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VP Trish: National Golf Commissioner

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It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of National Golf Commissioner.

Druhna Mary Whalen informed our President, Tim, that she would no longer be interested in holding the position of National Golf Commissioner. Thank you, Mary, for a job well done!

Tim asked for my suggestions as to whom should take on this role. I gave him a list of names that I thought might be interested as well as do a good job. I included my name on the list and expressed why I would like to do this.

I did chat with Druhna following my appointment and she shared information regarding the golf. Having chaired a number of National Golf Tournaments, I have worked with Druhna Mary as well as Druh Robert Wienczkowski (who held the position prior to Druhna).

In recent years, I have lost my desire to golf (although with Ryanna golfing, things may change!) but I still like the game and enjoy the tournaments. The advantage with me is that I will not be on the course but at the clubhouse able and willing to help the host Nest.

The first National Golf Tournament I participated in was in 1994, hosted by Nest 493, Batavia, N.Y. There were 248 golfers!

Since that time, I have either participated or helped at most of the National Tournaments (two of the tournaments I missed were due to my involvement with our Youth Programs) and been the Chairperson of several. I have chaired other tournaments during this time for my District, the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation, the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation as well as numerous other outings on a personal level. During this time, I have served as the District IV Golf Commissioner (not the entire time but most of it).

Whether I participated in the tournament or not, I was still involved with some of the logistics prior to the event by communicating with the golfers, working with the host Nest and helping with the waivers.

Obviously, things have changed considerably since 1994. Rules have changed, golfers have changed, expectations have changed. With that being said, I intend to modify the role of the National Golf Commissioner.

My thinking is that some of the logistics of the tournament should be handled by the Commissioner:

  • Corresponding with the golfers prior to the tournament including the golf waivers
  • Setting up the foursomes
  • Registration at the tournament
  • Suggestions for fundraising for the host Nest/District
  • Fun games other than the actual golf for the participants
  • Prizes
  • Scoring

Obviously, the Chair of the tournament from the Nest would be involved and have input. My plan isn’t to come in and take over but to help you create a fun experience for the golfers as well as for you!

In one of my other blogs, I talked about how the National Golf Tournament inadvertently led me to my position as your National First Vice President.

I look forward to working with the golfers! If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am more than willing to listen. We need to increase participation as well as entice other Nests to be the host.

Keep safe! Keep warm!

Czolem!

My email: vptrish@polishfalcons.org

My phone: 724-747-3179 (my cell phone since I am working from home most of the time)

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!

VP Trish: It’s Scholarship Time!

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Before you know it, the scholarship deadlines will be here!

The National Board of Directors met prior to the Convention. The Scholarship Committee met and recommended the following changes to our scholarship programs; which the Board approved.

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to four years.

The other requirements remain the same, especially the need to have a permanent plan of insurance in force at least one year prior to your applying.

Application and all supporting documents must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to two years.
  • Amount of grant in the Achievement Category has been increased to $1750.00.
  • Amount of grant in the Involvement Category has been increased to $1250.00.
  • Amount of grant in the General Category has been increased to $800.00.

The other requirements have not changed.

Application and all other documents must be postmarked by February 15, 2021.

The newly-revised applications are available here. There is also a list of past recipients for both programs – very interesting!Thank you to those of you who donate to the scholarship fund; there were quite a few who donated during the Convention.

  • Nest 725 donated in Memory of:
    • Nest 725 deceased Members $100.00
    • Caroline Knetsch $50.00
    • Celia Ggrabczyk $50.00
    • Robert Beilfuss $50.00
    • Lottie Fik $50.00
  • District II – $100.00 in Memory of deceased Members
  • District II Legion of Honor – $100.00
  • District IV – $100.00
  • District VI Legion of Honor – $500.00
  • Nest 31 – $100.00
  • Nest 42 – $100.00
  • Nest 45 – $100.00
  • Nest 86 – $100.00
  • Nest 118 – $100.00
  • Nest 123 – $100.00
  • Nest 176 – $100.00
  • Nest 827 – $100.00
  • Nest 6 – $100.00 in Memory of Yvonne Pelletterie
  • Vicky Aitken – $100.00 in Memory of her Mother, Florence Kowalczyk Aitken
  • Kathy Perez – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Dorothy Kopchik – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Ron Staniszewski, Bob Jakubiec and Teresa Opalacz Landy – $300.00 in Memory of Ilene Kennedy and Frania Tracz
  • Louise Barnes – $400.00 in Memory of her husband, Raymond and her parents Wanda & Jerry Podgorny
  • Richard (Joseph) Federowicz and Family – $250.00
  • Ryan & Kate Gregg and Family – $100.00
  • Chuck & Julianne Johns and Family – $100.00
  • John & Connie Denning and Family – $100.00
  • Joan & John Pawlukiewicz and Family – $100.00
  • Barbara & Frank Wloch and Family – $100.00
  • Patty & Goog Capozoli – $100.00
  • Tom & Barb Eckert and Family – $250.00 in Memory of deceased Members of District II

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Czolem!

2020 PFA National Convention

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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.

