Donald Trump meets with leaders of Polish American community

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump met on Wednesday, September 28 with leaders of the Polish American community at the office of the Polish National Alliance in Chicago. PFA National President Timothy L. Kuzma represented the Polish Falcons of America at the meeting. The meeting was organized by the Polish American Congress (PAC).

PAC President Frank Spula welcomed Mr. Trump to the Polish National Alliance headquarters. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani accompanied Mr. Trump.

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President Spula addressed issues of importance to Polish Americans and Poland; specifically the critical need for a strong NATO, of which the Republic of Poland has been a member since 1999, as well as Poland’s inclusion into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Mr. Trump expressed strong support for both issues, including the support of a missile defense system which’s elements have been located in Poland. Mr. Trump said, “I am all for NATO and in a Trump Administration, we will have a friendly and strong partnership with Poland and Polish Americans.”

Although unfamiliar with the issue of inclusion of Poland into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, Trump expressed concern that Poland is not a member of the Program. Trump said, “I promise that within weeks of my Administration being sworn into office, I will see to the approval of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program.”

Mr. Trump thanked those in attendance for the hospitality afforded him and Mr. Giuliani.

Meeting participants included: Frank J Spula – President of the Polish American Congress & Polish National Alliance; Rick E. Pierchalski, PAC First Vice President; Mark Pienkos, PAC VP for Public Relations; Hubert Cioromski, PAC VP for Financial Development; Timothy Kuzma, President of the Polish Falcons of America and PAC Secretary; Micheline Jaminski, PAC Treasurer, President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; Romuald Poplawski, President of the PAC Illinois Division; Mary Anselmo, PAC National Director; Jacek Niemczyk, PAC National Director, General Manager of the WPNA Radio Station; Magdalena Pantelis, PAC National Director, General Manager of the Alliance Publishers and Printers; Joseph Drobot, PAC National Director, President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; Marian Grabowski, PAC National Director, Treasurer of the Polish National Alliance; Bozena Nowicka McLees, PAC National Director, Chair of the PAC Educational Commission; Charles Komosa, PAC National Director, Secretary of the Polish National Alliance; Margaret Blaszczuk, PAC National Director, Editor of the Polish Daily News; Alicja Kuklinska, PAC National Director, Editor of Zgoda; Mark Grzymala, PAC IL Division Director; Kornelia Krol, President of the Polish American Medical Association; Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington; Piotr Janicki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Chicago; Anna Morzy, President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce; Ewa Koch, President of the Polish Teachers Association in America; Jan Cikowski, President of the Polish Highlanders in America, and Iwona Wegrzyn Bochenski, President of the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities.

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Following the meeting with leaders of the Polish American community, Mr. Trump spoke to nearly two hundred Polish Americans who gathered in the PNA headquarters. Mr. Trump reinforced his fondness and commitment to Poland and Polish Americans.

The meeting was organized by the Office of President Spula, Mr. William Ciosek of the Donald Trump Campaign with the assistance of Anthony Bajdek, Polish American Congress Vice President for American Affairs.

The Polish American Congress has reached out to the Hillary Clinton Campaign for a similar opportunity to meet with Secretary Clinton. As of today, the campaign has not responded to the invitation.

The Polish American Congress does not endorse candidates, but hopes to inform candidates as to the issues facing Poland and Polish Americans.

District II Fashion Show

District II Fashion Show

District II is hosting its Annual Fashion Show on November 6, and this year will feature fun accessories: jewelry, purses, scarves and more! The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Skylite West Banquets (7117 W. Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL 60402). Cost is $30 per person and there will be a cash bar. RSVP by November 1 using the form linked below. Contact Beth Sadowski at beth.a.sadowski@gmail.com with any questions.

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District II Fashion Show

You are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon of fashion and food with the ladies of District II. Fashions will be provided by the Dress Barn. Men are welcome to attend as well. The fashion show and luncheon will take place on Sunday, November 8 at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall (7941 W. 47th St., McCook, IL 60525), starting with a cocktail hour at noon. The luncheon will commence at 1 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Cash bar available. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Beth Sadowski at beth.a.sadowski@gmail.com or Laura Kazmierowicz at beaglepuppy@hotmail.com. RSVP deadline is November 2.

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Important Message from Polish Falcons of America

Fr. Joe at the 2014 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Fr. Joe at the 2014 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski, our PFA National Chaplain of 34 years. We received notification this past weekend from his family stating Fr. Joe passed away while on a trip to Poland with classmates. We do not know any details of his passing at this time. The family is making arrangements to bring his body back to the U. S. for burial. We will send funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them from the family. We ask that you keep Fr. Joe in your prayers.

Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski of Uniontown, Pa. was ordained in 1970 following the completion of his priestly studies at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. One who in his own words was committed to “holding fast to the heritage and culture bequeathed to Polish Americans by those who had great faith and hope in crossing the ocean to hurdle the obstacles they faced,” Rev. Sredzinski was named National Chaplain of the Polish Falcons of America in 1981. He was appointed by the Board of Directors to be the eleventh National Chaplain of the Falcons since the office was created in 1912.

In 2009, Rev. Sredzinski played a key role in working with Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh to establish the special Mass to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The Mass has become an annual event, occurring each August and attracting more than 700 hundred parishioners.

Updates will be posted to the PFA website at http://polishfalcons.org.

May he rest in peace. Niech spoczywa w pokoju. Czolem.

Nest 104 announces 2015 scholarship recipient

The eleventh Annual Nest 104 Scholarship has been awarded. On Nest 104 Member was awarded $2,000 toward her degree program studies. Nest 104 dues paid Members, as well as Good Standing Members of the District I Nest, are eligible to apply for the annual awards.

Cassandra Guderski

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A May 2015 graduate of Pacific Grove (CA) High School, Cassie will commence her studies at Humboldt State (CA) University in the fall, majoring in anthropology. A four-year member of her high school volleyball team, she was a three-year volunteer at AFRP (Animal Friends Rescue Project), a local animal rescue and adoption center in Pacific Grove.

Cassie also volunteered with TASK, a group that collected student and teacher supplies and donations, and distributed them at various orphanages and schools in Nicaragua. Upon completion of her degree, she intends to study phlebotomy and become a certified phlebotomist. Thereafter, she plans to spend two to four years in the Peace Corps, before commencing her career as a hospital phlebotomist.

Nest 104 congratulates our 2015 Scholarship winner. Her academic and extracurricular achievements are exemplary. We take pride in her accomplishments and wish her every academic and career success.

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