WORLD YOUTH DAYS IN KRAKOW
115TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW UPRISIN
2014 - A YEAR OF SPECIAL ANNIVERSARIES IN POLAND
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW UPRISIN
WARSAW RISING MUSEUM
WORLD WAR II SURVIVORS REMEMBER - A SPECIAL EVENING
MAY QUEENS AND HONOR ROLL FOR 2012
FRATERNALISTS OF DISTINCTION AWARDS
DOZIN' WITH DINOS AT FIELD MUSEUM
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR BISHOP ANDREW WYPYCH
PWA VISITS LECH WALESA EXHIBIT
PWA AT RED AND WHITE BALL
ILLINOIS FRATERNAL ALLIANCE FOOD DRIVE
STANISLAW WYSPIANSKI -- AN EXTRAORDINARY POLISH ARTIST
PWA ZAMEK DANCERS MEET PRESIDENT LECH WALESA
VICE PRESIDENT SHARON ZAGO HONORED BY PAHA
ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE BENEFIT FOR ANAWIM SHELTER
MAY 3RD CONSTITUTION DAY PARADE IN CHICAGO
ZAMEK DANCERS JUNIOR BOWLING TOURNAMENT
POLISH-AMERICAN DAYS AT SIX-FLAGS GREAT AMERICA
PWA PRESIDENT MEETS PRESIDENT OF POLAND
PAC DIRECTORS MEETING HELD IN CHICAGO
GROUP 814 MOTHER'S DAY TEA AND HAT PARADE
GROUP 814 CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY
DISTRICT XIV DEBUTANTE BALL
COUNCIL 9 CELEBRATES FOUNDER'S DAY
INDIANA POLISH HERITAGE FEST
POLISH-AMERICAN NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO FIRE
POLISH-AMERICAN NIGHT AT WHITE SOX PARK
WINNERS OF THE PWA CONVENTION MEMBERSHIP CONTEST
POLISH NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA DIES AT 88
SAIL AWAY CRUISE WINNER
PRESIDENT LECH WALESA RECEIVES LINCOLN LEADERSHIP AWARD
GLOS POLEK EXHIBITION AT POLISH CENTER OF WISCONSIN
GREAT POLISH BOOKS AND FILMS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION GROUP
EXHIBITION CATALOGUE IS NOW AVAILABLE
OPENING OF THE GLOS POLEK EXHIBITION & PHOTOS
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GO RED DRIVE
GLOS POLEK ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY & PHOTOS
GLOS POLEK CENTENNIAL BANQUET & PHOTOS
PRESIDENT SIKORA RECEIVES MEDAL
PRESIDENT SIKORA'S TRIP TO POLAND
OSWIATY TRAVELING "WYCINANKI" DISPLAY
WORKING ON THE GLOS POLEK EXHIBITION
SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI HONORED
2006 PWAA YOUTH CONFERENCE - VIDEO
2009 FOUR FRATERNALS YOUTH BOWLING TOURNAMENT WINNERS
CONDOLENCES TO THE POLISH NATION
STATE FUNERAL FOR POLISH PRESIDENT LECH KACZYNSKI
PRESIDENT SIKORA HONORED BY ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER
MAY QUEENS AND HONOR ROLL OF GROUPS
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN POLAND
POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT WHITE SOX PARK
STATE PRESIDENTS' CONFERENCE IN SPRINGFIELD, MA
PHOTOS FROM POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT GREAT AMERICA
POLONIA ADULT BOWLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AND YOUTH FUNDRAISER
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DR. WIECZOREK
STATE SEMINAR IN DISTRICT VII
PRESIDENT SIKORA HONORED BY PAC WITH HERITAGE AWARD
ARTICLE BY 2007-2008 JAGIELLONIAN WINNER
POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT SIX FLAGS - GREAT AMERICA
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF POLISH DEMOCRACY
ADULT BOWLING TOURNAMENT THE FOUR FRATERNALS SQUARE OFF!
POLISH AMERICAN NIGHT AT WHITE SOX PARK
PWA DAY CELEBRATED IN DOYLESTOWN SHRINE
POLISH MUSEUM SUMMER BALL
PWA ART IN POLISH MUSEUM EXHIBIT
90th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OBSERVED IN WARSAW, POLAND
MAXIMIZER PROGRAM
110TH ANNIVERSARY BANQUET+PHOTOS
PRESIDENT SIKORA'S TRIP TO POLAND
HONORARY MEMBER IRENA SENDLER DIE
PWA PRESENTS ARCHIVES TO THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY
PWA IS RECOGNIZED WITH THE WIGILIA AWARD
AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE.
PHOTOS FROM ART EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE AT PWA HOME OFFICE JUNE 20, 2007
DONATIONS OF PWA HISTORY BOOKS TO LIBRARIES
PWA AWARDED HERITAGE GRANT
"WARSAW RISING"
OUR ADDRESS! NEW PHONE SYSTEM!
 

 

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2016 - KRAKÓW

 


World Youth Day began with Pope John Paul II, the beloved Polish Pope from Kraków. In 1984, he called on the youth of Italy to gather together in Rome for Palm Sunday observances, and was surprised when over 300,000 young Catholics showed up. The following year, 1985, coincided with the United Nations International Year of Youth and there was another incredible turnout of Catholic youth in Rome. Sensing the need that young people had to gather together and celebrate their faith, the Pope announced the first official WYD meeting to be held in 1986 in Rome. The second official WYD was held in Argentina, and in the decades since, it has been held every few years in many countries around the world, including the US and Canada.

 

 

The 2016 meeting marked the 30-year anniversary of WYD and honored the memory and legacy of Pope John Paul II in his hometown. Held from July 25-31 in Kraków, this was the the second WYD celebrated in Poland. The first one was held in Czestochowa in 1993, when Pope John Paul II was still alive. Pope Francis acknowledged Pope John Paul as the founder and patron saint of WYD and an inspiration to young people all around the world. The theme of this year’s WYD was one of the beatitudes, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

 

 

Over 500,000 young pilgrims from 187 countries from across the globe descended on the city of Kraków for a week of services, meetings, and rallies, and Pope Francis celebrated an open-air mass in Kraków attended by hundreds of thousands of people in addition to the youth. While in Poland, the Pontiff also traveled to the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa to celebrate the 1050th Anniversary of Poland’s Christianity where he was also greeted by tens of thousands of the faithful. He also made an emotional visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he prayed in solitude and then met with survivors of the Nazi death camp. This was his first visit to Eastern Europe as Pope.

 

 

 

 

PWA'S 115TH ANNIVERSARY GALA BANQUET

 

 

At the Banquet from left: Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela, Bishop Andrew Wypych,
National President Delphine Huneycutt, and Vice President Sharon Zago

 


On Sunday, May 19, 2013, PWA officers, members, representatives of many Polish American organizations, and guests and supporters of PWA, many of them from out of town, gathered together to celebrate the 115th Anniversary of Polish Women's Alliance of America at a Gala Banquet held at Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois.

The event started with a cocktail hour in the sunny lobby where guests and old friends could catch up with each other, while the Carl Linden Strings provided background music. The banquet opened with words of welcome from Banquet Chair Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette L. Trela, followed by a blessing given by Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago Andrew Wypych. Then former National Treasurer Barbara Miller introduced the National Officers and Directors of PWA, as well as the District Presidents. State President of District III Evelyn Lisek led the assembly in the singing of the Polish and American national anthems. Past National President Delphine Lytell said the invocation and Honorary President Helen V. Wojcik offered a toast. Then Master of Ceremonies Charlie Wojciechowski of NBC News Chicago took over the microphone.

After luncheon, National President Delphine Huneycutt delivered remarks and Mr. Wojciechowski announced the Fraternalists of Distinction from the 14 PWA Districts, listed below. The Volunteer of the Year Award was also presented, and representatives of other Polish American and fraternal organizations were recognized. Robert Rusiecki, Deputy Consul General, delivered greetings and best wishes from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. Then Vice President Sharon Zago read greetings received from those organizations that could not be in attendance. Finally, Mr. Thomas Sochacki presented the 2013 Remkus-Sochacki Academic Scholarships to two students, Joanna Hrabia of California and Jeffrey Zakrzewski of Connecticut. Camille Kopielski and Dr. Vivian Walkosz also participated in the presentation; they were the judges of the scholarship applications. Both Joanna and Jeffrey read the essays they had submitted along with their applications. Congratulations to both of our winners!

The festivities ended with two raffles, a Gift Basket Raffle and a 50-50 Cash Raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit the Polish Museum of America and the Anawim Shelter for the Poor, both of Chicago, as well as PWA youth activities. Guests were able to view some of the objects from the Glos Polek Centennial Exhibition that were displayed in the banquet hall, and that portrayed some of the most significant moments in the 115-year history of Polish Women's Alliance.

Thank you to all who attended, sent greetings, or purchased ads in the Program Book. And thanks to the Anniversary Banquet Committee for their hard work in preparing this elegant event.

 


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sochacki with the Remkus-Sochacki Scholarship recipients for 2013, Jeffrey Zakrzewski and Joanna Hrabia.

 


From left, Master of Ceremonies Charlie Wojciechowski of NBC News Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela, President Delphine Huneycutt, Vice President Sharon Zago, and Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago Robert Rusiecki.

 


 


District Presidents at the Banquet, in first row from left: Lidia Filus District I Illinois; Mary Ann Watterson District II Western Pennsylvania; Evelyn Lisek District III Indiana; Mary Ann Nowak District V Michigan; Diane Reeve District VI Wisconsin; and Josephine Kuklasinski District X New Jersey. Second row: Grazyna Buczek District VII Ohio; Alvira Balut District VIII Massachusetts; Sophie Marshall District IX Connecticut; Bernadette Vlock District XI Nebraska; Cheryl Hillard District XIV Eastern Pennsylvania and Mary Anne Wilk DIstrict XIII California.

 

 


National Officers at the Banquet, first row from left: National President Delphine Huneycutt; Honorary President Helen Wojcik; National Director Felicia Perlick; and Vice President Sharon Zago. Second row: National Directors Mary Derwinski and Czeslawa Kolak, and Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela.

 

 


Banquet guests had the opportunity to view selected objects from the Glos Polek Centennial Exhibtion, "A Voice of Their Own." The front pages of the newspaper highlighted important events from the past history of PWA.

2014 - A YEAR OF SPECIAL ANNIVERSARIES IN POLAND

 

In 2014 Poland marks a number of important milestones in its history, and in its emergence as a free and democratic state after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.

Poland celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first SEMI-free parliamentary elections in a Soviet Bloc country in June of 1989; the 15th anniversary of Poland’s admittance to NATO in 1999; and the 10th anniversary of its membership in the EU (European Union) in 2004. In addition, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jan Karski, humanitarian and World War II hero, and the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, one of the greatest acts of civic resistance in the history of the world.

All of these anniversaries highlight a centuries-old tradition of Poland as a nation that is deeply committed to democracy and staunchly resistant to oppression. Many generations of Poles have faced persecution and death as they fought for Poland’s independence for hundreds of years and as they took a stand, time and again, against powerful foes and oppressors.

Jan Karski was the first to bring news of the Holocaust to a skeptical world; Lech Walesa scaled the shipyard wall in Gdansk in defense of workers’ right to self-determination and his courageous actions ultimately led to the Solidarity Movement and the fall of the Soviet Union; and the citizens of Warsaw, young and old alike, faced down Hitler’s armies during the Warsaw Uprising in a last stand to liberate their city from its occupiers.

We should all be proud of Poland’s illustrious history and long tradition of adherence to democratic principles. Poles share a lot with Americans in that regard, and the two nations will always be friends and allies, as was stressed by President Barack Obama during his speech in Warsaw on June 4, 2014, when he said, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first free elections in Poland after more than 50 years, “As friends and allies, we stand together and forever,” affirming the US commitment to the security of Poland and that of other NATO nations.

Let’s join with Poles all over the world in celebrating and commemorating these special milestones in a nation’s relentless struggle for freedom, democracy, and self-determination. Wiwat, Polska





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US President Barack Obama preparing to speak in Royal Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, on June 4, 2014,
the 25th anniversary of the first semi-free parliamentary elections held in a communist state.












70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW UPRISING
AUGUST 1, 1944 - OCTOBER 2, 1944








In August 2014, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising -- a heroic and tragic 63-day struggle by the citizens of Warsaw to liberate their city from German occupation. Undertaken by the Polish Home Army (ArmiaKrajowa, AK), the famed Polish underground movement, the Uprising took place in the summer of 1944, at the same time that Allied troops were breaking through German defenses in Normandy and the Soviet Army was standing at the line of the Vistula River. General Bor-Komorowski was the leader of the Uprising and the one who gave the order to the citizens of Warsaw to take up arms on August 1, 1944. The 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion in Normandy, France, was also observed this summer, in June of 2014.

Warsaw should have been one of the first European capitals to be liberated by the Allies in 1944. However, various military and political miscalculations, as well as global politics -- played out among Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt -- turned fate against the people of Warsaw. As a result, over 200,000 Warsaw citizens and supporters, many of them teenagers and young people in their twenties, were killed during the Uprising or imprisoned after the insurgents surrendered to the Nazis on October 2, 1944. After 63 days of courageous resistance and tens of thousands of deaths, the AK was forced to give up its arms, and Hitler then ordered a systematic and brutal bombing of the city in retaliation. Over 80% of Warsaw’s buildings were reduced to rubble in the aftermath.

The Warsaw Uprising is considered one of the most massive, courageous,and historic civilian resistance movements in the annals of world history. The PolishUnderground was vastly outnumbered by the German Army. The soldiers ofthe Uprising were mostly young people, since a large majority of the Polishleadership and professional class had been incarcerated or killed by the Nazissince the start of the war in 1939. It was up to students, young professionals,and teenagers to take up whatever makeshift weapons they could andtry to liberate their beloved city form Nazi occupation.

Anniversary celebrations this year in Warsaw include a reunion of WarsawUprising participants from around the world. President of Poland BronislawKomorowski and Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz will meet withthe survivors of the Uprising at a number of special commemorative events.Since so many of the resistance fighters were very young, there are still quitea few of them living in countries all around the world.

Image above is a photo of the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw.

 

 

 





THE WARSAW RISING MUSEUM

MUZEUM POWSTANIA WARSZAWSKIEGO







The Warsaw Rising Museum, located in the Wola district of Warsaw, is a national landmark dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The Museumopened ten years ago on July 31, 2004, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Uprising. The Museum sponsors research into the history of the Uprising, as wellas into the history and possessions of the Polish Underground State. Itcollects and maintains thousands of artifacts, ranging from weapons usedby the insurgents to love letters and poems written by them to biographies of thousands of the participants, many of them in their teens and early twenties. The mission of the Museum is to create an archive of historical information on the Uprising, to present a full picture of the people involved, and to preserve their courageous and tragic stories.

