VP Trish: Virtual Golf

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The golfers who participated in the virtual golf had a zoom meeting last Friday to gather and see who the winners were. There was a nice group and it was wonderful to see faces!

Courtney did a fabulous job with this event, she handled it all – from registration, to scoring and everything in between and afterward! Thank you Courtney!

First, Courtney showed all the photos submitted. (Click here to view all photos.)

We had decided that Nest 8 (the Paterni family) had the best photo with the way the sun was shining!

Nest 45 won for best dressed as they held a sign with their Nest name and a few were wearing St. Louis shirts.

The top five scores in each division were in a drawing. Courtney then drew the names! (Click here for full results.)

Pat Heineman told us that Nest 45 is prepared and looking forward to seeing all of us there in April for the National Bowling Tournament.

Jim McCall said that Nest 610 is ready for us for the National Golf Tournament next year!

Hopefully, we will be able to gather together (and not just virtually) next year!

Courtney had asked me to give a toast:

Good evening!

As we gather (even though virtually), just like any other Falcon event, we have Members from all over – Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and PA from Erie, to Donora, to Easton and parts in between.

We gather to participate, enjoy the great game of golf and share.

While we would rather be in person, we are still able to see each other, enjoy camaraderie, laugh and create more memories.

Here’s to:

  • Health to the World
  • Honor to those who seek it
  • Happiness in our homes

While the pain of parting is nothing compared to the joy of meeting again!

To goodbyes that they never be spoken, to friendships, may they never be broken!

Obviously, I really miss our events as I got emotional while saying my little toast! Hoping all are keeping safe and staying healthy!

Czolem!


Falcon Lingo

Druh— The term by which Falcons have traditionally addressed one another. Literally it means “friend” or “comrade.” A contemporary definition would be “brother.” The feminine equivalent is “Druhna.”

Czolem— The official Falcons’ salutation, literally translated as “To the forehead” or “Hail!” “Czolem” is one of the oldest forms of Polish salutes and is used as a greeting, a farewell and as an expression of best wishes.

Gniazdo— Literally, a “Nest” and traditionally the name given to the local or neighborhood unit or the National Falcons’ organization. The equivalent name for the “lodge” in the Polish National Alliance is “towarzystwo” or “grupa.”

Sokolnia— The name given for the building owned by the Falcons’ Nest. Historically, the sokolnia housed a gymnastics hall where Falcons conducted their physical education classes and competitions; however, it is not essential that a Falcons’ hall include such facilities. While many have owned their own “sokolnia,” others have simply rented facilities where they conduct meetings and physical education programs.


Wash those hands!

2020 PFA Virtual Golf Tournament Results

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Virtual Golf Tournament: “Falcons, Eagles & Birdies – Oh, My!” Click below for the results. Congratulations to our winners! Please email info@polishfalcons.org to claim your prize.

Best Photo – The Paterni Family & Nest 8

Best Dressed – The ladies of Nest 45

VP Trish: Halloween!

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I am losing my mind finishing up my four-year report; I thought it was finished last week but I was mistaken.

Our house is decorated for Halloween with help from Ryanna and John. I enjoy decorating for Halloween; I think a lot of it is due to the fact that I haven’t decorated for months. I mean I work in the yard, flowers and so on, but as far as a Holiday, it has been months.

My theme is usually the cute one with jack-o-lanterns, mums and such. But this year, we added Lucille and some poor guy trying to get out of my basement!

Not sure about trick or treating, but businesses are stepping up to the plate. There is a local restaurant who gave out treat bags for Easter, so I am sure they will do the same for Halloween. Lowe’s is having a drive through curbside (one must register ahead of time), and the Pittsburgh Zoo is having a drive through event (must purchase tickets online early).

Regardless of how we celebrate, Halloween will be another fun day! I think I am going to introduce the kids to bobbing for apples!

