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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.P1140525_1000x750 P1140406 P1140450_816x612 P1140432

 


2017ScholarshipWinnersPolish-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.

 


PRCUA Hall

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

Cash Bar

Call Vikki Jean: 419-351-2698

Rick Kaz: 419-377-7610

Tickets on Sale Now!


pokertournament5 Jason Pryba, 1st Place winner of $1,000.

Winners of the 2017-2018 Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament: John Ringger, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Joe Shay, Jeremy Pryba, Lana Angelotti, and rodney Barnett.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.


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Toledo Walleye Polish Heritage Night

January 12

The Toledo Walleye will host Polish Heritage Night, presented by Stanley’s Market,

at the Huntington Center on Friday, January 12.

A pregame polka party will be held in the Aquarium from 5pm-7pm Get a combo ticket

for $38 which includes an all-you-can-eat buffet meal catered by Stanley’s Market,

and a game ticket to the Walleye game vs. Fort Wayne Komets at 7pm.

Here’s our buffet menu:

o    Stanley’s Market Kielbasa

o    Pierogi with Sour Cream

o    Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

o    Sweet and Sour Cabbage

o    Rye Bread and butter

o    Assorted Gourmet Cookies

o    Canned Pepsi Products

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Already have a game ticket? Add the pregame party for $21.

For group tickets contact Rita Natter at 419-725-9258 or

rnatter@toledowalleye.com<mailto:rnatter@toledowalleye.com> or for individual

tickets call the box office at 419-725-9255


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.25438584_10211043247092258_2250149434977844302_o 25438794_10211043228011781_3778563863842657899_o 25440022_10211043234091933_9067692089506260007_o 25440047_10211043260252587_1531383165619682012_o 25440124_10211043261892628_2632955019331956459_o 25487166_10211043267092758_7957588714451057569_o 25487371_10211043226411741_7940432521469857810_o 25488206_10211043275012956_1566041731483996244_o 25488330_10211043248212286_4176185175889338046_o


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#GivingTuesdayNWO is November 28, 2017

#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.