The multimedia exhibits of the Warsaw Rising Museum include a Children’sSection, which displays the uniforms, weapons, and activities of its youngestparticipants, some of them only 12 years old; a Hangar Exhibit with an actual B-24 Liberator airplane, one of the many that flew airdrops over Warsawduring the Uprising, bringing much needed but insufficient aid from the Allies; a Nazi section; a Communist section; and exhibits highlighting otheractivities of the Uprising, including battle scenes and the famous tunnelsin the sewer system under Warsaw that the insurgents used to fight andsabotage the German Army. There is also a Memorial Wall of Names.

Be sure to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum when you are in Warsaw, or explore their English-language website
at www.1944.pl/en/

 

 

 

CENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF JAN KARSKI
HUMANITY'S HERO

 


 

Nations around the world celebrate the centennial of Jan Kraski's birth on April 24, 2014, honoring the legacy of the famous emissary from the Polish Underground during World War II, who was among the first to provide eyewitness testimony to Allied leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, about the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Jan Karski was born in Lodz, Poland, on April 24, 1914, the youngest of eight children in a Roman Catholic family. He was a reserve officer and a brilliant young diplomat when war broke out in 1939 with Hitler's invasion of Poland. He became a member of the Polish Underground, the most significant resistance movement in occupied Europe, acting as a liaison and courier between the Underground and the Polish government-in-exile in London. He was twice smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto, and entered the Nazi's Izbica transit camp disguised as a guard, witnessing first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. He felt compelled to tell the world what he saw and to do all he could to motivate the Allies to intervene, but leaders and governments were not ready to believe this courageous young man, however history has proven him right and made him a true hero in the eyes of the world.

Written in 1944, Karski's inspiring memoir, Story of a Secret State, has been reissued in 2014 with a foreword by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a biographical essay by Yale professor Timothy Snyder, and an afterword by statesman Zbigniew Brzezinski that give context to Karski's memoir, 70 years after it was first published. It is one of the most important books on World War II. The story jumps off the pages like a spy thriller documenting Karski's experiences in the Polish Underground, and as one of the first accounts of the slaughter of Jews by Nazi Germany. Karski's incontestable heroism reminds us that the Allies knew about the Holocaust but were reluctant to act.

After the war, Karski became a naturalized American citizen and a professor of political science at Georgetown University. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968. In 1994, he was made an honorary citizen of Israel. He died in Washington DC in 2002 at age 86. President Barack Obama decorated Karski with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 29, 2012. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The US Senate passed a resolution in March of this year declaring April 24, 2014, as Jan Karski Day, and the Polish Parliament decreed 2014 as the Year of Jan Karski.

Wanda Urbanska, President of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation (www.jankarski.net) states that she cannot think of a hero who better represents Polish and American values. "Jan Karski stands for courage, tolerance, and respect of all religions and cultures-a diversity that has been part of the history of both nations," she says. "I am pleased and proud that Americans and Poles can claim him as their own-and both are right!"

The World Knew: Jan Karski's Mission for Humanity, a documentary exhibition about the life and legacy of Jan Karski, will open at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, on September 17, 2014 and run through January 24, 2015.

Karski's compelling memoir, Story of a Secret State, has been reissued in 2014, on the 70th anniversary of its publication in 1944.

 

 

A sculpture of Jan Karski on the campus of Georgetown University where he was professor of political science for many years.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE
2012 MAY QUEEN AND SWITA CONTEST


A special acknowledgment is in order of all of our hard-working Members, Groups, Councils, and Districts for encouraging new membership in the PWA. We are happy to present to you the four May Queens for 2012 and an Honor Roll with 26 Groups that signed up between 5 and 22 new members during 2012.

Sincere congratulations to all our Honorees, and sincere thanks to everyone who brought in new members last year, even if you do not appear on this list. Every new certificate counts!

We ask for your continued support in membership development, and we will continue to offer you products and promotions that are affordable and attractive to prospective members of all ages. Thank you for all you do to keep PWA strong!

Fraternally,
Antoinette L. Trela
Secretary-Treasurer


MAY QUEENS FOR 2012

 


FIRST PLACE MAY QUEEN

Mary Ann Watterson
Gr. 221, Council 2, District 2
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
21 new Life Insurance policies
Face Amount $155,500

 

SECOND PLACE MAY QUEEN

Mary Ann Michalak
Gr. 132, Council 21, District 3
Munster, Indiana
16 new Life Insurance policies
Face Amount $67,000

 

THIRD PLACE MAY QUEEN

Marilyn Wojcik Gibson
Gr. 723, Council 9, District 1
Chicago, Illinois
12 new Life Insurance policies
Face Amount $50,153

 

FOURTH PLACE MAY QUEEN

Barbara Zielinski
Gr. 185, Council 8, District 9
Wallingford, Connecticutt
10 new Life Insurance policies
Face Amount $36,000

 

HONOR ROLL OF GROUPS
FOR 2012 MEMBERSHIP

Through the joint effort of our Groups and the Home Office,
we are pleased to honot the following Groups for signing up five or more new members during 2012.
Congrtulations!

 

District
Group
Council
Number Of Certificates
Face Value Insurance
132
3
21
22
$121,173.00
221
2
39
16
$108,468.00
185
9
8
12
$42,393.00
598
10
15
12
$38,509.00
160
1
9
11
$88,100.00
211
1
27
9
$42,168.00
31
1
19
9
$27,067.00
786
5
20
9
$19,000.00
819
1
9
8
$38,751.00
559
8
28
8
$36,000.00
189
6
1
8
$29,000.00
170
5
3
7
$64,035.00
422
8
28
7
$32,000.00
763
12
34
7
$22,000.00
481
5
20
6
$60,000.00
769
5
20
6
$54,208.00
721
2
37
6
$46,000.00
37
3
21
6
$34,561.00
267
14
44
6
$27,112.00
642
14
44
6
$24,228.00
43
1
27
5
$46,787.00
379
4
5
5
$36,055.00
114
1
27
5
$35,000.00
409
11
25
5
$26,563.00
480
1
19
5
$19,063.00
277
5
3
5
$16,040.00


 


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FRATERNALISTS OF DISTINCTION
HONORED AT THE ANNIVERSARY BANQUET

 

District I - Dorothy Polus
District II - Mary Ann Watterson
District III - Micheline Omilianowski
District V - Mary Ann Nowak
District VI - Penelope Manke
District VII - Jadwiga Kopij
District VIII - Jennie Starzyk Benton
District IX - Mary Zielinski
District XI - Bernyce Wagman
District XII - Lucille Scrivani
District XIII - Helen Simmons
District XIV - Felicia Perlick
Volunteer of the Year Award - Adeline Holda of District I

 

 

Fraternalists of Distinction received their awards at the Anniversary Banquet. State Presidents accepted the awards for the Fraternalists from their Districts who were not present at the Banquet. The Fraternalists were selected based on nominations submitted by PWA members in each District. The Volunteer of the Year was selected by the National Board and this year's award was presented to Adeline Holda of Group 661, District I. Congratulations to all Honorees! You do us proud!

 

 

The Volunteer of the Year, Adeline Holda of Group 661 District I Illinois, receives her Award from the National Officers at the 115th Anniversary Banquet. Adeline has donated countless hours volunteering for the PWA at the Home Office, and her constant smile and willingness to work hard make her everyone's favorite volunteer. Congratulations Adeline!

 

 


COUNCIL 27 PRESENTS
AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE:
WORLD WAR II SURVIVORS SHARE THEIR STORIES

 

From left, Bo Padowski, Council 27 President; Helena Nowicka, Group 211; Constantine Trela, Group 211; Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela; Krystyna Nowobilski; Vice President Sharon Zago; National President Delphine Hunneycutt; and Teresa Makowski, Group 114.


On Friday, November 2, 2012, Council 27 presented a very special evening called "Preserving Their Memories: Survivors of WW II Tell Their Stories." Three PWA members, Christian survivors of Word War II, shared their dramatic stories with PWA members and guests at the PWA Home Office Social Hall.

The three survivors scheduled to speak were Barbara Ciepiela of Group 114, Helena Nowicka of Group 211, and Constantine Trela of Group 211. Unfortunatley, Barbara Ciepiela was hospitalized a few days before the event, so Krystyna Nowobilski was invited to take her place at the last minute; she was kind enough to share with the audience her story of bainshment and exile as a WW II survivor on very short notice.

Council 27 President Bo Padowski welcomed the guests and turned the microphone over to Teresa Makowski, President of Group 114 and one of the main organizers of the evening. Mrs. Makowski gave a brief overview of Poland's long history of persecution by its neighbors -- Russia from the east and Germany from the west. The two foes of Poland united in the early days of World War II to invade Poland and both countries, Nazi Germany under Hitler and the Soviet Union under Stalin, began their systematic purges of the Polish population in what amounted to a genocide of the Polish people -- one of the most woefully undocumented events of 20th-century history.

The three survivors' stories brought that history to life. Moderator Janusz Kopec interviewed them, asking questions about their lives and the events of the years from 1939 to 1945, when the War finally ended and all three of them found themselves in safety and freedom once again. The interviews were conducted in Polish, and Glos Polek editor Mary Piergies (Group 693) acted as interpreter, summarizing in English the questions and answers for those members of the audience who did not understand Polish. Maria Pawlik of Group 114 contributed her acting skills to the solemn atmosphere of the evening by reading poems and documents from the time. Ryszard Makowski provided the musical background, which included songs and hymns that Polish refugees and POWs composed during the many years of banishment from their homeland.

Helena Nowicka was 14 when Soviet soldiers came to her home in Eastern Poland in the middle of the night and exiled the entire family to Siberia, where they lived and worked in labor camps in subhuman conditions. The family's long journey then took them to Iran, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico before Helena finally came to the United States where she married, started a family, and became a very active member of PWA.

Krystyna Nowobilski's story was similar. Her father was an officer in the Polish Army and it was only luck that saved him from being captured and executed in Katyn. Krystyna (age 7), her mother, and her two older sisters were also exiled to Siberia and their journey subsequently took them to Iran, Africa, and England, before she and her husband emigrated to the United States in 1950, where she started a family and became an artist. Her love of Africa, where she first attended school, continues to resonate through her life and her art.

Constantine Trela, father of Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela, was a young soldier in the Polish Army when World War II broke out, and he took part in some of the very first battles of the war, before becoming a German POW. After his release, he joined the Polish underground, was captured again, and sent to Nazi concentration camps before being liberated by the Allied Forces and finally able to start a new life as an immigrant in the United States. Mr. Trela's son-in-law, John Schoen, read a summary of his wartime experiences, and then Mr. Trela answered questions posed by the moderator.

The stories made us cry and they made us laugh as the survivors recalled some of the touching moments in their journeys of exile and some of the ways they and their families were able to keep their humanity and their hope alive in spite of the hardships they had to endure.

It was a memorable evening and sincere thanks are expressed to Council 27 and all of the organizers of the event for such an emotional and unforgettable experience. Organizers included Bo Padowski, Teresa Makowski, Halina Wisnewski, and Ania Holmberg. We express our gratitude to Mrs. Nowicka, Mrs. Nowobilski, and Mr. Trela for their courage and for their generosity in sharing their stories with us … and for bringing this forgotten chapter of Poland's history to life.

We wish Mrs. Ciepiela a speedy recovery and a return to full health, and we hope that she will be able share with us her story of Siberian exile and long journey to the United States another time in the near future.

National President Delphine Huneycutt made a few remarks at the end of the evening. Vice President Sharon Zago and Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela were also in attendance.

 



From left, Teresa Makowski, Group 114; Helena Nowicka, Group 211; Constantine Trela, Group 211; Krystyna Nowobilski; Moderator Janusz Kopec; and Maria Pawlik, Group 114;

 

 

 

POLISH FRATERNALS SUPPORT MUSEUM COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER

 

 

Chicago, IL--The fifth Dozin' with Dinos at the Field Musuem Overnight Fundraiser organized by the four Polish Fraternals was once again well supported by our members and their families. This time some fraternal officers including, Jim Robaszewski, PRCUA Secretary-Treasurer; Agata Komosa, wife of Charles Komosa, PNA Secretary; Delphine Huneycutt, President of PWA; and Sharon Zago, Vice President of PWA, decided to bring their families and enjoy the evening of workshops, scientific illustrations, a self-guided flashlight tour of the Ancient Egypt exhibit, bedtimes stories by Sue the Dinosaur, as well as some museum exploring on your own and the making of a mummy mask and Egyptian cartouches. The Dinosauria team was also present showing real dinosaur bones and presenting a slide show to the participants. Snacks were served in the evening followed by breakfast in the morning. The program was well-planned and everything was covered in this popular fundraiser. What was the kids' favorite question: "When can we do it again?"

 

 

 

 

PWA WELCOMES MOST REVEREND ANDREW WYPYCH

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago

 

 

On Friday, March 2, 2012, PWA officers and members hosted a welcome reception for the Most Reverend Andrew Wypych, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in the Social Hall at PWA Headquarters. It was his first visit to our offices since his ordination as Bishop in August 2011 at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. He will serve as Polonia's Bishop in the Greater Chicago Area. Bishop Wypych was born, educated and ordained in Poland. He has served in a number of Chicago area parishes since 1983.

 

 

The Most Reverend Bishop Andrew Wypych with PWA National President Delphine Huneycutt

 

 


GROUP 821 VISITS LECH WALESA EXHIBIT
AT THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

 

 


On March 3, 2012, Group 821 organized an outing to view the Lech Walesa Exhibit at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. Pictured at right with wax figures of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd, and their children are, from left, National Director Czeslawa Kolak, District I President Lidia Filus, National President Delphine Huneycutt, Vice President Sharon Zago, and Jim Kolak. Former President of Poland Lech Walesa was the 2012 Lincoln Leadership Prize recipient. He toured the Museum and viewed the exhibit a day after accepting his award on February 11, 2012, in Chicago.

 


PWA AT RED AND WHITE BALL

GROUP 723 MEMBER MAKES HER DEBUT

 

 


Chicago, IL-PWA officers and members attended the Red and White Ball at the Chicago Hilton Hotel on February 18, 2012. The annual charitable event is sponsored by the Legion of Young Polish Women. PWA member Jacquelyn Boratyn was a debutante, pictured here with, from left, John Huneycutt, the debutante's mother Bernadette Boratyn, District I President Lidia Filus, Vice President Sharon Zago, National President Delphine Huneycutt, National Director Czeslawa Kolak, and Jim Kolak.

Jacquelyn is Vice President of PWA Group 723. She was the 2011 PWA Jagiellonian Scholarship winner, the PWA Queen at the Mayor's Polish Constitution Day Event in 2010 and 2011, the PWA Queen at the May 3rd Parade in 2010 and 2011, and a PWA Youth Conference participant in 2006. Congratulations, Jacquelyn!

 

ILLINOIS FRATERNAL ALLIANCE FOOD DRIVE

 

 


Chicago, IL-The PWA participated in gathering food items for donation to the local "Feeding Illinois" Food Bank during the Illinois Fraternal Alliance conference held on Friday, March 23, 2012. In photo from left, PWA Vice President Sharon Zago, PWA President Dolly Huneycutt, and Janice Odrobina and her husband Paul Odrobina, PNA Vice President and immediate past President of the Illinois Fraternal Alliance. The afternoon session was also attended by PWA Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela, Sales Director Bo Padowski, and staff member Grace Dubowski.

