District II golf tournament on Sept. 14

District II invites all PFA Members, their friends and family to attend their annual golf tournament. This year’s tournament will be held at Village Greens in Woodridge, Ill. on Sept. 14, 2013. Golf and dinner is $75 per person, dinner only is $20 per person. Please use the application linked here to register. Deadline to register is Aug. 30, 2013.

PFA Youth Blog: Share your experiences!

The following posts have been written by two PFA Youth Members, who are also PFA Future Leaders. The PFA Future Leaders wish to start up a conversation with all PFA Youth Members through blogging. They want Youth Members to share their stories, whether those stories are related to Falcon experiences or other exciting things that are happening in our Youth Members’ lives, it doesn’t matter.

To get started, our first posts share a couple of our Future Leaders’ experiences at two PFA Youth Volleyball Tournaments. If you were at this year’s tournament, write and tell us about your personal experience!

The PFA Future Leaders are also interested in hearing about the great things that you are accomplishing outside of the Falcons. Are you a musician? Do you compete on the soccer team? Have you won an award recently? We would love to hear about it and share it with our other Youth Members.

So, if you are 20 years old or younger, this portion of the PFA Blog is for you! Enjoy the first two posts and be sure to share your stories with us. Simply leave a comment. We would love to hear about what is happening with you!

All of the teamwork paid off!
Written by Lisa Wood, PFA Future Leader (Nest 725, Milwaukee)

The sweat dripped down my face. It was completely silent as our team waited for the serve. The other team’s server tossed the ball up and hit it. It flew over to our side, just inches above the net. One of my teammates quickly ran to bump the ball into the air and the volley began.

But hold on, let me back track to how I got here. It was our fourth game in the elimination round of the Youth Volleyball Tournament. We had lost one game and were finally getting out of the Consolation Bracket.

At the beginning of the tournament, we didn’t really play well. In fact, we lost almost every game in the Round Robin portion, but all of those games and losses brought the team closer together. We learned each other’s weaknesses and strengths and we’re now playing like a well-oiled machine. The best part was that we were always having fun, no matter how bad the game. One Member always knew what to do to lift up the team’s spirit. Another teammate came up with great cheers for us to say.

But let’s get back to the current game. Both teams were currently tied and the next point would determine the winner. The volley was long and intense. Our team kept calling out to one another as we bumped, set and spiked. I have no idea how long this volley lasted, but suddenly it was over. The ball hit the floor on the other team’s side of the net.

We won! All of the teamwork paid off and it was the most exciting game I’ve ever played!

We lost the next game though, but the team didn’t care. The tournament was still fun and the people, no, new friends I made, were even better!

For the first time, we didn’t lose!
Written by Christy Paterni, PFA Future Leader (Nest 8, Pittsburgh)

I was so excited that the volleyball tournament was finally here. I had been to some before and they were so much fun! The whole trip up I was talking to all the people that I had met at the last tournament and I was becoming even more excited.

I finally arrived and all of my friends were there to greet me. It was the typical greeting for girls, lots of screaming. Once everyone got unpacked, we talked some more.

When it was time to play, I couldn’t wait. Volleyball has always been my favorite part of the Falcons and it came at a perfect time. Every year since I started playing, my team came in last place. This year was going to be different.

Games started and we were actually winning, even though I didn’t do so great and I was getting a little mad. The day was over and we had won all of our games! When we got back to the hotel, everyone was so tired that we all just went to bed.

We woke up the next morning super early like we do at all tournaments. When we got to the gym, we quickly started pool play. As the day went on, teams kept getting knocked out of the tournament and we were still playing. The time finally came for the championship game and we were in it! We went the whole time undefeated for the first time ever.

We played our first game and got beat, so we had to play again. The entire game was so close but we actually won. For the first time, we didn’t lose!

After the game, we went back to the hotel and got ready for the evening’s dance. Though the dance wasn’t as great as the after party in the hotel lobby. Most of the kids stayed in the lobby and played card games, talked and laughed and had fun. Even people who didn’t stay in our hotel were there.

That year, 2009, I had the best time. I met new people who I became really close with. I know that I am going to be friends with them for a long time.

VP Trish: Southington Apple Festival!

Friday, October 5, I headed east to one of my favorite places, Connecticut. This time, I was going back to volunteer at the Apple Festival in Southington. I have participated for a few years but was unable to help last year due to volunteering at my brothers’ motorcycle races.

This was the 44th Annual event which takes place in the heart of Southington surrounding the Town Green and attracts 100,000 visitors. It is an impressive event with local entertainment, a variety of contests, craft fair, rides, and on-stage music. There are quite a few wonderful food booths and that would include the Nest 307 booth. Nest 307 sells homemade pierogi (the Nest Members made 16,000 pierogi (potato-cheese and sauerkraut) and kielbasa grinders. This year, they added the Polish dinner plate which proved to be a big hit!

It’s funny how things become routine. We arrive bright and early Saturday morning, stop by the apple fritter stand (have to get there very early or stand in a ridiculously long line) work several hours, take a break, go eat a pulled pork sandwich, walk around, visit the American Legion (where we always run into several Falcon Members), head back stopping to get an apple dumpling with the works (tons more calories), then work a bit more. This year, we didn’t work anywhere near as long as we have in that past. President Jim Sokolowski and his wife Chris recruit as many folks as possible and this year, there were quite a few. To ease the parking issue, volunteers may park at the club and there are Members who shuttle folks to the booth. There again, thinking of everything, they bring change or whatever else is needed. There have been improvements each year. The first time I volunteered, I stayed at the club and cooked. The pierogi would then take a short ride to the festival. Now there is a huge cooler with the pierogi and all food items are prepared on site.

There are volunteers from most Nests in District V. District Officers-Phil Zambrello, Frania Tracz, Joe Choromanski, and John Kowarik donated time again this year. I worked the second weekend and spent time with other Nest Members.

From years of working the event, most of us do the same job each year. Mine is working the register. There are quite a few rules and one is that if you handle food, you can’t handle cash and vice versa. I get to be the cash girl. Each year, I wear a Steeler shirt which truly makes sense because there are quite a few Steeler fans in New England. It adds to the fun to joke with visitors either wearing another team shirt or a Steeler shirt. One year, a young man came to buy what we were selling, (he didn’t care what it was) because he was a huge Steeler fan.

Also as added bonus for working, Druhna Chris Sokolowski’s Mom made brownies for all the workers in the tent-they were fabulous. I took four to take some home to my son but he only got two of them!

Congratulations to Nest 307 for another great job! This event is good for the community but also good for the Polish Falcons. Thank you to all who work so hard for this event, not only the actual festival but the countless hours leading up to the preparation. Jim and Chris need to sleep for a week straight when it is over!