Adm. Jerzy Tumaniszwili died
Dec 9, 2010
Adm. Jerzy Tumaniszwili,
very well known in the Polish community of Portland and Seattle,
has died at age 93 in Florida. Adm. Tumaniszwili was a
distinguished WWII veteran, decorated with Virtuti Militari,
and other orders, and served on the Polish Navy ships (ORP)
Burza, Krakowiak and Piorun. He was also entrepreneur who
produced the first disposable needles.
Seattle: at 12 noon on Dec 26, 2010
a mass in memory of Jerzy Tumaniszwili will be held at the
of St. Margaret of Scotland in Seattle
St. Margaretís Catholic Church,
Bio facts (EN),
Navy bio (PL),
Polish Embassy news,
posted Dec 16, 2010
years of the Polish Home Foundation in Seattle
The Foundation, created as
a fundraising arm for the Polish Home in Seattle in October
2000, has become the most important Polish public charity in our
state, raising over $500,000 for many Polish causes, notably for
the expansion of the Polish Home, and supporting all the Polish
organization in the area. PHF is run by president Ryszard Kott,
vice-president Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski, treasurer Marian
Strutynski and secretary Malgosia Mazany. Mrs. Elzbieta
Filipczuk, Messrs. Ron Golubiec, Krystian Koper, Andrew Okinczyc,
Glen Lee and late Piotr Pawluskiewicz have served as the Board
Polish Home Foundation
posted Nov 26, 2010
Krystyna Untersteiner elected Chair
of UW PSEC
At the recent biannual
elections to the Uuniversity of Washington Polish Studies
Endowment Committee Board, Ms. Krystyna Untersteiner has been
chair, Mr. Allen Jaworski - vice-chair, and Ms. Heidi Beck -
secretary. Ms. Shosh Westen remains UW PSEC treasurer.
posted Nov 10, 2010
Improper use of "Polish concentration camps" - please sign an
concentration / death
camps" are again used improperly in American press when referring to
WWII Nazi camps on Polish soil, instead of correct "Nazi / German
concentration / death camps in occupied Poland". The issue needs again our attention and action.
The Kosciuszko Foundation's president, Alex Storozynski wrote an article about
it and started a serious campaign about the issue. Please sign the
online petition at the Kosciuszko Foundation site today.
Update Nov 30, 2010: Kudos to the Wall Street Journal editor who
issued new guidelines for the WSJ, insisting that correct phrasing is used
when writing about about WWII German concentration camps in Poland. No word from
New York Times yet.
about KF initiative,
the KF online petition to sign, KF site
campaign gains momentum,
issues new guidelines
posted Nov 4, 2010
Yacht Solanus visits Vancouver, BC on Oct 23, 2010
Polish Yacht Solanus is only days off Vancouver, BC.
Solanus sailed from Gdansk, Poland on May 16, 2010 and came
to Pacific after going through the Northwest Passage in the
summer: south of Greenland, Baffin Bay,
north Canadian coast and
around Alaska. The yacht was expected in Vancouver on Oct 16,
2010 but is delayed due to
technical problems. For info on Vancouver visit please contact
Jerzy Kuśmider, tel.
official greeting of the yacht is on Oct 23, 2010.
Polish Vancouver Sailor site (PL),
Oct 14, 2010
Prof. Tomasz Łysak is the Polish
Fulbright scholar at the UW
visiting Polish Fulbright Lecturer for 2010/2011 is Dr. Tomasz
Łysak. Dr. Łysak is with the Dept. of Applied Linguistics at the
Warsaw University. His research interests focus on cinematic and
literary representations of the Holocaust in Poland, ethics and
aesthetics of Holocaust commemoration, and Polish-Jewish
relations. The Polish Fulbright Lecturer position is supported
in part by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee.
Dr. Łysak, UW
posted Sep 30, 2010
Polish Story Time
Poczytajki is now a weekly event at 4 pm on Fridays
Polish Story Time Poczytajki becomes a weekly event for all
the Polish kids around. During each meeting, Polish children
books and stories are read to kids from kindergarten and early
elementary grades. Typical fare: children poems, rhymes, songs
and finger plays. Organized by Joanna Wroblewska with the help
of the King County Public Libraries.
Where: at the
Bellevue Regional Library in Bellevue; admission free, in
Joanna Wroblewska, Poczytajki is a weekly event. Next
meetings are on Oct 1, 8, 15 etc. 2010.
posted Sep 30, 2010
Ostrom's FIRST Robotics team excels at the regionals
Ms. Grazyna (Grace) Ostrom is a Boeing
propulsion engineer who volunteers as a mentor and coach for
the FIRST Robotics team at Newport High School in Bellevue.
