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A Christmas Luncheon and Fundraiser, hosted by Council 27, was held at the PWA Home Office in Chicago on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Over 50 people gathered to support our collaboration with the Women & Leadership Archives at Loyola University Chicago (WLA) on preserving PWA archives donated to the university in the past year. Secretary-Treasurer of PWA Antoinette Trela and Council 27 President Bo Padowski welcomed the guests. Nancy Freeman, Director of WLA, and Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola, were presenters and they explained how Loyola will be working with PWA and conservation experts on preserving the documents and photos that were donated to them by PWA and on making them accessible to students and scholars from around the world. Donations for the project were presented to Nancy Freeman and Bozena Nowicka McLees, and proceeds from Sunday’s event will also be channeled to Loyola for their work on PWA archives.

A musical performance by Farid Ishnikayaev, violinist, and a presentation by Glos Polek editor Mary Piergies about Polish Christmas Traditions completed the program. A Holiday Gift Table with books, calendars, and Christmas ornaments was also available to the guests. Three raffles were held (a Cash Raffle, a Book Raffle, and a Jewelry Raffle) to raise more funds for this worthwhile cause.

Special thanks to all donors and organizers who contributed support to our event as well as to those who donated raffle prizes: Council 27, Group 211, Group 693, Antoinette (Trela) and John Schoen, Bo Padowski, Mary Derwinski, Maryla Folmer, Barbara Mirecki, Mary Piergies, Donna Urbikas, and D&Z House of Books.

Photos below taken by Ryszard Makowski.


PWA Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela (center) presented donations for the PWA Archives Preservation Project
to Nancy Freeman, Director of WLA (at left) and Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola

From left, Barbara Miller, Mary Derwinski, and Antoinette Trela


From left, Iwona Puc-Piechocka, Teresa Makowski, Helena Martinez, Mary Piergies, and Michal Niemkiewicz


From left, Barbara Mirecki, Antoinette Trela, Farid Ishkinyaev, Bo Padowski, and Mary Piergies

Violinist Farid Ishkinyaev performed three classical compositions and a medley of Christmas carols

Barbara Mirecki of Group 693 at the Holiday Gift Table

A warm buffet luncheon catered by Red Apple Restaurant was served

Guests at the PWA Christmas Luncheon and Fundraiser

Michal Niemkiewicz and Magdalena Hornik

Nancy Freeman, Director of WLA, during her presentation


Special thanks to all donors and organizers who contributed support to our event as well as to those who donated raffle prizes: Council 27, Group 211, Group 693, Antoinette (Trela) and John Schoen, Bo Padowski, Mary Derwinski, Maryla Folmer, Barbara Mirecki, Mary Piergies, Donna Urbikas, and D&Z House of Books.

To make a contribution in support of the PWA Archives Preservation Project at Loyola University WLA, please download the donation form here.

Photos: Ryszard Makowski





Chicago, IL—On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Council 27 hosted a Polish American Heritage Luncheon and Poetry Event, combined with the observance of the 100th anniversary of Group 211, and the presentation of the Remkus Sochacki Academic Scholarships for 2016-2017. The event was held at the Copernicus Center, King’s Hall. Over 70 people were in attendance.

The event started with a welcome by Council 27 President Bo Padowski, followed by Group 211 President Camille Kopielski and PWA Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela speaking about the centennial of Group 211 and presenting 50-year and 25-year memberships pins to PWA members at the event. Then, Mr. Thomas Sochacki presented two academic scholarships for 2016-2017 to two outstanding Polish-American scholars: Joseph Brozek of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and Victoria Klimuk of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Joseph and his parents were present, and Joseph read his winning essay to the assembled guests. Victoria could not attend, but you can see video of her reading her essay and Joseph reading his on our website at: http://pwaa.org/scholarships.htm Congratulations to both Victoria and Joseph! We wish them well in their academic endeavors.

