Nest 519 Middletown, Conn. celebrated their 100th anniversary with a 3-day extravaganza, starting with a Happy Hour on Friday night, September 20, which included traditional Polish cuisine and featured live entertainment.
The next day, September 21, was a Saturday Fun Day. There was a horseshoe tournament and games for the children as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Saturday night was the formal banquet which began with the Nest’s youth Members performing the National Drill. The evening included many distinguished guests, dinner and dancing.
Nest 519 concluded their weekend-long festivities with a Caribbean Beach Party, lunch and live entertainment, with a band covering Jimmy Buffett.
Thanks to all of the committee Members for their hard work and dedication to this wonderful event, especially all of the Members who attended during this weekend to make it a wonderful and joyous occasion.
Each year, youth Members from the Polish Falcons of America, the Polish Women’s Alliance, the Polish National Alliance and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America have their junior bowling tournaments. The results are then forwarded to National Vice President Trish Del Busse to compare results.
The event was originally done through the efforts of Druh Robert Gorny, currently the District VI Director.
This is the first time the Polish Falcons did not come in first place; this year we came in third.
We had seven winners- Tyler Hoke, Devin Yanick and Ava Stevens of Nest 45 placed in the Pee Wee Division, Riley Kulaga in the Bantam Division, Lauren Andrychowski in the Juniors Division and Melissa Paterni and Kaitlyn Johns in the Majors Division.
Polish Falcons of America wishes to congratulate this year’s Fraternalist of the Year recipient, Kenneth Decker of Nest 307 Southington, Conn.
Kenneth currently serves as the Nest 307 Treasurer. He has held that position for the past two years. Prior to becoming Treasurer, he was the Nest’s Financial Secretary.
Kenneth participates extensively each year in the Nest’s largest fundraiser, The Apple Harvest Festival, which is held every October, spanning two weekends. Kenneth works the Nest’s booth at the festival from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. He gives of his personal time, along with his wife, to design the Polish float for the festival’s parade. In addition, the Deckers invite all of the Nest’s youth Members to their home to assist with the float. Following the parade, the Deckers provide food and refreshments for fellow Nest Members.
Kenneth, a wonderful cook, also makes pierogi on Thursday nights as a fundraiser for his Nest. He participates yearly in the Nest’s Penguin Plunge, golf tournament, Easter and Christmas parties, amongst other picnics and celebrations.
Beyond his work with the Falcons, Kenneth organized a fundraiser in his community, raising $1,000, to send a local special needs child to camp. Along with his children, Kenneth has volunteered his time making Easter food baskets, as well as loading and unloading trucks, at The Southington Community Center on Saturday mornings.
The Members of Nest 31 Detroit, Mich. were treated to a warm and sunny Saturday for their annual picnic on Aug. 3, 2013. The Members gathered at the home of Frank and Barb Wloch around noon. The day’s agenda included a Nest meeting followed by food, frolic and conversation. The meeting informed the Members of the upcoming District XIII Convention and served to handle other general business that needed attention. Following the meeting, the beverages were chilled, the hamburgers, hot dogs and brats were prepared and the numerous side dishes were set out for everyone to enjoy. The physical activities for the day included playing (and cooling off) in the lake, paddle boarding across the lake, paddle boating to soak up the sunshine, playing bolo toss or taking a walk to enjoy the beautiful day. With the exception of some dessert overindulgences on key lime pie, the Members deemed the picnic to be a success and vowed to return next year. Thanks to all the Members who took the time to share in this Nest 31 tradition. Czolem!