1 Together We Can and We Will ZGODA THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION The OF THE official POLISH Publication NATIONAL of the ALLIANCE Polish OF NORTH AMERICA JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH National 2014 Alliance of North America Vol. 138; No. 1 New Year New Life Make sure it is protected
2 5 23 Fraternal News Extra Income Opportunity Christmas Parties Elections of the New Lodge Officers Chicago Society Inaugural Ball In Memorial (W. Noga, E. Gornikiewicz) Wici Ensemble Welcome New Members! Education Scholarship Opportunities Summer Youth Course Sport & Youth We are Proud of... Bowling Tournament Coloring Contest Senior Casino Trip Skiing in Las Vegas Polish American Night with the Chicago Bulls Living Well February- Hearth Month Vitamin D Life of Polonia Lajkonik Christmas Concert Milwaukee Society Honors Bishop Listecki Commemorate Captain Matt Urban 150 years of Polonia in California Krakus Festival in Springfield, MA Pulaski Day in Philadelphia, PA Polish Prom - Studniowka World War I Centennial History Pages Important Anniversaries and Observances Casimir Pulaski Poland s Road to Freedom Year of St. John of Dukla Oskar Kolberg Wieliczka & Bochnia Salt Mines Polish Independence Day Bon Appétit Winter Favorites 62 Polish Holidays Cover: Dziewczynka i wiosenne kwiaty Zdjęcie stockowe Contents The publisher is not responsible for the contents of submitted articles and reserves the right to editing and picture selection. Images submitted should be at least 300DPI resolution. Poor quality photographs will not be considered for publication. All submitted materials and photographs become property of the Zgoda and might be used to promote the Polish National Alliance. The Publisher is not responsible for the return of submitted materials or pictures unless request was made and self-addressed and prepaid envelope provided. (USPS ) Published Quartely The Official Publication of the Polish National Alliance 6100 N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL Phone: (773) Fax: (773) Polish National Alliance of US of NA Wesley E. Musial Censor Irene S. Grabowy Vice Censor Executive Committee Frank J. Spula President Teresa N. Abick Vice President Paul C. Odrobina Vice President David G. Milcinovic Vice President, Union of Poles Division Charles A. Komosa National Secretary Marian Grabowski Treasurer Send all articles, correspondence and materials to: ZGODA Magazine Alicja Kuklinska Editor N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL Ewa Wisniewska Graphic Designer Periodicals Postage Paid at Chicago, Illinois and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Zgoda, c/o PNA 6100 N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL Change of address or interruption in subscription matters contact: PNA Address Dept. (ext. 366) or
3 February, 2013 President s Corner Dear Members: As we look ahead to the New Year, we look with optimism that it will be a better year for everyone both personally and professionally. We need to be optimistic and meet every challenge head on so that 2014 will be indeed a better year. This past year was a challenging one for many of us including the Polish National Alliance. We amended the by-laws of the Polish National Alliance as required by the regulators to be compliant with their rules and laws. At the end of October, the amended by-laws were approved by the State of Illinois Department of Insurance. One major change was that our Board of Directors would comprise of two tiers, one Fraternal Board consisting of ten Directors and the Business Board consisting of five Directors and the Executive Officers for a total of ten members. This is in compliance with the recommendations of the Department of Insurance. This change took effect January 1st of this year. As we move forward, there will be more changes implemented as new guidelines and laws are approved by State and Federal agencies. In the last issue of Zgoda, the amendments were printed; I hope you had the opportunity to review them. For your convenience, they are posted on our website at Over the last few years, economic growth has been marginal; interest rates are the lowest in history from savings accounts to mortgage rates. The Polish National Alliance has been cutting its expenses for the last several years observing the diminishing rates of return on our investments. We have been very proactive as an organization. There have been reductions in every category within the administration of the Alliance. There have been staff reductions, as well as a decrease in Commissioners and Directors expenses. There were also salary diminutions for the Officers. Subsidies and donations have also been reduced. Outside travel has also been kept to a minimum. The reason for reducing expenses is to make ce rtain that we are profitable. We realize no one wants to have their budget or salaries reduced. However, our concern is to make certain our members benefits are safeguarded. We have come to a crossroad that requires us to make necessary changes and improvements for us to be competitive as well as guaranteeing that the PNA continues its long history. The Polish National Alliance will be celebrating 134 years of existence this year. We are looking for motivated sales representatives to sell our financial products and expand our fraternal family. We offer very competitive insurance products as well as attractive commissions and renewals. Please call me directly at if you are interested. Since we are in the beginning of the year, I encourage you to review the insurance protection you have with the Polish National Alliance. Over the years, inflation has eroded the value of protection. This is a good time to increase the amount of your life insurance coverage. If you are not a member of the Polish National Alliance, I invite you to join. Best wishes to you and your families for a healthy, successful year filled with love and harmony. Frank J. Spula, FLMI President 3
