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New Member Referral Program Extended!

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 $25. 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!

Drawing: January 3, 2022 ($250 prize!)

Program ends December 31, 2021.

Announcing PFA’s New Term Life Insurance Plan!

PFA’s new Term Life Insurance Plan is the perfect choice for young individuals and families looking to plan for tomorrow, today. PFA Term Life can provide a substantial lump sum benefit in the event of a tragic loss helping loved ones pay off a mortgage, credit cards, student loans, and cover funeral expenses.

If you have dependents, then life insurance is a must for everyone in the family. For a low price with our Plan’s optional child rider, insured individuals can add children to their policy without an additional application!

AND, it’s cheaper than you might think. Young individuals in good health can often purchase Term Life Insurance for less than $20 per month!*

Learn more about PFA’s new Term Life Insurance Plan by calling John Denning at 800-535-2071 or by emailing jdenning@polishfalcons.org.

*10-year, $100,000 term life policy, non-smoker, age 40 and under. For illustration purposes only. Conditions apply. Not available in the state of New York. Contact us for available options.

VP Trish: Nest 610

Congratulations to the Officers and Members of Nest 610 on a fabulous golf tournament! Members were so pleased to reconnect, but Nest 610 made the 52nd National Golf Tournament so much better! Those who worked (volunteered) were pleasant, energetic and helpful!

As I have mentioned, working with Bob Sulecki, Greg Wieser, Jim McCall and other Nest 610 Members was wonderful. Greg and I were working together to pave the way for future tournaments, as this was my first as the National Golf Commissioner. I have my opinion as to how this position should involve working with the Host Nest and handling some of the work (mainly the actual golf).

Tiarra McGinnis (Communications Assistant) and I worked together to create a Certificate of Appreciation for me to present to Greg and Bob. It was a simple piece of paper (although nicely framed!) that merely said thank you! We acknowledge and value all that you and Nest 610 did to orchestrate such a fabulous event! Thank you for Fun, Fraternalism and Camaraderie!

At the completion of the Awards Presentation on Friday evening, President Kuzma helped me present this award. He mentioned that collectively the Executive Committee, along with the Board of Directors has had some trepidation regarding the success and future of our Nests (especially those with buildings). Nest 610 has not only survived but thrived during the pandemic. They continued to operate (on a limited basis) but also made considerable improvements to their Nest building. Our President thanked and congratulated the Members but especially Nest President, Bob Sulecki, as he was the lead during this time. Hats off for a job well done!

The Nests and Members are the major component in the Polish Falcons! Without you, we would not exist.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Legion of Honor

Nest 97, Windber, Pa., hasn’t presented an award since 2007. Recently, two Members were nominated for bronze Stars of Merit – the Nest President, Stan Paczek and one of their Nest Members. When I shared these applications with our President, he decided that one should be elevated to Legion of Honor. After discussion with Grand Master, Ed Ciesla, President Kuzma chose to elevate Genevieve Borovicka to Gold Legion of Honor. Her name should be very familiar to you as I am always (and I do mean always!) asking folks to be a Genevieve. Her grandson, Ken Meier, received a Starzynski Grant back in 1994 (his sister, Kristine received one in in 1999 for $800.00) for $750.00. His Grammy was so pleased that she decided to donate $10 a month, having done so over 325 times!

Druhna just celebrated her 100th birthday! She received over 200 cards, quite a few from many of you! She has been active in the Falcons since the age of 11. (Her Father had been a Member.) Druhna used to march in parades with the Falcons and was involved with the pyramids that the Falcons used to do all the time! Druhna had bowled in the Falcon leagues (both duck pin and ten pin) for over 30 years and participated in numerous District and National Bowling Tournaments. Anytime the Nest was hosting a banquet or party, Druhna helped.

Genevieve and her husband, Joseph, were extremely involved. Druh Joe used to volunteer as a bartender and was also a Nest Officer for decades. They helped the Nest out financially, paying off the mortgage and also paying for oil for the building. In time, the Nest repaid them.

Not only was Druhna elevated to Legion of Honor, but President Tim sent me to the Nest 97 picnic as a surprise to all. Ken was working the picnic and sent me photos, my comment was “am on my way.” He, of course, thought it was a joke. Shortly after, I sent him a message and asked him to call me. His thinking was, why is she bothering me, she knows I am busy at the picnic. FYI, Grammy drove herself to the Nest 97 picnic!!! Gives one hope!

It was wonderful to attend a Nest 97 event as I haven’t been there in years. There were close to 200 people in attendance. It was an extremely warm day but the crowd had a great time. I was truly honored to aid Druh Ken in his presentation of awards. Hopefully, Nest 97 will continue to acknowledge those who work so hard for the Nest (including you, Ken!).

Congratulations to Druh Stan and Druhna Genevieve!

Czolem!

Druhna Chris: Camp Day Recap!

On Friday, August 13th, my husband Mark and I loaded up the car and headed to La Porte, Ind., home of Nest 564. It was a beautiful day for a drive except for a few bursts of rain along the way. We arrived at around 7:30 and checked into our hotel and then headed to the Nest.

It was so nice to be going to see some of our Falcon friends as it has been such a long time. We were greeted by Mark Albin and some other friends from Nest 564. They have done some updates to their club that I had not seen. They have a beautiful new deck on the back of the building which is where we spent the evening chatting with Mark about the next day.

We were not sure how many Youth Members or friends would show up, but we had plenty of room in the big open field behind the club. The plan was to meet in the morning and set up before their arrival.

On Saturday morning, Mark met us outside and we emptied my car and set up the obstacle course, made the tic-tac-toe relay board, and just set out anything else we needed for the day. The kids began to arrive at about 10:00 and we got started right away by having them sign in and get their backpacks that were donated by the National Falconette Commission.

We had a great morning of running the obstacle course, making a safari hat that we would wear to go on a dinosaur egg hunt. We then did the frisbee throw through the hula hoops and we even played some kickball. Lunch was a delicious sloppy joe sandwich, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, chips, and a drink. Yum! Yum! Thanks to District VI and the District Falconette Commission for providing the lunch.

Then it was back outside for tic-tac-toe relays, which is always a National Camp favorite. We then pulled out the parachute and had some fun racing under it to switch places with a partner. The final flip of the parachute sent it flying into the air and floating back down to the ground.

To close out the day, we did a nature scavenger hunt. We looked for everything from pinecones to different kinds of leaves to something red. We found some interesting items. Everyone completed the hunt so they each received a frisbee as a prize. Not a bad way to finish up outside. The final treat of the day was to make your own sundae and put whatever toppings you like on it. We had some big sundaes. Me, I just had some plain ice cream. Again, thanks to District VI and the Falconette Commission for their donations.

A special thanks goes out to Mark Albin for agreeing to host our event. Thanks to Lisa Albin, Jennifer Shepard, Mary Pluta (District VI President), Judy Hough, Terry Singleton, Preston Singleton, Amanda Cunduff, and former Future Leaders Brandon Gurolla, Adam Jester, and Ethan Forrest. You were all a big help and I thank you for your support.

All in all, a great time was had by everyone.

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.

Where would you choose to invest?

PFA’s Safeguard CD Annuity:

  • 3 years – guaranteed interest rate of 2.25%*
  • 5 years – guaranteed interest rate of 2.50%*
  • 7 years – guaranteed interest rate of 2.75%*

Annuity earnings are tax-deferred. Defer paying income tax on interest earnings to later in your life and take advantage of a lower tax bracket!

Learn more by contacting John Denning at 800-535-2071 or by email at jdenning@polishfalcons.org.

*Conditions apply

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!