Archives for August 2017



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.




Monday, September 4 – Annual Polish Day Parade in downtown Hamtramck. 1:30 pm. Theme: “For Your Freedom and Ours”. Grand Marshal: Mr. Ray Okonski.  More information by calling: 313-365-9400.


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.  Cash bar & Memorabilia Display – 1:00 pm; Dinner – 2:00 pm; Awards & Slide Show – 3:30 pm.  Reservations Deadline: September 1.  More information: Kathryn Borkowski, 8110 Menge, Center Line, MI 48015.


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


Monday, September 11 – General Quarterly Membership Meeting of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division.  7:0 pm.  PAC-MI Headquarters at 11333 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212.




Tuesday, October 3 – Installation Mass of the Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools, Rev. Miroslaw Krol.  Main Chapel. 4:30 pm.  Archbishop Vigneron officiating.  Banquet to follow at the Country Club on Long Lake Rd. in Bloomfield Hills. 6:30 pm.  Details to follow.


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.


Saturday, October 28 – Annual “Health Screening” at the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (1133 Joseph Campau).  The staff of the Detroit Medical Center will offer free test of blood pressure, cholesterol and others.  Details to follow.


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


Sunday, October 29 – Polish Bilingual Day celebration at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI (at 2975 E. Maple Road). 1:00 – 6:00.  A family friendly event with children’s theater presentation, science workshop for children, bilingualism lecture or parents, and dance party for all ages.  No charge.  “Wawel” restaurant will be open all day.




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.

For more information or to list an event:

Call the PAC/MI office at 313-365-9400

Email information to

Mail the information to: PAC/MI Calendar, 11333 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Please include a phone number if we need more information.


Polish Day Parade 2017


We invite you to join us for the Polish Day Parade, Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) in downtown Hamtramck.  The parade begins at 1:30 pm.  Marchers gather at the corner of Holbrook and Joseph Campau and proceed north on Joseph Campau to Commor.  It is considered one of the largest ethnic parades in the state of Michigan with many individuals and groups participating, including political figures.

The parade is organized Polish Day Parade Committee of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division.

A long, rich history is associated with the founding of the Polish Day Parade.  In the 1930s, the roots of the present day Polish Day Parade took hold with the May 3 Polish Constitution Day observances held on Detroit’s Belle Isle.  The Polish Day Parade evolved into the Pulaski Day Parade and was held in the fall of each year in downtown Detroit.

In 1977, Paul C. Odrobina as President of the Polish American Congress, Michigan Division ad as city council member saw the need for the Polish Day Parade to continue in Hamtramck.  Odrobina said, “I was happy to continue the tradition in the city of Hamtramck by having the parade committee agree to stage the parade on Joseph Campau Avenue during the city’s annual festival.”

He continued, “The Polish Day Parade is an annual tradition that celebrates Polish American life.  The parade brings out all that is good about one’s Polish heritage.  We all should be proud of who we are and what we contribute to America.”

This year the Parade will celebrate two extraordinary Poles who risked their lives under the banner of freedom, both in Poland and America, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski.  A special float celebrating these figures is being prepared by the Parade Committee.

The Grand Marshal of this year’s Parade is Mr. Ray Okonski (pictured), a well-known and respected philanthropist, active supporter of Polonia for many years, especially in the area of scholarship programs.

Come and celebrate your Polish Heritage by participating in the 2017 Polish Day Parade!