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FOUNDING MEMBER

Serb Fest Orgin ::
Zelenkovich Family
First Serb Fest :: 1986
Recruited By :: Predrag & Mila Zelenkovich

Nickname :: Jovan | Serb

Trips to Serb Fest ::
26 (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

Additional Trips to Turkey Run ::
1(2001 Observed)

Notable Recruits :: Scott Berger, OLAF, Jeff Heitzman, Brian Kelley, Rishi Loona, Dave R, Charlie Ruiz, Jeff Bott

 
 
1986
1997
1999
2007
2007
2007
2007
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Jovan is without doubt a critical link to Serb Fests past. Having a near perfect attendance record dating back to 1986, As he puts it... "It’s all I know. Memorial Day means Turkey Run". His dedication to upholding the tradition of Serb Fest is what has given us the great opportunity to gather each year. In 1994, following suit of fellow attendee and friend, Monica Stevanovic, Jovan invited a friend, Jeff Bott to Turkey Run. Both Monica & Jovan continued inviting various friends through the mid-1990’s and in essence, lit the fire of the torch that would eventually be passed to the Second Generation in 2003. However, it was Jovan’s judgment in extending an invitation to then college roommate, Scott Berger in 1998 that proved to be pivotal; Opening the door for the incredible growth of the Second Generation into a new network of friends and families that, along with Monica’s group of friends, were to drive the strength of Serb Fest well into the 21st Century! For those of us who are directly related to this network, we pay great respects to Jovan and his dedication to Serb Fest. His passion has been infectious and its proven by the continued success of Serb Fest!

 

 

 
Stephanie Bennett (Wife), Predrag Zelenkovich (Father), Mila Zelenkovich (Mother), Nick Taylor (Nephew), Joe Taylor (Nephew)
 


Most Improved:: 2004
Golden Cevapcici Award
:: 2005
Cevapcici Consumption Award:: 2006
Cevapcici Consumption Award:: 2007
Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year Award:: 2008
Honorary Vince Kus Intellectual of the Year Award:: 2009


Initiated first ever non-Serbian male at TR - 1994
Tripping/Diving head first over a picnic table during a massive downpour - 2002
Overzealous with canoe trip - 2003
Took the Zelenkovich van to TR and left from 200 Andover Dr. each for the last time. -2004


"Dude, I think he's serious!" - Jovan - 2002
"BS and Rishi are to peas in an idiot pod" -2009

"My father told me years ago that everything in the world changes except the stones on the ground, and those too change with time. It seems even our most sacred gathering has evolved over the years. I still remember being a skinny timid little kid holding a paper plate overflowing with cevapcici as the grown-ups sat around telling stories from years past. As some of you no doubt have heard by now, 2003 marks a transitional year for “Serb Fest”. For the first time, there will be no grown-ups in attendance. The heritage of Serb Fest is slowly transitioning into folklore known only to those who have experienced TR in years past. So the torch has been passed on to the next generation. This is a big responsibility but I feel we have what it takes to make those who came before us proud. Let us learn from their wisdom and live to tell our own stories." - 2003





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