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Other News 2014

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Ms. Alisa Lahti Takes Over as the Director of the Polish Festival

Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti

Polish Festival at the Seattle Center  has the new Director, as Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti agreed to take over the leadership of the most important Polish event in Seattle.  Ms. Lahti is an artist and a well-known member of the Polish community where she has been actively involved in different roles since her childhood, most recently helping to run the Festival. Her professional background in the software industry includes many years of experience in marketing and event management. Congratulations and good luck!


The Polish community is grateful to the outgoing Producing Artistic Director Danuta Moc, who has run the Festival for the first three years and secured for it a permanent position in the Festal lineup of ethnic festivals at the Seattle Center, and to Managing Director Teresa Davis, who has been a co-creator of the Festival from the beginning and was instrumental to its success in 2014. Thank you, ladies!

posted Dec 18, 2014

Ms. Teresa Davis Has Become the Honorary Consul in Seattle

Teresa Indelak Davis

Ms. Teresa Indelak Davis, a very well-known and respected member of the Polish community, has become the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Seattle. The inauguration ceremony at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski on September 4, 2014 with Polish Consul General Mariusz Brymora and consuls from other countries appointed to Seattle also marked the official opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Seattle. Congratulations!


The role of the Honorary Consul is to assist the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles in promoting exchange and relations between the State of Washington and Poland, facilitating official delegation visits from Poland, promoting tourism and providing basic consular services to Polish citizens who are visiting or residing in our state. The jurisdiction of the new consulate covers the entire State of Washington.


More: Consul Davis can be contacted at (206) 948-8064 or at [email protected]

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Calls For Indie Submissions

Poster by Celeste Caliri

The 22nd Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival is looking for independent film submissions for the festival in October. The deadline to submit is September 30th. There is no entry fee to submit your film with some sort of Polish connection and all lengths are welcome. To learn more, please visit SPFF submission page.  Prizes will be awarded in several categories!


On the left you can admire the 2014 SPFF poster - congratulations to Celeste Caliri who has won this year's SPFF poster competition!


Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. SPFF runs Oct 10-19 this year at SIFF Cinema Uptown.


More: SPFF site

posted Sep 2, 2014

The Balut Family Story & A Trip To Nowhere at Huffington Post

Grazyna Ostrom, Krystyna Balut and Casey Ostrom

The Huffington Post published a long article with several photographs by Alena Hall based on the family story of Mrs. Krystyna Balut. Mrs. Balut is a survivor of the massive deportations of Polish citizens to the Soviet gulag camps during WWII. She has been tireless in spreading the stories of this terrible experiences through A Trip To Nowhere film and book based on old family documents and interviews with several survivors from the Seattle area. Congratulations to Mrs. Balut and her greatest supporter in this endeavor, daughter Grazyna Ostrom!


More: read the full article at the Huffington Post site. Buy and watch the animated film, visit Trip to Nowhere site.

posted August 14, 2014

Solidarity Activist Zbigniew Pietrzyk Decorated by the Polish Consul

  Consul Brymora & Zbigniew Pietrzyk

At the Seattle Polish Festival in July, Polish Consul General Mariusz Brymora decorated Mr. Zbigniew Pietrzyk with a Cavalier Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in recognition of his Solidarity activities in 1980-82. Mr. Pietrzyk was the Solidarity leader at the Miflex plant in Kutno, Poland. Arrested during the Martial Law period he spent a year in prison and then was allowed to leave Poland. He arrived in Seattle in 1983 and was a co-founder and the president of the Solidarity Association till 1990. He has been an active member of the Polish community and currently serves as the Director of the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

The Order of Polonia Restituta is awarded by the President of Poland. Congratulations! 

posted August 12, 2014

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarships - deadline July 31, 2014

The Kosciuszko Foundation is accepting applications for special tuition scholarships ($2,000 each) for undergraduate students of Polish descent. Students seeking careers in media, government, and public affairs are particularly encouraged to apply. Deadline is July 31, 2014.


Also, Applications for a number of Fellowships/Grants to Poles for advanced study, research, and/or teaching at universities or other institutions of higher learning in the USA for the 2015-16 academic year are being accepted through October 15, 2014.


More:  Scholarship info, Exchange scholarship info.

posted July 10, 2014

 Polish Festival at the Seattle Center Needs Volunteers!

Festival logo by

Jasiu Pawluskiewicz

Polish Festival at the Seattle Center is looking for volunteers! Whether you are you greeting the public, serving food or assisting with Polish arts or crafts, YOU are the essential part of this festival! Join us on July 12 and be part of the action! Volunteers like YOU make the festival happen!


The Festival is still looking to fill several volunteer positions with 2hr - 4hr shifts, such as: Greeter, Beer Garden Helper, Armory Set-up Assistant, Information Booth Assistant, Potato Pancakes Booth Helper, Children Activities Assistant, Workshop Assistant, Stage Assistant,  Flex Volunteer.

