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VP Trish: 2021 Gorecki Scholarship Recipients

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program

At the recently held Board of Directors meeting, the decision of the Independent Committee was approved. The Committee had been sent copies of all of the applications and met via Zoom. After discussion, the three who have been chosen to receive $10,000.00 are:

Szymon Kutyla-Nest 946, District I. Szymon is attending Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with a major in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.853.

Roman Lipinski-Nest 45, District II. Roman is attending Indiana University Bloomington with a major in Information Systems/Supply Chain Management and a minor in Chinese with a GPA of 3.526.

Samantha Logan-Nest 118, District IV. Samantha is attending Penn State University with a major in Veterinary & Biomedical Science and a minor in Psychology with a GPA of 3.710.

Congratulations to all of you! Best wishes to all in their academic endeavors.

There were eight applicants, two females and six males. Districts I, II & IV were represented. They were from Nests 3, 8, 45(2), 118, 176, 827 & 946.

All applicants have been contacted regarding the decision of the Independent Committee and the Board.

Each of the applicants had been active within the Polish Falcons, at least on a Nest level.


Speaking of scholarships, each month Genevieve Borovicka of Nest 97 donates $10.00; Druhna has done this close to 320 times! Druhna does this in appreciation of her grandchildren receiving grants (quite a while ago).

A little bird told me that Druhna Genevieve will be celebrating her 100th Birthday on July 3! It would be so nice to send her a birthday card. If you are interested in doing so, please send to Genevieve Borovicka, C/O Polish Falcons, Nest 97, 200 6th Street, Windber, PA 15963.

Have a wonderful summer!

VP Trish: Nest 972 Awards

It gives me great pleasure to share that Nest 972, Bay City, Mich., presented their first award to Kenneth J. Grzegorczyk. Druh Ken received the Bronze Star of Merit. Nest 972 is a fairly new Nest (2003). They had not presented any awards at all in the past. Nest President, Terry Dora, felt it fitting that Druh Ken be the first. Ken holds the positions of Nest Recording Secretary as well as Nest Financial Secretary. Nest 972 is very active within their community. This is quite an honor for Ken and the Nest. My hope is that the Nest will continue to participate in the awards program. Maybe we can get a few Nest 972 Members to the Golf or Bowling Tournaments???

Those of you active within your Nest or who read our email newsletter know about the work that has been done regarding the Legion of Honor and Star of Merit awards program. My first project last year was to create a spreadsheet for all the Nests (even those who have been dissolved or merged). Lists have been sent to all the Nest Vice Presidents and Presidents. Information regarding the awards program was sent to the few Nests who have not participated.

Thank you to all the Nests who do participate. Those who work hard for the good of the Polish Falcons deserve to be acknowledged and recognized. If you have any questions with our program, please contact me. If any Nest would like to send photos of your awards presentations (or any Nest functions for that matter), please do so. We would love to share them with our other Members.

Our Members (who we have an email address for) were sent a survey regarding the upcoming National Golf Tournament to be hosted by Nest 610, Erie, Pa. Our hope is that the golfers will respond and perhaps this survey will introduce a few Members to our adult tournaments.

Wishing for healing for our Members who are struggling with COVID-19 or any other issue. Please keep safe and wash those hands!

NEW: PFA’s Safeguard CD Annuity

Chart based on PFA’s Safeguard CD Annuity, $15,000 deposit, 5 years at 2.50% vs. Bank CD, $15,000 deposit, 5 years at 0.70%. For illustrative purposes only.

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PFA’s New Member Referral Program

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!

Next Drawing: Sept. 30, 2021 ($500 prize!)

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

VP Trish: National Golf Rules

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

Participants:

  • Must be a Member in Good Standing by the beginning of the Tournament

Format:

  • 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

Date:

  • Second Friday and Saturday of August, if possible, if not Second Thursday and Friday of August

Scoring:

  • 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.)

Divisions:

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!

Czolem!

VP Trish: 2021 Starzynski Scholarship Recipients

The National Board of Directors met last weekend. At this meeting, the recipients of the Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program were chosen. It gives me great pleasure to list the following for the 2021-2022 school years.

Congratulations to all!

Samantha Smith of Nest 610, Erie, Pa., was selected as the Mary Kus recipient.

Samantha will receive $3,000.00!

The following were chosen for the Achievement Category…

Each will receive $1750.00!

  • Victoria Baliga – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Jonathan Gable – Nest 8, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV
  • Robert Lewicki – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Sophia Starzynski – Nest 946, Sommerville, NJ, District I
  • Nolan Witt – Nest 6, Buffalo, NY, District IX

The Involvement Category included the following…

Each will receive $1250.00!

  • Ella Futch – Nest 52, Rochester, NY, District IX
  • Emma Karczewski – Nest 80, South Bend, IN, District VI
  • Adrian Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I
  • Jessica Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I

There were two in the General Category…

Each will receive $800.00!

  • Sylvia Lemanski – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Ava Catherine Yobst – Nest 176, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV

Districts represented this year: I, IV, V, VI & IX

The applicants are representing nine Nests: 6, 8, 36, 52, 80, 176, 610, 946 & 956

Members of the Scholarship Committee: Trish Del Busse (Chairperson), Mark Albin, Patty Capozoli, Dan Michalak & Chris Puskar

Czolem!

There’s still time to contribute to your IRA for 2020!

Tax season is here, but there’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2020. You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $6,000 for 2020 ($7,000 if you were 50 or older on or before December 31, 2020).

For most taxpayers, the contribution deadline for 2020 is April 15, 2021.

You can contribute to a traditional IRA, a Roth IRA, or both, as long as your total contributions don’t exceed the annual limit (or, if less, 100% of your earned income). You may also be able to contribute to an IRA for your spouse for 2020, even if your spouse didn’t have any 2020 income.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a contribution! Every dollar you contribute to your Polish Falcons IRA will earn tax-deferred interest AND you may be able to deduct your contributions on your federal tax return, which puts more money in your pocket!

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

Additional information at irs.gov.

Polish Falcons of America and its Representatives do not offer tax or legal advice. Please consult an appropriate professional regarding your situation.

VP Trish: 2021 District Conventions

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!

Czolem!


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)

Add:

  • 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.

Fold in:

  • 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!

PFA Monthly Hangout!

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 cpuskar@polishfalcons.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