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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: National Golf Rules

If all continues to go well, the National Golf Tournament should be enjoyed as scheduled! Nest 610, Erie, Pa., is prepared to welcome the golfers for the event on August 12 & 13. Of course, the Hammer is played the day prior to the Tournament.

I will be sending an email to the golfers asking about their planned participation in this year’s Tournament. Please respond and share with others who might be interested!

The Golf Commissioners met via Zoom on March 8 and revised the National Golf Tournament rules. The rules were approved by the National Board of Directors at the Board of Directors meeting held on March 13, 2021.


National Golf Tournament

Participants:

  • Must be a Member in Good Standing by the beginning of the Tournament

Format:

  • Two Person Scrambles one day
  • Individual Tournament one day

National Golf Commissioner Responsibilities:

  • Application – Oversee creation and/or modification for all information pertaining to the Tournament
  • Work with Communications Director for publication and posting of all information related to the Tournament
  • Communicate with all golfers with details prior to the event, confirming their registration and handicap
  • Waivers – All participants must complete and sign a waiver form to participate in the Tournament. The Commissioner shall oversee the preparation, distribution and collection of the waivers.
  • Assign the Foursomes
  • Scoring – Tabulate the results for both events
  • Posting of pairings of starting holes and foursomes for both days

The host Nest/District and the National Golf Commissioner shall work together to:

  • Establish the entry fee for golf and all functions
  • Establish the Prizes for the Tournament
  • Assemble and distribute a Welcome Packet to all golfers

Host Nest/District will:

  • Post $500 deposit to secure the event (this will be refunded upon successful completion of the Tournament)
  • Select and secure either one or two courses
  • Make hotel arrangements in the area taking cost, amenities and location into consideration
  • Arrange for entertainment at their facility in the evenings
  • Provide meals (lunch on the courses and dinner both evenings) for all golfers and guests
  • For evening functions, provide transportation to the hotel and venue and back both nights

Date:

  • Second Friday and Saturday of August, if possible, if not Second Thursday and Friday of August

Scoring:

  • PFA will accept a League handicap or Ghin card.
  • If a golfer doesn’t have a League handicap or Ghin card, PFA will use a Falcons’ handicap (this is determined by the average of scores from three previous PFA National Tournaments).
  • The handicap for new golfers without League handicap, Ghin card, or Falcons’ handicap shall be women-30, men-20.
  • Double par-pick up (once you reach, double par, you pick up your ball and take that score.)

Divisions:

One prize per division

  • Women (up to age 59) Scratch
  • Women (up to age 59) Handicap
  • Senior Women (age 60 and above) Scratch
  • Senior Women (age 60 and above) Handicap
  • Men (up to age 59) Scratch
  • Men (up to age 59) Handicap
  • Senior Men (age 60 and above) Scratch
  • Senior Men (age 60 and above) Handicap
  • May add a Junior Division if there are participants

If interested in hosting the event, the Nest/District should contact the National Golf Commissioner prior to the current year tournament. If there is more than one bid, all golfers will vote on the next host.


All of the District Golf Commissioners joined the Zoom call to revise these rules and I greatly appreciate their participation, suggestions and input.

The District Golf Commissioners are:

  • District I – Edward Ciesla
  • District II – Patricia Heineman & Jeffrey Beilfuss
  • District IV – Stephen Lubinski & Patricia Del Busse
  • District V – James Cox
  • District VI – Robert Kuzmicz
  • District VII – none (as of right now)
  • District IX – Kristen Baginski & Nicholas Carter
  • District XIII – Charles Johns

If you have any questions, please contact me or your District Commissioner.

See you in August!

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!

Falcon Fun at Home!

Polish Falcons of America is excited to share new “Falcon Fun at Home” activities with our Members during this time. Be sure to check back as we will be posting more soon.

  1. Special page for kids and their families! Enjoy this collection of fun things for families compiled by PFA. Click here to visit the page.
  2. Upcoming live Easter workshop! Join PFA Cultural Commissioner Larry Kozlowski on Facebook for an Easter workshop on April 3rd at noon eastern. Like us on Facebook.
  3. Recipes from the Sokol Polski! Download a PDF of Polish recipes from past issues of the Sokol Polski magazine. Click here for the recipes.

Please share with your family and friends. Czolem!