The FIRST program is supported generously by Boeing and
gives students an opportunity to design and build their own
engineering creations. The team won the most creative award
at the regional competition in June, 2010. Kudos &
More: Read a
story about Ostrom and her robotics team
posted Sep 23, 2010
Magdalena Hill won the poster
Seattle Polish Film Festival
the winning entry
Polish Film Festival announced the winner of the poster
competition for the upcoming 18th Annual Seattle Polish Film
Festival. The winning entry has been submitted by
Ms. Magdalena Hill of Seattle. Please visit
Seattle PFF site for more info and to see other entries.
The Polish Film Festival runs November 5-14 this year.
posted Sep 12, 2010
Fr. Piotr Dzikowski goes to Portland,
Fr. Eugeniusz Bolda comes to Tacoma
Fr. Piotr Dzikowski
Fr. Piotr Dzikowski, the
very well known pastor of the Polish Parish in Tacoma, has become the
new pastor at the historical St. Stanislaus Parish in Portland, OR.
He has served as the pastor at SS.
Peter & Paul in Tacoma for 15 years.
Fr. Piotr was born in Poland and ordained in 1987. He is a member of the
Society of Christ, a Polish order devoted to ministering to Polish
speaking people all over the world.
Fr. Eugeniusz Bolda, also with the Society
of Christ, has taken over the Polish Parish in Tacoma. Fr. Eugeniusz
comes to Tacoma from Phoenix, AZ, where he served as the pastor at the
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish for 10 years.
We wish both Fr. Dzikowski and Fr.
Bolda successes at the parishes so important for Polish-Americans in the
St. Stanislaus Parish in Portland,
SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Tacoma
posted Aug 28, 2010
Paul Griffin becomes the principal of
the Polish School in Seattle
Mr. Paul Griffin has
become the new principal of the Polish School in Seattle, taking over
from Mrs. Anna Babcock who served as the principal for the last two
years. Mr. Griffin has been very active at the Polish Home, notably as a
long time Treasurer at the Polish Home Assn. and the Secretary of the
Seattle-Gdynia Sister-City Assn.
Last year he was honored with a Certificate of Recognition by the Polish
Consul General. Congratulations!
Polish School in Seattle
posted Aug 27, 2010
processed in Seattle on Aug 3 & 4, 2010
The Consulate General of
Poland in Los Angeles has just received a special laptop and all the
equipment needed for processing passport applications on the road.
Seattle is the first stop in the new series of passport trips by the
The Consul is
scheduled to visit Seattle on Aug 3 & 4, 2010. Assuming the
equipment works as expected, passport applications will be processed at
the Polish Home in Seattle 10 am - 6 pm on Aug 3 (Tue) and 9 am -
5 pm on Aug 4 (Wed). There will be the usual reservation system on both
To make a reservation, please contact
Mr. Marian Strutynski, (425)
The application will be processed according
to reservation list, with people without reservations served as the time
posted July 29, 2010
Dr. Janusz Dominik died on July 10, 2010
Dr. Janusz Dominik
Dr. Janusz Dominik, a longtime
member of the Polish community died in Seattle on July 10, 2010 at age 84. Mr.
Dominik was born in Cracow, fought in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, and gained
his medical diploma in Galway, West Ireland, where he met his wife Mary. In
Seattle he practiced as a family doctor and consultant. He was
an longtime member of the Polish Home Association and a generous supporter
of the Polish Home. Also please see
Dr. Dominik's obituary.
Dr. Dominik is survived by his
two sisters Jadviga of New York and Alicja of Poland, by other family of Poland
including his grandniece
Agatha and great grandniece Pola who were with him at his death,
and his late wife's family in
11 am on July 21, 2010 at
Church in Seattle
following the mass, at Lake View Cemetery
burial: from 12:45 at the
visit the Guest Book
lieu of flowers
should be written to Polish Home Foundation,
and sent to Polish Home Foundation, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, marked in
memory of Dr. Dominik.
posted July 19, 2010
Alisa Lidzbarski Lahti at the Westmoreland Museum of American
Lahti is a Seattle-based artist creating paper-cut and
wycinanki-influenced artwork; wycinanki being the
Polish art of fine cutouts. Her work will be on display at a
Paper Artist Exhibion at Westmoreland Museum of Modern Art in
Greensburg, near Pittsburg, PA. Congratulations!
For a local
opportunity to admire Ms. Lahti's art, check out this event
Best of Magnuson Park
posted July 1, 2010
Warning: email scam about a
friend stranded abroad without money
in the local Polish community received an "urgent" mail
recently, supposedly from a member of the community, asking for
financial help due to being stranded abroad without money.
