Category Archives: Member News

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.

Christmas Special 2019

Beginning November 1,  2019  through January 31, 2020, SAVE 10% on your purchase of a PRCUA Single Pay Whole Life Insurance Certificate for your little one from age 2 weeks to 15 and 5 months. Each applicant will receive a free gift and a chance to WIN one of three Grand Prizes. For more information, click here.

Od 1 listopada 2019 r. do 31 stycznia 2020 r. ZPRKA oferuje Program Świąteczny dla dzieci w wieku od 2 tygodni do 15 lat i 5 miesięcy. W tym czasie, mogą Państwo zaoszczędzić 10% kupując certyfikat ubezpieczeniowy na życie ” Single Pay Whole Life “. Każdy aplikant zostanie nagrodzony prezentem i losem na loterie, w której do wygrania jest jedna z trzech nagród głównych.

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.

An invite from Joann S. Ozog. Let’s celebrate and give back.

Dear PRCUA Society #1593 Members, former Pope John Paul II Dancers and Friends,

Joann Ozog is inviting all society members, members who were part of the PRCUA Pope John Paul II Dance School, their families and friends to the St. Anne 46th Annual Sausage Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

This year St. John Paul II society is celebrating 40 years of existence.  It’s been a long time since some of us have gotten together to socialize, to talk about old times and even see if we can still do the polka. For 40 years, St. Anne parish has accommodated us for our events and meetings.  Since this is a special year for our society, it is time to SHOW our appreciation to the parish, to GIVE BACK and also to celebrate this great achievement of still being alive and active.

The St. Anne Parish Sausage Festival has something for everyone.  An 11:00 a.m. Mass in the big tent will begin the festivities on Sunday with Big Daddy.  Polka Music will continue throughout the day. The PRCUA Opole Dancers, most of whom are St. John Paul II Society members will perform at 5:00 pm. There is a variety of ethnic food, a silent auction, Bingo, Vegas, a variety of games, amusement rides, recyclable treasures and more.  I am also having a booth just like I had in 1978-1997.  All proceeds for this booth will go to the parish as a way of giving back.

I hope that you will mark your calendar and come-on-down.  I would love to fraternalize with our members, some of whom I have not seen for many years.  I have lost contact with some of the members.  If you keep in touch with anyone who are members or who were a part of the dance school, I would appreciate it if you could give them this information and invite them.

St. Anne is located at 32000 Mound Road, Warren, Michigan.  If you would like to volunteer some hours at the booth, please call me at 586-751-8168.  We hope that you will come to support St. Anne Festival, to support our booth and to celebrate 40 years of memories, fun and fraternalism.

Joann Ozog (Coordinator)

PS…Mark your Calendar!  A formal celebration of our society will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2019 with an 11:00 am Mass at St. Anne Parish followed by a luncheon at Century Banquet Center in Sterling Heights. You should also be receiving a special invitation on this occasion. For further information, contact Chris Ozog at cjozog@gmail.com

A message from the PRCUA President

September 2019

Dear Friends,

In 1873, our founders met in Detroit to establish an organization that would bring the new immigrants from our motherland under one united front. This fraternal would help its members keep the shared customs, heritage and culture alive and thriving in their new homeland, the United States. Over the past 146 years, this organization has evolved into the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America of the 21st century. We can proudly state that we are members of one of the oldest fraternal organizations in this country, as well as the mother of all Polish fraternals. As the title of this newspaper, Naród Polski, states – we are the Polish Nation.

It has been a year since I was elected to the office of President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and wanted to give you an update. The PRCUA continues to be very strong financially, but we need your help to maintain and grow our organization. We need our members, who read this periodical to spread the word about the great things that our fraternal does. We look to you to reach out to your families, your neighbors and friends to join us and become members of the PRCUA. You may ask, how can I help? You can share this paper, the Naród Polski, with them, tell them how you became a member and share memories you have of being a member. By sharing these personal thoughts and memories, you will possibly ignite in them a feeling that they would like to join an organization that shares a common thread with them either by being Polish, Roman Catholic or of community service. The personal touch is what matters, since there is a comfort level that they have with you that might entice them to join the PRCUA.

There are many levels at which you can participate. Many of you are members from birth – your grandparent or parents “signed you up” because they were members. You may have been a student at a Polish language school or dance school as a small child. This is how I was brought into the organization, as a member of a dance group. If you are interested in joining an existing school, or starting a school in your area, please contact our Home Office and our staff will provide you with the information you would need to begin the process. If that is not the avenue you would like to pursue, we also have established sporting events that may interest you. The PRCUA offers five different sport tournaments for our members to participate in: basketball, bowling, golf, softball and volleyball. Our basketball tournament celebrated its 85th anniversary this past spring. The PRCUA, upon request of our members, added volleyball in 2017. The sport tournaments are a great way to meet members from across the country in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. The events are sponsored by local societies with the assistance of our Fraternal Department. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring a sport tournament, please contact our Fraternal Department for information.