After the buffet luncheon, the heritage part of the program was presented by Group 693 Vice President Barbara Mirecki. She spoke about Polish and Polish American women poets who are so often overlooked in discussions and anthologies of Polish poets. The newly published anthology of Polish and Polish American women poets “Scattering the Dark,” edited by Professor Karen Kovacik, was the introductory tool to the presentation, giving an overview not only of contemporary Polish women poets, but of Polish poetry and its dominant position in the world of international literature. From Nobel Prize laureates Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska to contemporary poets writing in Poland and around the globe, Polish poetry has long been considered one of the major literatures of the world. Two Polish American poets were present, Joanna Kurowska and Lidia Rozmus, and they spoke about their work and recited some of their poems and signed their books at the Book Table. Special guests were Nancy Freeman, Director of the Women & Leadership Archives of the Gannon Library of Loyola University and Mary Therese Tylus of FCSLA.

A Book Raffle and a Split-the-Pot Raffle were held and a Book Table offered a selection of poetry volumes and other books in Polish and English. Thanks to everyone who supported our event and to Groups 211 and 693, John and Antoinette (Trela) Schoen, Barbara Mirecki, Donna Urbikas, and D&Z House of Books for their contributions.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Kim Sochacki (at right) with Joseph Brozek and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Margaret Brozek (at left) after the Remkus Sochacki Scholarship presentation.



Authors signing their books at the Book Table, seated from left, Lidia Rozmus, Joanna Kurowska, and Donna Urbikas. Standing from left, Anna Wodecka and presenter Barbara Mirecki.





Chicago, IL—The 100th Anniversary of PWA Group 211 was observed on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Copernicus Center during the Council 27 Polish American Heritage Month Luncheon. The Group was established on August 17, 1915, in Chicago and is one of the oldest active PWA Groups today. The founding members were Zofia Jankiewicz (who was elected the first president of the Group), Stanislawa Peplawska, Jadwiga Czajczynska, and Viktoria Zych. At the time of its establishment, the Group had 19 members. Today, Group 211 has grown to a membership of 535.

At the time of the Group’s founding, World War I was raging in Europe and the first mission of the newly established Group was to bring aid to Poland in this difficult time. Group members agreed to pay extra monthly dues to fight hunger in war-torn Poland and they also organized clothing drives, sending packages of coats and other apparel to needy families. After the war ended, Group 211 continued to offer aid and support to veterans coming home from the battlefront, as well as to Polish-American veterans of the Blue Army who had fought in France under the command of General Józef Haller.

In 1921, Maria Sklodowska Curie visited Chicago and Group 211 members were among the first to respond to her appeal for the funds she needed to continue her groundbreaking research, and they assumed her name for their Group. Members made a donation to Curie’s Radiological Institute in Paris in 1921 and again in 1929.

During World War II, when Poland was devastated during the brutal Nazi and Soviet occupations, Group 211 members once again responded by increasing their monthly dues and preparing aid packages that were sent to Polish POWs. After the war ended, the needs of the Polish nation under communist rule continued, and Group 211 members made donations to Polish orphanages, convents, displaced Polish pilots living in England, the Red Cross, the newly founded Polish American Congress, veterans, and cancer research. These charitable activities were in keeping with the overall mission of Polish Women’s Alliance of America to support Poland in its decades-long quest for freedom and independence, with a special focus on the needs of children, families, and veterans.

The Group’s dedication to helping others resulted in a constantly growing membership as Polish American women were attracted to an organization that not only supported women’s equal rights and financial independence, but was also committed to helping those in need, both in Poland and in the U.S. The Group was also dedicated to educating new generations of Polish Americans by supporting PWA youth activities—including dance and language classes, debutante balls, youth conventions, scholarships, and travel to Poland. This focus on our youth continues today, since they are the future of Polish Women’s Alliance of America—and of Group 211 as it looks ahead to the next 100 years!

