Dear Members and Friends,
May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill.
May the New Year 2017 bring you good health, fulfillment of important goals, and cultivation of Polish traditions.
Board of Directors, The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana
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Board Of Directors
The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana was created as the result of interest and enthusiasm shown during the International Festival in Indianapolis, IN of 1976. The Polish club was incorporated in February 1977 as the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, Inc.
Since 1977, the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana has introduced many cultural programs and customs to its membership and to others interested in Polish culture. You can find more detailed information about our accomplishments over the years in the [PolishCSI archive].
Dues are $35 for a family and $20 for an individual member. The membership is valid 1 calendar year i.e. from January 1st to December 31st.By paying your membership dues, you:
If you have not paid this year membership fee yet or you want to join our Society please send form (download here) and a check payable to PCSI to:
P.O. Box 824
Noblesville, IN 46061 - 0824
Feel free to send a message
PolishCSI is a member of the Nationalities Council of Indiana an independent non-profit, all-volunteer corporation, which is dedicated to celebrate diversity of Indiana's capital city.
Meetings/events are held at Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260 , directions below on the map
Where Polish Tradition Continous
PolishCSI, and other Polish societies throughout Indiana
Polish society in South Bend, Indiana ...
Polish Cultural Society of Indiana incorporated in 1977 to heighten the appreciation of Indiana's citizens for the diversity and richness of Polish culture and to increase awarness of contributions made by Poles and persons of Polish descent to world culture. Visist us at http://www.polishcsi.org
The Polish Studies Center at IU, a division of International Programs Office, was established in 1976 to promote Polish culture throughout the Indiana University system's eight campuses. With its attractive and convenient headquarters adjacent to the IU Bloomington campus, the IU Polish Studies Center is both visible and easily accessible to the public. Academic activities through the Polish Studies Center include conferences, workshops, and book publications. Each academic year, the center offers lectures, film showings, and art exhibits. The events are co-sponsored by numerous IU programs and departments such as the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Russian and East European Institute, History, Political Science, Jewish Studies, and Art History departments. You can visit Polish Studies Center at http://www.indiana.edu/~polishst/
The Polish Student Organization in West Lafayette allows Polish students at Purdue University to continue their heritage and have close contact with their Polish heritage. This gives an opportunity for other interested students and members of the Purdue family to experience Polish culture and its beauties.You will have an opportunity to meet Polish people, watch the latest Polish cinema, taste Polish cuisine, see how the Polish culture has integrated into the American culture, and much more. Visit us at http://www.purdue.edu/polska
This is our tribute to indyviduals who help popularize Polish culture and science, PolishCSI, and other Polish societies throughout Indiana. All indyviduals appear in alphabetical order.
Marek Cholewa, Associate Professor of Dance at Butler University, came from National Ballet of Panama where he was Assistant Artistic Director/Choreographer. He obtained his mater's degree from The Rimsky-Korsakov Music State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), as Repetiteur/Choreographer in 1982. Prior to this Mr. Cholewa studied at the National Institute of Ballet in Poznań, Poland. From 1976-'78, he was a Soloist with the National Ballet of Poland where he performed principal roles from XIX century classical ballet repertory. From 1983 to 1985 he served as the Dance Advisor for the Latin-American Dance Chapter to the Panamanian Ministry of Culture. In 1984 he was co-founder of Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional, an organization that set forth to found and promote ballet in Panama. The following four years he served as the Artistic Director for Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional. In 1986 the city of New Orleans bestowed him the title of International Honorary Citizen. Since 1988 Mr. Cholewa has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Poland of International Dance Alliance LTD. In December of 1989 he received the Butler University Fellowship to bring the complete Vaganova Syllabus of Russian Ballet Technique to the Dance Department of Butler University. In March of 1990 he was a judge for the St. Louis chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition. In June 1990 he served as a judge for the Qualifying Rounds if the U.S.A International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. As part of the U.S.A International Ballet Competition he served as a teacher for the International Dance School. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Board of Directors and Officers of the New Orleans International Ballet Conference. Mr. Cholewa was Chairman of the Exhibit for the Celebration of Ballet Russes in Americas, from 1999-2000. This exhibit was presented in Museum of Fine Arts in New Orleans, LA on June 1-4, 2000. In May 2001, he was the recipient of the Creative Renewal Art Fellowship Award from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Walter S. Jurkiewicz, Plymouth, formerly of Broad Ripple, was a teacher and coach 20 years for Penn High School, Mishawaka, retiring in 1984. Previously, he was a health teacher and coach three years for Plymouth High School and 10 years for Broad Ripple High School, where he led the football team to three city championships. Mr. Jurkiewicz played for the Detroit Lions and was named Kodak Player of the Year in 1963. He was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Indiana University. Walter S. Jurkiewicz died on December 3, 2002 at the age of 83.
