1 The Chicago Chapter of the Kościuszko Foundation Tadeusz Kosciuszko s Imieniny October 28, 2010
2 PROGRAM 1. Welcome Paul Schroeder-Rodrigez, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) Czeslawa Kolak, Executive Committee Member of the Chicago Chapter KF Foundation and Polish Instructor, World Languages and Cultures, NEIU, Event Coordinator Lidia Filus, President, Chicago Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation 2. Greetings Janet Fredericks - Dean of the Graduate College and Director of International Programs Northeastern Illinois University Robert Rusiecki, Deputy Consul General Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago Ewa Radwanska, Kosciuszko Foundation Trustee 3. Guest Speaker James Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University Thaddeus Kosciuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty 5. Award Ceremony for Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski in assistance of the last year honoree Mariola Golota 6. Entertainment Polonia Dance Ensemble, Anna Krysinski, Ensemble Director 7. Poetry about Kosciuszko reading by author Adam Lizakowski 8. Raffle Joanna Rudnicka, Chicago Chapter KF Scholarship Chair 9. Final Remarks Lidia Filus 10. Refreshments
3 Name s Day Party for Thaddeus & Polish Heroes In Honor of the Virtuti Miltari After Poland passed the May 3 Constitution in 1791, it was attacked by Russia, Prussia and Austria who wanted to stop these democratic reforms. King Stanisław Augustus created the Virtuti Militari medal to honor the Polish soldiers, such as Tadeusz Kościuszko, who had fought to defend the first democratic constitution in Europe. But the Poles lost the war, and the Russians demanded that these medals be thrown away. While the officers who received this honor took the medals off their chests, they sent the blue ribbons from these orders to their wives and girlfriends, who used them to tie their hair in ponytails. On Oct 28, 1792, the name s day for Tadeusz, Prince Czartoryski held an (imieniny) party at his palace for Kosciuszko. At this party, the women wore white dresses with black and blue sashes and tied their hair in ponytails with the medal ribbons. The women made a garland crown of leaves from an oak tree planted 100 years earlier by King Sobieski, and placed it on Kosciuszko s head to honor him. The Kosciuszko Foundation and its chapters will reenact this event on Oct. 28, to honor local heroes that have supported the Polish Community.
4 Walc Kościuszki w wykonaniu zespołu Lajkonik, Sydney, Australia Lajkonik Ensemble from Sydney, Australia - performing Kosciuszko s Waltz - sends greetings to the Chicago Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation for the celebration of Name s Day of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
8 Jolanta M. Zurczak-Pawlikowski born in Wielkopolska, Poland, where she spent first six years of her life. In 1944 she was deported to Germany with her Mother and brother. For five years she lived in the Displaced Persons camps in the British occupied territory of Western Germany. In October of 1949 she migrated with her family as a delayed pilgrim to the shores of the United States of America. She finished elementary and secondary education in the Chicago Catholic educational system. Upon graduation from St. Stanislaus Kostka, as a National Honor Student with Leadership Award, she began working in an architectural office while pursuing her further studies at the American Conservatory of Music and the University of Chicago, graduating with a degree in Musical Sciences, majoring in cello and voice. As a cellist she performed with chamber groups, the conservatory orchestra, and the West Chicago Orchestra. As a vocalist she sang with the ACM Madrigal chamber ensemble, performing sacred and classical vocal recitals, before joining the Anshe Emet Synagogue choral group and then becoming a member of the Lyric Opera Chorus, with which she performed from 1974 until In 1979, the Lyric Opera Chorus was invited to perform at La Scala Opera in Milan, Italy the operatic Sacra Rappresentazione of Milton s Paradise Lost, composed by Krzysztof Penderecki. Jolanta was thrilled to spend seven weeks in Milan and to perform this composition at the Vatican at the invitation of Pope John Paul II. She was always interested in Polish Community s cultural activities. Since graduation from high school she was a member of the Polish Academicians Association, where she participated in many literary events as a poetry recitalist. Jolanta is a member of Harcerstwo - the Polish Scouting Organization; the Polish Arts Club of Chicago and for many years, with her husband Witold, she has been active at the Chicago Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation. On May 3, 1998, in recognition of her effort in propagating Polish culture and art, she was granted L Ordre du Merite Culturel by the Ministry of Culture and Art of the Republic of Poland.
