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VP Trish: Nest Information

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FINALLY! All of the information regarding awards has been entered into an Excel spreadsheet. Soon, I will be emailing a copy of your Nest awards roster to the Presidents and Vice Presidents in each Nest. Please keep in mind, this is simply an awards roster with the dates of when a Member received their Bronze, Silver and Gold Star of Merit awards, as well as Bronze, Silver and Gold Legion of Honor awards.

Ted Kokoski, District IV Commandery Representative, presenting Paul Kokoski with his Bronze Legion of Honor at Nest 182.

  • This list does not include addresses, phone numbers, or insurance information.
  • This list does not indicate if the recipient is deceased.
  • I am leaving it so that you may manipulate the information if you so desire; you may want to add a column for deceased, or you may want to sort it so that the last recipients are listed.
  • Eventually, these rosters will be on the Nest pages.
  • I did my best on names. If there is an error, please let me know so that I may update our system. Several have had more than one name.

Grand Master Edward Ciesla had provided information regarding the presentation of awards during this health crisis. This information is available here.

Speaking of the Nest pages – The National Office discontinued a monthly mailing years ago. The information for the Nests is uploaded to the Nest secured pages. Each Nest has their own page. It is up to the Nest Officers to contact Courtney at ccaughey@polishfalcons.org to set up a username and password. Each quarter, I download a roster for each Nest. Shortly thereafter, Courtney uploads it to the Nest pages. If you haven’t seen a roster in any time frame longer than three months, you need to visit your Nest page.

The status of Good Standing for a Nest is not difficult to maintain. A Nest must submit all of your paperwork (including a Nest Officers form with a full complement of Officers), hold at least four meetings a year (with a quorum), and have at least 25 Benefit Members. If a Nest has done all of the above, the reason the Nest is not in Good Standing is probably due to one or more of the Officers not being current with their National Dues.

Hope you have signed up for The FIVER, the date to complete is almost here!

Wishing you and yours good health! Wash those hands!

Czolem!

A Note Regarding Awards Presentations

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Czolem Druhny i Druhowie!

I received an inquiry regarding Legion of Honor awards for 2020. Due to the fact that everything has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Nests will not be having award banquets or presentations this year. One of the questions was; can a Nest apply for awards but not present until next year at their 2021 awards presentations? In essence they would be presenting two years of awards at one time.

After my discussion with First Vice President Patricia Del Busse, we agreed on the following resolution regarding the Legion of Honor awards for 2020.

  1. Nests should submit award applications for qualified individuals this year.
  2. Awards can be presented at any time a Nest chooses to do so once the applications are reviewed and approved. There is no need to wait for a banquet or other event, it can be done during meetings or other Nest events.
  3. If an award cannot be presented this year because it is only done during a Nest banquet, then it can be presented at next year’s banquet. It should be done in this order; the 2020 awards first and then the 2021 awards.
  4. Banquets should NOT be the deciding event on when awards can be presented.
  5. Anyone that deserves an LOH award this year should be awarded regardless of when they will receive it.
  6. National Headquarters will dispense all approved awards to the Nests via U.S. Postal Service.

Please let us know if this clarifies the issue or if anyone has other questions. You can contact me by email at cieslaed@rcn.com, or Druhna Del Busse at vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Thank you!

Edward Ciesla
Legion of Honor Grand Master

VP Trish: Falcon Pins

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One of the questions frequently asked is how to wear your Falcon pins. Simply, wear over your heart and the highest office pin you hold is at the top. You also wear the latest pin you have received; technically, once you are Legion of Honor, you no longer wear your Star of Merit pins.

If you wear a flag pin, (American and/or Polish) it would be uppermost on your lapel.

Any questions, please let me know by emailing vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Legion of Honor

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So while I am “stuck” at home and working remotely, I have been extremely busy. I do go into the office on occasion, but most of the time I have been in my office in Ginger Hill, Pa.

