BALTIMORE, Md. The Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, Inc., (PHAM) was founded on September 26, 1974 and he was 64 years-old at the time. Today, founding president Stanley Ciesielski is 99 years-young and was the designated guest of honor at the anniversary event. Unfortunately, at the last moment, Stanley suffered a mishap that temporarily prevented his much anticipated attendance.
Gala Event Marks Anniversary. Victoria T. Leshinskie, current president of the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, Inc., is pictured above being presented with a bouquet of roses from the appreciative membership after her keynote address at the celebratory dinner-dance.
President Leshinskie, never-the-less, proceeded to remunerate all the many major contributions Stanley made to the organization, Polonia and Poland over the three terms and 28 years of his presidencies. He was granted a special honorary membership - with a scholarship to be given in his name, along with the bestowing of a unique memento of appreciation.
The mission of the 200-members-strong PHAM is to celebrate, promote and preserve Polish culture, history and heritage directly through its various programs and events, and in cooperation with other people and various organizations. Its very successful annual scholarship program to date has awarded over $202,000 to students of Polish lineage.
MC Adam Mazurek conducted the well attended program that included singer Josef Surowiec, pertinent nostalgic remarks from Stanley Tomaszewski about the local Polonia, and concluded with Krystyna Osowska remarking in Polish on the larger subject of our collective responsibility in preserving Polish culture, traditions and Polish-American history.
The rest of the afternoon was pleasantly spent dancing to the music of Joy - an aptly named polka-variety dance band: It did indeed prove to be a joyous way to celebrate the 35th birthday of the PHAM.
"Sto Lat dla Stowarzyszenia Polskiego Dziedzictwa w Maryland!"
Richard P. Poremski
Polish American Journal
Washington, DC Bureau
October 6, 2009