4 From the Editor Dear Members, I wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and hope you will be able to accomplish everything you did not have a chance to do last year. Just remember be realistic in your expectations and resolutions and I am sure everything will turn out exactly the way you want. As of this year, Zgoda will be printed quarterly due to rising costs of printing and mailing. We will, however, have 64 pages printed on a high quality paper. Perhaps one day, we will be able to change back to a monthly publication to keep our readers up to date with all that is happening within the PNA as well as the rest of the world. At the same time we anticipate that more and more of you will opt for the paperless, internet copy. We are exploring the possibility of having Zgoda online, not in the pdf format, but as a web page, with the traditional printed copies still available for those who chose this option. Thank you to all of you that submitted articles and pictures. As always, please send your photographs as jpg (at least 300 DPI) attachments. I cannot use any pictures printed on regular paper or pasted in word document. Our graphic designer, Ewa Wisniewska spends a lot of time on enhancing and cleaning some of the photos. I hope you will enjoy this issue and take advantage of some of the many PNA events that will be taking place in the next few months. We have trips, contests and scholarship offers... I am very proud of being part of the organization that has so much to offer to its members. We are 134 years old but still so young and vibrant. Many of you asked for more history articles. I trust you will be satisfied this time and promise more in the future. Looking for materials and subjects, I learn so much myself. Until recently, I did not know much about Patron Saint of Poland, St. John of Dukla. I am certainly very impressed by Polish Americans joining the foreign armies and giving their lives for Poland, regaining its rightful place on the map of Europe. Please enjoy this issue of Zgoda and send me your articles and suggestions. Wishing you a great rest of the winter season. Yours truly, Alicja Kuklińska Year of John of Dukla Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania John of Dukla (also called Jan of Dukla ) is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He is one of the patron saints of Poland and Lithuania. John was born in Dukla, Poland, in St. John of Dukla died in 1484 in Lwów (then Poland). He joined the Friars Minor Conventual, a religious order whose members strictly adhered to their rule of poverty and obedience. Though he went blind later in age he was able to prepare sermons with the help of an aide. His preaching was credited with bringing people back to the Church in his province. Soon after his death, there was an immediate veneration at his tomb and several miracles were attributed to him. On June 10, 1997, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II in a mass at Krosno, Poland, before approximately one million people. 4
6 Opłatek Okręgu 5 ZNP Fraternal News Jak co roku, także i w tym sezonie świątecznym Komisarka Okręgu 5-tego Czesława Buczkowski zorganizowała Oplatek dla członków PNA w Okręgu V. Spotkanie odbyło się w dniu 18 stycznia w restauracji Krakus w Wallington, New Jersey. Komisarze Okręgu 5: pani Czeslawa Buczkowski i pan Stanley Dunaj przywitali gości życząc wszystkim zdrowia i pomyślności w Nowym 2014 Roku oraz miłej, zabawy i tradycyjnie smacznego. Pyszne, polskie dania, interesujące rozmowy i śpiewanie kolęd wytworzyły milą, ciepłą i serdeczną atmosfere spotkania, a czas upłynął bardzo szybko. Wiele śmiechu i radości sprawiła również uczestnikom loteria. Na zakończenie wszyscy uczestnicy życzyli sobie wzajemnie DOSIEGO ROKU. Danusia Charchut, Lodge 2575 District 5, NJ Commissioners Czeslawa Buczkowski and Stanley M. Dunaj hosted an Oplatek which took place on January 18, 2014, at 6:00 pm. The celebration took place at the Krakus Restaurant in Wallington, NJ, where a delicious meal, beverages and dessert was served. Following the meal, all took part in raffle gifts and the guests took pleasure in singing Christmas Carols. Director PNA of Region B, Tadeusz Kutarba was present. Also present were former Commissioners Sophie Dul and Anna Bednarz. Maryann Czerniawski, Council 74 6 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
7 PNA Lodge 1824 of Lemont, Illinois Elects New Officers for 2014 On January 22, 2014 Lodge 1824 held Election Meeting in Lemont, Illinois Fraternal News The following officers were elected: Jerzy W. Hejna Marian Grabowski Harriet Mulka Witold Urbanowicz Agata Czerwosz Bogumila J.L. Hejna Joseph Dobersztyn President Vice-President Vice-President Trasurer Financial Secretary Recording Secretary Sgt. of Arms Congratulations to elected officers and best wishes for a fruitful year. By Bogumila J.L. Hejna, Lodge 1824 Secretary Lodge 134, Denver, Colorado Christmas Party at the PNA Lodge 134, Denver, Colorado Lodge 134 Submitted by: Katarzyna Fedorowicz 7
8 Fraternal News PNA Christmas Party and Installation of Officers for 2014 On Sunday, January 19, 2014 PNA Lodge 2993, the Charles Rozmarek Society celebrated and hosted its annual Christmas Party and Installation of Officers for 2013 at the PNA Home Office. Nine children, members of PNA Lodge 2993, grooved to a disco party, and had a visit by Santa Claus who gave them awesome gifts, dined on gourmet pizza and sang Polish koledy and Christmas carols. PNA Lodge 2993 adult members dined on kanapki and paczki donated by William Wojcik of Laramie Bakery located 3232 N Harlem Ave., and 3012 N Laramie Ave in Chicago, IL, and many other appetizers. Elected by acclamation of the lodge delegates and installed as PNA Lodge 2993 Youth members (Left to Right) Alex Komosa, Oliver Marszalek, Michael Ziemba, Alex Bogdan, Smielinski sisters, Santa Claus (Tomasz Ziemba), and Charley Komosa. Lodge 2993, the Charles Rozmarek Society The newly installed officers of PNA Lodge (left to right) National Director Irene Hercik, Tomasz Pawelko Sergeant at Arms Jolanta Grocholska, Recording Secretary, Arkadiusz Ziemba, 2nd Vice president, Marzena Bogdan, 1st Vice president, Henry Ziemba, President, Kulibaba, Treasurer, Wanda Juda, District XIII Commissioner, Charles A. Komosa, National Secretary, & Katarzyna