National Convention

42nd Quadrennial Convention

Due to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus, the Polish Falcons of America National Board of Directors voted on Thursday, April 2, 2020, to postpone the PFA National Convention scheduled for July in New Britain, Conn. The Executive Officers, staff and Board are working on rescheduling the Convention. We hope to announce details in late April or early May.

Date: July 15-18, 2020
Host: Nest 88, New Britain, CT with support from District V


Sections:

Convention Call
Hotel Information
Tentative Schedule
Delegate Information

National Director Nomination Process
Making Amendments to the PFA Constitution and Bylaws
Legion of Honor Commandery/Conclave Information
Falconette Luncheon Information
Souvenir Program Book Information


Convention Call

Pursuant to Article II, Section 13, of the Polish Falcons of America Constitution and Bylaws, I hereby issue a call for the convening of the 42nd Quadrennial National Convention of the Polish Falcons of America. The host of the Convention is Polish Falcons Nest 88, New Britain, Conn. The Convention will begin on Thursday, July 16, 2020. All sessions will take place at Nest 88, 201 Washington St., New Britain, CT 06051.

Registration of Delegates will begin on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The First Session of the Convention will be called to order on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at approximately 9 a.m.

Delegates

The Convention is composed of the National Executive Board, appointed officials, Members of the Board of Directors, Executive District Officers, Executive Nest Officers, benefit Members of the Legion of Honor, and duly elected Nest delegates. Each Nest is entitled to one Delegate for every fifty (50) Members, a fraction thereof, and two (2) alternate Delegates, duly elected by a majority vote on a secret ballot at a special meeting of the Nest held at least 60 days before the opening of the Convention.

A Delegate to the Convention shall be a benefit Member of the Falcons in good standing who is a citizen of the United States and who is 18 years of age and who shall have been a Member of the Falcons for at least one (1) year prior to the Convention and a Member of the Nest for at least one (1) year prior to the Convention, and who is not an officer, delegate, representative, agent or employee of any other fraternal benefit organization doing a life insurance business. Each Nest should notify National Headquarters as soon as possible of their Delegate election meeting specifying date, time, and location. This information will be posted on the PFA website and if the timing permits, will be published in the Sokol Polski magazine.

Quorum

A quorum for the Convention shall consist of the duly elected delegates of at least one-third (1/3) of the number of Nests in good standing. Therefore, it is incumbent that all Nests send a full complement of the duly elected delegates to the Convention.

Czołem,

Timothy Kuzma
National President


Hotel Information

Hartford Marriott Farmington
15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington, Connecticut 06032
+1 860-678-1000

Located in the suburbs of Farmington, CT with easy access to Interstate 84, Hartford Marriott Farmington sits in a corporate park, surrounded by winding jogging trails, and near Mark Twain House, Westfarms Mall and Central Connecticut State University.

Room Rate: $109/night

Click here for reservations.


Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, July 15
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Registration at Nest 88
6 p.m. – Legion of Honor Commandery Meeting at Nest 88

Thursday, July 16
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration at Nest 88
9 a.m. to Noon – Convention Sessions at Nest 88
Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch Break
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Convention Sessions at Nest 88
7 p.m. – Legion of Honor Conclave at Nest 519

Friday, July 17
7 a.m. to 8 a.m. – Breakfast for all Delegates at the Marriott Hotel
9 a.m. to Noon – Convention Sessions at Nest 88
Noon to 1:30 p.m. – Falconette Luncheon at Nest 88
1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Convention Sessions at Nest 88
7 p.m. – Fraternal Night at Nest 307

Saturday, July 18
8 a.m. – Convention Sessions (if necessary) at Nest 88
Immediately following session (or 11 a.m.) – 5K Run/1 Mile Walk and Picnic at Nest 88 Polanka
3:30 p.m. – Mass – Meet at Nest 88 for Procession
6:30 p.m. – Banquet at Nest 88


Delegate Information

Each delegate to the National Convention shall:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Be a benefit Member of the Falcons in good standing for at least one year prior to the Convention.
  3. A Member of the Nest he or she is representing for at least twelve months prior to the Convention.
  4. A citizen of the United States of America. A newly organized Nest that has been organized a least ninety (90) days before the Convention has the right to full representation at the Convention.

An individual who is an officer, delegate, representative, agent or employee of any other fraternal benefit organization doing a life insurance business cannot be a delegate to the Polish Falcons of America National Convention.

Nest Representation at the National Convention

Each Nest is entitled to the following representation at the National Convention:

  1. One duly elected delegate for every 50 Members or a fraction thereof. (Example: If a Nest has 350 Members, this Nest is entitled to seven delegates. If a Nest has 351 Members, this Nest is entitled to eight delegates.)
  2. Two alternate delegates who shall take the place of an officially elected delegate who is unable to attend the Convention.
  3. Executive Officers of the Nest. These Officers are: President, Vice President (Female Vice President and Male Vice President in mixed Nests. It is a Nest’s option to elect one or both Vice Presidents.), Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Instructor or Instructress in mixed Nests.
  4. Benefit Members of the Polish Falcons Legion of Honor.

