UPCOMING FRATERNAL EVENTS
HONORARY PRESIDENT OF PWA VIRGINIA SIKORA
(1928 - 1918)
is with sadness that we inform you that Virginia Sikora, Past
President of the Polish Womens Alliance of America and
of the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation has
Sikora (nee Gadomski), age 90, beloved wife of the late Raymond
Sikora, dear sister of the late Wanda and the late Joseph,
and fond aunt of Joyce. Virginia was the Past President of
the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation from 2005
until 2017, Past President of the Polish Women's Alliance
of America from 1999 to 2011. She was also the Treasurer for
the City of Detroit, Treasurer of the Detroit Board of Education,
and Trustee of the Detroit Police and Fire System. Virginia
was a 41-year member of Detroit Municipal Credit Union and
was the first woman elected to the Board of Directors as President
of the Credit Union. She was also an avid supporter and member
of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago and many other
Polish American organizations. Her entire life was dedicated
to promoting Polish culture and causes and she received many
awards for her charitable and social activities, including
recognition from the government of Poland.
Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018,
at 11 a.m. at St. John Brebeuf Church, 8307 N. Harlem Avenue
in Niles, IL. Interment will be private.
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Polish American
Congress Charitable Foundation,
6645 N. Oliphant, Chicago,
IL 60631 would be appreciated.
Funeral Home of Niles is entrusted with arrangements.
Info at 847-581-0536 or www.colonialfuneral.com
DOCUMENTARY "WOMEN OF NOBLE CAUSE"
of Noble Cause
PWA Documentary Film Premiere
at the Polish Museum of America
Sunday, November 4, 2018, the first screenings of the PWA documentary
film, Women of Noble Cause (Kobiety szlachetnego
czynu), were held at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.
The film was produced and funded by PWA Council 27 to mark the 120th
anniversary of the founding of Polish Womens Alliance of America
which was observed in 2018.
film had also been shown in Warsaw in June 2018 at a conference
held at the University of Warsaw, organized by the Polish History
Museum in cooperation with the Chicago History Museum, the Polish
Museum of America, and the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program
of Loyola University Chicago. The conference was dedicated to the
immigrant experience of Poles in Chicago over the last 150 years,
as they sought to assimilate into the city and adjust to a new way
of life in a new country.
Chicago screenings were accompanied by a free reception and an exhibit
of PWA archives, photographs, and documents that are currently undergoing
preservation at the Womens Leadership Archives at Loyola University
Chicago. Council 27 President Bo Padowski welcomed the guests, and
Glos Polek editor Mary Piergies explained how the idea for the film
as part of the observance of the 120th anniversary of the founding
of PWA came to be. Council 27 Treasurer Antoinette Trela then spoke
about the experiences of immigrants who settled in Chicago in the
early and mid-twentieth century, including her own parents and grandparents,
followed by Glos Polek editor Lidia Rozmus, who highlighted the
experiences of the post-Solidarity wave of Polish immigrants who
came to the city in the 1980s.
film was directed by Jan M. Zamorski and consists of a series of
interviews with Chicago historians Dominic Pacyga and Jan Lorys,
as well as with PWA officers and members. Along with the interviews,
photographs and pages of the Glos Polek tell the story of Polish
American life in Chicago, as well as the story of PWA and its achievements.
The film is bilingual and is accompanied by subtitles in both Polish
and English. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
film was well received by the audience which consisted of close
to 100 guests over the course of the afternoon and the two screenings.
Sincere thanks to Polish Museum of America President Richard Owsiany
and his staff for facilitating the event and for making everyone
feel welcome. Thanks also to Nancy Freeman, Director of the Womens
Leadership Archives, for bringing exhibit objects and for explaining
the work that is being done to preserve PWA archives at Loyola University
Chicago. And thanks to everyone who worked on the documentary, especially
to Council 27 for generously funding the project and for organizing
the premiere of the film at the Polish Museum. Matching funds to
cover the cost of the reception and screening were generously provided
by the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation. Preserving
the 120-year old history of PWA for future generations continues
to be an important mission as we look forward, even though we are
now part of the FCSLA family.
you would like to purchase a copy of the DVD, a limited number of
copies are available for $18, including shipping. Please call Council
27 President Bo Padowski at 847-420-4070 to order.
From left: Council 27 President Bo Padowski, Film Director Jan
Zamorski, Director of the Womens Leadership Archives at Loyola
University Chicago Nancy Freeman,
Council 27 Treasurer Antoinette Trela, Glos Polek editors Mary Mirecki
and Lidia Rozmus, and President of the Polish Museum of America
Absent from photo but in attendance was Council 27 Vice President
From left: Lidia Filus, Czeslawa Kolak, Bo Padowski, Nancy Freeman,
Donna Urbikas, Antoinette Trela, and Richard Owsiany. Front row,
from left: Dorothy Polus, Aurelia Pucinski, and Jan Zamorski.
