Holland Brown: Picture Perfect!

Working at Polish Falcons of America is a rewarding experience. Knowing that my designs and layouts are viewed by our Members is great; words can’t describe the happiness I feel when people enjoy my work!

On the pages of the Sokol Polski, I have the opportunity to design layouts using your photos. We, those of us in the Communications Department (Courtney and I), love when you submit stories recapping the happenings at your Nest or share your Members’ accomplishments. The key for us to make your stories stand out is having photos that are of print quality. When Courtney and I are reviewing your photos, it is important that the images reach a basic print standard.

Ideally, we love photos that:

  • Are JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs or PNGs.
  • Are at least 300 dpi (if digital).
    • DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. The best way to describe it is each individual dot creates an image and the more dots, the better the image will look. The less dots that make up the image, the more pixilated it will appear.
    • The file size of your photo should be at least 1MB or greater. If it is only a few kilobytes, then it’s too small for printing.
  • Have a caption.
  • Are submitted digitally.

Photos that we don’t love as much:

  • Are inserted in a Word document or Quark file.
  • Are less than 300 dpi.
  • Have no caption.
  • Are printed and need to be scanned.

Side note: We accept photos from your average everyday camera. But, please ensure there is no date present in the corner of your image. It’s distracting!

Follow these rules and your photos will be picture perfect!

To submit your next story, visit polishfalcons.org/sokol_submissions.

President Kuzma: Is an annuity the right fit?

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight and I was reading an article on my phone about whether the bull market is coming to an end and the resulting impact to the economy. I know, thrilling spine-tingling reading. Anyway, what interested me was the chart following the article showing average savings rates across the country. Here are some highlights:

Money Market Account with $10,000 or more—0.25%

Money Market Account with $50,000 or more—0.38%

One-Year CD—0.6%

Five-Year CD—1.5%

I point this out because in case you weren’t aware, the PFA Legacy Annuity is paying up to 4.25% right now. We are offering a one-year bonus of 1.25% on new annuities with a deposit of $10,000 or more through the end of the year. Our rates are significantly higher than any of the rates I saw in the chart. What is the interest on your savings today?

While the PFA annuity has a longer surrender penalty period than the CD (nine years vs. five), another important factor to consider is that if rates do increase in the future, the rate on your PFA annuity will most likely rise as well. Our rates are not locked in like they are with CDs. That 1.5% for the five-year CD is the best you will get for the next five years.

Bottom line—if you are looking for a way to get the most out of your money in this low-interest rate market, I suggest you consider a PFA annuity now. An annuity might not be the right solution for you as everyone’s personal and financial situation is unique. There is only one way to find out. Give our National Sales Director John Denning a call (800-535-2071) or send an email (jdenning@polishfalcons.org) to learn all the details and let us help you find the best solution for your financial future.

25th Annual Lawrence County Polish Day

Celebrate the 25th Annual Lawrence County Polish Day on Sunday, September 27 at Cascade Park Pavilion in New Castle, Pa.

Entertainment this year will be provided by Lenny Gomulka and Chicago, and for the first time in this area, Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze.

Vendors will be on hand with items like Polish pottery from Boleslawiec Poland, wooden and glass eggs, Christmas ornaments, Polish sweets, seasonings, canned goods and more.

Donations will be accepted for the Polish Orphanage “Jutrzenka” located in Bardo, Poland. Since its’ inception, thousands of pounds of toiletries, school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items have been sent overseas to these children from Polish New Castle. In addition, Polish New Castle has sent over $5,000 to aid in their care. Items are shipped on a quarterly basis throughout the year based on the donations received.

The doors and kitchen open at noon with delicious Polish food prepared by Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. Admission is only $12 with children 16-and-under free! The dancing starts at 1 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Polish Americans of Lawrence County Educational Scholarship Fund. To date close to $60,000 has been paid out in scholarship funds.

For more information, contact Rose Marie at 724-658-5916, Gary at 724-752-9988 or Jean at 724-654-6337. For more information, please visit our website at http://polishnewcastle.org.

Druhna Chris: Camp Photos Galore!

Hey Campers! Have you checked out our Digital Camp Scrapbook? In it, you will find tons of photos and videos! The Lip Sync Contest songs are in there, as well as the cabin photos. Go ahead and take a look. You are bound to find you and your friends in there somewhere. Thank you to Courtney and Holland for coming up with this really nice addition to our camp experience.


I hope that by now everyone has had a chance to see all of the rest of the photos from camp on Facebook. There are so many great pictures! Some of my most favorite are the ones from the campfires on the beach with the sunset in the background. Click here to go to the Polish Falcons National page to view the photos.

I have already been in contact with the St. Vincent De Paul staff about next year’s camp. Since our National Convention is the week after the Fourth of July, we cannot have camp that week. I am trying to move camp week to July 31 to August 7, 2016. As soon as I receive the final decision from the camp, I will let everyone know. Then, you can plan early to join us. I’m hoping that we get even more campers and adult helpers to join us next year! I have some exciting ideas for new team challenges and activities. Keep a lookout for the final word on the dates.

Have a great end to your summer and good luck in the new school year!