For the month of April, our “Let’s Walk” challenge is: a Scavenger Hunt! Click here for a list of items that you are to look for as you do your daily walks. Take the list with you and check off the items as you find them! Once you have completed your “hunt,” scan and send the form to Druhna Chris at email@example.com. Take a photo of one of the things from the list and send that also. List and a photo are required for a prize. The deadline for submitting is May 3, 2021. Have fun!
If all continues to go well, the National Golf Tournament should be enjoyed as scheduled! Nest 610, Erie, Pa., is prepared to welcome the golfers for the event on August 12 & 13. Of course, the Hammer is played the day prior to the Tournament.
I will be sending an email to the golfers asking about their planned participation in this year’s Tournament. Please respond and share with others who might be interested!
The Golf Commissioners met via Zoom on March 8 and revised the National Golf Tournament rules. The rules were approved by the National Board of Directors at the Board of Directors meeting held on March 13, 2021.
National Golf Tournament
- Must be a Member in Good Standing by the beginning of the Tournament
- Two Person Scrambles one day
- Individual Tournament one day
National Golf Commissioner Responsibilities:
- Application – Oversee creation and/or modification for all information pertaining to the Tournament
- Work with Communications Director for publication and posting of all information related to the Tournament
- Communicate with all golfers with details prior to the event, confirming their registration and handicap
- Waivers – All participants must complete and sign a waiver form to participate in the Tournament. The Commissioner shall oversee the preparation, distribution and collection of the waivers.
- Assign the Foursomes
- Scoring – Tabulate the results for both events
- Posting of pairings of starting holes and foursomes for both days
The host Nest/District and the National Golf Commissioner shall work together to:
- Establish the entry fee for golf and all functions
- Establish the Prizes for the Tournament
- Assemble and distribute a Welcome Packet to all golfers
Host Nest/District will:
- Post $500 deposit to secure the event (this will be refunded upon successful completion of the Tournament)
- Select and secure either one or two courses
- Make hotel arrangements in the area taking cost, amenities and location into consideration
- Arrange for entertainment at their facility in the evenings
- Provide meals (lunch on the courses and dinner both evenings) for all golfers and guests
- For evening functions, provide transportation to the hotel and venue and back both nights
- Second Friday and Saturday of August, if possible, if not Second Thursday and Friday of August
- PFA will accept a League handicap or Ghin card.
- If a golfer doesn’t have a League handicap or Ghin card, PFA will use a Falcons’ handicap (this is determined by the average of scores from three previous PFA National Tournaments).
- The handicap for new golfers without League handicap, Ghin card, or Falcons’ handicap shall be women-30, men-20.
- Double par-pick up (once you reach, double par, you pick up your ball and take that score.)
One prize per division
- Women (up to age 59) Scratch
- Women (up to age 59) Handicap
- Senior Women (age 60 and above) Scratch
- Senior Women (age 60 and above) Handicap
- Men (up to age 59) Scratch
- Men (up to age 59) Handicap
- Senior Men (age 60 and above) Scratch
- Senior Men (age 60 and above) Handicap
- May add a Junior Division if there are participants
If interested in hosting the event, the Nest/District should contact the National Golf Commissioner prior to the current year tournament. If there is more than one bid, all golfers will vote on the next host.
All of the District Golf Commissioners joined the Zoom call to revise these rules and I greatly appreciate their participation, suggestions and input.
The District Golf Commissioners are:
- District I – Edward Ciesla
- District II – Patricia Heineman & Jeffrey Beilfuss
- District IV – Stephen Lubinski & Patricia Del Busse
- District V – James Cox
- District VI – Robert Kuzmicz
- District VII – none (as of right now)
- District IX – Kristen Baginski & Nicholas Carter
- District XIII – Charles Johns
If you have any questions, please contact me or your District Commissioner.
See you in August!
Okay walkers, I have walked 46 miles this month! I am sure that there are walkers out there who can beat that total! Send me your mileage for February and we will see who walked the farthest this month. As was stated previously, a small prize will be awarded to the person with the most miles walked for the month of February.
Email me with your miles walked by March 5, 2021. Our February winner will be announced in an upcoming Mid-Week Update.
Our new challenge for the month of March is a Partner Walk! Keep track of your miles and we will find the pair of walkers that walks the most miles in the month of March. Be sure to snap a photo of the two of you walking together! At the end of March, I will ask for the number of miles you and your partner walked and the photo of you two walking. Again, winners will be announced in the Mid-Week Update and small prizes will be awarded to the partners that walked the most miles.
