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Other News 2010

  Adm. Jerzy Tumaniszwili died Dec 9, 2010

Adm. Tumaniszwili

Adm. Jerzy Tumaniszwili, very well known in the Polish community of Portland and Seattle, has died at age 93 in Florida. Adm. Tumaniszwili was a distinguished WWII veteran, decorated with Virtuti Militari, Polonia Restituta  and other orders, and served on the Polish Navy ships (ORP) Burza, Krakowiak and Piorun. He was also entrepreneur who produced the first disposable needles.


Mass in Seattle:  at 12 noon on Dec 26, 2010

                          a mass in memory of Jerzy Tumaniszwili will be held at the church

                          of  St. Margaret of Scotland in Seattle


More: St. Margaretís Catholic Church, Portland Polonia website, Bio facts (EN), Wiki bio (PL), Navy bio (PL), Polish Embassy news,

posted Dec 16, 2010

 10 years of the Polish Home Foundation in Seattle

Ryszard Kott

The Foundation, created as a fundraising arm for the Polish Home in Seattle in October 2000, has become the most important Polish public charity in our state, raising over $500,000 for many Polish causes, notably for the expansion of the Polish Home, and supporting all the Polish organization in the area. PHF is run by president Ryszard Kott, vice-president Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski, treasurer Marian Strutynski and secretary Malgosia Mazany. Mrs. Elzbieta Filipczuk, Messrs. Ron Golubiec, Krystian Koper, Andrew Okinczyc, Glen Lee and late Piotr Pawluskiewicz have served as the Board directors. Congratulations!


More: Polish Home Foundation

posted Nov 26, 2010

 Krystyna Untersteiner elected Chair of UW PSEC

Krystyna Untersteiner

At the recent biannual elections to the Uuniversity of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee Board, Ms. Krystyna Untersteiner has been elected chair, Mr. Allen Jaworski - vice-chair, and Ms. Heidi Beck - secretary. Ms. Shosh Westen remains UW PSEC treasurer. Congratulations!



posted Nov 10, 2010

Improper use of "Polish concentration camps" - please sign an online petition

"Polish concentration / death camps" are again used improperly in American press when referring to WWII Nazi camps on Polish soil, instead of correct "Nazi / German concentration / death camps in occupied Poland". The issue needs again our attention and action. The Kosciuszko Foundation's president, Alex Storozynski wrote an article about it and started a serious campaign about the issue. Please sign the online petition at the Kosciuszko Foundation site today.


Update Nov 30, 2010: Kudos to the Wall Street Journal editor who issued new guidelines for the WSJ, insisting that correct phrasing is used when writing about about WWII German concentration camps in Poland. No word from New York Times yet.


More: Alex Storozynski's article, about KF initiative, the KF online petition to sign, KF site , campaign gains momentum,  WSJ issues new guidelines

posted Nov 4, 2010

 Polish Yacht Solanus visits Vancouver, BC on Oct 23, 2010


The Polish Yacht Solanus is only days off Vancouver, BC. Solanus sailed from Gdansk, Poland on May 16, 2010 and came to Pacific after going through the Northwest Passage in the summer: south of Greenland, Baffin Bay, north Canadian coast and around Alaska. The yacht was expected in Vancouver on Oct 16, 2010 but is delayed due to technical problems. For info on Vancouver visit please contact Cpt. Jerzy Kuśmider, tel. 604-275-1095.


Update: the official greeting of the yacht is on Oct 23, 2010. See more


More: Polish Vancouver Sailor site (PL), Solanus voyage blog (PL)

Oct 14, 2010

 Prof. Tomasz Łysak is the Polish Fulbright scholar at the UW

Tomasz Łysak

The visiting Polish Fulbright Lecturer for 2010/2011 is Dr. Tomasz Łysak. Dr. Łysak is with the Dept. of Applied Linguistics at the Warsaw University. His research interests focus on cinematic and literary representations of the Holocaust in Poland, ethics and aesthetics of Holocaust commemoration, and Polish-Jewish relations. The Polish Fulbright Lecturer position is supported in part by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee.


