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VP Trish: National Golf Survey

Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the golf survey. Your input is needed and appreciated. The results are very encouraging! The upcoming National Golf Tournament should be another great time full of fun, sunshine and camaraderie!

The Tournament is being hosted by Nest 610, Erie, Pa. on August 12 & 13. Those of you who prefer a Friday/Saturday as opposed to a Thursday/Friday, we hear you and we understand. This is something that will depend on the host. If the Tournament was being held in my area, there would be no problem. However, that is not the case everywhere. But we hear you and we are trying. The golf courses are only willing to be so accommodating.

There were comments regarding the format of the event. Again, I hear you. At this time, the two-person scramble and the one-day individual tournament pleases most; it seems like a good compromise. As a golfer, I do not enjoy a scramble and think they take more time (There is a meeting on every shot!). Some golfers do enjoy them so we have a scramble on one day. There are other golfers who share my opinion and are not interested in changing to a scramble both days. What might be interesting is a “bloodsome scramble” which is rarely used!

I am meeting with the Members of Nest 610 early next week. Following our meeting, the information regarding the Tournament will be given to Courtney (which she obviously will post). The hotels, courses, cost, evening festivities and other information will be available. More details about the Hammer will also be shared. (I will be sure to ask the Nest 610 Committee if they need help with a DJ!)

Seasoned golfers as well as a few rookies will be participating this year! I am looking forward to seeing all of you! If you have any questions, please contact me vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

Keep safe; wash those hands; get your vaccine!

Czolem!

Trish Del Busse
National Golf Commissioner

VP Trish: Nest 972 Awards

It gives me great pleasure to share that Nest 972, Bay City, Mich., presented their first award to Kenneth J. Grzegorczyk. Druh Ken received the Bronze Star of Merit. Nest 972 is a fairly new Nest (2003). They had not presented any awards at all in the past. Nest President, Terry Dora, felt it fitting that Druh Ken be the first. Ken holds the positions of Nest Recording Secretary as well as Nest Financial Secretary. Nest 972 is very active within their community. This is quite an honor for Ken and the Nest. My hope is that the Nest will continue to participate in the awards program. Maybe we can get a few Nest 972 Members to the Golf or Bowling Tournaments???

Those of you active within your Nest or who read our email newsletter know about the work that has been done regarding the Legion of Honor and Star of Merit awards program. My first project last year was to create a spreadsheet for all the Nests (even those who have been dissolved or merged). Lists have been sent to all the Nest Vice Presidents and Presidents. Information regarding the awards program was sent to the few Nests who have not participated.

Thank you to all the Nests who do participate. Those who work hard for the good of the Polish Falcons deserve to be acknowledged and recognized. If you have any questions with our program, please contact me. If any Nest would like to send photos of your awards presentations (or any Nest functions for that matter), please do so. We would love to share them with our other Members.

Our Members (who we have an email address for) were sent a survey regarding the upcoming National Golf Tournament to be hosted by Nest 610, Erie, Pa. Our hope is that the golfers will respond and perhaps this survey will introduce a few Members to our adult tournaments.

Wishing for healing for our Members who are struggling with COVID-19 or any other issue. Please keep safe and wash those hands!

VP Trish: 2021 District Conventions

This is a District Convention year with the Conventions to be held between March 1 and October 1. The Constitution allows Districts the option to have one either every two or four years. So far, only District VI opted to wait four years. With that being said, their options are a bit different from the other Districts.

The Legal Committee of the National Board of Directors recommends that even though the Constitution allows for a District to hold its Convention starting March 1st, that Conventions be held later in the year (but still before the October 1st deadline). A District can hold its Convention in-person or virtually. In addition, since the Constitution permits a four-year term for Officers, a District can also decide not to hold a Convention and keep its Officers for an additional two years, if the District cannot hold a Convention due only to the pandemic (This does not apply to District VI as those Officers are currently completing a four-year term).