Michal Misiurewicz is a Professor at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. In 1971 he graduated from Warsaw University, three years later he received a Ph.D., and in 1980 - Habilitation. In 1989 he received a title of Professor (granted by the State). From 1974 - 1992 he has worked at Warsaw University, first as an Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor and Full Professor. He spent the 1978-79 academic year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvette, France, 1990-91 in Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and 1991-92 in Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Since 1992 he is working as a Full Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.In 1981-84 he was an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of Warsaw University, and in 1984-87 a Deputy Director of the Institute of Mathematics of that Faculty and a member of the Senate of Warsaw University. For many years he has been a member of the Main Committee of the Mathematical Olympiad in Poland, and also a Board member, Vice president, and President of the Warsaw Tatra Mountain Club of the Polish Tourist Society. When attending a high school, he won the Mathematical Olympiad prize twice. Moreover, he twice was a member of the Polish team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, where he won a prize of third degree and then a prize of the first degree (the highest one). For the activity in the Warsaw Tatra Mountain Club he was awarded a Golden Honor Distinction of the Polish Tourist Society. For his research and teaching he obtained about fifteen awards from the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Minister of Higher Education, Polish Mathematical Society and the Rector of Warsaw University, among them the award of the Polish Mathematical Society for young mathematicians, Mazurkiewicz Prize and Mazur Prize. In 2003 he was nominated as the recipient of the Sierpiński Medal. He received this medal in May, after delivering a lecture at Warsaw University.
Bart's involvement with photography started in the early seventies in Poland. His pictures focused then on black and white imagery, mainly portraiture and photomontage, and later on political issues. The latter were published in an underground literary journal "Puls" ("Pulse"), which he also coedited. Recently, almost twenty years after he emigrated to the US, he returned to photography, specifically to the photomontage images, utilizing digital technology. In these recent works he examines the phenomenon of the dynamics of life against the relentless forces of entropy, in a form of images of philosophical reflection on the life itself.
Dr. Danuta Ćwiklińska-Gołąb Polish patriot, soldier of Home Army (Armia Krajowa AK), Repeatedly honored for her work in the underground. After the war, imprisoned by the communist authorities for the activities in Freedom and Independence - Wolność i Niezawisłość (WiN). Educated physician. Dr. Danuta Ćwiklińska-Gołąb was one of the main founders of PCSI. Dr. Tomasz Gołąb, a great Polish patriot, soldier the Union for Armed Struggle (Związek Walki Zbrojnej ZWZ) and later Home Army (Armia Krajowa AK) and has repeatedly awarded for his work in the underground and the scientific work at Eli Lilly, one of the main founders of PCSI.
Associate Professor of Cardiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her MD degree from the Warsaw Medical Academy in 1984. In 1988-1990, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło was a guest researcher in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institutes of Health, working with Prof. Mortimer Mishkin, and in 1991-1993 was a post doc at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, IU Medical School working with Profs. Wilensky and March. After completing residency, internship and fellowship programs at IU Medical School, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło finished a special year of training under the direction of Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, who invented echocardiography at Indiana University. After joining the Krannert Institute as a faculty member, she developed the Indiana University Heart Failure Program and multidisciplinary Clarian Advanced Heart Care Program. Working closely with the directors of the Ventricular Assist Device and Heart Transplant Programs, the team initiated the Heart Failure Fellowship to educate physicians in complex therapies of patients with advanced heart disease. Since joining the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1999, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło has received four times the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the trustees of Indiana University.
