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January 9, 2020

Happy New Year!

Isn’t it nice how we all start the New Year off with such a positive attitude? Everyone is still feeling the joy of Christmas and every phone call, email, greeting at the store or on the street begins with that Happy New Year! And rightfully so. It’s a great time to be cheerful and optimistic about our lives, our work and our future. But it will inevitably wear off and we will soon be grousing about the cold, the snow—WINTER. That is everyone except those hunkered down in Florida, Arizona, Texas, or anywhere down south. Regardless of the weather or where we live, maybe we can make that good cheer last a while longer. That’s a simple enough resolution.

Patti and I enjoy the Winter. It starts to get to you when Winter won’t let go in March or April, but for the most part we are fine with it. Nothing takes the edge off a blustery January day more than a hot cup of ________ (tea, chocolate, coffee, or something stronger) and a nice warm fire in the hearth. That’s a problem if we are looking for firewood in May, and not for an outdoor firepit.

January is also special for us because this is our anniversary month. This January 4 marked our 28th year of married life. It’s our annual anniversary tradition to go to the Holiday Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. We had some of our wedding pictures taken there and we have gone back every year with only two exceptions. Below is a photo from 1992 and another from this year’s anniversary. One look at me and it’s not hard to know which year each photo was taken. Patti is another story.


For the Polish Falcons, 2019 ended on a deeply sad note as our Legion of Honor Grand Master, Frania Tracz, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on December 10. I attended the Falcon services at the funeral home and the funeral mass the following day at St. Michael’s Church. I was honored to serve as a pall bearer. It is hard to describe the depth of the sadness of the Members of District V. The time of year, the suddenness had about everyone using the same word—Unbelieveable. Druhna Wendi Kowarik, Nest 36 President and a great friend of Frania, delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral that perfectly captured Frania’s life and the memories we all share.

Frania was such a dedicated Member of the Polish Falcons. Her devotion to the ideals and principals was unmatched and unwavering her entire life. Fittingly, her dedication to the organization was rewarded in 2016 when she was elected as the Grand Master of the Legion of Honor. She was the ninth Member to hold this prestigious position and she truly shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to be elected Grand Master.

Frania was so proud to be the Grand Master. She wasted no time in making changes to improve the awards program. She convened a meeting of the Commandery in 2017 and again in 2019. Her desire was to encourage Nests and Districts to nominate more deserving Members for the Awards they so richly deserve.

For the National Convention this year, Frania was also preparing for the celebration of the 95th Anniversary of the founding of the Legion of Honor in 2020. Just a week before her passing, Frania, Vice President Trish and I had a meeting to discuss the meeting of the Legion of Honor Conclave at the National Convention, and how we were going to mark the Legion of Honor anniversary. Frania was thrilled at the prospect of this celebration. While we still celebrate this momentous occasion this year at the Convention, it will be marked with sadness knowing Frania will not be there to share it with us. But I know that her spirit will be in the room during, just to make sure we do it right. May her soul, and all our departed Falcon Members rest in peace. Czolem!


Just a couple quick items. The National Convention will be here before we know it. We are preparing announcements for the next issue of the magazine and the website. I will keep you informed about what is happening and what you need to know about the Convention.

Also, in addition to the Convention, 2020 is shaping up to be another busy year for Polish Falcons. Druhna Puskar is working hard on the upcoming youth programs. I am also working out the final details of a new and exciting trip to Poland in the Fall.

To help keep Members informed about what is happening in the organization, Communications Director Courtney Caughey-Stambul has started a new weekly news feed that is delivered by email. If you are not on our email list, click here and get registered so you don’t miss any of the things that are happening with the Polish Falcons.

We’re Moving!

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Attention Members: We’re Moving!

To complete our move, National Headquarters will close at noon eastern on Monday, November 4 and reopen at noon eastern on Thursday, November 7. Thank you for your patience during this transition.

New Address:
Polish Falcons of America
1016 Greentree Road
Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Phone, Fax, Email and Website remain the same, and are as follows:
Phone: 412-922-2244 or 800-535-2071
Fax: 412-922-5029
Email: info@polishfalcons.org
Website: polishfalcons.org

Please email us if you’re in need of immediate assistance.
In the case of an urgent matter, please call Trish Del Busse at 724-747-3179.

Nomination of Poland for Entry into the Visa Waiver Program

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October 4, 2019

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Nomination of Poland for Entry into the Visa Waiver Program

Today, President Donald J. Trump is announcing that the Department of State has formally nominated Poland for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. This is an important step in continuing to increase economic, security, cultural, and people-to-people connections between our two nations. Now that Poland has been nominated, the Department of Homeland Security will take necessary action, as soon as possible, to assess Poland’s entry into the program. If Poland is designated as a Visa Waiver Program country, its nationals would be authorized for visa-free travel to the United States for business and tourism. The bilateral relationship between the United States and Poland has never been stronger, and this would serve as a remarkable accomplishment for both countries.