The project that has occupied the majority of my time is creating an Excel spreadsheet of the award recipients by Nest. Our new insurance program (which is 3 ½ years old) is not conducive to our awards program.

This is a lengthy project with having to input each name and each award date. It is so interesting and so much fun walking down memory lane. It is also fun to figure out names, sometimes at the beginning the name is Jozefa but by the end Josephine or Jan becomes John. Still fun! And then of course, women marry, divorce, remarry and so on.

I have done over 90 Nests. It is very interesting when Nests are merged or dissolved. There was one Nest that had a three Nest merger, but prior to that there were two Nests who had gone into one of the three.

Sadly though, so many Nests do not participate in this program. Now, there are quite a few who do and their pages were very time consuming (which is a good thing!). I am asking all of you to please acknowledge your workers. The thing of it is that the Stars of Merit are a pat on the back and acknowledgement that their dedication and work is recognized. By the time one reaches the Legion of Honor levels, the Member has shown extra effort needed for the Polish Falcons to survive for over 130 years! Legion Members are the most dedicated and supportive Falcon Members. They deserve recognition!

“The purpose of the Falcon Legion of Honor is the preservation and fostering of the noble ideals, principles, traditions, precepts and customs of the Falcon Order, as defined by its’ founders and originators. Those Members entitled/qualified for the honor are the deserving men and women who by their untiring sacrifice have worked within the Falcons and among Polonia gaining respect and esteem. They have also shown integrity and an unimpeachable character to obtain the finest reputation amongst the Falcon Members.”

Druh Walter Pawlak (Nests 8, 41 & 69) proposed the establishment of an order of merit for recognizing dedicated Falcons and their services. The Legion idea was strongly supported by Dr. T.A. Starzynski. The idea was presented at a Special Convention held in Detroit, Michigan in 1925.

There are two levels of our awards program – the Star of Merit and the Legion of Honor.

One must be a Member for at least three years (and be active) and at least 18 years old to receive their Bronze Star of Merit. Five years later, one may be elevated to Silver Star of Merit and five years later, Gold Star of Merit. The Member is nominated by their Nest; the application is sent into National Headquarters. If the National Executive Committee approves these applications, a pin and certificate is sent to the Nest for presentation to the Member.

This means, at a minimum, a Member qualifies for the Legion of Honor Cross after at least 18 years of uninterrupted Membership in the Polish Falcons of America. Work in other organizations, whether political or professional, cannot be the main consideration. Activities within the Nest are the main criteria for being considered for the awarding of the Legion of Honor or an elevation. Outside activities may be listed for informational purposes.

The Legion of Honor process requires more. Five years after the Gold Star of Merit, the Member may be nominated for their Bronze Legion of Honor. Not only is one nominated by their Nest (or in some instances, their District), the Executive Committee must approve before the Members of the Legion of Honor Commandery also review and approve the applications. The Nest/District will then receive a card, lapel pin, ribbon and certificate to present to the deserving Member.

Each District has a representative on the Commandery. Recently, Druh Edward Ciesla of District I was elected to the position of Grand Master. Druh is the District I representative as well as the Grand Master.

The current Legion of Honor Commandery is:

  • District I-Edward Ciesla (also Grand Master, pictured right)
  • District II-Joan Beilfuss
  • District IV-Thaddeus Kokoski
  • District V-James Sokolowski
  • District VI-Nancy Chiszar
  • District VII-Thomas Washington
  • District IX-Geraldine Wilson
  • District XIII-Joan Pawlukiewicz

Applications are available by contacting me or by clicking here. The website has fillable applications that you may fill, print out, and mail in.

Obviously, not all of the Commandery Members knows all the applicants. This makes it extremely important that the application is full of as much information regarding the applicants’ activity as is possible.

It is always nice to present the awards in a group setting but that isn’t always possible. Banquets, installation of Officers, picnics, parties, even living rooms!

If you have any questions at all, please contact me. I would be more than happy to help as would our Grand Master, Druh Ciesla (cieslaed@rcn.com).

Keep safe and healthy!

Czolem!