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Anniversary Concerts – Polonia Ensemble and Echoes of Poland Folk Song & Dance Ensemble

Congratulations to Echoes of Poland Folk Song & Dance Ensemble on it’s 50th Anniversary concert and to Polonia Ensemble on it’s 30th Anniversary Concert, both of which took place on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Two wonderful performances given by dedicated dancers. PRCUA thanks you all for your talent and time as well as the role you play in preserving Polish culture. We wish you all the best!

37th PMA Summer Gala

The Polish Museum of America 37th Summer Gala took place on June 2 at Café La Cave in Des Plaines, IL. It was a lovely evening, filled with sparkling attendants, music, dancing, food, and good company.

The evening offered a wonderful opportunity to recognize the people and organizations in support of the museum.

At the Gala, PRCUA awarded the grand prize to the PMA from the annuity promotion Grow the Love, Share the Wealth. The prize was presented by Cinderella and Prince Charming.

 

2017 PRCUA Sacred Heart Mass

The 2017 PRCUA Sacred Heart Mass was hosted by District 7 on June 6 at St. Hedwig parish, Chicago, IL. Father S President and Mrs. Drobot, along with Vice-President Jaminski, were in attendance. Kevin Kucik, Anna Krysinski, Connie Bonin, Beth Sadus, and past directors and officers were also present. The youthful figures of Cinderella & Prince Charming appeared alongside Polonia dancers, dressed in their colorful attire.

After a beautiful Mass, everyone adjourned the PRCUA Home Office on Milwaukee Ave and Augusta Ave to enjoy fellowship and a delicious luncheon in the newly renovated Social Hall. Renovations of the hall were finished just last week under the guidance and management of Vice-President Jaminski. She and the contractors did a beautiful job and everyone attending enjoyed the lovely new surroundings!

 

It was a wonderful event to celebrate such a treasured tradition of Catholic faith and Polish heritage. A big thanks to District 7 and all those who coordinated the day!

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland visits PRCUA

Paul W. Jones, the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, visited the PRCUA and PMA on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Meeting with Vice-President Micheline Jaminski and Secretary-Treasurer James Robaczewski, he made his way through the Home Office building and work place.  Vice President Jaminski also gifted him with The Eagle & The Cross, a history of PRCUA.

Malgorzata Kot, PMA Managing Director, and Richard Owsiany, PMA President, also gave him a tour of the Polish Museum of America.

 

Ambassador Jones has a very active and impressive history spent working with Europe in numerous appointments. Some of the positions other than the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland includes;

  • Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2013-2015). In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of U.S. policy and operations in Europe, with a special focus in Russia and Ukraine.
  • Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Vienna, Austria (2004-05), and U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia (1996-99).
  • OSCE Mission in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, implementing the Dayton Peace Accords, as well as at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia (1992-94).

Ambassador Jones’ has also served in Asia and South Asia, complementing his European focus. He held the position of;

  • U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, 2010-13, he led significant growth in the U.S.-Malaysian relationship, becoming the first U.S. Ambassador to be conferred the honorary title of Dato’.
  • Principal Deputy, serving under the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.

Ambassador Jones is a career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service. His has been awarded the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for peace building, and several Superior Honor Awards. He speaks Spanish, Russian, and some Polish. He received his undergraduate from Cornell University and a master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College. For his full biography, click HERE.

Before his visit to our building, Ambassador Jones made his way to the Polish Constitution Day Parade, enjoying the festivities from the sidelines. You can see the photos he took of the event on his Twitter page, HERE.

The PRCUA and PMA were honored to have Ambassador Jones visit during his time in the U.S.

Ambassador Piotr Wilczek Visits PRCUA!

On Sunday, April 9, 2017, PRCUA had the privilege of hosting Piotr Wilczek, the newly-appointed Polish Ambassador to the United States, as well as various leaders from the Polish American community, for a meeting enabled by Consul General, Piotr Janicki, in the Polish Museum of America (PMA) Sabina Logisz Great Hall.

PRCUA Officers and PMA representatives welcomed the Ambassador, Consul General and other members of the staff, then escorted the guests to view the offices of the PRCUA and parts of the PMA.

President and First Lady Drobot described the history of our fraternal and its ties to Poland and the Polish American community. Małgorzata Kot, PMA Managing Director, also showed him around the treasured Paderewski Room. He was then treated to a tour of the rest of the museum while guests arrived in the Great Hall.

Approximately 70 people came to meet Ambassador Wilczek during this private event. President Drobot began the meeting with a welcoming speech and then Ambassador Wilczek took the podium. He thanked those present for coming to meet with him and spoke briefly about himself and his last few months in office. He then spoke about the importance of staying connected to Poland and the relationship he hopes to foster between Poland and the United States.

