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VP Trish: A Garden Update

It’s been about five weeks since I talked about our flowers and garden. We actually planted things a bit late, but they are still so pretty. I am excited!

There are three big squash on our plant, but they seem to be holding tight so I did not pick them yet. A pumpkin has decided to grow as well! I have been wanting pumpkins for years but hadn’t done so yet!

As you read this, Christmas is exactly five months from today! Perhaps, the baking should commence!

See below for photos of lots of our flowers including those planted in a silly goose! My daughter-in-law bought me two of these years ago and the plants seem happy!

Keep safe, wash your hands, and enjoy the glorious days of summer!

VP Trish: Home Improvements During the Pandemic

There is always a positive to any situation (usually) and the pandemic is no exception. Even though John has worked at Lowe’s during this time, he has still done so much around the house.

I have the privilege of working from home so I have considerably more time here, no two-hour trip each day!

From the inventory depletion at Lowe’s and talking to my friends who own Root 88 Duprees (Greenhouse and Nursery), it is obvious people are doing so many more home projects than have been done in the recent past.

The most exciting is that the decorative deck became a usable deck! This required removing an entire doorway-sized glass block of windows, then installing a door! The deck is where I start and end my day.

Some of the things done were painting the living room, entry way and hall (even the ceilings!), installing new screen doors, landscaping, re-carpeting the basement steps, hanging a new chandelier above the steps, hanging Ninja warrior stuff off the deck (for the kids), building a climbing dome, cleaning out and power washing the gutters and the soffit and fascia.

John has a hang up about trees and shrubs too close to the house. He convinced me to have him cut out the holly bush that we had planted years ago. Now we have another flower garden and of course, we needed new railings to the side porch. Ryanna and I also planted a new garden around an old arborvitae. Ryanna repainted the chalkboard wall in their playroom.

Our neighbor calls Ryanna John’s apprentice as she is usually by his side working hard. They painted the concrete block foundation of the house, painted lawn furniture and built new drawers for the work bench he built in the garage. There is new lighting in the garage that is ridiculously bright! My Ryan is a helper often!

John gets to chop wood because the kids and I have quite a few campfires (along with s’mores).

Oh and new brakes on the car!

Would love to hear about your home projects? (Being nebby!)

Hoping you and yours are safe and are making the best of things. Life is quite interesting!

Keep safe and healthy! Now, go wash your hands!!!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Nest Information

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!

VP Trish: Summertime Recipes

Even though it is summertime, I still love to bake. Ryanna and I bake almost every week.

I am sure Mark Puskar is going to want Chris to use every single one of these recipes!


My sister-in-law shared her Mom’s pineapple upside down cake recipe. It was the first time I had baked one, and it came out very nice. I’ve made it a couple of times.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

  • In a large frying pan, melt ½ cup butter (one stick).
  • Add 1 cup brown sugar, spreading it evenly. Remove from heat.
  • Arrange pineapple rings over mixture, add a maraschino cherry in the middle of each of the rings.
  • Add whole walnuts (or pecans) around the pineapple. Then sprinkle chopped nuts over pineapple.
  • Set aside.

The Cake

  • Beat 3 egg yolks until light.
  • Add 1 cup sugar.
  • Add 5 tablespoons of pineapple juice.
  • Sift together and add to mixture:
      • 1 cup sifted cake flour (if you don’t have a sifter, use a colander)
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Fold in 3 stiffly beaten egg whites.
  • Pour batter over pineapples.
  • Bake at 365 for 30- 35 minutes.  I put foil on the handles of my skillet just in case!
  • Allow to cool about 5 minutes before you invert onto pan. It is beautiful and easy!

Ordinarily, I do not use cake flour but since this recipe called for it, I bought some. On the back of the cake flour box was a recipe for carrot cake. This carrot cake is the best carrot cake I have ever had.

Carrot Cake

Combine:

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

Stir:

  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of cardamom (this is something I add to all recipes that require cinnamon; it is not necessary but adds a unique additional flavor)
  • ½ ground allspice or ginger

Blend into mixture.