Please note, this is a well known scam scheme and the person in
question is all the time happily living in Issaquah. Hallmarks
of the scam - person stranded at a hotel abroad, but no hotel
name or phone number given.
posted June 30, 2010
2010 Presidential elections
in Seattle - the run-off round
Update: Results for the
Seattle polling station #177: Kaczynski 146, Komorowski 139,
full results here.
This is the
second and final round of the early
presidential elections in Poland after the tragic death of
President Kaczynski. A polling station for Polish citizens is at the
Polish Home; voting in the United States is set on July 3,
2010 from 6 am to 8 pm. To vote you have to be registered -
people who have not registered before the first round can
register till July 1, 2010.
More info here.
More: Election FAQ,
Detailed info about oting in Seattle
posted June 21, 2010
Helping flood victims in Poland
a few miles from the Vistula, May 28, 2010
Poland has suffered two flood
waves on all major rivers, affecting especially cities on the Vistula. If you
would like help please read on:
Locally in Seattle:
Polish Home Assn.
asks for donations
for the flood victims in Poland. These funds will be sent to the Red Cross in
Poland to help with the needs of those affected. Please send a check to: PHA,
1714 18th Ave Seattle, WA 98122, and mark "Red Cross or Flood" in the lower left
Polish American Congress
also asks for tax deductible donations for flood victims. Please send checks to
PACCF, 5711 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60646, marked "Flood Relief for Poland".
PACCF are eligible for gift matching programs.
posted June 8, 2010
SGSCA wins the Best Single
Project of the Year award
Update: In addition to the Seattle award, Gdynia
Business Week project won a national Sister City award -Sister
Cities International is honoring Seattle-Gdynia Sister City
Association with its 2009 Innovation: Youth & Innovation award
for the Gdynia Business Week project.
2010 Gdynia Business Week
(Aug 23-27, 2010) - for more info
contact Janice by email
or call at 206-819-8653.
At the annual Sister City Reception
at the Seattle City Hall hosted by Mayor Mike McGinn,
Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association was honored with the 2010
Best Single Project of the Year award for the Gdynia Business
Week project. Gdynia Business Week was a summer business school
for 100 Polish high school students in Gdynia organized by SGSCA
& Washington Business Week with support from the City of Gdynia
in August 2009.
Congratulations to project coordinator Janice Jaworski and
the whole SGSCA organization whose many members volunteered
their energy, time, money and vacations for the Gdynia Business
The Best Single Project Award
Project coordinator Janice Jaworski
SGSCA President Debra Markert with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Gdynia Business Week,
Washington Business Week
May 12, 2010
Golubiec retires, Anna Borodenko leads the Polish Scouts
recent celebration, the Polish
Scout Troop Kaszuby honored Scoutmaster Martha Golubiec who retired after
24 years of leading the Troop that she founded in 1986. Scoutmaster Anna
Borodenko has become the new leader of the Polish Scouting organization in
Polish Scout Troop Kaszuby
posted May 6, 2010
2010 Presidential elections
Update: Results for the
Seattle polling station #177: Kaczynski 132, Komorowski 121,
full results here. The
second & final round of voting is on July 3, 2010.
The early presidential elections
in Poland after the tragic death of President Kaczynski have been called for
June 20, 2010. Polish citizens can vote in Seattle at the Polish Home; voting
will be on June 19, 2010. If you want to vote, you have to register - please read
detailed info here (in Polish).
Registration deadline is June 17.
More: Election FAQ,
Detailed info about registration &
voting in Seattle (in Polish),
Ulotka Wybory 2010 w
Seattle (in Polish)
posted May 2, 2010
Corey Krzan wins the 2010 UW PSEC scholarship
UW Polish Studies Endowment
Committee announced that the $1500 Student Scholarship for 2010 was awarded to
Mr. Corey Krzan. Mr. Krzan is a third year undergraduate student who is
double-majoring in French and Eastern European Languages. He is active in the
Polish Student Association at the University of Washington and he is also going
to Poland for a one year program at the Polish Culture and Language School at
the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Congratulations!
UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee scholarships,
UW Polish Student Association
posted May 2, 2010
An Iranian movie about Siberian exiles
The recent lecture about
Seattle-area Siberian exiles and screening of the movie
A Trip To Nowhere at the University of Washington brought news about other efforts to
document the WWII deportations.
Below, some links related to a documentary movie The Lost
Requiem by the internationally renown Iranian director Khosrow Sinai. Mr.
