Donald Trump meets with leaders of Polish American community

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump met on Wednesday, September 28 with leaders of the Polish American community at the office of the Polish National Alliance in Chicago. PFA National President Timothy L. Kuzma represented the Polish Falcons of America at the meeting. The meeting was organized by the Polish American Congress (PAC).

PAC President Frank Spula welcomed Mr. Trump to the Polish National Alliance headquarters. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani accompanied Mr. Trump.

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President Spula addressed issues of importance to Polish Americans and Poland; specifically the critical need for a strong NATO, of which the Republic of Poland has been a member since 1999, as well as Poland’s inclusion into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Mr. Trump expressed strong support for both issues, including the support of a missile defense system which’s elements have been located in Poland. Mr. Trump said, “I am all for NATO and in a Trump Administration, we will have a friendly and strong partnership with Poland and Polish Americans.”

Although unfamiliar with the issue of inclusion of Poland into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, Trump expressed concern that Poland is not a member of the Program. Trump said, “I promise that within weeks of my Administration being sworn into office, I will see to the approval of Poland in the Visa Waiver Program.”

Mr. Trump thanked those in attendance for the hospitality afforded him and Mr. Giuliani.

Meeting participants included: Frank J Spula – President of the Polish American Congress & Polish National Alliance; Rick E. Pierchalski, PAC First Vice President; Mark Pienkos, PAC VP for Public Relations; Hubert Cioromski, PAC VP for Financial Development; Timothy Kuzma, President of the Polish Falcons of America and PAC Secretary; Micheline Jaminski, PAC Treasurer, President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; Romuald Poplawski, President of the PAC Illinois Division; Mary Anselmo, PAC National Director; Jacek Niemczyk, PAC National Director, General Manager of the WPNA Radio Station; Magdalena Pantelis, PAC National Director, General Manager of the Alliance Publishers and Printers; Joseph Drobot, PAC National Director, President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; Marian Grabowski, PAC National Director, Treasurer of the Polish National Alliance; Bozena Nowicka McLees, PAC National Director, Chair of the PAC Educational Commission; Charles Komosa, PAC National Director, Secretary of the Polish National Alliance; Margaret Blaszczuk, PAC National Director, Editor of the Polish Daily News; Alicja Kuklinska, PAC National Director, Editor of Zgoda; Mark Grzymala, PAC IL Division Director; Kornelia Krol, President of the Polish American Medical Association; Maciej Pisarski, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington; Piotr Janicki, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Chicago; Anna Morzy, President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce; Ewa Koch, President of the Polish Teachers Association in America; Jan Cikowski, President of the Polish Highlanders in America, and Iwona Wegrzyn Bochenski, President of the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities.

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Following the meeting with leaders of the Polish American community, Mr. Trump spoke to nearly two hundred Polish Americans who gathered in the PNA headquarters. Mr. Trump reinforced his fondness and commitment to Poland and Polish Americans.

The meeting was organized by the Office of President Spula, Mr. William Ciosek of the Donald Trump Campaign with the assistance of Anthony Bajdek, Polish American Congress Vice President for American Affairs.

The Polish American Congress has reached out to the Hillary Clinton Campaign for a similar opportunity to meet with Secretary Clinton. As of today, the campaign has not responded to the invitation.

The Polish American Congress does not endorse candidates, but hopes to inform candidates as to the issues facing Poland and Polish Americans.

VP Trish: Scholarship Appreciation Event

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

Teofil Starzynski, a Pittsburgh Doctor of medicine was President from 1912-1952.

For quite some time, we have discussed having a gathering of scholarship recipients. It sounds like a great idea but logistically, it simply didn’t make sense. Well, the upcoming National Convention is providing the opportunity for us to gather, celebrate and cultivate the Dr. T. A. Starzynski Scholarship Program.

On Friday, July 15, there will be such a gathering at Nest 4 (MR) on the corner of Bendix and Keller Streets. The evening will begin with dinner being served from 7:00-8:30. Tickets are available for the cost of $25 per person which includes dinner and an evening of fun! (Winner need not be present.) Nest 4 will provide refreshments for a minimal cost. Vegas games will begin at 7:30.

Bus transportation from the hotel begins at 6:30.

This sounds like a perfect evening to me. One gets to support the Scholarship Program, possibly win a bit, socialize with Members, and support the local Nest! What could be better!?!