Guests at opening of the PWA screening of the documentary at
AND FUNDRAISER AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
--- Marie Sklodowska Curie
2017 has been declared the Year of Marie Sklodowska Curie, in observance
of the 150th anniversary of the famous scientists and double
Nobel Prize laureates birth in Warsaw, Poland, on November
7, 1867. A lecture, fundraiser, and reception were held on Thursday,
October 26, 2017 at Klarcheck Information Commons on Loyolas
North Shore campus. The event was part of Loyolas Focus
on the Book series and was sponsored by Loyola University
Chicago Libraries, the Loyola Women and Leadership Archives (WLA),
the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program at Loyola, the Newberry
Library, and Polish Womens Alliance of America.
guest speaker was Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita of the Department
of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her presentation
Marie Sklodowska Curie: Piecing Together the Historical Puzzle
Dr. Pycior spoke about her decades-long fascination with and pursuit
of Curie archives, both in the U.S. and Europe. Curie visited the
U.S. In 1921 and 1929, meeting with PWA members both times; she
was named an Honorary Member of PWA during the first visit.
from this event will benefit the PWA Archives Preservation Project
at WLA. PWA has been fundraising for the project for almost a year
now, and was proud to present a check for $10,000 to the WLA from
a private donation; more funds were raised at the event through
a book and cash raffle. And Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of Interdisciplinary
Polish Studies Program at Loyola, spoke about her efforts to obtain
additional funding from the Polish government for this conservation
reception with wine bar followed - there were even two
special radioactive cocktails prepared for the event,
called Polonium and Radium after the two
elements discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. Over 120 persons
attended the lecture and reception.
left, David Spadafora, President, Newberry Library; Marianne Ryan,
Dean, Loyola University Chicago Libraries; Bozena Nowicka McLees,
Director, Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program at Loyola; Dr.
Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
Antoinette Trela, Acting Chief Operating Officer, PWA; Nancy Freeman,
Director, Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola; and Vice Consul
Piotr Semeniuk from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland
presentation from anonymous PWA donor to WLA for the PWA Archives
From left Bozena Nowicka McLees, Antoinette Trela, and Nancy Freeman.
From left, Glos Polek
editor Mary Piergies, Antoinette Trela, and FCSLA National Director
The event was well attended by
both students and guests.
Helena Pycior and Vice Consul Piotr Semeniuk
special radioactive cocktails were prepared for the
event, called Polonium and Radium
after the two elements discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie.
is an eminent cultural historian of international stature. He is
professor of history in the Department of Humanities, History, and
Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He is the 2014 Mieczyslaw
Haiman Award recipient honoring exceptional and sustained contribution
to the study of Polish-Americans.
Born in 1949
in Chicagos Back of the Yards neighborhood, Pacyga worked
as a livestock handler and security guard in the Union Stock Yards
while in college. Both his immigrant grandparents and American-born
mother worked in the packing houses. He attended De La Salle Institute
and did undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois,
Chicago, receiving a Ph.D. in history in 1981.
background and experience make him a preeminent authority not only
on the immigrant experience, but also on the history of Chicagos
meat industry. He has authored, or co-authored, six books concerning
Chicagos history - its neighborhoods, businesses, and cultural
milieus. His latest book is Slaughterhouse: Chicagos Union
Stock Yard and the World It Made (2015). He is co-author of Chicagos
Southeast Side in the celebrated Images of America series
and compiled what is perhaps his most ambitious project, a comprehensive
history of the entire city, Chicago: A Biography (2009). Pacyga
has lectured on topics covering urban development, residential architecture,
labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations. He
appears on national and local television and radio programs, as
well as university and foundation panels as the prominent scholar
and commentator about the history of Polish and European emigrants,
not only in America but in European countries, as well. He has worked
with various museums on a variety of public history projects; he
also works with neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor,
and fraternal groups to maintain and exhibit their histories. Dominic
Pacyga is a stellar example of a person who cherishes his heritage
and strives to preserve it in the
annals of history.
