Polish American Journal - PAA Chairman's Brunch 2014
CHICAGO-The Polish American Association (PAA) hosted its annual Chairman’s Brunch on April 27 at Chicago’s prestigious Standard Club. Chairman of the Board, Kenneth Berezewski, presented the PAA’s Solidarity Award to Arie and Bozenna Zweig for their lifetime of giving. This year’s speaker was James (“Jim”) A. Pawelczyk, Ph.D., who shared the inspirational story on the distinguished career as an astronaut and academician, citing also his Polish pride and identity. As an American researcher of physiology and kinesiology who flew aboard the NASA STS-90 Neurolab Space Shuttle mission as a Payload Specialist, Pawelczyk was the first astronaut of full-blooded Polish descent to go into space. He recalled how he brought a Polish Flag, sent to him by Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland, via the Polish Embassy, on the mission. On May 3, 1999, he presented that same flag to Kwaśniewski in a ceremony in Warsaw. He also told of the crew’s one-week insolation from everyone, including his family. Then he related to the audience his experience prior to the launching of the shuttle. Though insolated on Easter Sunday, the crew and NASA “brass” had planned a wonderful Easter dinner, baked ham, pineapple, and all. Pawelczyk commented that he requested kielbasa. Much to his wonderment, the chefs at NASA had heard of kielbasa, and would try to locate some. Jim said that he would order the best kielbasa from Redlinski’s Meats in Buffalo, New York, his hometown. Once it arrived, he had to show the chefs how to prepare it. He was pleased that the Easter Sunday dinner with the NASA staff and crew had a touch of Polish and introduced the crew to Polish cuisine.
Dr. Pawelczyk is currently Associate Professor of Physiology, Kinesiology, and Medicine at Pennsylvania State University.
Reprinted, by permission from Polish American Journal, June 2014
Copyright 2014 © Geraldine Balut Coleman
Photographer: Andrzej Baraniak.
Thank You For Supporting Our 2014 Family Dinner
With joyful heart, we would like to thank you for supporting our Family Dinner on Sunday, June 1, 2014
at the White Eagle
Our Board Directors, Sponsors, Clients, Staff, Supporters, Entertainers, Attendees and Volunteers came together to make our Sunday Family Dinner a successful event. Thanks to them, with 130 guests attendees, we raised almost $6,500 which is dedicated to the needs of families within our programs especially one: Teen Starting Point Program. Our attendees had a fun time. They admired the fashion show prepared by Worth New York. Passion Dance Ensemble a student led contemporary ballet group from Northside College Prep High School in Chicago presented a wonderful modern ballet. Live Music by Band BAT encouraged everybody to dance.
Friend of Poland and Polonia
Congratulations to PAA Secretary of the Board Michael Traison on receiving the Friend of Poland and Polonia Award in the 2014 Outstanding Polish American Award at the recent Celebration of the May 3rd Polish Constitution Day reception at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.
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Thank you for your tireless efforts for the Polish American Association and other fine organizations in the USA.
Grant from Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The PAA is pleased to announce that we have received a grant of $80,000 from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The grant is for two years and will be used in support of our C.N.A. training and workforce development programs. The grant is particularly gratifying as it also represents the continuation of our long-standing partnership with the McCormick Foundation, a partnership that has significantly enabled us to provide the resources for changing lives to those in need. On behalf of our Board, staff, and clients, we thank David Hiller, President of the Foundation, and the Foundation for this grant.
Dan Pikarski, Michael Traison, Gary Kenzer, David Hiller, John Pikarski, Ken Berezewski at the McCormick Foundation