|As Poland recovers from the massive flooding that struck during the past two weeks, Polish police say two more flood victims were found late last week bringing the total number killed to 20. People began returning to their damaged homes this weekend to start the recovery process. Government officials say that the country will not increase its public debt to finance aid for flood victims and reconstruction expenses to address the estimated 2.5 Billion Euros worth of damage that has been caused. Thus far, approximately 31 Million Euros has been allocated, reflecting a serious shortage for the tens of thousands of people affected. In response, the Pontifical Council sent a message of support and a donation to the Polish Bishops Conference to assist in aid relief. The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation is leading the U.S. Polonia relief effort. Virginia Sikora, president of the Foundation, says a separate account has been opened for this cause and she encourages all to donate, stressing that no amount is too small or modest. All monies collected will be used to directly help in lifting the burden from the affected individuals, families and for the extensive repair and restoration that is needed. If you want to join PolishYoungstown in supporting the relief effort, your 100% tax deductible donation check should be made payable to the “PAC Charitable Foundation” and mailed to: PACCF, 5711 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60646. If you have any questions, please call (773) 763-9944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. |
Spirits were much more upbeat locally as we graduated our first class of Polish language students last week. Instructor Martyna Matusiak complimented each student on their progress and presented each with a diploma. She sadly talked about her new full time position that wouldn’t allow her to continue and introduced her replacement for Fall 2010, Warsaw native and now Cleveland resident Ela Tomaszewska. Pani Elu is traveling to Poland for her wedding this summer, but will be back in time to host a registration table for Polish 101 AND 201 at Polish Day in August. Dzięki za wszystko Martyna, będziemy tęsknić dużo!
Speaking of Polish Day, basket donations, vendor tables, sponsorship and program advertisements are being accepted for our biggest event of the year. Last year we entertained more than 1100 people and this year we’ve worked out some of the kinks. Make sure your products and business are represented to this loyal audience buy contacting a PolishYoungstown team member today. Don’t be left out!
But there is lots of other summer fun to enjoy before that! Things kick off this weekend with The Three Poles Walk Into A Bar Comedy Tour, featuring stand-up comedian Sharon native Bob Golub, at the Youngstown Club downtown, at 8 p.m. June 5th. Tickets are $17 in advance ($20 at the door). Call (330) 744-2170 for reservations. The evening will include comedy, music and Polish food. The comedy is not recommended for children.
Warm sunny weather was a long time in coming this year so it hard to believe that we will soon facing summer solstice. To mark the occasion, albeit a bit early, Mill Creek MetroParks has teamed up with PolishYoungstown to invite you to Sobotka, Polish Happy Hour at the Gardens on Thursday, June 10th from 5:30-9 PM at the Cafe Terrace at Fellows Riverside Gardens. Learn more about this ancient tradition and the plans for this special evening here. And if that isn’t enough, Cleveland Society of Poles is following it up with Polish Nite at Progressive Field on Friday, June 11th. as the Indians take on the Washington Nationals. Last year we had a lot of fun parading in, marching around the field then enjoying the game. Plan this year is for the same with a 7th inning departure over to enjoy the hospitality, food and view of the fireworks from Sokolowski's University Inn across the river in Tremont. Reserve your $12 tickets by calling (216) 478-0120. Want to ride up and maybe carpool with a gang of us? Email email@example.com or call 330-646-4082.
Does it seem like a lot of activities? It is. You see our trip to Poland departs Monday June 14th and Aundréa wants to get it all so she doesn’t miss anything while she is gone! Next week we will fill you in on a local teacher who is taking part in the Kosciuszko Foundation camp this summer as well as how you can follow the progress of our Poland trip as it happens using our new media sites, like Twitter and Facebook. So if you haven’t signed up, do so this week!
COMING UP: Here are a few more things on our calendar…Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation sponsoring concert with renowned Polish organist Bogna McGarrigle Saturday, June 12th at 7 PM at the Shrine of St. Stanislaus, Cleveland…Polish Night at Kuzmans is Sat. June 19th features the Treltones…the PLAV- Ohio Picnic will be hosting their annual picnic will be Sunday, Jun 27th in Parma with music by the Honky Express….reservations are being taken for Cleveland Society of Poles Polish Open Golf Tournament July 14th.
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