More: Dr. Łysak, UW PSEC

posted Sep 30, 2010

 Polish Story Time Poczytajki is now a weekly event at 4 pm on Fridays

Joanna Wroblewska

Polish Story Time Poczytajki becomes a weekly event for all the Polish kids around. During each meeting, Polish children books and stories are read to kids from kindergarten and early elementary grades. Typical fare: children poems, rhymes, songs and finger plays. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska with the help of the King County Public Libraries.


Where: at the Bellevue Regional Library in Bellevue; admission free, in Polish

More: Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki is a weekly event. Next meetings are on Oct 1, 8, 15 etc. 2010.

posted Sep 30, 2010

 Grace Ostrom's FIRST Robotics team excels at the regionals

Grace Ostrom

Ms. Grazyna (Grace) Ostrom is a Boeing propulsion engineer who volunteers as a mentor and coach for the FIRST Robotics team at Newport High School in Bellevue. The FIRST program is supported generously by Boeing and gives students an opportunity to design and build their own engineering creations. The team won the most creative award at the regional competition in June, 2010. Kudos & congratulations!


More: Read a story about Ostrom and her robotics team

posted Sep 23, 2010

 Magdalena Hill won the poster competition for Seattle Polish Film Festival

the winning entry

Seattle Polish Film Festival announced the winner of the poster competition for the upcoming 18th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival.  The winning entry has been submitted by Ms. Magdalena Hill of Seattle. Please visit Seattle PFF site for more info and to see other entries. Congratulations!


The Polish Film Festival runs November 5-14 this year.


More: SPFF, SPFF poster competition, SGSCA

posted Sep 12, 2010

Fr. Piotr Dzikowski goes to Portland, Fr. Eugeniusz Bolda comes to Tacoma

Fr. Piotr Dzikowski

Fr. Piotr Dzikowski, the very well known pastor of the Polish Parish in Tacoma, has become the new pastor at the historical St. Stanislaus Parish in Portland, OR. He has served as the pastor at SS. Peter & Paul in Tacoma for 15 years. Fr. Piotr was born in Poland and ordained in 1987. He is a member of the Society of Christ, a Polish order devoted to ministering to Polish speaking people all over the world.


Fr. Eugeniusz Bolda, also with the Society of Christ, has taken over the Polish Parish in Tacoma. Fr. Eugeniusz comes to Tacoma from Phoenix, AZ, where he served as the pastor at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish for 10 years. We wish both Fr. Dzikowski and Fr. Bolda successes at the parishes so important for Polish-Americans in the Pacific Northwest.


More: St. Stanislaus Parish in Portland, SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Tacoma

posted Aug 28, 2010

Paul Griffin becomes the principal of the Polish School in Seattle

Paul Griffin

Mr. Paul Griffin has become the new principal of the Polish School in Seattle, taking over from Mrs. Anna Babcock who served as the principal for the last two years. Mr. Griffin has been very active at the Polish Home, notably as a long time Treasurer at the Polish Home Assn. and the Secretary of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister-City Assn. Last year he was honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the Polish Consul General. Congratulations!


More: Polish School in Seattle

posted Aug 27, 2010

Passport applications processed in Seattle on Aug 3 & 4, 2010

The Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles has just received a special laptop and all the equipment needed for processing passport applications on the road. Seattle is the first stop in the new series of passport trips by the Polish consuls.


The Consul is scheduled to visit Seattle on Aug 3 & 4, 2010. Assuming the equipment works as expected, passport applications will be processed at the Polish Home in Seattle 10 am - 6 pm on Aug 3 (Tue) and 9 am -  5 pm on Aug 4 (Wed). There will be the usual reservation system on both days.


