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VP Trish: Golf Update

“Nest 610 continues to prepare for this year’s National Golf Tournament. Those that haven’t been to the club recently will see a number of upgrades and improvements. This year’s Hammer will be at Scenic Heights Golf Course on Wednesday, August 11th. We are very excited to see all our friends back in Erie again.”

-Greg Wieser, Chair of the upcoming National Golf Tournament

I am getting excited as well! Members are registering for the golf. Most have signed up online but a few mailed in paper applications (which is fine with me!). Hotel rooms are also booked. The rate is available beginning on Tuesday in case folks come in early. Quite a few do mainly to participate in the Hammer Open.

The first time Nest 610 hosted the National Golf Tournament was back in 1984, and there were 88 golfers. In 2005, there were 180 of us! Hope most of these golfers will return along with a few others.

Former Commissioner Mary Whalen has shared scoring information from quite a few tournaments in the past. Since there was no tournament last year, I don’t have scores. I am counting on all the golfers to be honest with me so that it isn’t too problematic to establish handicaps (If you don’t have a ghin card!).

If any of you have National Golf Tournament experiences and stories to share, please email me. I am sure others would love to walk down memory lane with you!


Golf Tidbits:

Don’t feel bad about your high handicap, 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18.

The word “caddy” comes from the French word for student – cadet – which is pronounced cad-DAY.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

The world’s first ever golf tournament for women was held on New Year’s Day in 1811 at Musselburgh, Scotland. I believe the first time women golfed with the PFA was in 1974, with our tournament beginning in 1969.

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right-handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left-handed golf clubs ever since.

Any questions or concerns, please contact me.

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!