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Announcing the 2021 PFA Virtual Pet Walk!

Celebrate National Pet Month in May! Grab your furry friends and join us for our first Virtual Pet Walk!

What: 1 mile walk with your pet(s)

When: Anytime beginning Saturday, May 15th through Saturday, May 29th

Where: Location of your choice!

Cost: $5 per family with pet(s)

Send us a photo of you and your pet(s) completing your walk and receive a PFA Virtual Pet Walk collar tag. Photos must be submitted to info@polishfalcons.org by end of day on Saturday, May 29th. All who register will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Chewy.com gift card!

Click here to register.

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!

PFA Monthly Hangout!

Missing your PFA pals? I know I am! So we thought, why not get together via Zoom and have some fun?!

We are planning a variety of activities – cultural, crafting, baking, gardening and more – for all to enjoy! The activities will be simple, easy things to make or do, and you can bring your snack/beverage of choice and say hello to your friends at the same time! We are calling it the “PFA Monthly Hangout!”

Please join Druhna Chris Puskar for our first session on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. eastern. Be sure to invite your friends to join too!

For February’s activity, Druhna Chris will lead us in making our own clothespin wreath. A stress-free craft, all you need to do is bring your supplies and your favorite snack/beverage.

To receive the Zoom link, please send an email to Druhna Chris at cpuskar@polishfalcons.org.


Clothespin Wreath Supplies

Click here for printable supplies list.

Most of these items are available at the Dollar Store or Walmart.

  • 36 – 40 clothespins

  • Craft paint and paint brushes – You can make the wreath all one color or two colors, and coordinate with your ribbon choice.

  • Ribbon – 1 piece 14 inches long, one piece 12 inches long (wired ribbon works best but non-wired will work too)

  • Cardboard circle – 6 ½ inches in diameter on the outside of the circle and 6 inches on the inside. I use foamboard, but even a cardboard amazon-type box will work.

  • Wire – 10 – 12 inches long or you can use several twist ties. This will be used to hang your wreath.

  • Paper or plastic tablecloth to cover your workspace

  • Plastic gloves so you do not get paint all over your hands.

  • Paper plates to use as a palette for your paint

2020 Virtual Sharing of the Oplatek

Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Sharing of the Oplatek on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020!

Please enjoy the following highlights and photos (screenshots!) from the event.


Prayer and Message from Fr. Timothy Whalen, PFA National Chaplain


A Polish Christmas Tradition: Sharing of the Oplatek


Remarks by Trish Del Busse, PFA National First Vice President

Ordinarily, we would walk around, share the Oplatek, hug, kiss and offer each other a very Merry Christmas and good wishes for the New Year. This year is quite different and very challenging in so many ways. But we are still gathering (even though virtually) and it is still the most wonderful time of the year!

I would like to offer a few reminders from books and movies:

  • The true spirit of Christmas lies in our hearts!
  • Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we cannot see!
  • The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
  • Christmas isn’t just a day; it is a frame of mind!

Christmas gift suggestions:

  • To your enemy, forgiveness.
  • An opponent, tolerance.
  • To your friend, your heart.
  • A customer, service.
  • To all, charity.
  • To every child, a good example.
  • To yourself, respect.

Jesus is the reason, Christmas is the Birthday of our Lord.

And so, this Christmas season may our hearts with gladness glow, as we remember the blessed story that took place so long ago. This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ child. Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first.

John and I along with our family Wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Wesolych Swiat!

I usually wish a Happy, Healthy New Year, but this year, I will also add out with the old and in with the new!

Hopefully, 2021 will bring us much optimism, joy and prosperity. Instead of wishing for an extraordinary 2021, let’s pray for a somewhat ordinary 2021!

Czolem!


Cicha Noc (Silent Night) (Video Credit: Polish Eagle)


Special Message from Larry Kozlowski, PFA Cultural Commissioner


Photos (Screenshots!) from the Event

Click to enlarge.

Additional Carols:

2020 PFA National Convention

The 42nd Quadrennial National Convention of the Polish Falcons of America was held virtually on Saturday, November 21, 2020. After months of preparation, we are happy to announce the Convention was a success with 226 Delegates in attendance. Thank you to those who participated. Click here for election results and replays of videos shown during the National Convention.

Virtual Sharing of the Oplatek

You’re invited to join us virtually for a beloved Polish Christmas tradition – sharing of the Oplatek wafer – on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. eastern.

This virtual “Sharing of the Oplatek” is free and open to all. Gather via Zoom to wish one another a blessed Christmas, good health and good fortune, offer forgiveness, and look towards a New Year.

Make your own Oplatek wafer, use a cracker/cookie of your choice – or request a wafer from us.

Click here to learn more and register.

PFAFL Virtual Youth Game Night!

Do you miss seeing your Falcon friends? Do you have some friends that you would like to get involved in the Polish Falcons? If you are between the ages of 12 and 20, here is your chance to get together and have some fun virtually with PFA! Join us for a Jeopardy-style Virtual Youth Game Night on Thursday, October 8th at 7 p.m. est. To participate, simply send your email address and age to cpuskar@polishfalcons.org prior to Game Night. You will receive an invitation to join the Zoom call. Once you click the invitation link, you’ll be entered into the game!

VP Trish: 2020 Convention

As I sit here finishing up my four-year report, I think of our upcoming Virtual Convention. The reality of this is, is that we don’t have a choice. The PA Insurance Department insisted that we have a Convention and take care of the business that must be handled this year.

There are a couple advantages to a Virtual Convention. Well, maybe one – no travel!

The camaraderie will have to wait until next year. The social gatherings, the Falconette Luncheon, the Legion of Honor Conclave and meeting, hospitality rooms, interactions, auctions, sight-seeing and fun! There is no doubt that Members of Nest 88, New Britain, Conn. will be fabulous hosts.

One of the things that I am disappointed in is that I do not get to present my PowerPoint and explain what I have been doing the last four years as your National First Vice President. I like to put up photos, explain who, what and where and I also like to acknowledge Members. Included in this blog are a few photos of events from the past couple of years; obviously, I am not able to explain everything.

I am hoping that all of our Delegates take the time to read our reports ahead of time. Each Delegate will receive a binder prior to the Convention which will contain reports and other information needed for the Convention.

Hopefully, all of the Nests have elected their Delegates. The deadline for National Headquarters to receive the mandate forms is October 20. Please visit polishfalcons.org/national-convention. The form is fillable, fill it out, save it, then attach it as an email and send to convention2020@polishfalcons.org. Again, deadline is October 20. Once we receive your forms, we need to verify membership and dues.

Looking forward to our Convention on Saturday, November 21.

Fraternal Information

In order for an organization to be considered a fraternal, the organization must have a lodge system. This is why the Polish Falcons of America has Nests and why each Member must belong to a Nest. The Polish Falcons of America is a 501 (C) 8 non-profit.

Fraternals were formed with a common cause in mind; the PFA is obviously ethnic-based. We do now permit those who are not Polish but have a genuine interest in the Polish culture and traditions.

Keep safe! Wash those hands!

Czolem!

2020 PFA Virtual Golf Tournament

It’s time to tee it up! Polish Falcons of America is hosting its first-ever Virtual Golf Tournament: Falcons, Eagles & Birdies – Oh, My! The Tournament will take place August 22 through September 30 and is open to both Members and Non-Members. Learn more and sign up by clicking here.