VP Trish: Gorecki Scholarship Program Changes

Since 1999, Polish Falcons of America has been granting scholarships to an amazing group of Falcon Members. As is quite often the case, there comes a time when there is a need for change.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 Program (applications will be available on our site in December of 2014 with a deadline of April 15, 2015), the PFA will now award three $10,000 grants.

The applicants, beginning with 2016-2017, will need to have had a permanent policy in force for at least one year prior to application. Therefore, if you plan on applying in 2016, you need to purchase a policy by April of 2015. College Freshmen, this means you!

If you have any questions, or need help with your insurance issues, please contact me at 800-535-2071 or by email at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!

PFA Youth Blog: National Zlot (2)

My first and last Zlot as a youth Member
Written by Michele Zajkowski, PFA Future Leader (Nest 36, Southwestern Conn.)

The 2014 Zlot was my first and last Zlot as a youth Member and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, from all of the activities, to team challenges, to the card games, and to the cardboard food at the dining hall. The week I was there was so fun-filled it flew by to where I wish we had a couple more days. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do when leaving. That is why we say, “See you soon.” At the end of the week and on the ride home, I realized how much Falcons has impacted my life. Falcons is my escape from reality. I get to run away from all the stress at work to a week of fun. Zlot also opened my eyes that my friends at home may never be by my side throughout my life, but my Falcons will always be there. That’s why I say Falcons are family. You never lose them.

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.

Druhna Chris: Fundraiser for Your Nest

As part of the National Zlot in 2014, all participants will receive a Souvenir Program Book. It will list the Zlot schedule, additional information and good wishes from everyone who places an advertisement in the book. The book will help with the costs for participants, the Zlot, and can even raise some funds for your Nest. Here is how it works.

First of all, if your Nest has athletes that are participating at the Zlot, the cost per participant for room, meals and transportation to and from the Zlot is $250. This entry fee will need to be sent in with your application prior to the Zlot. Following submittal of the application and entry fee, advertisements can be solicited for the program book. Any money raised by you for the book will come back to you as a refund. So, if you solicit $250 in ads, you will get a $250 refund which will pay for one athlete to attend the Zlot. After all of your athletes entry fees are covered, for every excess dollar you raise, you will receive ½ of the amount over the $250 back for your Nest. So, if you have four participants attending the Zlot and you raise $1200, you will get a refund of $1000 for the four athletes and another $100 as ½ the excess amount.

If your Nest does not have any athletes participating in the Zlot, you can still take part in the fundraising aspect of the event. Any money your Nest solicits in ads will get you ½ the amount back after the Zlot. So, if you solicit a $100 ad, after the Zlot is completed, your Nest will get a $50 refund as the fundraiser.

I am certainly hoping that all of our Nests participate in the fundraiser and take this opportunity to support our youth Members. I know that a lot of you remember when you went to a Zlot. I certainly remember going to the National Zlot and how exciting and fun it was. I am so glad that my own children are able to participate in the Zlot and compete with their Falcon friends from different regions. I hope that you feel the same way, and that we can keep the Zlot going for our children’s children.

Click on the Zlot banner at http://polishfalcons.org to download a sponsorship packet and access all of the information you will need to collect and submit advertisements for the program book (sizes, cost, address, etc.). Thank you in advance for your support of the PFA youth Members!

John Denning: A Wake Up Call on College Funding

Marvin H. Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC, President and CEO of the LIFE Foundation

A child born in 2013 that begins kindergarten in the fall of 2018 would attend college between the years of 2031 and 2035. If that child attends an average private four-year college, and if the annual price increases for private colleges experienced over the last 30 years (+5.7% per year) continues into the future, the aggregate four-year cost of the child’s college education (including tuition, fees, room and board) would total $483,238 or $120,810 per year.

The first question is: Are you saving enough to pay for this? The second question is how will your family pay for this if you die prematurely and have not accumulated these funds?

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