YOUR Information

THINK! Seriously, think about this, does the Polish Falcons of America have:

  • Your current address
  • Your current phone number
  • How about an email address?
  • Here’s a good one – your current name!

Who is your beneficiary? I can’t tell you how many times a Member still has their parents as their beneficiary. And, I am talking about Members who are at least my age!

Do you have enough life insurance? Please don’t tell me you have more than enough because you have it through work.

If you need to update any of this or better yet, review your information, please contact us. Call 800-535-2071 or email one of us (vptrish@polishfalcons.org).

Keep safe! Wash those hands, taking as much time as it does to sing Sto Lat twice!!!

PFA’s New Member Referral Program

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How it works:

Complete the card here and mail to: Polish Falcons of America, Attn. Referral, 1016 Greentree Rd., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 or email to info@polishfalcons.org with subj. Referral.

If the referred individual joins PFA as a Benefit Member with a permanent life insurance policy or annuity, you receive $20. Referrals will be paid on a monthly basis.

If the referred individual joins PFA as a Fraternal Benefit Member or with a Juvenile Term policy, you receive $5. Referrals resulting in a Fraternal Benefit Membership or Juvenile Term policy are not eligible for drawings mentioned below.

All PFA Members who submit a referral card that results in a new Benefit Membership will be entered into drawings for a cash prize! AND, every successful Benefit Membership referral counts as an additional entry!

Drawings: Feb. 28, 2021 ($250 prize!) and Sept. 30, 2021 ($500 prize!)

The Nest that submits the most referral cards resulting in new memberships will receive $500!

PFAFL Virtual Youth Game Night!

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Do you miss seeing your Falcon friends? Do you have some friends that you would like to get involved in the Polish Falcons? If you are between the ages of 12 and 20, here is your chance to get together and have some fun virtually with PFA! Join us for a Jeopardy-style Virtual Youth Game Night on Thursday, October 8th at 7 p.m. est. To participate, simply send your email address and age to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org prior to Game Night. You will receive an invitation to join the Zoom call. Once you click the invitation link, you’ll be entered into the game!

VP Trish: 2020 Convention

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As I sit here finishing up my four-year report, I think of our upcoming Virtual Convention. The reality of this is, is that we don’t have a choice. The PA Insurance Department insisted that we have a Convention and take care of the business that must be handled this year.

There are a couple advantages to a Virtual Convention. Well, maybe one – no travel!

The camaraderie will have to wait until next year. The social gatherings, the Falconette Luncheon, the Legion of Honor Conclave and meeting, hospitality rooms, interactions, auctions, sight-seeing and fun! There is no doubt that Members of Nest 88, New Britain, Conn. will be fabulous hosts.

One of the things that I am disappointed in is that I do not get to present my PowerPoint and explain what I have been doing the last four years as your National First Vice President. I like to put up photos, explain who, what and where and I also like to acknowledge Members. Included in this blog are a few photos of events from the past couple of years; obviously, I am not able to explain everything.

I am hoping that all of our Delegates take the time to read our reports ahead of time. Each Delegate will receive a binder prior to the Convention which will contain reports and other information needed for the Convention.

Hopefully, all of the Nests have elected their Delegates. The deadline for National Headquarters to receive the mandate forms is October 20. Please visit polishfalcons.org/national-convention. The form is fillable, fill it out, save it, then attach it as an email and send to convention2020@polishfalcons.org. Again, deadline is October 20. Once we receive your forms, we need to verify membership and dues.

Looking forward to our Convention on Saturday, November 21.

Fraternal Information

In order for an organization to be considered a fraternal, the organization must have a lodge system. This is why the Polish Falcons of America has Nests and why each Member must belong to a Nest. The Polish Falcons of America is a 501 (C) 8 non-profit.

Fraternals were formed with a common cause in mind; the PFA is obviously ethnic-based. We do now permit those who are not Polish but have a genuine interest in the Polish culture and traditions.

Keep safe! Wash those hands!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Another Birthday Celebration!

