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.

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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.

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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.

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Poland and Spain

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

The President will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Spain July 7-11. From July 7-9, the President will attend the 2016 NATO Summit, his fifth and final Summit with NATO leaders. The meeting will afford an opportunity to underscore Alliance solidarity, to advance efforts to bolster security to NATO’s east and south, and to project stability through new partnerships beyond the North Atlantic area. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Polish President to discuss U.S.-Polish relations, reaffirm the American commitment to Poland’s security, and exchange views on the broader security environment in Europe. While in Warsaw, the President will also meet with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation across a range of shared priorities, including countering terrorism, fostering economic growth and prosperity, and addressing the global refugee crisis. Following the visit to Poland, the President will travel to Spain from July 9-11. The visit to Spain, an important NATO Ally, will highlight robust security cooperation, a strong political and economic relationship, and longstanding people-to-people ties. The President’s agenda in Spain will include meetings with His Majesty the King of Spain and the Acting President of Spain.

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President Kuzma: National Golf Tournament Part 2

I returned safely home from the National Golf Tournament last week. I don’t want to talk about the return trip. The only thing I will say is that I arrived home at 3:15 a.m. and I had to be in the office that morning for a couple important meetings. Enough said about that.

About the Tournament, I want to commend Pat Heineman and Nest 45 for doing an outstanding job as host of the Tournament. They did a great job and from what I could see, everyone had a fabulous time. Even though I only played the first round on Thursday, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in St. Louis. I had the pleasure of golfing with Paul Sadowski, District II President, Jeff Beilfuss, Nest 907, Cicero, Ill., and Rich Starnick, from Nest 74, Auburn, N.Y. The course on Thursday was at Eagle Spring Golf Club. It was a nice course and I played my normal game. I was probably most happy with my putter. One of these days I will be a better golfer. One of these days. For inquiring minds I shot a 108.

I did attend the meeting of the PFA Golf Commissioners on Wednesday evening at the Nest. I had hoped the Commissioners would talk about the future of the Tournament and I was not disappointed. National Golf Commissioner Mary Whalen guided the discussions and when all was said and done, I am confident the Commissioners will work hard to improve the Tournament and increase participation. The Commissioners did not solve every problem, but this group is up to the challenge and will give it their best effort. I do not want to get into too much detail as Druhna Whalen will present a report to the Board of Directors with recommendations for the Board to consider.

That said, everyone agrees that increasing attendance is the number one priority for the future success of the Tournament. The Commissioners were open to new ideas and possibilities for the Tournament. None of us can predict the future, but if we are willing to take on the challenges today we will be better prepared for the future, no matter what it may bring.

I am happy to report that Nest 336, Jackson, Mich., will be the host of the Tournament in 2017. The last time Nest 336 was the host of the Tournament was back in 2006. Congratulations to Nest 336 for accepting the host duties for the Tournament.

As I said, increasing participation in the National Golf Tournament, as well as all of our PFA events (Nest, District and National) is a paramount goal for our organization. We have to figure out new ways to attract Members, and get them to engage with the wide variety of programs and benefits we offer. I, the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and staff are open to your ideas. Let me know by commenting on any of our blogs or just send an email or call. I look forward to your feedback.

Czolem!

Nest 31 Members gather for annual picnic

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!

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VP Trish: PA Fraternal Alliance

On Sunday, October 23, I arrived in Grantville, PA at 11:30 p.m. I had spent the day enjoying the weather and my family, so I started my trip late. I was there to attend the PA Fraternal Alliance meeting. President Kuzma joined me, coming from the Washington DC area.

The Polish Falcons of America is a Member of the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh, the state fraternal alliances (in which we are licensed) and the American Fraternal Alliance. These umbrella groups offer not only a sense of camaraderie but more importantly provide information and guidance on regulatory and compliance issues.

The meeting was attended by Members of the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh, the Northeastern PA Fraternals and also the Philadelphia Fraternals. The meetings began at 9:00 on Monday morning following breakfast. The day was spent listening to various speakers and taking part in a memorial service for Members of our fraternals who had passed away during the last year.

A banquet was held that evening with main speaker Joseph Annotti, President & CEO of the American Fraternal Alliance (formerly the National Fraternal Congress of America). Joe’s main focus is always solvency, relevance and governance. He talked much about the lack of knowledge of the fraternal system including ignorance from our own Members. One of our main problems is that our Members purchase memberships from fraternals and insurance from the big guys. In order for us to survive, this needs to change.

During this meeting, the Fraternalist of the Year from PA was honored. Most of the societies chose a Fraternalist of the Year from within, then the recipient is nominated at the state levels as well. This year’s recipient is a Member of the Greater Beneficial Union. Another award given is the John Jordan Upchurch award (Upchurch started the fraternal system). This award is given to a Member of any of the participating societies who has contributed tremendously to the fraternal cause.

The new Officers were also installed. I was installed as a Director for the next two years. This is an honor and a privilege for the Polish Falcons, as well as for me.

Tuesday morning, we heard from Steve Johnson, the Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the state of PA. Steve is a friend of the fraternal system, but is frustrated by some of our practices. One of the things Steve talked about was the governance issues within our organizations. His suggestion is that we require minimum qualifications of our management team, including the Board of Directors. Officers being elected due to their hospitality room is not a good idea. With that being said, please think long and hard about who you nominate from your District to serve on the National Board of Directors. Please keep in mind, these people are sitting on the board of a 60+ million dollar corporation and need to be business savvy.

Katie's baby, David Fernance!

 

The weather was once again gorgeous, so I was able to enjoy the scenery as I drove home that afternoon. On my way home, I chatted with Katie Choromanski in the hospital, getting ready to give birth to her son, David. Even though she arrived at the hospital on Monday, he wasn’t born until Wednesday evening, weighing in at 6 lbs. 14 ozs. Both of her parents, Joe & Lori, as well as David’s daddy and his Mom were able to share the experience with Katie. Congratulations to all.

My grandson Ryan will be able to go to camp with David. How cool is that?