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Please come and join Poles in Napa for a rare joyful occasion of a new Polish priest being ordained in our neighborhood. This coming Saturday, May 22, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church located at 960 Caymus Street in Napa ( http://stchurch.stjohnscatholic.org/contactus.php ) Adam Kotas from Poland will be ordained a priest. All are welcome to attend the ordination ceremony. The next day, Sunday, May 23, 2010, Father Adam Kotas will celebrate his First Mass (Primicja) in both Polish and English at 12 p.m. in Ukiah at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church which is located at 900 S. Oak St. in Ukiah ( http://www.stmaryschurchukiah.org ). All are welcome to attend the First Mass. Father Adam is originally from Lutomierz, close to Zabkowice Slaskie in Lower Silesia voivodship.
May Spring Party - get $5 off the ticket
East Bay Polish American Association cordially invites everyone who loves Polish dance and Polish food and Polish drinks to take part in May Spring Dance Party in the banquet hall of the newly remodeled building. The Dance Party starts on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at 7 p.m. and will end on Sunday, May 23, 2010, around 1 a.m. and all food is inclusive - delicious hot Polish dishes, desserts and home made Polish pastries, coffee, tea. The Polish hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening and are also included in the ticket price. Dance music - the best in the West. Drinks are available from a cash bar.
Regular ticket prices are $35 per person at the door. Capacity is limited and you are strongly advised to buy tickets early and you will get a discount of $5. Phone reservations: Gabriel Michta 1-925-234-1769; Ryszard Mleczko 1-925-759-5872. Location is 909 Mellus Street, Martinez, CA. PoloniaSF wishes you to have a great time!
Polish Media Issues
This is a message from a group fighting with wrong portrayal of Poland in the media, i.e. "Polish concentration camp":
I am currently running a campaign to recruit more members for the PMI. If you could plug the group again on PoloniaSF or amongst your friends then that would be great. I hope you agree the group continues to be of value to Poland and Poles. Point them at http://www.supportpoland.org/PMI.html or give them my e-mail address.
Jan Niechwiadowicz, Cardiff
Polish Presidential Election
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland kindly informs that the Presidential Elections will take place within the Los Angeles consular circumscription on Saturday, June 19th, 2010, from 6am to 8pm local time.
Holders of valid Polish passports, residing outside of Poland or declaring a temporary stay outside of Poland only, may be registered on the voting lists and participate in the Elections.
All wishing to vote in the Presidential Elections are reminded to verify their Polish passports expiration date.
Following the setting of voting districts outside of Poland, voters registration in separate voting districts will take place for voters staying outside of the country. Voters registration will be concluded on June 17th, 2010.
Detailed information on official headquarters of district voting commissions in the consular circumscription will be announced under a separate statement immediately following Foreign Minister's Decree regarding the creation of voting districts in Presidential Elections for Polish citizens staying abroad.
The links listed below are in Polish. For the benefit of English only subscribers, I will explain what they illustrate. We are witnessing a fierce political battle in Poland, which for the last 5 years is conducted with unprecedented means. This continuing battle has been going on, since Poland lost first democratic government which pushed for the process of decommunization of Poland's administrative structures. That government of the Prime Minister Olszewski, was removed by the 1992 night coup, under the direction of then President, Lech Walesa. It is known as "Nocna Zmiana". Other key players in 1992 were Donald Tusk and Waldemar Pawlak. These people are prime examples of a strong political group in Poland which is against revealing identities of those, who in the not so distant past, were working for the communist secret police apparatus, that kept Polish people under bloody terror since 1945. It is obvious, that all those former secret agents and collaborators, working in the governmental institutions, were relieved by the coup on Olszewski government. A new informal political cooperation structure (IPCS), was born. That was in 1992 and it is very active to this day, in 2010. Most of Polish media, created after 1992, is in the hands of that informal political cooperation structure (IPCS), which guards identities of former communist secret police agents and collaborators. Another group of Poles wants the country to deal finally with its past and reveal secret collaborators and all dirt associated with secret IPCS deals made throughout all 18 past years. This struggle between two groups seems to be the bottom line of all political problems in 2010 Poland.