HAMTRAMCK, MI – Anna Bańkowska was elected the President of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (PAC-MI) at the annual membership meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the PNA Hall in Hamtramck.
Bańkowska was the only nominated candidate for the position of PAC-MI President. It will be her second term as the leader of the Michigan Division of the Polish American Congress.
Bańkowska is following in the footsteps of her father, Kazimierz Olejarczyk, who passed away three year ago. Mr. Olejarczyk devoted his entire adult life to Polish American Congress (for 16 years her served as the President of the organization).
The election of officers and board members was conducted by the Nominating Committee led by Hon. Judge John Chmura.
Barbara Lemecha was re-elected Executive Vice President, while Barbara Gronet and Christopher Adamczyk were once again elected as Vice President for American and Polish Affairs. Tomasz Wolski will again serve as the Treasurer.
Anna Huk-Glaeser was elected Recording Secretary (for Board Meeting) and Donna Bielecki will assume the position of the Recording Secretary (for Membership Meetings). Jolanta Bujny will serve as the Corresponding Secretary.
Jerzy Rozalski, Zdzislaw Jurek and Henrietta Nowakowski (with Barbara Lemecha as alternate) were elected as National Directors.
18 members were elected State Directors. They are: Wladyslaw Bankowski, Joan Baritche, Janusz Dabrowski, Frank Dmuchowski, Chester Szczotka, Stanislawa Jakobek, Richard Lapham, Jerzy Rozalski, Alicja Karlic, Thomas Schemanski, Stella Szczesny, Mary Ellen Tyszka, Miroslaw Wawrysz, Richard Konrad, Joseph Kalankiewicz, Gena Jurek, Marcia Lewandowski and Stefan Zmuda.
The individuals elected to the Audit Committee include Waldemar Raczkowski, Edward Nizienski and Richard Lapham.
The newly elected Officers and members of the Board will officially take their positions on Saturday, April 8, during the swearing-in ceremony at the PNA Hall in Hamtramck. The event, which starts at 1:00 pm, will also include a delicious dinner and a presentation of PAC Awards. The PAC will honor organizations marking significant anniversaries and individuals that contribute to Detroit’s Polish American community. The awards will be presented to the Polish Falcons of America Nest 31, Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Friends of Polish Art, Polish Century Club of Detroit, Polish American Veterans Association District VI, Saint John Paul II Polish Language School, Rev. Jozef Dabrowski Polish Language School, Klub Polonia, Stan’s Grocery, Jolanta Gmurowska, Carolyn Wietrzykowski and Ludwik Zabicki.
Tickets for the Installation of Ceremony and Award Ceremony ($40) can be reserved by calling PAC office: 313-365-9400.