Polish American Congress Michigan Division

11333 Joseph Campau

Hamtramck, MI 48212



Dear President Andrews-Espy,

It has come to our attention that an offer, made by the Kosciuszko Foundation and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (known as NAWA), to fund a full time Polish lectureship at Wayne State University, was rejected. The offered funds would pay for a full-time Polish lectureship for the 20224/2025 academic year. Discussions in this matter were initiated in the fall of 2022. At that time, the chair of the CMLLC Department, Prof. Vanessa DeGifis, backed the project.

As president of Polish American Congress-Michigan Division, an 80- year-old representative organization of the Michigan Polish American community, I have occasion to voice concerns on behalf of Michigan’s Polish Americans (numbering 800,000). Today I write to express our disappointment about the decision made by WSU in this matter and to fervently appeal to the university administration to seriously reconsider the offer.

We are proud of WSU’s long tradition of teaching the Polish language and maintaining a vibrant language and cultural program showcasing Polish, as well as other Slavic languages, from which hundreds of WSU students benefitted, as far back as the 1940’s.  It was a respected program known by the Polish American community as well as the area community at large. It has such a proud legacy.

In more recent years, Polish Studies, as part of the Slavic Studies program, offered students a variety of educational experiences beyond the classroom as well, such as study abroad trips, on campus cultural events, panel discussions, film screenings, and various workshops. These efforts not only educated students about Poland, but about other Slavic and European countries. We would be saddened to see such valuable experiences not continue.   We were heartened, however, with the recent response of past Polish students, who recently organized an on-line petition to support the plan to reinstate a full-time lectureship in Polish. The enthusiastic response to the petition is a testament to earlier achievements and continued interest in the WSU Polish Studies program.

Furthermore, allowing the opportunity for a full-time lectureship in Polish by an experienced NAWA lecturer, would also greatly enhance the university’s Slavic and Global Studies Programs. With today’s geo-political situation in Eastern Europe, a full time Polish Studies lectureship could provide better exposure and a deeper understanding to students and the campus community, by teaching not only the language and culture, but also by sharing current perspectives about that part of the world.

The financial commitment made by these two institutions would have alleviated a financial burden which normally would have fallen on WSU.  By not only satisfying the financial aspect, Kosciuszko Foundation and NAWA would be available to build a closer relationship with WSU and the student body, offering scholarships, sponsoring informative campus events and study abroad opportunities.

We believe that investment in a full-time lectureship would ensure the program’s continuation, enrich university course offerings, and even allow opportunities for expansion. We see it as an asset for WSU, its diverse campus community, and the larger community of the state of Michigan.

Polish American Congress is ready to promote the proposed WSU Polish program among high school students, parents, local language schools’ teachers, youth program leaders and our community’s various media to encourage its development and sustainability.

Therefore, on behalf of the Board and membership of Polish American Congress, and the Michigan Polish American community, I respectfully make an appeal to you to reconsider the offer being made by Kosciuszko Foundation and NAWRA to institute a full-time Polish lectureship, thus increasing and enhancing learning and enrichment opportunities at Wayne State University.


Ann Bankowski, President

Polish American Congress-Michigan



WSU Provost Laurie Lauzon-Clabo

CLAS Dean Stephanie Hartwell





śp. John Śidor

Dear PAC officers, chairpersons, and directors,

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that one of our fellow officers and colleagues, John Sidor, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 6th.

Many of us saw him Saturday at the PAC meeting and we shared an opłatek. Mariola and he were so excited to leave for Poland next week with the whole family to spend Christmas there.

May the Lord receive John into His loving arms this Christmas season and may He Bless the Sidor family at this difficult time.

Sharing this link for your information. Visitation is Monday, 2:00-8:00pm at Vermeulen Funeral Home in Plymouth, with Rosary at 7:00pm.

Funeral services are Tuesday, in state at 10:00am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, with mass at 10:30am.  Burial at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Hts., MI.

May our friend and colleague, John Sidor, rest in God’s eternal peace!

Ann Bańkowski, President



poster Polish American Congress

Dyżur Konsularny w PIAST Institute

Konsulat Generalny RP w Chicago organizuje dyżur konsularny w Hamtramck w

dniach 17–18 listopada w Piast Institute: 11633 Joseph Campau Street Hamtramck,

MI 48212

Na dyżur obowiązują wcześniejsze zapisy telefoniczne.

