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Niziol Fund  Help the Niziol Family at GoFundMe
Hiking  Grzegorz Oziminski Close to Finish at the Continental Divide Trail
Host a student  Host Family Needed for a Polish HS Student from mid-August
Charity  Support Rainbow of Magnolia Rescue Center in Kenya
Trip to Poland  Celebrate Poland's 100th Anniversary with a KF Trip to Poland in September
Cheap Transport  Share a Container Sent from Warsaw to Seattle
Buy Real Estate  Start a New Adventure in the Snoqualmie Valley
Win Prizes!  PHA Art & Photo Competitions for the 100th Anniversary - deadline Oct 15
Learn Polish  Learn Real Polish On the Internet  Reader recommended!
Radio Wisla  Local Polish language Radio Wisla - on the internet

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  Help the Niziol Family!





The Niziol Family Fund



Sebastian passed away suddenly earlier this week. His unexpected death has broken our hearts, and left his family devastated. 

Sebastian was only 37 and was a very active member of our Polish community working as a volunteer at SPFF, PHA where he was a Treasurer and Board member for number of years and a President of Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.


Many people have asked how they can help and it is our hope that by bringing this tragedy to the attention of friends and loved ones we will be able to raise the necessary funds to support Patrycja and Stas at the difficult time and help with Stas's future.


posted on Aug 13, 2018

  G. Oziminski Close to Finish at the CDT

Polish hikers





Grzegorz Oziminski Close to Finish at the Continental Divide Trail

PCT, AT and now CDT



A hiker from Poland, Grzegorz Oziminski, is close to the finishing line of the CDT after completing the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail in the past two years. The following article has been written by the local supporter Aldona Brice who was involved in helping Grzegorz and his partner Maciej Stromczynski while they were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in our state in 2016. For more info please contact Aldona.


For Grzegorz and his hiking partner Maciej Stromczynski it all started with a dream to complete long distance trails in the United States. At random they picked Pacific Crest Trail first. In the spring of 2016, fully loaded with equipment and adventurous spirit they stepped north past the Southern Terminus of the PCT in Southern California.  Two thousand six hundred and fifty miles later they arrived at Manning Park, Canada and proudly touched the Northern Terminus of the PCT. Grzegorz and Maciej had a fully deserved sense of accomplishment.


Long distance hiking is not popular in Poland.  It is fair to say that Grzegorz and Maciej blazed the trail for future adventure seekers living in Poland.  This adventure  ... read the full story here


posted on Aug 13, 2018

  Host Family Needed for a Polish HS Student from mid-August


a Polish student


Host family needed for exchange student!

Hey All! I am a local coordinator in search of host family for this coming school year for the following student whose initial placement has fallen through due to a family emergency... scheduled to arrive sometime after August 21, 2018 for the school year ending in mid-June.


This exchange student has been awarded the prestigious, US government sponsored FLEX scholarship. The scholarship and placement is through a high school foreign exchange program called PAX (www.pax.org). Students come with their own spending stipend and medical insurance. We provide great on the ground support and a fun enhancement activity program for our students who are here.


Lukasz age 17 Poland Described as friendly, motivated, curious, self-disciplined, responsible. Likes to do Volleyball, Writing, Student Council, School Newspaper, Volunteering. Involved in his community and school. Would like to study Law. Father is a retired policeman and mother is a housewife. Has 1 younger brother. Faith background Christian with occasional attendance


Hosting involves opening your heart and home to a young person giving them a place to sleep (own room or shared room with an age appropriate student of the same gender) and feeding them and making them a part of your family while they are here. Hosting can be a wonderful life changing experience!


If you think you might be able to help call Tony at 206 407 8696

or email tonybarnett1964@gmail.com

posted on July 29, 2018

  Celebrate Poland's 100th Anniversary with a KF Trip to Poland

Go to Poland

with the




Celebrate Poland's 100th Independence Day

by going on a trip to Poland

with the Kosciuszko Foundation


September 22-30, 2018


Experience the cultural delights of Krakow, Sandomierz, Czestochowa, Oswiecim, Wadowice, Lublin and Warszawa.



The Kosciuszko Foundation partners with the Open University of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in organizing an educational tour “Poland – 100 Years” to some of the most significant places in Poland. The highlights of the trip include visiting historical, cultural and religious sites of Krakow, Sandomierz, Czestochowa, Oswiecim, Wadowice, Lublin and Warszawa. The aim of the tour is to present the history of Poland through the program that combines academic elements with cultural and tourist attractions.


To register or to obtain more information go to:

KF trip info page

kosciuszko@thekf.org lub (212) 734-2130

posted on July 24, 2018

  Support Rainbow of Magnolia Rescue Center in Kenya








The Mighty 40




In November 2015, 12 young girls, ranging in age from 11 to 13, arrived on the doorsteps of the Magnolia Rescue Center in southern Kenya.  The girls, affectionately known as the Mighty 12, had left their villages to escape Masai cultural practices that would prepare them to be sold as wives and servants to men many times their age.   Sadly, while illegal, this ritual continues in the region.  The result is that our Rescue Center is out of room

We need to do more.  And we are! 

