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VP Trish: Nest 610 Awards

As I mentioned last week, it seems that Erie is the place to be! On October 24, John and I attended the Nest 610 Awards Dinner. I have attended this numerous times and am always amazed at the attendance.

One year, we were on our way to Myrtle Beach. The best is the time I was in Connecticut for an event. I had rented a car and they had given me a Buick LeSabre which I considered to be a “pappap’ car. Well, I was wrong! That car was great! As I drove to the airport in Hartford on Sunday morning, between the leaves and the car, I found myself in Massachusetts. I quickly realized my error and turned around. When we flew out, it was true what I have always heard about autumn in New England. The colors were magnificent. I had a layover in Washington, DC. Again, enjoying the fall foliage as we took off. I landed in the burg, drove up to Erie (yet again enjoying the leaves!) and arrived at Nest 610. A bit late, but they were fine with that as the Steelers were on.

Think about this, there is a cocktail hour, dinner and an awards presentation! Every year, there are so many who come to socialize, thank and acknowledge those who work for the good of the Polish Falcons, specifically Nest 610!
This year is so unique as we all know. Last year, there were no dinners, gatherings or celebrations. I understand the Legion of Honor recipients received their awards as they were delivered by Tony (Pol).

The Star of Merit folks had to wait until the awards dinner. What is so impressive about that is that even though Members did not receive their awards last year, they still gave their all for the golf tournament (and I am sure other events as well!).

That speaks volumes! Just goes to show that while Members do appreciate their awards, they give because of their love for the organization. A huge thank you to all of you!

It takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication to nurture, lead, cultivate and manage a Nest, especially one with a building. I would like to thank all the Nest 610 Officers and Members who make Nest 610 a success!

Hopefully, this trip was the beginning of Nest visits!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Halloween Recap

Erie seems to be the place for us these days as I have been back up there twice in the last week!

Nest 610 once again sponsored a bus trip to Buffalo for the Bills game. Greg Wieser was the lead on this trip with help from Dan Wisinski.

The morning of October 31, I dressed in my Halloween costume (as a Bills fan) and climbed aboard with the others and made the trek to Buffalo. It was a good game, although a bit boring and scary the first half! We arrived early enough to tailgate, socialize and roam around the area enjoying the festivities as so many felt the need to celebrate hours before the game. There was a bit of rain so John bought me an old lady hat to keep my head dry. Our seats were at the top of the stadium. Once I made it up there (an usher had offered the use of an elevator and for some silly reason, I said, “no thank-you!”), we had a good view. It would have been a bit better if the guys in front of us would have been seated during the first three quarters, but it was still fun to be there and the Bills won! That day, while I watched the Bills game, the Steelers beat the Browns!!! A fantastic football day! Another terrific job done by Greg and crew!

Prior to my Erie trip, the kids and I had some Halloween fun! Ryanna and I went to the mall to trick or treat. The mall does a great job, but the crowd was probably 50% smaller than the last time. Lots of fabulous costumes on both adults and kids!

Friday night, Ryanna thought she wanted to visit the Demon House with her Gaga but changed her mind once she became aware that there are people inside not just decorations! There is no way one could get me there! Maybe next year, Courtney and Dave will go with John!

Ryan and Ryanna were able to trick or treat both Saturday and Sunday nights. Of course, it rained on Saturday but Sunday was a bit dryer. Fun, none the less! It is nice that we are able to get back to some somewhat normal activities!

So, the slide has begun! Halloween is over and before you know it, we will be wishing all a Happy New Year! Enjoy!

Czolem!

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: 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: 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!

VP Trish: Recapping the National Golf Tournament – Part 1

Even though the 52nd National Golf Tournament is now a fond memory, I will be writing several blogs to spotlight happenings from the golf tournament for the next few weeks.

Obviously, an enormous thank you to Tournament Chair Greg Wieser, Nest President Bob Sulecki and Members of Nest 610! Congratulations to all of you on a fabulous job! The golfers were very pleased with everything (well, maybe the weather Thursday didn’t make folks happy!) regarding the tournament. Numerous folks complimented the shirts, the food (thought it was the best ever!), the entertainment, the hospitality, the bags received upon arrival and the friendliness of the Nest Members. Plus, they got a kick out of the bowling lanes!

Traveling trophy displayed at Nest 8

This year, we added a few extras to the National Golf Tournament. One of the items was a traveling “trophy” for the Nest with the most participants. This year, that award went to Nest 8, Pittsburgh-District IV with 19 participants! Not only did Nest 8 sponsor a hole and send so many golfers, the Nest was extremely generous with donations. Golfers were asked to bring a backpack to donate to St. Martin’s Center. Nest 8 brought 48 backpacks, 36 canned goods and $30.00 cash!! This made me cry!! (This is in addition to all the support given to Nest 610.)

I had miscalculated the amount of time it takes to input scores. Nest President Jimmy Paterni helped me with that. When Jimmy needed to take a break, Nest Treasurer Cheryl stepped in.

Thank you so much for the tremendous amount of support from my Nest. (FYI-Nest 8 presented me with my silver Legion of Honor the previous Sunday!)

Czolem!

VP Trish: “It’s Christmas!”

My Mom used to say that when preparing for Christmas, one would shop, wrap, bake, cook and decorate until you simply ran out of time! It’s Christmas! Years ago when working on events, we would say to one another – it’s Christmas! The event is here; there is no more time.

Today at Nest 610 in Erie, Pa., it’s Christmas! Some golfers have already arrived and are golfing in the Hammer Open. Others are traveling. Registration opens at 4 p.m., and it is going to be so wonderful to be at a National Event (it has been too long)!

Hopefully, Mother Nature will smile on us!

Looking forward to fun, fraternalism and camaraderie! Thank you to Greg Wieser and all the Nest 610 Members who have worked so hard in preparation of this wonderful event!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Golf Update

As I write this (Friday evening), I am thinking that next week at this time, the golf will be complete, all the prizes awarded, all the meals consumed! But we will still be enjoying the camaraderie of a Falcon event. Hopefully, we’ll be a bit sunburned!

Greg Wieser told me that Erie has been experiencing more rain than usual this summer. The forecast currently is calling for warm temperatures with scattered storms next week, although there is plenty of time for that to change.

Please consider bringing your umbrella and rain gear. Nothing keeps the clouds away more than being prepared!

An email was sent to all the golfers (there were a few of you who had friends/family emails listed) with the information that Greg has shared regarding the tournament. All of that information is in the blog from this past Wednesday. If you are golfing in the Hammer Open, your tee time was included. The Hammer is being played at Scenic Heights. Jeff Jalowiecki of Nest 307 is taking care of the Hammer!

We are asking each golfer to bring a backpack to donate to a local center. If you missed that blog, please click here. They will be helping a local community.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me.

No rain dances please, we want perfect golf weather!

Safe travels, see you in a few!

Czolem!

VP Trish: National Golf Schedule

One week!!! Just one more week until we unite in Erie! Nest 610 is prepared and all of us are more than ready to go!

Each golfer will receive an email from me with this information. If you haven’t returned your waiver, please do so. If you don’t mail it by tomorrow, just bring it with you please.

Safe travels to all of you! Czolem!