Membership pins and silk scarves were presented to members at the event who have belonged to PWA for 25 and 50 years or more by Secretary Treasurer of PWA Antoinette Trela, Council 27 President Bo Padowski, and Group 211 President Camille Kopielski. 50-year-plus members honored: Evelyn Lisek, Delphine Lytell, Nancy Workman, Lillian Cook, Leona Mueller, Dorothy Polus, Antoinette Trela, Thomas Sochacki, Jennifer Mueller, Barbara Kopala, Cynthia Mueller, Theresa Haerle, Barbara Mirecki, Mary Piergies, and Harriet Wleklinski. 25-year-plus members honored: Emilia Lis, Arlene Wlodarek, Barbara Demos, Maryla Folmer, Gaylord Workman, Florence Hokenson, and Teresa Makowski.


PWA membership pins and scarves were presented to 50-year-plus members


PWA membership pins and scarves were presented to 25-year-plus members





This year’s Patron’s Day observance in District I was hosted by Council 13, and held on Friday, August 26, 2016, which was the actual feastday of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland and Patroness of Polish Women’s Alliance of America. Mass was held at Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission in Willow Springs, Illinois. The church is administered by the Cistercian Fathers and is the location of the Diocesan Shrine of Saint John Paul II. There is a relic of John Paul inside the church and an amazing statue of him on the grounds behind the church. In addition, the church also has relics of two other Polish saints, Maximillian Kolbe and Faustyna Kowalska, which were shown to us by Father Michael Blicharski who also celebrated the Mass. This was followed by a delicious luncheon at the historic Willowbrook Ballroom. PWA Secretary Treasurer Antoinette Trela and Council 13 President Barbara Miller addressed the guests and Father Ludwig Conrad spoke about the history of the Mission Church and about the history of the Cistercian Order. A raffle was held and all guests received a PWA scarf as a souvenir of this special day. Many thanks to Council 13 for organizing the event and to the PWA members and guests who supported it. This is an annual observance held in District I, devoted to our PWA Patroness, with Mass and prayers being offered for all PWA members, both living and deceased.




A Gift for the Holidays
Pierogi Love – these are not your
grandmother’s pierogi!



Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food by Casey Barber (2015) is, indeed, a new take on Polish dumplings. We have made or eaten pierogi with a range of stuffings including meat, cheese, vegetables, and fruit, though the repertoire in most households is commonly limited from eight to ten varieties. Barber presents over 60 recipes of savory and sweet fillings! We could have different pierogi for every week of the year!

Casey Barber is a freelance food writer, photographer, and editor of the critically acclaimed website Good. Food. Stories. She writes for food magazines and has published several cookbooks. She holds a masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Originally from Pennsylvania, Barber now resides in New Jersey.

The book begins with chapters demonstrating all aspects of making pierogi from required equipment, ingredients, assembling, and storing to tips on making varieties of dough and methods of cooking. Recipes include all the classic favorites, but also introduce fillings inspired by other cultures. For example, there is the American-inspired Reuben filling (corned beef and sauerkraut), a falafel (chickpea) filling, crab Rangoon, and one with the children’s favorite spread, Nutella. The recipes push the boundaries of pierogi (fig and goat cheese!) bringing wonderful twists on the classics. The recipes are accompanied by notes written with humor and insight on how the author devised them and what prompted her to combine certain flavors.

The book, a heartfelt and tasty tribute to one of Poland’s favorites foods, presents a familiar wrapping and stuffs it with a host of innovative and decidedly non-traditional fillings, alongside the classics. It is a special treat for pierogi lovers as well as for those seeking introduction to the versatile world of dumplings.

The book is available for purchase from Amazon.com or http://polishhouseofbooks.com. Please send your comments and let us know your favorite recipes from the book by sending an email to pwaa@pwaa.org with “Pierogi Love” in the subject line. We will be happy to post them on our website. Please also let us know if you have other recipes for pierogi not covered in this book. It seems that there is no limit to what can be stuffed into pierogi dough!





