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:, 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@, 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!

Abducted from his family by the Nazis at the age of 8, he was starved, tortured and left for dead three times.  During his third capture, he was sent to an experimental hospital where cruel medical experiments were done on him.  The rest of his family – a brother, sister, and parents – were also captured and sent to different slave labor or concentration camps.

Mr. Garwolinski talks about his existence in this harsh environment, his escapes and about many of the memories that still live vividly in his mind.

He was a Polish-American child who lived through the violence of the Holocaust.

His family was tortured because they hid Jewish families from the Nazis.

He was an eye-witness to many atrocities in Poland and Russia.

He was captured, tortured, and experimented on in Nazi medical experimentation camps.

As a child, he worked with and scouted for the Polish Underground to fight the Nazis.

He escaped from the Nazi prison camps each of the three times he was captured.
He is the author of the book titled, “Silent Screams of a Survivor”

Mr. Gawrolinski will be at Ski’s Restaurant on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM to give a first hand account of his holocaust ordeal.  Call 419-882-1199 to reserve your seat for Mr. Garwolinski’s presentation.  The admission price is $3; PACT members are free.

Go to:… to read about Mr. Garwolinski’s talk to St. Francis students.

On Thursday, July 29th about 40 people gathered at Ski’s Restaurant to listen to Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Councilman, who is currently running for the Ohio State Senate. Mr. Waniewski outlined much of his platform which included lowering state taxes, balancing the budget and cutting out much of the special interest spending which currently exists. He also talked about many city related issues and answered questions from the folks who attended. Mr. Waniewski is a native Toledoan who grew up in the old Lagrange Street neighborhood. He has strong ties to the local Polish community and is a current and active member of PACT. PACT encourages everyone to vote for the candidate of their choice in November.

On Saturday, July 24th, the Katyn exhibit came to Toledo. The presentation was shown at the Rosary Care Center on the campus of Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. Dr. Allen Paul gave a lecture about the events surrounding Katyn in World War II and the background to this historic and tragic event that took the lives of 22,000 Polish army officers, intellectuals, teachers, and government officials by the hands of the Russian Army. This event took place in April of 1940. The event was sponsored by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (co-chair of the Polish caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives), the Polish Embassy and the Kosciuszko Foundation. If you missed this exhibit, you can view Dr. Paul’s presentation on the website of WTGE.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Once again, PACT is busy in our quest to uphold our Mission Statement; specifically our promise to promote our rich Polish heritage and culture.  The Wigilia (Christmas Eve) celebration plans are progressing and we are excited that this traditional Christmas celebration will be offered to the Polish community.  We hope everyone will be able to attend.  All proceeds will go to needy Polish families to help them have a happier Christmas holiday.  Don’t forget, if you have any traditions that you would like to share, or ideas for the Wigilia, please e-mail us with your suggestions at  Also, don’t forget the Peggy Grant presentation which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 p.m., and the Polish-American National Sports Hall of Fame will be at Ski’s on Tuesday, November 24th, at 7:15 p.m.  Call Ski’s restaurant at 419-882-1199 to reserve a seat for these two presentations.  Don’t forget to make dinner reservations! Continue reading…





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

On Wednesday, September 30th, Mr. David Yonke, Religion Editor at The Blade, shared his reporter’s view of the Fr. Robinson trial with a crowd of approximately 70 enthusiastic attendees at Ski’s Restaurant.  Mr. Yonke was the first person to break the story that police believed Fr. Robinson killed Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in a ritual murder.   His book, Sin, Shame and Secrets; The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-Up in the Catholic Church was published in 2006. Continue reading…