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Other News 2017


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The 100th Anniversary of the Polish Community in Seattle Is Coming!

The Polish Home

 in 1920

The 100th Anniversary of the Polish Home Association and the Polish community in Seattle and King County is coming in November 2018. We have launched several projects to commemorate this event: a centennial book, a history video, exhibitions and more are already in the works.

 

We need your help! Old photographs and mementos, volunteers with different skills and yes, the financial support are all needed for these great projects to present our history and our community the best we can!

 

More: please read more here on how to get involved and help with these projects.

Apr 19 & 20: Consular Visit to Seattle, reservations required

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle, only to process passport applications, is scheduled for April 19 & 20, 2017. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center by reservation only, 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday and 9 am to 3:30 pm on Thursday. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, WA; reservations required.

More: info about the visit in Seattle (PL), the Consulate passport info

Mar 15, 2017

Fat Tuesday / Fat Thursday Ponchki!

Fat Tuesday is coming fast - so get your supply of ponchki / pączki!

Bakery Nouveau (stores in West Seattle & on Capitol Hill), great pączki, they can spell it, too

  General Porpoise Doughnuts (on Capitol Hill), a readers was telling me they are as good as Bakery Nouveau, please let me know if you think this is true - if so, they deserve one star more ...

At Polish places - when they have them - so call first; you can try George's Deli or Sebi's Bistro.  You can also order a batch from Viola Szymanski and at 206-435-4103.

posted Feb 16, 2017

Interview with Consul Teresa Indelak Davis

Honorary Consul Davis

The UW Henry Jakson School of International Studies, the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies posted an extensive interview with the Honorary Consul of Poland in Seattle,  Teresa Indelak Davis. The article Honorary Polish Consul Seeks Deeper Economic and Cultural Cooperation Between Seattle and Poland has been written by Chris Collison. This is an interesting (and  recommended) reading!

 

More:  The interview at the REECAS site

posted Feb 16, 2017

2017 Elections at the PHA Polish Women's Club

Barbara Augustyniak

 

At a recent annual meeting of the Polish Womens' Club (formerly Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Home, Koło Pań Domu Polskiego), Ms. Barabara Augustyniak has been elected as the new President of the Club. Congratulations!

 

More:  Polish Cultural Center Women's Club on facebook

posted Feb 16, 2017

Help Making Pierogi for the Spring Bazaar

Make pierogi!

The Polish Women's Club invites everybody to pierogi making sessions before the Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center on April 8, 2017. Come to help, or come to learn how to make pierogi first and then help at one of these days:

       February 21 & 28 and March 7 & 14, 2017

   All pierogi making sessions are at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm.

 

More: Contact the Club President Barbara Augustyniak for more info

posted Feb 16, 2017

2017 Elections at the Polish Home

Pawel Krupa

John Golubiec

 

At the Polish Home Association annual meeting on January 29, 2017, Mr. Pawel Krupa was re-elected the PHA President. Mr. John Golubiec was re-elected as the Chairman of the PHA Board of Trustees. Congratulations!

  

More: The PHA owns and runs the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle.

Detailed results of the PHA elections.

 

posted Feb 2, 2017

Nominations to the Outstanding Pole Award due Jan 15

Wybitny Polak is an award given by the Foundation Teraz Polska to outstanding Poles living abroad to promote their success and positive impact of Poland. The nominations to the 2017 West Coast edition of the award can be submitted till January 15. The nomination process is open to the public and in fact participation of different Polish communities is encouraged.

 

The awards are in five categories: business, culture, science, personality and Young Pole (less than 35 years); the Western Coast covers 15 states in the LA consular region. The 2015 recipients included Mr. Alex Herbst and the 2016 recipients included Mr. Michal Pietrzyk, both from Seattle. Please nominate outstanding people you know!

 

More: about the award, how to nominate (PDF), Życie Kolorado with the call for nominations (PL), about 2015 awards in Życie Kolorado June 2015 (PL), about 2016 awards in Życie Kolorado Jan 2017 (p.18-19), the award jury includes Honorary Consul Teresa Davis of Seattle.

posted Jan 4, 2017

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Awards

Grandma's Day

The Seattle Polish Film Festival Committee announced the festival 2016 awards

    Seattle Spirit of Polish Cinema - Viewers Choice Award

            Planet Single / Planeta Singli dir. by Mitja Okorn

    Seattle Emerald Pierogi Award - Best Indie Film or Short Filme

            Grandma's Day  dir. by Miłosz Sakowski

Congratulations!

 

More: SPFF Awards page

updated Dec 3, 2016

A BECU Foundation Scholarship for Małgorzata Radka

Małgorzata Radka

The BECU Foundation has awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Małgorzata Radka. These scholarships go to students who both excell academically and show passion for volunteering. Ms. Radka is studying medicine at the Bellevue College and volunteers at the Polish Cultural Center as an instructor at the Young Polanie dance group; she has performed with the group since early childhood. Congratulations!

