VP Trish: 2021 Gorecki Scholarship Recipients

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program

At the recently held Board of Directors meeting, the decision of the Independent Committee was approved. The Committee had been sent copies of all of the applications and met via Zoom. After discussion, the three who have been chosen to receive $10,000.00 are:

Szymon Kutyla-Nest 946, District I. Szymon is attending Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with a major in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.853.

Roman Lipinski-Nest 45, District II. Roman is attending Indiana University Bloomington with a major in Information Systems/Supply Chain Management and a minor in Chinese with a GPA of 3.526.

Samantha Logan-Nest 118, District IV. Samantha is attending Penn State University with a major in Veterinary & Biomedical Science and a minor in Psychology with a GPA of 3.710.

Congratulations to all of you! Best wishes to all in their academic endeavors.

There were eight applicants, two females and six males. Districts I, II & IV were represented. They were from Nests 3, 8, 45(2), 118, 176, 827 & 946.

All applicants have been contacted regarding the decision of the Independent Committee and the Board.

Each of the applicants had been active within the Polish Falcons, at least on a Nest level.

Speaking of scholarships, each month Genevieve Borovicka of Nest 97 donates $10.00; Druhna has done this close to 320 times! Druhna does this in appreciation of her grandchildren receiving grants (quite a while ago).

A little bird told me that Druhna Genevieve will be celebrating her 100th Birthday on July 3! It would be so nice to send her a birthday card. If you are interested in doing so, please send to Genevieve Borovicka, C/O Polish Falcons, Nest 97, 200 6th Street, Windber, PA 15963.

Have a wonderful summer!

VP Trish: 2021 Starzynski Scholarship Recipients

The National Board of Directors met last weekend. At this meeting, the recipients of the Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program were chosen. It gives me great pleasure to list the following for the 2021-2022 school years.

Congratulations to all!

Samantha Smith of Nest 610, Erie, Pa., was selected as the Mary Kus recipient.

Samantha will receive $3,000.00!

The following were chosen for the Achievement Category…

Each will receive $1750.00!

  • Victoria Baliga – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Jonathan Gable – Nest 8, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV
  • Robert Lewicki – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Sophia Starzynski – Nest 946, Sommerville, NJ, District I
  • Nolan Witt – Nest 6, Buffalo, NY, District IX

The Involvement Category included the following…

Each will receive $1250.00!

  • Ella Futch – Nest 52, Rochester, NY, District IX
  • Emma Karczewski – Nest 80, South Bend, IN, District VI
  • Adrian Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I
  • Jessica Sierzega – Nest 956, Ozone Park, NY, District I

There were two in the General Category…

Each will receive $800.00!

  • Sylvia Lemanski – Nest 36, Southwestern CT, District V
  • Ava Catherine Yobst – Nest 176, Pittsburgh, PA, District IV

Districts represented this year: I, IV, V, VI & IX

The applicants are representing nine Nests: 6, 8, 36, 52, 80, 176, 610, 946 & 956

Members of the Scholarship Committee: Trish Del Busse (Chairperson), Mark Albin, Patty Capozoli, Dan Michalak & Chris Puskar


VP Trish: Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child!

Years ago, when I first heard about the Elf on the Shelf, I was totally baffled by folks wanting to participate in this nonsense. I mean, it is Christmas time! There’s cleaning, decorating, shopping, and baking responsibilities added to our already overwhelming lives! Who has time or desire for something else to do!!??

Well! A few years ago, Mimi (Ryan & Ryanna’s other grandmother) decided that this is a wonderful thing; Fisbee arrived at their home. When I would go down there, the kids would be so excited to show me what Fisbee had been doing. Ryanna would take my hand and lead me to Fisbee! The excitement and the joy! The kids decided that I needed an Elf and sure enough an Elf arrived at my home.

All of a sudden there was an Elf who needed a name; the name Sparkle was chosen. Sparkle jumps from location to location and periodically brings a gift (like their hats for the Polar Express!), but usually she just hangs out. On December 6, she ran into St. Nicholas! Some days, she leaves us a note. Ryanna finds it interesting that Fisbee writes like Mommy and Sparkle writes like Nonni!! Wonder why?

