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PRCUA COVID-19 UPDATE

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America ( PRCUALife ) is closely monitoring the actual and potential impacts of COVID-19 and its effects on the financial markets. Please be assured that while markets may be in turmoil, our portfolio is liquid and PRCUALife is financially sound. During this challenging time and until April 7, PRCUA hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Main Office will be closed Wednesday. If possible, please refrain from visiting the office in person. Thank you for your patience, as we are experiencing larger call volumes.

A number of PRCUA events have been cancelled or postponed. Please check locally for more information. We extend our wishes for much health!

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Zjednoczenie Polskie Rzymsko-Katolickie w Ameryce ( PRCUALife ) uważnie monitoruje aktualną i potencjalną sytuację związaną z pandemią wirusa COVID-19, jak również jej wpływ na rynki finansowe. Zapewniamy, iż pomimo tego, że na rynkach finansowych panuje zawirowanie, zasoby finansowe PRCUALife są płynne, stabilne i bezpieczne, a kondycja finansowa firmy dobra. Nasze biuro główne czynne będzie do 7 kwietnia: w poniedziałek, wtorek, czwartek i piątek, w godzinach 8.15- 4pm. W środy biuro będzie nieczynne. Jeśli to możliwe, w trosce o bezpieczeństwo zdrowia, prosimy powstrzymać się od osobistego odwiedzenia naszego biura w najbliższym czasie. Aktualnie doświadczamy zwiększonej liczby telefonów – dziękujemy Państwu za cierpliwość w oczekiwaniu na połączenie.

Wiele wydarzeń PRCUA zostało odwołanych lub przełożonych.
W celu uzyskania dalszych informacji prosimy o sprawdzenie kalendarza wydarzeń lokalnych w Państwa Dystryktach. Łączymy życzenia zdrowia!

PRCUA State of the Union

Dear Fellow PRCUA Members,

After reviewing the year-end statement for 2019, most organizations turn to the annual ritual of issuing a State of the Business declaration. Be it the federal, state or local government, large corporations or even our endeared and beloved fraternal organizations, the leadership has the responsibility to inform the populace of what has been accomplished in the previous year. The members need to feel confident that the organization is in good hands and the leaders understand the conditions, have a strategy for the years ahead, and know how to adapt to changes that have occurred.

Like any journey, not every step is effortless. At times, there are pitfalls that we face, but we need to adapt and overcome them. Once they are surmounted, you then try your best to not face them again.

This year, the PRCUA embraced many changes on the strategic path for growth. As with any such changes, there are also unwanted effects during the process of implementation. On page 5 of Naród Polski, you will see our financial statement. For the year 2019, the PRCUA had a negative net income of $758,846, with a total surplus of $11,043,205. Even though there is a loss in the surplus, we have achieved many things in the past year and this surplus continues to place the PRCUA in a strong financial position.

The new life insurance administration system we have acquired is progressing well. It is currently being tested and used for one of our life insurance products. In the near future, this system will assist us in providing more efficient service to our members, including allowing PRCUA to be another step closer to providing online access to certificate information. The PRCUA is about two thirds complete in the installation process and is now testing the software to ensure that it is user-friendly and error-free. The implementation cost of this project is one that cannot be amortized over a long time period and was taken as a real expense for 2019. This amounted to approximately two thirds of our stated deficit.

Looking to the positive, the volume of our life insurance continues to grow. In 2019, 991 new life members were added to our ranks with a face value of over $41,000,000. This, in part, is due to the addition of two new Polish language schools that have joined the PRCUA ranks of subsidized groups in 2019! A large “Thank You” goes to our hardworking sales force and home office staff. The members of our high-ranking sales force for 2019 are on page 6 of Naród Polski. With a growth in members comes a growth in our staff – we are currently looking to fill spots within our home office! If you or someone you know may be interested, please reach out to us.

Some additional developments last year included the completion of our new parking lot, initiating direct billing to our members (streamlining the payment process for assessments), implementing the 2017 CSO (improving the pricing of our life insurance portfolio) and an enhancement of the underwriting tools available to our sales force.

The PRCUA is also rebuilding links to different trade organizations in the insurance business. This is assisting us in becoming a vital member not only in the fraternal insurance community, but in the insurance arena. By attending different seminars and workshops, our staff is becoming better educated through formal educational programs and gaining knowledge from networking with their counterparts from other organizations.