 


PWA ST. JOSEPH'S DAY TABLE CELEBRATION
BENEFITS ANAWIM SHELTER FOR THE POOR

 

 

Chicago, IL-The second annual St. Joseph's Table Celebration "Jozefinki" was held at the PWA Social Hall on Sunday, March, 18, 2012. Part of the proceeds from the event and raffle were donated to the Anawim Shelter for the Poor in Chicago. PWA made a $500 donation and the Trela-Schoen Family matched that amount. In addition, many in attendance made donations before the afternoon was over.

For information on how you can help the Shelter, please contact Mrs. Teresa Mirabella, at the Anawim Shelter for the Poor, 1125 N. Cleaver St., Chicago, IL, 60642, Tel. 773-486-8344. The Shelter helps the poor, homeless, and other underserved individuals in the Polish American community in Chicago.

In the photo, from left, Allison Koppel, Executive V.P. American Fraternal Alliance; PWA
Secretary Treasurer Antoinette L. Trela; PWA President Delphine Huneycutt; Teresa Mirabella, President of Anawim Shelter for the Poor; PWA Vice President Sharon Zago; District I President Lidia Filus; and National Director Mary Derwinski.

 

 

STANISLAW WYSPIANSKI
A MAN OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENTS

 

Self-Portriat 1902

 

Stanislaw Wyspianski (1869-1907) is one of the most beloved and prolific of Poland's artists. A painter, poet, playwright, set and costume designer, stained glass artist, interior decorator, furniture maker, and architectural restorer, Wyspianski was an artistic, literary, and cultural icon and a well-respected intellectual who was known and admired in all of 19th-century Europe as well as in Poland.

Irises

As an artist, he was part of the Viennese Secession movement started by Gustav Klimt in Austria, and in Poland he was one of the most prominent members of Mloda Polska (the Young Poland movement). He is to Krakow what Henrik Ibsen is to Oslo or James Joyce is to Dublin. His graphic legacy is visible throughout Krakow today: in the unique floral and geometrical murals painted inside the Church of St. Francis of Assisi; in the stained glass windows there and in three windows he designed for the Wawel Cathedral which were finally installed a century after his death; and in his collected works, which fill a museum named for him that is a branch of the National Museum in Krakow.

Motherhood

Some of his most famous paintings and drawings depict women and children. He also loved to draw and paint flowers, a common theme for many Secessionist artists. His plays are just as well-known and critically acclaimed as his paintings and drawings. The largely symbolic plays combined a deep nationalism and patriotism, calling for Poland's independence and the preservation of her cultural identity, with the modernism that was prevalent in the arts at the turn of the last century. He is often called the Father of the Modern Polish Theater and his play "Wesele" (The Wedding) is still popular and often staged. It is considered to be one of the best Polish dramas of the 20th century.

Sleeping Stas (artist's son)

The key theme in his dramas and essays was freedom of the individual, which resonated with the Polish people who were living under foreign partition at the time. In his paintings, his themes were profoundly Polish. He loved to paint children and mothers, as well as people he knew and saw in the streets of Krakow and in the surrounding villages. He often painted subjects wearing their traditional Polish costumes. His works display a deeply-felt patriotism and a love of Polish traditions and culture.

Girl with Flowers (Helenka, artist's daughter)

Wyspianski was truly a multifaceted genius, a man for all seasons, who excelled at every form of art to which he turned his extraordinary talents. He lived only to the age of 38, but in that short amount of time he was able to accomplish and leave behind an astonishing body of work that remains popular and beloved more than 100 years after his death. Click on the links below to see more of his paintings and drawings and to learn more about his poems and plays.

http://www.cracow-life.com/poland/stanislaw-wyspianski
http://www.wyspianski.mnw.art.pl/zbioryen.html
More Paintings by Wyspianski

 

 

Stained-glass window
Franciscan Church, Krakow

 

 

PWA ZAMEK DANCERS MEET
PRESIDENT LECH WALESA

 

President Lech Walesa and Meredith Bayus of Group 769

 

PWA Zamek Dancers Welcome
President Lech Walesa to Chrysler Group Plant


Thursday, April 26, 2012, was a big day for the dancers from Polish Women's Alliance of America (PWA) Group 769 Zamek Dance Troupe, but the butterflies in their stomachs weren't due to pre-recital jitters. Instead, the troupe members were anxious to meet the former president of Poland Lech Walesa at Chrysler Group's Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit. Walesa, the founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, was visiting the facility to talk to Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne, UAW Vice President and Director of the Chrysler Department General Holiefield, and a group of about 150 plant employees and invited guests.

 

PWA Zamek Dancers of Group 769 greet President Lech Walesa
at the Jefferson North Chrysler Plant in Detroit, Michigan

 

Meredith Bayus presents flowers to President Lech Walesa

 

Before Walesa began his speech, a group of seven excited Zamek dancers representing all ages welcomed the former President as he entered the plant. The group waved Polish flags as they sang the Polish national anthem and presented him with a bouquet of white daisies and red poppies, Poland's national flower.

"Meeting Lech Walesa was truly the opportunity of a lifetime," said Carole Stross, PWA Zamek Troupe Leader. "Besides dancing, we also teach our students about Polish customs and history so that they appreciate their Polish heritage. Having them greet the former President of their homeland is perhaps the most exciting way we could ever expose them to Polish culture," said Stross.

Representatives of the troupe who greeted Walesa on behalf of the Polish Women's Alliance and the Zamek dance troupe included: Gunnar Dudlar, Arre Dudlar, Charlotte Bien, Liam Bien, Meredith Bayus, Beth Ann Bayus, and Carole Stross. Stross and Beth Ann Bayus also were members of the Zamek dance troupe that won the PWA national dance competition in 1982 and toured Poland during the summer of 1979 while it was still under communist rule. Ironically, the very next year, the same man that they greeted at JNAP on April 26 would begin the Solidarity movement that changed the world. After talking with the dancers, Walesa posed with the troupe for photographs from the dozens of media in attendance.

"We were so pleased to have the Zamek dancers with us at the plant today," said Jodi Tinson, Manufacturing Public Relations Manager for Chrysler Group. "They helped make the former president feel welcome with their colorful costumes and bright smiles. Mr. Walesa's grin when he came into the building and saw them said it all."

Walesa was traveling in the United States as part of his participation in the 2012 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago April 23-25. The World Summit is recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting hundreds of high-profile leaders and organizations around the world. The Jeep brand is one of the sponsors of the Summit. Walesa founded Solidarity in 1980 and went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. He served as the President of Poland between 1990 and 1995.

In his introduction of the former President, Chrysler Group Chairman Marchionne said, "It is not often in life that you get to spend time with someone who has played a vital role in changing the course of history. Lech Walesa is one of those rare leaders who represents a true turning point in our collective life, for what he has done and for the way he has inspired the world."

Following his speech, Walesa toured the plant where the award-winning Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango are made to see how it has restored the pride and dignity of the work force through the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), the company's production system. The goal of WCM is to reduce waste by improving safety, quality and efficiency.

"Jefferson North has played a key role, not only in the resurgence of Chrysler sales, but also in the cultural change that is transforming our entire company," Marchionne said. "A cultural change driven by personal commitment, sense of responsibility, respect for each other, and the awareness that we have the privilege to be the authors of our future, of a better future."

About the Zamek Dance Troupe
The Zamek Dance Troupe originated in Detroit in the late 1940s, eventually moving the school to Warren, Mich. Before touring Poland in the early '70s, the troupe had no formal name. However, when they saw the Royal Castle in Warsaw being rebuilt after its destruction during World War II, the group was inspired to adopt the name "Zamek," which in Polish means "castle."

The Zamek dancers practice every Thursday night at the Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Mich., located at 15 Mile Road and Dequindre. Students range in age from two to adults. After a full season of hard work, the troupe presents a recital of Polish dance, tap, jazz and ballet numbers every spring. They also are asked to perform at numerous community functions throughout the year, including Polish Night at Comerica Park, local parades, and several ethnic festivals.

Zamek's long standing tradition has been to select and honor a dancer as queen for the year. After her crowning, the queen represents the dance troupe at many cultural events until she passes her crown to a new queen the following year.

Those wishing to join Zamek's more than 60 years of Polish dancing heritage can contact Carole Stross at 248-393-7773 or visit the troupe on Facebook or at http://zamekdancers.tripod.com/


Polish Women's Alliance of America is a fraternal benefit society founded in Chicago in 1898. It has 50,000 members nationwide and has been serving Polish American families for over 114 years. To learn more about PWA financial products and services or to how to become a member, please visit www.pwaa.org


 


VICE PRESIDENT SHARON ZAGO HONORED BY PAHA

 

 

Chicago, IL-The Polish American Historical Association awarded the Skalny Civic Achievement Award to PWA Vice President Sharon Zago for her contributions to Polonia and her promotion of Polish culture through fraternal activities. The Award Ceremony was held at the Polish Consulate in Chicago on January 6, 2011. Two other PWA members were also honored with the Skalny Civic Award: Maria Ciesla of Group 819, President of the Polish Museum of America, and Aurelia Pucinski of Groups 43 and 819, Appellate Judge in the First District Court of Illinois. In photo from left, Aurelia Pucinski, Sharon Zago, and Maria Ciesla. Also pictured, Penn State Professor Robert Szymczak, who received the Joseph Szwastek Prize, and PNA Vice President Paul Odrobina, who was another Skalny Award recipient. Congratulations to all the Honorees, and especially to our own members, Sharon, Maria, and Aurelia. You do us proud!

 

 


POLISH CONSTITUTION DAY PARADE HELD IN CHICAGO, IL
PWA member Grazyna Zajaczkowska is Grand Marshall

 


Chicago, IL -- The 121st annual Polish Constitution Day Parade was held in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The Grand Marshall of the Parade was Grazyna Zajaczkowska, former Polish Editor of Glos Polek and member of PWA Group 89. As always, PWA had a float in the parade. Hundreds of thousands of people lined the parade route in downtown Chicago and local TV stations covered the event on live television broadcasts. The Polish Constitution of May 3rd, 1791, was the first democratic constitution Europe, and the second such document in the world after the U.S. Constitution.

 


Grand Marshall Grazyna Zajaczkowska (center) at the Mass that preceded the Parade.



Lining up for the Parade in Chicago's Grant Park. Grand Marshall Grazyna Zajaczkowska is at far left.



Queens of the Parade with Grand Marshall Grazyna Zajaczkowska (third from left).

 

 


ZAMEK DANCERS JUNIOR BOWLING TOURNAMENT

 

 

On Sunday, March 11, 2012, several past and present PWA Zamek Dancers (Group 769), along with their friends and family members, got together for a day of fun. They spent the afternoon at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Michigan. It was a great way for everyone to support the 2012 Polonia Junior Bowling Tournament sponsored by Polish Women's Alliance and the Four Polish Fraternals. Even our wonderful Ms. Carole got in on the fun. Everyone enjoyed pizza, pop, and prizes too!
-- Submitted by Doreen Geml

 

 


POLISH-AMERICAN DAYS AT SIX-FLAGS GREAT AMERICA

 

The Four Polish Fraternals sponsored Polish-American Days at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, again this year on June 5-6, 2012. This annual event has been a great success -- and great fun for the entire family. Members of PWA, PNA, PRCUA and the Polish Falcons gathered for photos with Polish folk dance groups who performed during the weekend at the amusement park, adding a colorful touch. Thousands of weekend attendees to the park were able to watch our beautiful Polish dances. PWA Vice President Zago is at the far right in the front row in the first photo below.


 

 

 

 

 

 

PWA PRESIDENT HUNEYCUTT MEETS PRESIDENT KOMOROWSKI

 

 

 

National President of Polish Women's Alliance of America Delphine Huneycutt met President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski in Chicago, Illinois, recently. President Komorowski was attending the NATO Summit held in Chicago on May 20-21. He also met with state officials, business leaders, and members of Polonia during his visit. Poland became a member of NATO in 1999.


 

 

PAC DIRECTORS MEETING HELD IN CHICAGO

 


The Polish American Congress held its Plenary Meeting of the National Council of Directors on Thursday and Friday, May 17 - 18, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont. IL. A “Passport to Poland” Meeting was held on Saturday, May 20, 2012, hosted by the Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.



From left, PWA Vice President Sharon Zago, PRCUA Vice President Anna Sokolowski, Lawrence Ashe, Jr., Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland, and PWA President Delphine Huneycutt.

 



From left, President of PAC Illinois Division Mary Sendra Anselmo, PRCUA Vice President Anna Sokolowski, Member of Lithuanian Senate Jaroslav Narkevic, PWA President Delphine Huneycutt, and PWA Vice President Sharon Zago. PWA Secretary Treasurer Antoinette Trela also attended the PAC meetings.

 

 

 

GROUP 814 MOTHER'S DAY TEA

 

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, PWA Group 814, San Fernando Valley, California had their Mother's Day Tea at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. It was a delightful afternoon of making new friends and catching up with friends from the past. Special guest in attendance was the District 13 California President Alicia Van Laar. Group 814 President Mary Anne Wilk chaired and presided over the event. Everyone was given two gold jewelry bags filled with goodies. The overabundant raffle was full of gift certificates to restaurants, museums, and Southern California attractions.

 

Standing, Valerie Williams, Sandra Muir, Mary Anne Wilk, Eleanor Slonecki, Barbara Radowski, Alicia Van Laar, Sharon Morris, and seated Carole Beckett


We had two longtime members not in attendance: Helen Simmons, PWA National Director had fallen and broken her hip just days before our Tea and was in the hospital recuperating. And, we lost our beloved member, Mrs. Helen Sikora, who passed away on April 10, 2011. Mrs. Sikora will be very much missed by all. However, we were all happy to see Mrs. Sikora's daughter, Sandra Muir in attendance. Both ladies were missed however in different ways on Saturday.

Traditionally at our Tea we have a Hat Parade, (pictured above), and we choose a lady with the best hat. This year our judges -- Bailey Licari, Brittany Licari, Jack Beckett, and Jim Morris -- unanimously chose Eleanor Slonecki as the winner of the Hat Parade.

 

Mary Anne Wilk presenting Eleanor Slonecki with a goodie basket as her prize for winning the Hat Parade.

 

Our guest speaker was Mr. Jack Beckett, who has one of the most respected names in the field of motion picture and television innovative technologies and production. Mr. Beckett was the Director of Photography on numerous motion pictures, TV shows, commercials and government accounts such as the US Navy, US Air Force, and worked with Bob Hope on his famed "Christmas with the Troops" TV specials for six years. Mr. Beckett held everyone's interest and kept us laughing at his stories. His wife, Carole, was so taken by our group that she is considering joining us as a social member.

