Category Archives: Culture

Congrats to the 2019 PRCUA Coloring Contest winners!

The PRCUA Fraternal Department received almost 300 entries for its 2019 Polish American Heritage Month Coloring Contest. This was a record number of entries submitted for the contest, which was open to all members from ages 3 to 18 years. Entries were divided into five age categories. Three winners in six age categories were selected by PRCUA Home Office employees on Tuesday, November 19.The year 2019 has been declared the “Year of Moniuszko,” celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko and the 2019 contest pictures commemorated this special occasion. The winners of the 2019 coloring contest are:

Invitation for the 2019 PRCUA Opłatek.

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America cordially invites you, your family and friends to attend its annual “Opłatek”, hosted this year by PRCUA District 7.

The event will take place on December 7, 2019 at 7 pm in the Great Hall of the Polish Museum of America ( 984 N.Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL).

Join us for the Wigilia style dinner, Christmas caroling, meeting with Santa and more!

Donation: Adults $35, Children 12 and under $17.50. Cash Bar.

For reservations or more information please contact District 7 Directors: Ewa Cholewiński (224.622.1517) or Anna Krysiński ( 847.529.2555) or email:

SWCPD 34th Annual Recital

Congratulations to the Southwest Center of Polish Song and Dance on its 34th Annual Recital!

On Sunday, April 28, dancers from all age groups presented their talents on stage at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago. Wesoły Lud Polish Folk Dance Company performed as a special guest of the Center. In this long-standing tradition, young artists celebrated the end of the school year with this special performance, which gives them an opportunity to showcase their choreographic achievements and our beautiful Polish folklore. The audience greatly enjoyed and cheered on Mały Ludek, Wesoły Ludek, Ludziki, Krasnoludki, Młody Ludek, Wesoły Lud I and II. The program included dances and folk songs from Lublin, Nowy Sącz, Śląsk, Kaszuby, Górny Sląsk, Kurpie, Beskid, Kraków, Stara Warszawa as well as a performance of the American-style Polka. The big finale was the song “Niech Żyją Wakacje” (“Long Live Vacation!”) performed by all of the groups. During the recital, the Center also acknowledged its 5 and 10- year members.

Special thanks to: Anna Kraszewski-Winkler – Manager and School Director; Richard Jaminski – Artistic Director and Choreographer; all the dance instructors: Richard Jaminski, Michael Dziadkowiec, Danielle Kroplewski, Rene Kroplewski, Sylvia Kupiec and Camilla Steczek; and their assistants: Weronika Niedzielski, Kacper Kaczmarczyk and Ania Cieplucha.

Dancing in the Southwest Center of Polish Song and Dance is one of the many membership benefits offered by PRCUA. Call us to become a member and to request information about signing up to any of our dance groups.

PRCUA Święconka 2019

Members of PRCUA Districts #7, #8 and #9 and their guests celebrated the annual PRCUA Święconka. The event took place on Sunday, March 31st at the at Candle Light Banquets in Chicago Ridge, IL.

This year’s event was hosted by District #8. Guests were welcomed by District 8 Directors Elizabeth Dynowski and Mirek Cislo. The delicious Easter lunch included the traditional polish soup, “Żurek.” After the meal, Vice President Micheline Jamiński invited everyone to participate in a right-left game. As Mrs. Jaminski read the the Easter-themed text, everyone played the game by passing colored surprise eggs from left to right or right to left. At the end of the game, whoever was in possession of the egg with the Wesołego Alleluja greeting won the Polish basket full of Easter chocolates.

A delicious meal, friendly atmosphere and great companionship made this year’s Święconka a very relaxing and fun celebration of the Easter season and long-awaited spring. The 2019 Święconka was attended by PRCUA President James Robaczewski with his family, Vice President Micheline Jaminski and her husband, Richard, Secretary-Treasurer Agnieszka Bastrzyk with her family, National Directors Anna Krysinski and Joanna Ewa Cholewinski (D-7), Krystyna Lech and James Rustic  (past Directors of D-8), Elizabeth Sadus (D-9), guests from from the Polish Falcons of America, 2019 Cinderella Runner – up Katarzyna Burdzy and 2019 Prince Charming Aleksander Sacinski, members of the Adult Culture Group, Sales Director Robert Fattore, Marketing Director Elżbieta Sawczuk and Naród Polski Executive Editor Lidia Kowalewicz. Special thanks to the PRCUA Wesoły Lud and its artistic director, Richard Jaminski, for a great folk dance performance during the event. For more pictures from the event please visit PRCUA Photo Gallery.