Enjoy your walking! -Druhna Chris
This is a District Convention year with the Conventions to be held between March 1 and October 1. The Constitution allows Districts the option to have one either every two or four years. So far, only District VI opted to wait four years. With that being said, their options are a bit different from the other Districts.
The Legal Committee of the National Board of Directors recommends that even though the Constitution allows for a District to hold its Convention starting March 1st, that Conventions be held later in the year (but still before the October 1st deadline). A District can hold its Convention in-person or virtually. In addition, since the Constitution permits a four-year term for Officers, a District can also decide not to hold a Convention and keep its Officers for an additional two years, if the District cannot hold a Convention due only to the pandemic (This does not apply to District VI as those Officers are currently completing a four-year term).
Options for Districts choosing to hold a Convention this year:
- Postpone until later in the year (but still prior to October 1)
- Assemble outdoors
- Convene virtually
- Meet via conference call
If the District does decide to postpone, confirm with your Officers that they are willing to serve another two-year term. If any of them decline, you must at least meet (again, remotely or in person) to elect another person. It is not permissible to appoint; all Officers must be elected.
For those Districts holding a Convention, please let Courtney or me know so that your information may be posted to the District page of our site.
Courtney worked on the page earlier this week and has provided the information given to her; each District is listed. When you click on your District # Delegates_2021 form, there is a list of the number of Delegates that each Nest may nominate to attend the Convention in addition to the Nest slate of Officers. The Nest Officers include the Nest President, both Vice Presidents (if the Nest has both), Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Nest Instructor or Instructress.
Another form on the page is an agenda. This agenda is suggested and may be modified to suit the District. Obviously, if a District Convention is held remotely, the main focus of the Convention is to handle the business absolutely necessary.
Other forms relevant to the District Conventions are posted including mandate forms for Delegates, Nest Officers and District Officers.
A list of committees is also posted, but there again depending on the type of Convention, you may not need all of these Committees. If you do choose to have committee meetings, it might make sense for these Members to meet prior to the Convention.
As was proven last November, it is possible to hold a successful Convention remotely! If you have any questions, or need any help, please contact me.
If you do meet in person, please use common sense, follow guidelines, wear a mask and be safe!
Thanks to Janet Knauber (National Bowling Commissioner), I have a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is easy, and the best part is that it doesn’t need eggs so if you have an allergy issue with eggs, these will work for you!
Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
In a large bowl-
Cream until well blended:
- ½ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar (surprisingly, I was out of sugar and used all brown)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and add:
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
Just mix until blended; do not over mix.
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Place heaping-round tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet approximately one inch apart, baking in a 350* oven for 12-15 minutes.
I usually chill my dough overnight, but it wasn’t necessary with this recipe.
These are very moist and good. Everyone in my family was pleased!
Missing your PFA pals? I know I am! So we thought, why not get together via Zoom and have some fun?!
We are planning a variety of activities – cultural, crafting, baking, gardening and more – for all to enjoy! The activities will be simple, easy things to make or do, and you can bring your snack/beverage of choice and say hello to your friends at the same time! We are calling it the “PFA Monthly Hangout!”
Please join Druhna Chris Puskar for our first session on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. eastern. Be sure to invite your friends to join too!
For February’s activity, Druhna Chris will lead us in making our own clothespin wreath. A stress-free craft, all you need to do is bring your supplies and your favorite snack/beverage.
To receive the Zoom link, please send an email to Druhna Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothespin Wreath Supplies
Click here for printable supplies list.
Most of these items are available at the Dollar Store or Walmart.
- 36 – 40 clothespins
- Craft paint and paint brushes – You can make the wreath all one color or two colors, and coordinate with your ribbon choice.
- Ribbon – 1 piece 14 inches long, one piece 12 inches long (wired ribbon works best but non-wired will work too)
- Cardboard circle – 6 ½ inches in diameter on the outside of the circle and 6 inches on the inside. I use foamboard, but even a cardboard amazon-type box will work.
- Wire – 10 – 12 inches long or you can use several twist ties. This will be used to hang your wreath.
- Paper or plastic tablecloth to cover your workspace
- Plastic gloves so you do not get paint all over your hands.
- Paper plates to use as a palette for your paint
For years, I have wanted to make paczki. But, every recipe I found simply overwhelmed me. It takes lots of time for the dough to rest, rise, punch down and rise again and so on. I view quite a few Polish recipe Facebook pages and I found this recipe recently – just in time for Fat Tuesday!
The kids and I made these and they turned out quite well. Not as good as they should have because I didn’t have a thermometer (ordered one yesterday!), so I guessed with the warm milk for the yeast. This was also the first time I used a recipe calling for yeast; I usually avoid yeast! The best part of this recipe is that you bake the paczki instead of deep frying (all that hot oil around the kids scares me!).
