At the 62nd National Quadrennial Convention of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America in 2018, our fraternal has successfully marched forward with some change in administration and a renewed spirit of ethnic pride. We continue to improve the services and benefits to our current and future membership under the leadership of the current administration.
James J. Robaczewski has been a member of the PRCUA since 1971, when he joined at the age of 7 as a member of the PRCUA District 7 School. As a young adult, he participated in all four of the PRCUA national sports tournaments and continues to participate in the annual golf tournament.
James Robaczewski has represented District #7 as one of the National Flag Bearers for the PRCUA for 27 years and he served as Sergeant-at-Arm for the last seven conventions. He is Financial Secretary of Societies #15 and #412, as well as a member of Society #1598. He served as Vice President of the United Councils of the PRCUA and he has is a licensed insurance producer.
Mr. Robaczewski graduated with a B.A. in Social Sciences and a minor in Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He has worked in a management capacity for two Fortune 100 companies, well as for the Archdiocese of Chicago. These work experiences have enabled him to hone his people management skills, facility management knowledge and understanding the fiduciary responsibility that a manger has to a business. By far the toughest assignment in his career was being an at-home dad caring for his two young sons.
James Robaczewski and his wife, Elaine, have been married since 2001. They have two sons, Tommy and Joey. The Robaczewskis are a 100% PRCUA family. They live on the Northwest side of Chicago and are active members of St. Monica Parish. Mr. Robaczewski is the chairman of his parish’s Pastoral Coucil and was the Cubmaster of the Cub Scout Pack 3943 for 4 years.
Jim is the son of Alice and the late George Robaczewski. Alice was an employee at the PRCUA headquarters for 39 years.
Micheline “Misia” Jaminski has served the PRCUA in various capacities since 1976 and began her Vice Presidential duties as of September of 2014.
As a successful business owner with over 30 years’ experience, she is knowledgeable in accounting fundamentals, revenue and cost analysis, budget and forecast models, customer relations, marketing, asset utilization, and overall business management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Polish and History, with a minor in Education, from Alliance College (1974) and is fluent in both the English and Polish languages.
A native of Chicago, Micheline was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and nurtured by the Polish American fraternal system – the heart and soul of the Polish American community. Her first introduction to Polish folk culture – recitations, then dancing and singing – as a child, grew to become her passion and main interest in her teens and continues to today. It is due to this love of Polish folk dance and her teaching experience, that Micheline became involved with the Adult Culture Group of PRCUA, as well as its annual Cinderella-Prince Charming Balls and Fashion Shows. This affiliation opened the door to her organizing the internationally-renowned Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Company (performing throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, and the Far East) as well as the Southwest Center of Polish Dancing, and the Polanie Dancers of John Paul II Polish School – all 100% PRCUA.
Micheline has shared her organizational abilities, leadership qualities, business expertise and artistic talents with many PRCUA groups in various districts, including Districts 7, 8 and 9. She coordinated multi-district events under the auspices of the Women’s Department of PRCUA, including the 1982 Polish Folk Dance Festival/Seminar, the 1985 PRCUA Youth Gala and the 1989 PRCUA Gala of Polish Traditions, among others. In 2007, together with the PRCUA Wesoly Lud Dance Company, she chaired the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas’ Polish Folk Dance Festival/Seminar in Chicago.
Micheline co-organized two PRCUA Societies #1590 and #1597, became an insurance sales representative, and was elected Vice Chair of the PRCUA’s 60th National Quadrennial Convention. She served as a member of the Constitution Committee at the PRCUA’s 61st Quadrennial Convention. Presently, she serves as Treasurer of District 8 PRCUA.
The President of the Republic of Poland honored Micheline with the prestigious Silver Cross of Merit for her work with Polish folk dance ensembles. She received recognition by Former Mayor of Chicago, the Honorable Richard M. Daley, for her work with youth and from Stowarzyszenie “Wspolnota Polska” for perpetuating Polish Culture. As one of the founders of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas, Inc., she has served two terms as its first female President.
Micheline is married to Richard Jaminski; has two daughters, Nicole and Alina (married to Benjamin Pearson); and one grandson, Cole Elliott.
During her term of office, she will work toward increasing the number of members, maintaining the interest of the current membership, promoting the financial stability of the PRCUA and supporting a variety of activities from cultural programs and sporting events to social gatherings. In this way, VP Micheline Jaminski will strive to bridge the gap between immigrant Poles and Americans of Polish decent.
Agnieszka J. Bastrzyk has been a member of the PRCUA since 2008. A licensed life producer in IL, IN and MI, she is currently the Financial Secretary of Society # 1219 Cardinal Hlond and had previously been the PRCUA Director of Marketing for over 7 years.
Agnieszka Bastrzyk has represented the PRCUA in various roles, for over a decade. Gaining extensive knowledge of life insurance and annuities as a result of work in the New Business and Underwriting departments, Mrs. Bastrzyk also developed significant experience in the process that goes into acquiring new members within the organization. Working in the area of Compliance, she obtained valuable knowledge required for state filings.
Mrs. Bastrzyk graduated cum laude from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in International Business with a minor in Economics. She has attained insurance designations to better serve PRCUA members and provide greater benefit to the organization – FICF (Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow; ALMI (Associate, Life Management Institute) and currently pursuing the FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute).
Agnieszka Bastrzyk and her husband, Daniel have three children, Aleks, Natalia and Karol. They are a 100% PRCUA family and live on the Northwest side of Chicago. Mrs. Bastrzyk is also actively involved with Chicago’s Polonia, at one time serving as Secretary and then Treasurer of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Fraternal Alliance. She is also on the Board of Holy Trinity Parish Polish Language School.
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Louis Perfetto, Jr.
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Mitchell J. Bienia
Thomas D. Jesionowski
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Elizabeth A. Sadus
Colleen K Bonkowski
Rev. Canon Walter J. Ptak