 

 

GROUP 814 CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY

 

Group 814 of San Fernando Valley, California, held an Anniversary Luncheon at the Historic Tam O’Shanter Inn in Los Feliz on Saturday, May 5, 2012, celebrating 50 years since the Group's founding. Special guests included PWA President Delphine Huneycutt, PWA Vice President Sharon Zago, Guest Speaker Robert W. Jensen, and Major James L. Morris, Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 128 Commander. Cadets of Civil Air Patrol, Squadron 3 presented colors at the event. The elegant luncheon and awards ceremony that followed were enjoyed by PWA members along with their families and friends.

 

 

Welcome Luncheon for National Officers: seated from left, Alicia Van Laar, Vice President; Lori Kurowski, Recording Secretary; Mary Anne Wilk, Group President and District President; National President Delphine Huneycutt; Sharon Morris, Member/Event Planner; National Vice President Sharon Zago; and former National Director Helen Simmons.

 

 

Special presentations at the Anniversary Luncheon by Group 814 President Mary Anne Wilk, PWA Vice President Sharon Zago, and PWA President Delphine Huneycutt

 

A special thank-you to Alicia Van Laar as one of the founding members of Group 814 by PWA Vice President Sharon Zago and PWA President Delphine Huneycutt

 

 


DISTRICT XIV BAL POLONAISE

 

Councils 40 and 44 of District XIV, Northeast Pennsylvania, held the 40th Bal Polonaise on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Ramada Hotel, Wilkes-Barre. Six young women were presented to an audience of 100 family, friends, and members. The young women and their escorts danced the Polonaise under the direction of Bernardine Vojtko, choreographer. Cheryl Hillard, District XIV President, introduced the guests at the head table and turned the program over to Dr. Susan Glod, Master of Ceremonies. Dr. Glod is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. Four young pages assisting in the presentation were Kaitlyn Lokuta, Alexa Regis, Bradley Augenstein and Matthew Prociak.


Debutantes, from left: Anna Rose Borinski, Group 105; Sarah Ann Snyder, Group 267; Marissa Durako, Group 362; Danielle Gorski; and Victoria Zawacki and Brianna Zawacki of Group 267. Escorts, from left: Michael Borinski, Group 105; John Myers; Michael Prociak, Group 362; Patrick Gilhooley; Ryan Lahnemann, Group 450; and John Bath, Group 450.

 

Special guests at the head table included, in the front row, from left, Cheryl Hillard, District XIV President; Sharon Zago, Vice President; Delphine Huneycutt, National President; Antoinette Trela, Secretary/Treasurer; and Dr. Susan Glod, Master of Ceremonies and National Medical Director. Second row: Dorothy Talipski, Council 44 President; Felicia Perlick, National Director; Bernardine Regis, Council 40 President; and Rev. Joseph Horanzy. Third row: Robert Parrish and Dr. Joseph Enama.

 


Congratulations to the Debutantes and their families!

 

 

INDIANA POLISH HERITAGE FEST


Michigan City, IN -- On September 16, 2012, the first annual Polish Heritage Fest took place in the International Friendship Gardens, located at 2055 US Highway 12 in Michigan City, Indiana. The festivities started with an 11 a.m. Mass during which PRCUA “Wesoly Lud” Dancers dressed in Polish folk costumes led the procession. The object of this festival is to unite Polish Americans living in Northwest Indiana and to showcase our beautiful Polish heritage. A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity fund, and another portion will go to a maintenance fund to support the Polish Garden at the International Friendship Gardens, which cover 100 acres. There are many beautiful gardens to explore of the different ethnic groups residing in Indiana, and of course we would like the Polish Garden to be one of the most beautifully maintained!


 


Top photo shows, from left, PRCUA members Elizabeth Sadus, Bozena Matson, and VP Anna Sokolowski, as well as PWA members Delphine Huneycutt, National President, and Diane Svitko, President of Council 21 Indiana. Second photo shows the Wesoly Lud dancers.

 

 

 


POLISH-AMERICAN NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO FIRE

 

 

 

The Four Fraternals sponsored Polish American Night with the Chicago Fire on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. The Chicago Fire played the New England Revolution, coming in with a 2-1 win for the home team. In the photo above from left, PNA Vice President Paul Odrobina, his wife Janice and daughter Katryna, and PWA Vice President Sharon Zago.

 

 

POLISH-AMERICAN NIGHT AT WHITE SOX PARK

 

 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, was Polish-American Night at Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. This is an annual family-fun event sponsored by the Four Polish Fraternals. The weather was perfect and the home team won, scoring lots of runs and setting off spectacular fireworks. The White Sox played the Texas Rangers, winning with a blow-out score of 19-2. In the photo from left, Polish Falcons Vice President Bob Gorny, PNA Vice President Paul Odrobina, White Sox pitcher Addison Reid, PRCUA Vice President Anna Sokolowski, PWA President Delphine Huneycutt, and PWA Vice President Sharon Zago. Falcons VP Bob Gorny had the honor of throwing the first pitch.

 

PRESIDENT LECH WALESA RECEIVES LINCOLN LEADERSHIP AWARD
TOURS LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

 

 


Springfield, IL--Lech Walesa spent about an hour at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on February 12, 2012. He was accompanied by translators and museum officials, who related tales of Lincoln's life and presidency as they walked through the exhibits.

A day earlier, Walesa accepted the 2012 Lincoln Leadership Prize in Chicago. The Lincoln Museum also is presenting an exhibit on Walesa's role as Poland's first democratically elected leader after World War II. The exhibit runs through March 5th. The Illinois House of Representatives passed a Resolution honoring Lech Walesa and proclaimed February 9, 2012, Lech Walesa Day in Illinois.

An electrician, Walesa became a leader in the Solidarity movement that challenged communist rule in Poland. Authorities declared martial law and later outlawed Solidarity. Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and was elected president in 1990, after the collapse of communism in Poland.

Carla Knorowski, chief executive officer of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, said there are strong parallels between the two men, who fought tyranny and oppression in their home nations. She said Walesa was humbled to be compared to Lincoln.

Knorowski said both men came from poor beginnings in farming communities and left their hometowns at a young age to settle in another town. Lincoln settled in Springfield and Walesa settled in Gdansk, both eventually rising to the highest office in their country.

Almost 150 years after Lincoln's death, Walesa walked through the replica of Lincoln's one-room cabin, through exhibits showing the struggles the U.S. president faced during America's Civil War and the circumstances of his assassination.

PWA Group 821 is organizing a trip to visit the Lech Walesa Exhibit in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Please call 847-698-0250 for more information.

You can learn more about the exhibit here.

 

Source: The Associated Press

 

 

POLISH POET AND NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE
WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA DIES AT 88

 

 

Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska, whose poignant and playful poems spoke to the heart of everyday life, died on February 1, 2012, in Krakow, Poland, aged 88.

Described by the Nobel committee in 1996 as the "Mozart of poetry" with "something of the fury of Beethoven," Szymborska died in her sleep after a long bout with cancer. She was also called the "Greta Garbo of poetry" because of her reclusiveness and desire to remain out of the limelight.

Speaking on the day after her death, Poland's president Bronislaw Komorowski called her the country's "guardian spirit." Her poems "were brilliant advice, through which the world became more understandable," he said; they showed the importance of finding value "in the daily bustle."

Born in the Polish village of Prowent in 1923, Szymborska moved to Krakow with her family when she was 8 and lived there until her death. She studied Polish philology and sociology at the Jagiellonian University, and published her first poem in March 1945, "Szukam slowa" (Looking for a Word), in the daily Dziennik Polski. Her first collection, That's What We Live For (1952), was written under Poland's communist regime and was an expression of socialist realism; she later renounced the Stalin-era verse of her first two books, going on to mock communism in later collections. Her writing, always accessible, which by her death stretched to around 400 poems, was known and loved across Poland, often learned by heart, with "A Cat in an Empty Apartment," one of her most popular poems, recited across the country.

Despite the popularity that the Nobel Prize brought her, Szymborska shied away from the public eye, preferring to live a quiet and unassuming life in the city she loved. "Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation," she said, going on to wonder why anyone would want to interview her. "For the last few years my favorite phrase has been 'I don't know.' I've reached the age of self-knowledge, so I don't know anything. People who claim that they know something are responsible for most of the fuss in the world."

She was awarded the Nobel in 1996 despite having published only 200 or so poems: she was praised by the committee for her poetry "that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."
In her Nobel speech, she spoke of the extraordinary nature of life, of how she would love to tell Ecclesiastes that "'There's nothing new under the sun': that's what you wrote, Ecclesiastes. But you yourself were born new under the sun," and of how, "in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world."

Szymborska was also a literary critic, essayist, and translator, but poetry was the love of her life. She continued writing right until her death and a new book of poetry is to be published later this year. Szymborska's was the fourth Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to a Pole; the other Polish recipients of the Nobell Prize for Literature were Wladyslaw Reymont, Henryk Sienkiewicz, and Czeslaw Milosz.

Szymborska's Poems
"A Cat in an Empty Apartment"
Polish Poet Spoke the Inner Thoughts of Many People

 

 


WINNER OF 2010 "SAIL AWAY" MEMBERSHIP CONTEST

 

 


Bernadette Vlock, President of District XI Nebraska, was the winner of last year's Sail Away Membership Contest. The grand prize was a Caribbean cruise for two. Bernadette and her husband John flew from Omaha to Orlando, FL, on May 13, 2011, where they departed from Port Canaveral on the cruise ship Monarch of the Seas. Stops on the cruise included Coco Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, where Bernadette and John enjoyed a ride on a glass-bottom boat and a tour of the island. Their return was on May 19th, which was Bernadette's birthday. It was a memorable cruise, Bernadette says, and a very special birthday, and she thanks PWA for the wonderful experience. And we thank Bernadette for her hard work in signing up new members and congratulate her again on winning the Sail Away Contest!

 

 

 

 

WINNERS OF THE PWA 36TH CONVENTION SPECIAL

 

 

Each PWA Group was eligible to be awarded cash prizes as follows:

$100 for 10 to 20 new policies issued
$250 for 22 to 40 new policies issued
$500 for 42 or more new policies issued

 

All Group officer or member who sold six or more applications as witness were recognized in the 36th National Convention Program Book and received a special gift.

 

Congratulations
To all winners of the PWA 36th Convention Special

Members who sold six or more policies during the Convention Special are:
(in order of number of polices issued )

 

Felicia S Perlick, Dist. XIV, Gr.105 - 47
Alvira C Balut , Dis.VIII, Gr. 499 - 31
Lucille B Kopczynski, Dist. III, Gr. 305 - 22
Barbara Misiolek-Gamble, Dist. V, Gr. 226 - 18
Mary Ann Michalak, Dist. III, Gr. 132 - 14
Bertha Kuckla, Dist. XIV, Gr. 267 - 13
Mary H Palka, Dist. IX, Gr. 280 - 13
Theresa C Fic, Dist.I, Gr.126 - 12
Evelyn W Lisek, Dist.III, Gr. 562 - 12
Anthylene M Blasic, Dist. II, Gr. 501 - 11
Shaina R Geml, Dist. V, Gr. 769 - 11
Jane V Kane, Dist. VIII, Gr.141 - 10
Teresa Makowski, Dist. I, Gr. 114 - 10
Cynthia A Piepszak, Dist. V, Gr. 786 - 10
Dorothy T Talipski, Dist. XIV, Gr. 658 - 10
Dorothy Wisneski, Dist. XIV, Gr. 509 - 9
Sylvia A Kania, Dist. I, Gr. 819 - 8
Marion Listwan, Dist. X, Gr. 598 - 8
Elaine M Etheridge, Dist.V, Gr. 806 - 7
Rita Marek, Dist. V, Gr. 488 - 7
Jean C Scupski, Dist. XIV, Gr. 348 - 7
Grace Dubowski, Dist.I, Gr. 43 - 6
Mary A Fritz, Dist.XIV, Gr. 427 - 6
Nellie C Manarchuck, Dist. 14, Gr.642 - 6
Dale R Olsen, Dist. I, Gr. 480 - 6
Charlotte B Prez, Dist. IV, Gr. 680 - 6
Kathleen M Robinson, Dist. XII, Gr.568 - 6
Stella B Skowronski, Dist. IV, Gr. 468 - 6
Margurite A Thiltges, Dist. XI, Gr. 356 - 6

Helen V Wojcik, Dist. I, Gr. 743 - 6

 


PWA Groups awarded during the PWA 36th Convention Special are:

$100 award - 114, 128, 132, 141, 211, 280, 488, 562, 598, 616, 658, 743,769
$ 250 award - 267, 305, 499, 642, 786
$ 500 award - 105

 

 

SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI HONORED ON FLOOR OF US SENATE
Longest-Serving Female Senator in American History

 



Barbara Mikulski, Senior Democratic Senator from Maryland, was honored on the Senate floor on January 5, 2011, as she was sworn in for her fifth term in office, making her the U.S. Senate's longest-serving female member. Senator Mikulski has represented Maryland for 24 years and is considered the dean of the women in the Senate.

Senator Mikulski is a lifelong member of PWA and was named an Honorary Member in 1998, the year of the 100th anniversary of PWA.

Congratulations to Senator Mikulski on this historic achievement!

An interview with Senator Mikulski:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2010/12/27/bash.barbara.mikulski.cnn?iref=allsearch

 

2006 PWA YOUTH CONFERENCE PHILADELPHIA

Youth Committee: Sharon Zago, National Vice President and Chair
Barbara Miller, National Treasurer, Grazyna Migala, National Secretary
National Directors: Helen Simmons, Jennie Starzyk Benton, Antoinette Trela-Vander Noot,
Marcia Mackiewicz Duffy, Felicia Perlick
Virginia Sikora, National President and Ex-Officio

Co-Chairs of the 2006 PWA Youth Conference :
Vice President Sharon Zago and
National Director Marcia Mackiewicz Duffy and Robert Duffy
Chaperones: President Virginia Sikora and Ray Sikora, National Directors: Helen Simmons, Felicia Perlick

Special Thanks to Volunteer Dr. Michelle Commercio, Assistant Professor of Political Science at U of VT, who assisted in chaperoning the All Day Walking Tour


Video Produced By: Chaperone Robert Duffy


 

 

FOUR FRATERNALS YOUTH BOWLING TOURNMENT WINNERS

 

PWA Youth Bowlers took second place this year in the Four Fraternals Youth Bowling Tournament, behind Polish Falcons (first place), and ahead of Polish National Alliance (third), and PRCUA (fourth). Photo above shows, from left: Paul Odrobina, Vice President of Polish National Alliance; Anna Sokolowski, Vice President of Polish Roman Catholic Union; and Sharon Zago, Vice President of Polish Women's Alliance of America; in back: Robert Gorny, 2nd Vice President Polish Falcons. All four Vice Presidents proudly display the tournament team plaques.


PFA was First
PWA was Second
PNA was Third
PRCUA was Fourth


The PWA members listed below placed in the top three highest scores among the four Polish fraternals and won trophies in addition to their medals and certificates. The number of points bowled appears following the names.