If neither cultural nor athletic events are what you are looking for, please contact your local society to see what you can do to help in your area. Part of being a fraternal organization is giving back to your community. If you and other members of your society assist in doing good for your community, let us know what it is you are doing. Whether packing food packages for the less fortunate, assisting in a clean-up of a park or river front or helping with the painting or refurbishing of a school, tell us at the Home Office so we can share the good that is being done by our members with our entire community.

On the national level, the PRCUA continues the search to fill two open positions on our Board of Directors. The two openings are in the northeastern areas of the United States: District 1 – New England and District 3 – Pennsylvania. I am reaching out to members in those areas to consider applying for the open positions. A member of the Board of Directors is a vital position in the organization. They are responsible for the overall fiduciary position of the organization. A director must have a background in business with an understanding of investing, accounting, sales or marketing. If you are a member that resides in one of these areas and are interested in applying, please contact my office for more information at president@prcua.org.

Next, I will touch upon our financial products. Please review your life insurance coverage. Funeral costs can range from $10,000 to $15,000. Do you have enough life insurance to cover you so your family does not need to carry that additional financial burden? If you have life insurance at your job, it may not carry over into retirement, or if your only PRCUA policy is from when you were born, it may not be enough. Like most people, we live in the moment. Please consider reviewing what you have and if you are in need of additional coverage, contact the PRCUA Sales Department for additional life insurance coverage.

If you do not need additional coverage, you may want to purchase an annuity through the PRCUA for your retirement. The PRCUA has been offering a very competitive special on our annuity product for 2019. For a minimum deposit of a $1000, we are offering a guaranteed 3.75% APY. As compared to what is being offered on savings account or CDs, PRCUA’s annuities offer higher rates and allow for tax deferred growth! See page 7 for more information. Lastly, I will mention the revitalization of our organization. We need to look within our local organizations for our replacements to ensure succession and continuation of our efforts. It may be hard to accept changes, but sometimes changes are needed to stimulate growth. Not everyone wants to attend a banquet or dinner dance. I ask that everyone be open to ideas that may attract more members to our beloved PRCUA.

Remember: “Get involved, stay involved and get others involved.”

Thank you for your membership and attention.

James J. Robaczewski, ALMI, FIC, ACS National President

Congrats PRCUA Softball Players!

The 65th PRCUA National Softball Tournament was held Friday and Saturday, August 16-17, 2019 at Halmich Park in Warren, MI. Hosting the event were PRCUA’s Opole Dancers. Congratulations to all of the winners:

Coed winner-  St. Rita’s Tory and Jen’s Team Big Rapids

Men’s winner- St. Rita’s Tory’s Team Big Rapids

Women’s winner- St. Rita’s Dziewczyny

Congrats PRCUA golfers!

67th Annual PRCUA National Golf Tournament was held on July 20th in Toledo, OH by PRCUA St. Thaddeus Society #1617. The competitions took place at the Giant Oak Golf Course in Temperance, MI. Congratulations to the winners of the following divisions:

Men – William Kaczor, Jeff Schade, Kevin Surma, Jordan Surma

Ladies – Margarate Gauci-Kendziorek, Debbie Davis, Kimberly Branch, Mary Kalinski

Mixed – Curtis Walker, Jeff Cunningam, Amy Baucom, Thomas Baucom

Senior Men – Paul Rzeppa, Paul Kuhar, Leo Tobiczyk, Jr., Lawrence Olszewski

Senior Mixed – Robert Favot, Mary Jane Favot, Allan Salatowski, Eugene Souva

Enjoy the photos from the tournament and save the date for the next year’s PRCUA Golf Tournament – July 25, 2020 in La Porte, IN, hosted by PRCUA Society #1031!

PRCUA members at the International Polish Folk Dance Festival in Rzeszów,Poland

Rzeszów is ready for Polish folk dancers from all over the world! Światowy Festiwal Polonijnych Zespołów Folklorystycznych (The International Polish Folk Dance Festival) starts July 17th! Two of the PRCUA representative dance groups, Wesoły Lud and Polonia Ensemble, are already in Poland! Stay tuned for pictures from this beautiful “Folk Olympics” that is celebrating the Golden Anniversary of its founding.

PRCUALife not only financially protects your future, but also preserves our wonderful Polish heritage!!!