The President's Letter

[Tom Payne pix here]

Tom Payne

[Program Cover pix here]

2016 Convention Program Cover

.... Fall Greetings to Our Members!

We had an outstanding 2016 Convention in Pittsburgh and I want to thank Debbie Majka for all of her efforts planning and supporting the activities and a special thanks to Dave Motak for his great activity planning and a very special Program Book. The Sembrich Concert was one of our best ever and all who attended were very pleased with the entire week of business and fun. We welcome our new Directors: Jacqueline Kolowski, Ceil Glembocki, Patricia Kaczynski, Henrietta Nowakowski, Barbara Lemecha, and Robert Flanagan.

Now we get ready all of a sudden for the Fall Board Meeting in Hartford as we help our Hartford affiliate celebrate their 45th anniversary. This year has certainly been a special anniversary for several of our clubs (Chicago, Washington, Hartford, did I miss anyone else?). Congratulations to these long-standing pillars of Polish-American culture!

I also want to congratulate our very own Ray Glembocki for his recent Pride of Polonia Award. I had the pleasure of attending the Mass in Doylestown, followed by the presentation of the award, and I was moved by Ray's proud and humble reception of the award as his family members flocked in to witness one of the highest awards from American Polonia.

The Adam Styka Art Exhibit sponsored by Polish heritage of Philadelphia was also showing on that day in Doylestown, and I was impressed by the quality artistry on display. Which brings up the subject, if your club is having a special affair that you would like me to attend, by all means send me an invite and I will try to fit into my schedule so that your club members know that they do have the support of the ACPC.

On December 2 and 3, ACPC will sponsor a booth at the National Conference for Social Studies Convention in Washington DC. If you are in the area, you should stop by and see the excellent promotion of Polonia as we educate Social Studies teachers on the truths and misconceptions surrounding our rich history.

If you have any suggestions for new features or articles for ACPC Polish Heritage Newsletter, or even better, if you wish to contribute an article to our newsletter, feel free to let me know. Dave Motak is doing an outstanding job as Editor, and he is always open for literary contributions.

Have a great Fall Season!

Tom Payne
ACPC President

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