Beat on medium for three minutes.

Stir in:

  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts, which ever you prefer

In addition to greasing the cake pan(s), line them with parchment or wax paper.

Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Mix:

  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Gradually add:

  • 1 – 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Once the cake cools, frost it.


My Mom used to love to garden and as most gardeners realize, you grow lots of zucchini. She found this recipe that is fairly easy and so good!

Zucchini Bread

Beat together:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups grated, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon (not an error, tablespoon is correct) vanilla

Mix together:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon (again, not an error) cinnamon
  • Dash of cardamom

Stir in:

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (including the syrup)

When I grease the pans when baking sweet stuff, instead of also using flour, I line the pan with granulated sugar and sprinkle some sugar on the top of the batter before I bake.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.


This is the perfect time of year for strawberries. Ryan and Ryanna love them, so we always have them. This cake is so good; I found this recipe almost 40 years ago!

Scarlett O’Hara Strawberry Cake

Clean and cut 1 ½ quarts strawberries, mix with sugar (use your judgement), and set aside.

Mix into a soft dough:

  • 4 ⅔ cups Bisquick baking mix
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk

Put in ungreased small baking pan.

Spread 2 tablespoons of butter on dough.

Sprinkle over dough:

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup slivered almonds

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

When cake is still warm, add a dollop of whipped cream (the recipe calls for adding ½ teaspoon almond extract to your whipped cream or cool whip).

Add the strawberries.

This is so good!


When my sons were little, I had to come up with unique ways for Jim, in particular, to eat or drink. Greg was and still is a good eater! One of their favorites was this drink recipe we found calling for Tang (I didn’t know if they still made Tang, so I looked it up and they do!).

Frosted Orange Crème

Combine all ingredients and mix in a blender:

  • ¼ cup Tang Orange Flavor Breakfast Beverage Crystals
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Mix it up and enjoy!


I hope all of you and yours are doing well and enjoying your summer. It is going so fast; the 4th of July will be here before we know it.

We just registered for The FIVER! Hope you do as well!

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Books I’ve Read

I am always amused by the phrase “Summertime Reading!” I discussed with President Tim and he helped; Summertime reading is light and an easy read. Well honestly, as much as I am an avid reader, I would define myself as a summertime reader. I simply don’t retain what I read, so I surely don’t want to read anything too deep!

I didn’t turn into a reader until I was a bit older. I now love to read and I listen to audio books in my car (Obviously, I am not in my car as much these days!). I have even borrowed audio books for the car when the kids and I were heading up to Geneva. We love to listen to the Polar Express! The person reading the books adds to the fun of the book. I have been amused as well as terrified by the way the book is read to me.

My taste in books has changed in that life is rough and I don’t want to read ugliness. As Marianne (Kenbok, our office manager) says, reading is an escape. So most of the time, I want to have a nice escape! Not always, but usually.

I buy a fair amount of books. Kids love to buy books especially when we are out of town. One of our traditions is to stop on our way to Geneva to buy a book (We stop near Courtney’s house!).

I can no longer read about Jack Reacher written by Lee Child, since the last time I listened, some of the images still bother me.

I used to listen to Patricia Cornwell about Kay Scarpetta, but then she discussed performing an autopsy in too much detail for me. One of the disadvantages of listening is that you can’t skim the pages!

Do not ask me about Stephen King or Dean Koontz, just the mention of their names terrifies me!!!

John Sanford books about Virgil Flowers, thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who reports to Lucas Davenport, are generally a good read. Lots of humor despite the content. I cannot read the Prey series though, too disturbing for me.

The alphabet murders written by Sue Grafton is a series about a private detective, Kinsey Millhone. Again, not too gross. Unfortunately, Sue died before she got to the end of the alphabet. Her last book was Y is for Yesterday. Again, plenty of humor.