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Baby Ryan!

My Ryan had a birthday this week; our boy is 9! His celebration usually involves a trip to the movies, shopping, lunch out, browsing at Barnes & Noble and a day trip to Geneva.

We did have a very successful shopping trip to Ross. Ryan is his Nonni’s boy; he loves shoes! Later that day, we went to lunch. There weren’t many of us in the restaurant, which was fine with me!

The celebration took place at our house. Ryan’s theme was a combination – his love for cars (Maserati, Bugatti, Lamborghini) so it was Hot Wheels, but he also wanted a VIP reception.

Ryanna helped me convert my family room to a VIP Lounge with candles, balloons, Christmas lights, a mirror ball and special lighting. Ryanna had her invitation-only guest list as she greeted visitors at the door. Upon verifying their identification, she opened the barrier (decorated with the black and white checkered flag print) to allow access.

We had soft pretzels, cupcakes and apple cider. While inside we played Simon Says, pin the tail on the donkey and drop a clothespin into the milk bottle (no one else in my family knew what I was talking about (including John!)).

Daddy (Jim) and Gaga (John) joined us for dinner which was pizza followed by more fun. We played wiffle ball, Simon says (again!), water balloon toss (as I was telling all that John and I are much more experienced in these silly games, I broke a balloon while trying to catch it. I was drenched from my neck to knees! All were quite amused!). Of course, the egg toss and this time, Ryanna threw a low toss so when Gaga went to catch it, the egg broke filling his sock with egg!

Ryanna helped me decorate Ryan’s cake to look like a drag strip! The favors were hot wheels pencils, glow sticks, and erasers. Ryanna loves to help – passing out the favors, serving everyone their pizza and also their cake.

It was another fun filled day/evening simply enjoying ourselves. It is cool also that my grandkids are having so much fun doing what I used to do. When I was a kid, my brothers and I played wiffle ball in the middle of the street with our neighbors, the Pawlowski’s (they are why I am a Falcon) every spring/summer evening when the weather cooperated. Every birthday party, we played pin the tail on the donkey and clothespin drop; this was prior to crafts and renting out a place for a birthday party.

Again, making the best out of the current situation and having so much fun! Happy 9th Birthday to my very special baby boy!

Now my wheels are spinning regarding the Polar Express in my family room!!!


An Important Note Regarding Insurance

Often times, when approached about purchasing insurance, the response is that I have insurance at work! I don’t need any! Do you realize that more often than not (almost always), once you leave that job (whether you make a career move, retire, the company downsizes, whatever!), you will no longer have that life insurance.

Compare the rates of a 30-year-old versus a 60-year-old. By that time, there may be health issues as well.

I am asking all of you to ask this question of your employer. When I leave here, does my life insurance come with me? Once you have that answer, you may want to give John Denning a call!


I have reached out to all the Nest Presidents (wellness check) and have been in touch with most. Fortunately, most are doing well and being very resourceful regarding the future of their Nests (especially those with buildings). There are ten Nests left; please contact me for a brief chat!

It is a bit chilly this morning, but so pleasant!

Hope you and your families are doing well! Please keep in touch!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Flowers, Fraternals & Snickerdoodle Bread

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It’s getting dark way too early for me!

It is that time of year when our days are getting shorter. But as much as I love the summer, I truly enjoy all four seasons. My flowers are very happy with the slightly cooler temperatures (although, it is going to be in the 90’s today and tomorrow!). Pretty soon, I will be decorating for Fall and Halloween but just not yet!


It doesn’t take much to motivate me to bake, but here is another recipe I recently found. If you are a fan of snickerdoodle cookies, you will love this!

Snickerdoodle Bread

Beat:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar

Add:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Mix together, then stir into the wet ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom (this is an extra spice I add when using cinnamon)

Stir in:

  • one package cinnamon chips

Grease loaf pans, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (you may also make muffins which I tend to do!)