To make a reservation, please contact Mr. Marian Strutynski, (425) 746-3037.

The application will be processed according to reservation list, with people without reservations served as the time allows.

posted July 29, 2010

Dr. Janusz Dominik died on July 10, 2010


Dr. Janusz Dominik

Dr. Janusz Dominik, a longtime member of the Polish community died in Seattle on July  10, 2010 at age 84. Mr. Dominik was born in Cracow, fought in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and gained his medical diploma in Galway, West Ireland, where he met his wife Mary. In Seattle he practiced as a family doctor and consultant. He was an longtime  member of the Polish Home Association and a generous supporter of the Polish Home. Also please see Dr. Dominik's obituary.


Dr. Dominik is survived by his two sisters Jadviga of New York and Alicja of Poland, by other family of Poland including his grandniece Agatha and great grandniece Pola who were with him at his death, and his late wife's family in Ireland.


Funeral Mass:        11 am on July 21, 2010 at St. Joseph Church in Seattle

Burial                     following the mass, at Lake View Cemetery

Wake after burial:   from 12:45 at the Polish Home in Seattle

Guest Book:           visit the Guest Book here

Remembrances in lieu of flowers should be written to Polish Home Foundation, and sent to Polish Home Foundation, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, marked in memory of Dr. Dominik.

posted July 19, 2010

Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, PA

Sunrise Roosters

Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti is a Seattle-based artist creating paper-cut and wycinanki-influenced artwork; wycinanki being the Polish art of fine cutouts. Her work will be on display at a Paper Artist Exhibion at Westmoreland Museum of Modern Art in Greensburg, near Pittsburg, PA. Congratulations!


For a local opportunity to admire Ms. Lahti's art, check out this event Best of Magnuson Park art fair.


posted July 1, 2010

Warning: email scam about a friend stranded abroad without money

Several people in the local Polish community received an "urgent" mail recently, supposedly from a member of the community, asking for financial help due to being stranded abroad without money. Please note, this is a well known scam scheme and the person in question is all the time happily living in Issaquah. Hallmarks of the scam - person stranded at a hotel abroad, but no hotel name or phone number given.

posted June 30, 2010

2010 Presidential elections in Seattle - the run-off round

Update: Results for the Seattle polling station #177: Kaczynski 146, Komorowski 139, full results here.


This is the second and final round of the early presidential elections in Poland after the tragic death of President Kaczynski. A polling station for Polish citizens is at the Polish Home; voting in the United States is set on July 3, 2010 from 6 am to 8 pm. To vote you have to be registered - people who have not registered before the first round can register till July 1, 2010. More info here.


More: Election FAQ, Detailed info about oting in Seattle (in Polish), results here

posted June 21, 2010

Helping flood victims in Poland

Wilkow, a few miles from the Vistula, May 28, 2010

Poland has suffered two flood waves on all major rivers, affecting especially cities on the Vistula. If you would like help please read on:


Locally in Seattle: Polish Home Assn. asks for donations for the flood victims in Poland. These funds will be sent to the Red Cross in Poland to help with the needs of those affected. Please send a check to: PHA,  1714 18th Ave Seattle, WA 98122, and mark "Red Cross or Flood" in the lower left corner.


Nationally: Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation also asks for tax deductible donations for flood victims. Please send checks to PACCF, 5711 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646, marked "Flood Relief for Poland". Donations to PACCF are eligible for gift matching programs.

posted June 8, 2010

SGSCA wins the Best Single Project of the Year award

Update: In addition to the Seattle award, Gdynia Business Week project won a national Sister City award -Sister Cities International is honoring Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association with its 2009 Innovation: Youth & Innovation award for the Gdynia Business Week project.


Volunteers still needed for 2010 Gdynia Business Week (Aug 23-27, 2010) - for more info contact Janice by email or call at 206-819-8653.