Ziemba, Financial Secretary. the 2013 officers are Henry Ziemba, president, Marzena Bogdan, 1st Vice president, Arkadiusz Ziemba, 2nd Vice president, Jane Kulibaba, Treasurer, Katarzyna Ziemba, financial secretary, Jolanta Grocholska, secretary, and Tomasz Pawelko as Sergeant of Arms. The oath of office was administered by PNA National Director Irene Hercik. Joining in the installation and party were PNA President Frank Spula PNA District XIII Commissioner Wanda Juda, and PNA National Secretary Charles A. Komosa, whose grandfather, Charles Rozmarek, lodge name was changed to after his death in Charles Rozmarek, PNA president form and PAC co founder and first president from , was very influential in Polonia s affairs and culture with his beloved wife, Wanda Rozmarek, an educator, author, and avid patron of the Polish Arts and Culture. The PNA Lodge 2993 would like to thank all who attended and especially lodge member Thomas Ziemba for graciously and artistically playing the lead role of Santa Claus. Submitted by: Charles Komosa, PNA National Secretary 8 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
9 New Officers of Lodge 2093 of New Britain, MA On December 29, 2013 Lodge 2093 of New Britain Connecticut hit a milestone. For the first time in our 95 year history, the lodge elected a woman president Ms. Basia Zakrzewska, a very active member of our lodge was unanimously elected to our highest office. We know that she will be a credit to our lodge and the PNA parent organization. The other elected officers were Mateusz Ratajczak Vice President, Henry Perucki Secretary, and Mark Mordasiewicz Treasurer. Izabela Wroblewska and Katarzyna Fil were elected to the Board of Directors while Chester Klymczuk. John Wallace Sr. and Stanley Wojciak were elected to the House Committee. We wish all our officers well and congratulate them on being elected to their office. Submitted by: Henry Perucki, Secretary- Lodge 2093 Lodge 711 P.N.A. Conducts 2014 Elections Chicopee, MA: Members of Lodge 711 P.N.A. of Chicopee, MA held their annual meeting and election of officers for the year 2014 at the Pulaski Club, Willimansett, MA on December 1, Installing officer, Cindy Kirejczyk, administered the oath of office to officers and elected delegates. Pictured left to right: Gene Kirejczyk, Second Vice President and Auditor; former PNA Director Region A Teresa Struziak Sherman, Financial Secretary/Sales Representative; Mitchell Nowak, First Vice President and Auditor; Adella Strycharz, Recording Secretary/ Treasurer; Helen Nowak, Auditor, and Gilbert J. Sherman, President. This energetic team is ready to begin a fruitful year of support for the great ideals of our Polish National Alliance. Sto Lat! Submitted by: Teresa Struziak Sherman The PNA Lodge Officers for 2014 Seated l-r :Mark Mordasiewicz Treasurer, Mateusz Ratajczak Vice President, Basia Zakrzewska President and Henry Perucki Secretary. Standing l-r: John Wallace Sr., Stanley Wojciak, and Chester Klymczuk, House Committee Members. Izabela Wroblewska and Katarzyna Fil; members of the Board of Directors. Announcement Vice President Paul C. Odrobina and the Sports & Youth Committee are now accepting bids for Lodges and Councils to host the 2014 and 2015 National Softball Tournament and the 2015 National Golf Tournament. All bids are to be sent to Vice President Odrobina s Office before the March Board of Directors meeting ext.314 9
10 Fraternal News Lodge 1450-The Chicago Society 2014 Inaugural Ball The Chicago Society s 2014 Annual Inaugural Ball and Installation of Lodge Officers was held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, a perfect evening to enjoy the warmth of camaraderie. Upon entering the elegant Rosewood Restaurant over 170 guests were offered flutes of champagne, selections of mini flavored martinis, wine, and gourmet Hors d oeuvres. The festivities began with Aleksandra Podowska leading the guests in the National Anthems of the United States and Poland. Ball Chairman Frank Czaja then welcomed the guests and spoke about the historical importance of this installation of officers for Most Reverend Father Idzi Stacherczak, Pastor of St. Priscilla Church (Left to Right) Darlene Czaja, Charles Komosa, Rocky Nowaczyk, and Ball Chairman Frank Czaja 2014 Man of the Year - Romuald Matuszczak and PNA National Secretary Charles. Komosa Attorney Jennfier Groszek, Krystyna, and Agata Komosa (left to right) in Chicago, gave the Invocation in both Polish and English, he asked the Holy Spirit to enlighten our commitment and our unity. He said that we members of the Chicago Society are examples of Christianity, emulating the values of Blessed Pope John Paul II. During the gourmet dinner, Brother Anthony Kawalkowski strolled among the guests, serenading them with soothing dinner music. The Polonia Folk Dance Ensemble added levity to the program, performing several waltzes and a number from the musical Grease. After dinner, President Mark Orwat and Ball Chairman Frank Czaja presented the 2014 Man of the Year Award to Lodge member Romuald Matuszczak in recognition of his dedication to the Chicago Society and his philanthropic support of the PNA Lodge 1450 The Chicago Society and Chicago s Polonia. Romuald Matuszczak very simply and humbly thanked the Society for this honor and spoke of when he joined the PNA lodge in 1956 and what the Society represents to him. After Romuald Matuszczak s remarks, Ball Chairman Fran Czaja recognized and acknowledged the attendance and congratulatory proclamation presented by the Honorable Judy Baar Topinka, Comptroller of the State of Illinois, a congratulatory letter by the Honorable Dan Rutherford, Treasurer of the State of Illinois and a Republican gubernatorial candidate, Honorable Dan Kotowski, Senator, State of Illinois, and acknowledged the elected officials attending the Ball; Honorable Robert Martwick, Senator, State of Illinois and Lodge 1450 member, Honorable Kirk Dillard, Senator, State of Illinois and a Republican gubernatorial candidate, Honorable Dan Patlak, Cook County Commissioner, Honorable Andrew Przybylo, Mayor of Niles, Illinois, Honorable Ray Suarez, Alderman and Deputy Mayor of Chicago, Honorable 10 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