3-5 Year Olds
  First Place Jimmy Carter - 204
3-5 Year Olds
  Third Place Sam Blackburn - 188
9-11 Year Olds
  First Place Thomas Augenstein - 345
9-11 Year Olds
  Second Place Tanner South - 322
12-14 Year Olds
  Third Place Landon South 373
15-18 Year Olds
  First Place April Baylor - 653
15-18 Year Olds
  Second Place Ashley Johnson 531

 


Plaques and trophies for winning PWA members surround the Second Place Award won by PWA members in the Youth Bowling Tournament.

 

You can see the names of all the winners and participants in the PWA Bowling Tournament 2009, by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

 

 

 

CULTURAL PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN POLAND
SUMMER 2009


In April 2008 PWA President President Virginia Sikora in her capacity as President of the PAC Charitable Foundation (PACCF) and PACCF Vice President Christopher Nowotarski met in Poland with the President of Wspolnota Polska Andrzej Stelmachowski to discuss the planning and development of a new Cultural Learning Program for Polish American students. A little more than a year later, the plans discussed in that meeting became reality.

The pilot cultural program took place this summer in Pultusk, Poland, with 19 students between the ages of 12 and 15 from three organizations participating: the Polish Women's Alliance of America, the Polish Falcons, and the Polish Roman Catholic Union. Most of the participants had never visited Poland before and most did not speak Polish. They visited Warsaw, Krakow, Oswiecim, Wieliczka, Torun, and Jasna Gora in Czestochowa. It was an exciting educational experience for the participants, who learned a lot about the history, culture, and traditions of the land of their ancestors. The program was a success and plans are being made to continue the program in 2010.

The three PWA members who attended the program were Ernest Stapor of Group 821, District 1; Emily Gamble of Group 226, District 5; and Alex Vander Noot of Group 211 District 1.

 


Students leaving for the Summer Program from O'Hare International Airport. PACCF Officers saw them off. PWA President Virginia Sikora, who is also President of the PACCF, and PACCF Director Bo Padowski accompanied the group as chaperones.

Photo: Lidia Rozmus

 


Students visiting the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow.

Photo: Grzegorz Kozakiewicz

 


Shopping time in Sukiennice, Krakow

 


Pizza time in Pultusk.

 

 

 

CONDOLENCES TO THE POLISH NATION

 

 

The Officers and Members of Polish Women's Alliance of America join the world in expressing their deep sorrow at the tragic airplane crash on April 10, 2010, in Smolensk, Russia, that took the lives of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and 94 others, including many Polish government officials and top military leaders. The delegation was on its way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest Massacre, at the site in western Russia where over 20,000 Polish Army officers were executed by the Soviet secret police in 1940, in one of Poland's greatest national traumas.

We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the people of Poland and the families of the victims. Czesc Ich Pamieci.

Virginia Sikora,
National President



A Nation Mourns

 

Poles wept before their televisions, lowered flags to half-staff and taped black ribbons in their windows after hearing that President Lech Kaczynski and the upper echelons of the establishment lay dead in woods a short drive from the site of the Katyn Forest massacre, where 22,000 Polish officers, intellectuals and priests were killed in the first months of World War II. Thousands of people, many in tears, placed candles and flowers at the presidential palace in central Warsaw. Many called the crash Poland's worst disaster since World War II.

 

 

Twenty monks rang the Zygmunt Bell at Krakow's Wawel Cathedral - the burial spot of Polish kings - a tolling reserved for times of profound importance or grief.

On board the government plane were President Kaczynski, his wife Maria, the National Bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, head of the National Security Office, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner and at least two presidential aides and three lawmakers, along with the top military officers.

The Polish military suffered the deepest losses. Among the dead were the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, and heads of the air and land forces, who were all making the emotional trip to honor the Polish officers slain by the NKVD, the acronym for the Soviet secret police at the time of the killings in 1940.

Some on board were relatives of the officers slain in the Katyn massacre, including Wojciech Seweryn, a resident of Chicago and the artist who designed the Katyn Memorial at St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Niles, Illinois. His father was one of the officers killed at Katyn. Also among the victims was Anna Walentynowicz, whose firing in August 1980 from the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk sparked a workers' strike that spurred the eventual creation of the Solidarity freedom movement.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and some cabinet members flew to Smolensk from Warsaw. The president's twin brother, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, headed to the area in a chartered plane along with party members. Television showed Jaroslaw kneeling and praying at the crash site. Tusk, joined by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, placed a wreath at the site and knelt. When he stood up, Putin hugged him.

"This is a great tragedy, a great shock to us all," former president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said.

Polish Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, who became acting president, addressed his country on television: "Poland is in mourning, we have suffered a dramatically painful loss." He said he would announce early elections within 14 days of the president's death, in line with the constitution. The vote must be held within another 60 days.

Poland called for two minutes of silence across the country Sunday and declared a week of mourning. Medevedev declared Monday a day of mourning in Russia.

 

 

State Funeral for Polish President at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow

 

A memorial service for all 96 victims of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and dozens of high-ranking officials will be held in Warsaw on Saturday April 17, 2010, and a state funeral will take place in Krakow on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The President and his wife will be buried in the cathedral crypt at Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, where Polish kings have traditionally been laid to rest.

Thousands of people lined up to pay their respects in front of the coffins of the late Polish President and his wife Maria that were lying in state at the President's Palace in Warsaw. A week-long period of mourning was declared in the country as flags were flown at half-mast, black ribbons were placed in windows, and people lit candles and placed flowers at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and other government buildings across the nation.

U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are expected to attend the state funeral in Krakow, along with many other foreign leaders and dignitaries. A White House statement released with the announcement of President Obama's visit, said that his presence at the state funeral will "express the depth of our condolences to an important and trusted ally, and our support for the Polish people, on behalf of the American people." Condolences have been pouring in to Poland from around the globe.

Photo Gallery


See photos of a nation in mourning here.


Chicago City Council Resolution


On Wednesday, April 14, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago City Council introduced a resolution honoring the lives of President and Mrs. Lech Kaczynski, Chicago sculptor Wojciech Seweryn, and Polish officials who were killed in the tragic plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010. Wojciech Seweryn was the artist who designed the Katyn Memorial at St. Adalbert's Cemetery in Niles, IL. His father was one of the Polish officers murdered at Katyn in 1940.


Interview


Watch an interview with Consul General of the Republic of Poland Zygmunt Matynia that was aired on April 12, 2010, on WTTW Channel 11, the PBS station in Chicago: http://video.wttw.com/video/1467200074

 

Video "Ojczyzna"

Watch this video about the tragedy called "Ojczyzna" or "Homeland." CLICK HERE TO WATCH


Mass at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago

A Special Mass for the victims of the airplane crash will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, at 7 p.m. The Mass will be concelebrated by Francis Cardinal George and by Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago Thomas Paprocki. All Polish Americans are invited to attend the Mass to pray for Poland and the 96 victims who died in Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010. The state funeral of President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Maria Kaczynska will be held on the same day in Krakow, Poland.

 

Memorial March in Chicago

The Polish American Congress calls on Polish Americans and all Chicagoans to take part in a Memorial March on Sunday, April 18, 2010, starting at 4:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, 1350 W. Evergreen Avenue, continuing to Holy Trinity Mission Church, 1118 N. Noble Street, and ending at Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, where a Memorial Mass for the victims of the tragedy will be said by Francis Cardinal George and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago Thomas Paprocki. President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Maria Kaczynska will be laid to rest on the same day at the Wawel in Krakow, Poland.

 

State Funeral for Polish President Lech Kaczynski


Thousands of Poles gathered in Krakow, Poland, on Sunday, April 18, 2010, to pay last respects to the President and First Lady of Poland. A funeral Mass was held in St. Mary's Basilica in the central square of the city for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczynska. A procession later took the coffins to be buried in a crypt of the historic Wawel Cathedral.

Many world leaders could not attend due to volcanic ash grounding flights in Europe. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev defied the air restrictions to fly to Krakow. U.S. President Barack Obama cancelled his flight shortly before his scheduled departure due to the dangers to aircraft posed by the volcanic ash. French President Nicolas Sarkozy. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.K.'s Prince of Wales also cancelled plans to attend.

In remarks at the funeral Mass, Krakow's Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz said the international feeling of solidarity extended to Poles in the wake of the deaths had shown "the many layers of good between people and nations." Archbishop Dziwisz said he was addressing Mr. Medvedev personally in stating: "The sympathy and help we have received from Russian brothers has breathed new life into a hope for closer relations and reconciliation between our two Slavic nations."

The coffins were then taken in a gun-carriage procession through Krakow and on to the walled castle and cathedral at Wawel for a 21-gun salute and the burial. Thousands lined the streets, waving flags, and applauding. The Krakow ceremonies were for family, friends, and international dignitaries and were shown to residents of Krakow and visitors on screens across the city.

Earlier on Sunday, the coffins had been driven through Warsaw on a route that took in key locations of Lech Kaczynski's life, such as city hall, where he served as the capital's mayor. The coffins were then taken from Warsaw to Krakow on a military transport plane that flew below the volcanic ash cloud.


On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people had attended an open-air memorial service in the centre of Warsaw. This memorial was for all 96 victims of the airplane crash that occurred on April 10, 2010, in Smolensk, Russia. The Polish delegation was on its way to attend ceremonies in observance of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Forest Massacre.

The First Couple's final resting place is in a sarcophagus in the royal crypt in Wawel cathedral, the final resting place of many famous and distinguished Poles, such as Tadeusz Koscisuzko, Jozef Pilsudski, General Wladyslaw Sikorski and many of Poland's royals.

 

See photos of funeral and reactions in Poland here:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/3594518/State-funeral-for-Polands-first-couple

 


Wajda's Katyn film to be aired on PBS


WTTW PBS Channel 11 Chicago to Air "KATYN"
A Documentary on the World War II
Massacre of Polish Citizens
Friday, April 30, 2010, at 9 p.m.


WTTW, Chicago's premier public television station, will broadcast the gripping documentary KATYN: SLAUGHTER AND SILENCE, the story of the April 1940 mass murder in the Katyn Forest of 22,000 Polish Army Officers and civilian POWs at the hands of the Soviet NKVD, predecessor of Russia's KGB. The program will air on WTTW 11 on Friday, April 30, at 9 p.m., the evening of the day Poland's President was to have visited Chicago, a city which boasts the largest Polish population in the world outside of Warsaw .

The film traces the growing hostility between Soviet Russia and pre-World War II Poland, telling the story of the crime and its subsequent repercussions -- from the discovery of human bones in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk, to how the victims met their fates and the conditions under which they lived while being held prisoner, to the attempts to place the blame on the Nazis, the overwhelming evidence pointing to Moscow and Stalin, the cover-up and the silence. To this day, no Russian officials responsible for the massacre have been brought to justice. For more information on Katyn, please visit www.katyncrime.pl.

This broadcast of KATYN: SLAUGHTER AND SILENCE is especially timely in that Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and many of Poland's senior state officials were tragically killed in a plane crash enroute to a commemoration ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.

 

Read More

Op Ed - New York Times - The Glory of Poland
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/opinion/13iht-edcohen.html

Op Ed - The Washington Post - Out of Tragedy Detente
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/12/AR2010041201831.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Editorial - The Chicago Tribune - Poland's Pain
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-poland-0412-20100411,0,2801880.story

 

 

PRESIDENT VIRGINIA SIKORA RECEIVES
"WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE" AWARD
FROM ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER

 

Niles, IL-National President Virginia Sikora was honored by Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias for being a financial role model during the tenth annual Smart Women Smart Money (SWSM) conference held on March 18, 2010. The conference, which addressed financial and investment strategies for women, was presented by Dollars and Sense Inc., a nonprofit organization, and by the State Treasurer's office. PWA was one of the sponsors of the event, along with Northern Trust, Country Financial, Visa, and State Farm. Several hundred women were on hand to hear experts speak on financial issues facing women and their families.

Virginia Sikora received the "Woman of Excellence" award. City Treasurer of Detroit for 12 years and National President of the PWAA for the past decade, the award recognized President Sikora's leadership and management skills and her lifelong emphasis on service, volunteerism, and support for such programs as intergenerational mentoring, financial planning, youth activities, and community and cultural events. She was also lauded for being instrumental in creating a scholarship endowment fund for PWA members who are pursuing college degrees.

Dr. Pamela Lowe, director and president of Professional Eye Care Center, was also honored at the conference with the "Woman on the Rise" award. Congratulations to President Virginia Sikora and Dr. Pamela Lowe!

 

National President Virginia Sikora and Robin Kelly,
Chief of Staff, Illinois State Treasurer's Office.


 


 

CONGRATULATIONS
TO OUR
MAY QUEENS FOR 2009!

 

We are proud to announce the following individuals, to whom we pay tribute for their efforts in signing new members to our organization in the 2009 calendar year.

We thank them for their hard work and extend our sincere congratulations.

 

FIRST PLACE MAY QUEEN


Grazyna Buczek
Gr. 754 Council 7 District VII
Independence, Ohio
Introduced 13 new members
2 annuitants and 11 insured members
Total face amount $21,100

 

SECOND PLACE MAY QUEEN


Bernardine Regis
Gr. 450 Council 40 District XIV
West Wyoming, PA
Introduced 12 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $68,381

 

THIRD PLACE MAY QUEEN


Bernadette Vlock
Gr. 409 Council 25 District XI
Omaha, Nebraska
Introduced 12 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $47,000

 

FOURTH PLACE MAY QUEEN


Mary Ann Michalak
Gr. 132 Council 21 District III
Munster, Indiana
Introduced 12 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $28,000

 

FIFTH PLACE MAY QUEEN


Bertha Kuckla
Gr. 267 Council 44 District XIV
Dupont, PA
Introduced 11 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $39,723

 

SIXTH PLACE MAY QUEEN


Mary Ann Watterson
Gr. 221 Council 2 District II
Parkhill, PA
Introduced 10 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $101,275

 

SEVENTH PLACE MAY QUEEN


Eleanore Kowynia
Gr. 202 Council 9 District I
Chicago,IL
Introduced 10 new members
All insured members
Total face amount $42,079

 

EIGHTH PLACE MAY QUEEN


Barbara Misiolek-Gamble
Gr. 786 Council 20 District V
Clinton Township, Michigan
Introduced 10 new members
2 annuitants and 8 insured members
Total face amount $25,000

 

HONOR ROLL OF GROUPS
FOR 2009



Through the joint effort of our Groups and the Home Office, we are pleased to honor the following PWA Groups that signed up at least five New Certificates in 2009:

 

GROUP NO.
DISTRICT
COUNCIL
NEW CERTIFICATES
       
132
3
IN
21
12
267
14
PA
44
12
450
14
PA
40
10
128
3
IN
21
8
221
2
PA
2
8
786
5
MI
20
8
105
14
PA
40
7
480
1
IL
19
7
754
7
OH
7
7
149
1
IL
13
6
185
9
CT
8
6
275
11
NE
25
6
763
12
MD, DC
34
6
70
1
IL
19
5
224
2
PA
2
5
821
1
IL
27
5
 
 

 

POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT WHITE SOX PARK

 

 

The Four Polish American Fraternals organized Polish American Day at US Cellular Field on July 6, 2010. A good crowd turned out to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox won 4 to 1.