Mary Higgins Clark was an author that my Mom really enjoyed. Her mysteries are not too brutal. The one series is with the lottery winners, Alvirah and Willy who also seem to be in the middle of problems and solve the case! Mary Higgins Clark had also teamed up with Alafair Burke with a character that has a television series Under Suspicion who reopens cases for a show and of course, solves the mystery during the filming.

Michael Connelly has several characters, the Harry Bosch Series and his Mickey Haller (who is Bosch’s half-brother) are my favorites. Bosch was a detective, now retired (but still working) and Haller is a lawyer who works out of a fleet of Lincolns.

Robert B. Parker has his Jesse Stone series (Jesse is the Police Chief in Paradise, Ma., and also Spencer who is a detective.

Elin Hilderbrand writes novels usually taking place on Nantucket. There is a series about the Quinn family and a new one with Irene Steele who is just widowed and it seems her husband had another family on an island.

Jane Green writes much about family but I suspect someone in her family has alcohol issues in that is often times the background in her stories.

John Grisham is one of my favorites. I thought he was a bitter, retired, angry, old judge but he is a lawyer being around my age. He was born in the south and his stories are often troubling and fit our day and times. His books mostly revolve around law but there are a few others.

Joanne Fluke writes murder mysteries with the main character being Hannah who owns the Cookie Jar bakery. Hannah and her sisters often solve the mystery, but since she is a baker, there are recipes throughout her books. Ryanna and I just baked her double rainbow swirl cake!

Mary Kay Andrews writes beach-y stories, usually about women and their friends and of course, romance. There’s mystery as well.

I just discovered Barbara Delinsky reading “A Week at the Shore,” mystery, romance, family. There is a fabulous quote in this book, I shared it with the Future Leaders. “Accept what you can’t change, by changing what you can’t accept.”

Liane Moriarty is an Australian author. She has written eight novels, including the New York Times bestseller, Big Little Lies. The twists and turns in her books often have me react out loud!

And of course, if you know me, my very favorite is Dr. Seuss – Theodor Seuss “Ted” Geisel. He wrote for children but many of his books are wonderful for adults as well. One of his quotes that I really like is “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

When I was in school and had to read a book, quite often I chose a biography. I don’t seem to be reading those these days, although I did listen to Terry Bradshaw read his book. It was quite amusing considering how silly Terry is.

The other autobiography I listened to lately was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” read by him. He is a pretty serious guy!

My sister-in-laws’ mother died at the age of 90 (a few years ago). At the funeral home was a spreadsheet of books she had read. There was the name of the book, the author, her opinion and when she read it. It blew my mind that she did this and I thought it was very cool. She and I had quite similar tastes in books. I was amused also that both she and I have read only one Danielle Steele book, can’t stand them!

Anne Lamott – Rev. Mark (First Presbyterian Church/Monongahela) has referred to her in quite a few sermons. I bought one of her books, “Notes on Hope.” So far, I like it. It is full of hope when dealing with situations that too many of us deal with.

These are just a few of the authors I have experienced. I would appreciate hearing what your tastes are, and possibly being exposed to an author I would enjoy!

Czolem! Peace!

VP Trish: All About the Shoes

Not that this has anything to do with Polish Falcons (except we have lot of Members who happen to love shoes, including former National Secretary/Treasurer John Kuzmirek. John enjoys buying shoes at Kohl’s, especially in Hillsborough, NJ!), but I thought this might be fun, different and a bit interesting. Back in 2003, my last assignment in English Comp 102 prior to my graduation from the Community College of Allegheny County, we had to write a paper and do a PowerPoint presentation on anything we wanted. It took me quite some time, but I settled on shoes! My instructor (who was a woman) loved the paper and presentation. I received an A for each of them. Her comments were, “Great paper! Well researched and presented!” The name of the paper was: “Women and Shoes! Our Obsession! Women are head over heels for shoes!”

