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: 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.

• 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.

• 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!

Virtual 1-Mile Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Polish Falcons of America is sponsoring a Virtual 1-Mile Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. We are asking for at least a $10 donation at registration. All registration donations will be sent to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Get your group together, get out, and walk for a cause! Wear pink and support Breast Cancer Awareness. Remember: With HOPE all things are possible! We can help to find the cure. Click here for additional details and registration.

Druhna Chris: Zlot Memories & Volleyball!

Remember the 2018 Zlot at Orchard Lake in Michigan??? Remember how much fun it was?!? Just look at the photos! Remember your Falcon friends? Now is your chance to reunite! Join us at the National Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament over the weekend of November 5 – 7, 2021 in La Porte, Ind. All of the details and registration information can be found HERE. Early registration closes on October 4, 2021. You can save $5 per participant before then. So, come on out and enjoy our first Falcon Youth Event since the pandemic! Bring your friends; they don’t have to be Members. Be sure to read all of the information about registration and complete the Insurance Waiver for COVID precautions. Let me know if you have any questions. See you in November!

Druhna Chris: History of Volleyball

With the PFA Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament on the horizon, I wanted to share some interesting information that I have found about volleyball and its origins…

A man named William G. Morgan invented the game in 1895 in Holyoke, Mass. This happened at around the same time James Naismith invented the sport of basketball. Morgan wanted to find a sport that was less violent and intense than basketball. So originally, he called it “Mintonette.”

His first attempt at the sport was to think about tennis, but he raised the net to just above the head of an average man. Then, he had to find the correct type of ball to use. He had the Spalding company make a leather-covered ball with a rubber inner tube. He and two of his friends drew up the first 10 rules of the game.

Morgan arranged to make a presentation of the game to the YMCA Directors of Physical Education and the International Committee of YMCA’s. He proposed that the object of the game was to keep the ball in movement over a high net from one side to the other. At this time, one of the directors suggested that the name be changed to “Volley Ball.” The only other change to the name was to make it one word – VOLLEYBALL!

A handwritten copy of the rules was presented to the YMCA Directors, and a committee was appointed to study and produce suggestions to promote the game. These rules were included in the 1897 edition of the 1st Official Handbook of the North American YMCA Athletic League.

In 1916, the YMCA convinced the NCAA to publish the Volleyball rules and a series of articles the contributed to the growth of the sport in college.

In 1918, the rules were amended to limit the number of players to 6, and in 1922 they were amended to set the number of hits per side to 3, which is how the game is played today.

Volleyball, according to the Olympic Program Commission, is the most widely played sport in the world. It has over 900 million fans and more professional leagues than any other sport.

I hope you will jump on the band wagon and join us for the Youth/Adult Volleyball Tournament in La Porte, Ind. the weekend of November 5-7, 2021. All the information you need can be found by clicking here. The Early Registration Deadline is October 4, 2021. You can save $5 per participant if you register early. Remember that you do not need a full team, as we can always put you on a team. So, gather your friends, Members or not, and join us for the fun!

VP Trish: National Golf Results

Below, a list of all the scores is available along with a list of all the winners in all eight categories for Thursday. The results and list of scores for Friday are also available, but there are only four categories for the Doubles Scrambles.

You are all winners in my mind as you were gracious with the rain and award delays. You were very generous with the charities, especially with the request for backpacks. You were very supportive and appreciative of the hard work by the Officers and Members of Nest 610!

It was wonderful to see all of you in person and I am looking forward to enjoying more National events. See you in La Porte, Indiana in November for the National Volleyball Tournament (youth and adult) and then in St. Louis, Missouri in April for the National Bowling Tournament.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer!


VP Trish: 2021 National Golf Hole Sponsors

The following Nests, Districts, Directors and Officers sponsored a sign at the National Golf Tournament. As you know (or maybe you don’t), the entry fee does not cover all of the expenses. Your support is greatly appreciated. Pretty good response with over 1/3 of the Nests supporting Nest 610! Thank you notes will be going out soon!

Click here to view the list.

If you would like to see a photo of your sign, they are posted below. Or, you can visit the Nest 610 Facebook page.