 

More: Recent Redmond Reporter article about Gosia.

posted Oct 19, 2016

 Support the 2016 Seattle Polish Film Festival

The Polish Film Institute has cut a significant part of its financial support for the Seattle Polish Film Festival in 2016. This created an unexpected budget shortfall for the festival and so the festival organizing committee appeals to generosity of the local supporters to make the difference. Read more about this situation in the SPFF fundraising ad on this page Support Polish Film Festival.

 

More: SPFF donor page, SPFF sponsor page

On the left the 2016 SPFF poster by Celeste Caliri.

posted Sep 15, 2016

Help Making Pierogi for the Fall Bazaar

Make pierogi!

The Polish Women's Club invites everybody to pierogi making sessions before the Fall Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center on Nov 5-6, 2016. Come to help, or come to learn how to make pierogi first and then help at one of these days:

       September 29 & 27 and October 4, 11 & 18  2016

   All pierogi making sessions are at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 pm.

 

More: Contact the Club President Irena Kulik for more info

posted Sep 15, 2016

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Poster Contest - deadline extended to Aug 10

Win Festival passes, invitation to the opening night reception and ... pierogi!

The 24th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival  (SPFF) is looking for poster design submissions for this year's Festival to be held in October. The submission (extended) deadline is August 10, 2016. To learn more, please read the 2016 SPFF poster competition guidelines and entry form.

 

Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. Send email to volunteer@polishfilms.org if interested.

 

More: SPFF site poster competition page

On the left my favorite poster by Celeste Caliri.

 

updated Aug 3, 2016

You and Your Heritage: Student Video Contest, deadline Aug 1 / Sep 15

The Ethnic Heritage Council announced a video and film competition open to King County middle school to high school students. The entries should cover one of the following topics:

  What ethnic heritage means to you - past, present, future

  What you love about your culture

  Concerns and issues in your ethnic community

Three first awards of $1000 and three second awards of $500 will be granted

The deadline for entry forms is August 1, video submission deadline is September 15

 

 More: Entry form, rules and detailed contest info, EHC website

updated July 14, 2016

The 2016 Best Students of Polish Awards

Alison Knight & Alexander King

 

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee announced that the 2016 Best Students of Polish Prize recipients are Alison Knight and Alexander King. Both Ms. Knight and Mr. King were students at the graduate 403 level. This annual award is provided by generosity of the Women's Club of the Polish Cultural Center. Congratulations!

  

More: UW PSEC

posted June 30, 2016

The Lacey Sister City Assn Receives Dick Williams Award

The Lacey-Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Assn received recently the Dick Williams Award in recognition of the outstanding efforts to promote mutual respect and dignity through the acceptance of ethnic, cultural, development and academic diversity. Since 2005, the Association organized regular student and educator exchanges between Lacey, WA and Mińsk Mazowiecki, a city about 25 miles east of Warsaw, and other events. Congratulations to President Mary Kirker, activists Jacek Anuszewski, Paul Perz, Stephen Dobosz and the whole Association!

 

More: the award, the association

posted June 30, 2016

Maj. Ambroży (Al) Tomalik's 100th Anniversary

Maj. A. Tomalik

June 20th was the 100th anniversary for Maj. Ambroży (Al) Tomalik. Mr. Tomalik was a long time member of the Polish Home Association and of the local WWII Polish veteran lodge. During WWII he fought under Gen. Anders and was seriously wounded at Monte Cassino. He arrived in Seattle in 1961 and worked for Boeing. He lives at his home with his step-son, is in good spirit and can slowly walk around. Congratulations!

 

More: about Maj. Tomalik (PL)

Pictures courtesy grand nephew Zbigniew Tomalik.

posted June 23, 2016

The Seattle Times Calls George's Sausage & Delicatessen the Best Deli

Owner Janet Lidzbarski

In the last weekend's Pacific NW Magazine section, The Seattle Times ran a very flattering article about our favorite deli in Seattle and its owner, Ms. Janet (Jadwiga) Lidzbarski. George's is 35 years old and it's doing great thanks to, among others, sausages and smoked meats made daily on site, excellent sandwiches and great choice of Polish and Eastern European groceries. One can hardly imagine a more enthusiastic write up. Congratulations to Pani Jadzia!

 

More: George's address, phone etc. full article at The best deli in Seattle that you've probably never heard of,

posted June 7, 2016

 Polish Festival Seattle Needs Volunteers on July 9, 2016

Polish Festival at the Seattle Center needs many volunteers on July 9 – if you would like to help, sign up now! Please see the festival volunteer online registration page for more details and info how to sign up. For more info or questions please contact the PF volunteer coordinators Aneta and Jola at PFSVolunteer2016@outlook.com or call Aneta at 815-416-8444. At this time there are plenty of open positions, so take your pick!.

  

More:  How to get involved with Polish Festival Seattle

posted June 6, 2016

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Poster Contest

Win Festival passes, invitation to the opening night reception and ... pierogi!

The 24th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival  (SPFF) is looking for poster design submissions for this year's Festival to be held in October. The submission deadline is July 31, 2016. To learn more, please read the 2016 SPFF poster competition guidelines and entry form.

 

Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. Send email to volunteer@polishfilms.org if interested.

 

More: SPFF site poster competition page

On the left my favorite poster by Celeste Caliri.