Nest Delegate Procedures

  1. For Elected Delegates, determine a date to hold a special meeting for the election of delegates to the National Convention. This meeting must be held at least 60 days before the opening of the Convention. The Nest should inform National Headquarters of the date, time and place of the meeting so it can be posted to the PFA website and if timing permits, in the Sokol Polski magazine. Election of delegates is to be done by secret ballot.
  2. For Nest Officer Delegates, there is no election required to be a delegate to the National Convention. The National Convention Delegate Credential for Nest Officers form must be completed.
  3. For Elected Delegates and Nest Officer Delegates, a copy of the completed/signed Credential form must be submitted to National Headquarters not later than June 15, 2020. The original is to be presented to the Credentials Committee by the delegate at the Convention registration. Incomplete or unsigned Credential forms will be returned.

The Nest Officers Form for 2020 must be on file at National Headquarters in order for Nest Officer Delegate Credentials to be verified and issued.

District Representation at the National Convention

Each District is entitled to the following representation at the National Convention: Executive Officers of the District: President, Female Vice President, Male Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Instructor, or Instructress. (A District has the option of having one or both Vice Presidents.)

District Delegate Procedures

  1. For District Officer Delegates, there is no election required to be a delegate to the National Convention. The Delegate Credential for District Officers form must be completed. Incomplete Credential forms will be returned. Also, the District Officers form for 2017-2019 must be on file at National Headquarters in order for District Officer Delegate Credentials to be verified and issued.
  2. A copy of the completed Credential form must be submitted to National Headquarters not later than June 15, 2020. The original is to be presented to the Credentials Committee by the delegate at the Convention registration.

Legion Delegates

All Legion of Honor Benefit Members in good standing are automatically entitled to be a Delegate to the National Convention. Legion of Honor Benefit Members wishing to be a delegate must request a Legion of Honor Delegate Credential Form directly from National Headquarters. The deadline for submitting a request is June 15, 2020. The deadline cannot be extended.

Also, a Member who is attending the Convention as a Elected Delegate, Nest Officer, District Officer or National Officer, cannot also attend the Convention as a Legion of Honor Delegate. Requests for the Legion of Honor Delegate Credential Form can be sent by the following methods:

Polish Falcons of America
ATTN: First Vice President Patricia Del Busse
1016 Greentree Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Fax – 412-922-5029
Phone – 1-800-535-2071

For any questions or additional information co­­­ncerning the Legion of Honor, please call National Headquarters or email First Vice President Patricia Del Busse at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.


Delegate Forms

District Officer Delegate Credential (Fillable PDF)

Nest Officer Delegate Credential (Fillable PDF)

Legion of Honor Delegate Credential

  • Legion of Honor Delegate Credential Forms are not available online. Please contact First Vice President Trish Del Busse at 1-800-535-2071 or vptrish@polishfalcons.org to request a form.

Elected Delegate Credential

  • Elected Delegate Credential Forms are not available online. Copies were sent to all Nests. Please contact First Vice President Trish Del Busse at 1-800-535-2071 or vptrish@polishfalcons.org to request additional copies.

National Director Nomination Process

Each District is obligated to nominate one candidate for National Director to be elected by the upcoming 42nd Polish Falcons of America National Convention. A District shall nominate a National Director at a Plenary Meeting to be held at least 60 days prior to the National Convention.

Voting privileges at a District Plenary Meeting:

  1. Executive Board of that District consisting of the following: President, Woman Vice President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Physical Instructor, Physical Instructress and all elected Members of the District Board of Directors.
  2. Each Nest in the District will be represented by the following Nest Officers: President, Vice President, (Woman Vice President and Vice President in mixed Nests. It is a Nest’s option to elect one or both Vice Presidents.), Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Physical Instructor, and Physical Instructress in mixed Nests.
  3. Benefit Members of the Legion of Honor are permitted to attend and have a vote at the District Plenary Meeting. Non-benefit Legion of Honor Members have no voice and no vote. In summary, only the qualified Officers of each Nest and District, Benefit Falcon Legion of Honor Members and the National Director shall be allowed to vote. Any action contrary to this will result in an illegal meeting.

Qualifications for National Director

The candidate for National Director shall be a benefit Member from a Nest in the District, must be a citizen of the United States, an adult Member in good standing for at least five (5) years at the time of his/her election and a Delegate to the National Convention. He/she must not be an officer, delegate, representative, agent, or employee of any other fraternal benefit organization doing a life insurance business. Also, no person shall be elected to office after attaining age 70.