Bake: 350 for 35-38 minutes


What are Fraternals?

The Polish Falcons of America is a Fraternal (501(c)(8)).

Fraternals are nonprofit organizations that offer fraternal benefits and highly regulated financial products to Members. We are benevolent organizations that, because part of our operations exist in the business world, must meet contemporary business operation standards as well. Our services, products and personnel must be high quality according to accepted business standards, so that our organizations may serve as good stewards of our Members’ funds.

Lodge System – Polish Falcons calls ours, Nests.

Fraternals must have a type of lodge system that holds regular meetings and through which most of the local work of a fraternal benefit society is accomplished. The lodge system serves as the foundation for a representative form of government, also required under law. In addition to sound insurance management, we must be able to demonstrate ongoing fraternal and benevolent activities. Our Nests and Districts do a wonderful job helping within our communities.


National Convention 2020

If your District hasn’t had their Plenary Meeting regarding your National Director, please do so soon. This meeting must be held by September 21, 2020. The National Convention will be held on November 21; obviously virtually.

Each Nest is entitled to one Delegate for every fifty Members or a fraction thereof and two alternate Delegates duly elected by a majority vote on a secret ballot at a special meeting of the Nest at least 60 days prior to the Convention. This must be held by September 21 also. These Delegates are in addition to the Nest Executive Officers.

A Delegate to the Convention:

  • shall be a benefit Member in good standing
  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 18 years of age
  • shall have been a Member of the Falcons for at least one year
  • shall have been a Member of the Nest he is representing for at least one year
  • shall not be an officer, delegate, representative, agent or employee of any other fraternal doing a life insurance business
  • may be a benefit Member of the Legion of Honor

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!

VP Trish: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”

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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (I just love this probably due in part to the fact that my dad worked on the railroad!)

Today is September 1st. The beginning of the month and the beginning of the school year. This is quite an interesting beginning. Ryan and Ryanna are attending class in person. Hopefully, the benefits will outweigh the risks. My prayer is that whichever decision was made regarding the education of our children, they have a wonderful, exciting learning experience!

I have noticed quite a few folks have begun decorating for the fall. I am not quite ready to do that, but it won’t be long. There is a huge pumpkin growing in our garden. Pretty cool as we didn’t plant it and it is the only one on the vine so it is a good size. It is already orange! I thought we should pick it but upon some research, I see that it should stay on the vine as long as possible! Another interesting tidbit is that pumpkins need about an inch of water a week. The article also told me to not get water on the leaves when watering! Well, what about rain??!! So, anyhow when you cut the pumpkin, try to leave at least 6 inches of stem. I like the stems longer! And do not carry the pumpkin by the stem!

 

Whole Life Insurance

Ordinary Whole Life Insurance is the most common type of permanent insurance; it provides you with the certainty of a guaranteed amount of death benefit. Whole Life Insurance plans also give you the freedom to pay-up your premiums at a future date in time.

Examples:

  • 20-Pay: Premiums are paid for 20 years. After 20 years, the policy is paid-up and remains in force for the life of the certificate holder.
  • 10-Pay: Premiums are paid for 10 years. After 10 years, the policy is paid-up and remains in force for the life of the certificate holder.
  • 5-Pay: Premiums are paid for 5 years. After 5 years, the policy is paid-up and remains in force for the life of the certificate holder.
  • Single Premium: A unique type of Whole Life Insurance, the insured pays one premium amount.
  • This is an excellent planning tool that can transfer wealth to your family tax free.
  • This policy stays in force until your death.
  • Permanent protection that matures when you reach age 121!
  • Over time, the policy accrues cash value.
  • You may borrow up to 90% of the cash value from your policy.
  • Your beneficiary will receive the benefit upon your death even if the policy is not paid up!

If you have any questions or would like any information regarding our life insurance products, please contact our Marketing Director, John Denning at 800-535-2071 or jdenning@polishfalcons.org.