PFA Youth Blog: National Zlot (1)

My First Zlot!
Written by Dakota Williams, PFA Future Leader (Nest 36, Southwestern Conn.)

This was my first Zlot attending and I was so excited. My grandmother, Trish, took me and my younger sister, and she had already planned everything out. We showed up the day before the Zlot started and helped out as much as we could.

The next day came and everyone showed up. I saw a lot of old friends from past years at camp which was great! Later on that week, the Track and Field events started and I ran the 800 meters. Running is NOT one of my skills. We started and the other kids ran by me like it was nothing. I was behind and tired; I wanted to give up and just walk off the track and not finish the last 200 meters, but I did not let that stop me. Everyone was cheering me on, really like everyone was. I was not going to let them down, so I finished with a smile and said great job to the other kids who ran. The next day, I ran the 100 meter relay with my Nest (36). The race started and I waited as I was the third senior. My turn came and I took off like a bullet going around everyone. We won. I was so glad that I could help the team out.

The next two days were volleyball. The first day, we played for fun and practice. The next day was serious. The games started. The looks on the faces were not friendly. My team won game after game, only losing to Nest 36. Then the championship game came and we had to play them once more. we took a tough lost first game but came back to beat them by 10 points the second game, which sent it into a tie breaker. Sadly we lost, but it was fun and was worth every painful injury. The last night we had the dance. It was a sure splendid time. Everyone danced into the night until it was time to go back to the dorms.

For my first Zlot, I had a blast and I can’t wait to see everyone else again.

PFA hosts upcoming events

Sixth Annual Celebration Honoring Our Lady of Czestochowa

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Polish Falcons of America and the Polish Clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh will hold the Sixth Annual Celebration Honoring Our Lady of Czestochowa on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mass, held in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, will commence at 7 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Radoslaw Fizek will perform an array of Polish patriotic selections.

The Most Reverend David A. Zubik will serve as Celebrant. Confessions in both Polish and English will be heard from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Donor support is greatly appreciated.

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Annual Pilgrimage to Doylestown

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It’s that time again for the Polish Falcons of America to host the annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czêstochowa in Doylestown, Pa. The chartered bus departs from the South Side of Pittsburgh at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at 18th & Sydney Streets, 15203. This year, the pilgrimage includes a stop in Lancaster, Pa. for shopping and an authentic Amish-style dinner that evening.

The bus will depart on Sunday morning for the Polish Mass at noon in Doylestown, Pa. After the Mass, there will be a Polish picnic as well as a Polish cultural activity with PFA Cultural Commissioner Larry Kozlowski.

The price per person for hotel accommodations, roundtrip bus, and two meals is $120 based on double occupancy. Single occupancy accommodations are available at a rate of $215 per person. All checks should be made payable to the Polish Falcons of America and mailed with registration form listing all names of registrants and rooming preference by Sept. 5, 2014 to April Miller, Polish Falcons of America, 381 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

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Save the Date: Traditional Wigilia Dinner

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Polish Falcons of America will sponsor a Traditional Wigilia Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the Sokol Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. PFA Cultural Commissioner, Lawrence Kozlowski, will host the event, leading guests in the sharing of Oplatki prior to dinner.

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For additional information regarding any of these events, please call 800-535-2071 or email amiller@polishfalcons.org.