Click here for photos from Polish American Day

 


 

STATE PRESIDENTS' CONFERENCE
HELD IN SPRINGFIELD, MA
JUNE 18-20, 2010

 

The Executive Officers, National Directors, and District Presidents, along with PWA Legal Counsel, Director of Sales, and Glos Polek editors, met in Springfield, MA, June 18-20 for the annual State Presidents' Conference and quarterly Board Meeting. The PWA National Convention will be held in Springfield in August 2011 and preparations are already underway for this big event, at the national level and in District VIII, which will be hosting the Convention.

President Virginia Sikora laid out plans for the coming year and for the Convention and the State Presidents reported on activities from their Districts. Legal Counsel Chris Nowotarski brought the attendees up to date on the latest legislative developments that affect fraternals, and Sales Director Bo Padowski spoke about the newest insurance promotions and plans, including the Glos Polek 100th Anniversary Special and Membership Contest.

The National Raffle winners were drawn by the State Presidents during the meeting, with Vice President and Raffle Chair Sharon Zago conducting the raffle. Please see listing of winner names here. Photos from the conference follow.

 


State Presidents

 

State Presidents with National Directors

 

State Presidents with National Directors and Executive Officers

 

Meeting session

 

Meeting session

 

Raffle drawing

 

 


POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT GREAT AMERICA

 

For the past few years, the Four Fraternals have sponsored Polish American Day at Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee, IL. This year's event was held on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Families were able to enjoy the rides and other attractions at the amusement parks, and also see the Lajkonik, Polanie, Polonia, and Wesoly Lud Dancers perform. A good time was had by all. See photos here.


 

 

2010 POLONIA ADULT BOWLING TOURNAMENT RESULTS

 

The first annual Polonia Adult Tournament was held in Pittsburgh, PA, in May, sponsored by the Four Fraternals. Results and photos from the tournament follow.

 

SINGLES
DOUBLES
SCRATCH GAME
SCRATCH GAME
   
 
258
Jason Schultz
432
Mike Attenberger/Dave Schultz
247
Dave Schultz
406
Kenny Morton - Bernie Schultz
237
Kenny Morton
SCRATCH SERIES
SCRATCH SERIES
684
Jason Schultz
1249
Mike Attenberger/Dave Schultz
681
Dave Schultz
1098
Travis Fox/Mike Lemonakis
672
Kenny Morton
1077
Kenny Morton/Bernie Schultz
575
Dennis Zembrzuski
567
Travis Fox
HANDICAP GAME
HANDICAP GAME
281
Cheryl Paterni
462
Mike Attenberger/Dave Schultz
269
Jason Schultz
455
John Denning/Trish Del Busse
256
Dave Schultz
248
Lori Gorny
HANDICAP SERIES
HANDICAP SERIES
720
Cheryl Paterni
1339
Mike Attenberger/Dave Schultz
717
Jason Schultz
1325
Cheryl Paterni/Cookie Galluze
708
Dave Schultz
1257
Lori Gorny/Bobby Joe Gorny
681
Kenny Morton
679
Lori Gorny
TEAMS
ALL EVENTS
SCRATCH GAME
901
White Eagles#1
2081
Jason Schultz
817
White Eagles#2
2038
Dave Schultz
SCRATCH SERIES
2009
Lori Gorny
2387
White Eagles#1
2003
Cheryl Paterni
2336
White Eagles#2
2003
Travis Fox
HANDICAP GAME
985
White Eagles#1    
903
White Eagles#2    
HANDICAP SERIES
   
2639
White Eagles#1    
2594
White Eagles#2    
       
       
     

 



 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. WIECZOREK!

 



PWA officers and members visited Dr. Maria Wieczorek to wish her all the best and to bring her a cake on the occasion of her birthday on August 16th. Dr. Wieczorek had served as the Medical Examiner of PWA for many years. In the photo, from left, Maryla Folmer, Florence Hokenson, Antoinette Trela Vander Noot, Virginia Sikora, and Bo Padowski. Sto Lat, Dr. Wieczorek! Many happy retruns!

 

 

 

ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AND YOUTH FUNDRAISER

 

On Sunday, September 27, 2009, the Annual Scholarship and Youth Fundraiser of the PWA Educational and Charitable Foundation was held at the Rosewood Banquet Hall in Rosemont, Illinois. It was an elegant affair, with PWA officers and members as well as many guests and representatives of Polish American organizations in attendance. The goal of educating the next generation of young Polish Americans is a cause that deserves widespread support. Our youth is our future and encouraging them to achieve their academic goals has long been a cause supported by the PWA and its members.

The guests of honor included Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago who gave the invocation; Father Thaddeus Dzieszko, the Pastor of St. Constance Church who said benediction; Past President of District III Evelyn Lisek who led the singing of the national anthems; and Judge Aurelia Pucinski, Cook County Circuit Court County Division and PWA member, who was the keynote speaker. Her remarks are provided below.

National President Virginia Sikora served as Mistress of Ceremonies and welcomed the guests. Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela was the Chairperson of the event. Vice President Sharon Zago, National Director Dawn Muszynski Nelson and District I President Lidia Filus also attended. Entertainment was provided by students of the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra Music Academy. Music was by the Carl Linden String Ensemble. A raffle was conducted by Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela Vander Noot and National Director Dawn Muszynski Nelson. All proceeds from the banquet will support PWA scholarships and youth activities.

Kudos to Chairperson Antoinette Trela Vander Noot for organizing such a beautiful and successful event. Sincere thanks to everyone who attended as well as to the patrons and well-wishers who submitted donations to the program book.

 

Officers and Guests at Fundraiser, from left, Vice President Sharon Zago; Robert Maycan, Treasurer of the PACCF; National President Virginia Sikora; Father Thaddeus Dzieszko, Pastor of St. Constance Parish; National Director Dawn Nelson Muszynski; and Secretary-Treasurer and Chairperson of the Fundraiser Antoinette Trela Vander Noot.

 

From left, National President Virginia Sikora, District I President Lidia Filus, and Council 27 President Czeslawa Kolak.

 


PWA members and guests during the cocktail reception.

 

PWA officers and representatives of Polish American organizations at the banquet.

 

Students of the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra Music Academy performed on their violins. It was an inspiring and heartwarming performance.

Photos by Lidia Rozmus

 

REMARKS
Judge Aurel
ia Pucinski

 

If we were able to check the DNA of Stefania Chiemlenska, the founder of the Polish Women's Alliance, we would surely find the strong cultural link to Krolowa Jadwiga, Queen of Poland, now St. Jadwiga, often referred to as King Jadwiga, since she was the monarch of Poland from 1383 to 1399 in her own right, not as a consort.

As Europe's only female King, Jadwiga enlarged Christian Europe and sponsored the refounding of Europe's oldest European university, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. King Jadwiga was known for her kindness and piety, and for her commitment to charity work--founding and supporting hospitals. Equally important, as King of her country, she defended and promoted the dignity of her people with fierce determination.

The women of the Polish Women's Alliance have proudly and confidently carried on the traditions of our famous female King. Founded 111 years ago, the PWA has a tradition of protecting and defending the dignity of women especially, through economic security and stability, The PWA as a fraternal insurance organization provides a safety net to its members. But the PWA is much, much, more:
it has supported the traditions and culture of our Polish heritage in America. It has provided help to Poland, starting with help to the Blue Army in World War I, in its fight for Poland's freedom. The PWA supported the efforts of Poland in World War II, and raised enough money to fund a B-25 Bomber in the United States. The PWA has contributed significantly to children's hospitals in Poland. It supported the work of Madame Curie in her radium research. The women of the PWA helped to refurbish Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The PWA established a Center for Polish Studies in Chicago. It supported the work of the Polish Church to fight communism in Poland and leave it to women to figure out how to get Polonia working together: the PWA established the first Polish American Congress!!!

From King Jadwiga, through Stefania Chiemlinska, to Maria Konopnicka a freedom writer and poet,
to Irena Sender who rescued 2500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, to our own generation of Polish Women's Alliance leadership, Polish women have always provided the heart and soul of the action that is necessary to make things better for women, for children, for the nation of our heritage, and for America.Polish women, and the Polish Women's Alliance, are living proof of the Polish proverb: The ideals of her women are the strength of a nation.

 

 

PRESIDENT VIRGINIA SIKORA HONORED BY PAC WITH HERITAGE AWARD

 

PWA National President Virginia Sikora received the Heritage Award at the 13th Annual Polish American Congress - Indiana Division Heritage Awards Banquet held on Sunday, October 25, 2009, in Merrillville, Indiana. Steve H. Tokarski, President of PAC Indiana Division, presented the Heritage Award to President Sikora, in recognition of her service toward the enhancement of Polish American fraternalism. Evelyn Lisek, Vice-President of PAC Indiana Division and past President of PWA District III, presented flowers to the Honoree. Congratulations, Mrs. Sikora, on this prestigious award!

 

PAC Indiana Division President Steve Tokarski presents the Heritage Award to PWA National President Virginia Sikora.

 


PAC Indiana Division Vice President Evelyn Lisek and PWA National President Virginia Sikora at PAC Heritage Awards Banquet in Merrillville.

 


The Heritage Award presented to PWA National President Virginia Sikora at the 13th Annual Awards Banquet of the PAC Indiana Division, held on October 25, 2009, in Merrillville, Indiana.

 

 

 

STATE SEMINAR IN DISTRICT VII

 

Cleveland, OH - PWA National President Virginia Sikora and Sales Director Bo Padowski were the guests of honor at the District VII State Seminar held in Cleveland, Ohio, in October. State President Irene Honc-Jadlos and PWA members from District VII organized the event, which included luncheon, business sessions, and entertainment. The event was well attended and District VII members had a chance to learn more about PWA's latest plans and products and to ask questions of the Home Office guests during the sessions. Photos from the State Seminar follow.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE BY 2007-2008 JAGIELLONIAN WINNER

 

A Journey Home
By Addam Wawrzonek

Home to me is Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised. But the broader definition of home takes me further away across oceans. All of my ancestors trace back to Poland and my father was born there. That ancestral bond to the country calls to me and my desire to go there has been a yearning to go to the land that my family before me has always called home.

I have been afforded this opportunity twice in my young life and both times it has been through the generosity of the Polish Women's Alliance. The first time was a subsidized trip with the youth group and at fourteen my parents had to force me to go. But once there, my views of Poland and of my heritage found a deeper meaning. And then of course, the second trip was through the Jagiellonian scholarship.

My summer at Jagiellonian University in Krakow was extraordinary. On the one hand, to tell you all about it in a few words would underestimate the power of the experience. I could go on in detail about the people I met, the history and culture I learned, the museums I visited. But those events are not unique in and of themselves. They have been experienced by everyone who has visited the country as a tourist or a student.

On the other hand, there is something to be said about simply being surrounded by others who share your interest in their past and to experience the history of your ancestors firsthand. To hear the stories about the devastation of Poles in World War II and to know that my grandparents lived through it brought on unbearable emotions. To know it was they who had their farm and livestock burned to the ground, who witnessed neighbors being shot in front of their eyes to teach their village a lesson, who escaped from the jail where they themselves were waiting to board the train for a concentration camp, who lost family members as a direct result of the war…to hear all this and be standing there on the same soil, left me deeply saddened. At times I was overwhelmed.

My experience was a very personal one. I left knowing that I wanted to learn more about my history and hopefully be able to return someday to finish my Polish language studies. And I did meet friends from other states and other countries with whom I stay in touch; friends who share my love, my pain, and my heritage.

I am deeply grateful to the Polish Women's Alliance for the opportunities they have given me. I hope that every youth member is able to appreciate the benefits that this organization so graciously offers. They too share my love for a country that is oceans away.

 

 

POLISH AMERICAN DAY AT SIX FLAGS - GREAT AMERICA

 

Gurnee, IL-The Four Farternals organized Polish American Day at Six Flags - Great America on Saturday, June 6, 2009. This has become an annual event.

Alexandra Podowski, member of PWA Group 821, dressed in a Lublin costume, sang the Polish national anthem for the first time ever in the park in front of the carousel. Various fraternal Polish dance groups performed throughout the morning and early afternoon in honor of their heritage.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event and ask that you mark the first Saturday in June next year for the next group discountPolish American Day at Great America.

Contact Vice President Sharon Zago for more information on Polish American Days and discount group tickets at 847-384-1208.

Polish American Days Committee: Vice Presidents: Sharon Zago, Polish Women's Alliance of America, Paul Odrobina, Polish National Alliance, Anna Sokolowski, Polish Roman Catholic Union, and 2nd Vice President Bob Gorny, Polish Falcons



Vice President Sharon Zago and Group 821 member Alexandra Podowski in a Lublin costume at Polish American Day at Six Flags - Great America.


Show dance groups representing the Polish fraternals performed during Polish American Day.

 

 

 

20th ANNIVERSARY OF POLISH DEMOCRACY
1989 - 2009

 

 

PWA Honorary Member and US Senator from Maryland, Barbara Mikulski, sponsored a US Senate Resolution to commemorate the end of communist rule in Poland. On June 4, 1989, the Solidarity party won a large majority in the first open elections in Poland since World War II. This victory marked the end of pro-Soviet rule in Poland and inspired a succession of peaceful transitions from communism to democracy in other former Soviet Bloc nations, leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year. The Resolution in the Senate passed with wide bipartisan support. Senator Mikulski's comments follow:

 

"In the aftermath of the Second World War, the people of Poland found themselves under the oppression of a harsh communist government put in place by their Soviet occupiers." Senator Mikulski said. "They did not choose communism -- it was forced upon them. After over 40 years of struggle, in early 1989 the historic Round Table discussions were held between the communist government of Poland and representatives of the democratic opposition on a peaceful transfer of power. As a result, on June 4, 1989 the first democratic parliamentary elections in Poland were held. This date is symbolically celebrated as the fall of communism in Poland. It was on this date, many Poles say that 'Freedom was born in Poland.'

"This anniversary has special resonance for me. For 40 years, I watched the people of Poland live under brutal, communist rule. Growing up as a Polish American in East Baltimore, I learned about the burning of Warsaw at the end of the Second World War. The Germans burned Warsaw to the ground -- killing a quarter of a million people -- as Soviet troops watched from the other side of the Vistula river. I learned about the Katyn massacre - where Russia murdered more than four thousand Polish military officers and intellectuals in the Katyn Forest at the start of the Second World War.

 

"This anniversary is a great occasion for the Polish people, for the government of Poland, and the history of the relationship between the United States and Poland. It is fitting that the Senate commemorate this anniversary, that we express our admiration for the resolve that the Polish people demonstrated in the face of political oppression under communist rule, that we congratulate the people of Poland for their accomplishments in the years since the end of communist rule, and that we express our appreciation for the close friendship of between the United States and Poland."