More info about volunteer opportunities here.

posted July 2, 2013

Consular Visit to Portland in September

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Portland to process passport applications only is scheduled for September 25, 2014. The Consul is available from 9 am to 5 pm and reservations are required. The reservation system has changed - to make a reservation send an email to [email protected] stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.


Where: At the Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR reservations required - please contact the consulate.

More: the Consulate passport info

posted June 30, 2014

EU Parliamentary Elections on May 24, 2014

Polish citizens abroad, as well as EU citizens permanently residing in Poland, can vote in the European Parliament elections on May 24, 2014 at the polling stations organized by the Polish consulates. The voting may be in person or by mail. There will be no polling station in Seattle. In the consular region of the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles, which covers western United States including state of Washington, there will be one polling station at the Consulate in Los Angeles. To vote by mail, you need to register by 4:15 pm PST on May 12, 2014. For voting in person the registration deadline is May 22.

There are several ways to register, the easiest should be by the internet at https://ewybory.msz.gov.pl/.


More: Official Election Communiqué #2 (PL). Election info, candidates etc. at http://ewybory.eu/ (PL). All Polish citizens abroad vote on the Warsaw I list.

posted Apr 30, 2014

Scott Fikse Becomes the Director of the Polish Choir

Scott Fikse

The Polish Choir Vivat Musica! has a new artistic director, Mr. Scott Fikse. Mr. Fikse graduated from the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and is the Director of Music at the Findlay Street Christian Church in Seattle. He is a musician, voice coach, pianist, music arranger and a buff of barbershop (a capella) music. Congratulations and good luck!


More: The Polish Choir is always on the lookout for new voices. If interested, please contact the Choir manager, Barbara Niesulowski.

posted Apr 24, 2014

 GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations on May 6, 2014

On May 6, The Seattle Foundation hosts the annual GiveBIG event – a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit local nonprofits such as the Polish Home Foundation (PHF). The reason this is important to us is that it is a matching event that can bring additional funds to our community.


Please support PHF through GiveBIG - every donation to PHF made via  Seattle Foundation PHF Profile Page on May 6 will bring additional money thanks to the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors, who will stretch your donation by matching a share of every contribution! 


More: about GiveBIG, about Polish Home Foundation

posted Apr 17, 2014

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Poster Competition - deadline June 29, 2014

Win a plateful of pierogi! It's this time of the year again: Seattle Polish Film Festival is having another poster competition for the upcoming 22nd edition of the Festival. Deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on June 29, 2014. The poster will also be used on the program cover. Please visit Seattle PFF site for competition rules, poster requirements and award details.

Also: Volunteers needed to run the Festival. SPFF runs Oct 10-19 this year at SIFF Cinema Uptown.


More: SPFF poster competition, SGSCA

posted April 3, 2014

May 14-15: Consular Visit to Seattle - Make a Reservation

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle to process passport applications only is scheduled for May 14-15, 2014. The Consul is available from 9 am to 5 pm on both days, however, the demand is high, so reservations are required. The reservation system has changed - please read these documents to make a reservation: Consular outreach to Seattle: English version, Polish version


Where: At the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; reservations required - please read one of the documents mentioned above.

More: the Consulate passport info

posted Feb 27, 2014

Help Making Pierogi for the Spring Bazaar

Make pierogi!

Ladies Auxiliary invite everybody to pierogi making sessions before the Spring Bazaar at the Polish Home on April 12, 2014. Come to help, or come to learn how to make pierogi first and then help at one of these days:

       Match 4, 11, 18 & 25

       Additional session in April if necessary

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


More: Contact Agnieszka Szymula for more info

posted Feb 20, 2014

Magdalena Hill Creates Movie Lavender Braid

Lavender Braid

Ms. Magdalena Hill, a local artist, performer, animator and video producer is making her first movie. She is the director & screenwriter of an art film inspired by a short story by Robert Kroetsch. Presented in the magic realism genre, it follows a mythical idea of a swarm of bees making love to a young gardener. The film is shot but needs to go to the post-production, involving 3D animation, green screen compositing, editing and an original sound track. To support this final stage please visit Movie info & campaign site. Your contributions will be highly appreciated!


More: Movie info & campaign site, artist's site

posted Jan 30, 2014

Maria Grabowska Becomes the Principal of the Polish School in Seattle

Maria Grabowska

The Polish School in Seattle has a new principal. Ms. Maria Grabowska has taken over from Mr. Michael Cozzie who has managed the school for the last two years and resigned due to demands of his daytime job. Ms. Grabowska is a very active member of the Polish community, known mostly from her role as the musician accompanying the Polish Choir, but she has also been a longtime teacher at the Polish School. Congratulations and good luck!