Our Christmas Fundriasier this year is once again the Anawim Shelter for Homeless Women in Chicago. The Shelter serves Polish immigrant women who are struggling with addiction and homelessness and gives them temporary assistance and a place to live as they work on getting back to independent lives. 

Let's help the Anawim Shelter reach its goal of $5000 by donating to Go-Fund-Me at the link below -- and their ultimate goal -- which is a fully renovated residence for homeless women by donating generously this holiday season.







Our. Notable Polish Americans column will profile women and men of accomplished achievements – both PWA members as well as non-members – who contribute to the richness of the American experience. To initiate our column, we introduce you to two Polish Americans of note – a TV journalist and a symphony conductor.

Mika Brzezinski is a journalist, writer, and health care advocate. A dynamic cohost with Joe Scarborough of the influential weekday MSNBC news commentary broadcast “Morning Joe,” she protests trivial journalism and stands for “hard news” as opposed to “entertainment news.” Her memoir “All Things At Once” became a New York Times best seller in January 2010. Her second book “Knowing Your Value,” which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached No. 1 on The New York Times best-sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Her most recent book “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own” debuted on the best-sellers list in spring 2013. Brzezinski also writes “Getting What You Want” for Cosmopolitan, a monthly column about career confidence and empowerment, and has played herself in several cameo appearances on television programs.

Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She reported live from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Brzezinski moderates panels discussing women and the economy, health challenges, wage equality, and marriage issues. She has appeared at the White House Correspondents Dinner and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Brzezinski has been honored for illuminating the power that women wield in public life. Health challenges are of primary interest; she supports breast cancer research and AmeriCares.

A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Polish-born foreign policy expert and former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter Zbigniew Brzezinski and the sculptor Emilie Brzezinski. She lives in New York with her two daughters.

Piotr Gajewski is the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. A committed arts educator, Maestro Gajewski is the muscle behind the National Philharmonic’s groundbreaking “All Kids, All Free, All The Time” initiative, as well as the creation of summer institutes for young string players and singers, master classes with esteemed visiting artists, and a concerto competition for high-school students.



Born in Poland, Piotr Gajewski began studying piano at age four. After immigrating to the United States in 1969, he continued his studies at the New England Conservatory, Carleton College, and the University of Cincinnati, where he earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in Orchestral Conducting.

Maestro Gajewski is one of a select group of American conductors equally at home in nearly all musical genres. He has conducted many important world premieres. He is a recipient of prestigious awards, among them a prize at New York’s Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and, in 2006, Montgomery County’s Comcast Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Achievement Award. In 2013, the President of Poland bestowed him with Poland’s Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit. A true Renaissance man, when away from music Gajewski continues to play competitive soccer, holds a law degree and a license to practice law in two states, and from 2007-2011 served on his hometown (Rockville, Maryland) City Council.




KRAKOW, JULY 26 - 31, 2016


Krakow's World Youth Days 2016 are scheduled from Tuesday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 31st. Pope Francis will arrive in Krakow on Wednesday, July 27th. There are plans for four mass-audience events with the Holy Father. Youth Day delegates will welcome Pope Francis in the afternoon of Thursday, July 28th, on the Krakow Blonie common, a five-minute walk west from the Old Town historic center. A Way of the Cross will take place on Friday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m. A prayer vigil will be held on Saturday, July 30th, starting at 7:30 p.m. Finally, Pope Francis will celebrate an open-air Mass on Sunday, July 31st. The last two events will take place in the Brzegi area of Wieliczka, just outside of the Krakow city limits, which will be able to accommodate millions of pilgrims.

The 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow is to be the second such event held in Poland. The previous one took place in Czestochowa in 1991 with Pope John Paul II attending. Over 1.5 million participants from all over the world gathered together that summer, and an even greater number of young people are expected to descend on Krakow in 2016 to meet the Holy Father here and pray with him.