9 Witold J. Pawlikowski was born in Łódź, Poland. In 1939, he and his mother moved to eastern Poland to join his father Waclaw, first lieutenant in the reserve of the Polish Army, who became a training officer of the ROTC. After Russian invasion of Poland, his father was arrested and deported to the Soviet Union. His fate is unknown to this day. On April 13, 1940, his family was deported to the Kazakh Republic of the Soviet Union. Following German invasion, the Soviet and Polish governments reestablished diplomatic relations and the Soviets agreed to release all the prisoners and deportees. Units of the Polish Army were formed and later transferred to Iran and other locations in the Middle East. Witold and his mother were lucky to be included in the group evacuated to Iran and were encamped near Tehran. In 1945, after finishing the elementary school, they were moved to Lebanon and lived in Ghazir, a village north of the Beirut. On finishing the Polish Gimnazjum and Liceum in 1950, Witold and the remaining refugees were accepted for resettlement to England. In England he remained until early February 1951 and, upon receiving a visa to the United States, Witold and his mother arrived in New York on February 14, They first settled in Ohio and then in Baltimore, Maryland. Witold started working and attending evening classes at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1955 his life was again interrupted by an order to report for military service in the Army of the United States. He spent the next two years in Nurnberg, Germany as a member of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, which was stationed on the border of the divided Germany. While in service, he was granted a citizenship of the United States. Upon his return to the civilian life, he joined his mother, who moved to Chicago, and again started working and attending the evening classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology, finishing with a degree in Civil Engineering. Finally, he was able to dedicate his time to other pursuits. He joined the Polish Academic Association and later became its president. He also married Jolanta Zurczak and after several years became a proud father of his daughter Beata. When Beata was ready for school, she was also enrolled in the Polish language school, named after Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski. He became involved in the works of the Parents Association and later became its President. His next association with the Polish organization of a charitable nature was in joining the Chicago Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation of New York. To this day he is active in the Chapter and is its Treasurer. In , he was the Chapter President. The charitable work of the Kosciuszko Foundation is well known in the United States and in Poland. In 2009, Witold retired from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a U.S. Government agency, after 30 years of service as an inspector of dams. Thank you for attending this memorable evening for me and my wife Jolanta.
10 10 Do œwiêtuj¹cych Imieniny T. Koœciuszki Kochani Rodacy! Serce się rwie, żeby wspólnie z Wami podtrzymać balowe tradycje, zapoczą tkowane w Sieniawie 28 października 1792 roku. Niestety, wychodzi na to, że Walca Kościuszki odtańczę solo w samo południe na szczycie Mt. Kosciuszko, aby w chwilę później udać się do położonej o 400 m niżej osady Charlotte Pass Village, gdzie mam spotkanie w sprawie przyszłorocznej imprezy Kozzie Fiesta. A więc wizja lokalna, pomiary i narada z miejscowymi notablami. Mam nadzieję, że niektórzy z Was wybiorą się do nas w lutym 2011 r. w programie mamy (12 lutego) całodniowy piknik z koncertem na cześć zwycięzców II Kosciuszko Run. Zapraszamy na piknik i do udziału w wyścigu! Będzie tak samo pysznie, jak było w marcu 2010 r. kiedy to cieszyliśmy się obecnością Dr Lidii Filus, która reprezentowała Fundację Kościuszkowską na naszym festiwalu. Po raz pierwszy na festiwalu o 4-letniej tradycji mieliśmy tak ważnego gościa z zagranicy! Chciałabym w tym momencie serdecznie podziękować Lidii za obecność na Kozzie Fest, za jej oficjalne wystąpienia, za życzliwą pomoc w sprawach wielkich i małych, za jej poczucie humoru i niezmącony spokój. Nasi ją nazwali, jakże słusznie, the perfect leader. Zazdrościmy, że macie ją w Chicago na stałe! Bawcie się szampańsko, myślami będziemy z Wami. Ernestyna Skurjat-Kozek W imieniu Fundacji Kulturalnej Pulsu Polonii Sydney, 28 października 2010
