VP Trish: Back in the Groove!

Jim Nowogrocki, Trish, Charlie Brennan, KMOX Radio announcer

It’s been awhile since I have written, hopefully, I will be back in the groove. I may go back in time and talk about previous issues and events but this time, I would like to share my experiences at the Nest 45, St. Louis festival.

So, at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, September 7, I leap out of bed so that I can get to the airport and catch my 7:00 a.m. flight to St. Louis.   As some of you know, Nest 45 holds a festival each year. This year, I was finally able to attend. I had heard so much about it and I’ll tell you words cannot describe this event! There are so many Members who work so hard both days I( and that does not count all the days of preparation!). This was their 38th Annual Festival, how about that!

Upon landing, I received a call from Druhna Sandy Czerniewski who was my chauffeur for the weekend. Sandy got tired of waiting for me so she rode the shuttle to the airport to pick me up. The driver was quite amused and I am sure she made his day! After a quick change, we headed down to the Nest. There have been quite a few improvements made to the neighborhood, things are looking good!

The co-chairs Druhny Cindy Schepker and Sharon Dominquez worked tirelessly thinking of everything to ensure that all things ran smoothly.

It was nice to see so many of our Members working at the festival. This is quite an undertaking and these folks have it mastered. Everyone knows their job and does it well. They have thought of everything! Druh Tim Czerniewski walked around constantly trading envelopes to be sure that there wasn’t too much cash in the drawers as well as getting the needed change.  There were Members responsible for nothing but emptying the trash (which was a constant!)

Heineman Family

There are Members who work the food line (Druhna Pat Heineman and her entire family were working one day-husband Bill, granddaughter Megan, grandson Ryan and his wife, Megan). Mary and Ken Blessing and all three of their sons worked either in the kitchen or at the kid’s booth. It was nice to see Druhna Vicky Aitken who gave me one of her delicious lemon loaves. The amount of baked goods sold is unbelievable, the Nest Members had made 7,000 cruschicki, which of course were all sold! Breads and nut rolls and other goodies were donated by Members.

I helped Nest President Linda Woolford and her Mom (Loretta Aemisegger) at the door, it was nice to chat with the ladies plus interact with the people who came to the door. It is really something how this event is such an important happening for the community. Several people thanked the Nest for having this festival.

There are several story boards including photos, articles and information about the Nest from generations ago on display in the dining hall. It is very interesting and was compiled by Druhna Aemisegger with help from many Members.

In the gardens out back are several booths offering games, food, or Polish items. During the day, visitors are entertained by an accordion player. As evening approaches, a Polka band takes over. Saturday evening, there is a Polka Contest. This year, I had the privilege of being a judge that was fun! I was joined by District II President Paul Sadowski, his wife Beth, along with Dennis and Laura Kazmierowicz.

Jen took care of the bar as well as many other tasks. Jan Merzweiler was in charge of one of the booths in the garden.

There are so Members whose names I haven’t mentioned and I do apologize. Many of you I know but am not sure of your last names. I do realize that you work very hard and that the Polish Falcons is privileged to have you as Members.  Rosemary, Tom, Joe, Becky, Dan, Pat, Mary, Louise, Loretta are a few!

Congratulations to another successful festival (even though it rained one evening, it was still quite a success!).  Hopefully, I will be able to attend another and I strongly encourage those of you who are within driving distance to take the trip one year and be wowed!

Druhna Chris: Blog-a-Palooza

Czolem Everyone!

So here it is, my first ever blog! I have been thinking and thinking about what to write about in a blog. I couldn’t really come up with a specific topic so you are going to get a little bit of everything from me in this first one.

The first thing that I want to let everyone know is that I have been reappointed as National Physical Education Director and am now working for the Polish Falcons of America on a full time basis. I am in the office everyday from 8:00 to 4:00. I am committed to the promotion, maintenance, and development of our physical fitness programs and our social, cultural, and educational activities. I strongly believe in our motto of “A healthy spirit in a healthy body”. I will continue to work towards that end.

I have a lot of ideas about what to do in the next four years of this administration. But for now, I am concentrating on the details of our usual events. The Adult Volleyball Tournament will be hosted by Nest 45, St. Louis, the weekend of March 8-9, 2013. I have updated the Individual Record Sheets for the Let’s Walk program and will be mailing them out to the Nests for recording of the 2012 miles. I am looking into sites for the Youth Volleyball Tournament which will be held at the beginning of April again. I am also researching the next phase of the Future Leaders group. National Zlot 2014 is also on my agenda for discussion. I am hoping to bring Polish Dancing back in some form at the Zlot. There will also be an Instructors meeting conference call and an Instructors meeting in 2013. Camp 2013 is also on the planning agenda.

I do have some new ideas that I hope to be able to present and implement. Please feel free to give me some feedback and to let me know if you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions. As I work through all of the planning stages, I will be sure to keep everyone updated through this blog and the website and the Sokol Polski. I think I have plenty to keep me busy for the foreseeable future!