hardly needs introduction: she is a media mogul and life style guru,
best known for her television show and magazine, Martha Stewart
Living. You can find her full biography on internet sites and in
her many books on cooking, entertaining, and decorating. We feature
this purveyor of style as a Notable Polish American since her success
is 100% American and her origins are 100% Polish - all four of her
grandparents were Ellis Islandera immigrants from southeastern
Poland and both parents were Poles. This heritage has been the foundation
for her sensibilities about hospitality and cooking. Stewarts
mother taught her how to cook and sew. She learned the processes
of canning and preserving when she visited her grandparents
home in Buffalo, NY. Her father had a passion for gardening and
passed this knowledge to his daughter. Grounded in a strong self-reliance
ethic, Stewart built a world-class brand through her superior aesthetic
sense and ability to present herself as an embodiment of simple
Born in New
Jersey, she was the second of six children of Edward Kostyra (pharmaceutical
salesman) and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra (elementary school teacher).
Her mother was an important influence in her approach to gracious
living, exemplified by traditional Polish attention to a beautifully
set table and cordiality toward guests. Martha often featured her
mothers recipes in her cookbooks and Mrs. Kostyra occasionally
appeared with her daughter in the TV studio kitchen, presenting
her version of borscht or pierogi or cabbage rolls.
Stewart is the
recipient of many local and national awards, including several Emmys
for Outstanding Daytime Programming. Polish organizations acknowledge
her promotion of Polish traditions; she has traveled to Poland to
sample its cuisine and experience local customs. Polish at heart,
Martha Stewart embodies what we draw on as inspiration from our
Kuligowska-Noble, MD, FACR,
is a professor of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine
and a radiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is the recipient
of the 2010 Marie Sklodowska Curie Award from the American Association
for Women Radiologists. The award is presented annually to an individual
who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of radiology.
This award holds a special meaning for me as Marie Curie has
always been a professional role model and a guardian angel in my
life, said Kuligowska. Particularly during difficult
times, her perseverance gave me the confidence to pursue my goals
and overcome obstacles in my career and in my life.
who was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, earned her medical degree
from Warsaw Medical School. She also completed her residency in
diagnostic radiology in 1970 at Warsaw Medical School. In 1972,
Kuligowska emigrated to the United States and completed a second
residency in diagnostic radiology at Temple University in Philadelphia,
followed by a fellowship in body imaging. She passed the American
Board of Radiology examination in 1978 and moved to Boston to join
the radiology department at BUSM in July of the same year.
Over the course
of her career, Kuligowskas contributions have included developing
and promoting ultrasound guided abdominal and pelvic biopsies and
drainages using novel transrectal, transvaginal and abdominal approaches.
She also has focused on ultrasound applications for the diagnosis
and management of gynecologic disorders. She has mentored many young
radiologists throughout her career, encouraging students, junior
faculty and others to develop and pursue their academic careers
while balancing their family and professional lives. She has written
an article titled Marie Sklodowska Curie: Inspirational Role
Model and Mother of Science.
Joanna Mirecki Millunchick
is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Material
Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
She was recently appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
at Michigan Engineering.
DePaul University, Chicago (B.S. in Physics) and Northwestern University,
Evanston (Ph.D. in Material Science), Mirecki Millunchick has distinguished
herself as a tireless proponent of sophisticated instructional technologies,
an innovator in curriculum development, and a committed educator.
She continually seeks new ways to enhance student learning and shares
her techniques and findings with colleagues university- and nationwide.
the faculty in 1997, Mirecki Millunchick has explored ways to incorporate
technology into lectures and coursework in new ways. Recently, she
examined the use of screencasts, web-based lecture recordings, audio
discussions and solution sets for homework, as well as videos explaining
conceptually difficult topics. Her research also found that students
from underrepresented groups and those with majors least similar
to materials science are the most frequent users of screencasts.