  1. Announcements for all meetings will be posted on the PFA website and if the timing permits, in the Sokol Polski magazine.
  2. Every District must submit to National Headquarters a copy of the complete minutes within one week after the meeting, including the full names of all qualified voters.
  3. Any District changing the date, time, or place of the previously announced meeting must notify all concerned, as listed above, specifying the valid reason for this change. Failure to do so will result in an illegal meeting.

If you have any questions about the Director nomination process, you may contact National Headquarters.


Making Amendments to the PFA Constitution and Bylaws

All amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Polish Falcons of America are presented for adoption at the Convention by the s­­­­tanding Legal Committee as per Sections 137 and 141 of the Constitution and Bylaws. The standing Legal Committee is in the process of reviewing our Constitution and Bylaws for additional revisions. All proposed amendments shall be reviewed by the Legal Committee. Any proposed amendments may be submitted to the Committee in writing, signed and dated by May 1, 2020, and sent to:

Polish Falcons of America
ATTN: Legal Committee
1016 Greentree Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Please include your contact information with the proposals in the event the Committee has to contact you for questions or clarification. The proposed amendments that will be presented to the Convention shall be printed in advance in the June issue of the Polish Falcons magazine and on the PFA website. All of the proposed amendments are presented to the Convention by the standing Legal Committee and shall be approved by a two-thirds vote of all delegates present and qualified to vote at the Convention. In order to expedite their preparation, amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws should be submitted in writing, preferably typewritten.

Following is a suggested guide for submitting proposed amendments to the Legal Committee:

  1. Identify the Section that is being amended by its number and title in the current Constitution and Bylaws.
  2. Language and punctuation to be deleted from an existing section shall be overtyped with a succession of hyphens. (For example: SECTION 16—Quorum. A quorum for a Regular or Special Convention shall consist… This proposal is deleting the words “or Special” from the Section.)
  3. To delete an entire section, simply state which section is to be deleted. (For example: I propose to delete Section 16 Quorum from the Constitution in its entirety.)
  4. New words or sentences added to an existing section shall be underlined or written in bold. (For example: SECTION 42—Expenses of Directors. The National Board of Directors shall receive such expenses… This proposal is adding the words “National Board of” to the Section.)
  5. To replace text, place the new text in bold or underlined before the deleted text, which is struck through. (For example: SECTION 16—Quorum. A quorum for a Regular or Special Falcons Meeting Convention shall consist… This proposal is deleting the word “Convention” and replacing it with “Falcons Meeting”.)
  6. To add a new section, give the title NEW SECTION before the text of the section.

Legion of Honor Commandery/Conclave Information

Election of Commandery Representatives

A meeting of the Polish Falcons of America Legion of Honor Conclave is held at every National Convention. This year, the Conclave will meet on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Nest 519, Middletown, Conn. The time has not been determined. Only those Members with a Legion of Honor Award can attend. In addition to discussing issues related to the Legion of Honor, the purpose of the Conclave is to confirm the election of the Legion of Honor Commandery and to elect a Grand Master of the PFA Legion of Honor.

The Commandery is composed of one representative from every District. This representative is chosen by the Legion of Honor Circle of each District. The meeting to select the District’s Commandery representative must be held at least 30 days prior to the National Convention.

After this election, the results are submitted to the National President. The National President submits the names to the Grand Master prior to the National Convention. The Grand Master presents the candidates to the Legion of Honor Conclave for confirmation. The newly-confirmed Commandery representatives are sworn in by the Grand Master during the Conclave.

Following the installation, the Conclave will hold an election for the position of Legion of Honor Grand Master and Secretary of the Commandery. The candidate for each office must be a member of the Commandery. Voting for each office must be done by secret ballot. The candidate must receive a majority of votes to be declared the winner.


Falconette Luncheon Information

Friday, July 17, 2020
Noon to 1:30 p.m.

PFA Nest 88
201 Washington Street
New Britain, CT 06051

$25 per person

All convention delegates are invited to attend.

Menu includes:

  • Chicken Romano
  • Pasta
  • Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Salad
  • Roll/Butter
  • Dessert

Hot and cold beverages will also be available.

Reservations and payments click here – or – download flyer and return with check or money order payable to:

Polish Falcons of America
ATTN: Patty Capozoli
1016 Greentree Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Deadline for Reservations is: June 15, 2020


Souvenir Program Book Information

In commemoration of the 42nd Quadrennial Convention of the Polish Falcons of America, a special souvenir program book is being published. We welcome all Members and friends of the Falcons to consider placing an advertisement in this book to extend your best wishes to the National Convention. Please feel free to share copies of the information and form with anyone who may be interested in placing an ad in the program book.

  • Full Page … $120
  • 1/2 Page ….. $70
  • 1/4 Page ….. $45
  • 1/8 Page ….. $35
  • Picture …….. $10

Click here to download the program book advertising form.

The deadline for submitting advertisements is March 31, 2020. Thank you in advance for your consideration and participation.