Shoes can bring women such joy! This starts at an early age and continues to grow right along with the girl. A few fairy tales center around shoes. Cinderella had glass slippers (which were actually spiked heels) and went from drudge to princess in a matter of moments. It was a transformation most women would love. Dorothy had her ruby slippers to get her back home (originally, the shoes were supposed to be silver, but were changed to red). Shoes have the power to improve our day, boost our mood and bring empowerment. Shoes are a reflection of environment, culture, politics, religious beliefs, and ceremonial customs. Shoes are symbols of sexuality and powerful femininity. Regardless of profession, women feel the need to purchase new shoes every now and then.

Shoes are the great equalizer in the fashion world. Your feet do not change as dramatically as the rest of the body. Shoes are usually a perfect fit! There are quite a few stores dedicated mainly to shoes; everyone has to wear them!

Women feel that the shoes finish the ensemble, and complete the wardrobe! The shoes are as important as the rest of the outfit! Shoes are an exclamation point at the end of the fashion statement! Shoes are difficult to hate. The right shoes flatter even on bad days, can add zip to the most boring outfits and instantly boost your appeal. It can’t be a coincidence that for many women, a quick fix solution to feeling blue is to go shopping for shoes! In fact, some women are downright obsessed with them (imagine that!).

Our footwear tells about us. What you wear speaks volumes about you, but your footwear may make a bigger impression than your clothing. Shoes say much about people. The style of shoe or the brand name may classify social status. Shoes are an important choice of clothing in regard to your identity. Shoes reflect certain characteristics and based on this is how women choose their type of shoe.

  • Women who wear comfortable shoes are more likely to be down to earth and practical, capable and willing to look after others. Looking good isn’t as important as feeling good. These shoes can be a bit boring.
  • Women who wear flat shoes like to look groomed but also care about comfort. These ladies usually have a streak of fun in them. The advantage is that they combine comfort with class; they look good!
  • Platform wearers enjoy practicality and comfort, but find these shoes playful. The height of the shoe may be an advantage.
  • The stiletto! This shoe is worn by the type of woman who willingly risks her feet for glamour! The advantage is you look great, but you best not be in a hurry!

One of the most fun things is the reaction of people to a woman wearing her high-heeled shoes, regardless of where she is. People always notice your feet. If high heels are worn, it’s sure to evoke numerous comments and questions concerning one’s ability to walk or stand in those things! It’s a great conversation piece and usually quite humorous.

Linda O’Keefe claims the invention of the high heel was by Mesopotamian butchers who needed to walk around floors of their shops which were covered with animal carcasses. The stiletto is undoubtedly the most controversial shoe of this century! The shoe also changed interior architecture in that floor coverings had to be able to handle the sharp heel tips.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world,” so said Marilyn Monroe. She also said, “All girls owe him a lot,” when referring to the man who invented the high heel, even though she did not know who it was. Roger Vivier, a designer, is often given credit for the invention.

High heels create artifice in a woman. It’s the way you walk. You create a motion, a space, a sinuous. You become a living sculpture. Even if unsuccessful, it is exciting!

The pros of wearing high heels are many. They can make legs look great, enhance femininity, enhance the total look, make you appear taller, and increase confidence. Of course, if you don’t wear them on a regular basis, you can’t walk in them!

A woman’s clothing in general, shoes in particular, can project a strong image especially if she has the skill and the ability to use them to her full potential. There are some women who just adore the style, sound, feel and grace of high heels. Even though taught at an early age, high heeled shoes are not good for you, she still loves them! It is very possible to enjoy wearing these shoes without suffering if one uses common sense!

Your feet are a good indication of your general health. Congestive heart failure may be indicated by swollen ankles; sensitivity to pain and temperature may indicate diabetes; symptoms of circulatory disease are cold feet, and clubbed toenails may signal chronic respiratory disease.

While we know the wearing of high heels (heels over 2 ½ inches are considered high) throws our bodies out of whack, puts undo pressure on the balls of our feet, shortens the calf muscle and the Achilles tendons, possibly sets us up for surgery in the future, high heels are just too much fun to stop wearing!

Hoping all of you enjoyed this fun blog and are practicing social distancing and staying safe! Wash those hands!!!