Sinai shot the movie in 1970s after attending a funeral at the Polish cemetery
A video interview with director Sinai and a separate
about making the movie (many historical photographs from Iran), and . In 2008,
President of Poland, Mr. Kaczynski decorated Mr. Sinai and survivors living in
an article in Wprost,
official gov note. Mr. Sinai
with Mr. Wajda in 2008.
posted May 2, 2010
City of Seattle Proclamation of Sympathy to the people of Poland
Considering the tragic death of
Polish President Lech Kaczynski and other Polish statesmen and women and also
considering a successful relationship & friendship of the City with a sister
city of Gdynia, Poland, the City Council of Seattle made a proclamation
expressing on behalf of the people of Seattle a sincere sympathy and heartfelt
condolences to the people of Poland and to the sister City of Gdynia.
posted April 20, 2010
Mourning the President of Poland and the members of Polish elite
who perished in the plane crash on April 10, 2010
President Kaczynski and
the First Lady
The Polish community of Seattle
joins Poles and friends of Poland everywhere in mourning the tragic loss of
President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynska and members of the Polish
elite who died in the plane crash in Russia on the way to a Katyn commemoration.
Our thanks go to all who extended their sympathy and remembered them in their
If you would like to express
your sympathy in this tragedy for the Polish nation, this is what you can do
The Book of
Condolences is available for signing at the
Polish Home in Seattle for
the next two weeks on Friday evenings from 6 pm and Sunday afternoons from 1 to
4 pm. Books of Condolences are also available at the Polish Consulate in Los
Angeles and in Vancouver, BC.
Mass will be held at the
Polish Church in Seattle at 11 am on April 17, 2010.
Below an update from local
events mourning the tragedy.
Gail Wodzin's report and pictures from the ceremony at the Polish Home
organized by Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn on April 11, 2010
video with the news of the tragedy and clips of members of the Polish
community, including Ron Golubiec and Paul Griffin speaking at the ceremony at
the Polish Home
KING 5 news video with the news and clips from St. Margaret's including Fr.
Stanislaw Michalek and Aldona Bazant.
Seattle Times short
report from the Katyn commemoration in Seattle on April 11.
The undelivered Katyn speech of the President (Rzeczpospolita daily,
posted April 12, 2010
Andrzej Falinski died on March 24, 2010
Mr. Andrzej Falinski, a longtime
member of the Polish community died suddenly in Seattle on March 24, 2010. Mr.
Falinski was born in Kielpin, in northern Poland, in 1946. He arrived in the US
1985, settling in Seattle in 1989 and working as a precision machinist. He was
an active member of the Polish Home Association and served as the Polish
Home Manager for five years.
Mr. Falinski is survived by his
daughter Gosia Busse with husband Eric and their sons Elliott and Ethan,
daughter Magdalena Braun with her daughter Zoe, niece Bozena Commerree and
friend Halina Cielslik with her three daughters and three grandchildren, all of
the Seattle area, as well as sisters Krystyna and Zofia with their families in
On March 31, 2010 at
St. Margaretís Church
11:30 am - 12:45 pm viewing
1:00 pm Vigil Service
follow the service: at the
Interment at a private
posted March 29, 2010
PAC & the Piast Institute campaign for Polish ancestry on
Congress and the Piast Institute launched a national campaign to reinstate
Polish ancestry option on the census form. The current census does not ask about
white ancestry, but you can still mark Polish ancestry as an add on. PAC & Piast
ask everybody to do just that - mark the Polish ancestry on the form - in order
to get the ancestry question reinstated.
Please read about the
national campaign & how to mark Polish ancestry on the census form.
posted March 18, 2010
New element 112 named for Copernicus
It's official: On Feb
19, 2010, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) declared
that a new element with atomic number 112 will be called Copernicium in honor of
Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicium was discovered in 1996 by a team of scientists led by
Prof. Sigurd Hofmann from Darmstadt, Germany.
posted March 11, 2010
Nowy Dziennik prints stories about Seattle Polonia
Local Polonia welcomes Mrs. Ewa Orlowska, a new Seattle
correspondent to Nowy Dziennik. Thanks to her efforts, this biggest
Polish language daily newspaper in the United States printed recently two local
stories about our community. The story about
Malgorzata Walewska describes efforts of the UW Polish Studies Endowment
Committee to support Polish studies at the University of Washington, while an
earlier story introduces
Polish Book Club in Seattle. The Editor is a longtime reader of the Nowy
Dziennik weekend edition and its cultural section Ė itís worth subscribing
subscription information for daily, Friday and weekend editions,
Nowy Dziennik website
posted March 7, 2010
Golubiec re-elected President of the Polish Home Association
At the Polish
Home Association election meeting on January 30, 2010, Mr. John Golubiec has
been reelected as the PHA President and Mr. Adam Strutynski as the Senior
posted Jan 31, 2010
Markert re-elected President of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City
Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association election meeting in January 2010, Ms.
Debra Markert has been re-elected as the SGSCA President, Mr. Tom Clark and Ms.
Janice Jaworski as Vice-Presidents, and Ms. Harriett Wodzin as the Treasurer.
posted Jan 26, 2010