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UPCOMING EVENT
Annual Meeting

You are kindly invited to the Annual Meeting of the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana. The main purpose of the meeting is the election of new members of the Board. Only members with paid 2016 dues are entitled to vote, however paying your annual dues at the meeting will give you this right.

We are encouraging and will accept nominations (including self-nominations) for the following positions within the Board: Vice-President, Secretary and Board Members. Please send the respective names to the PCSI Secretary or submit them at the election meeting.

Meeting will be held on Sunday
February 28th, 2016
at 2:00 pm in

Latvian Community Center
1008 W 64th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46260

Agenda:
  • “State of Society” - President’s report
  • Financial report
  • Election: Vice-President, Secretary and all members of the Board of Directors
  • Discussion
  • New business
Food, deserts and refreshments will be served.

See you there. Your vote and opinions really count!


If you are looking for contact information of other Polish organizations in Indiana please check section [Poles in Indiana] on our web site and see if it helps.

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Let’s meet at the Concert!

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic will visit and perform at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, on Friday February 26th, 2016 at 8:00 pm.

To help welcome and show our support of our Polish roots and culture PCSI is helping sponsor the cost of the tickets for this performance. This will be a wonderful event and a fun evening to enjoy with friends.

Bart Waclawik, PCSI member, has volunteered to coordinate and order a block of group tickets at the discounted price of $44 per ticket. For members of the Polish Cultural Society, PCSI will contribute $10 towards the cost of the tickets (maximum 2 tickets per family) making the already discounted price per ticket $34.

If you are interested, please send your checks made out to Bart Waclawik, no later than January 20th, 2016.

Mail checks to:

Polish CSI
P.O. Box: 824 Noblesville, IN 46061

Address Palladium:
1 Center Green, Carmel IN 46032 [map]
GPS: 39.969502,-86.13027

Additional event details are available here.

Questions - call 317-518-6105.


Board of Polish CSI


My Memories of Jane Misko



Jane E. Misko, a past president of the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, passed away on September 11th, 2015. Jane was born December 19th, 1928 and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She retained her New Jersey accent and East Coast style throughout her life, though she lived in Indiana for more than 30 years. She moved to Indianapolis around 1990, after living in Marion, IN, after her husband died, so that she could be closer to her children. I first met Jane when I was elected President of PCSI in the early 1990’s. She was very dedicated to the Society, and she arranged for PCSI meetings to be held at her neighborhood clubhouse. Every month, Jane and I would go to the Nationalities Council meeting downtown, representing PCSI for preparations of the International Festival. Jane was always at the International Festival every day, and she would carry the Polish banner during the Parade of Nations, while wearing her Krakowianka outfit.

Jane was also very active at her parish, St. Lawrence Catholic church in Indianapolis. She attended daily Mass and could usually be seen as a Eucharistic Minister at 8 AM Sunday Mass. One of the highlights of her life was to be invited to go to Rome with a nephew who was among the architects for the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington DC. When they were introduced to the Pope, Jane had her opportunity to shake his hand, and talk with him in Polish (unlike the architects, who were not able to speak Polish.) She was showing the picture of the Pope and her to everyone she met for the next few months.

Jane was a very generous person besides giving of her time to the PCSI. To keep her hands busy, she made plastic canvas ornaments usually with a sacred theme, and gave them to new and old friends. I have an angel of hers that is displayed in my home, and a tissue box cover with a picture of the Madonna on all 4 sides. They are nice remembrances for her.

Jane lived very frugally so that she could afford an annual trip to Poland with a Polka Band, where she could dance the Polka every night. She would come back with many pictures of her trips and show and tell people how beautiful Poland is, and how much fun it is to visit there.

Toward the end of her life, Jane lived in a Memory Care facility and she was greatly missed by both her PCSI and her St. Lawrence families.


Ann F. Stankiewicz


Events 2015

“Andrzejki Party” - 2015

Bożena Plata

“Andrzejki Party” 2015
On Saturday November, 14th 2015 PCSI hosted “Andrzejki Party” which were a great success!.

In a beautifully decorated reception hall this fall evening passed in a great atmosphere of talks, laughter and dance. The children danced together with their parents to the rhythms of children songs… (read full article)


International Festival 2015

Danuta Pietrzak

International Festival 2015
The International Festival in Indianapolis is an exhibition of cultural diversity of Indiana. It is organized by Nationalities Council of Indiana and held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2015 in was held on November 5th to 7th.