Sparkle also doesn’t make messes and misbehave. I mean, the Elf flies back to the North Pole every night to report to Santa, so why would she be naughty! Plus, she helps! When I purchase wrapping paper, there is no need to hide it because Sparkle takes it up to Santa! Sparkle is also a baker (she is mine after all!).

Ryanna expected Sparkle to have a new outfit this year and sure enough she did. Notice her pretty plaid skirt, her fuzzy vest and of course, her footwear!

The greatest joy of all is seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child! The Elf is a perfect example!

I am trying to get into full swing with my baking, using some of my typical recipes but I thought I would share this one:

Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Beat until creamy:

  • ¾ cup softened butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh if possible)
  • ½ cup chocolate chunks (same aisle as chocolate chips)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Using a scoop, please cookies on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes.

Generally, I chill my cookie dough; this is one that doesn’t need it (think it is because of the corn syrup?).

Looking forward to sharing the oplatek with many of you during our Virtual Oplatek.

Please encourage the younger Members who are graduating next year to visit our website regarding information on our Scholarship Programs. Our program is funded by donations from Members, and they want to see their kindness go towards helping a Member on their road to a higher education.


VP Trish: It’s Scholarship Time!

Before you know it, the scholarship deadlines will be here!

The National Board of Directors met prior to the Convention. The Scholarship Committee met and recommended the following changes to our scholarship programs; which the Board approved.

Richard C. Gorecki Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to four years.

The other requirements remain the same, especially the need to have a permanent plan of insurance in force at least one year prior to your applying.

Application and all supporting documents must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.

Dr. T.A. Starzynski Scholarship Program:

  • Minimum Membership requirement has been reduced to two years.
  • Amount of grant in the Achievement Category has been increased to $1750.00.
  • Amount of grant in the Involvement Category has been increased to $1250.00.
  • Amount of grant in the General Category has been increased to $800.00.

The other requirements have not changed.

Application and all other documents must be postmarked by February 15, 2021.

The newly-revised applications are available here. There is also a list of past recipients for both programs – very interesting!Thank you to those of you who donate to the scholarship fund; there were quite a few who donated during the Convention.

  • Nest 725 donated in Memory of:
    • Nest 725 deceased Members $100.00
    • Caroline Knetsch $50.00
    • Celia Ggrabczyk $50.00
    • Robert Beilfuss $50.00
    • Lottie Fik $50.00
  • District II – $100.00 in Memory of deceased Members
  • District II Legion of Honor – $100.00
  • District IV – $100.00
  • District VI Legion of Honor – $500.00
  • Nest 31 – $100.00
  • Nest 42 – $100.00
  • Nest 45 – $100.00
  • Nest 86 – $100.00
  • Nest 118 – $100.00
  • Nest 123 – $100.00
  • Nest 176 – $100.00
  • Nest 827 – $100.00
  • Nest 6 – $100.00 in Memory of Yvonne Pelletterie
  • Vicky Aitken – $100.00 in Memory of her Mother, Florence Kowalczyk Aitken
  • Kathy Perez – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Dorothy Kopchik – $50.00 in Memory of Frania Tracz
  • Ron Staniszewski, Bob Jakubiec and Teresa Opalacz Landy – $300.00 in Memory of Ilene Kennedy and Frania Tracz
  • Louise Barnes – $400.00 in Memory of her husband, Raymond and her parents Wanda & Jerry Podgorny
  • Richard (Joseph) Federowicz and Family – $250.00
  • Ryan & Kate Gregg and Family – $100.00
  • Chuck & Julianne Johns and Family – $100.00
  • John & Connie Denning and Family – $100.00
  • Joan & John Pawlukiewicz and Family – $100.00
  • Barbara & Frank Wloch and Family – $100.00
  • Patty & Goog Capozoli – $100.00
  • Tom & Barb Eckert and Family – $250.00 in Memory of deceased Members of District II

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!