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VP Trish: Golf Registrations & Bags

There is still plenty of time to register, but it would be wonderful if you were able to do so soon – just to give Nest 610 an idea of what to expect as well as help me. From previous tournaments and discussion, I know there are others who haven’t registered yet.

As the registrations continue to arrive, I have made a list of the Nests and Districts represented so far:

• Nest 4-South Bend, IN
• Nest 6-Buffalo, NY
• Nest 8-Pittsburgh, PA
• Nest 41-New Kensington, PA
• Nest 45-St. Louis, MO
• Nest 52-Rochester, NY
• Nest 74-Auburn, NY
• Nest 80-South Bend, IN
• Nest 86-Hamtramck, MI
• Nest 123-Erie, PA
• Nest 146-New Castle, PA
• Nest 182-Ambridge, PA
• Nest 307-Southington, CT
• Nest 430-Auburn, NY
• Nest 493-Batavia, NY
• Nest 519-Middletown, CT
• Nest 580-Pittsfield, MA
• Nest 610-Erie, PA

Districts: II, IV, V, VI, IX & XIII

Please don’t forget to send in your hole sponsorship forms as well!


History of Golf Bags

Back at the beginning, if players were carrying different clubs, they would simply tie them together with a piece of cord. The first club carrying golf bag was invented in the early 1900’s. The first bags were about the size and shape of modern Sunday bags. They were made of canvas and had a small 4” opening at the top and were less than 35 inches long.

Throughout the years and with lots of experimentation, the material used to make the bags has changed. Obviously, golfers prefer a lighter-weight bag. It was also determined that there was a need for the bag to have legs.

Along with the growth and popularity of the game of golf, and an increase in the variety of clubs, golfers carried more clubs and needed a larger bag.

There is a limit to the number of clubs that a golfer may carry. The 14-club rule was adopted by the USGA back in 1939. This was one of the determining factors in the size of golf bags.

There were also changes made to accommodate the need for more space to carry balls, gloves and even rule books.

There are many different types of modern golf club bags these days. The bags are larger, but weigh less, are much more durable and even accommodate our modern world with a special pocket for cell phones.

Enjoy this wonderful weather!

VP Trish: Golf Update

Registration is still going well for the golf entries! This is wonderful! Nest 610 is now looking forward to receiving hole sponsorships as well. There is a link to the form on our page; the cost per hole is $100.00.

The other course we will use (in addition to Scenic Heights) is Downing, which is a city-owned course. The course was built in the 1930’s and has always been owned and operated by the city. They are looking forward to our visit.

For each of our events, we need a waiver form for all participants. In the next few days, I will be confirming your entry and emailing you a waiver. Please return to me; I would prefer that we have these prior to the Tournament. Thank you!

Czolem!

2nd VP Dan: An Update

Photo: Chase, Abigail, Jack

Goodbye 2020! Welcome 2021. Who would have ever thought that our world would change so much this past year, and where will 2021 bring us?

2020 was the year of Zoom! I am not a fan! While I must admit this is a great way to get things done and see everyone, I still prefer in person. It has also enabled us to have more meetings, not only the Board, but also District Presidents, Nests Presidents and other Officers. Our Board of Directors will also be meeting this year in their sub-Committees done with Zoom.

We already know that our second phase of the National Convention is postponed until 2022. National is moving forward and still planning many of our regular 2021 events. Some of them will be in the fall instead of spring or summer. By now, states have started the vaccine shots and many people have received them. Our lives are slowly trying to get back to some kind of normal.

Just on a personal note, I am a grandfather again with the birth of my first granddaughter, Abigail (already a Falcon Member!). She joins the family with her two brothers, Chase and Jack. My son Josh and his wife Erica will be busy with these three! High school basketball season finally started here in Connecticut. After a lot of debate, the season was placed on hold in November and now started in mid-January. This season will be cut almost in half with a limited schedule. My daughter Mallorie has joined the coaching staff this year. For years our staff coached against hers, but she’s now back home in the high school she played for.

While this pandemic is still going on, please everyone and your families stay safe and healthy. Hopefully we all get through this soon.

Czolem!

Dan Michalak
Second National Vice President

VP Trish: A Garden Update

It’s been about five weeks since I talked about our flowers and garden. We actually planted things a bit late, but they are still so pretty. I am excited!

There are three big squash on our plant, but they seem to be holding tight so I did not pick them yet. A pumpkin has decided to grow as well! I have been wanting pumpkins for years but hadn’t done so yet!

As you read this, Christmas is exactly five months from today! Perhaps, the baking should commence!

See below for photos of lots of our flowers including those planted in a silly goose! My daughter-in-law bought me two of these years ago and the plants seem happy!

Keep safe, wash your hands, and enjoy the glorious days of summer!

PFA National Convention Announcement

At a Special Meeting of the Polish Falcons of America National Board of Directors held on Friday, May 29, 2020, the Board voted unanimously to hold a virtual Regular Convention on Saturday, November 21, 2020, and a Special Convention in July 2021 in New Britain, Conn. Click here for a statement from PFA National President Timothy L. Kuzma that describes the details of the Board’s decision and the plan for the Conventions.

An Important Update from Polish Falcons of America

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