The annual Orchard Lake Schools’ Ladies Day Gala took place Wednesday, September 25.
The gala celebrates contributions and support of women to the Orchard Lake Schools, including St. Mary’s Preparatory, SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary and the Polish Mission. It also raises funds to support the schools.
Traditionally, the event includes the announcement and presentation of the “Woman of the Year”. This year, the gala committee decided to honor a man; a man that is a legend in the history of the Orchard Lake Schools - Rev. Msgr. Stanley Milewski.
Since his ordination into the priesthood on June 4, 1955 Msgr. Milewski has been an important part of the history of Polish pastoral ministry in Michigan and in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Orchard Lake and completed graduate studies at St. John’s Provincial Seminary and at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary.
Msg. Milewski was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Alliance College in Pennsylvania and an honorary doctorate of theology degree from Madonna University in Livonia. He was later appointed to the faculty of the Orchard Lake Schools in January 1957, and his responsibilities included procurator-treasurer, teacher, athletic director and vice rector. He served as Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools from 1977 to 2000. He is a charter member of the Ladies Day Committee.
Msgr. Milewski was not able to attend the gala, but guests had a chance to listen to his “thank you” speech recorded earlier. He also left a special token of appreciation for each guest - a rose and a postcard size reproduction of a painting with his portrait.
The gala, which took place at the Fr. Dombrowski Fieldhouse dinning hall, also included updates on activities of the Polish Mission (presented by Director Marcin Chumięcki and Curator of Collections JJ Przewoźniak), St. Mary’s Preparatory (by Acting Headmaster Lormac Lynn) and SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (by Orchard Lake Schools Chancellor Msgr. Thomas C. Machalski, Jr.).
As summer draws slowly to an end, the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society reflects with fond memories on the event that will live on in many hearts for years to come: its Fifth Annual Summer Social Event, and we remember with gratitude all who made the event a huge success. The Polish Park Picnic Party held on the evening of Saturday, July 27, at the Msgr. Hunt Knights of Columbus hall in Dearborn Heights recreated an old fashioned park picnic like those of days past, when the bands were as big as the summer days were long, and when folks actually dressed up for picnics.
A new national leadership has been elected by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) at its 65th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The four-day convention was held July 31 - August 4, 2013 at Baltimore’s Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel was hosted by ACPC affiliate, the Polish American Arts Association of Washington, D. C. The new slate of officers includes President Camille Kopieski, member of ACPC affiliate the Polish Arts Club of Chicago; First Vice President Mary Ellen Tyszka member of affiliate Friends of Polish Art, Detroit; Second Vice President Thomas Payne of the Washington, D. C. affiliate Polish American Arts Association; Recording Secretary Marcia Lewandowski and Treasurer Gregory C. Biestek both members of the ACPC Detroit affiliate Friends of Polish Art.
The Polish National Alliance (PNA) Council 54 celebrated its 100th anniversary Saturday, September 14, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI. The gala brought together the current and past leaders of the organization, the national officers of PNA, as well as representatives of local PNA Councils, Lodges and other Polish American organizations.
Patricia A. Sikora, the chairperson of the anniversary gala, had an honor of welcoming guests and to introduce the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Bethany Stawasz.
On Wednesday, August 28, the American Polish Cultural Society (APCS) held its annual presentation of the organization’s scholarship award recipients.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released an interactive, online map pinpointing the wide array of languages spoken in homes across the nation, along with a detailed report on rates of English proficiency and the growing number of speakers of other languages.
The “2011 Language Mapper” shows where people speaking specific languages other than English live, with dots representing how many people speak each of 15 different languages. For each language, the mapper shows the concentration of those who report that they speak English less than “very well,” a measure of English proficiency. The tool uses data collected through the American Community Survey from 2007 to 2011.
On Wednesday, August 14, the Polish American Congress Michigan Division Scholarship Committee held its annual Scholarship Award Dinner during which this year’s recipients of the PAC Scholarships were presented. The event was held at the “Krakus” Restaurant in Detroit.
The presentation was hosted by Wallace Ozog, the chairman of the PAC Scholarship Fund and Mariusz Szajnert, President of the PAC-Michigan Division.
On Wednesday, August 7, the Polish Century Club (PCC) of Detroit held its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner. The event took place at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy (which houses the PCC headquarters).
The President of the Polish Century Club - Dennis Urbanczyk and Scholarhip Committee member - Ray Bora presented this year’s awardees. Urbanczyk thanked the PCC members for having worked so hard in making the scholarship program a continued success, as well as all the friends of the PCC who contributed monetarily.
Stanley M. Banas, of Troy, dear husband, father and grandfather, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 86 years old.
Dziadzio (grandfather) was the leader and role model of his family and set an example for dignity, community service and caring for his loved ones that will be remembered for generations to come. His life’s journey took him from his native Poland to a forced labor camp in Siberia to the Royal British Air Force in England to a life in America, where he had a highly successful career as an electrical engineer in the auto industry.
On Wednesday, July 24, a Polish Novena took place at the historic Ste. Anne de Detroit church. The church is located in Detroit’s Mexicantown near the Ambassador Bridge. Saint Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of Christ, is the patron saint for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Two Louis & Nellie Scholarships for Polish Studies were awarded for 2013 by the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC). Committee Chairperson Ursula Brodowicz reported that the Skalny Scholarship Committee, including Evelyn Bachorski- Bowman, Debra Majka, Ange Iwanczyk, and Marion Winters, awarded $3,000 scholarships to two outstanding applicants: Christina Loniewski and Katelynn Prebish.
The Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), the genealogy department of the Polish Mission at Orchard Lake Schools, will be featured this fall in a new TV series on PBS “Genealogy Roadshow”.
Part detective story, part emotional journey, “Genealogy Roadshow” will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.
The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools hosted and international classical music concert event, “Polish Music Days” (“Dni Muzyki Polskiej”) on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake.
The “Polish Music Days” program is a series of 35 concert performances and 50 music workshops, offered in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. It was organized to present Poland’s diverse and attractive musical heritage through performances of Chopin, Paderewski, Wieniawski, Penderecki and others. “We want to reach both the Polish diaspora, and the local citizens of the countries we are going to visit. The music we are going to present is a part of the world heritage, as it was composed by the most prominent composers in history,” reads a statement on the “Polish Music Days” project website.
Renowned Polish organist Józef Kotowicz peformed Friday, June 28, at SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Detroit. The concert was part of the ongoing Parish Concert Series.
Józef Kotowicz is an organist and lecturer in organ and improvisation at the music school and high school in Białystok, in eastern Poland. In 1993 he graduated from the Białystok branch of the Frederic Chopin Music University of Warsaw. He continued his education in Warsaw in the organ class of Professor J. Serafin.
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