11 Dianne K. Marsalek, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Honorable Edward Marsalek, Ret. Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Honorable William Raines, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Honorable Tom Lyons, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and Honorable Judge Goldman, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Chairman Frank Czaja then called upon PNA National Secretary Charles A. Komosa who presented Romuald Matuszczak with a magnificent plaque and certificate of appreciation from the PNA National Officers and Board of Directors, for his dedication and many years of service to the PNA and Polonia. Romuald Matuszczak became a member of the PNA in 1940 and Lodge the Chicago Society in Charles Komosa shared that presenting Romuald Matuszczak a PNA Lodge 1450 Officers for 2104 special honor because the recipient has a long and established friendship with Charles Komosa s late grandfather, parents, himself, and children. Lodge 1450 Civic Vice president John Cieslik presented the 2013 Chicago Society Booster Award to Lodge member T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert for sponsoring the most number of new members in The Polonia Ensemble then continued the festivities with the elegant, traditional Polonez, in costumes of the Duchy of Warsaw (księstwo warszawskie). The culmination of the evening was the Installation of the new Board by the Honorable Dianne K. Marsalek, Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Chairman Frank Czaja introduced the officers of the Society for Mark Orwat, President, Robert Groszek, Executive Vice President, John Cieslik, Civic Vice President, Ted Wiecek, Recording Secretary, Richard Jadczak, Financial Secretary, Ron Topczewski, Treasurer, Thaddeus Makarewicz, Advocate, Frank Czaja, Senior Director, Romuald Matuszczak, Director of Social Activities, Charles Cwiakala, Director of Club House Administration, Mario Mikoda, Director of Public Relations, Charles Komosa, Director of Publications, Edmund Boduch, Finance Director, John Wojciechowski, Personnel Director, and T. Ronald Jasinski-Herbert, Director of Special Projects, The Honorable Marsalek then administered the oath of office to the officers and wished them much success in the coming year. Following the official portion of the evening, guests danced to the music of Anthony Kawalkowski and his Orchestra. The dance floor was full of couples dancing and enjoying themselves throughout the evening, so it s clear our guests had a memorable experience. Congratulations! go to Chairman Frank Czaja and the Inaugural Committee members Darlene Czaja and Chris Matuszczak, for creating an elegant, energetic, and colorful evening. As Ball Chairman Frank Czaja promised, the evening met the high standards of the Chicago Society with great food, good drinks, and high quality entertainment. Chicago Society balls have long been well known throughout Chicago s Polonia, and this year s certainly lived up to that tradition! Article by Charles A. Komosa, PNA National Secretary Photos by T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert, Editor of Polonia Today Illinois State Representative Robert Martwick, Hon. Hon. Ray Suarez, Alderam and Deputy Mayor of Chicago, Ronald Topper Topczewski, Polish American Police Association, and PNA- Chicago Society President Mark Orwat, Attorney Robert P. Groszek, and Ted Makariewicz, Legal Counsel to the Cook County Assesor Boostr Award T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert and Honorable Judge Dianne K. Marsalek Man of the Year Recipient Romuald Mamtuszczak and wife, Chris Matuszczak 11
12 PNA CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE SENIORS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION PNA Assists Children at Christmas with Toy Drive Fraternal News Chicago, Illinois The Polish National Alliance South Side Senior Group celebrated the Christmas Holiday on Tuesday, December 17, The Mayfield Banquet Hall was adorned beautifully with Christmas decorations. Over one hundred forty guests were dressed for the Season as well, the men wearing their Christmas neckties or hats and the ladies wearing festive sweaters or outfits. PNA Vice President Paul Odrobina emceed the program, and led everyone in prayer and a toast for a healthy and happy holiday. Wishes for a Merry Christmas and best health came with the traditional breaking of the oplatki. After the delicious meal, Mr. Odrobina introduced President Frank J. Spula, who also addressed greetings to the attendees, National Treasurer Marian Grabowski, PNA Directors, Christine Domalewski, Joseph Samreta and Irene Hercik, Commissioners of District 12 Barbara Wesolowski and Jerzy Hejna former Directors Helen Orawiec, Cecelia Tomaszkiewicz, and Arthur Trybek, former Commissioners Anna Kokoszka, and Roman Bucon (District 12) and the volunteers that help at the meetings, Irene Spiewak, Helen Orawiec, Roman and Anna Bucon, Florence Jadach, Loretta Waltee, Barbara Wesolowski, Christine Domalewski and Eleanor Jasiorkowski and the Home Office Staff Joan Oskorep, and Robert Jadach and also Janice Odrobina. Vice President Odrobina mentioned that the year ahead, will have more activities, trips, and speakers. He mentioned that the next meeting will be in February. The Joe Pat Orchestra under the Direction of Frank Gentille entertained the seniors before and after dinner with a variety of music to dance. Story and Photos by: Robert M. Jadach Chicago, Illinois - The Polish National Alliance held their annual toy drive for needy children from the end of November through the first week of December. A large decorated carton stood in the lobby of the PNA Building for donations that would be given by PNA Employees and guests who enter the building. The PNA affiliates, the two PNA Bank locations (Niles and South Pulaski Avenue in Chicago) and the Polish Daily News (Dziennik Zwiazkowy) also participated in the toy drive with drop off boxes in their buildings. PNA President Frank Spula appointed Vice President Paul Odrobina to oversee the collections. Mr. Odrobina s Administrative Assistant Joan Oskorep and Robert Jadach assisted in the organizing of the drive. Many of the Employees Polish National Alliance Officers with donated toys for the Shriner s Hospital (from l-r) Vice President Teresa Abick, Treasurer Marian Grabowski, Vice President Paul C. Odorbina and President Frank J. Spula Donation Coordinator Mary McCauley from the Shriner s Hospital in Chicago with donated items from the Polish National Alliance. donated cash or brought items in as well. Monetary donations were also used to purchase toys from area stores. On Tuesday, December 11, 2013, the seven large boxes containing over 200 donated toys were delivered to the Shriner s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. The donation coordinator Mary McCauley from the Shriner s Hospital was so grateful to all the people who donated toys to their children at Christmas. 