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2019 Polish Falcons Trip to Poland

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September 30 – October 11, 2019

Early Bird Discount: Only $2950 if registered before March 31!

Direct flight to Warsaw from your choice of:

  • New York – JFK International Airport
  • Chicago – O’Hare International Airport

We will visit:

Warszawa, Toruń, Łódź, Wrocław, Zakopane, Kraków, Wieliczka, Oświęcim

Price: $3,100 Single Supplement: $799

Registration will open on March 4, 2019.

Contact us at 800-535-2071 or ejean@polishfalcons.org.

Learn more at polishfalcons.org/poland-trip.

Explorers’ Summer: Polish Language & Culture Camp

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The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation is again sponsoring a cultural program for American teenagers of Polish descent.

This year’s program is a 2-week trip to Poland with activities run through the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

The PACCF will be sending 25 participants, ages 13 – 15. Members of the Polish Falcons are invited to participate. In order to allow as many students as possible to attend, previous participants will not be eligible.

The group will depart from Chicago on July 6, 2019 (Saturday) and will return on July 20, 2019 (Saturday).

All participants must get to and from the Chicago airport on their own for travel to Poland. Participants will be chaperoned during their flights to and from Poland. There will be 24-hour supervision by qualified education professionals for the duration of their stay in Poland.

The program will include 45 hours of language instruction provided by teachers trained to work with young people. Sightseeing tours of Krakow, Zakopane, Bochnia Salt Mine, and Ogrodzieniec Castle are planned. Other activities in the program include sports, dance workshops, and film showings. A language course diploma will be given to each student by the University.

The cost for the trip is $3050. This includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, hotels, meals, transport, and entry fees to venues. The PACCF will pay $2150 while the participants will pay the remaining $900.

PFA Members who would like to take this trip are required to pay $450, while PFA will subsidize the other $450 for up to five Members to cover their participant portion of the total cost.

If there are more than five PFA Youth Members who send in their registrations, a drawing will be held at National Headquarters to choose our five participants.  

Interested families are asked to complete and send their application (click to download) with a deposit check of $450 (non-refundable) to: Polish Falcons of America, PACCF Poland Trip, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15.

If after PFA’s five participants are chosen there is still room available through the PACCF, those youth can still participate but without the subsidy from PFA.

Questions may be directed to Druhna Christine Puskar at 800-535-2071 or by email to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org.

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2019 PFA Adult/Youth Volleyball Tournament

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The 2019 PFA Adult/Youth Volleyball Tournament will be held on April 5-7 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Location:
Cool Springs Sports
3001 Cool Springs Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Costs:
Adults –
Member Entry Fee – $70 per Player
Non-refundable Guest Fee – $40 (Meals & Banquet for all ages)

Youth –
Member Entry Fee – $40 per Player/ Instructor/ Chaperone
Non-refundable Guest Fee – $40 (Meals & Banquet for all ages)
Non-refundable Friend Fee – $45

Deadline to register is March 4, 2019.

Click here for applications and/or additional information.

“Insure Your Love” Month

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February is “Insure Your Love” Month!

Protect the ones you love with life insurance from Polish Falcons of America.

Michael, 32, was a fit and healthy family man. As he left to run a 10K race, he kissed his wife, Traci, good-bye along with newborn Calvin and “big” sister Josie. He never made it home.

As he crossed the finish line, Michael collapsed and died. The Kovacic family would never be the same.

Thankfully, they had life insurance. Even though the young couple had been living paycheck to paycheck, their insurance professional had convinced them to buy an affordable policy.

Traci says the hardest part for her was knowing that the love of her life was never coming home. “But the reality is that everything else stayed the same,” she says. “The paychecks stopped immediately, but I still had to keep the lights on, buy food, pay the mortgage and take care of the kids. Having life insurance meant I didn’t have to make any immediate decisions or sell the house.”

“The life insurance saved us—and it still does today,” she says.

Learn more about the life insurance plans available through Polish Falcons of America. Contact John Denning at 800-535-2071 or by email at jdenning@polishfalcons.org.

Interest Rates Increased on PFA Annuities

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Interest rates have been increased on new annuities opened with PFA. See below for rates on our Flex Premium, Premier 5, and Starter Annuities.

PFA Flex Premium Annuity

New Crediting Rates:

  • Band 1 – Deposits $1,000-$1,999 = 2.25%
  • Band 2 – Deposits $2,000-$9,999 = 2.50%
  • Band 3 – Deposits $10,000-$49,999 = 3.00%

Limited time bonus offer! +1% interest for one year from opening of new account = 4.00%

  • Band 4 – Deposits $50,000 and above = 3.50%

Limited time bonus offer! +1% interest for one year from opening of new account = 4.50%

PFA Premier 5 Annuity

New Crediting Rate:

  • Interest Rate = 2.75%

Limited time bonus offer! +0.5% interest for one year from opening of new account.

PFA Starter Annuity

New Crediting Rates:

  • Starter – Deposits $500-$999 = 1.75%
  • Band 1 – Deposits $1,000-$1,999 = 2.25%
  • Band 2 – Deposits $2,000-$9,999 = 2.50%
  • Band 3 – Deposits $10,000-$49,999 = 3.00%
  • Band 4 – Deposits $50,000 and above = 3.50%

Contact John Denning at 800-535-2071 or by email at jdenning@polishfalcons.org to learn more.

2019 PFA Scholarship Applications

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Applications are now available for the following 2019 PFA Scholarship Programs:

Dr. T.A. Starzynski

Click here for application.

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019

Richard C. Gorecki

Click here for application.

Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019

Please note: If you have already submitted an application for 2019 using the 2018 form, it will be accepted for this year. Thank you.

Questions may be directed to Trish Del Busse at 800-535-2071 or by email to vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Sokol Announcement

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Beginning in 2019, the Sokol Polski will be published quarterly. Issues will be printed in March, June, September, and December.

Submission Deadlines:

Spring Issue (March) – Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Summer Issue (June) – Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fall Issue (September) – Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Winter Issue (December) – Friday, October 18, 2019

Questions regarding the Sokol Polski should be directed to Courtney Caughey-Stambul, Executive Editor, by email at ccaughey@polishfalcons.org.

Pittsburgh Screening of The Gorals

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From the dawn of history, on the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountains, set against the elements, there lives a forgotten people — The Gorals. Possessing a love of freedom, a connection with nature, and kept ancient traditions, they are one of the most unique ethnic groups in all of Europe. Experience the passion and craftsmanship of the shepherd, lumberjack, bagpipe master, and wheelwright as they practice their occupations, not just for the survival of their families, but also for the love of these arts that weave together the fabric of their remote communities. When confronted with harsh storms, wild animals and difficult terrain in the most inaccessible Carpathian mountain range, along with long days of hard, sometimes dangerous work, the spirit and character of the Gorals stands unshaken.

But, another threat looms even more ominously….

Outside of the mountains everything in the modern world is changing rapidly. Is the culture of the Carpathian highlanders sustainable, or could these be the final times for these people and their lifestyle?

View the film, The Gorals, on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Pittsburgh, Pa. For tickets, visit https://ostatnigorale.pl/tickets/.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit The University of Pittsburgh Endowed Fund for Polish Studies.

Polish Falcons of America is pleased to sponsor this film screening.