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.


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.


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.

Science symposium in Chicago co-organized by the Polish Embassy and Poland’s Science Foundation

“Science and Engineering Diaspora Engagement” will be the title of the symposium in Chicago on February 13 co-organized by the Polish Embassy in the U.S., the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The conference will precede the 180th annual AAAS meeting in Chicago. The Annual Meeting of “Triple-A-S”—publisher of the journals Science, Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling—will likely draw as many as 8,500 attendees from 60 countries from February 13th to 17th. This meeting offers free public lectures and hands-on fun for families as well as an array of technical sessions for registrants on topics including climate change, energy, the environment, food, health, science policy, and more.

This year’s conference “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation” will be opened by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne National Laboratory, Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University, and Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago will also offer opening remarks.

By inviting the Foundation for Polish Science to help organize this workshop, AAAS recognized the ongoing FNP efforts to promote Polish-American scientific collaboration and connect with the Polish scientific and engineering diaspora. FNP activities align well with the mission of NODES, the Network of Diaspora in Engineering and Science, a venture shared by the U.S. State Department, AAAS, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen science and engineering diaspora active within the United States by acting as a “diaspora knowledge network” which joins scientists, students, innovators, and science policy experts to spur scientific collaboration and economic growth.

The workshop will be an excellent opportunity to share Polish best practices and exchange ideas between diaspora representatives from countries such as Ukraine, Cuba, Mexico, Tunisia, Iraq, Japan, and Brazil. Discussions will be held in four parallel breakout sessions; the guests of honor will be Dr. E. William Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State and Professor Maciej Żylicz, President of the Foundation for Polish Science.

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Dozin’ with the Dinos at The Field Museum

Polish-American Group Outing at The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill.

Date: April 4-5, 2014

Imagine roaming The Field Museum in Chicago, Ill. at night! Bring your sleeping bag and explore one of the most exciting spots in town! Overnights are a unique opportunity for parents and their children, 6-12, to spend the night at the Museum.

The evening begins with orientation and various workshops in the main hall. Stop by Dinosauria! Afterwards, we will watch a performance, munch on a snack, enjoy late night activities, and explore the Museum’s exhibitions, including Inside Ancient Egypt by flashlight.

Group Overnights begin at 5:45 p.m. and end the following morning after 8 a.m.

This is a family-friendly program. Give your children a night to remember.

Cost for Group Overnight is $55 per person. Sign-up now! Space is limited.

Click here for reservation form.

For additional information, please contact:
Polish Women’s Alliance – Vice President Sharon Zago, 1-888-522-1898 Ext. 208
Polish Roman Catholic Union – Vice President Anna Sokolowski, 1-800-772-8632 Ext. 2601
Polish National Alliance – Vice President Paul Odrobina, 1-800-621-3723 Ext. 316
Polish Falcons of America – Vice President Trish Del Busse, 1-800-535-2071

PMA obtains grants from Polish Foreign Ministry

Thanks to the recommendation by the Polish Consulate General in Chicago, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to grant the Polish Museum of America (PMA) four grants to the total value of $30,000 for various museum projects, among them digitizing the photo collection, conservation of rare books, purchasing flat file cabinets for archival use and organizing the exhibit of the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

At a meeting on Friday, May 18, 2013 at the Polish Consulate General in Chicago, Consul General Paulina Kapuscinska and Museum Managing Director Jan M. Lorys, signed agreements on the grants to PMA.

In attendance during the meeting were also PMA President Maria Bronny Ciesla, Deputy Consul General Robert Rusiecki, Vice Consul Konrad Zielinski, PMA Head Archivist Halina Misterka, Head Librarian Malgorzata Kot and Photography Collection Curator Julita Siegel.

A PMA spokesman said it appreciates the support granted by the Polish State, specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and acknowledges this assistance, as well as the funds received in the past.

Source: Polonia Media Network