This Thursday, January 13th, WGTV will show “The Polish in Toledo” at 8 PM.  This is a part of the PBS Toledo series.There was always a very strong sense of pride…in the neighborhood…in the business community…in the churches…It stemmed I think, from a sense of belonging.”
— Jerry Mazuchowski

Join WGTE when one of its most beloved and requested episodes of Toledo Stories airs Thursday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Cornerstones: The Polish in Toledo tells the story of the migration of thousands of men, women and children from Poland to the Glass City.

Some Poles made the journey to pursue freedom. Others came to find the American dream. Over half made a little money and returned to their homeland. Those who stayed built homes, churches, businesses and raised a new generation of Toledoans. In doing so, they helped build Toledo and found a place to belong.

The cornerstone laid by the Poles is one of a rich culture, steeped in tradition and a strong work ethic. They helped to build Toledo with a sense of pride, rooted in their desire to claim a part of it as their very own.

http://www.wgte.org/wgte/watch/


The first Sunday of the PACT euchre tournament is over. We think everyone enjoyed themselves. The lucky first place winner was Marlin and the second place winner was Darlene. Both were awarded a cash prize. The next euchre tournament is Sunday, September 26th. It will start exactly at 3 PM so don’t be late! The more people who play, the bigger the winnings are, so bring your relatives, your friends and your neighbors to the next euchre tournament. It’s very informal and everyone is welcome.  The schedule for euchre is:

Sunday, September, 26th, at 3 PM

Sunday, October 10th, at 3 PM

Sunday, October 24, euchre is cancelled because of the showing of the movie “Nine Days That Changed the World” at the Maumee Theatre.  There will also be a art show along with the movie.  Don’t miss this great event.

Sunday, November 7th, at 3 PM

Sunday, November 21st, at 3 PM


PACT NEWSLETTER Hello to all PACT members. We hope that your summer is going well and you are enjoying the great weather while it is here! This summer, PACT was able to benefit from two fundraisers. Both were golf tournaments. The first, held in June was sponsored by Ski’s Restaurant. It was the 3rd annual golf tournament held at the Legacy Golf Club. This year, 56 participants played for first place.

The second golf tournament, The Kielbasa Klassic, was held in August and was sponsored by Ski’s and Stanley’s Market. The 4 man scramble was held at Giant Oak Golf Course. Sixty players participated in this tournament. All proceeds went to the Polish American Community of Toledo. Some of these proceeds will be used for scholarships to area students. We also hope to save money to ultimately create a Polish Community Center in the Toledo Area.

We also had a presentation by our Congresswoman, Marcy Katpur in June and another presentation this July by Tom Waniewski, who is running for State Senate. There are a few events coming up that we would like to share with you. Some of them are in the planning stages and as more information becomes available, we will let you know. Starting in September, anyone who enjoys playing euchre can come to Ski’s and play in our euchre tournament. It will start on Sunday, September 12th, and run every other Sunday till November 14th. There will be a cash prize for every tournament played.

We are also planning some great events in October for Polish Heritage Month. We will be showing the movie “Nine Days That Changed the World” at the Maumee Theatre. We are also hoping to have an art exhibit of a local Polish artist at the theatre as well. PACT would like to start showcasing some of the local Polish artists throughout the end of this year and into 2011. We are looking for local Polish artists that may want to share their art or even be willing to give a demonstration. PACT will also present its second “Service Award” to an individual of Polish heritage who has contributed their time and talents to serve the Polish community of Toledo area. If you know of anyone who you think deserves this award, please let us know. We are also planning a Kielbasa Cook-off . Anyone who makes their own kielbasa can enter the cook off. Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners. Beer, Polish music and kielbasa; what could be better than that! We will be sharing dates, times, and places for these events on our website: www.polishcommunity.org, as well as on our facebook page and group page. We also list events from other Polish groups in the area so if you know of other group events that you would like us to put on our website, e-mail us at info@ polishcommunity.org, or call us Tim at 419-410-6167.

Of course, we are always looking for new ideas and talents from the area’s Polish community, so if you have an idea or a talent to share, let us know. Or if you would just like to help out by volunteering, we would greatly appreciate your help. PACT is currently working on an application for a scholarship to give to a deserving student from the Toledo area. Information on how to apply for this scholarship will be on our website soon. Just a reminder to our members: PACT will be sending out a reminder to members whose membership dues will soon expire. All memberships paid now will be good till the end of 2011. We hope everyone will help PACT out by sending in their 2011 membership fees. Just $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family of two for one year!


WHO ARE THESE MEN ?

STAN MUSIAL    –    CARL YASTRZEMSKI   –    HANK STRAM

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI   –    ALAN KULWICKI    –    MIKE DITKA

DICK “PEACHES” SZYMANSKI    –     ALAN TRAMMEL

They are all famous sports figures of Polish descent and all are inductees of THE NATIONAL POLISH-AMERICAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME! Continue reading…


August has been a busy time for everyone with so many people going on vacation.  PACT has been busy also.  On Wednesday, August 19th, we had a presentation from one of the jurors in the Fr. Robinson murder trial.  Denise (she has asked us not to provide her last name) talked about how the jury came to a guilty verdict in this trial.  Because much of the evidence was not available to the jury, Denise explained that with what they knew at the time, a guilty verdict was the only verdict they felt was proper.  Since then, Denise has become aware of evidence that was not made available to them at the time of the trial.  Although she didn’t want to speak for any of the other jurors, she said that if this evidence would have been available to the jury, Denise is not sure the jurors would have come to the same verdict as they did.  Denise repeatedly said she would never want to have the future of someone’s life in her hands again and told of many sleepless nights struggling to come to terms with the trial and their verdict. Continue reading…


Dear PACT members,
Don’t forget that October is Polish Heritage Month!  We at PACT hope that you take time to remember your Polish ancestors that have gone before you and appreciate  the rich and proud heritage that they have passed on to you.
PACT has been busy working on several projects for the coming months.  Included in these plans is the Wigilia celebration that we are planning for Sunday, December 13, 2009.  This is our first Wigilia celebration for our members and we are working to make this celebration as close to an authentic Polish Wigilia as possible.  If anyone has any suggestions for, or stories of  your own Christmas Eve celebrations that you observe, please e-mail us with these suggestions at info@polishcommunity.org.
We hope all of you can attend this Christmas Eve dinner.  It will be as close as possible to the ones that our ancestors had in the past. Continue reading…


Stan Machosky, one of PACT’s board members, talked about PACT’s mission Statement and some of the upcoming events. The future events were: the Polish Concert Band’s concert at Olander Park in Sylvania, on July 22nd, Polish night at the Mud Hens baseball game on August 1st, and the screening of the movie “Katyn” at the Maumee Theater on October 4th, 2009. Continue reading…


PACT’s Raffle winners were announced on Monday, June 22, 2009. The lucky winners were as follows:

  • First prize of $1,000 was won by Ed Lepiarz
  • Second prize of $500 was won by Tim Brzozka
  • Third prize of a $100 gift certificate to the Fix It Shop was won by Tom Grycza
  • Fourth prize of a $50 gift certificate to Polish Pride was won by Mrs. Mercedes Blaczyk
  • Fifth prize of a $50 gift certificate to Ski’s Restaurant was won by Marty Blaczyk

Thank you to all who supported PACT by buying raffle tickets!

Congratulations to the winners!