The Polish School starts a new preschool Saturday class. Also, the school accepts children and adults all the time to the existing classes. Please contact Ms. Grabowska at 425-271-3669 if interested.

posted Jan 30, 2014

 Support Your Favorite Charity through Amazon Smiles

Amazon has a new program called AmazonSmile that donates 0.5% of the eligible purchase price to your favorite charity. Any 501(c)(3) charity on the official IRS list is eligible for the program once registered with Amazon. You can use your regular Amazon account for related purchases but need to start shopping through http://smile.amazon.com.


More: about AmazonSmile, recent article in USA Today

posted Nov 28, 2013

 A Trip To Nowhere for Schools & Libraries

The Sybiracy Project launched a new campaign to spread the story about Polish WWII civilians exiled to the Soviet Gulag camps. The goal of the campaign is to place both the movie A Trip to Nowhere and its companion graphic book at schools and libraries nationwide.


A group of 80-year-old survivors currently living in Seattle Washington, became film makers and created an animated documentary (DVD) and companion graphic novel sharing their stories of Soviet genocide of Poles during WWII. Please help to distribute the campaign flyerPlease read more ..


Please share this crowd funding campaign link and encourage people to donate $5, $10 or more to this not-for-profit cause. Any amount helps us get closer to our goal.

posted Nov 27, 2013

 Polish Library Open For The New Season

The Polish Library at the Polish Home has opened for the new season with hundreds of new books, especially children books.


Polish Home library has received two book collections recently, including over hundred of classical and modern beautifully illustrated children books as well as books from the Polish Book Club list. The children books are the popular fairy tales and stories children in Poland read and grow up with. Several of the books are for the youngest readers introducing them to the Polish language words.  Big thanks to our donors!


Everyone especially parents and children are invited to visit and check out a book.  As an alternative a quiet room is also available to read a book at the library.      


More: upstairs at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; open on Fridays from 7 to 9 pm borrowing books and movies is free

More: biblioteka-dompolski.blogspot.com, or contact Monika at [email protected].

posted Apr 11, 2013

 Seattle Polish Film Festival Calls For Volunteers

By Joanna Wroblewska

The 21st Seattle Polish Film Festival is the second and third weekend of October, Oct 11-20, 2013.  Volunteers to greet guests and pass out voting ballots and festival programs are needed.  In appreciation for volunteering we give free movie pass to each volunteer for each screening they help at.


Everyone interested in volunteering at this year’s Seattle Polish Film Festival please contact Monika Johnson at [email protected].  



posted Sep 18, 2013

Help To Make Pierogi for the Fall Bazaar

Make pierogi!

Ladies Auxiliary of the Polish Home organize several sessions to make pierogi for the Fall Bazaar at the Polish Home coming in November 2013. Come to help, or learn first how to make pierogi and then help, but also to socialize, eat great food and have fun at one of these days:


   September  17 & 24

   October  1, 8 & 15. No session on Oct 22

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


More: Contact Agnieszka Szymula for more info

posted Sep 12, 2013

Fr. Andrzej Galant Becomes the New Pastor at St. Margaret's

Andrzej Galant

The Polish Parish in Seattle welcomes the new pastor. Fr. Andrzej Galant comes to St. Margaret's from Milwaukee, WI, where he served for 10 years as the pastor at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish which he helped to organize. Fr. Andrzej, 58, was born & educated in Poland and ordained in 1981. He is a member of the Society of Christ, a Polish order devoted to ministering to Polish diasporas all over the world. He came to America in 1996 and before Milwaukee worked in Toronto and Chicago.


The Parish bid farewell to Fr. Stanislaw Michalek last Sunday. Fr. Stanislaw, who has served as the pastor at St. Margaret's since 2004 is moving to Minneapolis, MN, where he will minister at the Holy Cross Parish. We wish both Fr. Galant and Fr. Michalek successes at their parishes.

posted August 14, 2013

Solidarity Activists Honored by the Polish Consul

  Andrzej Mroz, Urszula Kubik & Stanislaw Kosciow

At the Seattle Polish Festival in July, Polish Consul Malgorzata Cup decorated local Solidarity members in recognition of their activities and efforts that ultimately won freedom for Poland. Mr. Andrzej Mroz, the Solidarity leader at the Ziemowit Coal Mine received the Order of Polonia Restituta - the second highest Polish civilian order. Solidarity activists Ms. Urszula Kubik and Mr. Stanislaw Kosciow each received the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity. All these decorations have been awarded by the President of Poland. Congratulations!


The Polish Consul also honored local Polish community activists Mr. & Mrs. Marian & Barbara Strutynski  with the Polish Angel consular award. Congratulations! 

posted August 12, 2013


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