Nest 104 announces 2013 scholarship recipients

The ninth annual Nest 104 Scholarships have been awarded. Four scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, have been distributed to three Nest 104 Members and one Nest 946 Member. Please note that Nest 104 dues-paid Members in good standing, as well as good standing Members of other District I Nests, are eligible apply for the annual awards.


Alison Kalinowski

Alison Kalinowksi, Nest 946
A 2012 graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., Kalinowski is entering her sophomore year at Quinnipiac University, majoring in Physical Therapy. She is a Dean’s List student, pursuing an accelerated six-year doctorate in Physical Therapy, aiming to specialize in Neuro-Physical Therapy. Actively involved with Nest 946, Kalinowski participated in the Polish School, various holiday events and the church Christmas party.


Pierce Guderski

Pierce Guderski, Nest 104
Entering his junior year at Chapman University, Guderski is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. Active as a volunteer at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Guderski is also engaged in the Army R.O.T.C., the Chapman men’s lacrosse team and music arranging and production.



Victoria Pietrucha

Victoria Pietrucha, Nest 104
A 2013 Cum Laude graduate of James Madison University with a 3.6 gpa, Pietrucha is commencing Master’s study in Speech Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She was active in the Nicaraguan Orphan Fund, the Student Speech Hearing Language Association and the Order of Omega Honors Society.



Christie Furman

Christie Furman, Nest 104
A 2013 graduate of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J., Furman will be a Business and Marketing major at Fairfield University. She represented New Jersey at the International DECA Marketing and Business Competition, served as President of her Mock Trail team, was a delegate to the Model United Nations, served as Captain of her high school softball team and created a marketing campaign to raise awareness and funding for the Shelter Our Sisters campaign against domestic violence.


Nest 104 congratulates the 2013 recipients. Their academic and extracurricular achievements are outstanding. Along with the 2005 through 2012 recipients, we take pride in their accomplishments and wish them every academic and career success.

Stan Tafil, Pres.
On behalf of the Nest 104 Scholarship Committee

Hilton Worldwide pays tribute to Polish Cinema

Hilton Worldwide is offering visitors to the city of Lodz a unique voyage through Poland’s cinematic history thanks to the opening on July 22, 2013 of the country’s first DoubleTree by Hilton, part of the chain’s upscale brand, which features more than 350 hotels globally. Opening at the site of the Lodz Film Studio, the newly built DoubleTree by Hilton Lodz pays homage to the golden age of Polish cinema. Its towering 86,000 square feet glass facade depicts a scene from one of the many Polish film masterpieces to have emanated from Lodz’s famous “Dream Factory” studios. Once inside, guests continue their journey through cinematic history with guest rooms featuring film motifs, while the hotel’s swimming pool forms a visual tribute to the works of Oscar winning director, Roman Polanski.

Source: Polonia Media Network

Nest 6 family participates in Ride for Roswell

Three Members of Nest 6 Buffalo, N.Y., Mark, Jill and Cameron Stark participated in the 2013 Ride for Roswell. This annual bike challenge benefits the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. In previous years, Mark and Jill Stark rode 33 miles for the cause. This year, they rode with their son Cameron, 10, who completed the 20 mile challenge. This was Cameron’s first ride. The family rode in memory of their loved ones and of Nest 6 Members affected by cancer.

Members of the Stark family (pictured in grey t-shirts) participate in Ride for Roswell.

Members of the Stark family (pictured in grey t-shirts) participate in Ride for Roswell.

Nest 31 Members gather for annual picnic

The Members of Nest 31 Detroit, Mich. were treated to a warm and sunny Saturday for their annual picnic on Aug. 3, 2013. The Members gathered at the home of Frank and Barb Wloch around noon. The day’s agenda included a Nest meeting followed by food, frolic and conversation. The meeting informed the Members of the upcoming District XIII Convention and served to handle other general business that needed attention. Following the meeting, the beverages were chilled, the hamburgers, hot dogs and brats were prepared and the numerous side dishes were set out for everyone to enjoy. The physical activities for the day included playing (and cooling off) in the lake, paddle boarding across the lake, paddle boating to soak up the sunshine, playing bolo toss or taking a walk to enjoy the beautiful day. With the exception of some dessert overindulgences on key lime pie, the Members deemed the picnic to be a success and vowed to return next year. Thanks to all the Members who took the time to share in this Nest 31 tradition. Czolem!


Pitt Volleyball to Host Polish Professional Club Dabrowa

Pitt Volleyball to Host Polish Professional Club Dabrowa
Pitt International Classic set for September 3

PITTSBURGH – It will be a historic site on September 3 when the University of Pittsburgh women’s volleyball team hosts the Pitt International Classic and will share the court with Poland’s Tauron MKS Dabrowa Gornicza, a professional club from the Liga Siatkówki Kobiet (Polish Women’s Volleyball League). First serve of the exhibition match is set for 7 p.m. at Fitzgerald Field House.

“This match gives our girls the unique opportunity to experience volleyball at the highest level,” head coach Dan Fisher said. “Dabrowa was one of the top teams in Europe last year. This competition will give us something to aspire to, and will provide a fun cultural experience. It will be a very exciting volleyball atmosphere.”

Dabrowa is coming off a very successful campaign which saw them reach the title series of CEV Champions League, featuring 24 teams from around Europe. In a best of five series with defending champion Atom Trefl SOPOT, Dabrowa captured the first two matches, but then dropped the final three and took the silver medal.

Dabrowa’s roster is comprised of nine players from Poland, two from Belgium, one from the Czech Republic and one from Italy. Middle blocker Maja Tokarska was a member of Poland’s 2012 Olympic team.

Pitt is just one of many stops during the American Tour for Dabrowa. They will also be playing universities such as Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, Bowling Green and Kent State.

The Panthers will have already played their first four official NCAA matches before hosting the exhibition contest with Dabrowa. Pitt opens the season at the University of Missouri’s Tiger Classic (Aug. 30-31). Pitt will also compete in the UConn Tournament (Sept. 6-7), the USF Invitational (Sept. 13-14) and will then host the Pitt Panthers Invitational (Sept. 20-21) before jumping into ACC action.

It is a promising outlook for the Panthers under first year head coach Dan Fisher. The Panthers return five starters from last year’s squad and 12 players overall. Second Team All-Big East performer Monica Wignot leads the way, while 2012 kills leader Jessica Wynn and 2012 assists leader Lindsey Zitzke are back for their junior campaigns.

General Admission tickets for the Dabrowa match are $5 at the door, while group rate tickets (15 people or more) are available for $1. Group tickets must be presold and can be obtained by calling the Ticket Office at 800-643-PITT (7488).

Following the match, both teams will be available for an autograph session. For more information, continue to check back with, and also follow @PittVolleyball on Twitter.