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Irena Glowacka-Lawyer, President

                         



TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS DINNER



National Polish Independence Day



The Polish Club 16th Anniversary Celebration

Irena Glowacka-Lawyer  founded the Polish Club in 2000 and has been the club president since. When the community changed its name to Laguna Woods Village in 2005, the Club also changed its name to the Polish Club of Laguna Woods. 

Since its inception, the club has been a social group that promotes friendship and fellowship among its members, their friends and the community of Laguna Woods interested in Polish culture and traditions.  The Club organizes programs about Polish history, culture and traditions, including popular trips to places of Polish heritage celebration of holidays with Polish traditions and cuisine.

The members of the Polish Club of Laguna Woods are a cosmopolitan group with diverse heritages, but mostly with Polish roots. There are members and sponsors  from Laguna Woods Village residents and outsiders  are welcome to join the Club and participate in its activities.  All meetings and programs are in English and most meals include traditional Polish food.

Highlights of Club Activities

For the past 15 years, the Polish Club has organized more than 100 events, such as lectures, films and performances which told stories about the rich Polish history, culture, and traditions. We are very fortunate to host the distinguished speakers, experts on Polish history, culture, science, and famous Polish-American war heroes. They included Consul of Polish General Consulate in Los Angeles, , Consul Roman Czarny and General Consul  Krystna Tokarska-Biernacik.  Other speakers have included Dr. Zbyslaw Petryka, Linda Plochocki, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski,  Barry Klazura, Artur Zygmont.

Every year we also celebrate with our members, their families and friends traditional Polish Easter and Christmas meals, which have become very popular in Laguna Woods and larger community in Los Angeles.  Last year we have nearly 100 guests at our Christmas dinner.  In the past we also celebrated Polish –American Heritage Month with the October Festival in the City of Laguna Woods and Laguna Woods Village.

The Polish Club Charities

The Club supported the following charities:

- Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.  This foundation supports the dream of the late Polish artist Korczak Ziolkowski who began carving a majestic sculpture, still on-going, of the famous Lakota Chief Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota-  Committee for Poles in Soviet Union

Entertainment through films, concerts, and travels

There is a great number of talented Polish artists, local and visiting our area.   Many of them we have featured in our programs, including Maria Wietrzynska, pianist; Kasia Bitner, soloist; and Beata Kardewiz, violinist.  We have also featured Polish internationally acclaimed films, such as the 4 parts of the Kieslowski film "Decalogue;" "Pan Tadeusz;" "Desire for Love"- the life and music of Fredryk Chopin and documentaries on historical figures, such as film honoring Pope John Paul II, "Mazowsze' recorded live at the Polish National Opera House in Warsaw Poland in 2007, a film honoring Helena Modjeska. and a tribute to Polish-American entertainers in the United States.  We also organized a numerous concerts and performances.  For example,  Polish Folk Dance Ensemble “Krakusy”  performed twice in the Laguna Woods Theatre, and we had two concerts in tribute to the  "Life and Music of Ignacy J. Paderewski."  We had also several programs, which combined music and films such as the "Program Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Beginning of World War II;"

          The Club organized numerous trips like two tours through six countries in Europe including Poland; and two tours to Scandinavian countries and Russia.  Locally we visited museum of Helena Modjeska, Nixon Library, Lotusland in Santa Barbara, to the Gardens of Polish Opera singer Ganna Walska, and to Glendale to visit the biggest painting in the world, painted by Polish artist Jan Styka.

- The Club observed the Polish May 3rd Constitution Day at the International Cottages at Balboa Park in San Diego. In Polish Home were samples of Polish food, music.  Aoyside  Polish dansers  presented a program of music, folk dance, and traditional Polish costumes.

The Polish Club Charities

The Club supported the following charities:

- Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.  This foundation supports the dream of the late Polish artist Korczak Ziolkowski who began carving a majestic sculpture, still on-going, of the famous Lakota Chief Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota-  Committee for Poles in Soviet Union

Highlights of Club Activities

Throughout the years the Club verious programs entertained members.  Some examples are:

- Every year club members and guests celebrating The Club Anniversary and Traditional Polish Easter with special programs.

- Traditional Family Christmas Eve or Christmas Dinner, one of the most wonderful old polish tradition, members and quests brought their children and grandchildren, to show them very old, very often forgotten Polish Christmas tradition. Every year these programs were very popular in our community.

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The Club through 15 years organized more then 100 luncheon meetings with programs designed to educate and inform members and friends of the Club about Polish history, culture, and traditions through lectures, films and other activities.

We are very grateful for the honorary speakers who were very impressive, knowledgeable on the subjects: of Polish History, culture, famous Polish-American heroes of the wars and science.

Consuls of Polish General Consulate in Los Angeles Roman Czarny.

General Consul  Krystyna Tokarska-Biernacik

Dr. Zbyslaw  Petryka, Linda Plochocki

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, , Barry Klazura, Artur Zygmont and others

Annual Free Luncheon-Meeting as a thank you to all members and sponsors.

 The Polish Club celebrated Polish and American national holidays.

 The Cub celebrated Anniversary of the national Polish-American Heritage month by special program. The City of Laguna Woods presented to the Club’s President Irena Glowacka-Lawyer a Proclamation of Polish American Heritage Month October recognizing the vital contribution of the Polish people to America.

Entertainment through films, concerts, and travels

Polish artists, very often-young Polish talented artists become popular in our community.

Films:

- “Desire for Love”- Polish movie “Life and music of Frideric Chopin

-Recorded live at the Polish National Opera House in Warsaw, Poland,  2007 film Mazowsze, was shown.

Concerts:

- The Polish Folk Dance Ensemble “Krakusy” two-times performed in our theatre.

- Two concerts of “Tribute to Life and Music of Ignacy J. Paderewski,”

Program included short film “ Life and Homecoming of Ignacy J. Paderewski.

- In 2003 the Club presented concert   “Famous Polish Composer-

- Program to Commemorate the 70th  Anniversary of the beginning of World War II. “Reflection of World War II in Movie and Songs” /movie made by Club/

Concert of Polish and American war songs in English and Polish.

Travel

The Club organized several trips

- Two trips to six countries in Europe including Poland

-  Two trip to Scandinavian country and Russia.

- Four trips to the museum of Helena Modjeska, including the visit to Nixon’s Library. - Two trips to Santa Barbara, Lotusland, Gardens of Polish singer. Ganna Walska.

- Four  trips to Forest Land in Glendale, to visit the biggest painting in the world, painted by Polish artist Jan Styka

- The Club observed the Polish May 3rd Constitution Day at the International Cottages at Balboa Park in San Diego.

Poland presented a program of music, folk dance, and traditional Polish costumes.

Message from the Club President

I am very proud to be the founder the Polish Club in 2000 and has been the club president since. Our hard work and devotion have been recognized by the City of Laguna Woods and our community of Laguna Woods Village. The  Polish Club is called An Ambassador of Polish culture and tradition. The success of the Club during the past years depended on you, our members and sponsors. Through your commitment, contributions, and creativity, we sponsored many wonderful programs and social events that were enjoyed by all.

I thank you from the bottom of my Polish heart for all your help, dedication and friendship in achieving the successes  of the Polish Club. 

I also wish to thank my wonderful family for all their support and help.

During the coming year, the Polish Club along with other clubs in Laguna Woods Village will need to be making changes.  We welcome your suggestions and help in doing so.

I truly believe in you, members and sponsors, that together we can do it!

Proud to be Polish, proud to be American.

God bless you!

Irena Glowacka-Lawyer

President



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