Show your alumni status proudly; wear some type of garment from your college. It may be a shirt, hat, cheerleading outfit, football uniform, wrestling singlet, or bring your pom-poms.

All are invited! This event is open to everyone, not just Convention Delegates. It would be nice to see former recipients attend.

The first grant of the scholarship program was issued in 1962 to James Sopata of Nest 8, Pittsburgh and Joanne Zielski of Nest 401 Enfield, Conn.; each received $250! Since that time, the PFA has awarded over $720,500 to more than 11,000 Falcon Members!

Chairing the Scholarship Committees is something I enjoy and embrace. There have been many improvements made to the program. There are now three categories-Achievement receives $1,500, Involvement receives $1,000 and General receives $750. The Mary Kus grant of $3,000 is chosen from the Achievement Category. The deadline is February 15 of each year; the application is available online the beginning of December.

Our website has a list of all recipients, take a look!

As always, if interested in making a donation, please send your check to my attention to: Polish Falcons of America, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The program is funded exclusively from donations. We need a few more Genevieves, Pats and Matthews!

Looking forward to seeing you in South Bend!

Czolem!

District II Fashion Show

You are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon of fashion and food with the ladies of District II. Fashions will be provided by the Dress Barn. Men are welcome to attend as well. The fashion show and luncheon will take place on Sunday, November 8 at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall (7941 W. 47th St., McCook, IL 60525), starting with a cocktail hour at noon. The luncheon will commence at 1 p.m. Cost is $30 per person. Cash bar available. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Beth Sadowski at beth.a.sadowski@gmail.com or Laura Kazmierowicz at beaglepuppy@hotmail.com. RSVP deadline is November 2.

Click here for additional information.

Important Message from Polish Falcons of America

Fr. Joe at the 2014 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Fr. Joe at the 2014 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski, our PFA National Chaplain of 34 years. We received notification this past weekend from his family stating Fr. Joe passed away while on a trip to Poland with classmates. We do not know any details of his passing at this time. The family is making arrangements to bring his body back to the U. S. for burial. We will send funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them from the family. We ask that you keep Fr. Joe in your prayers.

Rev. Canon Joseph Sredzinski of Uniontown, Pa. was ordained in 1970 following the completion of his priestly studies at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. One who in his own words was committed to “holding fast to the heritage and culture bequeathed to Polish Americans by those who had great faith and hope in crossing the ocean to hurdle the obstacles they faced,” Rev. Sredzinski was named National Chaplain of the Polish Falcons of America in 1981. He was appointed by the Board of Directors to be the eleventh National Chaplain of the Falcons since the office was created in 1912.

In 2009, Rev. Sredzinski played a key role in working with Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh to establish the special Mass to honor Our Lady of Czestochowa at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The Mass has become an annual event, occurring each August and attracting more than 700 hundred parishioners.

Updates will be posted to the PFA website at http://polishfalcons.org.

May he rest in peace. Niech spoczywa w pokoju. Czolem.

Holland Brown: Picture Perfect!

Working at Polish Falcons of America is a rewarding experience. Knowing that my designs and layouts are viewed by our Members is great; words can’t describe the happiness I feel when people enjoy my work!

On the pages of the Sokol Polski, I have the opportunity to design layouts using your photos. We, those of us in the Communications Department (Courtney and I), love when you submit stories recapping the happenings at your Nest or share your Members’ accomplishments. The key for us to make your stories stand out is having photos that are of print quality. When Courtney and I are reviewing your photos, it is important that the images reach a basic print standard.

Ideally, we love photos that:

  • Are JPEGs, TIFFs, PDFs or PNGs.
  • Are at least 300 dpi (if digital).
    • DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. The best way to describe it is each individual dot creates an image and the more dots, the better the image will look. The less dots that make up the image, the more pixilated it will appear.
    • The file size of your photo should be at least 1MB or greater. If it is only a few kilobytes, then it’s too small for printing.
  • Have a caption.
  • Are submitted digitally.

Photos that we don’t love as much:

  • Are inserted in a Word document or Quark file.
  • Are less than 300 dpi.
  • Have no caption.
  • Are printed and need to be scanned.

Side note: We accept photos from your average everyday camera. But, please ensure there is no date present in the corner of your image. It’s distracting!

Follow these rules and your photos will be picture perfect!

To submit your next story, visit polishfalcons.org/sokol_submissions.