12 Story and Photos by: Robert M. Jadach
13 IMPORTANT NOTICE Please note, that you can obtain this issue of the Zgoda online. If you would like to discontinue receiving a paper copy of our publication please notify us via and we will gladly comply with your request. Protect your environment go paperless. Go to: znp.org PNA District VII Northeastern Pennsylvania Annual Convention Wilkes-Barre, PA Polish National Alliance District VII Northeastern Pennsylvania recently held their annual convention in Our Lady Of Hope Church parlors, Wilkes-Barre. Commissioner Michael Matiko and Dawne Griffith co-chaired the session. Commissioner Griffith called the session to order and appointed Elizabeth Salitis, Lodge 656 as Recording Secretary. A prayer was offered in remembrance of all living and deceased members along with Pope John Paul II. Censor Wesley Musial and District VII Director Teresa Buckoski were welcomed to the session; they thanked everyone for the invitation. Censor Musial repored on membership, all programs and activities being offered by the fraternal organization. Director Buckoski reported on her activities along with those at the Home Office. Commissioners Matiko and Griffith reported on their activities throughout the year. Commissioner Griffith had been elected as Woman of the Year and Financial Secretary of Lodge 656, Council 131. Edward Suchecki had been elected Man of the Year. Both presented gifts were received from the Home Office. Following the business session an open discussion was held among the members in attendance followed by dinner. Respectfully submitted by: Commissioner Michael Matiko Fraternal News Election of Officers for 2014 at Lodge 1684, Cohoes, NY PNA, Lodge 1684 had an election of Officers for 2014 on December 7, The elected Officers are as follows: From left to right first row: Stanley Bobek - Sergeant at Arms, Danuta Duda Director, Christina Lewandusky 1st Vice President, Janina Wiercioch Treasurer, Mary Sala Recording Secretary. Second row: Walter Brzozowski President, Zbigniew Swieton 2nd Vice President, Kaz Matala Director, Marian Wiercioch Insurance Secretary and Commissioner of District 3. Submitted by: Marian Wiercioch, Secretary, PNA Lodge
14 North Side Chicago Seniors Christmas Celebration The Polish National Alliance North Side Senior Group celebrated the Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 11, The Christmas luncheon was held at the Teresa 2 Restaurant and Banquets in Chicago. As the seniors checked in, they were given a gift for Christmas. Over 60 people attended the luncheon. PNA Vice President Paul Odrobina was emcee and led everyone in prayer and broke oplatki with exchanges of Good Wishes and Happy Holiday around the room. After the delicious lunch, Mr.Odrobina then introduced guests attending, President Frank Spula, who also spoke to the guests, President and Vice President from the Polish Women s Alliance Delphine Huneycutt and Sharon Zago, Vice President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union, Anna Sokolowski and her assistant Mary Jane Robles, PNA Director Wanda Penar, Commissioners of District 13 Wanda Juda and Joseph Hercik, former Commissioner of District 13 Zenon Olejniczak, Janice Odrobina, and the volunteers that helped out at the dinner Joan Oskorep (who organized the event) and Robert Jadach. Afterward the seniors played bingo for gifts items and fun was had by all. At the conclusion of the event, the seniors were reminded that there will be no meeting in the month of January. Letters will be mailed out in January with the schedule for next year. Story and Photos by: Robert M. Jadach February 15th marks the 134 Anniversary of the Polish National Alliance 14
15 In Memoriam Walter J. Noga, Jr. WALTER J. NOGA, JR, age 78 of Battle Creek, passed away Tuesday, November 26, He was born February 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Walter and Victoria (Badon) Noga. Walt was a 1952 graduate of St. Philip High School, earned an associate s degree from Kellogg Community College and went on to serve in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from August 1957 to August He was stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Camp TuTo Greenland. Mr. Noga worked at Union Pump Company for 35 years, retiring in In 1982 he received the George Award for his efforts in establishing the Battle Creek Farmers Market. He was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church and served as Master of Pennfield Grange #85. For over 30 years Walter Noga was the President of Lodge 2416, Council 155 of the Polish National Alliance. He was one of the lead sales representatives and served as a National Director of the PNA. On May 27, 1983 he was united in marriage to Lee Anne (Sloan), who survives. Also surviving are his children: Larry (Cheri) Noga, Andrew Noga, Virginia (David) Kingsley, Kathy Jo (Raymond) Heisler and Kathleen (Theodore) Harris; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. All of his family are the PNA members. Walter enjoyed duck and goose hunting, vegetable farming and liked to experiment growing different types of vegetables. His greatest joy came from his wife Lee Anne, their children and grandchildren. EDWARD I. GORNIKIEWICZ, age 89, of Dunkirk, New York. He was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Stanley and Carrie (Wysocki) Gornikiewicz. A lifelong Dunkirk resident, Ed served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He was employed at Fredonia State/SUNY. He was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church; he formerly served as president of the Kosciuszko Polish Home for many years and was a member of American Legion Post 62. Since 1957 Edward Gornikiewicz was involved in the fraternal life of the Polish National Alliance. He was a long time secretary of Lodge 608, Council 52 and served two terms as a Commissioner of the PNA District 4. Ed loved attending parties and weddings, where he especially enjoyed singing Polish songs, including his favorite, Sto Lat. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Teresa S. Gornikiewicz; two daughters, Jean (Craig) Sutton of Dunkirk and Linda (Wayne) Palmatier of Fredonia; three grandsons, John Gizowski, David Palmatier and Mark Palmatier; and two great grandchildren. Edward I. Gornikiewicz 15
16 LODGE 1224, Rockford Fraternal News Christmas Party at Lodge 1224, Rockford, Illinois Bring your SWEETHEART and celebrate Valentine s Day given by PNA Cadets Lodge 1134 / PNA Sports Club Sunday, February 16th 2014 at the PNA Sports Club 3606 Bates Avenue (at Grand Ave) South, St. Louis, MO Serving from 12:00 noon till 5:00 PM All you can eat Spaghetti Dinner includes: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Salad and Bread, Cake/Dessert and Coffee and a glass of wine for the adults. For prices, advance tickets, more information or directions call John at or Bernice at Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick s Day, so let s celebrate together! Join us for Corned Beef & Cabbage on March 16th 2014 at the PNA Sports Club 3606 Bates Avenue (at Grand Ave), South St. Louis, Mo. Serving from 12:00 noon till 5:00 PM Includes Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Bread & Butter, Dessert, and Coffee. For prices, advance tickets, more information or directions call John at or Bernice at Happy St. Patrick s Day! 16 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
17 Mikołajki Party at Lodge 700 On Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm, PNA Lodge 700 hosted their annual Mikołajki Christmas party at the Szarotka residence in Los Angeles. The event was well attended by their youngest members. The children were able to experience an interesting event prepared by the board members and valuable volunteers. Special treats were served. The children learned about many polish Christmas traditions like: Mikołajki Christmas tree, Jasełka, Nativity, Wigilia, Kolędy, sharing the holy wafer Opłatek, giving presents. Special thanks go to Róża Kostrzewska -Yoder and Edward Hoffman who prepared a rich, interesting and diverse program presented by the Krakusy dance group and choir. During the event children learned and participated in singing Polish and American Christmas carols. They enjoyed the dances presented by the Krakusy dance ensemble. They were encouraged to participate learning these traditional polish dances. The highlight of this event was Świety Mikołaj (St. Nicholas). The children listened to stories about this traditional figure. The feast of St. Nicholas is December 6th. On this day, Św. Mikołaj would visit the homes of people in the village, dressed in his bishop s robes. When Św. Mikołaj visited the children, he gave them a gift for being good and to remind them of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Three Kings. Celebrating the feast day of Św. Mikołaj remains popular with Polish people living all over the world. Many of the Christmas customs celebrated today are a result of the early visits made by St. Nicholas. For example, the candy cane given during the Christmas holidays is a simple treat symbolizing the shepherd s staff, which is carried by a bishop. Św. Mikołaj is called the Father of Christmas, known to children in America as Santa Claus. The children were surprised when the much anticipated Świety Mikołaj arrived to this event. They were able to talk with him and receive many gifts from him.they had an opportunity to have a group photo as well. The Mikołajki party was a success. We thank all PNA Lodge juvenile members for participating in this event. Submitted by Katherine Kasia Akrami, PNA Lodge 700 President TAX TIME POLISH NATIONAL ALLIANCE MAY HELP! It s that time of the year again when Uncle Sam comes a calling for your hard earned wages. Keep Uncle Sam at bay with one of PNA s Traditional IRA s or a Roth IRA. Both of these plans allow you to tax deffer your interest and in the case of a Roth IRA completely eliminate the tax man on your interest. Why wait, open up one of the PNA s Annuity s today. Our interest rate is far better than any CD rate available in the market place. Our annuities are paying 1.5% guaranteed for the first year. Contributions can be made as late as April 15, Ask your tax consultant to run your income tax return with and without an IRA and see the advantage you have in opening an IRA with the PNA. For more information s please call the PNA s Home Office at: or contact your local Sales Representative in your area. 17