The local community has acquired permission to build a new 40-person dormitory adjacent to our Rescue  Center.  Rainbow of Magnolia is raising the funds needed to construct the new building.

Read more of Facebook 


To support thisinitiative go to



Thank you for your support!

Dariusz Stuj

Magnolia’s Fountains of Life website

posted on July 25, 2018

  Share a container with goods from Warsaw to Seattle


a shipping



Share Shipping Cost of a Container from Warsaw


My friend and I are looking for someone to share the cost of a shipping container from Warsaw to Seattle soon (July-August). We are sending personal effects from Poland, and don't have enough to fill an entire container. The cost of other shipping means is prohibitive, since we are sending relatively a lot.  There would be for example half a container available. The entire container costs 14,000 zł to send (currently about $3800). As I understand it, even cars can be sent by container.


Please contact Christina: krysiulek@gmail.com, tel. 530-359-8442

posted on July 22, 2018

  Start a New Adventure in the Snoqualmie Valley!

Buy Real Estate






Start a New Adventure in the Snoqualmie Valley!



Open a new chapter in your life full of beauty and adventure. Explore the activities you can enjoy from your new Snoqualmie dream home.

Exciting snow sports at the Summit at Snoqualmie

Beautiful year-round hiking and outdoor activities

Delicious food and drinks at the Salish Lodge

Amazing schools and community parks

Luxury entertainment at the Snoqualmie Casino

Exciting nightlife in Seattle

Hanna Stankiewicz
Real Estate Broker

Tel: (302) 220 9580, Email: hanna@cookreservices.com


Matt Stankiewicz
Real Estate Broker

Tel: (425) 588 7858, Email: matt@cookreservices.com

posted on June 24, 2018

  Volunteers needed

Art & Photo




PHA Art and Photo Competition for the Anniversary



The Polish Home Association has announced two competitions related to the 100th anniversary of PHA and the centennial of Poland regaining its independence in 1918: an art competition and a photo competition. The deadline for both competitions is October 15, 2018. Prize winners will receive awards ranging from $300 to $75.

An exhibition of competition entries will be presented at the PHA anniversary gala in November 2018.


If you are interested, please read the following documents for the detailed information about the competitions:

PHA Art Competition 2018,

PHA Photo Competition 2018,

PHA Contestant Declaration 2018.

posted on June 14, 2018

  Korczak Conference Registration for Educators & Teachers




The 9th International Korczak Conference

Registration Opens


The International Korczak Conference registration is now open. As special invitation to register is extended to teachers and educators. The Conference will be held at the Seattle Pacific University  in Seattle August 22-25, 2018 and is co-organized by the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA.


This is a 3 day conference, but teachers and educators can also register for one day on Saturday, August 25, 2018.


Read the conference registration flier here.

Or visit korczakconference2018.com

posted on Apr 19, 2018

 Summer Language Courses in Poland

More Language Courses




 Intensive 2 week courses in Cracow by VARIA


Intensive summer courses from early June till September


posted Apr 5, 2017

Polish Language School Glossa, based in Cracow


Polish language school and 2-, 3- and 4-week courses


posted Apr 5, 2017


Centre for Polish Studies several cities

2- & 4-week Intensive Summer Courses

Detailed info for in July August, Septemer

posted Mar 16, 2016

 Local Polish language Radio Wisła on the internet




Tune to Seattle-based Polish language internet radio www.radiowisla.com for updates and interview reporting from local community events.

posted Feb 17, 2010

 Learning Polish on the internet

Learning Polish on the internet


Please read info about Libratus schools and Polish government proposals posted on the FAQ page.


Below there is some info about learning Polish with help of internet as recommended by Readers or  submitted to the Editor by different educational outfits.




Reader recommended free podcasts and paid subscriptions with Piotr.

Seems great for Polish-Americans, that is people who know the language somewhat,

understand more, speak less and would like to take it to the next level.

In small daily chunks, regular readings etc.


posted in Jan 2016


Learn Polish Feel Good


This is a great website for anyone looking to practice Polish grammar and vocabulary through online interactive exercises. Includes over 150 exercises arranged by topic (verbs/verb tenses, nouns and pronouns, prepositions, adjectives/adverbs).

The site also has a “Polish for travelers” section.



Declination: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/polish-nouns-pronouns.html,

Conjugation: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/v-grac-past-imperfective1.html

Adjective agreement w/ gender: http://www.learnpolishfeelgood.com/adjectives-which-gender1.html

first posted in 2010, still looks great in Jan 2016



Grammar rules, comments on the place of Polish among other languages etc.

A Grammar of the Polish Language


This seems to be very thorough but feels somewhat dry.



Edu & More - Learn Polish Online


Immersive e-learning of Polish language for foreigners

Online courses and lessons consist on different topics

and different levels of language competence (from A1 to B2)

Each course means:

·         practical subjects & selected vocabulary

·         useful structures

·         dialogues and texts

·         essential grammar

exercises and much more …

You can check it at: www.polishonlinenow.com

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us dorota.gruza@eduandmore.com

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