The organizers have already reserved all students dormitories in Krakow for 2016 WYD participants, but many will need to find other lodgings so it is crucial to book accommodations in Krakow as soon as possible, if you are planning to attend. Millions of people of all ages are expected in Krakow this summer to take part in WYD and to see the Pontiff.

Pope Francis will also travel to Czestochowa to participate in observances celebrating the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Christianity, and to Auschwitz to meet with survivors of the infamous Nazi concentration camp.

The motto of the 2016 World Youth Days in Krakow is “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” one of the eight beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.


World Youth Days 2016 will take place in Kraków, Poland, from Tuesday, July 26, to Sunday, July 31, 2016. The schedule of central events at WYD 2016 will follow the traditional pattern as previous World Youth Days. Pope Francis will attend and take part in the celebrities. The Pontiff will also attend ceremonies marking the 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland and he will visit the Shrine of Our Lady in Czestochowa and meet with survivors of the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz.

• Tuesday, July 26: Opening Mass with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków
• Thursday, July 28: Welcome Ceremony for the Holy Father, Pope Francis
• Friday, July 29: Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) with Pope Francis
• Saturday, July 30: Evening Vigil with Pope Francis
• Sunday, July 31: Concluding Mass with Pope Francis

The organizers hope that 2016 will be an opportunity for pilgrims to discover the origins of World Youth Day, as Kraków was the place where Karol Wojtila was formed, inspired, and called to serve Christ and the Church as a young person himself. As Cardinal Dziwisz said to the WYD delegates and organizers from around the world who gathered in Rome this spring, "To truly know a poet, one must visit that poet's homeland. To truly know St. John Paul II and World Youth Day, one must come to Kraków."

Registration for WYD 2016 is now open. Group leaders should go to www.krakow2016.com/en/
to begin the registration process for their groups.






On April 14, 966 AD, a year after his marriage to the Christian Princess Dobrawa of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans tribe, Mieszko I, was baptized and converted to Christianity. This event is considered to be the founding of the Polish nation and marks the entry of Poland into the community of Western European Christian states.

As with most high-ranking marriages at the time, Mieszko’s was a political alliance, and the baptism was a political, rather than a spiritual, conversion. Some two years before his baptism, Mieszko began negotiations with the Bohemian ruler, Boleslav I the Cruel. Those negotiations resulted in Mieszko marrying Boleslav’s daughter, Dobrawa, sometime in 965. Because she was Christian, Mieszko was to be baptized, as part of the marriage agreement. This act would bring his state closer to the Bohemians, decrease the likelihood of attacks from German forces invading under the pretense of bringing Christianity to pagan nations, and neutralize the power of Poland’s influential pagan priests, who were blocking Mieszko’s efforts to centralize Polish rule. Though the exact date is unknown, it is believed that Mieszko was baptized on or around 14 April 966, which would have been Easter Monday of that year.

In accepting Christian baptism, Mieszko effectively baptized the entire Polish nation. The consequences were considerable. Poland entered the community of Western European Latin-rite Christian states. He did this not only for spiritual and moral reasons, but for political and national security ones. The Holy Roman Empire–-as well as any other Christian country in Europe-–theoretically had the right to attack Poland under pretext of bringing Christianity to the Poles. By accepting Christianity, Mieszko neutralized that threat. Though the pagan priest caste in Poland organized many rebellions, and it was centuries before the majority of Poles followed suit and converted, Mieszko’s baptism invited the spread of Latin culture and literacy into Poland, moving the allegiance of the country towards the West (Europe), rather than the East (Russia), and this had enormous consequences throughout the history of Poland and determined its place in Europe over the last one thousand years. The Christianization of Poland restructured the state’s power elite, downgrading traditional tribal elders and pagan priests and upgrading incoming clergy who helped education, culture, and diplomacy to flourish in Poland, and placed it firmly in the sphere of Western European culture, traditions, and politics.

