VP Trish: Scholarship Appreciation Event

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

For quite some time, we have discussed having a gathering of scholarship recipients. It sounds like a great idea but logistically, it simply didn’t make sense. Well, the upcoming National Convention is providing the opportunity for us to gather, celebrate and cultivate the Dr. T. A. Starzynski Scholarship Program.

On Friday, July 15, there will be such a gathering at Nest 4 (MR) on the corner of Bendix and Keller Streets. The evening will begin with dinner being served from 7:00-8:30. Tickets are available for the cost of $25 per person which includes dinner and an evening of fun! (Winner need not be present.) Nest 4 will provide refreshments for a minimal cost. Vegas games will begin at 7:30.

Bus transportation from the hotel begins at 6:30.

This sounds like a perfect evening to me. One gets to support the Scholarship Program, possibly win a bit, socialize with Members, and support the local Nest! What could be better!?!

Show your alumni status proudly; wear some type of garment from your college. It may be a shirt, hat, cheerleading outfit, football uniform, wrestling singlet, or bring your pom-poms.

All are invited! This event is open to everyone, not just Convention Delegates. It would be nice to see former recipients attend.

The first grant of the scholarship program was issued in 1962 to James Sopata of Nest 8, Pittsburgh and Joanne Zielski of Nest 401 Enfield, Conn.; each received $250! Since that time, the PFA has awarded over $720,500 to more than 11,000 Falcon Members!

Chairing the Scholarship Committees is something I enjoy and embrace. There have been many improvements made to the program. There are now three categories-Achievement receives $1,500, Involvement receives $1,000 and General receives $750. The Mary Kus grant of $3,000 is chosen from the Achievement Category. The deadline is February 15 of each year; the application is available online the beginning of December.

Our website has a list of all recipients, take a look!

As always, if interested in making a donation, please send your check to my attention to: Polish Falcons of America, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The program is funded exclusively from donations. We need a few more Genevieves, Pats and Matthews!

Looking forward to seeing you in South Bend!

Czolem!

John Denning: Are You Ready Financially?

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

Fifty percent of the US population accounts for just 2.7% of all health-care expenditures, while 5% accounts for 49.5% of all health-care expenditures, according to Kaiser Family Foundation.

The life expectancy at birth of an average American was 62.9 years in 1940, five years after Social Security was created. Life expectancy today is 78.7 years (source: Center for Disease Control). As a result of this increased life expectancy, it will take $293,000 to pay for post retirement health care that’s not paid by Medicare, according to Kaiser. Are you financially prepared for this?

Are you financially prepared to raise your children? A child born in 2012 will cost a higher-income family (those making at least $105,000 of before-tax income) $399,780 in 2012 dollars (i.e., a present value amount) and $501,250 in inflation adjusted dollars through age 17, and this does not including college (source: Department of Agriculture). How will this be paid if you were to die or become disabled today?

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PFA Scholarships

It’s time to apply for scholarships!

The deadline for submitting applications for the Dr. T.A. Starzynski is February 15. The deadline for Richard C. Gorecki is April 15, and the deadline for the Nest 92 Non-Traditional is June 15. For additional information, visit http://polishfalcons.org/scholarship or contact Trish Del Busse at 800-535-2071 or vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

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!

Nest 104 announces 2014 scholarship recipients

The tenth annual Nest 104 Scholarships have been awarded. Three scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, have been distributed to Nest 104 Members. Please note that Nest 104 dues-paid ($10 per year) Members in good standing, as well as good standing Members of other District I Nests, are eligible apply for the annual awards.

Victoria Pietrucha, Nest 104
Pietrucha
A cum laude graduate of James Madison (VA) University, Tori is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall (NJ) University. She has completed an internship in speech pathology at a local elementary school and will have two additional internships in hospital settings. She has done volunteer work with children at an orphanage in Nicaragua and is active in the National Student Speech Hearing Language Association, as well as Relay for Life. Upon completion of her studies, Tori will be a speech-language pathologist, focusing on children.

Christie Furman, Nest 104
Furman
Currently a sophomore at Lehigh (PA) University, majoring in Business and Marketing, Christie represented the state of New Jersey at a national business competition (DECA) in California. She served as president of her high school mock trial team and as a delegate for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations competitions. In addition, she was selected to receive gold, silver and bronze Girl Scout awards, has been a volunteer swim instructor at the YWCA, and has implemented a campaign to promote awareness of domestic violence (Shelter Our Sisters). Upon completion of her studies, Christie will pursue a career in marketing.

Pierce Guderski, Nest 104
Guderski
Pierce is a senior at Chapman (CA) University, majoring in Business with a minor in Psychology. A founding member and philanthropy chairman, Pierce serves as Vice President of Programming for the Chapman Colony of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He has worked as a summer intern with the Edward Jones financial advisory firm. Pierce plans to pursue an MBA and hopes to start a sports technology firm.

Nest 104 congratulates the 2014 scholarship winners. They are not only excellent students, but also significant contributors to their local communities and national organizations. We take pride in their accomplishments and wish them every academic and career success.

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