18 Fraternal News Zimowy Koncert Teatru Pieśni i Tańca Wici Zimowy koncert Teatru Pieśni i Tańca Wici był rewią talentu, młodości, umiejętności i bajecznie kolorowych strojów. 350 tancerzy występujących w koncercie zaprezentowało liczne polskie oraz amerykańskie tańce ludowe i narodowe połączone ze śpiewem kolęd. W salach bankietowych Białego Orła, gdzie na co dzień odbywają się próby zespołu przy wspólnej kolacji zebrało się ponad siedemset osób, aby podziwiać popisy taneczne i wokalne w choreografii Magdaleny Solarz, Anny Strojnej, Kingi Podstawskiej wspieranych przez orkiestrę i akompaniatorów zespołu. Na największy aplauz jak zwykle mogli liczyć najmłodsi tancerze, ale wszystkie pozostałe grupy wiekowe zaprezentowały się równie okazale zbierając rzęsiste oklaski za swoje tańce. W imieniu Związku Narodowego Polskiego, który sprawuje pieczę nad zespołem, podziękowania i życzenia kolejnych sukcesów złożył prezes Franciszek Spula. Po zakończeniu tanecznej części wieczoru, jego uczestników odwiedził mikołaj z wielkim workiem prezentów, którymi zostali obdarowani zarówno tancerze, jak i wszystkie dzieci obecne na sali. Koncert zakończyła dyskoteka. Wici zostały założone ponad czterdzieści lat temu. Dyrektorem artystycznym i choreografem od ponad trzydziestu lat jest Magdalena Solarz. W 1983 roku zespół WICI został Reprezentacyjnym Zespołem Pieśni i Tańca Związku Narodowego Polskiego. Przez ostatnie trzydzieści lat w różnych grupach tanecznych występowało ponad trzy tysiące dzieci i młodzieży oraz dorosłych tancerek i tancerzy. Obecnie w zajęciach bierze udział ponad stu tancerzy podzielnych na dwie grupy dorosłych oraz ponad dwustu tancerzy w grupach dziecięcych. W sumie we wszystkich grupach zespołu występuje ponad 350 tancerzy. Swój sukces sceniczny zespół zawdzięcza pracy i wytrwałości choreografów oraz całego sztabu wolontariuszy, którzy czuwają nad strojami, zajmują się gromadzeniem funduszy i przygotowywaniem imprez. Na podstawie artyku Andrzeja Baraniaka zamieszczonego w Dzienniku Zwiazkowym. Zdjęcia:Andrzej Baraniak Pełna galeria zdjęć z koncertu jest zamieszczonana stronie: 18 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
20 Fraternal News Śniadanie z Mikołajem Okręgu XIII 1 grudnia, 2013 roku Okręg XIII z Wydziałem Kobiet na których czele stoją komisarze Wanda Juda i Józef Hercik, zorganizowali doroczne Śniadanie z Mikołajem. Tradycyjnie zostało serwowane smaczne śniadanie. Głównym gościem był Święty Mikołaj z workiem prezentów. Śniadanie dla dzieci i prezenty zostały ufundowane wspólnie przez Okręgu XIII i Wydział Kobiet. Zarząd Związku Narodowego Polskiego reprezentował wiceprezes pan Paul Odrobina. Aby wszystko udało sie tak jak należy, w przygotowaniu bierze udział wielu wolontariuszy, członków Okręgu XIII. Przy wejściu czuwały panie Teresa Winters i Aleksandra Brzezinska, śniadanie wydawały Wanda Penar, Janina Kopacz, Anna Wierzbicki i Piotr Biernat. Mikołajowi pomagały Anna Wierzbicka i Irena Hercik. Pieczę nad całością sprawowali komisarze: Wanda Juda i Józef Hercik. Do zobaczenia w przyszłym roku. Nadesłała: Wanda Juda Komisarka Okręgu XIII ZNP 20 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
21 Przyjęcie Bożonarodzeniowe Stowarzyszenia Dobroczynności i Wydziału Kobiet Okręgu XIII ZNP Ostatnie w tym roku zebranie połączone ze świątecznym przyjęciem odbyło się w głównym biurze Związku Narodowego Polskiego w czwartek, 5 grudnia 2013 r. Organizatorkami wieczoru były wicperezeska ZNP Teresa Abick i komisarka Okręgu XIII Wanda Juda. Pani Anna Kempa zabawiała zebranych grając na fortepianie, a pani Irena Klatka przewodniczyła w śpiewaniu kolęd. Po smacznej kolacji przybył na salę św. Mikołaj obdarowując zebranych buteleczkami wina od wiceprezeski ZNP pani Teresy Abick. Dyrektorki ZNP Krystyna Domalewska, Irena Hercik, Wanda Penar i Stasia Rawicka rozdawały czekolady, a komisarka Wanda Juda kalendarzyki od siebie i komisarza Okręgu XIII Józefa Hercik. Przybyło również kilka pań z Okręgu XII południowej strony Chicago, na czele z komisarką Barbarą Wesołowską. Została rozlosowana loteria fantowa oraz podana smaczna kolacja. Gospodynianmi wieczoru były Gmina 41 i 120 oraz Stowarzyszenie Dobroczynności i Wydział Kobiet Okręgu XIII.. Wiceprezeska pani Teresa Abick w imieniu prezesa Związku Narodowego Polskiego pana Franka Spuli oraz całego zarządu złożyła wszystkim zebranych i ich rodzinom życzenia świąteczne i noworoczne. Wieczór upłynął w bardzo miłej i rodzinnej atmosferze wśród rodziny związkowej. Tea Time An elegant Tea Party that will transport you back in time to a simpler style and friendship and steaming tea fill the hours with warmth and charm. Polish National Alliance Welfare Association & Women s Division of District 12 & 13 Extends an invitation to you to attend: Tea Time On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. At the Polish National Alliance Cafeteria 6100 N Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL For additional information and reservation Please call: ext All proceeds go to Christmas Charity Fund. PNA Welfare Association 6100 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago, IL Nadesłała: Janina Kopacz Sekretarka
22 W ICI s Success in Colombia, South America Fraternal News Anyone who knows some geography is aware that, Colombia belongs to South America, and maybe also knows that their capitol is rich, but not many people have traveled to this country. It has been a short time since little more tourists have started visiting Colombia that is because for many years there was a war between the drug cartel and the police. Even now, after the war has ended, you can find military scattered across the cities. Wici received an invitation for the festival Colomibia Baila. Having received the invitation in the winter-time, we pondered on taking part of this festival, and because we were curious about this country and their culture, we decided to part take in the festival and visit their country. The festival took place in the city of Florida Valle Del Cauca with the population of 60 thousand. Concerts were organized in the central parts of town and the dance groups were bused to the place. Around 40 different groups were taking part of this festival, which from only seven were international and the rest were from Colombia. There were parades through the city and the longest one took 4 hours. Crowds of adults and school youth were eagerly applauding all of the folk groups. Our dancers invited the viewers for a dance, which greatly amused the viewers. They all wanted pictures with our dancers and were constantly asking for their autographs. Our tallest guy of the group, Artur Hadas, dubbed Grande by the town people was constantly swarmed with girls, and the local boys were snatching our group s blonde girls for pictures. We had a lot of activities planned throughout the days, for example in the mornings we were getting to know the other groups and in the afternoon we had concerts. Wici represented the USA, dancing traditional American dances and clogging. The audience loved the dances and the music.
