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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: History of Golf Clubs (and Tournament Update!)

As of this morning, there are close to 50 golfers registered for our upcoming event. This is exciting! I appreciate the honesty of those registering regarding their league handicap or their typical golf score. This will make the tournament fair as well as tons of fun!

Erie is perfect! This is the fourth time for Nest 610 to host, and the 18th time for a District IX Nest.

Scenic Heights Golf Course is a family-owned business by the Afton’s that was built on farmland and opened in 1995 as a nine-hole course. It expanded to a full par 72 challenging 18 holes in the early 2000’s and is well known for its beautiful scenery (especially the fall foliage), living up to its name “Scenic Heights.” The course is currently home to 15 weekday leagues and over 35 fundraising outings during the snow melt to snowfall season (usually from April into November). The 100-seat picnic pavilion was added in 2018 to accommodate the ever growing number of outings.

The other course being used is Downing Golf Course. More about that one next time!

If you have any questions, please let me know!


History of Golf Clubs

In the pastime played by the Scottish that later became the game of golf, small pebbles were hit around the sand dunes using wooden sticks.

Early Clubs

For hundreds of years, golf clubs were made out of wood, and it was not until late last century that the wooden shaft was replaced by other materials. Players initially carved their own clubs and balls from wood, though they soon turned to skilled craftsmen to produce competitive equipment.

Club Names

Using numbers to signify the different clubs is a relatively new thing. For a long time different clubs were known by a variety of names, such as:

  • Longnoses – for driving
  • Bulgers – like today’s woods as they have a bulbous head.
  • Fairway clubs (or grassed drivers) – for medium range shots
  • Spoons – for short range shots
  • Niblicks – like a wedge
  • Cleek – for putting

Woods

The shafts of the early clubs were made out of local European woods like ash or hazel. Club heads were made from tough wood such as beech, holly, pear and apple. The heads of the wooden clubs were long and thin, resulting in them being known as “long-nose woods.” Wooden-headed clubs were usually hand made by the local golf professionals until the early 1900s, when the growth in popularity of the game made factory produced clubs profitable.

Irons

Even as metal clubs became available, they were used sparingly as they could easily damage the early ‘feathery’ golf balls. As early as 1750 some club-makers used forged metal heads for niblicks (wedges). A metal-headed club may have just been saved for getting the ball out of the rough or from cart tracks. The early iron clubs, made by blacksmiths until about the 1870s, were quite crudely made, making them heavy to wield and difficult to control. The advent of drop forging technique in the late 1800s resulted in lighter and better made clubs that could be mass produced in factories.

The early 1900s was a period of experimental golf club designs, with many not proving the test of time. One of the most important changes was the move in around 1908 from smooth faces on the irons to the grooves that are used today. The grooves enabled more backspin on a ball, resulting in more distance.

Shafts

The shafts of the early clubs were made out of local European woods like Ash. The introduction of golf into America in the early 1800s lead to hickory wood being used in the shafts, which was found to be far more durable than other woods. Hickory became the standard material for golf club shafts until steel shafts were introduced in about 1925 in the US, and became standard everywhere from the mid-1930s. They had the advantage as they did not break like the hickory shafts and could be produced reliably with uniform feel in matched sets. The graphite shaft, which is lighter and stronger than steel, was introduced in 1973.

Today

Today’s sets of woods and irons are developed using computer technology to provide durability, weight distribution, hitting distance and accuracy. They are also made using advanced materials such as titanium, graphite and zirconia.

Czolem!

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!

VP Trish: Virtual Golf

The golfers who participated in the virtual golf had a zoom meeting last Friday to gather and see who the winners were. There was a nice group and it was wonderful to see faces!

Courtney did a fabulous job with this event, she handled it all – from registration, to scoring and everything in between and afterward! Thank you Courtney!

First, Courtney showed all the photos submitted. (Click here to view all photos.)

We had decided that Nest 8 (the Paterni family) had the best photo with the way the sun was shining!