Millunchick has developed Physics of Materials (MSE 242) and Materials
Science of Thin Films (MSE 505). She has led The Engineering Profession
(ENGR 110) for the past five years, and she earns consistently high
evaluation scores. She takes time to train graduate student instructors
in pedagogical issues and treats them as potential faculty. She
also leads a College committee on instructional technology, focused
on how students learn and how to design technologies to support
The work of
Professor Mirecki Millunchick draws national attention and she presents
at conferences throughout America and other countries. She has to
her credit over 100 publications in scientific journals. She is
a lifelong member of PWA Group 693, Chicago.
Helena M. Pycior is
Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She
is both a historian and a mathematician, with an MA in Mathematics
and a PhD in History, both from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Her research encompasses the history of human-animal relations;
history of race, gender, and science in the United States; and intellectual
and cultural history. Her wide range of scholarly publications include
the historically framed article Beyond the Symbol of the Woman
Scientist: Marie Sklodowska Curie from the stand points of Presidents
Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Polish Review, 57.2 (2012):
69-104. The article addresses applied science, motherhood, working
women, civic ceremonies, honors, U.S. Presidents, all in the context
of Curies activities and life.
appeared in the 2013 documentary The Genius of Marie Curie
- the Woman Who Lit Up the World directed by Gideon Bradshaw,
which is an ideal introduction to Curies work and why it is
so enduringly significant.
Mikulski served five terms
as Senator from Maryland from 1987 until her retirement at the end
of the 114th Congress in January 2017. She was the highest-ranking
and longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate. A PWA member since
childhood, she was raised in a Polish neighborhood in East Baltimore,
where she learned the values of hard work, neighbor helping neighbor,
and heartfelt patriotism. Determined to make a difference in her
community, Mikulski became a social worker, helping at-risk children
and educating seniors about the Medicare program. Social work evolved
into community activism into dynamic politics, when she served on
the Baltimore City Council in 1971; in 1976 she was elected to the
U.S. House of Representatives.
She never changed
her view that all politics and policy are local, and that her job
is to serve the people in their day-to-day needs. She was the force
behind the first legislation enacted by President Obama in 2010,
the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensures that men and women
in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work.
distinguished political activity, Senator Mikulski shares what she
learned in the corridors of power in the form of novels about a
woman senator whose activist ways win her fans at home but endear
few in the back rooms of Capitol Hill.
was awarded Honorary Membership in the PWA in 1998, the year of
the 100th anniversary of the organization. In 2012, when NASA discovered
an exploding star, they named it "Supernova Mikulski"
in her honor. In 2013, then President of Poland Bronis?awKomorowski
honored Mikulski with a Commander's Cross with Star of the Order
of PoloniaRestituta for "outstanding achievements in the development
of Polish-American cooperation and activity for Poles living in
the United States". In November 2015, Mikulski was awarded
the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
congratulate Senator Mikulski on her many years of service and wish
her all the best for her retirement.
Kaptur, who represents Ohio's Ninth Congressional District,
is currently serving her 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
She is the longest serving and senior-most woman in the House.
Kaptur, a native of Toledo and of Polish-American heritage with
working-class roots, mirrors the bootstrap nature of her district.
Activism ran in her family -her mother served on the organizing
committee of an auto trade union at the Champion Spark Plug Company-and
Kaptur had been a well-known Democratic party activist and volunteer
since age 13. After earning a master's degree in Urban Planning
from the University of Michigan, she ran for the House seat in 1982
and won in an against-all-odds election. She quickly rose to prominence,
serving on numerous significant Congressional committees, often
as the first woman in their ranks. In 1996, Kaptur was asked by
Reform Party candidate Ross Perot to be his vice-presidential running
mate; she declined.
the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own
backyard," Kaptur has consistently returned money to the federal
Treasury. She refuses to accept congressional pay raises and donates
them to offset the federal deficit and to charitable causes in her
Among many honors
bestowed, Kaptur received the Director's Award from the Walsh School
of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for her commitment to
increased understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures
of Eurasia, Russia, and East Europe. She was named the National
Mental Health Association's "Legislator of the Year" for
championing mental health, and received the 2002 Ellis Island Medal
of Honor. Kaptur was also the keynote speaker at the PWA National
Convention held in Cleveland in 2007.
Kaptur is the
author of a book, Women in Congress: A Twentieth Century Odyssey,
which was published by Congressional Quarterly.