Options for Districts choosing to hold a Convention this year:

  • Postpone until later in the year (but still prior to October 1)
  • Assemble outdoors
  • Convene virtually
  • Meet via conference call

If the District does decide to postpone, confirm with your Officers that they are willing to serve another two-year term. If any of them decline, you must at least meet (again, remotely or in person) to elect another person. It is not permissible to appoint; all Officers must be elected.

For those Districts holding a Convention, please let Courtney or me know so that your information may be posted to the District page of our site.

Courtney worked on the page earlier this week and has provided the information given to her; each District is listed. When you click on your District # Delegates_2021 form, there is a list of the number of Delegates that each Nest may nominate to attend the Convention in addition to the Nest slate of Officers. The Nest Officers include the Nest President, both Vice Presidents (if the Nest has both), Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Nest Instructor or Instructress.

Another form on the page is an agenda. This agenda is suggested and may be modified to suit the District. Obviously, if a District Convention is held remotely, the main focus of the Convention is to handle the business absolutely necessary.

Other forms relevant to the District Conventions are posted including mandate forms for Delegates, Nest Officers and District Officers.

A list of committees is also posted, but there again depending on the type of Convention, you may not need all of these Committees. If you do choose to have committee meetings, it might make sense for these Members to meet prior to the Convention.

As was proven last November, it is possible to hold a successful Convention remotely! If you have any questions, or need any help, please contact me.

If you do meet in person, please use common sense, follow guidelines, wear a mask and be safe!

Czolem!


Thanks to Janet Knauber (National Bowling Commissioner), I have a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is easy, and the best part is that it doesn’t need eggs so if you have an allergy issue with eggs, these will work for you!

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl-

Cream until well blended:

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar (surprisingly, I was out of sugar and used all brown)

Add:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together and add:

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups flour

Just mix until blended; do not over mix.

Fold in:

  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Place heaping-round tablespoons of dough on a greased cookie sheet approximately one inch apart, baking in a 350* oven for 12-15 minutes.

I usually chill my dough overnight, but it wasn’t necessary with this recipe.

These are very moist and good. Everyone in my family was pleased!

Druhna Chris: PFA Beginnings

With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the cancellation of PFA events, and with history being an important part of the Falcons, I would like you to share your experiences as a Member with us. I am interested in how you became a Member; was it through your parents or grandparents? What activities have you been involved in, or are still involved in today? What is your favorite memory? How have your friendships in the PFA flourished? What are some of the things that you have learned as a Member? These are all things that interest me.

I know that I became involved in the PFA through my Ciocia, Betty Bubacz. She was the Instructress for Nest 118 in Pittsburgh. She always stopped at our house on the way to gym class with my cousins. One summer evening, she saw how bored I was and decided I should go with them to gym class. So, I went. That night Druhna Leona Kozloski was there to teach Polish dancing. I had so much fun that I continued to go to gym class and have been active pretty much since then. I did have a bit of a break during college. I got involved again when our National First Vice President Trish talked me into attending a Nest meeting. She has been one of those lifelong friends who helps me with everything. As soon as my children were able to attend events, they became actively involved. They both, too, have made many lifelong friends in the PFA. My husband took a little longer to get involved, but has been my back-up and behind the scenes helper with everything I do in my job as the National Physical Education Director. My cousin Barbara Chervenak was, for a while, my helper at all the Youth Events as Secretary, and a general helper with everything. Now, my cousin Patty Capozoli helps me with all those events. We always manage to have a great time with each other and the youth participants. After my pause for college, I have been active in my Nest and District and with the National Office. The Puskar’s are a Polish Falcons family. All of my closest friends are Polish Falcons people. I am very grateful to my Ciocia Betty for taking me with her to gym class that day. Polish Falcons is a huge part of my life, and I love every minute of it.

Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear the stories of how you became involved in the PFA. I know that there are many, many families that have similar stories to tell. Now that we are all mostly at home practicing our “social distancing,” you might have the time to write down your story and send it to me. Maybe we will get enough stories together to put them into a book. I love photos too. Maybe you can send one or two with your story?

There is no age limit to who can send their stories. All ages can tell us about their favorite parts of the PFA. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Email your story to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org.

Czolem!