Nest 45 won for best dressed as they held a sign with their Nest name and a few were wearing St. Louis shirts.

The top five scores in each division were in a drawing. Courtney then drew the names! (Click here for full results.)

Pat Heineman told us that Nest 45 is prepared and looking forward to seeing all of us there in April for the National Bowling Tournament.

Jim McCall said that Nest 610 is ready for us for the National Golf Tournament next year!

Hopefully, we will be able to gather together (and not just virtually) next year!

Courtney had asked me to give a toast:

Good evening!

As we gather (even though virtually), just like any other Falcon event, we have Members from all over – Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and PA from Erie, to Donora, to Easton and parts in between.

We gather to participate, enjoy the great game of golf and share.

While we would rather be in person, we are still able to see each other, enjoy camaraderie, laugh and create more memories.

Here’s to:

  • Health to the World
  • Honor to those who seek it
  • Happiness in our homes

While the pain of parting is nothing compared to the joy of meeting again!

To goodbyes that they never be spoken, to friendships, may they never be broken!

Obviously, I really miss our events as I got emotional while saying my little toast! Hoping all are keeping safe and staying healthy!

Czolem!


Falcon Lingo

Druh— The term by which Falcons have traditionally addressed one another. Literally it means “friend” or “comrade.” A contemporary definition would be “brother.” The feminine equivalent is “Druhna.”

Czolem— The official Falcons’ salutation, literally translated as “To the forehead” or “Hail!” “Czolem” is one of the oldest forms of Polish salutes and is used as a greeting, a farewell and as an expression of best wishes.

Gniazdo— Literally, a “Nest” and traditionally the name given to the local or neighborhood unit or the National Falcons’ organization. The equivalent name for the “lodge” in the Polish National Alliance is “towarzystwo” or “grupa.”

Sokolnia— The name given for the building owned by the Falcons’ Nest. Historically, the sokolnia housed a gymnastics hall where Falcons conducted their physical education classes and competitions; however, it is not essential that a Falcons’ hall include such facilities. While many have owned their own “sokolnia,” others have simply rented facilities where they conduct meetings and physical education programs.


Wash those hands!

VP Trish: Another Birthday Celebration!

Baby Ryan!

My Ryan had a birthday this week; our boy is 9! His celebration usually involves a trip to the movies, shopping, lunch out, browsing at Barnes & Noble and a day trip to Geneva.

We did have a very successful shopping trip to Ross. Ryan is his Nonni’s boy; he loves shoes! Later that day, we went to lunch. There weren’t many of us in the restaurant, which was fine with me!

The celebration took place at our house. Ryan’s theme was a combination – his love for cars (Maserati, Bugatti, Lamborghini) so it was Hot Wheels, but he also wanted a VIP reception.

Ryanna helped me convert my family room to a VIP Lounge with candles, balloons, Christmas lights, a mirror ball and special lighting. Ryanna had her invitation-only guest list as she greeted visitors at the door. Upon verifying their identification, she opened the barrier (decorated with the black and white checkered flag print) to allow access.

We had soft pretzels, cupcakes and apple cider. While inside we played Simon Says, pin the tail on the donkey and drop a clothespin into the milk bottle (no one else in my family knew what I was talking about (including John!)).

Daddy (Jim) and Gaga (John) joined us for dinner which was pizza followed by more fun. We played wiffle ball, Simon says (again!), water balloon toss (as I was telling all that John and I are much more experienced in these silly games, I broke a balloon while trying to catch it. I was drenched from my neck to knees! All were quite amused!). Of course, the egg toss and this time, Ryanna threw a low toss so when Gaga went to catch it, the egg broke filling his sock with egg!

Ryanna helped me decorate Ryan’s cake to look like a drag strip! The favors were hot wheels pencils, glow sticks, and erasers. Ryanna loves to help – passing out the favors, serving everyone their pizza and also their cake.