I PATRON'S DAY CELEBRATION
feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa falls on August 26th in the
church calendar, and this year the District I Patrons Day
observance was held on that very day. PWA members and guests gathered
at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Calumet City on Saturday morning,
August 26, 2017, for a Mass dedicated to PWA members, both living
and deceased. This is an annual event in District I that is always
well attended. Different Councils in District I take turns hosting
the event and this year it was Council 19s turn and Dorothy
Polus, Council President, and her committee prepared an inspiring
and welcoming celebration for all in attendance.
Mass, a luncheon was held at Steves Lounge in Chicago, where
members and guests could socialize and catch up with friends. A
raffle was held to benefit the Womens Eleemosynary Foundation
and Council 19 for future projects. We were very happy to welcome
representatives from the FCSLA at this event. See photo caption
below for names of the FCSLA Chicago District guests.
row from left: Acting District 1 President Lidia Filus, Acting District
3 President Evelyn Lisek, Council 19 President Dorothy Polus, and
Council 21 President Diane Svitko. Back row: Council 9 President
Laura Pawlowski; Group 821 President James Kolak; FCSLA Chicago
District Financial Secretary Jarmila Hlubocky; Group 821 Vice President
Czeslawa Kolak; FCSLA Chicago District President Lorraine Gibas;
FCSLA Chicago District Treasurer Gary Ledvora; FCSLA Chicago District
Past President Joe Ledvora; FCSLA Chicago District Vice President
Fay Hlubocky; Council 27 President Bo Padowski; FCSLA National Director
Jeanette Palanca; Council 13 President Barbara Miller; FCSLA Past
National Vice President Rosemary Mlinarich, and Acting PWA Chief
Operating Officer Antoinette Trela.
27 SPRING LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER&
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY OBSERVANCE
Celebrating Women's Ethnic Voices -
Chicago, IL-On Sunday, May 21, 2017, PWA Council 27 held a Spring
Luncheon Fundraiser and World Press Freedom Day observance at
Lone Tree Manor in Niles, IL. A panel discussion with women journalists
from local media outlets and fraternal organizations was followed
by a family-style luncheon and a raffle to benefit the PWA Archives
Preservation Project at Loyola University. There was also a Book
Table offering books by journalists and other Polish and Polish
American authors and poets for purchase.
panelists included, from left in photo above: Lucyna Migala, Program
Director at Radio WCEV 1490AM Chicago; Alicja Otap, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief
at Dziennik Zwiazkowy; Magda Marczewska, News Director at Radio
WPNA 1460AM Chicago; Geraldine Balut Coleman, Chicago Bureau Chief
and Associate Editor of Polish American Journal; Lidia Kowalewicz,
Executive Editor of Narod Polski; Lidia Rozmus, Polish Editor
of Glos Polek; and Mary Mirecki Piergies, English Editor of Glos
Polekand moderator of the panel discussion.
Special guests, above from left: Barbara Mirecki, Vice President
of Group 693 and Book Table host; Bo Padowksi, Council 27 President;
Jeanette Palanca, National Director of FCSLA;
Mary Piergies, English
Editor of Glos Polek;
and Antoinette Trela, Secretary-Treasurer of PWA.
UNESCO World Press Freedom Day was established in 1993 to recognize
and promote the importance of a free and pluralistic press in
democratic societies. This mission is even more important today,
as assaults on press freedoms in many countries around the world
continue to escalate, and, even in the U.S. the tradition of a
vigilant and free press is now often maligned as "fake news"
when it criticizes those in positions of power. Today's event
was meant to recognize the importance of a free press and an ethnic
press in our everyday lives. And to recognize the many women who
now hold leadership positions in our Polish-American news outlets.
today's event will support the PWA Archives Preservation Project
at the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) at Loyola University
Chicago. The goal of the Project is the preservation of back issues
of the G?os Polek and other important documents of Polish Women's
Alliance of America. Preserving (and digitizing) the history of
this ground-breaking women's organization that is almost 120 years
old, is both a challenge and a mission for the WLA that is worthy
of our support, so that future generations of scholars and researchers
will have access to the history of PWA, one of the largest and
oldest women's organizations in the U.S.
everyone who came and supported our event and the PWA Archives
LAT! JOIN UIUC HEALTH RESEARCH PROJECT
Part of an International
study with Jagiellonian University
are studying Polish American women's health and need you!
Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is
part of an international study on womens health with Jagiellonian
University in Kraków, Poland. Our goal is to understand
some of the things that affect menstrual cycles, reproduction,
and bone health. For this project we will be looking at hormones,
physical activity levels, diet, and genetic markers in women in
Polish and Polish American women.
One of the
largest groups of Polish people outside of Poland can be found
in Chicago and other Illinois communities. We are looking for
Polish American women (you were born in the U.S., but your parent(s)
or grandparent(s) were born in Poland) aged 18-45, in good health,
not using hormonal birth control, non-smoking, and not pregnant
or nursing. If this is you, please consider being a part of our
our recruitment survey here: bitly.com/StoLat2
If you join
this research project, we will give you a t-shirt! Once you complete
the study, we will provide you with a $70 gift card as a token
of appreciation for your participation.
If you have
any questions, you can contact Mary Rogers or Katie Lee, the graduate
students in charge of the project (email: email@example.com
or their advisor Dr. Kate Clancy at the University of Illinois
INTERVIEW ABOUT PWA ARCHIVES PROJECT
Secretary Treasurer Antoinette Trela was recently interviewed
about the PWA Archives Preservation Project and the history of
PWA on radio station WCEV in Chicago. The interview was conducted
by Lucyna Migala on Mosaic, a program about subjects of interest
to ethnic Americans. You can listen to the interesting and informative
interview at the link below.
HERE TO DOWNLOAD AUDIO FILE OF INTERVIEW
PWA ARCHIVES PRESERVATION PROJECT
AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Many PWA records
and archives have been donated to the Women's Leadership Archives
(WLA) at Loyola University Chicago in recent years. Now, funds
are needed to translate and preserve these old documents for future
generations of researchers and scholars. Please support this important
work of preserving our history and our legacy by donating to the
can download a Donation Form here and mail it in to PWA with
your check. Donor names
will be listed in the Glos Polek. Or you can donate directly to
the Go-Fund-Me campaign at this link:https://www.gofundme.com/pwa-archives-preservation-project
are the Donors who made contributions through February 15, 2017.
you! Bog zaplac!
ARCHIVES PRESERVATION PROJECT DONORS
PATRONS (over $500)
Mr. & Mrs. J. (Trela) Schoen, PWA Gr. 211 IL
Connie & Jean Trela, PWA Gr. 211 IL
($100 to $500)
Barbara Mirecki, PWA Group 693 - D1 IL
PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Bozena McLees IL
PWA Council 13, Barbara Miller, President D1 IL
PWA Council 27 - D1 IL
In Memory of J.W. Schoen Jr. IL
PWA Group 752 of Los Angeles, CA - D13
PWA Group 426, Barbara Miller, President - D1 IL
Jane Kurtz & Paul O'Hanlon, PWA Group 579 - D11 NE
PWA Group 689 - D10 NJ
PWA Group 743, Helen V. Wojcik, President - D1 IL
PWA Group 423 - D1 IL
Regina Jablonski, PWA Group 87 - D7 OH
PWA Group 451 - D5 MI
PWA Group 114 - D1 IL
WladyslawaMutafchiev, PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Kathleen Pine, PWA Group 31 - D1 IL
JaninaPiotrowski, PWA Group 43 - D1 IL
Margaret Zalewski IL
Katie Dermont IL
Karen Kielar, PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Barbara Ameen, PWA Group 776 - D8 MA
PWA Council 15 - D10 NJ
Lucy Petkowski, PWA Group 128 - D3 IN
In Memory of Helen R. Fabiszak, Trustee PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
In Memory of Catherine Mazon, PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
David & Lucille Fabiszak& Family, PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
Lidia Rozmus, PWA Group 822 - D1 IL
Irene M. Lestage - Trustee PWA Council 28 - D8 MA
Irene M. Lestage - Vice President PWA Gr. 776 - D8 MA
Louise Golda, President PWA Council 15 - D10 NJ
SHELTER FOR WOMEN
Our Christmas Fundriasier this year is once again the Anawim Shelter
for Homeless Women in Chicago. The Shelter serves Polish immigrant
women who are struggling with addiction and homelessness and gives
them temporary assistance and a place to live as they work on
getting back to independent lives.
the Anawim Shelter reach its goal of $5000 by donating to Go-Fund-Me
at the link below -- and their ultimate goal -- which is a fully
renovated residence for homeless women by donating generously
this holiday season.
