Fraternalist of the Year 2014

Polish Falcons of America wishes to congratulate this year’s Fraternalist of the Year recipient, Michelle Metcalf of Nest 163 Mocanaqua, Pa.

Michelle has served as the Nest 163 Instructress since 2011. During her term as Instructress, she has initiated zumba classes which meet twice per week, organized a walking team with Members ranging in age from one to 60, planned children’s holiday parties, and has held fundraisers for breast cancer research.

Through the sale of t-shirts, Michelle and the Members of Nest 163 donated $1,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They are currently raising money for Keystone Wounded Warriors.

Michelle has also served as chairperson of the area’s Toys for Tots program and has encouraged her community to raise money for fire victims. Following the burning of a home in Mocanaqua, Michelle, with the help of fellow Members, coordinated a spaghetti dinner at the Nest to collect donations for the family affected. Over $500 was given to the family.

Since 2012, Michelle has served as the District VII Secretary. In 2013, she held the position of Secretary at the District VII Convention.

Michelle is always willing to help with any and all projects in her community. She is the definition of a fraternalist.

Congratulations Michelle and thank you for your dedication to our organization!

PACCF Scholarship Opportunity

The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation is formally announcing that it is accepting applications for the Richard Gorecki Scholarship for this year. The amount of scholarships will be between $500 and $1,000, as determined by the Scholarship Committee.

To be eligible, the applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America and of Polish ancestry.

Applicant must be a full-time student enrolled as a sophomore, junior, senior or post-graduate in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

Applicant must be a member of their local Polish American Congress Division, or if none in their area, then a member through the National PAC.

Application process is as follows:

1. Completion of a PACCF Scholarship application.

2. Submit a resume, including: a. Name and relationship to you of the nearest family member(s) from whom you ascribe your Polish ancestry; b. Description of your academic and career goals

3. Submit an original certificate of your most recent transcript, including an original certified copy of your GPA.

4. Submit a description of your personal involvement in the community.

Applications can be obtained at, by emailing, or by calling 773-763-9942. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2014.

Nest 8 Member publishes children’s poetry book

Dorothy Czarnecki, a Member of Nest 8 Pittsburgh, Penn., began writing poetry following brain surgery five years ago. She recently published her first book of children’s poetry, “Poems for Kids,” with company, Xlibris. The book, meant to be humorous and educational, is available in both softcover and e-book formats from Amazon and Barnes and Noble or through


Fraternalist of the Year 2013

Ken Decker

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.

Decker Family

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.