By the 13th century, Roman Catholicism became the dominant religion in Poland, although it did take over 200 years to accomplish this goal and to diminish pagan influences in the culture. Today, Poland continues to be a majority Catholic country and Poles celebrate the day that Christianity was introduced to the nation with many religious, cultural, and political observances.

During this 1050th anniversary year, many concerts, exhibitions, rallies, and religious observances are planned throughout Poland, with a visit by Pope Francis scheduled for late July, where he will participate in Krakow’s World Youth Days from July 26th to July 31st. The Pontiff will arrive in Poland on July 27th. In the U.S., the major event will be held at the Orchard Lake Schools in Michigan on June 22nd. Many other Polish American organizations, institutions, and parishes are planning observances and celebrations as well. Please let us know if your District, Council, or Group is organizing an event to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism and nationhood.

Mieszko I - Prince of Poland
and his wife Princess Dobrawa


Mieszko I (ca. 940 – May 25, 992) was the ruler of the Slavic Polans tribe from about 960 AD until his death. A member of the Piast dynasty, Mieszko became the first Christian ruler of Poland and is considered the de facto creator of the Polish state. He continued the policies of his father and grandfather, who were rulers of the pagan tribes located in the area of present-day Greater Poland (Wielkopolska). Both through alliances and through the use of military force, Mieszko extended Polish conquests and, early in his reign, subjugated Kujawy, Gdansk, Pomorze, and Mazowsze and made them part of the Polish state. For most of his reign, Mieszko was involved in warfare for the control of Western Pomerania (Zachodnie Pomorze), eventually conquering it up to the vicinity of the lower Oder River. During the last years of his life, he fought the Bohemian state, winning Silesia (Slask) and Lesser Poland (Malopolska).

Mieszko’s marriage in 965 to the Bohemian princess Dobrawa and his baptism in 966 put him and his country firmly in the cultural sphere of Western Christianity. Apart from the great conquests accomplished during his reign (which proved to be fundamental for the future of Poland), Mieszko was also renowned for his internal reforms. On his death in 992, he left to his son, Boleslaw Chrobry, the first crowned king of Poland, a country with greatly expanded territories and a well-established position in Europe.






President of Poland Andrzej Duda and Maria Mirecka Lorys


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Maria Mirecka Lorys who celebrated her 100th birthday on February 7, 2016, in Nisko, Poland. Mrs. Lorys, a longtime member and officer of Group 693 and a former officer of Council 27, also served as the Polish
editor of Glos Polek for over 30 years. She retired a few years ago, moving from Chicago to her family’s home in Raclawice in southeastern Poland. Her health is excellent and she continues to write and travel and she actively supports many charitable causes, both in Poland and in the U.S. Over 130 guests gathered to celebrate her birthday on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at a reception in Nisko. Her daughter Ewa Regulski with husband Michal, and her son Jan Lorys with wife Carleen were present, as was Group 693 President Grazyna Migala. Before the reception a Mass was held, concelebrated by 12 priests as well as the Bishop of the Diocese of Sandomierz, Krzysztof Nitkiewicz.

On Friday, February 12, 2016, Mrs. Lorys was honored at an awards ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, where the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda presented her with the Polonia Restituta medal and lauded her for her many achievements — from her work as a young woman in the Polish Underground during World War II to her support of Poland during the years of communist rule to her current charitable work for Polish families living in the Ukraine. He said that her life exemplifies courage, dedication, selflessness, and patriotism. We send our sincere congratulations to Mrs. Lorys and wish her much health and happiness in many more years to come. Szczesc Boze!

You can see a video of the presentation ceremony here:




Work is steadily progressing on the interior and exterior renovations for the Anawim Women’s Shelter (a 501 ( c ) 3 Not For Profit) located in the Humboldt Park area in Chicago, IL, thanks to the ongoing support from the Polish-American community and other generous individuals and businesses here in Illinois and beyond.

Most of the labor, including the architect, general contractor, tradesmen, and other workers have pledged their services pro bono. In addition, residents of the Anawim Men’s Shelter located on the grounds of Holy Trinity Mission Church, also in Chicago, are providing their labor, in appreciation for the assistance and shelter that they have been given, in their time of need.