Peace! Czolem!

Druhna Trish

VP Trish: Gardening

Our yard greeted me with my Magnolia Tree in bloom, my Dogwood and Azaleas bursting, and the spring flowers – Lily of the Valley, Iris, Lilies and Hostas. The Hydrangeas are sprouting leaves, and of course – Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Pansies, Mums and Hyacinth. The cool thing is that most of my perennials have come from other yards of my family and friends. I think of them each time they bloom.

And now we’re getting into summer! Summertime and the living is easy! This is the perfect time of year to go outside and enjoy the weather. It is also fun (and great exercise!) to garden. It is good for the mind and the soul as well!

Ryanna & Ryan

Our house has lots of outdoor living space so I have more places to surround myself with flowers. The front porch is silly but still nice to have; there are pots of Begonia and Roses along with a plastic goose full of a variety of flowers. It has a huge American flag hanging, as does the side porch.

The side porch is covered; it was a great “playpen” when the kids were little. There are double Begonias hanging. The back patio is now covered thanks to the deck; next to the patio is our garden. This year, we planted vegetables.

Ryanna wanted me to plant all that she needs to make her pasta sauce (ask Ryan, it is the best sauce!). We planted five varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and squash! The outside perimeter is lined with Marigolds and cayenne pepper (I hear deer don’t like Marigolds and bunnies don’t like cayenne pepper).

Ryanna with the Aloe plant

The deck has pots with basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley and mint as well as a potted Sunflower. There is also an aloe plant that fascinates Ryanna. She is also quite impressed with my Hibiscus plant; the flowers remind one of the tropics! I also just learned that the Rose of Sharon is a type of Hibiscus, I guess the northern version?

Most of our flowers are in the front yard and lining the side of the house. The kids and I planted Begonias, Ageratum, Vinca, Dahlias, Petunias (my Mom’s favorite and they still have a lovely scent), and Sunflower seeds.

The Magnolia Tree in the front yard near the right of the house has a decorative bench surrounded by flowers – Pansies, Vinca, Petunia and Ageratum plus rocks from Geneva. Two swings hang from the tree! One more flower bed to go! Perhaps Impatiens?

Trips to the local nursery, Root 88 Dupree’s, is always fun. The kids enjoy choosing their plants and flowers. Another project for the kids was making bags that fool carpenter bees and other flying insects into believing that it is a wasp nest. Supposedly, the others will respect their space and leave. We shall see!

There is now a birds’ nest under the deck (but clearly visible from the patio). It was so cool the first time the kids saw the babies! We were sitting on the deck playing at the sand table. We noticed mama bird with a worm and sure enough, three little beaks appeared.

Ah, the simple things in life. Even though life is so challenging these days, please try to enjoy! Sunrises, sunsets, the innocence of youth, the moon, fresh air, nature in full bloom. Hopefully, you are enjoying your yard as well. I would love to hear about your favorite plants and flowers!

Peace! Czolem!

VP Trish: Thoughts while on Stay-cation

I am on vacation this week, well actually, stay-cation. I made the decision that it makes more sense to stay home, plant a garden, get more things done around the house, read a bit more and simply enjoy! John just finished our deck; the kids are finished with school Wednesday. There are lots of things for the kids to do here – we just bought a new climbing dome, there are the swings, a sprinkler and the sandbox! Plus, books and crafts galore!

Geneva-on-the-Lake is a small area where social distancing would be challenging. The playgrounds aren’t open yet, and the beach is still a mess (even though they clean it constantly). The lake is really cold, and not all of the restaurants/stores are open; it is in another state.

BUT! I have spent this entire morning crying. My heart is so heavy from what is happening. The civil unrest, the virus, just everything! I generally don’t watch much news because I tend to bury my head in the sand and only deal with what I have to. I have never been one to march for a cause (even when I agreed with the cause). It seems that things happen, people protest, there is much discussion, then before you know it, we are back to where we were!