28th Annual PRCUA Shirley Ann Galanty Michigan State Ball

On Saturday, February 23rd, attendees joined together in Troy, Michigan, for the 2019 PRCUA Shirley Ann Galanty Michigan State Ball, which honors the graduates of PRCUA Polish dance schools based in Michigan. This year saw the celebration of twelve talented young people: Alexis Assenmacher, Kennedy Babicz, Faith Brandt, Maximilian Chabowski, Benjamin Czarnota, Michael Federico, Grace Gutierrez, Brendan Lubiarz, Tapanga Makowski, Alexandria Middleton, Zachary Palencik, and Katie Sigler. One of the highlights of the evening was the drawing of winners for the State Ball Scholarship, which was presented to Kennedy Babicz, Grace Gutierrez, Brendan Lubiarz, Alexandria Middleton, and Tapanga Makowski.

The Ball was attended by PRCUA National President James Robaczewski, National Vice President Micheline Jaminski, and National Secretary-Treasurer Agnieszka Bastrzyk. Many thanks to the organizers for a beautiful evening and congratulations to all of the graduates!

Polonia Ensemble’s 2019 Family Carnival Ball

On February 16th, 2019, the Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble hosted its Annual Family Carnival Ball. The event took place at the Crystal Palace Banquets in Mount Prospect, IL, and gathered dancers, their families and friends. The evening included dinner, dancing and performances by different age groups of The Polonia Ensemble. The audience was regaled with various dances including: Tango, Swing, Twist, Polka, Polonaise and Waltz.

The choreographer of the evening was Mrs. Ewa Bielecka from Canada. The ensemble wishes to extend special thanks to their dance teachers: Jaclyn Krysinski, Magdy Rozko, Niki Romek, Emilki Wojciak i Lidii Ramotowskiej.

As always the event was a great success and was enjoyed by all. The highlight of the evening was the special performance by Mr. Miecio Dzis and his „Love Songs” played on the saxophone.

Representing PRCUA at the event were: Mr. James R. Robaczewski, PRCUA President and Mrs. Agnieszka Bastrzyk, PRCUA Secretary-Treasurer.

Congratulations to all the organizers of this fantastic event!

Dancing in The Polonia Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble is one of the many member benefits offered by The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.

2019 Wesoły Lud Winter Dinner Dance

On January 19, 2019 “Wesoły Lud” hosted the Winter Dinner Dance at the Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills, IL. The theme of the event was “Wesoły Lud on Ice”. Despite the winter weather 350 guests attended the event, many of whom dressed as their favourite Disney character. Members of the ensemble, their families and friends enjoyed the dinner togehter. The main atraction of the evening was the performance by “Wesoły Lud”. The group led by Richard Jaminski, the artistic director and choreographer, presented variety of folk dances from the different regions of Poland: Eastern Kraków, Sącz, Lublin, Rzeszów. The best part of the show was everybody’s favorite: Polka. The Emcee of the evening was the Vice – President of the PRCUA, Micheline Jaminski, who is the founder of “Wesoły Lud. For many years, Mrs. Jaminski was also the choreographer of the group.
This year’s “Wesoły Lud on Ice” Winter Dinner Dance was another resounding success. Bravo Pan Richard, Pan Mikey Dziadkowiec for your “Oberek” and “Kujawiak” and to all dancers for a job well done.
Congratulations to Olivia Cislo on her 5th Anniversary with “Wesoły Lud”. 30 years ago, her parents received their five year award! And remember: Dancing in a folk group as “Wesoły Lud” is one of the many benefits of becoming a PRCUA Member. The video from this event will be available soon on, PRCUA Youtube Channel and on our Facebook page.

Annual Opłatek at PRCUA District 9 in Indiana

On Sunday, December 2, 2018,  PRCUA members from District 9 met at the traditional Opłatek. The event was held at Casa Maria in Dyer, Indiana by District Director Elizabeth Sadus and St.Raphael Kalinowski School. Over 200 guests along with the new National Officers James Robaczewski, Micheline Jaminski and Agnes Bastrzyk, gathered to celebrate the Polish tradition which is to share the Opłatek called “Bread of Love” and exchange well wishes for Christmas and the coming year. After lunch, the parents and dancers from “Mała Polska,” students of Kalinowski Polish language school dressed in traditional folk costumes and invited the guests for their Christmas Performance picturing the Birth of Jesus in the Stajenka. The choreography to the beautiful Christmas story, songs and carols was prepared by Agata Wilgocki. At the end of the Opłatek gathering, there was an unexpected Santa visit which included gifts. The afternoon was full of joy and excitement. Thank you to District 9 for hosting this event and all participants! For more pictures from the event please visit our website Gallery and social media.