VP Trish: Time in Erie and Upper Western NY Part 1

It’s funny how in Falconland, there are times when we hit one geographical area repeatedly in a time period. This is the year for the Erie, upper western New York area.

In March, I attended mass and the St. Casimir’s celebration at Nest 123. This is also the time when Nest 123 presents their awards. It was a sunny, gorgeous day and travel was easy. Following mass, a luncheon was served at the club prepared by Nest Members and during his speech, President Andrychowski talked a bit about the club and the building itself. That is when I found out that there used to be a swimming pool where the bowling alleys are now! We also watched Druhna Becky Sienkiewicz on a sports segment of a local television channel discussing the Polish Falcons and the upcoming bowling tournament. Druhna did a great job! After chatting a bit, I hit the stores in the area getting some great bargains on snowsuits for the babies and a few items for myself. I headed back home enjoying the rather nice weather.

Later the next month, I was back at Nest 123 for the National Bowling Tournament. What a fabulous job they did! There were so many volunteers and folks working that those in charge were able to also enjoy the tournament (at least, it appeared that way!). The tournament began with a District Challenge held at the lanes at the club. Representing District V was Darryl Hine and me. It was so nice to have another District V Member at the tournament; Betsy Hine was also with us. Darryl and I did not win but we had a great time competing with other Members in a Scotch Doubles tournament. The tournament began the next day with the opening balls being thrown by 8-year-old Michael Popovich and 14-year-old Lauren Andrychowski. I love having youth Members get involved early! The weekend was spent socializing with fellow Falcon Members, bowling, dancing, eating and drinking. The food made by several Nest 123 Members was excellent! John Denning had driven me to the tournament but Bill Eveland, Nest 52 Member, was my chauffeur for the weekend, making me a very happy girl since we cruised around all weekend in a ’68 corvette! Friday night had an 80’s theme as the M-80’s band rocked the club! Most danced the night away and had a great time! Saturday night, we were entertained by their DJ Rich Chapman. The size of the crowd surprised me though because when I attend one of these events, the only place I go is the club. I figure I am there to support the Nest. Compliments to Nest 123 for a great tournament! Are you sure you wouldn’t like to do this again in 2015? We still need a host Nest and/or District.

In mid-May, the District IX Convention was hosted by Nest 610, Erie. I leapt out of bed at 5:00 in order to arrive at the Convention in time. There was a nice group of Delegates and a very busy day of planning for the future of District IX, hearing Officers reports, electing Officers and socializing. There were a few issues that took a bit of time but the Convention was over by 3 p.m. The issue of National dues, inactive Nests, mergers, National camp, the Legion of Honor, the Falconette Commission and awards, were just a few of the topics discussed. Personnel at the National Office was discussed, specifically Courtney, Allyson (who is now replaced with Holland), Gabby working on our archives and Larry as the new Cultural Commissioner. There were a couple Officer changes but decisions were made thinking of the Good of the Order.

District IX gives out two $500.00 scholarships each year. The applicants have to have applied for the Starzynski in order to qualify (they do not need to have received one) and the winners are chosen by a random drawing. This year, there were only two applicants. Congratulations to Elizabeth Chodak (Nest 52) and Anna Dorman (Nest 493). The Members of Nest 610 were quite hospitable! When I left there, I had to drive to Harrisburg for another meeting (but that is for another blog!).

In early June, we were invited to attend a Grand Opening of another fraternal. The Loyal Christian Benefit Association is located (shockingly!) in Erie. Again, up very early and out the door to arrive on time. After a tour of their beautiful new headquarters, I jumped back into my car. I stopped in Rochester, N.Y. to visit Nest 52 President Gerri Wilson, who was recovering from surgery. I then continued my journey to Auburn, N.Y. because I was going to play golf in the District IX Golf Tournament. I golfed with the ladies from Nest 52 Rochester, N.Y. -Elaine Laboski, Carol Matla and Judy Klein. It drizzled all day but we still had fun on the links. The guys from Nest 6 were more than willing to share refreshments on the course; that warmed us a bit! Following golf, we had an excellent dinner, enjoyed the camaraderie and awards. A good time was had by all, thanks to Nest 74.

That evening, I drove to visit former National Physical Education Director Marian Wesolowski…..and the journey continues.

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!



Nest 6 raises funds for Lukey’s Legacy

On April 20, Nest 6 Buffalo hosted their last Sabres Hockey Night of the season and held a raffle to benefit Lukey’s Legacy. Luke Gould was 10 when he passed away of Myocarditis in Nov. 2011. A part of Nest 6’s Skowronski family, Luke was an avid hockey player. Joe and Amy Skowronski, Luke’s parents, formed Lukey’s Legacy to raise awareness of Myocarditis through the awarding of scholarships. Nest 6 raised $900 for this cause.

Nest 6

Pictured are bottom row: Mason Stark, Cameron Stark, Cody Lawrence, Austin Wild, Amy Skowronski and Nest 6 President Gary Sieczkarek. Back row: Sue Sieczkarek, Joe Skowronski Sr., Eileen Skowronski, Joe Skowronski Jr., Joe Skowronski III and Emily Pierce.

Visit with Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf

His Excellency Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United States, visits PFA Headquarters, speaks at Public Policy Luncheon held at The Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh, Penn.


Ambassador Schnepf, right, tours PFA National Headquarters led by PFA President Timothy Kuzma, center.

Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf was named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States on Sept. 22, 2012. During a diplomatic career spanning over 20 years, Amb. Schnepf has served as Poland’s chief diplomat in various postings. From 1991 to 1996, he was Poland’s ambassador to Paraguay and Uruguay. Later, he served as ambassador to Costa Rica and was also accredited to Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador. Amb. Schnepf was the Ambassador of Poland to the Kingdom of Spain for four years prior to his appointment to the United States. In addition to his chief diplomatic roles, Amb. Schnepf has held multiple positions in Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, including postings as the Undersecretary of State and the Secretary of State for foreign relations and security, respectively.

Click here to view photos from the event.