Polish Heritage Ball 2016

Welcome to the 42nd Annual Polish American Heritage Ball – the fruit of hard work and commitment of past and present Board of Directors, Committees, Presidents and dedicated members of the Arizona chapter of the Polish American Congress. Tonight we come together, one more time, to celebrate the rich history, diverse culture and deep-rooted traditions of the Polish people, spanning over more than ten centuries and building support for a vibrant, enduring Polish American community in Arizona.

For over 400 years Polish settlers have been following a path to freedom, which led them to the United States of America, for some the land of opportunities and for others deliverance from prosecution. Over that period of time, millions of Polish immigrants settled in towns and cities, helping weave the fabric of America. With them they brought their faith, traditions and Polish pride.

Individuals of Polish descent live in all 50 states and participate in every aspect of American life. Bound by a sense of pride and an affinity for their ancestral homeland, they strive to maintain the tradition, culture and language of their forefathers while seamlessly assimilating into American society. Polish pride flourishes especially today, following Polish Independence Day, celebrated on November 11 throughout the country and abroad, to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty in 1918, after 123 years of partition by the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Habsburg Empire.

The Polish American Congress (PAC) – a representative organization of over 10 million Polish Americans across the US, and over 150,000 in Arizona, fosters this national celebration. For nearly seven decades, the Polish American Congress, originally founded in 1944 in Buffalo, NY, has continued to serve the interest of Polish Americans and the people of Poland through two complementary agendas. The Polish agenda, which aims to support and enhance relations between Poland and the United States, and the American agenda, which is geared to unite the Polish American community and to support its members in becoming better informed American citizens.

Within the boundaries of these agendas, the Polish American Congress of Arizona – a local non-profit organization is dedicated to the empowerment of Polish-Americans and Polish immigrants of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds through the creation of cultural awareness, sense of national pride, as well as opportunities to excel scholastically, professionally, and socially. PAC achieves these goals through its support of educational activities, cultural events and developmental opportunities. Moreover, the organization protects the good name of Poland and the Polish American Community by clarifying distortions and rectifying inaccuracies relating to Polish and Polish American history. The PAC closely monitors US policies, supports a bilateral relationship between Poland and the US while coordinating efforts aimed at affecting legislation involving Poland and Polish Americans.

As we gather today, reflecting on the accomplishments of Poles at home and here in America we distinguish a uniting language of traditions and customs, leading us into the future. As Americans, with pride, we take this path and continue to build upon the rich American heritage – as Polonia, we pass on this uniting language onto future generations in hope that it will, in turn, unite them.

Each year, the Polish American Congress of Arizona, selects a theme for the Polish Heritage Ball. This year, aside from celebrating Poland’s independence, regained in 1918, we recognize the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism. It marks a fundamental point in building a new cultural reality in the young country, one shared by Western European states.

As we remember our roots, we would like to celebrate those who donate their time to help preserve our heritage. This year we would like to present only one Distinguished Service Award. It goes to a man who has become the face of the Polish Community in Arizona. In addition to running an organization called Polish Cultural Events, which ensures that artistic and cultural activities are always part of the Polish social life, he volunteers his time to be the presenter and host of most events in our community.

 

Distinguished Service Award goes to Mr. Janusz Jachimek for his commitment to the Polish community through his years of outstanding service as a board member and Vice President of the Polish American Congress of Arizona and for his dedication to volunteer work serving many Polish-American organizations and groups.
Going forward, we need the patronage and involvement of all Polish Americans and friends of the Polish community. Only with each other’s support can we thrive and ensure that our history, culture and traditions are not only sustained but also recognized and respected. Your presence at tonight’s event goes a long way towards helping achieve our goals. We thank you for your attendance and sincerely hope you have a wonderful evening.

 

 

Ewa Grabowski, Ph.D.

President – Polish American Congress of Arizona

 

 

Tickets for 42nd Annual Polish Heritage Ball Available!

For tickets call or e-mail: Ewa Grabowski:

E-mail: egrabowski@pacarizona.org,

Phone: 602-525-9213

or pay on-line by PayPal



Polish History Contest

Konkurs Historyczny dotyczący historii Polski dla młodzieży szkolnej w wieku od 13-tu do 17-tu lat.