John’s Babcia used to make paczki all the time and she never filled hers. When we made ours, we did not fill them either. As Ryanna said, these tasted like heaven.
Since you are stuck in the house, why not give these a try? Lots of fun and so good!
Place 3/4 cup whole milk – warm (120-130*) but not too hot for yeast, in a bowl.
- 1 packet or 2 teaspoons yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- Let sit until bubbly
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Using a mixer, beat all ingredients until the dough holds together, adding more flour when necessary.
On a floured surface, knead 5 minutes, cover with linen cloth or plastic and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
On a floured surface, roll dough ½-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 ½-inch round cutter, or water glass dipped in flour, until all dough is used.
Place paczki on greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm spot about 1 hour at room temperature, until almost doubled.
Bake for 10 -12 minutes in preheated 350-degree oven until nicely browned.
Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in microwave and place ½ cup sugar in a brown lunch bag or bowl.
Brush each paczki while warm with the melted butter and place in bag to coat with sugar (you may use a cinnamon sugar mixture, instead of just sugar).
As I mentioned, I did not fill mine, but here is the recipe just in case you want a little more work!
While dough is resting, in a saucepan combine:
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Stir in slowly:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg yolk
Bring to a boil, stirring continuously for 1 ½ minutes.
Remove from stove and pour cooked custard in bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.
Let the paczki cool, then fill using a pastry bag with a long tip, pushing into the side. Squeeze custard filling in gently (the paczki will grow a bit when filled with the custard).
PFA’s “Let’s Walk” Program
As has been mentioned and promoted previously, the Polish Falcons offers a walking program for Members. Druhna Chris has made a few modifications and is strongly encouraging all of us to participate. With that in mind, Cupid (a bit early) brought Fitbits for John, Ryan, Ryanna and myself. It is lots of fun for the kids and it does help to get one moving.
Obviously, you don’t need a Fitbit; there are numerous free apps to use or one can continue to log miles. Whatever works! (Especially after eating paczki, we need to do lots of walking!)
Our weather is interesting in that we are getting a fair amount of snow, it is cold, but there is often wonderful sunshine! Sun helps my soul so I have been trying to get outside during these bursts. The kids love the great outdoors so they are outside regardless of the temperature or the time of day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Keep warm and safe!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Sharing of the Oplatek on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020!
Please enjoy the following highlights and photos (screenshots!) from the event.
Prayer and Message from Fr. Timothy Whalen, PFA National Chaplain
A Polish Christmas Tradition: Sharing of the Oplatek
Remarks by Trish Del Busse, PFA National First Vice President
Ordinarily, we would walk around, share the Oplatek, hug, kiss and offer each other a very Merry Christmas and good wishes for the New Year. This year is quite different and very challenging in so many ways. But we are still gathering (even though virtually) and it is still the most wonderful time of the year!
I would like to offer a few reminders from books and movies:
- The true spirit of Christmas lies in our hearts!
- Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we cannot see!
- The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
- Christmas isn’t just a day; it is a frame of mind!
Christmas gift suggestions:
- To your enemy, forgiveness.
- An opponent, tolerance.
- To your friend, your heart.
- A customer, service.
- To all, charity.
- To every child, a good example.
- To yourself, respect.
Jesus is the reason, Christmas is the Birthday of our Lord.
And so, this Christmas season may our hearts with gladness glow, as we remember the blessed story that took place so long ago. This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ child. Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first.
John and I along with our family Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Wesolych Swiat!
I usually wish a Happy, Healthy New Year, but this year, I will also add out with the old and in with the new!
Hopefully, 2021 will bring us much optimism, joy and prosperity. Instead of wishing for an extraordinary 2021, let’s pray for a somewhat ordinary 2021!
Cicha Noc (Silent Night) (Video Credit: Polish Eagle)
Special Message from Larry Kozlowski, PFA Cultural Commissioner
Photos (Screenshots!) from the Event
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The 42nd Quadrennial National Convention of the Polish Falcons of America was held virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020. After months of preparation, we are happy to announce the Convention was a success with 226 Delegates in attendance. Thank you to those who participated. Click here for election results and replays of videos shown during the National Convention.
You’re invited to join us virtually for a beloved Polish Christmas tradition – sharing of the Oplatek wafer – on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. eastern.
This virtual “Sharing of the Oplatek” is free and open to all. Gather via Zoom to wish one another a blessed Christmas, good health and good fortune, offer forgiveness, and look towards a New Year.
Make your own Oplatek wafer, use a cracker/cookie of your choice – or request a wafer from us.
Click here to learn more and register.