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VP Trish: Fall Season Fun

When I was younger, I hated fall. I realized that the colors were beautiful, but that is because everything is dying. Now, I appreciate every single day! I have always enjoyed decorating for everything but now, I have my little helper. Look at the fabulous job Ryanna did in our front yard (photos below)! John did okay too with the inflatables.

Fall brings lots of fun – football, school, Halloween, visits to farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides, Thanksgiving, baking, cooler temperatures (just to name a few). More blessings!

It also is time for the Nests to receive forms from the National Office regarding their Nest. This information is very important for our tax-exempt status. This year, the forms will be handled electronically. The Nest President will receive an email and a link for you to submit the forms. Hopefully, this will slim line the process and encourage more Nests to participate.

The dues rosters will be going out (via the US postal service) to all the Nests before Halloween. If the National Office does not collect your dues, hold on to the roster. This will provide standing status for all your Members. If the National Office does collect, keep one roster for the Nest and return the other one with the forms needed so that the billing is done correctly.

Hope you get visits from lots of little ghosts and goblins! We don’t get any visitors, so John and I will be attending the Buffalo Bills football game that day with the folks from Nest 610.

Czolem!

Druhna Chris: Zlot Memories & Volleyball!

Remember the 2018 Zlot at Orchard Lake in Michigan??? Remember how much fun it was?!? Just look at the photos! Remember your Falcon friends? Now is your chance to reunite! Join us at the National Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament over the weekend of November 5 – 7, 2021 in La Porte, Ind. All of the details and registration information can be found HERE. Early registration closes on October 4, 2021. You can save $5 per participant before then. So, come on out and enjoy our first Falcon Youth Event since the pandemic! Bring your friends; they don’t have to be Members. Be sure to read all of the information about registration and complete the Insurance Waiver for COVID precautions. Let me know if you have any questions. See you in November!

Druhna Chris: History of Volleyball

With the PFA Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament on the horizon, I wanted to share some interesting information that I have found about volleyball and its origins…

A man named William G. Morgan invented the game in 1895 in Holyoke, Mass. This happened at around the same time James Naismith invented the sport of basketball. Morgan wanted to find a sport that was less violent and intense than basketball. So originally, he called it “Mintonette.”

His first attempt at the sport was to think about tennis, but he raised the net to just above the head of an average man. Then, he had to find the correct type of ball to use. He had the Spalding company make a leather-covered ball with a rubber inner tube. He and two of his friends drew up the first 10 rules of the game.

Morgan arranged to make a presentation of the game to the YMCA Directors of Physical Education and the International Committee of YMCA’s. He proposed that the object of the game was to keep the ball in movement over a high net from one side to the other. At this time, one of the directors suggested that the name be changed to “Volley Ball.” The only other change to the name was to make it one word – VOLLEYBALL!

A handwritten copy of the rules was presented to the YMCA Directors, and a committee was appointed to study and produce suggestions to promote the game. These rules were included in the 1897 edition of the 1st Official Handbook of the North American YMCA Athletic League.

In 1916, the YMCA convinced the NCAA to publish the Volleyball rules and a series of articles the contributed to the growth of the sport in college.

In 1918, the rules were amended to limit the number of players to 6, and in 1922 they were amended to set the number of hits per side to 3, which is how the game is played today.

Volleyball, according to the Olympic Program Commission, is the most widely played sport in the world. It has over 900 million fans and more professional leagues than any other sport.

I hope you will jump on the band wagon and join us for the Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament in La Porte, Ind. the weekend of November 5-7, 2021. All the information you need can be found by clicking here. The Early Registration Deadline is October 4, 2021. You can save $5 per participant if you register early. Remember that you do not need a full team, as we can always put you on a team. So, gather your friends, Members or not, and join us for the fun!

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: National Golf Results

Below, a list of all the scores is available along with a list of all the winners in all eight categories for Thursday. The results and list of scores for Friday are also available, but there are only four categories for the Doubles Scrambles.

You are all winners in my mind as you were gracious with the rain and award delays. You were very generous with the charities, especially with the request for backpacks. You were very supportive and appreciative of the hard work by the Officers and Members of Nest 610!

It was wonderful to see all of you in person and I am looking forward to enjoying more National events. See you in La Porte, Indiana in November for the National Volleyball Tournament (youth and adult) and then in St. Louis, Missouri in April for the National Bowling Tournament.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

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!

VP Trish: 2021 National Golf Hole Sponsors

The following Nests, Districts, Directors and Officers sponsored a sign at the National Golf Tournament. As you know (or maybe you don’t), the entry fee does not cover all of the expenses. Your support is greatly appreciated. Pretty good response with over 1/3 of the Nests supporting Nest 610! Thank you notes will be going out soon!

Click here to view the list.

If you would like to see a photo of your sign, they are posted below. Or, you can visit the Nest 610 Facebook page.

VP Trish: Recapping the National Golf Tournament – Part 2

Another idea I had for our National Golf Tournament was to acknowledge the distance traveled by our golfers to join in all this fun! A friend of Druhna Chris made this customized hubcap for me. This is another traveling “trophy.”

This year, the Nest who traveled the farthest was St. Louis, Mo. Members from Nest 45 journeyed 673 miles!

There were ten golfers along with Druhny Mary and Cindy, who came to not only volunteer but to encourage the golfers to become bowlers in the spring! Nest 45 is the host of the National Bowling Tournament to be held in late April.

Next year, when they join us in South Bend, we will pass it on. The Nest and year are written on the reverse side of the hubcap. I actually borrowed this idea from the Adult Volleyball from the 1990’s; there was a hubcap going around then.

Thank you to all the Nest 45 Members as they were also generous with their support of the backpack project and Nest 610! See you in St. Louis!

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: Golf Correction

The 52nd National Golf Tournament was my first event as the National Golf Commissioner. Overall, it was a wonderful experience especially working with Greg Wieser, Bob Sulecki and the Members of Nest 610. However, I learned that I need to have help while scoring. John Nicpon will be going to the golf from now on! In the meantime, I made an error that needs corrected.

William Larko, Nest 41, New Kensington, PA (District IV), shot an impressive 77 (pretty amazing considering the rain)! For some silly reason, I entered his total incorrectly. His scores for skins were accurate, but I entered the scratch score erroneously.  Due to my error, he was not announced at the awards presentation. A medal has been ordered and will be sent to Druh Larko. I apologize! I made the mistake. I will do my best to not repeat such an error.

Thank you again to all the participants!

A happier blog will be shared next week!

Czolem!