Polish American Congress Scholarship Dinner

Polish American Congress of Michigan

Scholarship Fund, inc.

‘Invest in the Future’

Annual Dinner

Pac of Michigan Home Office

August 16, 2023

This year we decided to host this event at a different venue…the PAC office in Hamtramck, Michigan. This is a way of introducing the home office to the scholarship recipients with the hope that they may be aware of what the Polish American Congress is about and possibly get interested and become involved.

Whether it has been one year or many years, we thank you for coming to this event and supporting the students who apply and have received scholarships.

We also appreciate all of our “Invest in the Future” donors. This fundraiser was organized in 2015 and since then has raised over $33,000.00. Those who have donated $100.00 or more will be acknowledged on a plaque which will be displayed here at the home office. Last year’s plaque is still up, so stop and look at it. Donations are still accepted.

A special thank you to Barbara Lemecha. Although she has a busy calendar, she still volunteered to prepare a delicious meal for you, our special guests. We also appreciate the delicious desserts prepared by Kerrie Westphal and Barbara Kulas, relatives of our Scholarship Recipients, Alec and Olivia Westphal.

Thanks is also extended to PRCUA, PNA and Joann Ozog for donating the complimentary items that each of you received today, Grace Ozog for formatting the program booklet and Eleanor Bielenda for the donation of raffle prizes.

Enjoy the evening! Meet the Scholarship Recipients! Socialize and relax with one another!

Officers of the Michigan pac scholarship fund, inc.

Ann Bankowski (Chairman of the Board)

Wallace M. Ozog (President)

Christopher Adamczyk (Vice-President)

Robert Bielenda (Treasurer)

Joann S. Ozog (Recording Secretary)



Mark A. Ozog-Master of Ceremonies


Alec Westphal- Scholarship Recipient


Introduction of officers & special guests

Mark A. Ozog

Introduction of recipients

Gabriela Andrzejewski presented by Ann Bankowski

Alec Westphal presented by Christopher Adamczyk

Olivia Westphal presented by Stella Szczesny

Abigail Frances Wrzesinski presented by Mark Ozog

Brief remarks

Wallace M. Ozog-President

Ann Bankowski-Chairman of the Board


Christopher Adamczyk -Vice-President

Stella Szczesny-Member

With assistance of scholarship recipients



Introducing our 2023 pac of Michigan

Scholarship recipients

Gabriela Andrzejewska is in her first year at Central Michigan College of Medicine. Her major is Dr. of Medicine (M.D.) and her GPA is 3.85. During her undergraduate studies, she was in Honors College where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree and also a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Gabriela has worked as a translator for companies, community schools, hospitals, individual-families, Polish patients and doctors. She has promoted the Polish language at the CMU library by reading Polish language books to children.

At school, she volunteers at My Mich Health Center, Phi Delta Epsilons, ER Department and Infusion Cancer Surgical Center. She also volunteers at the Physical Therapy Unit in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Gabriela has the ability to integrate her exceptional knowledge and skills with her Medical training and interests. Gabriela has received the Dr. Stanley A. Ozog Grant.

Alec Westphal is in his last semester at Oakland University and is majoring in Elementary Education with a Minor in Social Studies. His grade point average is 3.56. Alec is a very involved individual. He assists PRCUA Zajaczyk Dance Ensemble, as well as, PRCUA Zakopane Dance Ensemble wherever and whenever they need assistance.

He volunteers at Blessing House at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church by setting up tables and arranging food and clothing that is provided to those in need. On outdoor clean up days, you will see Alec helping out at St. Albertus Catholic Church. He also helps at Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church Fish Fry events. Alec volunteers as a Catholic Youth League Basketball coach at St. Mary Catholic School, his alma mater and after graduation will be one of the Varsity Basketball coaches. He helps his 94 year old neighbor with anything she needs in order for her to continue to live independently.

Alec tries to help wherever he can and as much as he can because he knows, what comes around, goes around and he has been fortunate to receive so much from others. Alec has received the Dana Witkowski Grant.

Olivia Westphal is in her third year of college at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her major is nursing and her GPA is 3.89. Olivia is a member of PRCUA and is a former member of Zajaczyk Dance Ensemble and presently, a member of the Zakopane Dance Ensemble. During her dancing years, she has proudly shown her Polish heritage by performing at many festivals, Detroit Tigers Polish American Night and Jimmy Johns Polish American Night.

