The first inductees into the Polish Hall of Fame were recognized at a dinner at Brandywine Country Club on Saturday, November 17th. The awards reflect recipients who have excelled in the fields of faith, family, labor and culture. “The goal is to preserve the rich history of Polish immigrants that built a strong foundation in northwest Ohio to earn a living, practice our faith, and raise a family. It was with great honor that we celebrated the inductees and their contribution to our Polish heritage and culture.
The stories and their names will be enshrined in the Northwest Ohio Polish Cultural Center when built. The proceeds from this evening will go towards making that dream a reality.
It is not too late to donate to the efforts to help build a center that will house not only relics of our past, but offer activities and programs to celebrate our culture today and tomorrow!
Please consider of making a donation to help preserve our history and to celebrate our Polish culture in Northwest Ohio.
In the category of Faith:
Sr. Ann Klimkowski and John Augustyniak
In the category of Family: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smigielski and The Walinski Family (Richard, Thaddeus, Nicholas, and Nicholas Jr.)
In the category of Entertainment/Culture: Paulina Ortyl and Marty Blaszczyk
In the category of Labor/Work: Joe Szenderski and Lorraine Kwiatkowski
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.
Attend a Polish mass.
Learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!)
Do some research about Polish literature and culture. Educating yourself on history always helps broaden your mind.
Find out if you have any Polish ancestors.
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.)
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.
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).