ANNIVERSARY OF LODGE 1360
Lansing, Michigan - On October 22, 2011, PNA
Lodge 1360 in Lansing, Michigan, celebrated their 100th
Anniversary with a banquet and social dancing held at the
Federated Polish Home.
The program began with Lodge 1360's President
Barbara Banasikowski Smith welcoming all guests in attendance in
Polish and in English. After the Polish Prayer before meals, a
very delicious meal of golubki, city chicken, kapusta with
kielbasa, green bean salad, rye bread, and for dessert, cherry
and apple mazurek which was prepared by the Banquet kitchen
committee headed by JoAnn Slabonek, Vice President and Financial
Secretary of the Lodge, and members: Christine Hanson, Carolyn
Hartsuff, Connie Tuma, Mary Hoar, Julie Savage and Sharen Furman
was served. The hall was decorated with Polish artifacts
which members of the Polish Language Class, Connie Tuma, Sharen
Furman and Patricia Shockley brought from a tour of Poland which
the class took this past August.
Lodge 1360 President Barbara Banasikowski
Smith, Mistress of Ceremonies, introduced Miss Cathy Hanson who
sang the "Ave Maria" in honor of Matka Boska Czestochowska,
Queen of Poland. The Greater Lansing Ballet Company performed
the Polish Dances: Trojak, Kujawiak-Oberek, which was performed
by Kailen Berry and Jim McEwen and ending in the Krakowiak.
President Smith then introduced our keynote
speaker, National President Frank Spula, who spoke about the
long existence of Lodge 1360, some of its memorable projects,
the six generation span of one family, and how the National
Office in Chicago has been providing a Health Community Service
Program to those who are in need of health assistance during
these economic times.
He then presented Certificates of Recognition
to Evelyn Pfotenhauer, Patricia Lehman, Pat Shockley, Carolyn
Hartsuff, and Bill Lepczyk for their service to the Lodge.
Christine Hanson, Bernice Yonchewski and Marilyn Garner recieved
the distinguished medal award, and Barbara Banasikowski Smith
and JoAnn Slabonek received the Silver Medal for their 25 plus
years active service to the Lodge.
Mrs. Barbara Martin, Director of Region "G"
offered congratulatory remards. Proclamations from the State of
Michigan by State Representative Joan Bauer and the City of
Lansing Council Member Carol Wood were presented to the Lodge.
President Banasikowski Smith acknowledged the
one family PNA membership that spans six generations and asked
those members in attendance to stand. Boleslaw Lonczynski was an
original organizer of the Lodge 1360 (deceased first
generation); Joseph and Regina Kmiecik (deceased 2nd generation)
their children, Patricia Kmiecik,-Lehman, JoAnn Kmiecik-Slabonek,
and Marilyn Kmiecik-Garner (3rd generation); their children,
Christine Slabonek-Hanson and Julie Slabonek-Hanson; Selena
Garner-Horner, and John and Joseph Garner (4th generation);
Michael, Matthew and Cathy Hanson (5th generation); and Norianna
Hanson (6th generation).
President Banasikowski Smith then
acknowledged all the distinguished members attending this
festive occasion and asked them to please stand to be
recognized. They were, Region "G" Director Elect Joseph Samreta
from Hobart, Indiana, District X Hamtramck Michigan, members
Stella Szczesny and Thomas Schemanski Commissioners Elect, Ron
Martin, President of Lodge 53 and District X Sargeant at Arms;
Mike and Joanne Ygeal, Chet and Nancy Szczotka, John and Joan
Baritche, District X Secretary. Also in attendance from Battle
Creek, Michigan, were Walter Noga, former PNA Director and his
wife Lee Ann, and from Battle Creek, Lodge members Irene Mellich
and Helen Huggett. Members of the Federated Polish Home Board of
Directors; members of the Polish Falcons of America Nest 652 of
Lansing, Michigan, and White Eagles Society of the Polish Roman
Catholic Union of America were also in attendance.
The program concluded with Cathy Hanson
leading the singing of the Polish National Anthem, "Jeszcze
Polska Nie Zginiela" and the American National Anthem' The Star
Spangled Banner", followed by the Polonaise with audience
participation led by President Barbara Banasikowski Smith.
The Leo Balcer Combo provided dancing for the
remainder of the evening.
An enjoyable evening was had by all on this
Vice President and Financial Secretary
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