At the annual Sister City Reception at the Seattle City Hall hosted by Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association was honored with the 2010 Best Single Project of the Year award for the Gdynia Business Week project. Gdynia Business Week was a summer business school for 100 Polish high school students in Gdynia organized by SGSCA & Washington Business Week with support from the City of Gdynia in August 2009.


Congratulations to project coordinator Janice Jaworski and the whole SGSCA organization whose many members volunteered their energy, time, money and vacations for the Gdynia Business Week.


The Best Single Project Award

Project coordinator Janice Jaworski

SGSCA President  Debra Markert with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn


More: about Gdynia Business Week, SGSCA, Washington Business Week

 posted May 12, 2010

Martha Golubiec retires, Anna Borodenko leads the Polish Scouts

Martha Golubiec

Anna Borodenko

At a recent celebration, the Polish Scout Troop Kaszuby honored Scoutmaster Martha Golubiec who retired after 24 years of leading the Troop that she founded in 1986. Scoutmaster Anna Borodenko has become the new leader of the Polish Scouting organization in Seattle. Congratulations!


More: Polish Scout Troop Kaszuby

posted May 6, 2010

2010 Presidential elections in Seattle

Update: Results for the Seattle polling station #177: Kaczynski 132, Komorowski 121, full results here. The second & final round of voting is on July 3, 2010.


The early presidential elections in Poland after the tragic death of President Kaczynski have been called for June 20, 2010. Polish citizens can vote in Seattle at the Polish Home; voting will be on June 19, 2010.  If you want to vote, you have to register - please read detailed info here (in Polish). Registration deadline is June 17.


More: Election FAQ, Detailed info about registration & voting in Seattle (in Polish),  Ulotka Wybory 2010 w Seattle (in Polish)

posted May 2, 2010

Corey Krzan wins the 2010 UW PSEC scholarship

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee announced that the $1500 Student Scholarship for 2010 was awarded to Mr. Corey Krzan. Mr. Krzan is a third year undergraduate student who is double-majoring in French and Eastern European Languages. He is active in the Polish Student Association at the University of Washington and he is also going to Poland for a one year program at the Polish Culture and Language School at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Congratulations!


More:  UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee scholarships, UW Polish Student Association

posted May 2, 2010

An Iranian movie about Siberian exiles

The recent lecture about Seattle-area Siberian exiles and screening of the movie A Trip To Nowhere at the University of Washington brought news about other efforts to document the WWII deportations.


Below, some links related to a documentary movie The Lost Requiem by the internationally renown Iranian director Khosrow Sinai. Mr. Sinai shot the movie in 1970s after attending a funeral at the Polish cemetery in Tehran.


A video interview with director Sinai and a separate press interview about making the movie (many historical photographs from Iran), and . In 2008, President of Poland, Mr. Kaczynski decorated Mr. Sinai and survivors living in Iran: an article in Wprost, official gov note. Mr. Sinai with Mr. Wajda in 2008.

posted May 2, 2010

City of Seattle Proclamation of Sympathy to the people of Poland

Considering the tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish statesmen and women and also considering a successful relationship & friendship of the City with a sister city of Gdynia, Poland, the City Council of Seattle made a proclamation expressing on behalf of the people of Seattle a sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the people of Poland and to the sister City of Gdynia.


posted April 20, 2010

Mourning the President of Poland and the members of Polish elite who perished in the plane crash on April 10, 2010









President Kaczynski and the First Lady

The Polish community of Seattle joins Poles and friends of Poland everywhere in mourning the tragic loss of President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska and members of the Polish elite who died in the plane crash in Russia on the way to a Katyn commemoration. Our thanks go to all who extended their sympathy and remembered them in their prayers.


If you would like to express your sympathy in this tragedy for the Polish nation, this is what you can do locally:


   The Book of Condolences is available for signing at the Polish Home in Seattle for the next two weeks on Friday evenings from 6 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm. Books of Condolences are also available at the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles and in Vancouver, BC.


