Why Should I become a member of the PNA?  We are a Fraternal organization, as you may know. But, what does this mean? How are we different? What does the PNA offer that I cant get some where else?  The answer is that as a Member of the PNA, you are considered as family in the PNA. Our Members are all part of an organization that cares about you. Assets that the PNA acquires goes right back to our Members, our Polish heritage, and what we represent and support and not lining pockets of big cooperates or any off shore investors.  We support Poland, all people of Polish descendent's, Polish-Americans and take Pride in our Polish heritage.
Next Lodge Business Meeting: July 15th 2014, 6:00 PM, ACPL Little Turtle Branch, 2201 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne

Thursday, November 18, 2010

St. Joseph's School Cultural Voyage Fair

St. Joseph's School will be holding a Cultural Voyage Fair for the students and families on November 23, at the school.  Each class will have a different country to learn about.  The classrooms will exhibit information and materials about the county they are studying.  Each student is assigned a specific subject matter about that Country to research and will make a poster to display in their classroom for the fair.  On the night of the fair students and parents will visit the classrooms and will be able to taste different ethnic foods from the countries in the cafeteria.

Mrs. Walker’s 5th grade classroom of 28 was assigned Poland.  On November 18th Jean Podzielinski and I helped with the class by giving a talk about Poland and displaying a few items.  During the fair Podzielinski and I will set up a booth with some Polish items and be available to talk with people as they come through. 
On a side note, I went to St Josephs for first and second grade and will never forget the school, Mrs. Krughoff and Sister Virginia. It was a pleasurable to go back and visit!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Wesolych Swiat (Season's Greetings)
from the Polish National Alliance, White Eagle Lodge #3149
The Polish National Alliance, White Eagle Lodge #3149 invites you a to join us for Wigilia Dinner.  Our Wigilia dinner is planned to be an organized potluck of traditional Polish Wigilia dishes.  At 4:00 p.m. we will start, with time to come together and prepare for the Wigilia dinner which is to begin at 5:00 p.m.  Share Best Wishes together with the Opatek, enjoy the company of friends, and have Wigilia dinner together.
December 5th 2010 at 4:00pm
Aboite Township Fire House Community Room
11321 Aboite Center Rd, Ft. Wayne, IN
(Organized Potluck – Carry-in Dish)
Our Lodge will make provisions for Fish, (potato) Pierogi and Kapusta (sauerkraut), Wine will be served with dinner. Join us for Wigilia, exchange Best Wishes breaking Opłatek together and sing Koledy and traditional Christmas Carols together. There will be a visit from Święty Mikołaj (Santa Claus). Wigilia is traditionally a meatless dish except for fish. Carry-in-dish can can be a favorite Wigilia dish or if you are not sure, most any vegetable, meatless casserole, salad or desert works great for a Wigilia dish to bring in. Anything with eggs, cheeses or fish is fine for Wigilia.

We do need a RSVP, so we will have an idea of how many will attend, so we can organize and make preparations for Wigilia. If you can, send an RSVP to Jean Podzielinski, phone: 260-432-2414 or email jwilenski@netscape.net by November 28, 2010 and give us an idea of how many are attending and what dish you plan to bring, to the Wigilia. If you would like to help out in any other ways, please let us know. I hope to see you at the Wigilia and thank you for all your help and support. If you have questions or ideas, I can be reached at (260) 247-2888 or send an email to jwilenski@netscape.net   (see this event on facebook)


Fort Wayne Sister Cities International
and Local Cultural Organizations
2010 Events Calendar
Here are highlights of area events with ties to Fort Wayne Sister Cities International (FWSCI) and/or cultures of our sister cities. Check the listed websites for details as the date of the event approaches.
As a FWSCI member you will be on the “inside track” to fully participate and enjoy these cultural experiences!
Celebrate Polish-American Heritage Month in October! October 3 (Sunday)  Polish-American Heritage Month Picnic
- Presented by White Eagle Lodge -  At the Polish Friendship Garden, on the grounds of the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. View the new Polish Commemorative Garden, sing Polish songs, dance a Polonaise, have some kielbasa and play shuffleboard. Optional: bring a Polish or American flag, wear your favorite Polish or American shirt or wear red, white & blue. Free to the public. See the White Eagle Lodge on Facebook or http://www.whiteeaglelodge.blogspot.com/

October 2 (Saturday) October Fest presented by the Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor , 1:00-11:00 p.m., Park Edelweiss, Free Admission, Fun Games for the whole family all day long!
• Hayrides, Face Painting, Balloon Sculpture, Shooting Contest, Horseshoes
• Brats, Hot Dogs, & Snacks served all day
• Beer, wine, soft drinks, authentic German spirits
• Beer Stein Lifting contest
• Wiener Schnitzel Dinner
• Live music provided by Die Musik Machers and the Haus Musikanten

