Archives for April 2017

“Dear Parents, I Am Sending You My Picture, But You Probably Won’t Recognize Me”

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – That statement, written in a letter to her parents by a young Polish immigrant woman in Chicago in 1891, summarizes the essence of the immigration experience for women. Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, who has written on the history of Polish immigrant women, will lecture on this topic on April 27, 2017 at the Warren Civic Center Library (1 City Square, Warren, MI 48093) at 6 p.m.


The immigration experience of women paralleled, in many ways, that of their male counterparts. Yet it was distinctive in many of the challenges and opportunities it offered. Women immigrated as part of family groups, as mothers with children reuniting with husbands, joining fiancés, and as single immigrants seeking adventure and wider opportunities in the New World. America transformed them. It changed their outlook and allowed them to accomplish things that would have been impossible in the villages they left behind. They crossed the oceans alone, found employment in distant cities, chose their own marriage partners, and built homes, families, and communities without the support of female relatives. They, in turn, also transformed America. They built a new society and a new culture in urban neighborhoods in smoky industrial cities, and on remote farmsteads on the American prairies. They created a myriad of organizations, clubs, and circles, as well as neighborhood networks to replace the support systems of village and family they left behind.


The lecture will be followed by questions and discussion. The discussion will open opportunities to explore the individual and family stories of audience. It is sponsored by the Piast Institute and funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.


For more information, please contact Ashley Fallon at or call the Piast Institute at (313) 733-4535.



Sponsored by the Polish American Congress / Michigan Division




POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS/MICHIGAN DIVISION OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 10am-2pm, Thursday 11am-4pm, Saturday 9am-2pm. Quarterly Membership Meetings held in March; June; September; December. For more information about membership and meetings, please call 313.365.9400. 11333 Jos.Campau, Hamtramck, MI.


Polish American Central Citizens Committee of Detroit – Monthly meetings held at the PNA Banquet Facilities Board Room, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck, MI. For more information regarding membership call Barbara Gronet at 313.365.8949.


Polish National Alliance Council 122 – General Membership Meetings: June and January. PNA Banquet Facilities Board Room, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck, MI. For more information regarding membership call Stella Szczesny at 313.680.4548 or Barbara Gronet at 313.365.8949.


PRCUA St. John Paul II Society #1593 – Society Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month except July, August and December. Meetings are held at 7 PM at St. Anne’s Jr. High School (Back Building), 36000 Mound Rd, Warren, MI. For more information call Wally Ozog at 586.751.8168.


APRIL 2017


Saturday, April 22 – Hamtramck Health Hike. To celebrate healthy lifestyles we will be doing a 5k walk/run through Hamtramck. The start time is 9am at Keyworth Stadium (3201 Roosevelt St, Hamtramck, MI 48212) and will end at the Hamtramck Community Center where there will be a Health Fair from 10am-12pm. There will be lunches provided and even a K9 presentation by the Highland Park Police.


Sunday, April 23 – Święconka Sponsored by the PNA District 10 Women’s Division and the Friends of Polish Art. 2 PM (Doors open at 1:30 pm) PNA Council 122 Banquet Facilities, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck. Traditional dinner, Entertainment, Basket Raffle. $20 per person, $10 Children under 12.  Reservations Required. Call Marcia 313.891.0696 or Rick 313.443.1560. Reservation Deadline: April 18.


Sunday, April 23 – 48th Anniversary Recital of PRCUA “Halka Dancers”.  3 PM. Van Dyke Community Auditorium 22500 Federal, Warren, MI.  $7 donation.  For more information, call: 586.291.4486.

Wednesday, April 26 – Central Citizens Committee Installation. 6 PM. Krakus Restaurant, 12900 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. $20 per person. Please email , or or call 313.365.8949 (Barbara) before Friday (21st).


Thursday, April 27 – Immigrant Women and Their Daughters: The Polish Experience. 6pm at the Warren Civic Library. Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, President of the Piast Institute, will be speaking at the lecture. This is also the official opening of the Polish Women’s Hall of Fame project ( To learn more about it please visit the website or join us at the lecture.


Saturday, April 29 – Prescription Take Back. 10am-2pm. In front of CVS (9300 Joseph Campau) in Hamtramck along with the Hamtramck Police and the DEA collecting unused and expired medication in the community. We are accepting pills for safe disposal. Last year we collected about 65 POUNDS of just pills (no bottles). Please mark out all personal information and no sharps or liquids please!