23 The real hit of the festival was the competition the majesty of Dance in which a international jury picked the best pair of dancers. This couple was crowned king and queen of the festival along with this. The pairs were being judged on not only their choreography but also their costumes, hair styles, their presentation and the beauty of the girl. Pairs from Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Panamá, Ecuador, México, and Colombia were all taking part in this contest. Every pair was to dance two dances and the jury had a really hard time deciding the winners because everyone showed their best. Our dancers danced a waltz from a saloon and a dance with a lasso. After a short debate, the jury chose the winners: Agnes Kulesza and Daniel Szeliga, the soloists from Wici. They won first place along with a monetary award and Agnes was crowned queen of Colombia Balia Our happiness had no boundaries. But the best experience was the last concert, for which Wici prepared a mash-up of their dances along with a surprise- they danced and sang the favorite song of the Colombians: Colombia tierra quierida. When the musicians played the first notes of this song, the audience stood up and applauded and sang the song with the dancers. Wici has not had such a standing ovation, although we did have standing ovations in France, Portugal, and Mexico. The Colombian enthusiasm surpassed our imagination: people were crying from happiness. After that performance we did not want to leave. But we did receive an invitation for next year, along with the other groups which took part of this festival. We shall see what the year 2014 will bring. Submitted by Magdalena Solarz, Artistic Director of WICI Ensemble 23
24 Welcome to our PNA Family New Members Helena Koffigoh, born: 4/19/01, is the newest member of Lodge 1903, Jackson Heights, New York. Anna Elaine Pitaniello born June 25, Daughter of Dana and Dominick Pitaniello, is the newest member of PNA Lodge 1684, Cohoes, New York. The PNA policy was a gift from Anna s proud family. Signed up by Sales Representative, Marian Wiercioch. Submitted by: Marian Wiercioch, Insurance Secretary, Lodge 1684 Katherine Rose Hercik, Lodge 694, Chicago, IL welcomes our youngest member, Katherine Hercik, of Itasca, IL. Katie, daughter of Joseph and Maria Hercik, is a fourth generation PNA member. Her policy was a gift from her loving grandparents, Joseph and Irene Hercik. Cecilia Anna Gurnikiewicz, Great Granddaughter of Alice Gurnikiewicz, Treasurer of the PNA Lodge 3134, Madame Curie Circle, of Chesterton, IN Hudson James Kurczaba born 10/08/2013 is the newest member of Lodge 257, Chicago, Illinois. His proud parents are Christopher and Tracy Ann Kurczaba and policy is a gift from loving grandmother Pola Kurczaba. He was signed up by PNA Director Stanislawa Rawicka. Harley Edward Kurczaba born 02/21/2012 is the new member of the PNA Lodge 257, Chicago Illinois. His parents are Christopher and Tracy Ann Kurczaba and policy was a gift from loving grandma Pola Kurczaba. He was signed up by PNA Director Stanislawa Rawicka. Nadia Sophia Przeslicke, born Jan. 28, 2013 daughter of Agnieszka and Glen Przeslicke signed up by grandparants Janina and Adam Kopacz grandniece of Commissioner of Distr. 13 Wanda Juda. Newest member of Lodge 669, Chicago. 24 ZGODA 2014, Issue No 1
25 The Chicago Society Scholarship Announcement Evan William Estes (8 months) & Quinn Catherine Estes (4months) of Winston Salem, North Carolina are the newest members of Lodge 57. They are great granddaughters of Janina and Jan Cydzik of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Nikolas Alexander Tzanos is the son of proud parents Dr. Alex and Lauren Cieslik Tzanos of Park Ridge, Illinois. Little Alex is the newest member of PNA Lodge the Chicago Society in Chicago, Illinois. Nikolas s grandparents John and Jeanie Cieslik of Chicago, Illinois signed him up to the PNA!.Grandfather John serves as the Civic Vice President of PNA Lodge The Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to qualified college students for The application is available online at If your PNA lodge or any other Polish organization has a website, I ask that you post the above link to that website to further promote this great opportunity. All students of Polish descent who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for this valuable scholarship. Results will be announced in March 2014, and the winners will be recognized at our annual Pre- Constitution Day Parade Brunch on May 3, Applicants do not have to be PNA members to apply. Please read the application instructions to qualify. Any questions can be ed to Thank you for your cooperation. Sincerely and fraternally, Charles A. Komosa PNA Lodge 1450, Scholarship Chairman Natalia Izabela Natalia and Izabela Niemirka are the newest members of Lodge 2286, Easton PA. They were signed up by their parents Agnieszka and Wojciech Niemirka. Submitted by: Ms. Antoinette Sharetzsky 25
26 Life Insurance for New Parents Becoming a parent for the first time is an exciting and usually overwhelming time. There is so much to think about from the nursery, feeding, baby showers and parenting classes. But one important aspect that is often overlooked during this busy time is changing life insurance needs. Before having children many people do not carry life insurance, but bringing a new life into the world that you are completely responsible for may change your outlook. Life insurance is an important financial tool to help your family in the event of your death. This becomes even more important if you have children to support. You have to find time to sit down, go over your income, debts, and monthly obligations to ensure you can comfortably support your family and to determine how much life insurance you will need. Responsibilities change greatly once you become a parent, and this definitely applies to the protection of your children financially through life insurance coverage. It doesn t have to be expensive but it will give you the feeling of comfort and security. 26 Call the Membership Department of the Polish National Alliance We are serving families since 1880 providing a variety of life insurance and annuity products. Became a member of our fraternal family today!
27 Vacation with the Polish National Alliance! LOURDES, FATIMA & SPAIN Departing May 24, 2014 from Chicago Return to Chicago June 4, 2014 All Inclusive (Except lunches) Journey features: round trip transportation from Chicago, hotels, land transportation via deluxe private motor coach, professional English speaking guide, breakfast & dinner daily, entrance fees to all sites on itinerary, tips, surcharge, taxes, and daily masses. Deposit payable on booking, full balance due March 10, Rates based on double-occupancy, the airline fuel surcharge and currency exchange rate at the date of quotation to your host. Subject to change up to 30 days prior to departure. Each tour member must hold a U.S. passport that is valid up to 6 months after the scheduled return. Any required visas will be processed for US citizens only. Non-US citizens are solely responsible for obtaining any required visas. Liane Matrisch: Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal For more information check our website: or contact: Teresa Abick / Mary Srodon 6100 N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL P.N.A. Summer Youth Course July 6-12, 2014 Once again we are informing all our PNA members (ages 10-15) that the Summer Youth Course is scheduled to be held from July 6-12, 2014, at the Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, MI. PLEASE NOTE: The course is scheduled earlier in July. The curriculum will be slightly different but will still include Folk Dancing, Singing, Crafts, and Sports. A full schedule of other evening activities will enhance the program. All members of the PNA between the ages of 10 to 15 will be accepted. Transportation arrangements and costs, to and from Orchard Lake must be arranged and paid by the applicant, lodge, council or district. For every 10 or more children arriving from the same area one chaperone should be assisting. Food and lodging will be provided by the PNA. Space is limited; applicants will be accepted on a first come basis. Please contact the PNA Educational Department for an application as well as additional information ext You may request your application via Registration deadline is May 15th Youth Course Committee has the right to refuse to accept and or deny any application submitted. 27 Education
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