13 WELL-WISHERS $ L.J. Investments $ Janina Gołąb Best wishes to Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski Our thanks to the Chicago Chapter $ Harris Bank Ma zaszczyt obchodzić Imieniny Tadeusza Kościuszki Mariola and Andrzej Golota Ewa Radwanska, M.D. and John Cullinan Thank you Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski Polish National Alliance Frank Spula - President Amber Coalition Polish-American Breast Cancer Awarness Program $50.00 Zofia Werchun Best wishes Michal and Danuta Schneider To Syzyfowa praca, ale ktoś to musi robić. Gratulujemy! Thaddeus J. Makarewicz Congratulations to two Polish Patriots Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski You would make Tadeusz Kosciuszko proud! Gordon & Pikarski Zoning, Real Estate Taxation, Condemnation Witold and Daniela Staniak Gratulujemy - Jolanto i Witoldzie Monica Silvan Congratulations to my friends Jolanta and Witold who are very deserving of this honor Lidia Filus Congratulations to Jola and Witold 13
14 Polanki, Polish Women s Cultural Club Restore Milwaukee s Kosciuszko Monument Polish Arts Club of Chicago Celebrating our 75th Art Exhibition, May 15-29, Polexpress Printing $25.00 Council of Educators in Polonia Congratulations to Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski Henry J. Kazmierczak Parkway Bank is proud to support the Kosciuszko Foundation. Congratulation to 2010 honorees Jolanta and Witold Pawlikowski Polish Women s Alliance of America, Chicago, IL Matt and Adela Lassen Sincere thank you to Jolanta and Witold for your time and effort Guest speaker A native of the Polish American community in New York Mills, New York, James S. Pula received his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Albany, an M.Ed. degree from the University of Maryland, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Purdue University. He is the author of over a dozen books including United We Stand: The Role of Polish Richard and Rosemary Milczarek Dee and Edward F. Blicharski Architect $20.00 Stanisława Mastylo $10.00 Tadeusz Dąbrowski, KF, PAC, CEP Niech Wam Bóg Błogosławi Wojciech Włoch Workers in the New York Mills Textile Strikes, For Liberty and Justice: A Biography of Brigadier General Wlodzimierz Krzyzanowski, Polish Americans: A Community History, and Thaddeus Kosciuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty. He is currently editor of the scholarly journal Polish American Studies and editor-in-chief of the forthcoming Polish American Encyclopedia. He is currently professor of history at Purdue University. 14
15 We thank the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Northeastern Illinois University and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago for their support, and all our Well-Wishers for their generosity. The Chicago Chapter of the Kościuszko Foundation Lidia Filus - President Anna Kordylewska - Vice President Jolanta Pawlikowska - Secretary Witold Pawlikowski - Treasurer Executive Committee: Joanna Rudnicka, Maria Zakrzewska, Czesława Kolak Ewa Radwańska - Trustee 15
16 The Kościuszko Foundation Founded in 1925, the Kościuszko Foundation promotes friendship between the peoples of Poland and the United States i through educational, scientific, and cultural exchanges and other related programs and activities. It awards fellowships and grants to graduate students, scholars, scientists, professionals, and artists and helps to increase the visibility and prestige of Polish culture in America by sponsoring exhibits, publications, film festivals, performing arts such as concerts and recitals, and assists other institutions with similar goals.