

  1. The speed limit on all roads is 5 MPH. Please watch out for our children! 
  2. All trash & garbage must be bagged. All bagged trash & garbage must be placed in trash containers. DO NOT throw cans, trash, etc., over the cliff, in the woods or into the river. PLEASE KEEP OUR CAMPGROUND CLEAN!
  3. Pets are to be kept on a leash & not to be left unattended. Please pick up after your pets & use proper disposal methods. Pets are not allowed in any building, pool, picnic or playground area. 
  4. Excessive barking/yelping of pets will not be tolerated. Unattended pets must be left inside cabins. Pets should never be left outside unattended. 
  5. In accordance with the township regulations, no additional trailers are permitted. 
  6. Cottage construction is not to exceed twelve (12) feet wide X thirty-two (32) feet long. Maximum one-story height restriction. Building plans for any such construction must be initially submitted to the Slovenska Pristava Liaison/Secretary, for approval by the Slovenska Pristava Board prior to commencement of construction and thereafter, there must be a submittal of plans to the Harpersfield Twp. Zoning inspector and the Ashtabula County Building Department. All plans should include type of construction & exterior materials to be used. All plans must comply with our rules and regulations as well as the Harpersfield Township Zoning and Planning regulation and also the Ashtabula County Building Department. 
  7. If SRSU construction is not completed within (2) years of the campsite grant, the member will forfeit the campsite privileges. Payment of campsite fees begins immediately in the year campsite privileges is granted. 
  8. There shall be no new or additional trailers per compliance with the Harpersfield Twp. Zoning Code and only SRSUs are permitted in the campgrounds per Harpersfield Twp. and Ashtabula County rules and regulations. Any trailer or campsite that is declared a nuisance removed or otherwise must be replaced with an SRSU. 
  9. Two (2)-car maximum per site. No parking permitted on the road. DO NOT BLOCK THE MAIN DRIVE. 
  10. It is prohibited to have any water line hook ups to any SRSU or trailer. 
  11. Any site considered to be a nuisance or hazard by the authorities of Ashtabula County, Harpersfield Twp. And/or the Pristava Committee shall be grounds for eviction and termination of all PRISTAVA CAMPGROUND rights and privileges. A nuisance or hazard site may consist of but is not limited to the following: Areas around SRSU/trailers that have not been annually maintained Trailers and/or SRSU that are deteriorating (rusting, broken windows, crumbling, or holes in the structure). Sites that have evidence of wild animals living within the structure Lack of site maintenance
  12. According to Ohio State Laws, there must be a functional ABC fire extinguisher in every trailer or cottage.
  13. There should be no electrical appliances be left on in any unoccupied trailer or cottage. Also, the breaker should be shut off when you leave. 
  14. Residents entertaining visitors/guests at park or campsite shall be held responsible for their conduct while on premises, & shall be held responsible for any damages incurred by their visitors or guests. Anyone behaving in a rowdy &/or abusive manner will be asked to leave the premises. 
  15. No campsite is to be occupied by minors (17 years and younger) without parents. 
  16. Parents are responsible for the safety of their children. 
  17. All quiet at 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM. Loud & offensive music will not be tolerated at any time. (Many people retire early & their privacy should be considered.) 
  18. Please respect the privacy of other campers by not walking through or between occupied sites. Use established paths to the restrooms & other facilities. 
  19. Observe posted pool hours. 
  20. Slovenska Pristava regrets it cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of any personal property. 
  21. The Slovenska Pristava Liaison/Secretary must be notified prior to any sale and/or transfers of SRSU’s, which will be presented to the Slovenska Pristava Board for approval. Written approval from the Slovenska Pristava Board must be received prior to any sales and/or transfers. 
  22. Fires are only allowed in fire pits, rings or grills; and must be attended at all times. 
  23. Firearms, firecrackers, BB guns, slingshots, etc., are not permitted. 
  24. NO cutting of trees, DEAD OR ALIVE, without prior approval. Approval is obtained from the Slovenska Pristava Liaison/Secretary. 
  25. Lack of site use or lack of up-keep will warrant re-evaluation of site privileges by the Slovenska Pristava Board. 
  26. Absolutely no chain saws or loud machinery will be operated before 10AM on Sundays. 
  27. Trailer & SRSU’s privileges are for active members only (active within the last five (5) years, per posted 1980 rules.) 
  28. A minimum of three (3) hours annually per family of volunteer help is expected (i.e., kitchen, bar, maintenance, fundraising, etc.). If the volunteer time is not provided, a $200 annual penalty will be assessed. 
  29. All campsite fees must be paid by May 15th or a late fee of $25 will be assessed. 
  30. Any rules & regulations are subject to change by Slovenska Pristava Board of Trustees. 
  31. Failure to comply with any rule or regulations may constitute eviction. 
  32. Any changes to existing SRSU’s must be submitted to the Board of Pristava for approval. 


  • Revised 9/11/2001
  • Revised 7/12/2011
  • Revised 3/13/2012
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Contact Info

Slovenska Pristava

A 501c3 Organization

1024 Brandt Road
Harpersfield, OHIO, 44041

Mail correspondence to:
5900 SOM Center Road
Suite 12 - #125
Willoughby, OH 44094-3086

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Giving & Support

Volunteers Needed