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VP Trish: National Golf Commissioner

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It is with great pleasure that I accept the position of National Golf Commissioner.

Druhna Mary Whalen informed our President, Tim, that she would no longer be interested in holding the position of National Golf Commissioner. Thank you, Mary, for a job well done!

Tim asked for my suggestions as to whom should take on this role. I gave him a list of names that I thought might be interested as well as do a good job. I included my name on the list and expressed why I would like to do this.

I did chat with Druhna following my appointment and she shared information regarding the golf. Having chaired a number of National Golf Tournaments, I have worked with Druhna Mary as well as Druh Robert Wienczkowski (who held the position prior to Druhna).

In recent years, I have lost my desire to golf (although with Ryanna golfing, things may change!) but I still like the game and enjoy the tournaments. The advantage with me is that I will not be on the course but at the clubhouse able and willing to help the host Nest.

The first National Golf Tournament I participated in was in 1994, hosted by Nest 493, Batavia, N.Y. There were 248 golfers!

Since that time, I have either participated or helped at most of the National Tournaments (two of the tournaments I missed were due to my involvement with our Youth Programs) and been the Chairperson of several. I have chaired other tournaments during this time for my District, the Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation, the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation as well as numerous other outings on a personal level. During this time, I have served as the District IV Golf Commissioner (not the entire time but most of it).

Whether I participated in the tournament or not, I was still involved with some of the logistics prior to the event by communicating with the golfers, working with the host Nest and helping with the waivers.

Obviously, things have changed considerably since 1994. Rules have changed, golfers have changed, expectations have changed. With that being said, I intend to modify the role of the National Golf Commissioner.

My thinking is that some of the logistics of the tournament should be handled by the Commissioner:

  • Corresponding with the golfers prior to the tournament including the golf waivers
  • Setting up the foursomes
  • Registration at the tournament
  • Suggestions for fundraising for the host Nest/District
  • Fun games other than the actual golf for the participants
  • Prizes
  • Scoring

Obviously, the Chair of the tournament from the Nest would be involved and have input. My plan isn’t to come in and take over but to help you create a fun experience for the golfers as well as for you!

In one of my other blogs, I talked about how the National Golf Tournament inadvertently led me to my position as your National First Vice President.

I look forward to working with the golfers! If any of you have any suggestions, please let me know. I am more than willing to listen. We need to increase participation as well as entice other Nests to be the host.

Keep safe! Keep warm!

Czolem!

My email: vptrish@polishfalcons.org

My phone: 724-747-3179 (my cell phone since I am working from home most of the time)

VP Trish: Virtual Golf

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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!

2020 PFA Virtual Golf Tournament Results

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Virtual Golf Tournament: “Falcons, Eagles & Birdies – Oh, My!” Click below for the results. Congratulations to our winners! Please email info@polishfalcons.org to claim your prize.

Best Photo – The Paterni Family & Nest 8

Best Dressed – The ladies of Nest 45

VP Trish: National Golf

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Life is funny! We experience the butterfly effect so many times.

I went to the National Bowling Tournament in 1994 in Southgate, Mich. I ran into a friend of mine (whom I had met at Falcon Camp when we were kids), Terri Noga-Starnick. During one of our chats, Terri asked why I didn’t attend the National Golf Tournaments? I went home and asked my then husband, Rick, if he would like to go to the National Golf Tournament in August being hosted by Nests 493/493A in Batavia, N.Y. Rick suggested I call my friend, Bill Eveland from Rochester, and ask if he would like to join our group. Bill asked Rich Young to join us (all of this is important to the story!). Our foursome was one woman with three men. I didn’t give it a thought; I golfed with Rick all the time. The next year, we golfed in Erie, and again I golfed with Rick and two other guys.

Well back in those days, the women and men (oh my!) were not permitted to participate together. The tournament chairs didn’t understand how I managed to golf with Rick once, let alone twice!

I thought that was nonsense and told Rick I was going to start attending Nest meetings. I did, soon I became Nest 118 Vice President. In 1996, the National Convention was being held in Pittsburgh; I attended as a Delegate (whole new experience, but that is another story!). I put this in as a motion (that men and women could golf together); the Convention decided that was a Golf Commissioner issue.

