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VP Trish: Fall Season Fun

When I was younger, I hated fall. I realized that the colors were beautiful, but that is because everything is dying. Now, I appreciate every single day! I have always enjoyed decorating for everything but now, I have my little helper. Look at the fabulous job Ryanna did in our front yard (photos below)! John did okay too with the inflatables.

Fall brings lots of fun – football, school, Halloween, visits to farms for pumpkin picking and hayrides, Thanksgiving, baking, cooler temperatures (just to name a few). More blessings!

It also is time for the Nests to receive forms from the National Office regarding their Nest. This information is very important for our tax-exempt status. This year, the forms will be handled electronically. The Nest President will receive an email and a link for you to submit the forms. Hopefully, this will slim line the process and encourage more Nests to participate.

The dues rosters will be going out (via the US postal service) to all the Nests before Halloween. If the National Office does not collect your dues, hold on to the roster. This will provide standing status for all your Members. If the National Office does collect, keep one roster for the Nest and return the other one with the forms needed so that the billing is done correctly.

Hope you get visits from lots of little ghosts and goblins! We don’t get any visitors, so John and I will be attending the Buffalo Bills football game that day with the folks from Nest 610.

Czolem!

VP Trish: Flowers, Fraternals & Snickerdoodle Bread

It’s getting dark way too early for me!

It is that time of year when our days are getting shorter. But as much as I love the summer, I truly enjoy all four seasons. My flowers are very happy with the slightly cooler temperatures (although, it is going to be in the 90’s today and tomorrow!). Pretty soon, I will be decorating for Fall and Halloween but just not yet!


It doesn’t take much to motivate me to bake, but here is another recipe I recently found. If you are a fan of snickerdoodle cookies, you will love this!

Snickerdoodle Bread

Beat:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups sugar

Add:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Mix together, then stir into the wet ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom (this is an extra spice I add when using cinnamon)

Stir in:

  • one package cinnamon chips

Grease loaf pans, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (you may also make muffins which I tend to do!)

Bake: 350 for 35-38 minutes


What are Fraternals?

The Polish Falcons of America is a Fraternal (501(c)(8)).

Fraternals are nonprofit organizations that offer fraternal benefits and highly regulated financial products to Members. We are benevolent organizations that, because part of our operations exist in the business world, must meet contemporary business operation standards as well. Our services, products and personnel must be high quality according to accepted business standards, so that our organizations may serve as good stewards of our Members’ funds.

Lodge System – Polish Falcons calls ours, Nests.

Fraternals must have a type of lodge system that holds regular meetings and through which most of the local work of a fraternal benefit society is accomplished. The lodge system serves as the foundation for a representative form of government, also required under law. In addition to sound insurance management, we must be able to demonstrate ongoing fraternal and benevolent activities. Our Nests and Districts do a wonderful job helping within our communities.


National Convention 2020

If your District hasn’t had their Plenary Meeting regarding your National Director, please do so soon. This meeting must be held by September 21, 2020. The National Convention will be held on November 21; obviously virtually.

Each Nest is entitled to one Delegate for every fifty Members or a fraction thereof and two alternate Delegates duly elected by a majority vote on a secret ballot at a special meeting of the Nest at least 60 days prior to the Convention. This must be held by September 21 also. These Delegates are in addition to the Nest Executive Officers.

A Delegate to the Convention:

  • shall be a benefit Member in good standing
  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 18 years of age
  • shall have been a Member of the Falcons for at least one year
  • shall have been a Member of the Nest he is representing for at least one year
  • shall not be an officer, delegate, representative, agent or employee of any other fraternal doing a life insurance business
  • may be a benefit Member of the Legion of Honor

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!

VP Trish: “Train up a child in the way he should go…”

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (I just love this probably due in part to the fact that my dad worked on the railroad!)

Today is September 1st. The beginning of the month and the beginning of the school year. This is quite an interesting beginning. Ryan and Ryanna are attending class in person. Hopefully, the benefits will outweigh the risks. My prayer is that whichever decision was made regarding the education of our children, they have a wonderful, exciting learning experience!

I have noticed quite a few folks have begun decorating for the fall. I am not quite ready to do that, but it won’t be long. There is a huge pumpkin growing in our garden. Pretty cool as we didn’t plant it and it is the only one on the vine so it is a good size. It is already orange! I thought we should pick it but upon some research, I see that it should stay on the vine as long as possible! Another interesting tidbit is that pumpkins need about an inch of water a week. The article also told me to not get water on the leaves when watering! Well, what about rain??!! So, anyhow when you cut the pumpkin, try to leave at least 6 inches of stem. I like the stems longer! And do not carry the pumpkin by the stem!

 

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