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Dear PWA Members and Friends

As National President of First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, I would like to welcome all of you into our fraternal family! We are excited to start working with you to provide financial security to all our members and serve our communities throughout the United States.

I firmly believe that by joining hands, we not only celebrate our common heritage, but also reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of community, service, and generosity that unite us and are such an important part of both our histories.

Our society was founded in 1892 by a group of visionary immigrant women, much like the PWA was, and our mission today is to provide financial security to our members, while embracing our Catholic values and Slavic traditions. Our vision is to be a premier fraternal benefit society that offers quality financial products and benefits. We are licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

We are strong, both fraternally and financially, and are happy to now work with you to strengthen the security of all our members and to improve our communities through fraternalism and service. Let me welcome you warmly, and let us join hands as we go forward together!

I wish you and your family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving,
a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year
filled with God’s blessings.

Cynthia Maleski
National President





Dear PWA Members and Friends


It is with much enthusiasm that I am able to inform you that the merger of Polish Women’s Alliance of America (PWA) into the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA) was finalized on July 1, 2017. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship of shared values and goals.

Our dedicated and loyal membership is now an integral part of one of the largest fraternal benefit societies in the United States, with proven financial strength and stability, and an attractive portfolio of insurance and annuity products.

PWA Groups and Councils will continue to operate autonomously from a fraternal standpoint. Please continue to plan your fraternal activities and community outreach as you have in the past. This being the season of giving, please consider making a donation to the Anawim Women’s Shelter Project or to the PWA Archives Preservation Project at Loyola University. Use the donation form at this link to make a contribution to this worthy cause.

We share with FCSLA a similar history and a deep commitment to fraternalism, community, service, and Catholic values, as well as the preservation of our ethnic heritage. We thank the FCSLA for their warm welcome and look forward with confidence to the future!

With best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, a Blessed and Joyous Christmas,
and a Happy and Peaceful New Year from everyone at
the Home Office. Wesolych Swiat!


Antoinette Trela
Acting Chief Operating Officer





Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

--- Marie Sklodowska Curie

2017 has been declared the Year of Marie Sklodowska Curie, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the famous scientist’s and double Nobel Prize laureate’s birth in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867. A lecture, fundraiser, and reception were held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Klarcheck Information Commons on Loyola’s North Shore campus. The event was part of Loyola’s “Focus on the Book” series and was sponsored by Loyola University Chicago Libraries, the Loyola Women and Leadership Archives (WLA), the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program at Loyola, the Newberry Library, and Polish Women’s Alliance of America.

The guest speaker was Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita of the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her presentation “Marie Sklodowska Curie: Piecing Together the Historical Puzzle” Dr. Pycior spoke about her decades-long fascination with and pursuit of Curie archives, both in the U.S. and Europe. Curie visited the U.S. In 1921 and 1929, meeting with PWA members both times; she was named an Honorary Member of PWA during the first visit.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the PWA Archives Preservation Project at WLA. PWA has been fundraising for the project for almost a year now, and was proud to present a check for $10,000 to the WLA from a private donation; more funds were raised at the event through a book and cash raffle. And Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program at Loyola, spoke about her efforts to obtain additional funding from the Polish government for this conservation project.

A reception with wine bar followed –– there were even two special “radioactive” cocktails prepared for the event, called “Polonium” and “Radium” after the two elements discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. Over 120 persons attended the lecture and reception.



From left, David Spadafora, President, Newberry Library; Marianne Ryan, Dean, Loyola University Chicago Libraries; Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director, Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program at Loyola; Dr. Helena Pycior, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Antoinette Trela, Acting Chief Operating Officer, PWA; Nancy Freeman, Director, Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola; and Vice Consul Piotr Semeniuk from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.




Check presentation from anonymous PWA donor to WLA for the PWA Archives Preservation Project.
From left Bozena Nowicka McLees, Antoinette Trela, and Nancy Freeman.


From left, “Glos Polek” editor Mary Piergies, Antoinette Trela, and FCSLA National Director Jeanette Palanca


The event was well attended by both students and guests.


Dr. Helena Pycior and Vice Consul Piotr Semeniuk


Two special “radioactive” cocktails were prepared for the event, called “Polonium” and “Radium”
after the two elements discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie.





Renovations of the building that will be the future home of the Anawim Women’s Shelter are progressing nicely. The building is located on Division Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Most of the fixtures, including plumbing, electrical, and HVAC have been installed, and construction to rebuild the interior walls and floors is in progress. A new roof had to be installed last year, due to unforeseen weather damage. New windows for the entire building were generously donated. Much of the labor is being provided either gratis or at greatly reduced rates by skilled contractors from the Polish-American community and beyond, with the assistance of those residents of the Anawim Men’s Shelter who are physically able to help.

Because this project relies on donations from individuals and organizations and not government grants, progress in making it a habitable future home for those in transition, who have gone through either alcohol or substance abuse programs, cannot move as quickly as conventionally funded projects. Financial support has come in from as far away as California, from individuals who heard about the project from friends and family here in Chicago and via our website.

As with the men’s shelter, the women’s shelter will serve mainly Polish-born individuals with very limited options and limited use of the English language, who are seeking assistance at a critical time in their lives. The estimated timeframe for completion is summer 2018, when the doors will be opened to welcome up to 10 women as the first of many guests to come. Teresa Mirabella is the President of the Anawim and her background as a psychiatric nurse, coupled with her deep faith in God, boundless energy, and compassion have served to turn around the lives of hundreds of men. Now, with the establishment of the women’s shelter, many more lives will be touched, by providing a safe, nurturing, and spiritual atmosphere as the foundation for recovery and the reemergence of residents as productive members of society.

During this season of giving, please consider making a donation to this truly worthwhile project. Every dollar collected goes directly to serving those less fortunate. Please download the Donation Form here.


The future chapel at the Anawim Women’s Shelter, with a glass block cross cut into the brick wall, will provide a quiet space for prayer and meditation.





Maria Mirecka Lorys, longtime member of Group 693 Chicago and former Polish editor of Glos Polek, was honored at the IX Film Festival of The Forgotten Soldier (IX Festival Filmowy NNW) held in Gdynia, September 27–30, 2017. The Festival showcased films that document the struggle for Poland’s freedom in the years between 1939 and 1989, when many Polish citizens risked their lives to resist the Nazi occupation of their homeland during WWII, as well as during the communist regime that followed. In addition to awarding film prizes, the Festival honored individuals who were among the ranks of the Forgotten Soldiers who fought for Poland’s freedom, silently and in the background, risking imprisonment or death. Mrs. Lorys was honored with the Doors to Freedom award (Drzwi do Wolnosci) for her work in the Polish Underground during WWII, as well as her support of Poland’s independence for over 50 years while living in the U.S. Mrs. Lorys, who is 101 years old, was a beloved presence at the Festival, as many young people were fascinated by her stories. She currently lives in Poland, where she recently published the second volume of her memoirs, Przedewszystkim Polska (Above All Poland), available in Polish from the store at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.




The Polish Embassy in Washington observed the 200th anniversary of the death of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko on Sunday, October 15, 2017, with a wreath laying ceremony at the Kosciuszko Monument in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. This was the actual date of the General’s death in Switzerland in 1817 at the age of 71. The wreath laying was the official close of the Year of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, as observed in the United States and Poland. The American Revolutionary War Hero was honored by many organizations in anniversary events held in both countries as a true patriot and supporter of democracy and freedom. Present at the ceremony were representatives of the Embassy, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish American Congress, and the Polish National Alliance, which had spearheaded the fundraising efforts over a hundred years ago to erect the monument to Kosciuszko in our nation’s capital. In photo, Glos Polek editor Mary Piergies with West Point cadets from the Kosciuszko Squadron who were delegated to represent their unit at the ceremony. Many of the cadets were of Polish American descent and one was an exchange student from Poland.




Dominic A. Pacyga is an eminent cultural historian of international stature. He is professor of history in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. He is the 2014 Mieczyslaw Haiman Award recipient honoring exceptional and sustained contribution to the study of Polish-Americans.

Born in 1949 in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, Pacyga worked as a livestock handler and security guard in the Union Stock Yards while in college. Both his immigrant grandparents and American-born mother worked in the packing houses. He attended De La Salle Institute and did undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois, Chicago, receiving a Ph.D. in history in 1981.

His background and experience make him a preeminent authority not only on the immigrant experience, but also on the history of Chicago’s meat industry. He has authored, or co-authored, six books concerning Chicago’s history—its neighborhoods, businesses, and cultural milieus. His latest book is Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Union Stock Yard and the World It Made (2015). He is co-author of Chicago’s Southeast Side in the celebrated “Images of America” series and compiled what is perhaps his most ambitious project, a comprehensive history of the entire city, Chicago: A Biography (2009). Pacyga has lectured on topics covering urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations. He appears on national and local television and radio programs, as well as university and foundation panels as the prominent scholar and commentator about the history of Polish and European emigrants, not only in America but in European countries, as well. He has worked with various museums on a variety of public history projects; he also works with neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to maintain and exhibit their histories. Dominic Pacyga is a stellar example of a person who cherishes his heritage and strives to preserve it in the
annals of history.


Martha Stewart hardly needs introduction: she is a media mogul and life style guru, best known for her television show and magazine, Martha Stewart Living. You can find her full biography on internet sites and in her many books on cooking, entertaining, and decorating. We feature this purveyor of style as a Notable Polish American since her success is 100% American and her origins are 100% Polish—all four of her grandparents were Ellis Island–era immigrants from southeastern Poland and both parents were Poles. This heritage has been the foundation for her sensibilities about hospitality and cooking. Stewart’s mother taught her how to cook and sew. She learned the processes of canning and preserving when she visited her grandparents’ home in Buffalo, NY. Her father had a passion for gardening and passed this knowledge to his daughter. Grounded in a strong self-reliance ethic, Stewart built a world-class brand through her superior aesthetic sense and ability to present herself as an embodiment of simple elegance.

Born in New Jersey, she was the second of six children of Edward Kostyra (pharmaceutical salesman) and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra (elementary school teacher). Her mother was an important influence in her approach to gracious living, exemplified by traditional Polish attention to a beautifully set table and cordiality toward guests. Martha often featured her mother’s recipes in her cookbooks and Mrs. Kostyra occasionally appeared with her daughter in the TV studio kitchen, presenting her version of borscht or pierogi or cabbage rolls.

Stewart is the recipient of many local and national awards, including several Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Programming. Polish organizations acknowledge her promotion of Polish traditions; she has traveled to Poland to sample its cuisine and experience local customs. Polish at heart, Martha Stewart embodies what we draw on as inspiration from our heritage.





The feast day of Our Lady of Czestochowa falls on August 26th in the church calendar, and this year the District I Patron’s Day observance was held on that very day. PWA members and guests gathered at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Calumet City on Saturday morning, August 26, 2017, for a Mass dedicated to PWA members, both living and deceased. This is an annual event in District I that is always well attended. Different Councils in District I take turns hosting the event and this year it was Council 19’s turn and Dorothy Polus, Council President, and her committee prepared an inspiring and welcoming celebration for all in attendance.

Following Mass, a luncheon was held at Steve’s Lounge in Chicago, where members and guests could socialize and catch up with friends. A raffle was held to benefit the Women’s Eleemosynary Foundation and Council 19 for future projects. We were very happy to welcome representatives from the FCSLA at this event. See photo caption below for names of the FCSLA Chicago District guests.

Front row from left: Acting District 1 President Lidia Filus, Acting District 3 President Evelyn Lisek, Council 19 President Dorothy Polus, and Council 21 President Diane Svitko. Back row: Council 9 President Laura Pawlowski; Group 821 President James Kolak; FCSLA Chicago District Financial Secretary Jarmila Hlubocky; Group 821 Vice President Czeslawa Kolak; FCSLA Chicago District President Lorraine Gibas; FCSLA Chicago District Treasurer Gary Ledvora; FCSLA Chicago District Past President Joe Ledvora; FCSLA Chicago District Vice President Fay Hlubocky; Council 27 President Bo Padowski; FCSLA National Director Jeanette Palanca; Council 13 President Barbara Miller; FCSLA Past National Vice President Rosemary Mlinarich, and Acting PWA Chief Operating Officer Antoinette Trela.













Ewa Kuligowska-Noble, MD, FACR, is a professor of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine and a radiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is the recipient of the 2010 Marie Sklodowska Curie Award from the American Association for Women Radiologists. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of radiology. “This award holds a special meaning for me as Marie Curie has always been a professional role model and a guardian angel in my life,” said Kuligowska. “Particularly during difficult times, her perseverance gave me the confidence to pursue my goals and overcome obstacles in my career and in my life.”

Kuligowska, who was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, earned her medical degree from Warsaw Medical School. She also completed her residency in diagnostic radiology in 1970 at Warsaw Medical School. In 1972, Kuligowska emigrated to the United States and completed a second residency in diagnostic radiology at Temple University in Philadelphia, followed by a fellowship in body imaging. She passed the American Board of Radiology examination in 1978 and moved to Boston to join the radiology department at BUSM in July of the same year.

Over the course of her career, Kuligowska‘s contributions have included developing and promoting ultrasound guided abdominal and pelvic biopsies and drainages using novel transrectal, transvaginal and abdominal approaches. She also has focused on ultrasound applications for the diagnosis and management of gynecologic disorders. She has mentored many young radiologists throughout her career, encouraging students, junior faculty and others to develop and pursue their academic careers while balancing their family and professional lives. She has written an article titled “Marie Sklodowska Curie: Inspirational Role Model and Mother of Science.”



Joanna Mirecki Millunchick is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She was recently appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at Michigan Engineering.

Educated at DePaul University, Chicago (B.S. in Physics) and Northwestern University, Evanston (Ph.D. in Material Science), Mirecki Millunchick has distinguished herself as a tireless proponent of sophisticated instructional technologies, an innovator in curriculum development, and a committed educator. She continually seeks new ways to enhance student learning and shares her techniques and findings with colleagues university- and nationwide.

Since joining the faculty in 1997, Mirecki Millunchick has explored ways to incorporate technology into lectures and coursework in new ways. Recently, she examined the use of screencasts, web-based lecture recordings, audio discussions and solution sets for homework, as well as videos explaining conceptually difficult topics. Her research also found that students from underrepresented groups and those with majors least similar to materials science are the most frequent users of screencasts.

Professor Mirecki Millunchick has developed Physics of Materials (MSE 242) and Materials Science of Thin Films (MSE 505). She has led The Engineering Profession (ENGR 110) for the past five years, and she earns consistently high evaluation scores. She takes time to train graduate student instructors in pedagogical issues and treats them as potential faculty. She also leads a College committee on instructional technology, focused on how students learn and how to design technologies to support them.

The work of Professor Mirecki Millunchick draws national attention and she presents at conferences throughout America and other countries. She has to her credit over 100 publications in scientific journals. She is a lifelong member of PWA Group 693, Chicago.



Helena M. Pycior is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is both a historian and a mathematician, with an MA in Mathematics and a PhD in History, both from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her research encompasses the history of human-animal relations; history of race, gender, and science in the United States; and intellectual and cultural history. Her wide range of scholarly publications include the historically framed article “Beyond the Symbol of the Woman Scientist: Marie Sklodowska Curie from the stand points of Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.” Polish Review, 57.2 (2012): 69-104. The article addresses applied science, motherhood, working women, civic ceremonies, honors, U.S. Presidents, all in the context of Curie’s activities and life.

Professor Pycior appeared in the 2013 documentary “The Genius of Marie Curie - the Woman Who Lit Up the World” directed by Gideon Bradshaw, which is an ideal introduction to Curie’s work and why it is so enduringly significant.

Professor Pycior will be the keynote speaker at an anniversary event at Loyola University Chicago honoring Marie Sklodowska Curie which will be held on Thursday evening, October 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Pycior's presentation will be followed by light refreshments and a complimentary wine bar. Admission is free but reservations are required. Click here to download the flyer with information on how to join us for this interesting evening celebrating women in science.



Marie Sklodowska Curie Remembered

Universities, schools, and science centers all around the world are named after Marie Sklodowska Curie; awards are given bearing her name. She has appeared on postage stamps and the currency of several nations, is depicted in painting and sculpture, and is the subject of fiction and non-fiction books (including her own autobiography), countless articles and doctoral theses, as well as plays, films, and television series. For the centennial year 2011 of the receipt of Curie’s second Nobel Prize, Elzbieta Sikora (b.1943) composed the opera “Madame Curie,” which received its world premiere in Paris, and has been performed in Poland and China.

A list of books and films by and about Sklodowska Curie selected for our PWA Book Club members is presented below.



Pierre Curie: With Autobiographical Notes by Marie Curie by Marie Curie. Marie offers a memorable portrait of her equally famous husband and lab partner, Pierre. A scientific biography as well as an intimate memoir, this unique narrative by Curie herself recaptures the atmosphere of their great collaboration.


Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie and Vincent Sheean, 1937; 2001. This biography/memoir by written by Marie’s daughter Eve won the National Book Award in 1937.


Marie Curie: A Life by Susan Quinn, 1995

Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith, 2005

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss, 2010. Illustrated by the author; the cover glows in the dark!

Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family by Shelly Emling, 2013


Madame Curie by Eileen Bigland, 1957; 2010

DK Biography: Marie Curie by Vicki Cobb, 2008

Who Was Marie Curie? by Megan Stine, 2014


Marie Curie (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara, 2017


1943: Madame Curie – Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon;
directed by Mervyn LeRoy


1997: Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye – Kate Trotter;
directed by Richard Mozer

2013: The Genius of Marie Curie – the Woman Who Lit Up
the World, BBC documentary directed by Gideon Bradshaw

2016: Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge
Karolina Gruszka, Charles Berling; directed by Marie Noelle



2012: Madame Curie – opera by Elzbieta Sikora, libretto
by Agata Miklaszewska; DVD (DUX) Baltic Opera, Gdansk,
Poland; Anna Mikolajczyk, soprano




- Celebrating Women's Ethnic Voices -


Chicago, IL-On Sunday, May 21, 2017, PWA Council 27 held a Spring Luncheon Fundraiser and World Press Freedom Day observance at Lone Tree Manor in Niles, IL. A panel discussion with women journalists from local media outlets and fraternal organizations was followed by a family-style luncheon and a raffle to benefit the PWA Archives Preservation Project at Loyola University. There was also a Book Table offering books by journalists and other Polish and Polish American authors and poets for purchase.



The panelists included, from left in photo above: Lucyna Migala, Program Director at Radio WCEV 1490AM Chicago; Alicja Otap, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief at Dziennik Zwiazkowy; Magda Marczewska, News Director at Radio WPNA 1460AM Chicago; Geraldine Balut Coleman, Chicago Bureau Chief and Associate Editor of Polish American Journal; Lidia Kowalewicz, Executive Editor of Narod Polski; Lidia Rozmus, Polish Editor of Glos Polek; and Mary Mirecki Piergies, English Editor of Glos Polekand moderator of the panel discussion.



Special guests, above from left: Barbara Mirecki, Vice President of Group 693 and Book Table host; Bo Padowksi, Council 27 President; Jeanette Palanca, National Director of FCSLA; Mary Piergies, English Editor of Glos Polek;
and Antoinette Trela, Secretary-Treasurer of PWA.

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day was established in 1993 to recognize and promote the importance of a free and pluralistic press in democratic societies. This mission is even more important today, as assaults on press freedoms in many countries around the world continue to escalate, and, even in the U.S. the tradition of a vigilant and free press is now often maligned as "fake news" when it criticizes those in positions of power. Today's event was meant to recognize the importance of a free press and an ethnic press in our everyday lives. And to recognize the many women who now hold leadership positions in our Polish-American news outlets.

Proceeds from today's event will support the PWA Archives Preservation Project at the Women and Leadership Archives (WLA) at Loyola University Chicago. The goal of the Project is the preservation of back issues of the G?os Polek and other important documents of Polish Women's Alliance of America. Preserving (and digitizing) the history of this ground-breaking women's organization that is almost 120 years old, is both a challenge and a mission for the WLA that is worthy of our support, so that future generations of scholars and researchers will have access to the history of PWA, one of the largest and oldest women's organizations in the U.S.

Thanks to everyone who came and supported our event and the PWA Archives Preservation Project!



Part of an International study with Jagiellonian University

We are studying Polish American women's health and need you!



The Clancy Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is part of an international study on women’s health with Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Our goal is to understand some of the things that affect menstrual cycles, reproduction, and bone health. For this project we will be looking at hormones, physical activity levels, diet, and genetic markers in women in Polish and Polish American women.

One of the largest groups of Polish people outside of Poland can be found in Chicago and other Illinois communities. We are looking for Polish American women (you were born in the U.S., but your parent(s) or grandparent(s) were born in Poland) aged 18-45, in good health, not using hormonal birth control, non-smoking, and not pregnant or nursing. If this is you, please consider being a part of our study!

Please take our recruitment survey here: bitly.com/StoLat2

If you join this research project, we will give you a t-shirt! Once you complete the study, we will provide you with a $70 gift card as a token of appreciation for your participation.

If you have any questions, you can contact Mary Rogers or Katie Lee, the graduate students in charge of the project (email: rogers10@illinois.edu or kmlee6@illinois.edu) or their advisor Dr. Kate Clancy at the University of Illinois (email: kclancy@illinois.edu). Thank you!




PWA Secretary Treasurer Antoinette Trela was recently interviewed about the PWA Archives Preservation Project and the history of PWA on radio station WCEV in Chicago. The interview was conducted by Lucyna Migala on Mosaic, a program about subjects of interest to ethnic Americans. You can listen to the interesting and informative interview at the link below.


Antoinette Trela

Lucyna Migala






Many PWA records and archives have been donated to the Women's Leadership Archives (WLA) at Loyola University Chicago in recent years. Now, funds are needed to translate and preserve these old documents for future generations of researchers and scholars. Please support this important work of preserving our history and our legacy by donating to the Preservation Project.

You can download a Donation Form here and mail it in to PWA with your check. Donor names
will be listed in the Glos Polek. Or you can donate directly to the Go-Fund-Me campaign at this link:https://www.gofundme.com/pwa-archives-preservation-project

Below are the Donors who made contributions through February 15, 2017.

Thank you! Bog zaplac!



PATRONS (over $500)
Mr. & Mrs. J. (Trela) Schoen, PWA Gr. 211 IL
Connie & Jean Trela, PWA Gr. 211 IL

BENEFACTORS ($100 to $500)
Barbara Mirecki, PWA Group 693 - D1 IL
PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Bozena McLees IL
PWA Council 13, Barbara Miller, President – D1 IL
PWA Council 27 - D1 IL
In Memory of J.W. Schoen Jr. IL
PWA Group 752 of Los Angeles, CA - D13
PWA Group 426, Barbara Miller, President - D1 IL
Jane Kurtz & Paul O'Hanlon, PWA Group 579 - D11 NE
PWA Group 689 - D10 NJ
PWA Group 743, Helen V. Wojcik, President - D1 IL
PWA Group 423 - D1 IL
Regina Jablonski, PWA Group 87 - D7 OH
PWA Group 451 - D5 MI
PWA Group 114 - D1 IL

FRIENDS (under $100)
WladyslawaMutafchiev, PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Kathleen Pine, PWA Group 31 - D1 IL
JaninaPiotrowski, PWA Group 43 - D1 IL
Margaret Zalewski IL
Katie Dermont IL
Karen Kielar, PWA Group 211 - D1 IL
Barbara Ameen, PWA Group 776 - D8 MA
PWA Council 15 - D10 NJ
Lucy Petkowski, PWA Group 128 - D3 IN
In Memory of Helen R. Fabiszak, Trustee PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
In Memory of Catherine Mazon, PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
David & Lucille Fabiszak& Family, PWA Gr. 763 - D12 MD
Lidia Rozmus, PWA Group 822 - D1 IL
Irene M. Lestage - Trustee PWA Council 28 - D8 MA
Irene M. Lestage - Vice President PWA Gr. 776 - D8 MA
Louise Golda, President PWA Council 15 - D10 NJ







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.






Continuing our series highlighting achievements and contributions of Polish Americans, we focus on two women who have distinguished themselves in service to our country in the political arena -- a senator and a congresswoman. PWA member and US Senator Barbara Mikulski just retired after serving for 30 years. Both she and Representative Marcy Kaptur hold the records for the longest serving women in Congress — and both of them are proud Polish Americans!



Barbara Mikulski served five terms as Senator from Maryland from 1987 until her retirement at the end of the 114th Congress in January 2017. She was the highest-ranking and longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate. A PWA member since childhood, she was raised in a Polish neighborhood in East Baltimore, where she learned the values of hard work, neighbor helping neighbor, and heartfelt patriotism. Determined to make a difference in her community, Mikulski became a social worker, helping at-risk children and educating seniors about the Medicare program. Social work evolved into community activism into dynamic politics, when she served on the Baltimore City Council in 1971; in 1976 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

She never changed her view that all politics and policy are local, and that her job is to serve the people in their day-to-day needs. She was the force behind the first legislation enacted by President Obama in 2010, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensures that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work.

Alongside her distinguished political activity, Senator Mikulski shares what she learned in the corridors of power in the form of novels about a woman senator whose activist ways win her fans at home but endear few in the back rooms of Capitol Hill.

Barbara Mikulski was awarded Honorary Membership in the PWA in 1998, the year of the 100th anniversary of the organization. In 2012, when NASA discovered an exploding star, they named it "Supernova Mikulski" in her honor. In 2013, then President of Poland Bronis?awKomorowski honored Mikulski with a Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of PoloniaRestituta for "outstanding achievements in the development of Polish-American cooperation and activity for Poles living in the United States". In November 2015, Mikulski was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

We congratulate Senator Mikulski on her many years of service and wish her all the best for her retirement.

Marcy Kaptur, who represents Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, is currently serving her 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the longest serving and senior-most woman in the House.

Congresswoman Kaptur, a native of Toledo and of Polish-American heritage with working-class roots, mirrors the bootstrap nature of her district. Activism ran in her family -her mother served on the organizing committee of an auto trade union at the Champion Spark Plug Company-and Kaptur had been a well-known Democratic party activist and volunteer since age 13. After earning a master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, she ran for the House seat in 1982 and won in an against-all-odds election. She quickly rose to prominence, serving on numerous significant Congressional committees, often as the first woman in their ranks. In 1996, Kaptur was asked by Reform Party candidate Ross Perot to be his vice-presidential running mate; she declined.

Dedicated to the principle that fiscal responsibility begins in "one's own backyard," Kaptur has consistently returned money to the federal Treasury. She refuses to accept congressional pay raises and donates them to offset the federal deficit and to charitable causes in her home community.

Among many honors bestowed, Kaptur received the Director's Award from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for her commitment to increased understanding and appreciation of the peoples and cultures of Eurasia, Russia, and East Europe. She was named the National Mental Health Association's "Legislator of the Year" for championing mental health, and received the 2002 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Kaptur was also the keynote speaker at the PWA National Convention held in Cleveland in 2007.

Kaptur is the author of a book, Women in Congress: A Twentieth Century Odyssey, which was published by Congressional Quarterly.
in 1996.




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.




Are you sure you are getting the best discounts
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PWA is happy to offer members and friends this FREE resource that will save families up to 75% on the cost of prescription medications -- the RxCut Pharmacy Savings Card.

The RxCut Pharmacy Savings Card is FREE with NO enrollment, activation, or expiration. There are over 54,000 participating pharmacies across the U.S, and Puerto Rico, including all major chains.

It is simple and easy to use. All you have to do is download, print, and cut out the card and keep it in your wallet or purse for easy access. The Rx Cut card guarantees that you will receive the lowest possible price at the pharmacy, whether it's your insurance co-pay, the pharmacy cash price, or the RxCut Plus discounted rate.

Once you have your card, follow these easy steps to make sure you are receiving the best possible price at the pharmacy
for your prescription drugs:

  • Visit www.rxcut.com/PWA and click on "Find the lowest price" to price your medication using the Internet, or
  • Call the Customer Service line at 1-800-808-1213 and have them find the lowest price for you, then
  • Present your RxCut card at the pharmacy with your prescription.




Stay healthy! Read our Healthy Living Column here.





Help Support PWA Every Time You Make a Purchase
at Your Favorite Store or Restaurant

Every time you pay for a purchase with a Gift Card at one of the participating retailers or restaurants, you will earn money for Polish Women's Alliance and support our fraternal and charitable work. We know that many or our members and friends shop at the businesses that are part of the program every day for gifts, groceries, books, toys, clothes, and household items. Or you can use Gift Cards as the perfect birthday, graduation or other gift.

Please consider supporting us every time you shop or eat out!

You can order Gift Cards online or by sending in an Order Form and check. Gift Cards will be mailed out once a month, on or about the 22nd, so your Order Forms need to reach us by the 15th of the month. Please allow 5 business days for your order and check to arrive at PWA. See link below to download Order Forms.

Or you can order your Gift Cards online at www.shopwithscrip.com
You will need to create an account and enter PWA's enrollment code 4ABBLL873219L.

Here are just some of the participating vendors.



By paying for your purchase at the retailers or restaurants listed above with a Gift Card, you can raise money for PWA and its many charitable and educational programs, each time you make a purchase. You can order your Gift Cards either by using the Order Form at the download link below, printing it out, and mailing it in to PWA with a check, or you can go to to order your Gift Cards online at www.shopwithscrip.com . You will need to create an account and enter PWA's enrollment code 4ABBLL873219L.

Order Forms sent in by mail should arrive at the PWA Home Office by the 15th of each month.
Gift Cards will be mailed once a month, on or around the 22nd.

You will find more details and a list of participating vendors on the Order Form.
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you are helping raise funds for PWA!







Support our PWA members in college!
Support out PWA Scholarship Programs!
Send in a dollar (or more) to help our young members
reach their dreams and achieve their goals.

National President Delphine Hunneycutt is making a special appeal to all PWA members,
and to past PWA Scholarship Recipients in particular, to support our college-bound members
in their quest for academic success.

Our youth is our future. Download the coupon below to send in
your donations.









If you would be willing to become a mentor for a PWA member who is currently in high school or college and who might be interested in pursuing your profession or line of work, please join our Directory. The Directory will be posted online at www.pwaa.org.

Please send an email to secretarytreasurer@pwaa.org with the following information:

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It is a program where the members can go to purchase ink and toner at a 10-40% savings and 10% of what the members purchase goes back to PWAA.




Recently the New Jersey Department of Insurance approved a new regulation, which may apply to you. If you are New Jersey resident senior citizen (age 62 or older) insured by a life certificate or annuity contract with us, Polish Women's Alliance of America, you have a right to designate a third party to receive a copy of any notice of cancellation, nonrenewal, conditional renewal and lapse. The Notification form number PWA/N/TP/02 has to be filled out, if you decide to designate the third party to your life insurance certificate or an annuity contract.
The third party must consent to appointment by signing the designation notice. The third party may terminate the designation by written notice to you and us. You may terminate or change the third party by written notice to us.
The Department's requires that the third party election must be returned by certified mail with return receipt requested.


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