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Courtney Caughey-Stambul

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship

  • Are you currently enrolled in college?
  • Will be you be entering at least your junior year of college in the fall of 2022?
  • Have you been a Benefit Member for at least four years in good standing with a permanent plan for at least the last year?
  • Do you have a 3.0 G.P.A.?

If the answer to these questions is yes, please visit our Scholarships page and fill out an application to apply for the Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program. This year, the applicant may submit their application online!

Three $10,000.00 grants will be awarded if there are qualified applicants.

If you have any questions, please reach out to vptrish@polishfalcons.org.

2022 PFA Future Leaders Conference

The deadline for the 2022 PFA Future Leaders Conference is Wednesday, January 26th. The Conference will take place in Pittsburgh the weekend of February 18–20, 2022. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 20, have an interest in developing your leadership skills, and want to become more involved within the Polish Falcons Youth Programs, please save those dates. For applications, please click here. We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

VP Trish: Marian Wesolowski

As many of you know, Druhna Marian Wesolowski passed away last November. This weekend, there will be a memorial service at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Elma, New York. The mass is being held on Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 a.m. (EST). The mass will be streamed on YouTube for those who are unable to travel to Buffalo. The link is https://youtu.be/EOSaScVQvw0.

Druhna had served as the National Physical Education Director from 1981 until 2004. Marian had joined Nest 6, Buffalo, at the age of 8 and was very active with the Polish Falcons. Druhna touched the lives of so many and is greatly missed!

May Marian rest in peace!

Czolem!

VP Trish: Nest Information

The Nest pages on our website were mentioned last month in one of my blogs. As of this week, a letter has been sent to all Nest Presidents and Financial Secretaries regarding the username and password for each Nest page. If your Nest President does not use a computer and you do, please work with them to get the Nest information.

Each quarter, an updated roster is posted to each Nest page. Other Nest information that previously went out in the monthly mailing is included on these pages. A monthly report is only generated if there is activity (here at the National Office) for the Nest. If no activity; no report!

Please visit your Nest page (frequently!).

Now this is exciting news! Instead of mailing out a packet of forms requesting Nest information, the forms are now available on our site. You may use this link. Fill out your forms, hit send and we’re all set!

FYI – the Polish Falcons is a 501(C)8!

More exciting news! The Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship application is now available online. Click here to fill out the form, hit send and you have applied. My hope is that now that the application is fillable online, there will be more applicants!

If you have questions, please reach out.

Czolem!

New Member Referral Program Extended!

How it works:

Complete the card here and mail to: Polish Falcons of America, Attn. Referral, 1016 Greentree Rd., Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 or email to info@polishfalcons.org with subj. Referral.

If the referred individual joins PFA as a Benefit Member with a permanent life insurance policy or annuity, you receive $25. Referrals will be paid on a monthly basis.

If the referred individual joins PFA as a Fraternal Benefit Member or with a Juvenile Term policy, you receive $5. Referrals resulting in a Fraternal Benefit Membership or Juvenile Term policy are not eligible for drawings mentioned below.

All PFA Members who submit a referral card that results in a new Benefit Membership will be entered into drawings for a cash prize! AND, every successful Benefit Membership referral counts as an additional entry!

Drawing: January 3, 2022 ($250 prize!)

Program ends December 31, 2021.

VP Trish: Thank You, John!

Tim and John – dressed alike, again!

As we all know, social gatherings have been quite limited this last year and a half. Well, last March, there was a retirement party scheduled for John Kuzmirek along with a dinner with the National Board of Directors (who were in for a Board of Directors in-person meeting). That March 2020 meeting was the last in-person meeting until last weekend. Funny, prior to this, all meetings were in-person.

Finally, after all this time, we were able to have a Board of Directors meeting here in Pittsburgh. It was decided to celebrate John while they were in town.

On Friday, November 19 (almost two years after John retired), we were able to thank John and celebrate all that he brought to the Polish Falcons of America. The Board, John’s family, staff and former staff went to Cefalo’s in Carnegie for our evening. What a nice surprise when we pulled up to the restaurant (which is housed in a former church), the Falcon logo was on the marquee! So cool!

John and Theron

We enjoyed a wonderful meal, then celebrated John. Tim, Trish, Ryan, Evie, Marianne and Chris shared a few fond memories. Theron Holladay, Sr. from Parkway Advisors came, shared and also gave John a gift of an autographed basketball (signed by Kyle Timmermann). Kuz used to harass Kyle that he was a much better basketball player than Kyle ever was.

John was presented with several gifts – a pizza Chris (and some staff) made of money along with gift cards. The Polish Falcons gave John a Hawaiian-themed Notre Dame shirt along with a moon glass cube (that changes color) with a plate with the inscription, “Thank you John Kuzmirek for your service. Polish Falcons. Czolem!”

Others also presented John with gifts.

John brought much to the Polish Falcons – his financial background, his experience as a business owner, his wit, humor and expertise. John made sure he had a good successor – Ryan! Thank you Paula for submitting John’s resume to the PFA!

We thank you John, we miss you and we love you! Czolem!

John and the Board


Another contribution I made to the evening were my cookies for dessert. A few asked for my recipe for Coconut Macaroons!

Coconut Macaroons

Combine: (mix by hand in a bowl with a large spoon, no need for a mixer)
• 1  14 oz. can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
• 1  14 oz. package coconut (5 1/3 cups flaked coconut)
• 1 ½ teaspoon almond extract

Fold in:
• Two large egg whites

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake:
• At 325 degrees
• 15-17 minutes until edges are lightly browned

Transfer immediately onto cooling rack, you may just move the paper onto the racks.

Have fun! Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from me and mine!


Sweet Potato Crunch

Mix and Mash:
• 2 pounds of cooked sweet potato (I used canned)
• ¾ cup sugar
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 1 egg

Place in 1 ½ quart casserole dish.

Mix:
• 1 cup graham crackers (broken into small pieces)
• 4 tablespoons melted butter
• ½ cup chopped walnuts
• 1 cup brown sugar

Sprinkle onto sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

My grandmother used to make this all the time; I thought it was her recipe. Nope, she found it in a cookbook. None the less, it is sooooo good!