MAY 2017


Sunday, May 7 – Polish Constitution Day Observances. Our Lady of Czestochowa in Sterling Hts with mass at 1 PM with program and light refreshments immediately following mass in the St. John Paul II Social Hall. Sponsored by PAC-MI; Polish Mission at Orchard Lake, and area Polish Language Schools.

Saturday, May 13 – PNA Lowicz Dancers Recital. More information to come.


Sunday, May 14 – PNA Polanie Song & Dance Ensemble, Polish Alliance Dancers & Gen. Pulaski Language School 54th Annual Recital. 2 PM Performance and Luncheon (Doors open at 1:30 PM). St. Mel School Gymnasium, 7506 N. Inkster Rd, Dearborn Heights. Tickets $15/Adult (pre-event) – $18/Adult (at door). Children under 12 – no charge. Contact Christine Kryszko 313.581.3181, Teresa Jedruszko 734.306.7351 or Donna Kutylowski 313.505.0057.


Friday, May 19 – 47th Annual Polish American Night at Comerica Park. Tigers vs Texas. For further information contact Wally Ozog at 586.751.8168 or Christopher Ozog at 586.524.4907.

Sunday, May 21 – PAC Mass for Polonia at Chapel of St. Ladislaus in Hamtramck at 9 AM with coffee reception after Mass.


JUNE 2017


Saturday, June 3 – Youth Bowling. PRCUA St. John Paul II Society 1593. 10 AM – 1 PM. $8 PRCUA member / $10 non-member / $5 lunch only. Three games (two for bumpers), shoes, prizes & lunch. Five Star Bowling Center, 2666 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. RSVP to Barbara Ozog BWITHERS03@YAHOO.COM 586.453.3471 by May 27.


Sunday, June 4 – Membership Meeting. PNA Lodge 1264. 3 PM. PNA Council 122 Banquet Facilities, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck. Entrance from parking lot.


Saturday, June 24 – Friends & Family Picnic. Sponsored by the PRCUA St. John Paul II Society #1593. 10 AM – 3 PM. Splash pool, picnic food, kids activities, 50/50 Raffles, Cornhole, horseshoe tournament. BYOB (no glass) Veterans Memorial Park, Splash Pad Pavilion, 32400 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. $10 per person, $20/team. Contact John Godin: 586.404.2636 to sign up.


Sunday, June 25 – Filarets Annual Picnic.  12 noon to 8 PM. Wanda Park, 13707 Clinton River Rd, Sterling Heights (Schoenherr & Clinton River Rd). Music by “Avocado”. Entrance Ticket – $2 per person. Polish food and beverages available for purchase at the park. Raffles, choral and sing along music, other attractions.


JULY 2017


Sunday, July 30 – Picnic. PNA Lodge 1264 Jan Zamoyski “Solidarność”. Wanda Park, 13707 Clinton River Rd, Sterling Heights (Schoenherr & Clinton River Rd).




Sunday, September 10 – Polish Falcons of America Nest 31 will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary at the American Polish Century Club, Maple Lane at 14 Mile Rd. More information to come later.

Sunday, September 10 – Membership Meeting. PNA Lodge 1264. 3 PM. PNA Council 122 Banquet Facilities, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck. Entrance from parking lot.




Sunday, October 15 – 100th anniversary of “Czyn Zbrojny”- the organization of Canadian and Polish American volunteers for General Haller’s Army during WWI, to fight for Poland’s Independence. 12 Noon Mass at St. Josaphat’s Church, 715 East Canfield Street, Detroit, MI. Organized by Polish Army Veterans, Circuit VI.


Sunday, October 29 – Pulaski Banquet. Sponsored by the Polish American Central Citizens Committee of Detroit. More information to come.




Sunday, December 3 – Election Meeting. PNA Lodge 1264 Jan Zamoyski “Solidarność”. 3 PM. PNA Council 122 Banquet Facilities, 10211 Conant, Hamtramck. Entrance from parking lot.


All events are open to the public except where stipulated. $$ means there is a charge for attendance. There is NO CHARGE for listing an event on this calendar. The calendar will be updated bi-weekly and will be available on the PAC/MI website ( ), will be regularly emailed to members with their email addresses on file in the PAC/MI Office, and will appear in and on Polish Media in Detroit. PAC/MI, its officers and members are not responsible for any errors that occur in these listings. We will strive to make this the most accurate and up-to-date event listing possible.

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