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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!

VP Trish: Polar Express! (and Nest info)

Obviously, our ways of celebrating and enjoying have been drastically modified this year. Our ride on the Polar Express was no exception. I remember when I had mentioned to Ryanna that we wouldn’t be able to ride the Polar Express this year (Two years ago, we rode one in Ohio and last year, one in New York.), she asked if we could do this at home. This got my wheels spinning, and the only thing I think that could have made this better would have been if I had played the audio version of the Polar Express Story in the car (which we have and have listened to previously), but I hadn’t thought to do that!

Last Friday, Conductor Nonni put on her conductor hat and climbed aboard her beautifully decorated train (Gaga wrapped battery-operated Christmas lights around the luggage racks, the hood and the wreath that he had secured to the grill along with a Rudolph nose. He also affixed reindeer antlers and Polar Express flags to the racks, placed a Polar Express sticker on the front window and attached a Polar Express license plate to the front of the car). The first stop was to pick up Ryan, Ryanna and Mama. The kids donned the hats that elf, Sparkle (another story) brought, then came out of their house to the sound of a locomotive (YouTube!). Once they showed their tickets, they jumped in. While riding around the neighborhood enjoying the decorations provided by the community, they sipped hot chocolate and ate cookies. When we chugged through Mon City, Santa was in his little house so we stopped to visit with him. Of course, we had to social distance.

Once aboard again, we continued on our journey. When we arrived back at the station, (the outside of the station was decorated with lots of lights including their climbing dome) there was a visitor with Gaga. It seemed that Santa made an early stop to Ginger Hill! The family room had been decorated including a tree and lots of other decorations.

Santa gave each of the kids a bell ornament (if you know the story, this is very important!). Probably the best surprise for the kids was the “sleigh” that Santa used that night. We took a walk to my garage and were surprised to find that Santa had driven to our house in a red corvette! Santa allowed the kids to sit in the car, start it, and bring up the headlights!

Ryan & Ryanna understand that the real Santa never leaves the North Pole as he is too busy. His helper, Bernie (a friend of John’s), was able to get out of his extremely warm suit and spend some time with us. Each of the kids gave Santa some candy as a thank you! Santa will receive cookies in a couple weeks!

The amusement, the joy and the fun made this night another wonderful experience that I am blessed to share with my grandchildren. I would love to hear how you are celebrating all the while keeping you and yours safe.


Nest Information

Each Nest Financial Secretary received their end-of-year packet of paperwork around Halloween. Most of the forms are not due until February 28. BUT, if your Nest has the National Office collect your Nest dues, we need the roster and forms returned to us (deadline was last week). Please submit this or there will be no changes made to your Nest dues bills.

Each Nest President received a letter via email regarding the election of Nest Officers. The point of the letter is about the Nest elections. “Since these are unusual circumstances, especially concerning gatherings, the Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the Legal Committee that a Nest can extend the term of its current Officers for an additional year. This would eliminate the need to hold a meeting to conduct an election this year. Please note that a Nest can still conduct a meeting, virtually or in-person, if it chooses to do so.”


Keep safe! Enjoy the preparations for Christmas, try not to get bogged down by the work and simply enjoy the season.

VP Trish: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll

Had too much fun with Halloween! After a few modifications, our house is decorated for Thanksgiving! As much as I love to decorate for Christmas, I enjoy Thanksgiving. My blessings are plentiful!

November celebrates several birthdays in my family! My baby brother and I are the 14th (Brad was born on my 5th birthday, best gift ever!), John is the 25th (my wild man is turning 60!) and my youngest son, Gregory, was born on November 30th.

As you know, I love to bake and now is the time to really get into full gear! I make pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving then the cookies start. This is not my recipe, but I shall share it:

For each 29 ounce can of pure pumpkin, you will have enough to make five rolls.

Cake:

Beat:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin

Add:

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Grease a 15 X 10 jelly-roll pan, then add a sheet of waxed paper and grease that also. Pour batter evenly into pan.

Bake at 375 for 13-15 minutes.

Immediately flip cake onto sugar sprinkled tea towel. Peel off the paper, sprinkle more sugar, roll the cake in the towel, and allow to cool.

Filling:

Beat until well-blended:

  • 1 8 oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon (not an error) vanilla extract (I only use pure vanilla)

Unroll cake and towel, spread cream cheese mixture on cake. Roll, wrap in plastic wrap. (I also wrap in foil because I like to freeze mine). Or refrigerate for at least one hour.

These make wonderful gifts for those you are thankful for and give a delicious preview of what’s to come!


The end of year mailing went out last week to each Nest Financial Secretary. It contains all the reports that the National Office requires. There is a memo with the deadline dates for each form.

If your Nest has a trust fund, there is a new form for updated signatures.

There are also two sheets of forms for the Nest referral program.

If you have any questions at all regarding the forms required, please contact me.


Hope you all voted! Keep safe and healthy! Wash those hands!

VP Trish: Nest Information

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!