President Kuzma: Spring Travels

On Monday, May 9, I had the honor of attending ceremonies at the Polish cemetery at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Polish President Andrzej Duda laid a wreath in the cemetery in honor of the young Polish men who died while in training for the Polish Army during World War I. A Polish Falcons Honor Guard led by Druh Steve Flor, a Member of Nest 52, Rochester, N.Y., helped welcome President Duda. It was a great honor to briefly meet President Duda.

At the ceremony at the Polish cemetery in Niagara-on-the Lake is PFA National President Timothy Kuzma and his wife Patti with members of the Polish Falcons Honor Guard. On the far left is Rick Mazella, National Vice President Membership Development of the Polish American Congress.

At the ceremony at the Polish cemetery in Niagara-on-the Lake is PFA National President Timothy Kuzma and his wife Patti with members of the Polish Falcons Honor Guard. On the far left is Rick Mazella, National Vice President Membership Development of the Polish American Congress.

Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, lays a wreath in honor of the Polish cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, lays a wreath in honor of the Polish cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

As part of a trip to District I in May, I had the opportunity to visit the Nest 946 Polish School in Somerville, N.J. This impressive School was started 31 years ago by Frank and Regina Grodzki, longtime Members of Nest 946. There are 185 students, many of them Falcon Members, enrolled in the school this year. I had the pleasure of watching some of the 11-year students take their final oral examination (Matura in Polish). They did a great job and I was most impressed. I also talked with the director of the school, Lucyna Lis, as well as two of the instructors.

Nest 946 Polish School

Nest 946 Polish School

Also in May I attended the Executive Summit meeting of the American Fraternal Alliance in Toronto, Canada. The highlight of this meeting was the presentation of a potential new branding campaign that can be used by all fraternal organizations. In very broad terms, think of the milk industry and its “Got Milk” campaign that has been so successful. If the concept is eventually adopted and implemented, PFA can use the program to establish awareness about who we are and what we do. I will certainly keep a close eye on this idea as it develops.

I wish you all a wonderful and safe summer, and I look forward to seeing those of you at the Convention.

Nest 104 announces 2014 scholarship recipients

The tenth annual Nest 104 Scholarships have been awarded. Three scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, have been distributed to Nest 104 Members. Please note that Nest 104 dues-paid ($10 per year) Members in good standing, as well as good standing Members of other District I Nests, are eligible apply for the annual awards.

Victoria Pietrucha, Nest 104
Pietrucha
A cum laude graduate of James Madison (VA) University, Tori is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Seton Hall (NJ) University. She has completed an internship in speech pathology at a local elementary school and will have two additional internships in hospital settings. She has done volunteer work with children at an orphanage in Nicaragua and is active in the National Student Speech Hearing Language Association, as well as Relay for Life. Upon completion of her studies, Tori will be a speech-language pathologist, focusing on children.

Christie Furman, Nest 104
Furman
Currently a sophomore at Lehigh (PA) University, majoring in Business and Marketing, Christie represented the state of New Jersey at a national business competition (DECA) in California. She served as president of her high school mock trial team and as a delegate for the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations competitions. In addition, she was selected to receive gold, silver and bronze Girl Scout awards, has been a volunteer swim instructor at the YWCA, and has implemented a campaign to promote awareness of domestic violence (Shelter Our Sisters). Upon completion of her studies, Christie will pursue a career in marketing.

Pierce Guderski, Nest 104
Guderski
Pierce is a senior at Chapman (CA) University, majoring in Business with a minor in Psychology. A founding member and philanthropy chairman, Pierce serves as Vice President of Programming for the Chapman Colony of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He has worked as a summer intern with the Edward Jones financial advisory firm. Pierce plans to pursue an MBA and hopes to start a sports technology firm.

Nest 104 congratulates the 2014 scholarship winners. They are not only excellent students, but also significant contributors to their local communities and national organizations. We take pride in their accomplishments and wish them every academic and career success.

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