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!
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
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
5255 N. Detroit Avenue, Toledo, Ohio
Saturday, April 28, 2018
5:30 – 9:30 PM
Dinner at 6:00 PM
Ticket Price: $35 – Includes dinner and dessert
Call Vikki Jean: 419-351-2698
Rick Kaz: 419-377-7610
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