Currently, the plumbing is being put into place so that the cement can be poured for the lower level floor, after which all electrical and HVAC work will be completed. Beams are being put into place on all three levels, after which insulation and dry wall will be installed. New windows that were purchased at a greatly reduced price, due to a generous donation are being delivered in the coming weeks. While there is still much work ahead, the progress being made on a weekly basis brings this much-needed project closer to becoming a reality. Completion is anticipated by mid-2016.

Part of the criteria for being considered a resident of the shelter is that the women must be actively participating in a substance-abuse program, or have successfully completed a program, but now need help and/or a safe place to stay while they get back on their feet. As with the men’s shelter, those who are able to hold down either part-time or full-time work must contribute something back to Anawim. Those who are not able to work are assigned duties within the shelter, including rotations of cooking, cleaning, and other duties. Everyone is expected to give back in some way for the help they receive.

The PWA Charitable & Educational Foundation is again proud to offer our support to the Anawim Women’s Shelter project this holiday season, but we need your help. Earlier this year, through the generous donations made to the PWA Charitable & Educational Foundation – Anawim Project, we presented Teresa Mirabella, President of the Anawim with a check in the amount of $ 5000. This Christmas season, we would like to surpass that amount.

We ask for your generosity to assist those less fortunate within Polonia. Donations to the PWA Charitable & Educational Foundation (a 501 ( c ) 3 Not For Profit) are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you are able to participate in this fundraiser, please click on the link below, download and print the donation form, and return to us with your check. Thank You and God Bless You!

Click here to download Donation Form






The drawing of the winning tickets in the PWA Charitable & Educational Foundation National Raffle took place on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, in Franklin, WI, during a luncheon following the PWA Memorial Mass held at St. Josaphat’s Basilica in Milwaukee, WI. National President Delphine Huneycutt drew the winning tickets, assisted by District VI President Diane Reeve and Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela. Sincere thanks to all who supported
our National Raffle. Bóg zaplac!




Lucky Second Prize winner Tom Rasmussen of Wisconsin was present at the luncheon and drawing. In photo, from left, National President Delphine Huneycutt, Tom Rasmussen, District VI President Diane Reeve,
and National Secretary-Treasurer Antoinette Trela. Congratulations, Tom!!



Explore your Polish heritage
with these beautiful booklets!


An important part of the mission of Polish Women’s Alliance of America is to preserve our Polish language, culture, and heritage — and we have been doing that for over 116 years. Recently, we published seven booklets in the PWA Polish Heritage Series that we are happy and proud to offer for sale to you now. The booklets will be a welcome addition to your family library and will also make great gifts for family and friends. You can purchase the set of seven booklets for $20, including postage. As more booklets are published, you will be able to order them individually for $3/each plus postage.

Set of seven booklets includes:

• Christmas in Poland
• Easter in Poland
• Poland’s Nobel Prize Laureates
• Famous Polish Women
• Poland’s Historic Cities
• History of Polish Women’s Alliance of America
• Polish Composers

• Coming Soon: Polish Traditions: A Journey through the Calendar Year

Please download the order form at the link below and mail to:

Polish Women’s Alliance, 6643 N. Northwest Hwy, 2 FL,
Chicago, IL, 60631

Or you can send an email with your order to secretarytreasurer@pwaa.org.
Please add “Heritage Series” to the subject line.

Make checks payable to Polish Women’s Alliance of America.

Or you can call 888-522-1898 to order by phone and pay by credit card.






Many PWA members carry on the culinary traditions and recreate favorite family recipes passed down from their mothers
and grandmothers. Here are two such recipes, from two beloved babcias.


