Join us for PFA’s first-ever virtual race – The FIVER (Falcons Independence Virtual Everybody can Run)! This event is for everyone – all ages – family-friendly – runners and walkers (and even pets!). Details and registration now available at http://polishfalcons.org/fiver.
Are you between the ages of 14 and 20? Do you need some Leadership skills to help you through high school and college? Join us for the first ever Online Future Leaders Conference!
The Conference will take place virtually June 15 – July 1, 2020.
Sessions will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes.
For additional information and/or to register, please click here.
The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation is sponsoring an Online Cultural Program for American teenagers, ages 13-17, in cooperation with the School of Polish Language and Culture at Jagiellonian University. The program will include 30 hours of Polish language, 20 hours of virtual sightseeing tours, cooking classes, Polish holiday traditions, song and dance, games and online quizzes.
Registrations must be received by June 10th and space is limited. For full details including eligibility and cost, please click here.
05/12/2020 Update: Contributions now being accepted through May 31, 2020.
Support your Nest!
#GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) is a global day of generosity and unity, a day to come together and give back in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, no matter who or where we are.
If able in this difficult time, PFA National Headquarters is asking Polish Falcons Members to make a contribution to support their Nests.
Our Nests have been closed for five weeks or longer. There is little or no income and bills still need to be paid. How much would you have spent at your Nest over the course of five weeks? Are you able to donate that amount or a portion of it?
Today through May 12, let us come together as Falcons for our Nests. This is your chance to show support for your Nest and make a donation to help the Nest get through these challenging times. No amount is too small. Thank you for giving.
Click here to make your contribution.
We are missing our bowlers this year! As we await the time we can gather together once again, check out this list of past PFA National Bowling Tournaments compiled by Janet Knauber and Trish Del Busse.
My first National Bowling Tournament was in 1981 hosted by Nest 52, Rochester, N.Y. At the time, Nest 52 still had their Club, which included a small bowling alley next to their bar. I had just moved and was not in a good frame of mind (I get very emotional!), and I simply did not know what to expect. I was quite surprised and not in a pleasant way. I went home and told my Mother that I thought the event was awful! Her response – “Well, there is something wrong with you!”
That fall, we attended the District IV Bowling Tournament and had a blast. A few folks asked us if we were going to South Bend (Nest 80) in the spring. At that time, there were two weekends and most of the Pittsburgh Membership went the second weekend. Well, my Mom went the second weekend; so we decided to go on the first weekend (There were other factors within our team that made the decision.). In a better frame of mind and expectations slightly different, off to South Bend we went! Five of us jammed into one car and all of us slept in one room! Obviously, I understood my Mother’s comment!
So much has changed since then! Think about how much the world has changed since 1982!
- There were no computers so all entries were sent in on a paper application. There were quite a few bowlers so if you wanted to get your preferred day and time, you had to get your application in early. Geography played a role in these assignments. The Nest Financial Secretary had to sign off and you had to get it signed by the (at the time for the ladies) WIBC. The application was usually mailed a few times before it arrived at the National Bowling Commissioner’s home.
- There were two divisions – men and women, no mixed. The teams were five person and one had to have a sanction card to participate. We even bowled two male teams on a pair, then two female teams on a pair. It took a while before we were bowling together.
- Your doubles partner had to be the same gender. If you bowled singles, you had to bowl doubles.
- Teams dressed alike; we used to have so much fun coming up with outfits!
- There were no computers at the lanes so the Host Nest had to have enough volunteers to keep score. This was quite a task but again, tons of fun! Then, the Host Nest had to tabulate all of those results by hand. Every team, every person, every series, imagine that!
- The tournament moved from the east to the west alternating years. West was of course, in the South Bend area. East was Erie and east. Nests would bid on the tournament, often giving away items or hosting a hospitality room, and also each team member received a goodie bag from the Host Nest.
- Results were posted in the Sokol; we couldn’t wait to receive the Sokol so that we could see the final results!
- Each Nest still receives a souvenir to put in their Club.
But, the common denominator at the tournament all those years ago was the camaraderie. And that remains the same! Bowling is simply an excuse to get together with life-long friends! The Camaraderie!
I have missed very few tournaments since I began going. I could fill several issues of the Sokol Polski with stories, with lots of giggling. Conversations in the van or in the car or on the plane or on the train! Silliness and just plain fun! Mom’s apple pie, Humphrey, vacuum cleaners, glass elevators, serenades in the van, comedy routine, National Drill, Denny’s restaurant, casino on the boat, playing pool, holding Kathy’s belt loop, a Chevette, Barbie’s pool party, pushing a Cadillac, playing cards, driving a Corvette, homemade dinners at the Club, rubber legs, limo rides, sunbathing, that girl, tailgating, Asti, let’s dance, bus rides, McDonald’s in the bus, shotskis, 50/50, paint sticks, costumes, elevator floors, hotel lobbies, late night conversations, take me home country roads, shoe shopping…
And, I met my John at a National Bowling Tournament all those years ago!
See all of you next year in St. Louis!
Keep healthy and safe! Czolem!
Polish Falcons of America is excited to share new “Falcon Fun at Home” activities with our Members during this time. Be sure to check back as we will be posting more soon.
- Special page for kids and their families! Enjoy this collection of fun things for families compiled by PFA. Click here to visit the page.
- Upcoming live Easter workshop! Join PFA Cultural Commissioner Larry Kozlowski on Facebook for an Easter workshop on April 3rd at noon eastern. Like us on Facebook.
- Recipes from the Sokol Polski! Download a PDF of Polish recipes from past issues of the Sokol Polski magazine. Click here for the recipes.
Please share with your family and friends. Czolem!
See below for the results of the 2019 National Adult/Youth Volleyball Tournament.
- Coach Shari Pekarovic
- Robert Lewicki
- Vince Barbieri
- Samantha Smith
- Kaylee Baars
- Parker Palombia
- Dakota Baars
- Coach Renee La Londe
- Alek Matyszczyk
- Jakub Czachor
- Molly Yeske
- Isabella Hoffman
- Gabriel Mlyarczyk
- Alexa Mauder
- Coach Lisa Slawinski
- Alyssa Mauder
- Isabella Yeske
- Sam Palombia
- Andrew Clement
- Caiden Crisp
- Stella Urquhart
- Coach Steve Hoffman
- Glen Mauder
- Bethany Doscher
- Rowan Urquhart
- Adam Hoffman
- Caili Szpakowski
- Brooke McPherson
2019 Adult Volleyball Tournament Results
- Chad Bolotin
- Christopher Bolotin
- Todd Bolotin
- Christy Paterni
- Melissa Paterni
- Matthew Mlymarczyk
- Lisa Mlynarczyk
- Walter Szpakowski
- Cheyenne Langston
- Floyd Taylor
- Dorothy Kalinowski
- Tori Slawinski
- Glen Mauder
- Todd Gould
- Brad Puskar
- Becky Yeske
- Jason Yeske
- Todd Gould
- Patty Urquhart
- Melissa Puskar
- Mitchell Smith