Zapisy będą prowadzone w dniach: 7 i 8 listopada lub do wyczerpania miejsc. W

celu dokonania zapisu na dyżur, prosimy dzwonić do naszego Urzędu w wyżej

wymienione dni pod numer telefon: 312 337 8166, wew. 1 w godz. 11.00-14.00

(czasu Detroit).

Podczas dyżuru będzie możliwość złożenia wniosku o wydanie dokumentu


Przed wykonaniem telefonu w sprawie rezerwacji terminu wizyty paszportowej


• przygotować dane osobowe (imię nazwisko, numer PESEL lub w przypadku

braku numeru PESEL data i miejsce urodzenia),

• przygotować dane kontaktowe – numer telefonu,

• przygotować dane dotychczas posiadanego polskiego paszportu lub

dowodu osobistego;

• upewnić się, że:

1. w przypadku zawarcia związku małżeńskiego w USA,

dokonano transkrypcji (rejestracji) amerykańskiego aktu małżeństwa w

Polsce. Dopiero po uzyskaniu odpisu polskiego aktu małżeństwa z

informacją o nazwisku noszonym po zawarciu małżeństwa można

wystąpić o wydanie paszportu na to nazwisko.

2. w przypadku urodzenia dziecka w USA, dokonano transkrypcji

(rejestracji) amerykańskiego aktu urodzenia w Polsce. Dopiero po

uzyskaniu odpisu polskiego aktu urodzenia można wystąpić o paszport dla

danej osoby.

UWAGA: W przypadku osób dorosłych, które nigdy nie posiadały polskiego paszportu, bądź

posiadają nieważny od kilku/kilkunastu/kilkudziesięciu lat polski paszport (bez numeru PESEL) i

nie posiadają ważnego polskiego dowodu osobistego, należy zweryfikować czy konieczne jest

przeprowadzanie procedury potwierdzenia posiadania obywatelstwa polskiego. W tym celu

należy wysłać e-mail na adres Wydziału Ruchu Osobowego: chicago.passportvisa@ z podaniem danych osobowych i paszportowych wymienionych poniżej.

Informacje na temat wymaganych dokumentów do złożenia wniosku o paszport znajdą

Państwo na stronie internetowej Konsulatu Generalnego RP w




Special Invitation

Dear PAC-MI members and Friends of Polonia!

We are happy to invite you to a special wreath laying ceremony to take place next Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 3:00pm at the statue of Mikołaj Kopernik, Nicholas Copernicus, world famous genius and astronomer, the Father of Modern Astronomy. The ceremony will mark and celebrate this year’s 550th anniversary of Copernicus’ birth.

The statue is located on the grounds of the Detroit Main Library, at Woodward and W. Kirby. Kopernik’s statue was dedicated and placed there in 1973, to mark the 500th anniversary of his birth in 1473.

A photograph is here attached along with our invitation.

Please join us to remember and to honor this remarkable son of Poland. Spread the word and invite friends and family to come October 7, 2023.

Serdecznie zapraszamy Polonię na spotkanie i złożenie wieńca przy pomniku naszego wielkiego syna Polski, Mikołaja Kopernika, w tym roku Kopernikowskim, uznając 550 lat od jego urodzenia!

Do zobaczenia o 3:00 pp obok głównej biblioteki Detroit, przy ulicy Woodward i W. Kirby, w sobotę, 7 października!


Ann Bankowski, President

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





Stowarzyszenie Weteranόw Armii Poslkiej w Ameryce Placόwka 95

Polish Army Veterans Association of America Post 95

2935 Eleventh Street Wyandotte, Michigan 48192 (734) 283-5330




                        The Polish Army Veterans Association of America Post 95 in

               Wyandotte would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate

               in honoring General Kazimierz (Casmir) Pulaski during “Pulaski Day”.

         The celebration will take place with a special mass on Sunday, October 08, 2023, at 1:30 pm, at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish 976 Pope John Paul II Ave. Wyandotte, MI. 48192. Cannon Walter Ptak will be the celebrant for this special mass. Immediately following the church services, guests will congregate on Superior Street directly in front of the church, and will parade to Pulaski Park, where further ceremonies will be held.  Pulaski Park is located on 12th Street, between Cedar and Walnut in Wyandotte. We invite all participants to continue with our celebration at Polish Army Veterans Post 95, located at 2935 11th Street, following the ceremonies held at Pulaski Park.