The theme of the festival was: “National Symbols around the world”.

Our Polish booth presentation focused on the “White Eagle” as a national symbol… (read full article)


Polish “Goodbye Summer 2015” Picnic

Bożena Plata

Polish “Goodbye Summer 2015” Picnic
We can consider our event - picnic “Farewell Summer 2015”, which took place on September 19th, 2015 in the River Heritage Park in Carmel, IN - as very successful. We had many unexpected guests, including those who were there for the first time.
The weather was perfect and a large group of kids ran and played a variety of different games organized by Maciej Kaszyński, Gosia Kołtuniuk and the children’s parents.
The tables were full of delicacies brought… (read full article)


Polish May 3rd Constitution Day Celebration - 2015

Danuta Pietrzak

Polish May 3rd Constitution Day Celebration - 2015
The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana celebrated Polish Constitution Day on May 3rd, 2015 at the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The formal part of the event started in the main hall with Chopin’s Mazurkas, and Moniuszko’s Mazur from the … (read full article)


Święconka - Easter Basket Blessing

Hanna Hallam

On Holy Saturday, as every year, the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana invited everybody to the Easter Basket Blessing - “Święconka” at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis, IN. On April 4th, 2015 at 11:30 a.m., we were greeted by Lidia, who was giving us the program for the ceremony. Many guests were accompanied by their children, grandchildren, holiday friends, and families from Poland and Canada. … (read full article)


Easter Egg Painting

Hanna Hallam

On Sunday, March 22th, 2015, we gathered in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center at the annual egg painting event, called “Pisanki”... (read full article)


The Annual Meeting



The annual meeting of Polish CSI Members was held on February 28th, 2015. During the meeting the Board of Directors was elected. We are happy to announce Board of Directors:

  • President - Bożena Plata
  • Vice President - Danuta Pietrzak
  • Secretary - Lech Świtalski
  • Treasurer - Hanna Hallam
  • Board Members - Maciej Kaszyński, Małgorzata Kołtuniuk, Patrycja Kwaśniewska, Magda Namysłowska, Andrzej Orlik, Ewa Papież
The new board starts acting on April 1st 2015.



Events 2014

Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Supper 2014

Hanna Hallam, Danuta Pietrzak

On December 13th, 2014, we celebrated traditional Polish Christmas Eve Supper – Wigilia. ... (read full article)


International Festival 2014

Danuta Pietrzak

The International Festival in Indianapolis is one of an exhibition of cultural diversity of Indiana. It is organized by Nationalities Council of Indiana and held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2014 in was held on November 21st to 24th. ... (read full article)


Indy 500 Festival Parade

Danuta Pietrzak

On May 24, 2014 Indy 500 Festival Parade brought this year about 300,000 spectators from around the country. On the streets of downtown Indianapolis they could watch the costumed characters, celebrities, officials, marching bands, floats and balloons, and a variety of different groups to celebrate Indy 500... (read full article)


Święconka - The Blessing of the Easter Basket

Danuta Pietrzak

Święconka is one of the most important Polish traditions on Holy Saturday. With roots dating back to the early history of Poland history of Poland, it is also observed by expatriate and their descendants Poles in the US and other countries. In Indianapolis on Holy Saturday, April 19th, 2014 members of Polish community brought to Saint Luke Catholic Church baskets ... (read full article)


Jazz Nonet from Kraków

Danuta Pietrzak

On Friday, April 11th, 2014, members and friends of Polish Cultural Society of Indiana had an unique opportunity to listen to the performance of Jazz Nonet from Kraków, Poland at the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis. The performance included music ... (read full article)


Easter Egg Painting

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On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, members and friends of Polish Cultural Society of Indiana met to paint Easter eggs together in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center. Aleksandra Olewicz, the leader of this meeting, introduced ... (read full article)


The Annual Meeting



The annual meeting of Polish CSI Members was held on February 23rd, 2014. During the meeting the Board of Directors was elected. We are happy to announce Board of Directors:

  • President - Kazimierz Olewicz
  • Vice President - Danuta Pietrzak
  • Secretary - Lech Świtalski
  • Treasurer - Bożena Plata
  • Board Members - Diane Filipowicz, Maciek Kaszyński, Lidia Kędziora, Małgorzata Kołtuniuk, Andrzej Orlik, Ewa Papież
The new board starts acting on April 1st 2014.