Olivia has volunteered at the Pope Francis Center by providing vital services to individuals experiencing homelessness and also, assists at the Blessing House at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church by setting up food and clothing to those in need.

Besides dancing with PRCUA Zakopane Dance Ensemble, Olivia is also on the University of Detroit Mercy Dance Team and Volleyball Team and the National Student Nurses Association, Inc. Olivia has received the John and Victoria Kushel Grant.

Abigail Frances Wrzesinski is attending Oakland University. Her Major is Sociology and she has intentions of attending Law School. Abigail is a member of PRCUA and PNA. She enjoys sharing her Polish heritage with others because she feels that it is very important to preserve our culture for future generations. In her younger years, she became a member of PRCUA Opole Dancers which gave her the opportunity to experience many beautiful Polish customs and to appreciate her wonderful Polish heritage. She believes that many her age, don’t know what their heritage is, let alone, even care to celebrate.

For six years, Abigail has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and for three years, she was on the Anchor Bay-Bay Rama “Art on the Bay” Committee. Abigail has received the Frank and Sophia Filipek Grant.



To our 2023 PAC of Michigan Scholarship Recipients.

Wishing you much success and….

When the time comes, remember to give back so that you can make a difference for some future student.


2023 “Invest in the future”

Make a difference scholarship donors

As of August 9, 2023, the following donors have donated $100.00 or more in the “Invest in the Future” Make a Difference Scholarship Appeal. Their names will be displayed at the PAC office for one year. Thank you to everyone who made a donation, whether large or small. Donations are still being accepted.

Donna bielecki

Stanley & stephenie bienkowski

Lawrene chominski jr.

Tadeusz & Eugenia gorecki

Sally klamerus

(In Memory of Thaddeus Klamerus)

Mandzuik & Son Funeral Directors, Inc.

Daniel & Jolanta Misteravich

Wallace & Joann Ozog

(In Memory of Mary Ellen Tyszka)

Waldemar & Annette raczkowski

Patricia sikora

Suzanne sloat & ray okonski foundation

Chester & nancy szczotka

Henryk & Stephanie szkolnicki trust

Rev. Stanley A. Ulman

Janina H. Zmurkiewicz

(In Memory of Helena Zmurkiewicz)


Polish Day Parade Invitation

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: www.polishdayparade.com.

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

Ste. Anne Novena

 Dear PAC-MI members and Polonia Friends!

It’s that time of year again for the St. Anne Novena masses which are held every year at the Ste. Anne de Detroit Basilica (1000 Ste. Anne Street Detroit 48216, 313-496-1701). As is the tradition, for 9 days there is a mass each day at which a Detroit area ethnic/nationality community is showcased and celebrated, leading up to the final mass on the feast day of St. Anne, July 26.

Polish American Congress-MI is happy to once again co-sponsor this event.

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Gentle Reminder – General Membership Meeting

Polish American Congress

Michigan Division

General Membership Meeting

Members and delegates

Monday, June 5, 2023, promptly at 6:00 am

At PAC MI Headquarters

11333 Jos Campau, Hamtramck


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Please note free parking after 6:00 P.M.


A Spring Fling FLYER2023-updated


Dear PAC-MI Members and Friends!

Polish American Congress-Michigan is sponsoring a most entertaining EXPERIENCE to which each of you are warmly invited. It is our Spring-Fling (Wiosenny Wyskok), an afternoon social with delicious Polish food and entertainment. We welcome the popular

Na Zdrowie Band” to provide lively Polish and American favorite melodies for your listening pleasure and merry sing-alongs.

The event will take place May 21, Sunday afternoon (doors open at 2:00pm) at the parish hall of OL Queen of Apostles Church, 3851 Prescott Hamtramck, MI 48212, (parking and entrance to hall off Harold St.).

There will be raffles, prizes, and great camaraderie for all. We promise you will not be disappointed. Tickets only $35 ($10 for children under 12).

Make your reservations by May 16 (space limited) by calling the PAC-MI office (313-365-9400)

or Irene (586-484-5534) or Mariola (734-673-3288).

Pre-pay requested to ensure your spot send or drop off checks made out to PAC-MI, 11333 Jos. Campau Hamtramck, MI 48212. (See informative flyer attached)

Invite your family and friends- reservation of a table of 8 requires payment ahead. Let’s welcome spring in a delightful Polish American atmosphere.



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


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