It was another fun filled day/evening simply enjoying ourselves. It is cool also that my grandkids are having so much fun doing what I used to do. When I was a kid, my brothers and I played wiffle ball in the middle of the street with our neighbors, the Pawlowski’s (they are why I am a Falcon) every spring/summer evening when the weather cooperated. Every birthday party, we played pin the tail on the donkey and clothespin drop; this was prior to crafts and renting out a place for a birthday party.

Again, making the best out of the current situation and having so much fun! Happy 9th Birthday to my very special baby boy!

Now my wheels are spinning regarding the Polar Express in my family room!!!


An Important Note Regarding Insurance

Often times, when approached about purchasing insurance, the response is that I have insurance at work! I don’t need any! Do you realize that more often than not (almost always), once you leave that job (whether you make a career move, retire, the company downsizes, whatever!), you will no longer have that life insurance.

Compare the rates of a 30-year-old versus a 60-year-old. By that time, there may be health issues as well.

I am asking all of you to ask this question of your employer. When I leave here, does my life insurance come with me? Once you have that answer, you may want to give John Denning a call!


I have reached out to all the Nest Presidents (wellness check) and have been in touch with most. Fortunately, most are doing well and being very resourceful regarding the future of their Nests (especially those with buildings). There are ten Nests left; please contact me for a brief chat!

It is a bit chilly this morning, but so pleasant!

Hope you and your families are doing well! Please keep in touch!

Czolem!

Strawberry Recipes

Celebrate the final months of summer with these easy and delicious strawberry recipes by Robert Strybel, our Warsaw Correspondent.

Strawberries and Sour Cream (truskawki ze śmietaną): Hull, wash and drain 1 qt. ripe strawberries. Slice thin into a large bowl and sprinkle with several t. or T. (your choice to taste) granulated or confectioner’s sugar. Toss gently and let stand at room temperature (but not in direct sunlight) for 2 hours or more. Fill fruit bowls and top each portion with a dollop of sour cream (or top American-style with whipped cream).

Homemade Strawberry Soda (domowa oranżada truskawkowa): If using very ripe strawberries in the previous recipe, a good deal of syrup will form. You can drain it off and mix with cold club soda for a refreshing soft drink that is tastier and healthier than artificially flavored store-bought soda. Drop in a few whole strawberries for visual appeal.

Super-Easy Strawberry Torte (najłatwiejszy torcik truskawkowy): Even young children can prepare this dessert and have the satisfaction of saying, “I made it myself!” Prepare fruits as in Strawberries and Sour Cream recipe (optional: drain off syrup for use in homemade soda or as ice-cream topping). Spoon strawberries over plain store-bought sponge-cake and top with aerosol-type whipped cream. Decorate top with a few whole strawberries.

VP Trish: All About the Shoes

Not that this has anything to do with Polish Falcons (except we have lot of Members who happen to love shoes, including former National Secretary/Treasurer John Kuzmirek. John enjoys buying shoes at Kohl’s, especially in Hillsborough, NJ!), but I thought this might be fun, different and a bit interesting. Back in 2003, my last assignment in English Comp 102 prior to my graduation from the Community College of Allegheny County, we had to write a paper and do a PowerPoint presentation on anything we wanted. It took me quite some time, but I settled on shoes! My instructor (who was a woman) loved the paper and presentation. I received an A for each of them. Her comments were, “Great paper! Well researched and presented!” The name of the paper was: “Women and Shoes! Our Obsession! Women are head over heels for shoes!”

Shoes can bring women such joy! This starts at an early age and continues to grow right along with the girl. A few fairy tales center around shoes. Cinderella had glass slippers (which were actually spiked heels) and went from drudge to princess in a matter of moments. It was a transformation most women would love. Dorothy had her ruby slippers to get her back home (originally, the shoes were supposed to be silver, but were changed to red). Shoes have the power to improve our day, boost our mood and bring empowerment. Shoes are a reflection of environment, culture, politics, religious beliefs, and ceremonial customs. Shoes are symbols of sexuality and powerful femininity. Regardless of profession, women feel the need to purchase new shoes every now and then.