   The Mourning Mass will be held at the Polish Church in Seattle at 11 am on April 17, 2010.


Below an update from local events mourning the tragedy.

  Gail Wodzin's report and pictures from the ceremony at the Polish Home organized by Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn on April 11, 2010

  KOMO news video with the news of the tragedy and clips of members of the Polish community, including Ron Golubiec and Paul Griffin speaking at the ceremony at the Polish Home

  KING 5 news video with the news and clips from St. Margaret's including Fr. Stanislaw Michalek and Aldona Bazant.

  Seattle Times short report from the Katyn commemoration in Seattle on April 11.



   The undelivered Katyn speech of the President (Rzeczpospolita daily, in Polish)

posted April 12, 2010

Andrzej Falinski died on March 24, 2010









Andrzej Falinski

Mr. Andrzej Falinski, a longtime member of the Polish community died suddenly in Seattle on March 24, 2010. Mr. Falinski was born in Kielpin, in northern Poland, in 1946. He arrived in the US 1985, settling in Seattle in 1989 and working as a precision machinist. He was an active  member of the Polish Home Association and served as the Polish Home Manager for five years.


Mr. Falinski is survived by his daughter Gosia Busse with husband Eric and their sons Elliott and Ethan, daughter Magdalena Braun with her daughter Zoe, niece Bozena Commerree and friend Halina Cielslik with her three daughters and three grandchildren, all of the Seattle area, as well as sisters Krystyna and Zofia with their families in Poland.


Memorial Service: On March 31, 2010 at St. Margaretís Church in Seattle

                              11:30  am - 12:45 pm viewing

                              1:00 pm  Vigil Service

Wake to follow the service: at the Polish Home in Seattle

Interment at a private ceremony later

posted March 29, 2010

PAC & the Piast Institute campaign for Polish ancestry on the census

Polish American Congress and the Piast Institute launched a national campaign to reinstate Polish ancestry option on the census form. The current census does not ask about white ancestry, but you can still mark Polish ancestry as an add on. PAC & Piast ask everybody to do just that - mark the Polish ancestry on the form - in order to get the ancestry question reinstated.


More:  Please read about the national campaign & how to mark Polish ancestry on the census form.

posted March 18, 2010

New element 112 named for Copernicus





It's official: On Feb 19, 2010, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) declared that a new element with atomic number 112 will be called Copernicium in honor of Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicium was discovered in 1996 by a team of scientists led by Prof. Sigurd Hofmann from Darmstadt, Germany.


More:  Wikipedia info, IUPAC announcement

posted March 11, 2010

Nowy Dziennik prints stories about Seattle Polonia

Local Polonia welcomes Mrs. Ewa Orlowska, a new Seattle correspondent to Nowy Dziennik. Thanks to her efforts, this biggest Polish language daily newspaper in the United States printed recently two local stories about our community. The story about Malgorzata Walewska describes efforts of the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee to support Polish studies at the University of Washington, while an earlier story introduces Polish Book Club in Seattle. The Editor is a longtime reader of the Nowy Dziennik weekend edition and its cultural section Ė itís worth subscribing to.


More:  subscription information for daily, Friday and weekend editions, Nowy Dziennik website

posted March 7, 2010

John Golubiec re-elected President of the Polish Home Association

John Golubiec

At the Polish Home Association election meeting on January 30, 2010, Mr. John Golubiec has been reelected as the PHA President and Mr. Adam Strutynski as the Senior Vice-President. Congratulations!


More: Polish Home

posted Jan 31, 2010

Debra Markert re-elected President of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assoc.

Debra Markert

At the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association election meeting in January 2010, Ms. Debra Markert has been re-elected as the SGSCA President, Mr. Tom Clark and Ms. Janice Jaworski as Vice-Presidents, and Ms. Harriett Wodzin as the Treasurer. Congratulations!




posted Jan 26, 2010


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