Celebration of Three Kings (Biblical Magi)

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On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, the Society gathered in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center to celebrate of Three Kings (Biblical Magi). The event was led by Aleksandra Olewicz ... (read full article)



Events 2013

Polish Christmas Eve Supper “Wigilia”

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Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Supper "Wigilia" organized by the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana on December 14th, 2013 at 4:30 pm in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis. The program included: Christmas readings, Polish Carols, sharing of the Holy Wafer (Opłatek), Christmas Eve Supper, visit from Santa Claus ... (read full article)


PCSI at International Festival in Indianapolis

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The International Festival in Indianapolis is one of an exhibition of cultural diversity of Indiana. It is organized by Nationalities Council of Indiana and held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In this year in was held on November 21st to 24th ... (read full article)


Polish Paper Cutting “Wycinanki”

Ann Stankiewicz

On Sunday, October 13th, 2013, the Society gathered in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis to learn about a world renown Polish folk art, Wycinanki, or Polish paper cutting, as led by Ann Stankiewicz and Kathy Łazowski Stuart ... (read full article)


Picnic “Good Bye Summer”

Leszek Bobowski

A picnic "Goodbye Summer" was planned by PCSI for Saturday October 5th 2013. The weather seemed not to cooperate. It was raining cats and dogs days before. On Saturday morning it did not looked like this day will be an exception. Should we cancel the event and send invited guests back home? The president decided: “We do picnic as planned!” The clouds showed respect for such courage and the rain stopped... (read full article)


Indy 500 Festival parade

Aleksandra Olewicz

The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana participated in Indy 500 Festival parade preceding Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on May 25th 2013 in downtown of Indianapolis, IN.
People from our society marched in this year’s Indy 500 Festival parade. Our nation’s white and red flag was waving over our heads while we were walking in one of the largest parades in the United States. Dressed in Polish national costumes we proudly represented the presence of us all living here in Indianapolis. Our colorful ribbons and peacock feathers drew the attention of crowds that gathered along the streets ...(read full article)


May 3rd Constitution Day Celebration

Małgorzata Ziemian

Polish Cultural Society of Indiana celebrated Polish Constitution Day on May 4th 2013 in Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis, IN.
It is a little awkward for me to write about this celebration, because I participated in setting its program, and also I was one of the performers. I hope that it will result in the description of the event from a unique perspective. So, I will not force myself to present an objective point of view, this way it will be more interesting and authentic. I could not imagine a May 3rd Celebration without Chopin’s polonaise ...(read full article)


Pisanki, kraszanki, painted eggs...

Małgorzata Kołtuniuk

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, members and friends of Polish Cultural Society of Indiana met to paint Easter eggs together in the hospitable venue of the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis. Aleksandra Olewicz, the leader of this meeting, introduced the crowd to the secrets of artistically decorating the Easter eggs utilizing many techniques, including embellishment, decorating and coloring. Easter “painted eggs” have different names depending on the method of decorating... (read full article)


The Annual Meeting



The annual meeting of Polish CSI Members was held on February 16th, 2013. During the meeting the Board of Directors was elected. We are happy to announce Board of Directors:

  • President - Kazimierz Olewicz
  • Vice President - Patrycja Johansen
  • Secretary - Lech Bobowski
  • Treasurer - Bożena Plata
  • Board Members - Mariusz Kalisz, Lidia Kędziora, Małgorzata Kołtuniuk, Aleksandra Olewicz, Magdalena Olesiak, Danuta Pietrzak

Committees

Marketing and Advertising Committee:

  • Mariusz Kalisz
  • Małgorzata Kołtuniuk
  • Danuta Pietrzak
  • Ewa Stolte
Public Relations Committee:
  • John Przemysław Gilowski
  • Ewa Orlik
Polish Heritage Committee:
  • Aleksandra Olewicz
  • Magda Namysłowska
  • Ewa Papież


Celebration of Three Kings (Biblical Magi)

Leszek Bobowski

On Saturday, January 6th, 2013, the Society gathered in the hospitable venue of the Club House at the “Village of Eagle Creek” to celebrate of Three Kings (Biblical Magi). The event was led by Aleksandra Olewicz... (read full article)




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