 

 

POLISH AMERICAN NIGHT AT WHITE SOX PARK

You can watch a YouTube video clip of the first pitch of the game here:


Chicago, IL--The four Polish Fraternals -- PWA, PNA, PRCUA, and PFA -- celebrated the Fourth Annual Polish American Night at Cellular Park at a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, with approximately eight hundred tickets sold by the fraternals for this game. Chairman of this event was Vice President of PNA, Paul Odrobina.

Prior to the game, "Wesoly Lud" dance group from PRCUA performed outside the gates of Cellular Field and then on the field before the game began. Paul Odrobina threw out the first pitch to White Sox Pitcher John Danks -- a perfect strike ball!

The four Polish fraternals would like to thank the White Sox for their cooperation in continuing our Polish American Night celebrating our heritage.

We hope everyone will join us again for a great evening next year.
Four Vice Presidents Committee: Sharon Zago, Polish Women's Alliance of America; Anna Sokolowski, Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; Paul Odrobina, Polish National Alliance of America; and Robert J. Gorny, Polish Falcons of America

 



Photo shows White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzyznski (center) with PWA Vice President Sharon Zago (at left) and guests. Photo by Robert M. Jadach, PNA Public Relations.

 

 

 

ADULT BOWLING TOURNAMENT
THE FOUR FRATERNALS SQUARE OFF!

 

Chicago, IL--On Friday, June 5th, 2009, representatives from the four Polish Fraternals met for the second bowling competition at the Edison Park Inn. This event was chaired by Vice President Sharon Zago and the Four Vice Presidents Committee.

PWA's team included: Sharon Zago, Vice President, Antoinette Trela Vander Noot, Secretary-Treasurer, Dawn Nelson, National Director, and Adeline Holda, Group 661 Secretary-Treasurer.
PNA's team: Paul Odrobina, Vice President, Secretary Charles Komosa, Treasurer Marian Grabowski and National Director Ana Wierzbicki.PRCUA's team: Julie Prado, Judy Roszak, Madia Robles, and National Director Ralph Stempinski.Polish Falcons' team: Tim Kuzma, President (Pittsburgh), Patricia DelBusse (Pittsburgh), Robert Gorny, Vice President (Indiana), and Paul Sadowski, District 2 President.

We played three games and PWA was second in the first game but we lost our lead and fell into last place in games two and three. President Frank Spula from PNA dropped by for awhile to wish everyone good luck. PWA hopes to do better the next time we meet! It was all in good fun and helps maintain good relations between the fraternals for the common good of our heritage and our fraternal community.
A joint adult bowling tournament is being planned for May or June of 2010. Call Vice President Sharon Zago for further info at 1-888-522-1898, ext 208.

 

Photos show the PWA Team (from left Vice President Sharon Zago, National Director Dawn Muszynski, Group 661 Secretary-Treasurer Adeline Holda, and PWA Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela Vander Noot). Also shown is a group photo with all the participants at the tournament.

 

 

 

PWA DAY CELEBRATED IN DOYLESTOWN SHRINE


The annual "PWA Day" was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, on Sunday, August 23, 2009. Keeping up the tradition were PWA representatives from Ilinois, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Representing the Home Office, President Virginia Sikora, read the first reading. Also in attendance were Vice President Sharon Zago, coordinator of the annual pilgrimage, and Secretary-Treasurer of Group 661 Adeline Holda.
In Polish costumes were Sophie Marshall, District IX President from Connecticut, Group 280 President Jadwiga Czerwinski from Connecticut, and Group 598 Treasurer and former District X President Marion Listwan from New Jersey. She did the second reading during mass. Group 598 President Genevieve De Metro and Group 598 Vice President Judith Listwan from New Jersey. District X Connecticut brought the largest delegation this year.
From District XII Maryland were District President Therese Violanti along with President of Group 702 Catherine Gietka, Recording Secretary of Group 702, Bernadette Gietka, and Gerald Gietka of Group 702.
Officers from District XIV - Council 40 were Felicia Perlick, PWA National Director and former President of District XIV, along with Council 40 President Bernadine Regis and Council 40 Treasurer Bernadine Borinski.
PWA members carried the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa during the procession and presented the gifts during mass. President Virginia Sikora presented the annual PWA donation of $1,000 to the new Prior, Father Tadeusz Lizinczyk. The new Provincial year Father Joseph Olczak.

 

Seventeen Pauline Fathers concelebrated Mass during PWA Day at the Shrine.

 


Bernadine Regis, Council 40 President, and Theresa Violanti, District XII President, present gifts during mass.

 

Judy Listwan, Vice President of Group 598, and Sophie Marshall, District IX President, in Polish costumes, followed by Bernadine Regis, Council 40 President, present gifts during mass.

 

President Virginia Sikora presents donation to Father Lizinczyk. Adeline Holda (Group 661 Secretary-Treasurer) at left, National Director Felicia Perlick, center, Sophie Marshall (Distirct IX President) at right.

 

 


SUMMER BALL FUNDRAISER
Polish Museum of America

Chicago, IL-The Polish Museum of America held its annual Summer Ball Fundraiser on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois. Polish Women's Alliance of America was represented by Vice President Sharon Zago, who presented the annual donation to Maria Ciesla, President of PMA (also PWA member of Group 819), and Wallace Ozog, Chairman of PMA with the PMA director Jan Lorys looking on. A beautiful long stem rose was presented to major donors presenting that evening. In her remarks, Ms. Zago stated that the PWA has always been happy to cooperate with the PMA on exhibits and other matters. She also encouraged everyone to attend the current exhibit "Forgotten Beauty Polish Folk Costumes Exhibition" from June 27 to August 15, 2009 that displays the lithograph collection of Zofia Stryenska on loan from the PWA Charitable and Educational Foundation.

 

 

THE POLISH MUSEUM OF AMERICA

This is a special exhibit that will introduce you to the world of vibrant and distinctive Polish traditional folk costumes. The exhibit presents regional costumes from all across Poland in addition to work by the multifaceted Polish artist Zofia Stryjenska, who was dubbed the Princess of Polish Painting. Many of the Stryjenska lithographs in the exhibit are on loan from Polish Women's Alliance of America. Curated by Paulina Jakubiec.

The exhibition will be on display from June 27 - August 15, 2009 at the Polish Museum of America, 984 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60642-4101. Telephone: (773) 384-3352. Open Monday - Wednesday and Friday - Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

 

 

110TH ANNIVERSARY MAXIMIZER PROGRAM

We are very happy to be able to announce to our membership the 110th Anniversary Maximizer Program. Beginning in August, we will be mailing out this special offer to increase your current coverage by selecting one of two single-payment options. Best of all, there is no medical required and your certificate number will remain the same.This offer is being targeted to current members between the ages of 1 and 55 who have a paid-up insurance certificate(s). If you have more than one paid-up certificate, you will be eligible to increase your coverage under each policy. The mailing dates of this special program allow sufficient time for you to review the options being offered and to respond by sending the signed acceptance document and payment back
to our office prior to the deadline date.
For example, the August mailing was sent out to those members who were issued their
certificates in the month of October and are between the ages of 1 and 75. It was later decided that beginning with the September mailing, only the target group of ages 1 to 55 will be receiving the offer in the mail because it is most beneficial to this age group. However, if you are a current member with a paid-up certificate(s) and are between the ages of 56 and 75, you will still qualify to participate in this
offer. Please call our office for a verbal quote.
The Maximizer Program will run from August 2008 thru July 2009 and we are extremely pleased to be in a position to offer you this opportunity to increase your insurance in the easiest way possible.If you should have any questions regarding the 110th Anniversary Maximizer Program after receiving your customized offer in the mail, or if you would like a verbal quote, please do not hesitate to contact the office of the Secretary/Treasurer office for assistance. The toll free number is 888-522-1898.

 

 

 

PWA President and Secretary-Treasurer Take Part in 90th Anniversary Observances of Polish Independence in Warsaw

 

The official observances of the 90th Anniversary of the Independence of Poland were held in Warsaw on November 11, 2009. A wreath-laying ceremony with full military honors took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The President of Poland and dignitaries from around the world tool part in the observances.

WARSAW-Poland celebrated the 90th anniversary of its emergence from 123 years of foreign domination on November 11, 2008. All across Europe commemorations were held, marking the end of World War I on this day 90 years ago. For Poland, however, the day symbolized more than the end of a bloody war. It symbolized the end of 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Poland's independence, as we know, was short-lived. The Nazis and Soviets dominated the nation for many more years-from 1939 to 1989-but now at long last the nation is free!

"Today is a day of joy," President Lech Kaczynski declared in military ceremony which was held on the large square in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. He spoke after a military band played the national anthem and cannons boomed at a gathering that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the presidents ofAfghanistan, Ukraine, and Georgia, as well as thousands of Poles waving Polish flags, and representatives of Polonia from around the world.

PWA President Virigina Sikora and Secretary-TreasurerAntoinette Trela Vander Noot represented PWA at the Mass which opened the day's activities; at the military ceremony and wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier; as well as at the concert held in Teatr Wielki in the evening and at the gala reception that followed.
The next day, President Sikora and Secretary-Treasurer Trela Vander Noot visited Wspolnota Polska, where representatives of Polonia from around the world met with the new Wspolnota President Maciej Plazynski and where President Sikora addressed the assembled guests.

They also visited the Institute for Blind Children in Laski outside of Warsaw, which PWA members have generously supported over the years. It was the 104th birthday of Director Zofia Murawska who is herself blind but still a vigorous and strong leader, clearly dedicated to the children of Laski.

The official observances of the 90th Anniversary of the Independence of Poland were held in Warsaw on November 11, 2008. A wreath-laying ceremony with full military honors took place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The President of Poland and dignitaries from around the world tool part in the observances.

 

President Sikora and Secretary-Treasurer Trela Vander Noot also visited the Institute for Blind Children at Laski. It was a very special occasion as Director Zofia Murawska celebrated her 104th birthday on the day of their visit.

 

 

President Virginia Sikora Visits Poland
as Head of PAC Charitable Foundation

 

PWA President Virginia Sikora is currently serving a term as President of the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation. In that capacity, she recently traveled to Poland, together with Legal Counsel and Vice President for Financial Affairs Chris Nowotarski, to visit institutions and charities that will be beneficiaries of the Foundation in the coming year. During their five-day stay in Warsaw, President Sikora and Mr. Nowotarski visited the Institutes for the Deaf and for the Blind in Warsaw, a school for underprivileged children in Ksiazki, a small town north of Warsaw, as well as the Institute for Blind Children in Laski. They also visited with Jozef Cardinal Glemp, Primate of Poland, and with Mr. Andrzej Stelmachowski, founder and outgoing president of Wspolnota Polska. Mrs. Sikora had also planned a visit with Irena Sendler, humanitarian, World War II hero, Nobel Peace Price nominee, and Honorary Member of PWA, but Mrs. Sendler was too ill to receive visitors that day. She died on May 12th, a few days later. The PWA also has a long history of bringing aid to the children of Poland. The Dziecko Polskie Fund (Polish Children's Fund) has received donations from thousands of PWA members over the years and money from this fund has gone to support orphanages run by Polish sisters, to purchase vans for crippled children and equipment for a school bearing Maria Konopnicka's name, and to assist blind children in Laski. All PWA presidents, starting with Adela Lagodzinska, have visited Laski and supported this amazing institution, which was founded by a Franciscan sister in 1921. For over 90 years, Laski has provided a loving, supportive community for the blind of all ages, from kindergarten to high school and beyond, teaching them basic skills, foreign languages, crafts, and trades. The director of Laski is Pani Zofia Murawska, who although partially blind herself, is still going strong at age 103. Pani Marta Zielinska, one of the staff members at Laski, and some of the children welcomed the guests from the United States warmly. They presented Mrs. Sikora with a bouquet of flowers and the children sang and recited poems.The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation has already donated computers to the school in Ksiazki, and other donations will be considered after Mrs. Sikora and Mr. Nowotarski present their report to the Board. But Polish Women's Alliance also promised to help - - in their own name: the Polish Women's Alliance Charitable and Educational Foundation will donate a system of lights used to teach blind children to Laski. President. Sikora saw the lights in use in one of the classrooms during her visit and when Pani Murawska told her they needed another set for the children, she was happy to say that Polish Women's Alliance would donate it! The lights have already been ordered and are sitting in boxes in the Home Office, packaged and ready to be sent overseas. Dear Members: Contributions to the Dziecko Polskie Fund are always welcome. Please make your checks payable to the PWA Charitable and Educational Foundation and write "Dziecko Polskie" in the memo line. Please mail your checks to the PWA address at 6643 N. Northwest Hwy. 2nd Fl. Chicago, IL, 60631.

Visit with Jozef Cardinal Glemp, Primate of Poland
Visit with Mr. Stelmachowski, Wspolnota Polska
Visit with the children of Laski
Visit with the children of Laski

 

 

 

In Memory of Irena Sendler
1910-2008

Irena Sendler passed away on May 12th, 2008, in Warsaw, Poland. She was 98 years old. Irena Sendler was a true heroine who, as a young woman during World War II, saved 2,500 children from deportation and certain death by smuggling them out of the Jewish Ghetto. She was a social worker for a Catholic charity in Warsaw and was able to go in and out of the Ghetto as part of her job. She organized a clandestine organization that helped find homes for the children. Her life is a testament to the power that one individual has to make a huge difference in the world and to triumph in the face of evil. Her courage and selflessness, as well as her love and respect for others, earned her accolades and awards throughout her life, but she remained humble, always saying that she felt that she should have done more. Irena Sendler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, the same year that she was officially recognized as a national hero by the Polish parliament and the same year that she was named Honorary Member of Polish Women's Alliance of America. The resolution bestowing Honorary Membership on Sendler passed unanimously at the 35th National Convention in Cleveland. PWA President Virginia Sikora had planned to visit Mrs. Sendler during a recent trip to Poland, but she was too ill to receive visitors and died a few days later. PWA officers and members join the world in honoring the life and legacy of Irena Sendler - - hero, patriot, and humanitarian. We offer condolences to her family and friends in Poland and around the world. May she rest in peace. For additional information, visit the memorial page at www.irenasendler.org

 

 

KANSAS MEETS POLAND:
THE IRENA SENDLER PROJECT

PWA Co-Hosts Reception for Founders of Irena Sendler Project

 

