Call Tim at 419-410-6167 or Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or email info@polishcommunity.org

to reserve you seat at the Wigilia Celebration!2018Wigilia


POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PolishAmericanHeritageMonth to post on social media. Consider having a real celebration with friends or family this year, especially if you even have a touch of Pole in your heritage. Here are some things you can do, Polish or not, to celebrate this month and learn some more about this culture.

  1. Attend a Polish mass.
  2. Learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!)
  3. Do some research about Polish literature and culture. Educating yourself on history always helps broaden your mind.
  4. Find out if you have any Polish ancestors.
  5. Cook! Try making some pierogi’s or kielbasa. You won’t be disappointed. (Also, October 8th is National Pierogi Day, so there’s an added incentive.)
HISTORY

Michael Blichasz, the President of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia, organized the first Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. It was celebrated in August. House Joint Resolution 577 passed in 1984, making August Polish American Heritage Month. In 1986 the observation was moved to October.


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This year’s Wigilia Celebration will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018.  The celebration will begin at 5:30 pm at Olivet Lutheran Church , 5840 Monroe Street in the Christian Life Center. A video explaining Wigilia will be  shown and participants can share in their memories of Polish Christmas eve at this time.  Afterwards, a meatless meal will be served with singing of Kolendy (Christmas carols).  Come and join us for this most sacred Polish celebration and renew the true meaning of Christmas without the stress of the season.  See old friends and meet new friends.  Call Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167 or Rozanne at 419-944-5312 to reserve your place a our Wigilia celebration.  All are welcome!


2018Edit Scholarship Winners

Scholarship awards were presented to the 2018 winners by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.  Pictured ( l.to r. ) are Jackie Konwinski,  Brooke Scally (BGSU),  Stan Machosky, PACT/TPA scholarship coordinator, Meredith Oblizajek (UT),  Rep. Marcy Kaptur,  Payton Kamer (Whitmer H.S.),  Tom Sorosiak, and Alex Drabik (UT).


 

 

 

Brooke Scally

Brooke Scally will be entering Bowling Green State University this fall majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Brooke was on Central Catholic High School’s Woman’s Tennis Team, the honor roll for 4 years, and a 4 year member of the Glee Club (with the lead role in 2 musicals).

She was also a student government representative.

Meredith O

Meredith Oblizajek will be a sophomore at The University of Toledo this fall majoring in Early Childhood Education.

 Meredith is a National Honor Society member and a recipient of numerous Education Department and college scholarship awards.

Meredith wants to help children of foreign language and heritage to learn and grow through language and literacy as a Second Grade Teacher.

Alex Drabik (1)

Alex Drabek graduated from Start High School in May and will be attending the University of Toledo this fall.

Alex was on the Start Track & Field Team and a Group Leader for the YMCA.

Alex is an Eagle Scout and was recently elected into the Order of the Arrow Fraternity by his Scout Troop.

Payton Kamer

Payton Kamer will be a Whitmer High School Senior this fall.

She is on the Varsity Track team (4X100 Relay, Shot Put), current Treasurer of the National Honor Society

and a 2018 Whitmer Engineering Program Ambassador. Payton is also a recipient of numerous math and science awards.