 

posted June 2, 2016

You and Your Heritage: Student Video Contest, deadline July 1, 2016

The Ethnic Heritage Council announced a video and film competition open to King County middle school to high school students. The entries should cover one of the following topics:

  What ethnic heritage means to you - past, present, future

  What you love about your culture

  Concerns and issues in your ethnic community

Three first awards of $1000 and three second awards of $500 will be granted

The deadline for entry forms is August 1, video submission deadline is September 15

 

 More: Entry form, rules and detailed contest info, EHC website

posted June 2, 2016

2016 UW PSEC Student Scholarship Awards

Anna Wahler

Nathan Marks

 

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee awarded the 2016 Student Scholarships to Anna Wahler and Nathan Marks. Both Ms. Whaler, an undergraduate student and Mr. Marks, a graduate student are enrolled in Polish 401. The scholarships support pursuing their Polish studies in Poland in summer and fall 2016. Congratulations!

  

More: UW PSEC

posted May 26, 2016

Consular Visit to Seattle on June  1, 2 & 3, 2016 - Reservations Needed

Due to high demand to meet the consul, the consular visit to Seattle to process passport applications for Polish citizens has been extended for a half a day to June 3, 2016. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center on June 1 & 2 from 9 am to 5 pm  and on June 3 from 9 am to 12 noon, by reservation only. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, WA; reservations required.

More: the Consulate passport info

Updated May 24, 2016

The Wybitny Polak Award For Michal Pietrzyk

Michal Pietrzyk

On May 4, 2016 at the Polish Consulate General in Los Angeles five outstanding Polish-Americans received the Wybitny Polak Award; the honorees included Mr. Michal Pietrzyk of Seattle. Mr. Pietrzyk, a documentary movie producer, has been an active member of the Polish community; he is the Artistic Director of the Seattle Polish Film Festival. The award, granted by the Teraz Polska Foundation recognizes recipients for their professional achievements and for promoting positive image of Poland abroad. Congratulations!

 

More: about the award, 2016 award recipients by category (PL)

posted May 19, 2016

Drawing Contest For Children

Polish Festival Seattle announces the 2016 edition of the drawing contest for children ages 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. This year's contest theme is Beautiful Warsaw - this follows the Festival theme which is the Masovia region and Warsaw. Thee are great prizes in each category and the pictures submitted to the contest will be exhibited at the Festival on July 9, 2016 at the Seattle Center.

 

More: Detailed info about the contest rules

posted May 19, 2016

Visiting Poland on a US Passport as a Dual Citizen

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in LA recently re-posted an official announcement about legal aspects of the situation when a Polish citizen with dual citizenship visits Poland using a non-Polish passport. The gist seems to be that you better have your valid Polish passport on you, but please read this doc to be aware of what your legal rights (and legal pitfalls) are. Technically, this is just a reminder of the long standing laws ... so maybe this is a signal about different level of enforcement.

   

More: the Consulate page with Komunikat Straży Granicznej (in Polish only)

posted May 12, 2016

 GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations on May 3, 2016

On May 3, the Seattle Foundation (SF) hosts the annual GiveBIG event – a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit local nonprofits. It's an opportunity to support your favorite Polish causes! Donations channeled through the GiveBIG event receive a small bonus from the SF - we expect the net bonus (the bonus minus costs) to be about 3% this year. You can also donate directly (see below) without the bonus. You can support all local Polish causes, events and orgs in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Our Seattle Polish Foundation (SPF, formerly Polish Home Foundation, PHF) partners with the SF for this event. To donate to the SPF through the GiveBIG event, visit the SPF Donation Page at the Seattle Foundation site - please specify the cause you want supported in the Comments field. To donate to the SPF directly, please visit the Donations page at the PHF site

 

More: info doc about supporting Polish community through GiveBIG

posted Apr 20, 2015

Polish Consul General Honors Solidarity Activist

Ireneusz Predki

During his visit to Seattle on April 12, 2016, Consul General Mariusz Brymora decorated Mr. Ireneusz Prędki with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in recognition of his contributions to the democratic changes in Poland during the Solidarity movement. Mr. Prędki, a textile engineer from Opoczno, was the Solidarity leader for the Ziemia Piotrkowska Province in 1980-1981. This honor has been bestowed by the President of Poland. Congratulations!

 

More: Mr. Predki Solidarity bio (PL),  IPN info about Mr. Predki (PL).

Photo  courtesy Gail Ann Photography Seattle, more photos from the decoration.

updated April 20, 2016

Volunteers / Mentors Needed for the 2016 Summer Business School in Poland

 

Washington Business Week

 

Seattle-Gdynia

Sister City Association

    PACC Pacific NW

 

Volunteer as a Company or Student Advisor at one of the international Washington Business Weeks summer schools for high school students in Poland! Weeklong sessions to choose from are: July 3-8 in Bolesławowo, July 17-22 in Gdansk,  and August 21-26 in Gdynia.

    Washington Business Week provides orientation for tutors who want to support the program. More info

  

More: Washington Business Week Polish Locations info, or contact Stephanie Hynes at WBW.

posted Mar 16, 2016

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