Before becoming the Polish Ambassador to the United States, Wilczek was a prolific literary scholar, intellectual historian, writer and translator. He worked as a professor at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has written and edited 22 published monographs and has authored over 100 journal articles in both English and Polish,  which appeared in Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He was also very involved as the Poland-based representative of Kosciuszko Foundation, based in New York, which promotes relationship between Poland and the US in the areas of education, culture, and art. This experience will surely aid him as he strives to strengthen ties between Poland and the US.

After his speech, Zygmunt Goliński, a decorated veteran presented Ambassador Wilczek with a book. The Ambassador was also presented with other gifts by Richard Owsiany, PMA President, and Vice-President Micheline Jaminski. Both said a few words, continuing the outpour of welcome and hospitality.

Once the speeches and gifts were given, Ambassador Wilczek stepped into the crowd and was engulfed in handshakes, warm wishes, more questions, and local hospitality.

While visiting with the attendants, he made a point to stop and talk to another honored guest. Tadeusz Terlikowski is another highly decorated veteran from the 303 Division who is 100 years of age. Mr. Terlikowski had been awarded with a cross from the Knights of the Order of Polonia Restituta by Poland president’s Chief of Staff, Adam Kwiatkowski in May of 2016. Ambassador Wilczek thanked him for his service to Poland.

PRCUA was honored to have hosted such an important guest. Only time will tell what exciting developments his years as ambassador will bring to the Polish American community in the United States.

Now Accepting Credit & Debit Card Payments!

As of March 1, 2017, PRCUA is accepting credit and debit card payments through our website! Members can make payments through a secure process that allows speed and convenience.

Currently, allowable payment types include:

  • Life Insurance premium payments
  • Registration & fees for hosted sports tournaments and other events
  • Charitable donations to our Educational Fund

We accept all major credit cards – Visa®, MasterCard®, Discover®, American Express®, Diners Club®, Carte Blanche® and JCB® – as well as signature debit cards and ACH payments. A confirmation email will be sent using the information you provide upon payment and a printable receipt is also available for your records.

To make an online payment, click HERE!

Grow the Love, Share the Wealth!

From January 15 – April 15, when you invest in your future by contributing to a PRCUA Annuity, you’ll get a chance to win money for charity!

When you open a NEW Annuity with us, you will earn points which you can chose to distribute to one of five non-profit organizations: American Red Cross; American Cancer Society; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Wounded Warrior Project; or the Polish Museum of America.

Points will be allocated per $100 contribution to your New Annuity. Gold Series contributions will earn 3 points / $100. Silver Series contributions will earn 2 points / $100. Bronze Series contributions will earn 1 point / $100.

Already have an Annuity Certificate with us? By contributing to an EXISTING Annuity, you can earn 1 point / added $100.

All listed charities will receive a monetary donation, with the top earner receiving a Grand Prize.

Click HERE for more information on our Annuity products!

Kliknij TUTAJ, aby uzyskać informację na temat naszych planów kont emerytalnych w j. polskim wraz z tegoroczną kampanią „Rozwijaj Miłość Dzieląc Się Bogactwem”.

Or, for more information: (800) 772-8632 ext. 2631, Sales@PRCUA.org or PRCUA.org/annuities

PRCUA Christmas Special 2016!

Christmas is fast approaching and PRCUA is proud to announce this year’s life insurance special!

Beginning November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017, purchase a very competitively priced $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, $50,000 or larger PRCUA Single Pay Life Insurance Certificate for you little one from 2 weeks to age 15 and 5 months.

Each applicant will receive a FREE, limited edition 2016 PRCUA ornament and a chance to WIN one of three Grand Prizes. This year, three Apple iPad minis will be raffled off! Applications with face amounts of $25,000 or larger will receive 2 entry tickets per application, providing a greater chance to win.

The Grand Prize drawing will take place mid February 2017. Visit PRCUA.org and Facebook to see the winning recipient. The winner will be announced in the March 2017 Narod Polski.

For more information click Here.
Po więcej informacji kliknij TUTAJ

 

PRCUA Vice President elected Treasurer of Polish American Congress

Chicago, IL – The Executive Committee of the PRCUA is pleased to announce that Micheline Jaminski, National Vice President, has been elected to the position of Treasurer of the Polish American Congress on Friday, September 16, 2016.

We are very proud of her and congratulate her on her election. After many years absence, the PRCUA has returned to a position of prominence with this leading Polish organization.