October 5, 12 & 19 (Tuesday evenings) - Fort Wayne Sister City Film Festival Fundraiser 
- Films at 7:00 p.m. from Japan, Germany and Poland at Fort Wayne Cinema Center. At 6:00 p.m., enjoy a food tasting & beverage from each country at Artlink Art Gallery. Films: 10/5 - Nobody Knows directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (sushi tasting prior to film); 10/12 - Wings of Desire directed by Wim Wenders; 10/19 - Ashes and Diamonds directed by Andrzej Wajda. Tickets $20 each film/food tasting are available at Cinema Center and Artlink, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. Questions: 260-424-7195, for film details Fort Wayne Sister Cities Facebook page or go to http://www.fortwaynesistercities.com/

October 17 (Sunday) - German Conversation - German Heritage Society Clubhouse, 1805 E Washington Blvd, N.E. corner of S Anthony & Washington Blvd, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Open to the public. This is a chance for people to keep their German language abilities fresh. Cash bar and juices available. Regular meetings are on the third Sunday each month. See German-Heritage-Society Facebook page.Sunday of each month

November 6 (Saturday) - Japanese Saturday School Annual School Play Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, IPFW Walb Student Union Auditorium
- Enjoy this unique presentation of Japanese culture performed by the students of Fort Wayne’s own Japanese Saturday School. The play is performed entirely in Japanese with an English speaking narrator to keep the audience informed. Visit: www.ipfw.ed/jss/
November 21 (Sunday) - German Conversation - German Heritage Society Clubhouse, 1805 E Washington Blvd, N.E. corner of S Anthony & Washington Blvd, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Open to the public. This is a chance for people to keep their German language abilities fresh. Cash bar and juices available. Regular meetings are on the third Sunday each month. See German-Heritage-Society Facebook page. Sunday of each month

December 5 (Sunday) Wigilia Supper Aboite Township Fire House, 11321 Aboite Center Rd.
- Experience a traditional Polish Christmas Eve celebration with food, carols and a visit from Saint Nicholas. Sponsored by Polish National Alliance. RSVP by calling Stan Podzielinski at 260-432-2414 or see the White Eagle Lodge on Facebook go to http://www.whiteeaglelodge.blogspot.com/ 

December 19 (Sunday)  German Christmas Concert (Weihnachtskonzert)  3 p.m., St. Peters Catholic Church, 518 E. DeWald, Fort Wayne - Presented and performed by Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor. For other concerts and events open to the public throughout the year, check website for complete schedule: http://www.fortwaynemaennerchor.us/ 
December 19 (Sunday) - German Conversation - sponsored by German Heritage Society meets today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church today to experience German holiday songs sung by the Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor.
December - Breakfast with St Nicholas - sponsored by Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor. For information please check their website at www.fortwaynemaennerchor.us closer to December.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Szczesliwy Dzien Niepodleglosci!


Polish National Anthem Sheet Music with Lyrics:       
Polish National Anthem Sheet Music with Lyrics:  If you find any mistakes please comment below.

       During 1789 French Revolution, under Jan Henryk Dąbrowski's command in northern Italy, Poland hoping that making allies would help defend Poland, marched to a song composed for them by Józef Rufin Wybicki, now the Polish National Anthem!  Dąbrowski Mazurka, "Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła" which translates to "Poland is not yet lost" or "Poland has not yet perished", by Józef Rufin Wybicki (1797), was declared Poland's official "State Hymn" or Anthem in 1926, after Józef Klemens Piłsudski (1867-1935) took control of the country. The term "state hymn" has the same meaning as "national anthem" in Poland.
  1. Poland is not yet lost, while we live. What foreign force has taken from us, We shall take back with the sword.
  2. We will cross the Vistula and Warta Rivers, We will be Poles, Bonaparte showed us how to win.
  3. Like Czarniecki to Poznan, after Swedish annexation, We will come back across the sea to save our motherland.
  4. Father, in tears, says to his Basia: "Just listen, It seems that our people are beating the drums."
  1.- 4.   March, march Dabrowski, From Italy to Poland, Under your command, We will reunite with the nation. (x2)

       After World War II, Dąbrowski's Mazurka continued to serve as the official (State Hymn) anthem of Poland, and was meaningful for a generally disliked socialist government. However, the Solidarity Movement in 1980 chose another song for its "unofficial" hymn: Żeby Polska była Polską or "Let Poland be Poland", by Jan Pietrzak (1976). It is not a call to fight, but a recollection on past wars fought by generations.
notes: "How the Poles Romanticized the Napoleonic Wars'