VP Trish: Nest Information

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FINALLY! All of the information regarding awards has been entered into an Excel spreadsheet. Soon, I will be emailing a copy of your Nest awards roster to the Presidents and Vice Presidents in each Nest. Please keep in mind, this is simply an awards roster with the dates of when a Member received their Bronze, Silver and Gold Star of Merit awards, as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold Legion of Honor awards.

Ted Kokoski, District IV Commandery Representative, presenting Paul Kokoski with his Bronze Legion of Honor at Nest 182.

  • This list does not include addresses, phone numbers, or insurance information.
  • This list does not indicate if the recipient is deceased.
  • I am leaving it so that you may manipulate the information if you so desire; you may want to add a column for deceased, or you may want to sort it so that the last recipients are listed.
  • Eventually, these rosters will be on the Nest pages.
  • I did my best on names. If there is an error, please let me know so that I may update our system. Several have had more than one name.

Grand Master Edward Ciesla had provided information regarding the presentation of awards during this health crisis. This information is available here.

Speaking of the Nest pages – The National Office discontinued a monthly mailing years ago. The information for the Nests is uploaded to the Nest secured pages. Each Nest has their own page. It is up to the Nest Officers to contact Courtney at ccaughey@polishfalcons.org to set up a username and password. Each quarter, I download a roster for each Nest. Shortly thereafter, Courtney uploads it to the Nest pages. If you haven’t seen a roster in any time frame longer than three months, you need to visit your Nest page.

The status of Good Standing for a Nest is not difficult to maintain. A Nest must submit all of your paperwork (including a Nest Officers form with a full complement of Officers), hold at least four meetings a year (with a quorum), and have at least 25 Benefit Members. If a Nest has done all of the above, the reason the Nest is not in Good Standing is probably due to one or more of the Officers not being current with their National Dues.

Hope you have signed up for The FIVER, the date to complete is almost here!

Wishing you and yours good health! Wash those hands!

Czolem!

A Note Regarding Awards Presentations

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Czolem Druhny i Druhowie!

I received an inquiry regarding Legion of Honor awards for 2020. Due to the fact that everything has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Nests will not be having award banquets or presentations this year. One of the questions was; can a Nest apply for awards but not present until next year at their 2021 awards presentations? In essence they would be presenting two years of awards at one time.

After my discussion with First Vice President Patricia Del Busse, we agreed on the following resolution regarding the Legion of Honor awards for 2020.

  1. Nests should submit award applications for qualified individuals this year.
  2. Awards can be presented at any time a Nest chooses to do so once the applications are reviewed and approved. There is no need to wait for a banquet or other event, it can be done during meetings or other Nest events.
  3. If an award cannot be presented this year because it is only done during a Nest banquet, then it can be presented at next year’s banquet. It should be done in this order; the 2020 awards first and then the 2021 awards.
  4. Banquets should NOT be the deciding event on when awards can be presented.
  5. Anyone that deserves an LOH award this year should be awarded regardless of when they will receive it.
  6. National Headquarters will dispense all approved awards to the Nests via U.S. Postal Service.

Please let us know if this clarifies the issue or if anyone has other questions. You can contact me by email at cieslaed@rcn.com, or Druhna Del Busse at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Thank you!

Edward Ciesla
Legion of Honor Grand Master

PFA National Convention Announcement

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At a Special Meeting of the Polish Falcons of America National Board of Directors held on Friday, May 29, 2020, the Board voted unanimously to hold a virtual Regular Convention on Saturday, November 21, 2020, and a Special Convention in July 2021 in New Britain, Conn. Click here for a statement from PFA National President Timothy L. Kuzma that describes the details of the Board’s decision and the plan for the Conventions.

VP Trish: 2020 Gorecki Recipients

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It pleases me to share the decision of the independent Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Committee. Their decision was approved by the Polish Falcons of America Board of Directors at our meeting held last weekend.

First of all, the Independent Committee is comprised of five very special individuals who so generously give of their time and expertise and choose our recipients.

They are:

  • Mary Louise Ellena-Wygonik – President of the Kosciuszko Foundation, teaches at LaRoche University
  • Robert Tierney – Vice President of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Richards – Youth Director for Slovene National Benefit Society
  • Jolanta Lion – Director of the CMU International Film Festival, Assistant Director of The Humanities Center, teaches Polish at CMU
  • Susan Wuchenich Parker – Member of the Serb National Federation, Associate Professor of Early Childhood & Special Education teaching at Robert Morris University

After much discussion, they chose:

  • Mateusz Conrado – Nest 79, District XIII (since he is a Nest 79 Member, he will receive $11,000). His major is Nursing, attending Grand Valley State University with a GPA of 3.4.
  • Matthew Dutczak – Nest 42, District II. His major is Masters of Wind Band Conducting with a GPA of 3.6, and he is attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Timothy Eckert – Nest 907, District II. He is currently attending the Liberty University College of Medicine as a Graduate student. His GPA is 3.9.

The Independent Committee reviewed and discussed and as is the usual, they were extremely impressed with all of the applicants.

The Scholarship Committee of the PFA Board of Directors is:

  • Patricia Del Busse – Chairperson
  • Patricia Capozoli – District IV Director
  • Edward Ciesla – District I Director
  • John Kowarik – District V Director
  • Thomas Washington – District VII Director

Thank you all for everything you do for our Scholarship Programs!

#GivingTuesdayNow: Support your Nest!

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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.