The scope of the violence frightens me! The current state of affairs saddens me, sickens me and terrifies me! I did see a few encouraging photos and stories recently, but these should not be an exception. It should be the rule to talk and be considerate. I simply do not understand why a gathering should turn into an excuse to be a criminal. Talk about a contradiction!

As I have mentioned previously, my parents were not deeply involved with a fraternal. I joined when I was a kid. My brothers were PFA Members, and I was taking dancing lessons (at the same place my Mom had). One night after class, I told my Mom I didn’t want to come back here anymore. Her reply was “Then, you’re joining Falcons!” Obviously, one of the best decisions ever! My point is that even though they weren’t involved, they were truly kind, generous, thoughtful people. We were taught to be respectful of all, treat others the way they treat us, not to judge, not to gossip, to understand, be kind, be helpful, share, support, be considerate of all, be responsible, not to lie (if we lied, that was worse to my Mom than what we lied about!), to work hard, to appreciate, not to take anything for granted, have compassion, be a productive member of society.

My parents were of course not perfect, but they were good people! Now obviously, one can’t be a doormat for others, but seriously, the nastiness is shocking to me. I think some of it has to do with the stay-at-home orders and people being frustrated, scared, out-of-control, financially unstable and uneasy about the future.

Random acts of kindness go a long way! You can be making a difference simply by being nice! Say hello, nod your head, hold a door, allow someone to enter the street, smile (even though you are wearing a mask – at least, I hope so!), a smile can be seen in the eyes, donate blood, donate to a food bank, send a few dollars to someone you know who needs help, do something NICE! Oh! and if the store requires you to wear a mask, wear it on your face, not your neck!

I heard a gentleman say that God didn’t produce any extras (like they have in the movies!), all of us matter. And all of us can make a difference!

I am going to go outside and work in our garden. My Mom always said that gardening was the best therapy! I wish all of you peace and I pray for a gentler, kinder world! Czolem!

Druhna Chris: PFA Beginnings

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the cancellation of PFA events, and with history being an important part of the Falcons, I would like you to share your experiences as a Member with us. I am interested in how you became a Member; was it through your parents or grandparents? What activities have you been involved in, or are still involved in today? What is your favorite memory? How have your friendships in the PFA flourished? What are some of the things that you have learned as a Member? These are all things that interest me.

I know that I became involved in the PFA through my Ciocia, Betty Bubacz. She was the Instructress for Nest 118 in Pittsburgh. She always stopped at our house on the way to gym class with my cousins. One summer evening, she saw how bored I was and decided I should go with them to gym class. So, I went. That night Druhna Leona Kozloski was there to teach Polish dancing. I had so much fun that I continued to go to gym class and have been active pretty much since then. I did have a bit of a break during college. I got involved again when our National First Vice President Trish talked me into attending a Nest meeting. She has been one of those lifelong friends who helps me with everything. As soon as my children were able to attend events, they became actively involved. They both, too, have made many lifelong friends in the PFA. My husband took a little longer to get involved, but has been my back-up and behind the scenes helper with everything I do in my job as the National Physical Education Director. My cousin Barbara Chervenak was, for a while, my helper at all the Youth Events as Secretary, and a general helper with everything. Now, my cousin Patty Capozoli helps me with all those events. We always manage to have a great time with each other and the youth participants. After my pause for college, I have been active in my Nest and District and with the National Office. The Puskar’s are a Polish Falcons family. All of my closest friends are Polish Falcons people. I am very grateful to my Ciocia Betty for taking me with her to gym class that day. Polish Falcons is a huge part of my life, and I love every minute of it.

Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear the stories of how you became involved in the PFA. I know that there are many, many families that have similar stories to tell. Now that we are all mostly at home practicing our “social distancing,” you might have the time to write down your story and send it to me. Maybe we will get enough stories together to put them into a book. I love photos too. Maybe you can send one or two with your story?

There is no age limit to who can send their stories. All ages can tell us about their favorite parts of the PFA. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Email your story to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!