Well first of all, I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season, shopping, decorating and baking. I know that at this time of year everyone gets really busy, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope that Santa brings you everything you want and that you get to spend lots of time with family and friends celebrating, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
2014 looks to be another exciting year for the Polish Falcons of America. The Walking Program continues, and all paperwork should be turned in by Feb. 1, 2014. I have already started the search for new and unusual prizes for everyone. If you need copies of the Walking Program paperwork or have any questions, feel free to email me and I can send you what you need.
The Polish Falcons of America Third Annual Future Leaders Conference will take place the weekend of Feb. 21 – 23, 2014. Invitations will be sent to the individuals who are invited to attend. I am hoping to be able to fill all of the spots this year. The Future Leaders will be presented with information that will help them to understand the inner workings of the PFA and to prepare them to become leaders in their Nest, District, or even at National Headquarters. I am looking forward to working with these youth Members again.
The Adult Volleyball Tournament will be held the weekend of March 14 -15, 2014. A special “Thank You” goes out to the Officers and Members of Nest 86 Hamtramck, Mich. for hosting this year’s event. Play will take place at the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy in Warren, Mich. The entry fee is $60 per player and $30 per guest. We will be staying at Comfort Inn Warren in Warren, Mich. The number to call for reservations is 586-268-9020. The cost is $69 plus tax per room per night with breakfast included. The deadline to book a room is March 1, 2014. The deadline for entry into the tournament is March 3, 2014. All of the information and entry forms will be on the website under the Adult Programs tab. Just download the application and mail it with your check to: Druhna Chris Puskar – Volleyball, Polish Falcons of America, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
The biggest event of 2014 will be the 36th Polish Falcons of America National Zlot. The Zlot will take place the week of July 6 – 12, 2014 at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Penn. The campus is about 120 miles north of Pittsburgh and should give us everything we need to have another great gathering of youth Members.
The Zlot may look a little different in 2014, as we are adding some things and bringing back some things. Hopefully we can reach out and give everyone something that fits their interests. We will have our usual events of Volleyball, Track and Field, Drill Competition, Gymnastics and Swimming.
We have added an Arts & Crafts competition this year. The theme of the competition is “Friendship.” There are four categories: Polish Crafts, Painting and Drawing, Photography and 3-Dimensional Art. You prepare the artwork at home and bring it with you to the Zlot. The art pieces will be judged on Construction and Materials, Difficulty/Complexity, Finishing and Display, Neatness and Best Representation of Theme. Awards will be given in each age group.
The other event that is new to our Zlot is a Singles Bowling Tournament. Everyone will participate in the COED Tournament. The age groups will be the same as in all our competitions. The Preps will bowl two games with bumpers. All other divisions will bowl three games. The Tournament will be held at Eastland Bowling, the same place as the 2013 Adult National Bowling Tournament was held.
Following the bowling, we will be having dinner at Nest 123 Erie, Penn. Special thanks to Nest 123 for their hospitality. After dinner, Druh Larry Kozlowski, our Cultural Commissioner, will host a Cultural Workshop for all the participants at Nest 123. It should be a fun-filled evening.
Friday will be the last day of activities for the Zlot. We will have our Closing Mass and our final dinner on campus that day. Of course that evening we will have our Closing Dance complete with Druhna Trish’s snack smorgasbord! I know I can’t wait for that!
I hope that you will get excited and get all the youth Members that you know to join us for some fun-filled competition and camaraderie. Come and see your old friends and make some new ones. If you have never been to one of our events, this would be a good one to start with attending. You will find out what an amazing organization you are a part of and how many amazing people there are in the PFA. If you are not a Member, now is the time to sign up and join in the fun!
I know that some of our youth Members have already started the countdown to the Zlot. I am not sure whether they do it just to get excited or to stress me out! Either way, I am glad that the Zlot is an important event in their lives and I hope it will be another Falcon activity that can be kept forever in their hearts and memories!
I am working and planning to help all the Nests to be able to participate in 2014.
As always, if you have any questions about any of our activities, please feel free to contact me and I will do whatever I can to help. Email is probably the best way to get in touch with me but you can call the office too. My email is email@example.com and the phone number at the office is 800-535-2071 toll-free or 412-922-2244.
Once again Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
For the first time in 33 years, Polish film will be shown on the opening nights of the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh, Penn. On Nov. 8 2013, Film Director Bodo Kox will introduce his “Girl from the Wardrobe.” Film Director Ryszard Bugajski will introduce his “The Closed Circuit” following on November 13 and November 14.
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When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and bowling starts at 1 p.m.
Where: AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes in Mt. Lebanon, Penn.
Why: Many children who suffer from serious illnesses and diseases are treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh every year. The proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Hospital.
How: Children of all ages (5-99) can qualify.
Need not be a member of a fraternal society to participate. There is no cost to enter the tournament, however, you must have a total of $25 in sponsorships or promised sponsorships prior to entering.
Visit www.bowling4kidz.org for additional information.
All bowlers will roll a three game series (ages 5-7 bowl two games) and will be treated to entertainment, games, face painting, food, prizes and a commemorative t-shirt the day of the event. Also, the bowler who collects the most donations will receive a prize!
T-shirts for ages 18 & under.
The Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh is sponsoring this fundraiser to benefit the Free Care Fund of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh is made up of approximately 11 different Fraternal Benefit Societies in the Greater Pittsburgh/Western PA area. The FSGP believes it is a great idea to give youth the opportunity to meet others while raising money for the kids at Children’s Hospital.
For entry form or additional information, contact Karen Pintar at 1-800-843-7675 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Perry 200 Commemoration took place this summer in Erie, Penn. The event recognizes Erie’s role in Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Perry’s fleet, including the Flagship Niagara, was built in Erie at the urging of Erie citizen Daniel Dobbins; the construction of that fleet almost single-handedly led to the transformation of Erie from a quiet frontier village to a bustling maritime port and manufacturing center.
On Memorial day weekend, a large parade is organized in downtown Erie. The organizers ask businesses, civic organizations and others to participate. This year, it was suggested that Erie’s Polish community construct a float!
Under the chairmanship of Nest 610’s Maria Wawrzyniak, and with donations from many Polish organizations in Erie, including Nest 610 Erie, Penn., a float was constructed and entered in the parade, making the Erie Polish community very proud. The pictures shown below are part of the float that is now on display at Nest 610. Along with Maria, other helpers were Carol Niedzielski and her brother Vinnie, Mary and Betty Krysiak, Sherri Wieczorek, Kristen Baginski, Designer Carol Widomski, Brian Herman, Bill Hoderny and Dan Wisinski.