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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: A Garden Update

It’s been about five weeks since I talked about our flowers and garden. We actually planted things a bit late, but they are still so pretty. I am excited!

There are three big squash on our plant, but they seem to be holding tight so I did not pick them yet. A pumpkin has decided to grow as well! I have been wanting pumpkins for years but hadn’t done so yet!

As you read this, Christmas is exactly five months from today! Perhaps, the baking should commence!

See below for photos of lots of our flowers including those planted in a silly goose! My daughter-in-law bought me two of these years ago and the plants seem happy!

Keep safe, wash your hands, and enjoy the glorious days of summer!

VP Trish: Gardening

Our yard greeted me with my Magnolia Tree in bloom, my Dogwood and Azaleas bursting, and the spring flowers – Lily of the Valley, Iris, Lilies and Hostas. The Hydrangeas are sprouting leaves, and of course – Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Pansies, Mums and Hyacinth. The cool thing is that most of my perennials have come from other yards of my family and friends. I think of them each time they bloom.

And now we’re getting into summer! Summertime and the living is easy! This is the perfect time of year to go outside and enjoy the weather. It is also fun (and great exercise!) to garden. It is good for the mind and the soul as well!

Ryanna & Ryan

Our house has lots of outdoor living space so I have more places to surround myself with flowers. The front porch is silly but still nice to have; there are pots of Begonia and Roses along with a plastic goose full of a variety of flowers. It has a huge American flag hanging, as does the side porch.

The side porch is covered; it was a great “playpen” when the kids were little. There are double Begonias hanging. The back patio is now covered thanks to the deck; next to the patio is our garden. This year, we planted vegetables.

Ryanna wanted me to plant all that she needs to make her pasta sauce (ask Ryan, it is the best sauce!). We planted five varieties of tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, jalapeno peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and squash! The outside perimeter is lined with Marigolds and cayenne pepper (I hear deer don’t like Marigolds and bunnies don’t like cayenne pepper).

Ryanna with the Aloe plant

The deck has pots with basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley and mint as well as a potted Sunflower. There is also an aloe plant that fascinates Ryanna. She is also quite impressed with my Hibiscus plant; the flowers remind one of the tropics! I also just learned that the Rose of Sharon is a type of Hibiscus, I guess the northern version?

Most of our flowers are in the front yard and lining the side of the house. The kids and I planted Begonias, Ageratum, Vinca, Dahlias, Petunias (my Mom’s favorite and they still have a lovely scent), and Sunflower seeds.

The Magnolia Tree in the front yard near the right of the house has a decorative bench surrounded by flowers – Pansies, Vinca, Petunia and Ageratum plus rocks from Geneva. Two swings hang from the tree! One more flower bed to go! Perhaps Impatiens?

Trips to the local nursery, Root 88 Dupree’s, is always fun. The kids enjoy choosing their plants and flowers. Another project for the kids was making bags that fool carpenter bees and other flying insects into believing that it is a wasp nest. Supposedly, the others will respect their space and leave. We shall see!

There is now a birds’ nest under the deck (but clearly visible from the patio). It was so cool the first time the kids saw the babies! We were sitting on the deck playing at the sand table. We noticed mama bird with a worm and sure enough, three little beaks appeared.

Ah, the simple things in life. Even though life is so challenging these days, please try to enjoy! Sunrises, sunsets, the innocence of youth, the moon, fresh air, nature in full bloom. Hopefully, you are enjoying your yard as well. I would love to hear about your favorite plants and flowers!

Peace! Czolem!