My involvement on a Nest level continued. In 1999, Dolly Kokoski suggested I run for District IV President (I served for one year as I was not permitted to hold a National and District Office at the same time.). I was now very involved on a Nest and District level as well as National Golf, Bowling and Volleyball Tournaments.

In the fall of 1997, Anthony (Dutch) Surman called me and suggested I run for National Office. National Secretary/Treasurer Ted Kokoski was retiring in 2000. I found this quite amusing! Rick did not, and he thought I should consider it.

At the National Golf Tournament held in Saginaw, Mich. in 1998, Bobby Joe Gorny (I did not know him at the time), came over to chat. He told me that he was going to run for Second Vice President (not expecting to win, just to get his name out there) and thought I should do the same. I told him that I was signed up for classes the upcoming fall and that I was contemplating running.

At the National Golf Tournament in 1999 in Rochester, N.Y., Bob Wienczkowski (at the time, the National Golf Commissioner) suggested that I run for National Office.

At a District IV Oplatek in Donora in 1999, I suggested to Tim that he run for Secretary/Treasurer as I wanted to be National Vice President (I don’t think he appreciated that!).

Fast forward to springtime, I was asked to come into the office to meet with Wally and Tim. Tim had changed his mind and wanted to run for Secretary/Treasurer – would I run for Vice President? Now, while I was meeting with Wally and Tim, Rick was in Ford City meeting with Val and Mary Jo Wojton picking up “Vote for Trish for Secretary/Treasurer” giveaways (I learned to just get “Vote for Trish!”).

It amuses me that three different men, three different ages and three different Nests suggested I run. But had I not been a golfer, none of this would have ever happened!

I shall miss seeing the golfers this summer. I don’t golf much these days but I go to the tournaments.

Hope all is well with all of you. Keep safe and healthy! Czolem!

An Important Update from Polish Falcons of America

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The health and safety of all our Members is of the utmost importance to the Board of Directors, Executive Management and staff of Polish Falcons of America. We hope that each and every one of you is coping as best as possible in these unprecedented times. If you, a family member or friend has been directly affected by COVID-19 please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Following is an update from National Headquarters about the status of the organization and the things we are doing to deal with the crisis.

Relief Program

Earlier this week we announced a relief program for our Members. Complete details can be found here, or by contacting National Physical Education Director Chris Puskar at cpuskar@polishfalcons.org. You can also call National Headquarters toll-free at 800-535-2071.

This program, and our Disaster Relief Program, are funded primarily through the generous contributions of our Members. If you want to make a donation to help your fellow Members, please send directly to National Headquarters at Polish Falcons of America, Attn. Chris Puskar, 1016 Greentree Rd., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

National Convention

At a recent meeting, the National Board of Directors voted unanimously to postpone the National Convention scheduled for this July in New Britain, Conn. This decision was not taken lightly as the Convention is the Supreme Governing Body of our organization.

Another important factor here is the fact that Nests and Districts must meet prior to the Convention to elect delegates and nominate National Directors. The Board did not believe there was a safe or effective way to do this in time for the Convention. In order for everyone to plan for the Convention, the decision was made to postpone the Convention.

The obvious question is: What are we going to do about the Convention? We do not have an answer yet. Be assured that the Executive Committee and Board are exploring all the options for the Convention. I expect that an announcement for the Convention will be made by the end of April or early May at the latest. We are mindful that Nests and Districts will need time to plan their important meetings.

Future Leaders Conference

Since the Conference was going to be held in conjunction with the Convention this year, this event is also being postponed. National Physical Education Director Chris Puskar is also working on alternatives for the Conference. An announcement concerning the Conference will be made by the end of April.

National Golf Tournament

As of today, the National Golf Tournament is still scheduled for this August with Nest 610, Erie, Pa., as host. We are monitoring this situation closely and are prepared to make any changes if necessary. Please watch for any announcements via email or posted here.

National Headquarters Operations

It is important that all Members know that Polish Falcons of America is still open for business. While most of the staff is working remotely, we are still processing all our business as usual. We are accepting new applications, accepting premium and dues payments, and paying all claims. You can contact the office by email at info@polishfalcons.org or by calling toll-free at 800-535-2071.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at tkuzma@polishfalcons.org. Please stay healthy and safe.

Czolem,

Timothy L. Kuzma
National President