Shoes are the great equalizer in the fashion world. Your feet do not change as dramatically as the rest of the body. Shoes are usually a perfect fit! There are quite a few stores dedicated mainly to shoes; everyone has to wear them!

Women feel that the shoes finish the ensemble, and complete the wardrobe! The shoes are as important as the rest of the outfit! Shoes are an exclamation point at the end of the fashion statement! Shoes are difficult to hate. The right shoes flatter even on bad days, can add zip to the most boring outfits and instantly boost your appeal. It can’t be a coincidence that for many women, a quick fix solution to feeling blue is to go shopping for shoes! In fact, some women are downright obsessed with them (imagine that!).

Our footwear tells about us. What you wear speaks volumes about you, but your footwear may make a bigger impression than your clothing. Shoes say much about people. The style of shoe or the brand name may classify social status. Shoes are an important choice of clothing in regard to your identity. Shoes reflect certain characteristics and based on this is how women choose their type of shoe.

  • Women who wear comfortable shoes are more likely to be down to earth and practical, capable and willing to look after others. Looking good isn’t as important as feeling good. These shoes can be a bit boring.
  • Women who wear flat shoes like to look groomed but also care about comfort. These ladies usually have a streak of fun in them. The advantage is that they combine comfort with class; they look good!
  • Platform wearers enjoy practicality and comfort, but find these shoes playful. The height of the shoe may be an advantage.
  • The stiletto! This shoe is worn by the type of woman who willingly risks her feet for glamour! The advantage is you look great, but you best not be in a hurry!

One of the most fun things is the reaction of people to a woman wearing her high-heeled shoes, regardless of where she is. People always notice your feet. If high heels are worn, it’s sure to evoke numerous comments and questions concerning one’s ability to walk or stand in those things! It’s a great conversation piece and usually quite humorous.

Linda O’Keefe claims the invention of the high heel was by Mesopotamian butchers who needed to walk around floors of their shops which were covered with animal carcasses. The stiletto is undoubtedly the most controversial shoe of this century! The shoe also changed interior architecture in that floor coverings had to be able to handle the sharp heel tips.

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world,” so said Marilyn Monroe. She also said, “All girls owe him a lot,” when referring to the man who invented the high heel, even though she did not know who it was. Roger Vivier, a designer, is often given credit for the invention.

High heels create artifice in a woman. It’s the way you walk. You create a motion, a space, a sinuous. You become a living sculpture. Even if unsuccessful, it is exciting!

The pros of wearing high heels are many. They can make legs look great, enhance femininity, enhance the total look, make you appear taller, and increase confidence. Of course, if you don’t wear them on a regular basis, you can’t walk in them!

A woman’s clothing in general, shoes in particular, can project a strong image especially if she has the skill and the ability to use them to her full potential. There are some women who just adore the style, sound, feel and grace of high heels. Even though taught at an early age, high heeled shoes are not good for you, she still loves them! It is very possible to enjoy wearing these shoes without suffering if one uses common sense!

Your feet are a good indication of your general health. Congestive heart failure may be indicated by swollen ankles; sensitivity to pain and temperature may indicate diabetes; symptoms of circulatory disease are cold feet, and clubbed toenails may signal chronic respiratory disease.

While we know the wearing of high heels (heels over 2 ½ inches are considered high) throws our bodies out of whack, puts undo pressure on the balls of our feet, shortens the calf muscle and the Achilles tendons, possibly sets us up for surgery in the future, high heels are just too much fun to stop wearing!

Hoping all of you enjoyed this fun blog and are practicing social distancing and staying safe! Wash those hands!!!

Peace! Czolem!

Druhna Trish

Past National Bowling Tournaments

We are missing our bowlers this year! As we await the time we can gather together once again, check out this list of past PFA National Bowling Tournaments compiled by Janet Knauber and Trish Del Busse.