BOOK & FILM CLUB - SPRING SELECTIONS
spring selection for the PWA Book & Film Club is a book about
a Polish silent-film actress who came to Hollywood in the 1920s
one of the worlds first high-visibility celebrities - a rock
star, recognized and adulated,
both in Europe and in the US. Below, we present a book about her
as well as a film about her life and career.
POLA NEGRI, THE HOLLYWOOD
Pola Negri Her films were silent; she wasnt !
In the words
of critic and film producer Diane MacIntyre, Tony Villeccos
book Pola Negri, The Hollywood Years, (2017) is An
engaging, well researched biography of one of the silent screens
most luminous stars.
Born in 1897
as Apolonia Chalupec in present-day Lipno, Poland, Pola Negri was
the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood who achieved
worldwide fame and became one of the most popular actresses in American
silent film - and one of the first world-renowned celebritites.
She had achieved acclaim on the theatre stage in Warsaw by the time
she was 17, when she traveled to Berlin to star in silent films.
On Charlie Chaplins recommendation she was invited Hollywood.
By 1924 she was a star!
biography vividly traces Negris career with its tempestuous
rivalries and international success, her string of marriages to
noblemen and wealthy men. Lavishly illustrated, the book reveals
an intriguing glimpse into the life, times, and persona of a silent
star who lived at full volume during the Golden Era
You can purchase
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Greta Garbo, there was Pola Negri
Life is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri, (2006)
Mariusz Kotowski, Director
Enjoy this film
about Pola Negri, the silent and early talkie film actress who was:
Born in Poland,
made in Germany, stolen by Hollywood. A celebrity in
America, an artist in Europe. Lover to Rudolph Valentino, Charlie
Chaplin, and Rod La Roque; wife to a count and a prince. A vamp
by reputation, a tragedienne in practice, but a stunningly gifted
The film, Life
is a Dream, is a feature-length biographical documentary by Polish-American
director Mariusz Kotowski. Released in 2006, the film chronicles
the life of the Polish silent film actress Pola Negri, as told by
those who knew her, acted with her, and those who have studied her
life and films.
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Negri was famously
immortalized in a painting (ca. 1922) by artist Tadeusz Styka (Poland,
18891954), which is in the permanent collection of The National
Museum in Warsaw. A reproduction of the portrait is beautifully
featured on a box of assorted chocolate pralines produced by Manrasta
of Italy and available online and in Polish delicatessens in America.
BAL POLONAISE HOSTED BY COUNCILS 40 AND 44 OF
DISTRICT XIV - EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Polish Womens Alliance of America, part of the First Catholic
Slovak Ladies Association family, from Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
held its 42nd Bal Polonaise on Saturday, April 21, 2018,
at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center in Pittston, PA. Following
a cocktail hour, six young ladies were presented as debutantes and
danced the traditional Polonaise accompanied by their escorts.
The choreographer was Bernardine Borinski Vojtko, a former PWA debutante
and teacher at Wyoming Seminary. The Master of Ceremonies for the
event was Dr. Christina Lopez who is a member of the Polish Womens
Alliance of America and also a former debutante. Co-Chairs of the
Bal Polonaise were Christine Lacomis and Ann Marie Durako. After
the dancing of the Polonaise, each of the debutantes and escorts
was presented with a gift by Antoinette Trela, former Secretary-Treasurer
of the Polish Womens Alliance of America headquartered in
Chicago and our special guest of honor. A blessing was given by
Rev. John R. Siberski, S.J., M.D. from Boston, MA. Dinner and dancing
followed with music by Polka Magic. It was indeed a magical evening
and a good time was had by all. Thanks to the committee members
their hard work organizing the Bal, and to the debs and escorts
and their families for supporting and participating in this beautiful
above are the debutantes, escorts, and pages, from left: Nicholas
Prociak, Camryn Lee Cassetori, Oliver Lew, Abigail Marie Zaleppa,
Ziming Jim Liu, Kaitlyn Amelia Lokuta, pages Christian Wojciechowski
and Julia Vitali, Sarah Ann Zaleppa, Matthew Prociak, Breanna Michelle
Ryan Bella, Jocelyn Veronica Kosik, and Hunter Lacomis.
guest, former Secretary-Treasurer of PWA
Antoinette Trela, with debutantes