Chicago, IL - As part of the Polish American Month Program at the Chicago Public Library, the PAM Committee chaired by Maria Zakrzewska invited the founding members of the Irena Sendler Project to come to Chicago to speak about their work at the main downtown branch of the library on Thursday, October 30, 2009. They also showed a video presentation of the play about Irena Sendler called "Life in a Jar." Prior to the event at the library, a reception was held for the visitors at the Polish Consulate in Chicago. Polish Women's Alliance of America was one of the hosts of the reception. The guests of honor were Megan Stewart-Felt and Norm Conard from Kansas and Kinga Szymanska from Warsaw, Irena Sendler's translator during the last two years of her life. The story behind the Irena Sender Project is truly remarkable: in 1999, four high school students (three freshmen and a junior) from rural Kansas, working on an extracurricular National History Day project, came across the story of an unknown heroine in a far away land who had saved 2,500 children during World War II. Nine years later the project continues…and it has taken the Kansas students to places they never expected. The girls knew from the start that they wanted a project that would teach them more about the Holocaust and they knew that they wanted their project to be in the form of a play. Their teacher, Mr. Conard, gave them a box of old newspaper clippings to look through, and there they found a short article on Irena Sendler. They were amazed to read that she had saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and they decided to learn more. They were even more amazed when they found out that Irena Sendler was still alive! They initiated a correspondence with her and before long had her input and support for the project. Not only did their play of Irena's life, "Life in a Jar" win national recognition, it has since been performed over 250 times all over the world, and the media attention generated by this story made Irena Sendler an internationally acclaimed heroine when she was well into her 80s, earning her a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. And it took the girls to Poland to meet Mrs. Sendler and to establish a real friendship with her. It also led to the founding of a special educational foundation in Kansas that is devoted to helping schools teach the Holocaust and to finding and documenting the lives of other unsung heroes all over the world. The four students from Uniontown High School in Uniontown, Kansas, are now all married and all have graduated from college. Megan Stewart-Felt is working at the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, Kansas. The LMC is an educational foundation developing exciting history projects around the world, using unsung heroes to teach respect of all people. Sabrina Coon-Murphy is teaching kindergarten at an elementary school in Fort Scott, and saw the birth of her first child in April of 2008. Elizabeth Cambers-Hutton is living in the Lebanon, Missouri area and has graduated from college and is married. Jessica Shelton-Ripper has graduated from Pittsburgh State University and is planning on graduate work in education, her daughter was born in August of 2007. All four are still involved with the project. As Mr. Conard, the girls' history teacher, likes to say, this is a story about four Protestant girls who discovered and brought to the world's attention the untold story a Polish Catholic woman who had saved the lives of Jewish children. To learn more about their history project:
http://www.lowellmilkencenter.org/projects.taf?page=project01
The students' web site is here:
http://www.irenasendler.org
Note: Irena Sendler was named an Honorary Member of Polish Women's Alliance of America in 2007. She died in Warsaw on May 12, 2008.
Photo caption: The photo at the top of the article shows a scene from the play about Irena Sendler's life entitled "Life in a Jar." Megan Stewart-Felt at right plays the role of Irena Sendler. The words "Tikkum Olam" in the photo mean "Repair the World" in Jewish.

 

 

 

POLISH WOMEN'S ALLIANCE OF AMERICA
CELEBRATES 110th ANNIVERSARY


OVER 200 MEMBERS AND GUESTS ATTEND GALA EVENING

 

Over 200 members, officers, and friends of Polish Women's Alliance of America gathered on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the Café La Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois, for a gala celebration of the 110th anniversary of the organization. Guests of Honor included The Right Reverend Thomas Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and The Honorable.Zygmunt Matynia, Consul General of the Republic of Poland. The guest speaker was Mr. Frank Spula, President of the Polish American Congress and of the Polish National AlliancePolish Women's Alliance was established in Chicago in 1898 as a fraternal benefit society for Polish women and their families. Its mission was to support immigrant women by helping them to achieve financial security as well as by offering them a place to meet, socialize, and organize. PWA members founded programs that helped preserve Polish culture and language for their children; they also joined the fight for women's right to vote, to pursue higher education, and to enter the professions; and they supported the cause of Poland's independence during both World Wars and during the many years of communist rule, maintaining contacts with Polish women and activists and supporting charitable and religious institutions in Poland.One hundred and ten years later, the Polish Women's Alliance is still going strong with 50,000 members across the nation, including men and boys. Its mission remains unchanged from what the founders envisioned. The organization continues to promote Polish culture and language; it offers financial services to its members and supports its youth through scholarships and other activities; it fosters leadership and good citizenship by supporting the communities in which it is active; and it continues to maintain close contacts with people and charitable institutions in PolandIn her remarks, National President Virginia Sikora stressed what an extraordinary achievement an organization founded for women by women was in 1898 - - all the more remarkable since it was started by women who were immigrants, new to this country, often poor and unskilled, seeking better lives for themselves and their families. Today's members include fifth and sixth-generation descendants of those founders, as well as newly-arrived immigrants from Poland. Today, many of our members are college-educated, they represent all walks of life from politics to medicine to education to business. But their dedication to family, faith, and their Polish heritage is very much like it was for PWA members a hundred and ten years ago.

President of Polish National Alliance Frank Spula was the guest speaker and he also addressed the extraordinary achievements of Polish women in the last century, as they fought - - and won - - the battles for greater freedoms for themselves, more opportunities for their families, and independence for the nation of their ancestors.

The Chairperson of the Anniversary Gala was National Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela Vander Noot. The Mistress of Ceremonies was former National Director of PWA from the state of Massachusetts Jennie Starzyk Benton. The invocation was offered by Bishop Thomas Paprocki. The siniging of the national Anthems was led by Former District III State President Evelyn Lisek. The toast was offered by Honorary President Helen V. Wojcik. Awards to "Fraternalists of Distinction," chosen by members from PWA Districts, were presented by National Vice President Sharon Zago. The closing prayer was said by Monsignor Walter Ziemba. A raffle was also held. Proceeds from the event will be donated to PWA's general scholarship fund as well as to the PWA National Scholarship Endowment Fund. Music was provided by the Carl Linden Orchestra.

The following "Fraternalists of Distinction" were honored at the Banquet. Sincere congratulations all of these members for their many years of service to Polish Women's Alliance of America.

District I Regina Solms
District II Sophie Emery
District III Josephine Kras
District VI Diane Reeve
District VII Irene Honc-Jadlos
District VIII Jennie Starzyk Benton
District IX Jadwiga Czerwinska
District X Marion Listwan
District XI Mary Kurtz
District XII Therese Violanti
District XIV Bertha Kuckla

Chairperson of the Anniversary Banquet was Secretary Treasurer Antoinette Trela Vander Noot, pictured here with the Mistress of Ceremonies Jennie Starzyk Benton from Massachusetts and National President Virginia Sikora.
National President of PWA Virginia Sikora with Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago Thomas Paprocki at the 110th Anniversary Banquet.

National President of PWA Virginia Sikora (second from right) with special guests at the 110th Anniversary Banquet of PWA, from left, President of PNA Frank Spula, Monsignor Walter Ziemba of Orchard Lake, and Consul General of the Republic of Poland Zygmunt Matynia and his wife Bozenna.

PWA Executive Officers at the 110th Anniversary Banquet, seated, from left: Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela Vander Noot, National President Virginia Sikora, Honorary President Helen V. Wojcik, and Vice President Sharon Zago. Standing, National Directors Helen Simmons, Dawn Muszynski Nelson, Marcia Mackiewicz Duffy, and Felicia Perlick.

 

District Presidents at the 110th Anniversary Banquet.

Members of the Youth Committee, Monica Moriarty, Daniel Sasula, Ryan Thompson, Ann Miklas, and Ambrose Kucharski, with District XIII President Alicia Van Laar at the Banquet.

 

 

 

At the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA

50th Anniversary Year

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

 

 

PWA AWARDED HERITAGE GRANT

 

PWA has been allocated $3,260 through the Heritage Preservation CAP Program in Washington, DC

to hire a professional conservator to assess our artifacts and library collections.

The assessment will be a “blueprint” for conserving these PWA artifacts, film/sound recordings,

wood artifacts and furniture, metalwork/metal sculpture, historic objects, library/archival materials, photographic materials, stone artifacts and sculpture, textiles and costume, and valuable treasures

such as the original letter to PWA from Madame Curie.

Vice President Sharon Zago and Treasurer Barbara Miller will work together on this project

to ensure its completion.

Our acceptance of the 2007 Heritage Grant and The Conservation Assessment Program

is the first step in obtaining additional funding to begin the actual preservation work. It is a

great privilege to continue the work set forth by our dedicated PWA forebearers. Let’s strive to

leave our PWA legacy to our PWA children, our leaders of tomorrow.

 

"WARSAW RISING" Video Available at PWA Home Office

 

Komitet Oswiaty has obtained the DVD and VHS versions of the "Warsaw Rising" documentary and it is now available with a selection of poetry inspired by the War to be used at your District, Council, and Group meetings. A deposit is necessary to use the film. To reserve the film or to obtain the poetry, please contact the office of the Vice President at 888-522-1898 Ext. 1208. A sample poem from the collection follows.

The Girl Scout - Harcerka

When she was dying in the hospital
she told her girlfriends she was ashamed
-after all there was a war on, she was a soldier-
she really was ashamed but could she ask
she really had never been to a party
after she died could they dress her up in the dress with lace.

When she died they dressed her in that dress
and all four came to attention by her bed
and stood there for an hour. Anna Swirszczynska

 

 

Our Address!

Polish Women's Alliance of America
6643 N. Northwest Hwy., Chicago, Illinois, 60631

The phone number will remain 1-888-522-1898.
E-mail addresses will remain unchanged.

 

Our phone numbers are the same but please note NEW extensions!!

Please note that after our move, the main telephone numbers have remained the same, but the extensions are now a little different. The number "1" has been dropped from the extensions. Please keep a copy of the extensions listed below for your use.


These main numbers are unchanged:

Main Number 847-384-1200
Toll-free Number 888-522-1898
Fax number 847-384-1494
Web site www.pwaa.org


If you would like to reach someone in the office and you know your party's extension, you can dial the extension number right after you hear the "Welcome to the PWA" message.

If you do not know your party's extension but know the name of the person you are calling, then right after the welcome message you should press the pound sign (#) and enter the first 4 letters of the person's last name and you will be connected with that person.
If you are calling to take care of one of the following business matters, please dial the extensions as listed below

New membership and sales Bo Padowski 228 or press 1
Billing & cash withdrawals Teresa Makowski 218 or press 2
Loans or death claims Barbara Ciepiela 227 or press 3
Accounting Wladzia Bula 216 or press 4
For the address and business hours information press 6
For all other inquires Grace Dubowski 226 or press 7


In addition to the above choices you can also contact the following offices by dialing the extension right after the welcome message:

President, Virginia Sikora 201
Vice President, Sharon Zago 208
Secretary-Treasurer, Antoinette Trela-Vander Noot 206
Accounting, Wladzia Bula 216
Office Manager, Maryla Folmer 220
General inquires, Grace Dubowski 226
Secretary to President Sikora 201
Secretary to National Secretary 210
Editorial Office, Glos Polek 217

If the person at the selected telephone extension is not able to answer the telephone within 4 rings, you should leave a voice mail message, clearly stating your name and telephone number and someone will call you back as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 


Komitet Oswiaty Is Looking to Add PWA History Books to Community Library Collections Nationwide
- Please join in the effort -

 

Komitet Oswiaty has recently taken on the project of finding homes for our cherished PWA history. Available in English is the recently published history book about our organization entitled In the Ideals of Women is the Strength of a Nation, published in 2003 by Donald and Angela Pienkos, ISBN 0880335300, Library of Congress Control Number 2003107565.

We also have copies of previously written history books available in the Polish language. Volume II of the History of Polish Women's Alliance of America covers the years 1939-1959. It was written by former editor Maria Lorys and published in 1980. Volume III published in 1981 was written by former National President Helena Zielinska, spanning the years 1959-1981.

If you are involved in your community library or know of a community library that could use these books in their public circulation, please contact Vice President Sharon Zago at 1-888-522-1898 Ext. 1208.

Let's all work together to share our rich history with as many community libraries as possible!

 


 

PWA PRESENTS ARCHIVES TO THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY
and is Recognized by Polish Geneaological
Society with the "Wigilia" Medal

 

Speakers at the Luncheon included, from left Director Rosalie Lindberg of the Polish Genealogical Society of America, author and Newberry Associate Grace Du Mehl, PWA President Virginia Sikora, Jack Simpson of the Newberry Library, PWA Treasurer Barbara Miller, and "Glos Polek" Editor Mary Piergies.

 

Chicago, IL-On Thursday, September 7, 2006, a special celebration took place at the prestigious Newberry Library of Chicago, one of the largest private libraries in the country. The PWA had donated a significant portion of its archives to the library's Local and Family History Department earlier in the year, and the luncheon marked the official presentation of PWA archives to the Newberry Library.


During the move from the large home office in Park Ridge to smaller quarters in Chicago, the need for a suitable space for PWA records became very clear. The records needed to be stored and preserved correctly, as well as catalogued and made accessible to the public, especially to scholars and historians. The Polish Genealogical Society of America provided assistance in this project and PWA gratefully acknowledges their support. In addition, PWA was advised by Mr. David A. Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives.
After months of effort and deliberation, the Newberry Library in Chicago was selected as the repository for the Polish Women's Alliance records. The Library provides excellent storage, together with professional restoration and preservation services, and their collections are available to researchers and scholars of local and family history from all over the world.


The celebration began with words of welcome to the assembled guests from PWA Treasurer Barbara Miller, who was the chairperson of this event. Her remarks were followed by a short history of Polish Women's Alliance and how the organization started, over 100 years ago in Chicago, by Editor of "Glos Polek" Mary Piergies. President Virginia Sikora then delivered her remarks and officially presented the PWA archives to Mr. Jack Simpson, Curator of the Family and Local History Department at the New-berry. She also gave him a copy of a photograph taken at the very first National Convention of the PWA.


Mr. Simpson thanked the PWA for the historic donation and said that the work on the records would begin shortly. All the insurance applications would be catalogued and filed in acid-free folders and the other records would also be preserved and stored. He asked for Polish-speaking volunteers in the coming year to help with some of the translations. The PWA records should be available to the public in about a year's time.
The next speaker was Rosalie Lindberg, Director of the Polish Genealogical Society who commended the PWA on making this donation which will make family research so much easier for the thousands of Polish Americans who are interested in discovering their family roots. The PGSA was holding its convention in the Chicago area and its officers and many members were present at the luncheon.


The final speaker was Grace DuMelle, an author and associate at the Newberry. She stressed how significant the PWA archives were because women's histories are very hard to research. Women did not vote or own property or graduate from schools in significant numbers or even become US citizens in their own names, so up to the 1930s there is very little primary source material available about their lives. The PWA records will provide a wealth of information about women, their families, and their lives for a period in our nation's history when very little specific historic information is on the record. The Newberry Library and all its staff were clearly very excited at the PWA donation. A tour of the Library concluded the event.

 


 

PWA IS RECOGNIZED WITH THE WIGILIA AWARD

 

PWA Treasurer Barbara Miller accepts the Wigilia Award from PGSA President Mr. Edmund Iwanski.

In recognition of PWA's donation of its archives to a public institution where they will be more accessible to family historians, the Polish Geneaological Society of America presented the "Wigilia Award" to the PWA during a special luncheon held on Saturday, September 9, 2006,
in Schaumburg, IL. The medal and award letter are posted here, www.pwaa.org/Polish_GeneaologicalSociety_Of_America.htm. The luncheon included a colorful performance by the PNA Folk Dancers. The Polish Genealogical Society was founded in 1978 and its mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate information on Polish and Polish American history.

 

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