On October 26 and 27, Polish National Alliance (“PNA”) District 16 held its district convention (“Sejmik”), hosted by Lodge 3281 Polonia Las Vegas of PNA Council 73. District 16 consists of the states of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California, Arizona, and Nevada. In attendance were 23 delegates from the following lodges and councils (PNA Councils 4, 57, 73, and 216; PNA Lodges 7, 156, 700, 1443, 3259, 3193, and 3281) and had many sales agents in attendance. Our guest of honor and keynote speaker was Mr. Frank J. Spula, our national PNA President.
The Sejmik began with the host Lodge 3281 Polonia Las Vegas, President Piotr Nowinski, and their financial secretary Barbara Sutowski welcoming the delegates to the Sejmik. PNA President Mr. Spula addressed the delegates, speaking about PNA’s future and gave guidance to District 16’s lodges and counsels on activities, membership, and sales. Commissioners Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki gave a joint presentation about District 16, reporting on their activities in the District, and informed the delegates on sales results to date. The Commissioners reminded agents about the District 16 Sales Contest that had prizes for most premiums and most policies sold, and in addition that there was the Commissioners’ Sales Contest in which agents could qualify for prize categories if they improved their individual results in premiums and policies sold compared to their prior years’ results. Anthony Nowak-Przygodzki, director, also addressed the delegates. PNA District 16 sales agents presented new policy applications to PNA President Mr. Spula; Barbara Jaroslawski presented four new policy applications, and Rick Kobzi and Glenn Stocker each had one application.
The District 16 Commissioners, Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki, each year have chosen individuals to recognize as PNA District 16 persons of the year. This year, the Commissioners awarded Barbara Jarosławski of Piast Lodge 3259, Yorba Linda, California, and George Kielak of Polonia Lodge 3281, Las Vegas, Nevada with certificates in recognition and appreciation of their dedication to working for the success of PNA District 16, their sales efforts, and for their fraternalism. The Commissioners also presented Ms. Jarosławski and Mr. Kielak with gift cards.
Each of the councils and lodges in attendance gave a report of their activities for the past year. The delegates were then lead by the Commissioners, Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki, in discussions on the central topics of increasing sales and membership for the entire district as well as for their individual lodges. This year we had the opportunity to get feedback and guidance from PNA President Frank J. Spula on how a lodge can successfully create new activities to interest and attract members at little to no cost, as well as a discussion exploring new approaches and ideas for increasing sales and membership in District 16.
Lunch was provided by the talented ladies of Polonia Lodge 3281, Las Vegas members and caterers “Polish Delights” who created a delicious feast for the delegates. Later in the evening, thanks to Polonia Lodge 3281, some of the delegates and guests took advantage of the opportunity to see the show Mystere by Cirque du Soleil.
On Sunday, the Sejmik continued, with Commissioners Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki leading the delegates in discussing rewards contests for District 16 sales agents. The delegates decided to renew the contest to reward most premiums and policies sold. In addition, the delegates wanted to try something new and create an incentive category for those agents who find new agents, where they will be rewarded for their mentoring of the new agents by getting an award when their new agent achieves a level of sales of several policies. One more new category of sales contest was added that will award a prize to the first agent to sell three higher face value policies. Commissioners Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki thank all of our District 16 sales agents who continue to promote PNA membership and sales and wish them success in the new contest year.
The District 16 Commissioners then provided information and materials for discussions and questions as a group going over guidelines for lodge reporting, lodge dance group model rules, materials on sales prospecting, and District 16 Resolutions. At the conclusion of the Sejmik participants again were treated to a feast prepared by Polonia Lodge 3281, Las Vegas members and caterers “Polish Delights”, and then celebrated Polish Mass together at Our Lady of Las Vegas Church.
Commissioners Ania Karwan and Greg Chilecki thank Polonia Lodge 3281, Las Vegas for hosting our Sejmik and thank all the participants for making the PNA District 16 Sejmik a success. We all give special thanks to PNA President Frank J. Spula for lending his expertise and guidance to the delegates for our lively committee discussions on sales, fraternalism, and membership.
Resolutions of the PNA District 16 Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 26 & 27, 2013
Whereas, Polish National Alliance District XVI convened in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 26 and 27, 2013 at their Annual District XVI Convention and;
Whereas, all matters of membership and fraternalism were extensively discussed;
Therefore be it resolved: