AN OVERNIGHT AT THE FIELD MUSEUM
IL-The sixth annual Dozin' with Dinos at the Field Musuem, organized
by the four Polish Fraternals, was once again well supported
by our members and their families. The participants got to enjoy
an evening of workshops, scientific illustrations, bedtime stories
by Sue the Dinosaur, as well as some museum exploring on their
own. The Dinosauria team was also present, showing real dinosaur
bones and presenting a slide show to the participants. Snacks
were served in the evening followed by breakfast in the morning.
The program was well-planned and everything was covered in this
popular fundraiser. A good time was had by all!
RECIPIENTS OF JAGIELLONIAN
SUMMER PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS
This year, for the first time, PWA was happy to offer two
scholarships to the Summer Program at the Jagiellonian University
in Krakow, Poland. The two Scholarship Recipients for 2013
are Helen Lopez of Group 530, District XIV Pennsylvania, and
Kasia Ann Schemanski of Group 786, District V, Michigan. Their
essays are published below.
Polish Heritage Benefits Do I Anticipate to Gain by Attending
the Summer Program at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow?
July the 4th of 2012 I arrived in Krakow, Poland. I was 60 years
of age. This was my first trip to the land that helped form
me into the person I am today. I achieved two of my primary
goals of this trip: to visit the church where my grandmother
was baptized at Swiety Swierad and to meet my cousins in Tropie.
Both of these joyous objectives opened up my heart and mind
to want to know so much more about Poland.
an American of Polish heritage I grew up learning to sing and
pray in Polish. We have always celebrated Swieconka at Easter
and Wigilia at Christmas. Having served as the Polish Women's
Alliance of America President of Group 530 and until recently
as the District 14 President, I tried to share my heritage through
our fraternal activities - but I always felt that something
By going to study in Poland I am hoping to find out what is
missing. Polish heritage is clearly so much more than pierogi
and polkas. During my short time in Poland I visited the cities
of Krakow, Wieliczka, Tarnow, and Tropie. I interacted with
hotel and restaurant staff, tour guides and family. I want to
know about Poland's history and how it and her people have made
it the country that it is today beyond what you read about in
books or magazines. So, the first benefit is simply to satisfy
my curiosity: to discern what is "missing" by meeting
and interacting with the people of Poland.
I am sure you know many Catholic Polish parishes have closed/merged.
We don't hear the prayers or hymns sung in Polish as much anymore.
Wigilia and Swieconka are becoming increasingly secularized.
I wonder if the same things are happening in Poland. What can
they teach me about my heritage that would help me promote our
Polish heritage in our fraternal organization and in my own
family? That would be the second benefit that I hope to attain:
to be reinvigorated with new and modern ideas to promote our
Polish heritage so that future generations carry on the traditions
and know why they are important.
love to learn new things. A few years ago when very few younger
coworkers in my workplace chose not to enroll in a management
development program offered by our employer, I decided to apply
to the program and was chosen to participate. The program was
of two years duration and required a lot of extra work. But
I enjoyed learning more about myself and how to improve my management
skills. I am already fluent in Spanish and have a solid knowledge
of Mexican history and culture. It would be quite a challenge
to learn the Polish language, history, and culture at this stage
in my life. However, it would be such an honor to learn the
language, traditions, history, and culture at the oldest Polish
university. (I already bought a Jagiellonian University tee
shirt!!). So another benefit and probably the most important
one is simply the opportunity to learn. It would be such a privilege
to represent the Polish Women's Alliance of America while I
live and study in Poland.
summation I anticipate the following benefits:
To meet and interact with people in Poland
To be better prepared to promote our Polish heritage through
our fraternal organization and in my family
To learn the Polish language, traditions, history and culture.
would be such a privilege to share all the knowledge and experiences
that I might gain by this opportunity to study at the Jagiellonian
University especially in promoting my PWA group, council and
Polish Heritage Benefits Do I Anticipate to Gain by Attending
Summer Program at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow?"
Kasia Ann Schemanski
the Jagiellonian University summer program I hope to gain a
better understanding of my Polish heritage in terms of the language,
culture, arts, history and have the opportunity to meet others
with similar interests. The first benefit would be to develop
a better comprehension of and ability to speak the Polish language.
Several of my friends have attended the Summer Program and have
come back with an expanded vocabulary and comprehension of the
language and greatly improved reading and writing skills. It
has always been one of my desires to develop and broaden my
ability to speak, read and write Polish. I have some basic knowledge
of the Polish language and would very much like to enhance my
verbal and written skills. I am studying Criminal Justice in
college and hope to one day work for the government. Being fluent
in a second language would greatly enhance my employment opportunities.
It would also provide me with the ability to converse with others
who have a limited grasp of the English language.
I would like to really have the opportunity to learn more about
the history of Poland and to study at the Jagiellonian. To think
that I could study at the University founded by King Kasimir
the Great is amazing. Krakow was the capitol of the Kingdom
of Poland and its rich history and culture make it an educational
destination. During my elementary and secondary education there
was little if any acknowledgement of the contributions made
by Polish people throughout the ages. At the Summer Program
I would hope to expand upon the knowledge I currently possess
in this area. I would like very much to be able to speak with
commitment and clarity about the history of Poland and to clarify
the misconceptions that many people possess about Poland and
its rich history.
would also like to expand my knowledge of the culture and art
of my Polish heritage. Being able to develop a deeper awareness
of and understanding of my Polish heritage is very important
to me. I would like to learn about the culture and background
of my ancestors and the contributions my culture gave to the
world. On a personal note, I was born in Poland, adopted at
the age of five weeks and at the age of three months came to
the United States. It would be a personal achievement to be
able to spend a month in the country of my birth and explore
first-hand the culture of my ancestors. To be able to walk the
streets of Krakow where my ancestors may have walked and to
attend the university where some of them may have studied is
a once in a lifetime opportunity.
had the opportunity to present flowers to Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
at the Piast Institute's Third Dekaban Lecture. One of the things
I remember most is Dr. Brzezinski telling us to be proud of our
Polish heritage and how President Jimmy Carter introduced Dr.
Brzezinski to his staff and instructed them to learn how to spell
and pronounce Dr. Brzezinski's name by the next day. I always
remember his words when people mispronounce or misspell my name.
Attending the Jagiellonian University Summer Program would enhance
the words of Dr. Brzezinski in my mind, "Always be proud
of your Polish heritage." Not only would it enhance my understanding,
but it would also provide me with a solid foundation to build
upon and use as I pursue my education and involvement in Polonia
and the Polish Women's Alliance of America.
My Summer In Krakow - 2012
Group 769, District V Michigan, was the recipient of the 2012
Summer Program at Jagiellonian University Scholarship.
She shares her experience with us in the following essay.
July of 2012, I was able to experience one of the most incredible
months of my life so far. Thanks to the Polish Women's Alliance,
I was able to spend the month traveling and studying abroad
in Poland on a full-ride scholarship. In fact, to describe the
time I spent there as "incredible" does not do it
justice. Studying at the Jagiellonian University's School of
Polish Language and Culture broadened my life through language,
culture, art, and history in a way that simply defies words.
a Polish dancer for 18 years and a lifelong member of PWA, I
had always dreamed of the chance to go to Poland and explore
the country of my ancestors; however, everything I imagined
couldn't come close to the world I encountered. To start off,
one of the most important occurrences during my time there was
the immersive language course I took. Even as a first-level
Polish student, with my knowledge of the language limited to
"dzi?kuj?" and "kocham ci?, babcia," I was
forced to push my boundaries and learn in a class that was taught
almost solely in Polish. It was difficult, to say the least,
but incredibly gratifying when I found myself able to make small
talk with shopkeepers and understand directions about the city.
brings me to my next love, which was the city and culture of
Krakow. Although we lived outside of the heart of the town,
I found myself traveling nearly every day to explore a new area
of the seemingly endless cityscape. I was able to try delicious
home-cooked meals from small restaurants in the back corners
of the Stare Miasto and even the Bary mleczne (milk bars that
I frequented for lunch), watch the European Cup finals from
a soccer center in the middle of a local park, explore the old
buildings and town center in Kazimierz, and even spend a day
exploring the Krakow Zoo with my new friends from across the
world. Every new experience I had brought me further into a
culture that had so much to explore. In fact, these few things
only touched on the things I did during my time there. I was
also able to discover the small museums and shops of Zakopane,
where I was able to buy my own handmade pair of kierpce for
dance, honor the memories of the lives destroyed by experiencing
history in person at Auschwitz and Birkenau, and even take classes
on how to make traditional Polish food and drinks so I could
bring home some new techniques to my family.
the end, though, it was the chance to take a class on the art
of Poland that truly made this time magical for me. When I first
read about the course offered, it sounded too incredible to
be true. It gave the students the chance to escape the confines
of a classroom and slides of photos of art and instead explore
them in person. Once again, my hopes for the class were far
surpassed by the adventures themselves. Our instructor, we learned,
was a curator for the national art archives at the Wawel Castle,
which meant that we had access to architecture, building, sculptures,
and paintings that few Krakowians would ever have the chance
to see, let alone a "typical tourist." As her students,
we dove into archives of art from the early centuries of mankind,
through the cathedrals of the Gothic and Baroque periods, to
the sculptures and paintings of the Renaissance and Romanticsm,
and even into the eclectic arts of surrealism - all in person
through museums and tours across the city, and more.
the most memorable moments from this trip occurred in her class
just about a week into the course. Located on Wawel Hill, there
is an exhibit that shows the outside of The Rotunda of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, a tiny one-room building from the 10th/11th century
that the curators are desperately trying to figure out how to
preserve as it is slowly crumbling in front of them. As we passed
the rope to the pathway in front of us, she turned to us with
a gleam in her eye and said, "Now, you must go in, take
one deep breath and breathe in the history, for this is the
history of Poland." It was incredible. To the naked eye,
it was a room of stone that was falling apart, but being in
there, I felt magic. I felt history. I felt like a true Pole.
can only hope that this small window into my life during that
month does it justice. I think I could write pages about that
time and still not explain everything, and for this I thank Polish
Women's Alliance. This opportunity, once again, was more than
I had hoped for. That July ignited a fire in me to continue to
grow and learn so much more about my culture and family ancestry
- and I have promised myself I will be back once again to experience
TRAVEL TO POLAND THIS SUMMER!
Announcing a Cultural Program for
Ages from 13 to 15
Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation (PACCF), in cooperation
with Wspolnota Polska, is offering a great opportunity for PWA
members to explore the country of their heritage this coming summer.
Youll join other young Polish Americans on a trip that will
offer unforgettable experiences, great memories, and lasting friendships.
Have fun as you travel through Poland, visiting her beautiful
cities and historic sites and meeting her friendly people.
Cultural Program encompasses a two-week period and the cost per
participant is being equally underwritten by the PACCF and the
PWA, with a balance of $550 being the responsibility of the participants
family. In addition, Wspolnota Polska has generously agreed to
underwrite the land portion of the Program. Included is round-trip
airfare from Chicago, lodging, all meals, travel in Poland, as
well as tours and admissions. Participants should bring their
own spending money for souvenirs and miscellaneous purchases not
included in the above. Adult chaperones will accompany the students
while traveling to and from Poland and during their entire stay
The dates of the program are July
14 to July 28, 2013.
is limited and the participants will be chosen by a random drawing.
Please download the registration form below, fill it out, and
return it as soon as possible, along with a deposit of $100. The
registration deadline is postmark May 1, 2013. The deposit will
be refunded if your name is not chosen in the drawing that will
be held on May 7, 2013, at the PWA Home Office. (The deposit is
non-refundable if your name is chosen and you decline to participate.)
Selected participants will be notified by mail and their names
will be printed in the Summer Issue of Glos Polek.
include a $100 deposit with your registration.
The deposit will be refunded if the childs name is not selected
in the drawing to be held on
May 7, 2013.
make the check payable to Polish Womens Alliance and mail
it postmarked no later than May 1, 2013 to:
Polish Womens Alliance of America
6643 N. Northwest Hwy, 2nd Fl., Chicago, IL 60631.
Questions? 1-888-522-1898, ext 206.
HERE TO DOWNLOAD
THE REGISTRATION FORM
2013 YOUTH BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Four Fratenrals are happy to sponsor another Bolwing Tournament
for their youth members. The 2013 Youth Bowling Tournament
runs from January 1st to June 30th. There are five age groups
Peewee ages 3 to 5 years
Bantams ages 6 to 8 years
Preps ages 9 to 11 years
Juniors ages 12 to 14 years
Majors ages 15 to 18 years
Age as of December 31, 2012 determines which group the
participant should compete in.
the Rules and Application at the link below and please be sure
to return the Score Sheets and Application to PWA postmarked
no later than June 30, 2013.
Please call Vice President Sharon Zago at 888-522-1898, ext.
208 with questions or for more information.
Click here to download TOURNAMENT
RULES and APPLICATION
NEW TENNIS STARS
The Radwanskie Sisters
U.S. has the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena Poland
has the Radwanskie sisters, Agnieszka and Urszula, from Kraków.
Agnieszka, 23, is currently ranked No. 2 in the world after
playing in the Wimbledon Womens Singles championship game
on July 7, 2012. She lost to Serena Williams, but made history
by becoming the first Polish tennis player to qualify for a
Grand Slam final since 1939. Her younger sister Urszula, 18,
is an up-and-coming star, currently ranked No. 54. Both sisters
will be representing Poland at the Olympics. Expect to see more
of Agnieszka and Urszula in the worlds most prestigious
tennis competitions in the coming years. In the photo above,
Agnieszka is on the left, Ursuzla on the right.
played in the Women's Singles Championship Game on July 7, 2012,
in Wimbledon, UK. She lost to Serena Willaims of the USA two sets
to one, but she made history by becoming the first Polish tennis
player to qualify for a Grand Slam final since 1939. Agnieszka
is currently ranked the No. 2 women's tennis player in the world.
PWA YOUTH CONFERENCE
JULY 14-18, 2010
Benjamin Franklin once said "Lost time is never found again."
2010 PWA Youth Conference delegates (ages 14-16) did not lose
any time while exploring their Polish and American heritage
in Philadelphia, PA this summer. Even though the weather was
hot and not very comfortable, we managed to stick to the tight
schedule as much as possible in order not to miss any of the
important points of interest that were planned for the group.
welcoming pizza party for those arriving at the hotel satisfied
the hungry travelers, and after a short introduction of all
the chaperones and some last-minute instructions, we were off
to an overview of the city by trolley. Dinner was served at
the City Tavern where we were greeted by staff in colonial costumes.
Besides serving dinner, they also acted out several short skits
apropos to the times. We were then led by a colonial host to
the State House (Independence Hall) where we met the vigilant
night watchman who let us enter. We witnessed an enactment of
several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation
of the Declaration of Independence. We ended the evening listening
to several folk and ghost stories in the Philadelphia historical
next day after breakfast, we met Ellen, our tour guide, who
took us to the Liberty Bell Pavilion, Independence Hall, and
Congress Hall. A visit to Old St. Joseph's Church for a brief
talk from the archivist regarding religious freedom in Pennsylvania
followed. Next, we visited the Polish American Cultural Center
and were met by Theresa who greeted our group, spoke about the
Center, passed out words to "Sto Lat" in English and
Polish and led us in song. PWA delegate Brian Scarfone read
the presentation to Theresa for the Polish American Cultural
Center and presented a donation on behalf of the group. Each
participant received a Copernicus pin from Theresa as a special
thank you. Famous Philadelphia Cheese Steak sandwiches at Jim's
Steak House were next. A brief history of how they started and
became famous was told to the group. Our hungry walkers were
looking forward to this stop. After we refreshed ourselves,
our next stop was the Thaddeus Kosciuszko House.
returned to the hotel for a short rest and then walked to Bistro
Romano - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater...the actors were also
the servers and several members of our group were given a small
part in the play. Chaperone Marcia Duffy portrayed Sandra Day
O'Connor. We all did our best to guess "whodunit"
and although several in our group had the correct answer, Matthew
Siemianowski's name was the one pulled from those who had guessed
correctly and he was given a prize.
3 started off with a coach tour to Valley Forge where we met
General Washington who spoke to our group and took questions.
Box lunches were served on the coach as we made our way to the
National Constitution Center and then the Franklin Institute.
Here we visited the audio exhibit "Cleopatra, The Search
for the Last Queen of Egypt." Dinner was at the Hard Rock
Café in Philadelphia and then we proceeded to Franklin
Square where everyone was put on teams to play miniature golf.
Some of the group took complimentary rides on the carousel.
Saturday, after breakfast we met the coach and went to tour
the Battleship New Jersey. The battleship tour was given by
a retired captain who had served on the ship, which was retired
to the harbor in the early 1990s but now serves as a tourist
attraction. Lunch vouchers were issued to each delegate and
they were able to experience the Reading Terminal Market which
is an international indoor marketplace of foods, items, gifts,
lunch, we departed for Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown
where we met up with Chaperone Felicia Perlick, who put this
part of the conference together. The delegates were divided
into two groups to participate in traditional Polish crafts.
Pisanki and Polish Paper Cutting (wycinanki) were offered and
each delegate had the opportunity to try their hand at both.
Then a tour of the Shrine was offered to the group. A mass in
the lower hall was held in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine,
which is modeled after the original altar in Poland. Several
of our delegates participated. Amanda Marchese and Christopher
Chorzepa were altar servers. Alex Vander Noot presented the
flowers and Devin Vanderberg presented the PWA Youth Conference
certificate and donation (which he later read to Father). Bringing
up the gifts were Sara Allen and Audrey Stadler.
pizzas, a side, and dessert were served at Chicago Uno Grille.
A meeting in New Hope with Adele who took us on a Ghost Tour
ended the evening in mystery. As we returned back to the hotel,
we were well aware that we were all leaving the next day to
return home. Many delegates were anxious to do this again and
to have another opportunity to see all of their new PWA friends
closing, I would like to add another quote from Benjamin Franklin
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue
happiness. You have to catch it yourself!" I believe our
group did just that!
Article by Sharon Zago
here to see photos
Photos by Robert Duffy
PWA Youth Conference Participants
Parta , Illinois
Vander Noot, Illinois
Garvey, Jr., Massachusetts
Charley Allen, Arizona
Robertson, New Jersey
PWA Officers and Chaperones
Zago, Vice President - Youth Conference Chair,
Marcia Duffy, National Director-Youth Conference Co-chair,
Antoinette Trela Vander Noot, Secretary-Treasurer - Chaperone
Felicia Perlick, National Director - Our Lady of Czestochowa
in Doylestown, PA Coordinator and Chaperone
Robert Duffy - Photographer and Chaperone
PWA MEMBERS TAKE PART IN SUMMER
CULTURE PROGRAM IN POLAND
from various Districts of PWA participated in a Summer Cultural
Program in Poland, organized and sponsored by the PAC Charitable
Foundation and Wspolnota Polska. The participants had the opportunity
to visit a number of cities and many historic sites in Poland
and to become acquainted with the history, culture, and people
of Poland. For most of the participants this was their first
visit to the country of their parents and grandparents.
participants also had the chance to meet other young people of
Polish descent from around the world who took part in the program.
Wspolnota Polska is committed to bringing young Poles from many
countries together, hoping they will develop friendships with
one another and a bond with the country of their heritage. The
participants were housed in an historic castle in Pultusk, located
north of Warsaw in central Poland. They also traveled to Krakow,
Czestochowa, and Torun, and spent some time in Warsaw. We ask
them to send us their impressions and photos from their stay in
Poland so we can post them on our website and Facebook page.
1 (July 18 - August 1, 2010 ) departs from Chicago O'Hare
International Airport. PWA members in Group I included David
Dzik, Kendric Knorr, Nathan Kurtz-Enko, Robert O'Hanlon,
Elise Schroeder, Zachary Schroeder, Angelina Kaniewski,
Michael Guirey, Casey O'Higgins, Vincent J Scarfone, and
Group 2 (August 1 - August 15, 2010) arrives at Chicago
O'Hare International Airport from Warsaw. PWA members in
Group 2 included Julia Schroeder, Christopher Chorzepa,
Stanislaw Biestek, Matthew Stadnicki, Brianna Zawacki, Victoria
Zawacki, Jacob Dzik, Carolina Dzik, Alyson Hartman, Trent
Hartman, Tyler Jurek, and Steven Jurek.
your photos and impressions from the Summer 2010 Cultural Program.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
POPULAR MUSIC IN POLAND
people in Poland have always been very open to new music genres
and even before the fall of the communism, music styles like
rock, metal, jazz, electronic, and New Wave were well known
and popular, even if it was not easy to buy the music in Poland.
Young people listened to pop radio stations in Western Europe,
which were openly condemned by the government as corrupt and
capitlastic, and their signals were regularly jammed or disrupted.
This served to make the forbidden music even more attractive
to young people and listening to it became an act of rebellion
and political opposition.
and British bands of the 60s, 70s, and 80s were especially popular
with the generations that came of age under communism. The music
and lyrics expressed a liberated lifestyle that young Poles
found attractive, and they showcased the limitless freedom of
artistic expression that was open to musicians in the West.
Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Polish scene has exploded
with new talents and diverse styles. In the last 20 years of
democratic rule and a return to a market economy, a new environment
of artistic freedom can be found in all areas of the arts, and
Polish popular musicians were quick to embrace that freedom
and produce their own cutting-edge music.
year, a huge gathering of young Poles meets to celebrate rock
and alternative music in Jarocin, Zary, and Kostrzyn on the
Oder, and at the Open'er Festival in Gdynia and the Off Festival
in Katowice. These events often attract more than 250,000 people
and are comparable to the gatherings in Woodstock in the U.S.
and Roskilde in Denmark.
big festivals of mainstream contemporary pop and folk music
are the Opole Festival and the Sopot Festival, held every summer.
Other important music festivals in Poland include the Jazz Jamboree
in Warsaw, the Rawa Blues Festival, and Jazz Days in Cracow.
contemporary female pop musicians are Gosia Andrzejewicz and
Natalia Kukulska (see video links below). Popular rock bands
include Czerwone Gitary, Dzem, and Silver Rocket, the name of
a new project from Poland led by Mariusz Szypura. Silver Rocket
is quickly gaining international recognition for its unique
techno sound. Many of their songs are in English.
are even Polish rap artists like GrubSon and O.S.T.R. and Polish
reggae singers like Ras Luta, and Poland also has a very active
underground extreme metal music scene. Another unique group
is the Kapela ze wsi Warszawa (Warsaw Village Band) which offers
a new take on a traditional Polish village band and traditional
folk songs. In jazz music, Polish musicians created a specific
style, which was most popular in the 60s and 70s. The most famous
Polish jazz artists are: Krzysztof Komeda, Adam Makowicz, Tomasz
Stanko, Michal Urbaniak.
free to search through You Tube videos for more Polish artists.
You will see that it Poland has a rich and vibrant music scene.
A full list of Polish musicians by category is available from
Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_musicians_and_musical_groups
We congratulate these PWA members on
their recent degrees, awards, and successes! You make us all
Group 226 - Autumn Misiolek
Autumn Misiolek, granddaughter of the late Joanne Misiolek,
graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors from the University
of Detroit Mercy this month with a Bachelor's Degree (Honors
Program) in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law.
Autumn was the only Liberal Arts graduate to receive a degree
from the Honors Program. Autumn received the Dean's Award
all four years at UDM. She also received the Presidential
Scholar Award and the Dean's Gold Key Award during her senior
year. Autumn was a member of the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha
Sigma Nu, and the Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma
Alpha. Autumn will be attending the Western New England College
School of Law this fall on a scholarship. Autumn is a member
of PWA Council 3, Group 226 and of Council 20, Group 786.
Autumn danced for 18 years for both Groups and was the first
Lowicz Dancers Queen in 2006. Autumna was a recipient of the
PWA Undergraduate Scholarship multiple times. She is the daughter
of Paul and Tammy Misiolek and the granddaughter of Edward
Group 267 - Justin Lassiter
Jasper, IN -- John Lassiter, member of Group 267 and a student
at Jasper High School, received three awards in 2010 from
his school choir. The awards he received were for Most Outstanding
Choir Student, Best Debut Performance, and Best Harmony Maker.
He is also a member of the Marching Band, both Concert Bands,
and Jazz Band. In the new school year, John will be the lead
singer and actor in the high school musical, "Cinderella."
He will play the role of Prince Charming. Outside of school
John plays violon in the Jasper Strings, Inc. He also plays
the guitar and hopes to major in music after graduating from
high school. Congratulations, John!
Odrobina - Group 451
Katrina Elizabeth Odrobina
is the duaghter of Janice and Paul Odrobina, Vice President
of the Polish National Alliance. Katrina graduated from Lane
Tech College Prep High School this past June with a GPA of
3.6. She is now attending Elmhurst College and majoring in
Elementary Education. Katrina received scholarships from Elmhurst
College called the Dean's List Scholarship, from the Jon Quil
Organization, and the PAC Charitable Foundation. During the
summer she was an Education Intern at the Museum of Science
and Industry, having regularly volunteered at the Museum on
Saturdays for the past two years. During the internship, Katrina
went offsite to preschools and elementary schools and brought
science directly to the students, teaching them about light,
magnets, and motion. Congratulations, Katrina, and good luck
with your studies!
Group 469 - Lori Ann Wozniak
Erie, PA -- On Thursday, May 13, 2010, Lori Ann Wozniak of
Group 469, graduated from the College of Pharmacy, University
of Iowa. Commencement exercises took place at the Coralville
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Lori received her
Doctor of Pharmacy degree, graduating with High Distinction.
Helping her celebrate this milestone in her life were her
parents, Jim and Chris Wozniak (in photo), along with her
brother Brian who flew in from California. Chris is PWA District
IV President and Jim is Council 23 President. Brian is also
a member of Group 469. Lori now resides in Conway, NH where
she is working for CVS Pharmacy. Lori, Congratulations on
attaining your doctorate and on the work you've accomplished
to achieve your ultimate goal.
Group 693 - Maya Piergies
Chicago, IL -- Maya Piergies, lifetime member and Recording
Secretary of Group 693, earned her Master's Degree from Columbia
College Chicago on May 15, 2010, with a GPA of 3.9. Maya's
degree is in Visual Arts Management. Maya graduated cum laude
from De Paul University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in
Art History. She has been employed as an assistant to an art
dealer in Chicago for a number of years, and she continued
working while getting her Master's. She has also been very
involved in the Glos Polek Centennial Exhibition for over
a year, serving as the curator of the exhibition and the coordinator
of the production of the exhibition objects. Maya was a PWA
Debutante in District I in 2002. Congratulations, Maya!
Council 28 Scholarship Recipients
Chicopee, MA -- Council 28 of District VIII Massachusetts
awarded two Council Scholarships for the 2009/2010 school
year to the following recipients: Alexandra Gallant, member
of Chicopee Group 317, attending Merrimack College, North
Andover, MA and Benjamin H. Rogers, member of Hadley Group
499, attending Champlain College, Burlington, VT.
The scholarship awards were announced
at the March 14, 2010, Council meeting hosted by Chicopee
Group 317, Mrs. Sylvia Morytko, President. Congratulations
and best wishes go out to these recipients and we wish them
continued success with their studies. We are very proud that
they are participating members of Polish Women's Alliance
“The Polish White Eagle”
– The Emblem of Poland
crowned White Eagle has been the Coat of Arms of the Polish
State for over 700 years. It is one of the oldest State
Coat of Arms in the world. There are very few other countries,
which have kept their coats of arms for such a long period
of time, There are many legends about the origins of the
White Eagle, but one of the favorite ones is connected
with Poland’s first capital, Gniezno, where Lech, the
legendary ancestor of the Piast kings was to find an eagle’s
nest (in Polish “gniazdo”), and thus took the eagle as
his coat of arms.
the king of all birds it was one of the earliest symbols
of power, victory, force and kingship. Because of these
reasons, many kings in other countries also wanted the
eagle in their coats of arms.
The Polish Constitution is second
only to the United States Constitution in stressing human
rights, freedom and tolerance, and it was Europe’s first
written Constitution – May 3, 1771.
Read about the 1771 constitution.
Read the entire May 3, 1771 constitution.
Read the Constitution of The Republic
of Poland as adopted by the National Assembly on 2nd April
and Polish Flags
'Emblem of Good Will' A Polish
Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United
States of America
Perhaps there has never been a
more extraordinary gift given by one nation to another
than the 111 volumes presented to the United States by
Poland on the 150th anniversary of American independence.
These volumes consist of a declaration of admiration signed
by an estimated 5,500,000 Polish citizens, representing
more than one-sixth of the total population of Poland