The Polish Cultural Society is mourning the death of long-time member Lech Stanisław Papież. Lech passed away peacefully in Mooresville, Indiana on April 15th, 2016 at the age of 66. Lech and his wife Ewa were very active members of the Society, helping with the Polish exhibits at the International Festival and with other programs. Lech also was the historian of the Society for many years. Lech was a devoted family man. He and Ewa were married in 1977. They have two children, Maja, and Adam. His children remember him as a loving, brilliant and compassionate father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. He was a witty individual who loved skiing, swimming, winning chess games and ballroom dancing. He was a lifelong student, passionate teacher and everyone who knew him enjoyed his stimulating, intellectual conversations. Lech was also a prominent scientist. He studied at the Uniwersytet Śląski Instytut Fizyki in Katowice, Poland and earned a PhD in theoretical physics.
He then moved to Dublin, Ireland on a research fellowship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Theoretical Physics. Lechs family moved a few more times before they settled in Indiana. Lech devoted his life to cancer research and pursued his lifes work at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He was a prominent researcher, professor, patent holder and extensively published medical physicist. He was instrumental in designing an extremely effective radiation treatment for early-stage lung cancer saving over 3,000 lives a year. Lech is survived by his mother, Eugenia Papież of Sosnowiec, Poland; his wife, Ewa Papież of Mooresville, Indiana; his daughter, Maja Murphy of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; his son, Adam Papież of Poznań, Poland; and his sister Ewa Wejmann of Buk, Poland. He is preceded in death by his father, Stanislaw Papież of Sosnowiec, Poland.
Wigilia is a magical celebration where we share wishes with one another, give thanks for our blessings and eat amazing Polish food prepared by our members. This year is no different, many hands joined together to help make this evening possible. Please accept our sincerest gratitude. We tried to include everyone to our list, but if for some reason a name was left off please know we are thankful for you and your help!
Holiday Room Decorating: Magda Namyslowska (Decorating Coordinator), Koltuniuk Family, Ann Stankiewicz, Kasia Stewart Setting up and table decorating: Godbole Family, Iwona Kalisz, Koltuniuk Family, Magda Namyslowska , Bozena Plata, , Terry Prentkowski, Magdalena Rodzik - Wojtunik Food Preparations:
Chef and kitchen/food coordinator: Lech Switalski
Picking up groceries in Chicago: Lech Switalski & Koltuniuk Family
Vegetable Salad (Salatka jarzynowa): Hanna Hallam
Sauerkraut with Mushrooms (Kapusta z grzybami): Gosia Koltuniuk
Sledzie: Bozena Plata
Frying of the Fish: Ewa Orlik and Danuta Pietrzak
Kompot: Lech Switalski
Barszcz: Lech Switalski
Cooking of the pierogi: Lech Switalski
Musical Accompaniment: Mariusz Kalisz Songs and readings: Aleksandra Olewicz, Dzieci: Amelia Gamla, Natalia Kalisz, Adam Koltuniuk, Leon Zlobecki Slide Show Picture Presentation: Mariusz Kalisz Preparation of Programs: Patrycja Thomas Children’s Presents: Magdalena Rodzik - Wojtunik Santa (Mikolaj)/ Elf : Kazimierz Olewicz / Maya Godbole Table Seating assignments & Place Cards: Hanna Hallam & Danuta Pietrzak Website Maintenance and Updates: Lech Bobowski & Adam Koltuniuk
Our pick this month
Our picks from previous months
With pastry blender cut butter or margarine into flour. Add sour cream and blend. Divide dough into two portions – flatten onto foil about ½ inch thick and refrigerate overnight. On a lightly floured board roll out dough portions to 1/8 thickness – cut into 2”squares, fill with filling and pinch 2corners of opposite corners and seal. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until bottom is light brown. Remove from oven – cool and sprinkle with powder sugar.
Soak the raisins in rum overnight, or at least 2 hours. Drain them. Pour some hot water (around tablespoon) over the saffron strands and leave aside for half an hour. Combine the flour, saffron and water it was dissolving in, dried yeast, milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in a stand mixer bowl. Mix with the dough hook until it comes together. Pour slowly the melted butter and keep kneading until it is all incorporated. Mix for a several minutes until dough is completely smooth and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it doesn’t, you can add 1 tablespoon extra flour to help this along. Add the raisins and knead until incorporated. Oil a very large bowl and put dough in bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down and transfer into buttered and floured a 2-litre capacity Bundt pan. Let rise a second time until almost doubled. Preheat the oven to 355 F. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and take off the pan. Let it to cool completely.