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Click here for a press release from the Polish American Congress.

Soldier’s Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

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Once again, the Polish Falcons of America has been invited to participate in the annual Soldier’s Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa. This solemn celebration will be held on Sunday, August 18. It is organized by the community of former Polish soldiers living in the United States and Canada.

This year, the celebration will focus on the 100th Anniversary of the return of the Blue Army from France to Poland. Over 20,000 volunteers from America, mostly Members of the Polish Falcons of America, served in this Army.

The program for the day is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. — Breakfast at the Pilgrims’ Center cafeteria
  • 11 a.m. — Laying of wreaths on the grave of past Polish Falcons National President, Dr. Teofil Starzynski, and by the monument “The Avenger” at the Veterans Cemetery
  • 11:30 a.m. — Celebration before the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (National Anthems, Taps Bugle Call, Rifle Salute, Review of Troops and Parade.)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Holy Mass
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. — Presentations by distinguished guests
  • 2 p.m. — Lunch in cafeteria

I am asking for as many Falcon Members to attend as possible. If you plan to attend please let me know as soon as possible so we can let the organizers know what to expect. Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

Czolem,

Timothy L. Kuzma
President & CEO
Polish Falcons of America

Reserve your hotel room for the 2019 PFA National Golf Tournament!

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Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center
200 Atrium Dr., Somerset, NJ 08873
Phone: 732-469-2600

Room Rate: $109

  • Breakfast buffet for two each morning is included in the rate.
  • Enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools!
  • Only 7 miles from The Polanka!

Click here for hotel reservations. If reserving by phone, please use group code “PFA.”

For more information regarding the 2019 PFA National Golf Tournament, please click here.

National Volleyball Results 2019

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See below for the results of the 2019 National Adult/Youth Volleyball Tournament.

2019 Youth Volleyball Tournament Results

First Place

  • Coach Shari Pekarovic
  • Robert Lewicki
  • Vince Barbieri
  • Samantha Smith
  • Kaylee Baars
  • Parker Palombia
  • Dakota Baars

Second Place

  • Coach Renee La Londe
  • Alek Matyszczyk
  • Jakub Czachor
  • Molly Yeske
  • Isabella Hoffman
  • Gabriel Mlyarczyk
  • Alexa Mauder

Third Place

  • Coach Lisa Slawinski
  • Alyssa Mauder
  • Isabella Yeske
  • Sam Palombia
  • Andrew Clement
  • Caiden Crisp
  • Stella Urquhart

Fourth Place

  • Coach Steve Hoffman
  • Glen Mauder
  • Bethany Doscher
  • Rowan Urquhart
  • Adam Hoffman
  • Caili Szpakowski
  • Brooke McPherson

2019 Adult Volleyball Tournament Results

First Place

  • Chad Bolotin
  • Christopher Bolotin
  • Todd Bolotin
  • Christy Paterni
  • Melissa Paterni
  • Matthew Mlymarczyk
  • Lisa Mlynarczyk

Second Place

  • Walter Szpakowski
  • Cheyenne Langston
  • Floyd Taylor
  • Dorothy Kalinowski
  • Tori Slawinski
  • Glen Mauder
  • Todd Gould

Third Place

  • Brad Puskar
  • Becky Yeske
  • Jason Yeske
  • Todd Gould
  • Patty Urquhart
  • Melissa Puskar
  • Mitchell Smith

For additional photos, please visit the PFA National Facebook page.

National Bowling Results 2019

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Click below for the results of the 2019 National Bowling Tournament. Have a question? Contact Janet Knauber at 586-933-3874 or by email at multimech@aol.com. Thank you!

1st Place:
Free Stuff – Nest 610
Ryan Vietmeier
Jeff Devore
Ryan Devore
DJ Coe

2nd Place:
Southern Manhappys – Nest 493
Sandy Schildwaster
Nancy Bachulak
Deb Snyder
Barb Kosciolek

3rd Place:
Team Johns – Nest 86
Kaitlyn John
Michael Johns
Juliann Johns
Chuck Johns

4th Place:
Who’s Bowling – Nest 564
Mark Albin
Dan Jesko
Brian Albin
Chris Albin

5th Place:
Nest 610
Ed Wyant
Alex Kissel
Justin Schultz
Brandon Lewis
Tom Kwiatkowski (sub)