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!


Second VP Dan: Active Summer Part 1

This is the first one of a series of three. One for each month.

July started at Falcon Youth Camp in Pennsylvania. This year it was better known as Camp Mud! I don’t think it would have mattered which week we picked because basically this was the summer of rain. But, everyone still had a great time and even helped to celebrate my birthday.

Campers sing "Happy Birthday!"

Campers sing “Happy Birthday!”

Members from Nests 31, 65, 68, 208 and 307 held a train trip to New York City and Citi Field for a New York Mets game. After the game, we all went back to the city for dinner and entertainment. A great time was had by all.

Following the trip, the next big event on my calendar was the District V Convention. The New Britain, Conn. Nests hosted the two-day affair. Friday night started off with a meet and greet. For the first time, Nest 17 made the trip from New Jersey to attend. In addition to all the business that needed to be done, the New Britain Nests made sure we were all well fed. They started with breakfast before the start of the session. Lunch was at Falcon Field and a beautiful banquet ended it all.

Next up was a trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. I was there representing the Public Safety workers and members from the International Municipal Signal Association of New England area. One of the offsite highlights was going to a Diamondbacks baseball game.

Pool inside Diamondback field.

Pool inside Diamondback field.

In between these events, I was able to take in a few car shows in the Connecticut area. The first car show of the season I attended was at Panera Bread on the Berlin Tpk. in Newington, Conn. My car won one of the best of show for that evening!

Car with new trophy!

Car with new trophy!