Constitution Day is an official public holiday in Poland.
On May 3, 1791, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s constitution was adopted. It was the first constitution in modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers.
May 3 was established as a holiday only days after the constitution was passed by the Grand Sejm (Polish Parliament). It was later suspended for many years due to the country’s partitioning, but was reinstituted after Poland regained its freedom in 1918. After World War II, in 1946, the communist authorities banned the holiday’s public celebration. The holiday was officially cancelled in 1951. Since 1990 the May 3 holiday has again been celebrated as an official statutory holiday in Poland.
Constitution Day is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which also includes the May 1/Labor Day holiday. It is celebrated with military parades, spring concerts and family picnics. Many people also gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) at the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw. The monument is dedicated to unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Poland.
Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA)
Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2018
The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) have announced that their Annual Scholarship Competition to award $4,000 to area Polish-American students is currently underway.
Over the past seven years over $20,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.
The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 8 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?”
Those interested in applying have until May 31, 2018 to complete a Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay.
If a public high school student is awarded a scholarship, funds will be placed in escrow until the student attends college.
Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive another scholarship in the same category. For instance, a high school winner cannot receive another scholarship competing in the high school category. However, the student could re-apply and could win while attending college.
Click on the Scholarship link on the right to download and print this year’s application.
John Ringer, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Jason Pryba, Joe Shay, Lana Angelotti and Rodney Barnett; all cash winners!
February was the last month of PACT’s first Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. Winners in 1st through 7th place recieved cash awards. Jason Pryba was the grand prize winner of $1,000. Next year’s tournament will start after the May Polish-American Festival. PACT will notify everyone of the starting date for the 2018-2019 tournament on our facebook page and through emails.
Another Christmas season means another Christmas Eve vigil (Wigilia). This year, PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogy Society) once again teamed up to mark the most important day of the Christmas season for Polish people. Wigilia traditions this year included lighting of the first candle, sharing of oplatek, and a meatless meal of traditional Polish dishes. Guest speaker Lidia Ebersole gave us a look into Wigilia in Poland. She is a native of Poland and has spent 26 years celebrating Christmas in her homeland. Now as a citizen of the US, she shared her in depth knowledge and experience of the traditions her family follows during this most sacred time. She also shared many of her personal pictures of Christmas in Poland. Stan Machosky and Jackie Konwinski were the emcees of the evening and Gayle Sparagowski worked tirelessly in the kitchen to deliver a delicious meal. Kolendy (Christmas Carols) were lead by Rob Szczublewski, John Drozdowski and Lidia Ebersole. Thank you to all who helped with the preparations for this year’s Wigilia and to John Drozdowski for taking photos.
#GivingTuesdayNWO is a global day dedicated to giving. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesdayNWO is a day when individuals, charities, families, businesses and community centers come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. #GivingTuesdayNWO will be held on November 28, 2017.
PACT has registered with the Toledo Community Foundation’s #GivingTuesdayNWO matching grant program. This Foundation program will match on a one-to-one basis (up to $500.00) any money donated to PACT on November 28, 2017.
How You Can Help
Make a donation online on Tuesday, November 28 at this secure website by clicking on the donate button at the top of the page. You can use PayPal or your credit card.
If online donation isn’t possible, you may write your check to PACT, dated November 28, 2017 with #GivingTuesdayNWO on the memo line, and mail it to PACT P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH 43560.
Please include the following: Name, Address, Phone # and Email address.