A New Take on an Old Recipe

Sharon Milewski of Group 267, District XIV, Eastern Pennsylvania, was recently featured on the front page of the Scranton Times Lifestyles section. She had won the weekly “Local Flavors” contest with an updated version of her grandmother’s zucchini bread recipe. Sharon was lecturer in the Science Department at the University of Tennessee for many years, until she decided to moved back to Pennsylvania where she bought a farm in Susquehanna County. She raises chickens, sheep, and goats (all of which have names), so the recipe features goat milk as well as goat cheese. Of course, the zucchini is also grown and harvested on Sharon’s farm. Sharon is an environmental toxicologist and she continues to teach science at Luzerne County Community College, but her sustainable farm and growing healthy, organic food are now her passions.

Sharon found the original recipe in her mother’s recipe book many years ago. It came from her grandmother, Rose Chmielewski, who died when Sharon was 4. Sharon knows that her grandparents raised goats, so she thinks that her grandmother may well have used goat milk and goat cheese in the recipe. Sharon substituted molasses for brown sugar in her version of the recipe below. Photo shows Sharon with her goat, Sitka. You will find a link to the entire article below.

Sharon’s Molasses Zucchini Bread

Ingredients: 1/2 cup goat milk, 1 teaspoon chèvre goat cheese, 2 cups grated zucchini, 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon wheat germ, 2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum-free), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, pinch of allspice, 4 tablespoons melted butter, 2/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, 2 eggs

Directions: Combine milk, cheese, and zucchini. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients. Melt butter, then add molasses when butter is warm. Add the eggs and sugar to butter mixture, then combine zucchini mixture and butter mixture. Add dry ingredients to the zucchini-butter mixture, stirring by hand only to combine ingredients—do not overstir. Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.

Click here to read article from the Scranton Times.

A Tried and True Recipe for Pierogi Dough


Marta Mirecki of Group 693, District I, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition program, about pierogi, and how she makes them from a recipe passed down from her grandmother, Stanislawa Mirecki, longtime member and officer of Group 693, who passed away in 2004. Marta, a graduate of Northwestern University, a former US Navy officer, and a culinary school graduate is now a personal chef (see her website at www.TinyHouseChef.com), as well as a wife and mother of two young children, living in Washington D.C. Marta also teaches cooking classes, and her pierogi class is one of the most popular at Hills Kitchen in D.C.

Stuffed dumplings are featured in the cuisines of many nations, but the Polish version is among the most delicious. The secret is in the dough, which needs to be thin and light, but strong enough to hold hearty fillings like potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, or ground meat. Marta remembers how her grandmother never measured the ingredients—she used her eyes and hands to know when the dough was just right and if it needed more flour or water. Her daughters and granddaughters would watch her place the ingredients on the counter, and then scoop them back into a measuring cup to see how much of each ingredient Babcia had used; her pierogi dough recipe follows. Marta says that pierogi taste best when stuffed with memories—the secret ingredient! Recipes for fillings, more tips on making pierogi, and a link to Marta’s NPR interview are below.

Babcia Mirecka’s Pierogi Dough

Ingredients: 2 cups sifted flour, plus extra for dusting and kneading; 1 egg; 1/2 to 2/3 cup lukewarm water; 1 tsp salt

Directions: Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Beat egg lightly and mix into flour with a spatula. Add water, starting with 1/2 cup, adding more drops as needed. Once the dough comes together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for a few turns; add flour as needed. Form the dough into a ball. Smush the ball down with your palm pushing away from you, then reform the ball and continue smushing down on it. Add flour a little at a time as needed, and use your dough scraper to loosen the dough from the work surface if it starts to stick. If at any time the dough gets too springy, cover it with a cloth and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Continue kneading until the dough is even and smooth. Roll the dough as thinly as you like with a rolling pin. Flour the rolling pin, dough, and work surface just enough to keep everything from sticking. Cut the dough into rounds using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Stuff with filling and seal well. Cover pierogi with a cloth to prevent them from drying out before cooking.

Click here to hear Marta's NPR interview, get tips on making pierogi, and find recipes for fillings.




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