We invite all Organizations to join us in celebrating this special hero.


               Kazimierz Szymczuk                                     Janina Witczak

  Commander, PAVA Post 95                        President Ladies Aux. PAVA Post 95





9/24/23 PNA “Dożynki” Autumn Harvest Polish Dinner ($25/adults; $15/children 12 and under) 1:00PM at PLAV Post 16 in Dearborn Hts., MI; call Christine for reservations, 313-522-2748.

10/1/23 Polish Sunday at Orchard Lake Schools- monthly Polish mass at 1:00pm with dinner to follow ($20); submit reservations a week earlier:

10/7/23 PAC-MI sponsored wreath laying, to commemorate the 550th anniversary of Copernicus’ birth, at 3:00PM at Mikołaj Kopernik statue, next to Detroit Main Library.

10/7& 8/23 Art on the Lake- Fine Arts Show and Sale; 10:00-4:00pm; on Orchard Lake Schools campus; for details, contact:

10/8/23 Pulaski Day observances (mass, program, dinner) Our Lady of the Scapular, mass at 1:30pm followed by PAVA Post 95 sponsored program in Pulaski Park and dinner at Post 95, in Wyandotte.

10/14/23 Polish parliamentary elections in US for Polish citizens (locally at APCC in Troy); call PAC-MI office for information.

10/14/23 Klub Polonia social event-dance with refreshments- at Our Lady of the Scapular social hall; details to follow.

10/15/23 Chopiniana concert at 3:00 pm followed by dinner, at APCC in Troy; for information, call Jackie, 586-558-3624.

10/16/23 PAC-MI brainstorming meeting at PAC headquarters at 6:30pm (PAC-MI members, delegates, chairmen, officers).

10/22/23 PACCC Pulaski awards banquet at Barrister Gardens St. Clair Shores, MI 12:00-4:00 PM; advanced reservations and payment ($60/adults, $35/children); for info call Stella, 313-680-4548

10/24-25/23 PAC annual National Directors meeting in Chicago

11/11/23 PAC-MI annual radiothon 8:30-11:00; Call ins with pledges to Polish Varieties Radio, 248-557-3500

11/12/23 Polish Scouting Organization sponsored Polish Independence Day mass and banquet at Our Lady ofCzęstochowa, Sterling Hts., MI; details to follow.

12/2/23 Next PAC-MI quarterly meeting at 10:00 am at PAC-MI headquarters.

Quarterly General Meeting

Polish American Congress

Michigan Division

Quarterly General Meeting

Monday, September 18, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

 at PAC-MI Office

11333 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck

Office:(313) 365-9400 

Please notice, there is no charge for

 parking in Hamtramck,


Greetings PAC-MI Members and Polonia Friends!

On behalf of the Polish American Congress-Michigan and the Polish Day Parade CommitteeI invite everyone to join us at the parade this Saturday in Warren. The parade’s assembly will take place at the Cousino High School parking lot at 3:00 and the parade starts at 4:10pm.

This year’s new parade route begins at 13 Mile Rd. and Hoover, continues onto Common Rd (which is 12 1/2 Mile and will be closed to traffic during the parade, starting at 3:00pm). The Parade will culminate at the Warren Civic Center grounds, where the Warren Birthday Bash is taking place. The Civic Center stage will serve as the reviewing stand featuring the Parade Committee Chairman, Hon. John Chmura, and other dignitaries, along with this year’s Parade Grand Marshal, Vinnie Dombroski, band leader of Sponge. See map and more info on parade website:

We invite all PAC members and friends of Polonia to march with us behind the parade banner or ride in the decorated 12 passenger van (if marching does not suit you). We want everyone to get into the Polish Day Parade spirit which celebrates our Polish pride and heritage. You will be impressed by the newly built float (artistic creation of the Parade Company) made especially for this year’s occasion.

It promises to be a fun event!

Kindly let me know by email, text, or phone (313-663-6046) if you plan to join us and if you will be marching or riding in the van (12-person limit). This year bleachers will be provided at the beginning of the parade route on Common Rd. for all who wish to view it and cheer us on from there. Bring a friend and family if you wish-all are welcome.

I look forward to seeing all of you this Saturday!


Ann Bankowski, President

Polish American Congress-Michigan