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.

Nest 104 announces 2013 scholarship recipients

The ninth annual Nest 104 Scholarships have been awarded. Four scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, have been distributed to three Nest 104 Members and one Nest 946 Member. Please note that Nest 104 dues-paid Members in good standing, as well as good standing Members of other District I Nests, are eligible apply for the annual awards.


Alison Kalinowski

Alison Kalinowksi, Nest 946
A 2012 graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J., Kalinowski is entering her sophomore year at Quinnipiac University, majoring in Physical Therapy. She is a Dean’s List student, pursuing an accelerated six-year doctorate in Physical Therapy, aiming to specialize in Neuro-Physical Therapy. Actively involved with Nest 946, Kalinowski participated in the Polish School, various holiday events and the church Christmas party.


Pierce Guderski

Pierce Guderski, Nest 104
Entering his junior year at Chapman University, Guderski is majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. Active as a volunteer at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Guderski is also engaged in the Army R.O.T.C., the Chapman men’s lacrosse team and music arranging and production.



Victoria Pietrucha

Victoria Pietrucha, Nest 104
A 2013 Cum Laude graduate of James Madison University with a 3.6 gpa, Pietrucha is commencing Master’s study in Speech Language Pathology at Seton Hall University. She was active in the Nicaraguan Orphan Fund, the Student Speech Hearing Language Association and the Order of Omega Honors Society.



Christie Furman

Christie Furman, Nest 104
A 2013 graduate of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J., Furman will be a Business and Marketing major at Fairfield University. She represented New Jersey at the International DECA Marketing and Business Competition, served as President of her Mock Trail team, was a delegate to the Model United Nations, served as Captain of her high school softball team and created a marketing campaign to raise awareness and funding for the Shelter Our Sisters campaign against domestic violence.


Nest 104 congratulates the 2013 recipients. Their academic and extracurricular achievements are outstanding. Along with the 2005 through 2012 recipients, we take pride in their accomplishments and wish them every academic and career success.

Stan Tafil, Pres.
On behalf of the Nest 104 Scholarship Committee

Nest 6 family participates in Ride for Roswell

Three Members of Nest 6 Buffalo, N.Y., Mark, Jill and Cameron Stark participated in the 2013 Ride for Roswell. This annual bike challenge benefits the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. In previous years, Mark and Jill Stark rode 33 miles for the cause. This year, they rode with their son Cameron, 10, who completed the 20 mile challenge. This was Cameron’s first ride. The family rode in memory of their loved ones and of Nest 6 Members affected by cancer.

Members of the Stark family (pictured in grey t-shirts) participate in Ride for Roswell.

Members of the Stark family (pictured in grey t-shirts) participate in Ride for Roswell.

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!