Oto link do materiału, z którego należy przygotować się do konkursu: polishhistorycontest

Konkurs w języku angielskim!!!
Bardzo atrakcyjne nagrody!!! 
Głowna nagroda: I-pad air!!!!
Uwaga!!! Zmiana terminu konkursu: 
Konkurs odbedzie sie w Niedziele, na początku stycznia 2017 
Ostateczna data ogłoszona zostanie w połowie grudnia.
 
Prosimy zainteresowanych o przesłanie imienia, nazwiska i danych kontaktowaych na adres: egrabowski@pacarizona.org 

Polish History Contest for young adults aged 13-17.

Below is a link to the study guide for the contest: polishhistorycontest
Contest will be in English!
Attractive awards!
1st place award – ipad air
 
Attention!!!
There is a change in the date of the contest. It will take place on Sunday after mass in early January 2017.

Please send in your name and contact information to egrabowski@pacarizona.org if you would like to participate.  

Annual Polish Heritage Ball, November 12th, 2016

For tickets call or e-mail: Ewa Grabowski:

E-mail: egrabowski@pacarizona.org,

Phone: 602-525-9213

or pay on-line by PayPal




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Letter of President Spula to the European Commission

Letter of President Spula to the European Commission:
Dear President Juncker,
                              
In recent weeks there has been much negative publicity and conflicting messages concerning Poland, its government and decision making practices. The recent actions by the European Commission (EC) regarding Poland contributed to the discussions and debate that take place both in Poland as well as outside her borders among the members of Polish communities worldwide, including the United States, where the Polish American diaspora is approximately ten million.

The Polish American Congress, founded in 1944, is the largest Polish American organization. Many of our members closely follow the situation in Poland.
Since the announcement of the discussion on Poland by the European Commission our organization has been inundated with messages expressing great distress among members of our organization and the Polish American community in general. It’s unfortunate that the debate on Poland and associated negative publicity has escalated to this magnitude on an international level causing harm to the good image of Poland.

We understand, the European Commission is concerned about Poland because of political and administrative actions undertaken by the newly-elected Polish President and Parliament. We also understand that Poland agreed to a possibility of such action while signing the documents of accession to the European Union; however, we question if such a strong approach was necessary.

Regrettably, the unprecedented steps by the Commission regarding Poland have provoked a great degree of anxiety and worry that Poland has been singled out for this type of measures. Furthermore, it provides additional arguments for Euro-skeptics. The internal political and social agitation that currently takes place in Poland around EC’s decisions fuels the agendas of those who do not have Poland’s best interest at heart, including one of Poland’s neighbors – Russia.  

Nonetheless, and in response to the great concern among the members of the Polish American community, we urge you, Mr. President, as well as other members of the Commission, to thoroughly and objectively review the facts of the situation in Poland and take under careful consideration all of its aspects including political, legislative and those of a historical, social, and cultural nature.

We are confident that Beata Szydlo, Poland’s Prime Minister, and her staff will be able to resolve matters in question in an amicable and equitable manner.
It is in the best interest of all concerned that Poland remains a politically and economically strong member of the European Union.
I hope this matter gets resolved in the very near future for the benefit of all: Poland, the European community, as well as Polish communities worldwide.

Sincerely yours,
Frank J. Spula,
President
CC: Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

Day of Polonia and Poles Abroad – Dzien Polonii i Polaków za Granicą

Ewa Grabowski represents the West Coast of the United States as part of a four person delegation to Warsaw. Ewa Grabowski has been invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Grzegorz Schetyna to a celebration of the first ever annual “Day of Polonia and Poles Abroad” meeting between representatives from around the world and members of the Ministry. The goal of the trip is to establish close ties between Polonia and the Ministry and to have a better understanding of expectations for a future bilateral dialogue.

Polish Picnic 2015 Gallery

Ból i cierpienie – wykład Ks. dr Dariusza Patera

21 Grudnia 2014 odbędzie się wykład prowadzony przez Ks. dr Dariusza Patera na temat “Jak rozmawiać z młodymi o cierpieniu”. Ksiadz Dariusz jest absolwentem Papieskiej Akademii Teologicznej, gdzie ukończył studia magisterskie. Ks. Pater ukończył studia doktoranckie na Uniwersytecie Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie, w zakresie teologii dogmatycznej. Wykład odbędzie się z inicjatywy Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej w sali Kardynała Hlonda 21 Grudnia, 2014 w ramach szerszego programu “Komunikacji rodzice-dzieci w rodzinach emigranckich”.ffc6cdd0-2abc-4666-9ccd-deafa901e999

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