A Spring Fling FLYER2023-updated


Dear PAC-MI Members and Friends!

You are warmly invited to attend the remembrance mass this Sunday, to once again honor and pray for the 22,000 Polish soldiers and Poland’s intelligentsia, massacred in 1940, upon Stalin’s order, in the Katyn Forest, and at other Soviet prison camps, during WWII.

We will be remembering the 96 victims of the tragic Polish airplane crash, on April 5, 2010, near Smolensk, Russia, who were travelling to attend the 70th anniversary observances of the massacre at Katyn, and all of whom lost their lives in the crash, including Poland’s president, Professor Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and so many of Poland’s elite.

The mass will take place Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 5:00pm, at St. Faustina Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Rd, in Warren, MI.  Fr. Bogdna Milosz, pastor, will be the main celebrant. The Filarets Choir will be singing during this special service.

All Polonian organizations, including the Polish veterans, the Polish Scouts, Polish youth groups, members of PAC-MI, and those who wish to take part in this patriotic occasion, are sincerely asked to participate.

As in past years, there will be a small reception for attendees following the mass.

Please plan to join us for this important occasion.

On behalf of PAC-MI, Fr. Milosz, and the Filarets-



Ann Bankowski, President

Polish American Congress
Michigan Division
Ph.:(313) 365-9400


English version 2023 docx[165055] (2)


PAC Newsletter Spring 2023 2


Dyżur konsularny w Troy w stanie Michigan w dniach 28-29 kwietnia 2023 r.

Dyżur odbędzie się w:

American Polish Cultural Center

2975 E. Maple Rd.

Troy, 48083 Michigan

wejście od ulicy Maple Rd.


Konsulat Generalny RP w Chicago organizuje w Troy w stanie Michigan dyżur konsularny
w dniach 28 i 29 kwietnia 2023 r. (piątek-sobota).

Podczas dyżuru konsularnego będzie można złożyć wniosek o paszport oraz wnioski w sprawach prawnych (rejestracja małżeństw, urodzeń, zmiana imienia i nazwiska, poświadczenie podpisu i kopii)






13th Anniversary of Smolensk Polish Air Force crash

83rd Anniversary of the Katyń Massacre

St. Faustina Church
14025 E. 12 Mile Rd. Warren, MI
Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm


                                                                 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


   31- FPA general membership meeting


  • PAC Scholarship application deadline;

Pisanki workshop-Polish Institute at Orchard Lake, 11:30 in Campus Dining Hall

  • Polish Sunday at OLS-1:00pm mass and dinner

2- Meet Polish film director Grzegorz Gurne at APCC

     9- Easter Sunday

    22- West Side P-A Historical Society’s Spring Pilgrimage & Swieconka at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church

     23- PAC- Katyn-Smolensk remembrance mass at St Faustina at 5:00pm

     29- Tatry Song and Dance ensemble 50th celebration- Windsor


    5- Armed Forces Dinner- Windsor this year

    6- PNA Deb Ball-APCC

    7- PAC-Polish Constitution Day observances at OLS-1:00pm mass and program/dinner

    18- PIAST Institute sponsored event re latest survey about Polish Americans

    19- FPA general membership meeting

    21- PAC Spring-Fling (festive luncheon-social) at Q of A at 2:00pm

    26- Polish Night with Tigers


    4 – PAC General Membership Meeting

15 – PAC Parade dinner, concert, roast- American Polish Century Club (St. Hgts)

    16/17/18 Haller’s army veteran’s grave marker dedication event- Holy Sepulchre, OLS, other venues-more information to come

Polish American Congress-Michigan Resolutions 2022

Polish American Congress-Michigan Resolutions 2022

The following Resolutions were voted on by the PAC-MI membership at the Aril 23, 2022 Annual Meeting:



  1. Whereas, We recognize and observe the following significant 2020-2022 anniversaries locally:    100thAnniversary of St’ Lad’s Church, 100th Anniversary city of Hamtramck, 95th Anniversary of Transfiguration Church, 90th Anniversary of Polish Varieties Radio, 85th Anniversary of Friends of Polish Art, 65th Anniversary of Wieliczka Dancers, 60th Anniversary of Gwiazda Dancers, 50th Anniversary of Adam Mickiewicz Polish School, 50th Anniversary of Polish Night at Detroit Tigers,  50th Anniversary of PAC MI Scholarship Fund Program, 45th Anniversary of Klub Polonia in Wyandotte, 40th Anniversary of Centennial Dancers,

          25th Anniversary of Polanie Dancers, and

Whereas, significant anniversaries are celebrated nationwide; 140thAnniversary of Polish National Alliance, 135th Anniversary of the Polish Falcons of America, 115 years of Polish Falcons of America, Nest 86, 40th Anniversary of Solidarity Movement,

Therefore, we congratulate all these entities and wish them continued success;

  1. Whereas, in 2020 we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Battle of Warsaw, Cud nad Wisłą, therefore we congratulate the PAC-MI for honoring that anniversary with written material promoting the Poland’s victory over Soviet Russia in 1920,


Whereas, in 2021 Poland celebrated the 230th Anniversary of the Polish Constitution of 1791, therefore we acknowledge Polish American Congress-Michigan Division for commemorating the anniversary with ceremonies supported by printed promotional material,