As you will see, we are making great strides in sales and marketing to bring the best products available to the public while educating the public about all the good done by our wonderful organization. The members of our sales force are our PRCUA product ambassadors – we are always searching to find additions to this team. We strive for new ideas on how to bring stable growth for our company and continue being relevant to our community. In 2018, we introduced a new logo, PRCUALife. This year, we introduced a new look for the Naród Polski – a sleek, easier to handle adaptation of our newspaper with shorter articles and more information for our membership to enjoy.

We, the members of the PRCUA, must be proud of our accomplishments, but cannot sit back on our laurels. We need to be responsible, relevant and recognizable. It is time for every member of the PRCUA to ask “What can I do to make our beloved fraternal even stronger?” The simple answer would be to get more involved with the programs that the PRCUA offers, but what needs to be done is for you to spread the word about the PRCUA. Tell friends and neighbors about the benefits of being a member.

If you have an idea that you think would help us grow, either email or phone us, we even accept letters in the mail. We want to be in touch with our members and want to hear your input!

Take advantage of our competitive life insurance and annuity portfolios – our current offer, which can be seen on page 3, ends April 15th! By purchasing a life insurance or annuity product from the PRCUA, you are investing in your and your family’s financial future as well as in the fraternal benefits shared with our membership in our communities. PRCUA’s fraternal benefits range from cultural and sport activities to mortgages and scholarships.

In closing, “Get involved, Stay involved, and Get others involved” in the Mother of All Polish Fraternals – the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America – protecting life through all its stages. I again ask you, remember the PRCUA when speaking with your friends and neighbors. Ask them to explore the idea of becoming a fellow member. There is a good chance they
may say “Yes.”

Fraternally yours,
James J. Robaczewski
National President

PRCUA 2019 Top Agents

On Saturday, February 1st 2020, at the Agents Appreciation Dinner PRCUA acknowledged its Top 2019 Life Insurance Sales Representatives (our fraternal and professional agents).

Congratulations to Award recipients: Anna Krysinski and Andrzej Sertler!

The event held at Maggiano’s in Oak Brook was hosted by PRCUA President James Robaczewski and emceed by our Sales Director Robert Fattore.

This special evening brought together over 50 guests including the PRCUA Executive Committee, Directors, Employees, Agents and their Spouses.

THANK YOU to all of our Sales Force! We appreciate our relationship with you and look forward to strengthening our partnership throughout 2020 and beyond. Your efforts, time and support are highly valued!

New Year, New Naród!

With the start of the new year, we’re proud to present a new look for our monthly newspaper, the Naród Polski / Polish Nation.

We hope you enjoy the new tabloid format! It’s not only easier to read, but easier to handle, and the inside has now been separated into sections: culture, business, member news, and more.

This free publication, printed as a fraternal benefit, is available to all PRCUA members in either a digital format or in the printed version, distributed via mail or at many Polish grocery stores throughout the Chicagoland area. Not a member? Join us today to start receiving your copy!

2019 PRCUA Christmas Wishes

We are happy to present our annual tradition: the PRCUA 2019 Christmas Wishes video with a cast featuring the PRCUA President James Robaczewski, Vice President Micheline Jaminski and Secretary Treasurer Agnieszka Bastrzyk. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Executive Committee of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America! To see the video please click here.

Save the Date for the 2020 Wesoły Lud Winter Masquarade Ball !

You are cordially invited to the 2020 PRCUA Wesoły Lud Winter Masquerade Ball! The event will be held on January 18, 2020 at the Camelot Banquets in Hickory Hills, IL. Please Save the Date!

The mission of the Wesoły Lud Polish Folk Dance Company, Inc. is to perpetuate, educate and validate the importance of the beautiful folk dance and song culture of Poland to present and future generations.

2019 PRCUA Coloring Contest

As a part of celebration of the Polish American Heritage Month, PRCUA is hosting its Annual Coloring Contest! The 2019 edition of the contest is open to all PRCUA members from 3 to 18 years. Use crayons, pencils, markers or paint (no fabric, sequins, or glitter, etc.). The first, simpler picture is designed for children ages 3-9 and the more detailed image for ages 10-18. First and second place prizes will be awarded in multiple age categories and winning submissions featured in the December edition of the Naród Polski. All prizes will be age-appropriate and include a certificate of achievement. DEADLINE: Entries must be received by the Home Office no later than Friday, November 1, 2019. Mail to: PRCUA Coloring Contest, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642-4101. 

Picture for contestants 3-9 can be found HERE.
Picture for contestants 10-18 can be found HERE.

Please include contestant’s name, full address, grade, age, and society number. Also please indicate any association to a PRCUA language or dance school.