Therefore, we laud the Michigan Division in all efforts to document and promote Polish history;

  1. Whereas, Ukraine is fighting to defend its independence,

Therefore, we stand with the people of Ukraine in solidarity and we commend Polish citizens, worldwide Polonia, and the Polish government for extending significant help in their dire need, and as Poland’s President noted, that we will continue stand by them as they fight for freedom, independence, and peace;

  1. We continue to anticipate that the present administration, led by US President Joseph Biden, will serve the Polish American community well, will be mindful of Poland’s security as an independent nation, and will support her good standing in the free world;
  2. We renew our appeal to Polish Americans, to be informed and actively involved in social and political issues of the United States, and in efforts promoting Poland’s and Polish best interests, e.g. defending Poland’s good name;
  3. We renew our appeal to members of Polonian organizations, as well as to anyone who is not currently a part of organized Polonia, to actively support the work of the Polish American Congress, locally and nationally, and to join and become actively involved in work that can benefit us all and our community,
  4. We renew our appeal to parents to raise their children in a patriotic spirit through participation in Polish language programs and membership in youth organizations that foster and nurture our Polish values and instill an appreciation for our rich heritage, thus increasing our children’s effectiveness to compete in American society. We continue to support efforts to promote books, articles, films, and materials, which foster the good name and true history of Poland and our heritage;
  5. We again send our best wishes to our local Polish media, for continued success in their efforts to keep Polonia informed and best serve our community: Polish Weekly and Polish Varieties Radio; and we appeal to Polonia to actively support these media and their sponsors.
  6. We renew our appeal to all who are of Polish descent, and to those who are supportive of our heritage, to stand united and in solidarity in promoting and protecting the good name and rich heritage of Poland and the Polish American community, thus enriching American life;
  7. Whereas we gratefully acknowledge Henrietta Nowakowski’s efforts in research of Polish Soldiers of World War I – Blue Army buried at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Southfield where, together with the Polish government (Institute of National Remembrance) and the Polish Mission of Orchard Lake, they will be honored for their service with granite crosses and a large monument,

Therefore, we express Polonia’s gratitude for these combined efforts in bringing this project to fruition;

  1. Whereas Orchard Lake Seminary welcomes its new Rector, Father Bernard Witek,

Therefore, we extend our best wishes for success and congratulate him, and we thank Father Jacek Kowal for his work on behalf of OLS and St. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and wish him continued success;

  1. Whereas, Thomas Wolski and Anna Huk Glaeser, who each served 12 years as officers, are leaving the Executive Board of the PAC MI

Therefore, we gratefully acknowledge their many years for the betterment of our organization.

Resolutions Committee Barbara Lemecha, Henrietta Nowakowski and Stella Szczesny

50th Anniversary of the PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc.

50th Anniversary of the PAC of Michigan

Scholarship Fund, Inc.

The 50th Anniversary of the PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc. took place on Wednesday August 3, 2022 at Stitts Post in Dearborn Hts., Michigan. Those in attendance had an enjoyable time with delicious Polish food cooked by Halina and her staff. Each guest received a goodie bag filled with items donated by PRCUA, PNA and Stella Szczesny. They also had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.

Over 100 former scholarship recipients were invited to write a few words about themselves which was included in a brief history of the PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc. This book was compiled by Joann Ozog, Recording Secretary. Board Chairman, Ann Bankowski introduced those present (Taylor Withers Beauchamp, Christopher Ozog, Leonard Zabawski and Alec Westphal) and presented each with a plaque of acknowledgement and an inspirational book, “Life is a Journey”. Joann Ozog also wrote this book which is about the many challenges one encounters in their life’s journey.

Wally Ozog, President, then introduced John Swidinski, President of the PA Federal Credit Union. For many years, the credit union donated $500.00 to the scholarship fund. On this special Anniversary year, the PA Federal Credit Union received a plaque of appreciation for their years of interest and support of the future leaders of Polonia.

The 2022 PAC of Michigan Scholarship recipients were then introduced. Christopher Adamczyk, Vice-President, introduced Ian Melnyk who is attending MSU; Bob Bielenda, Treasurer, introduced Grace Ozog who is attending U of M; Member Rick Lapham introduced Caroline Raczkowski, a DePaul University student. Each received $2,000.00, a plaque of Recognition and the inspirational book, “Life is a Journey”.

A special “thank you” is extended to those who joined in the festivities of this milestone anniversary. Without them, this celebration would not have taken place.

We also thank the former scholarship recipients who attended the dinner and also, to those who took the time to write a brief resume for our anniversary book. They are part of the history of the PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc. and should not be forgotten.

Lastly, we appreciate everyone who donated to the “Invest in the Future” scholarship appeal. It is because of these donors that we are able to continue to give scholarships. Hopefully, the former scholarship recipients will remember who made a difference for them to attain their degree and they will reciprocate and give back so that future students will benefit from it.

Words that a friend of mine often used and I would like to end my article with is, “If you give with your eyes open, you will be happy and the PAC of Michigan Scholarship Fund, Inc. will continue to exist for another 50 years.

Submitted by Joann S. Ozog (Recording Secretary)