THE BEGINNING

After their retirement in the late 1940's several Polish American familes in St Petersburg felt a need for a meeting place for people of Polish descent to gather and enjoy the traditions of their Polish culture.They knew that for the few families residing in St Petersburg at the time that organizing a society would not be an easy task. No action was taken until one fortunate day , Mr and Mrs A. Nawojski found a parking ticket on their windshield of their car. It was signed by a police officer named Edward Mogelnicki. Immediately, they sought out this Polish officer and in conversation with him, the subject of a Polish society began to interest Officer Mogelnicki.

With Officer Mogelwicki's association with the Police Department and the city fathers, and the enthusiasm of Mrs Nawojski and her Polish friends, the first steps were taken to call a meeting inviting all of the Poles in the area. Fifty cards were sent to Polish sounding names contained in the city telephone directory and an advertisement was placed in the St Petersburg Times newspaper announcing the meeting to take place at the Million Dollar Pier on January 9, 1951. When the day arrived, an overwhelming 120 Polish Americans answered the invitation. The aims and purposes of organizing a Polish American Society were explained.

The first question as to who is in favor of said organization and willing to join it was answered by a roomful of raised hands. Temporary officers were elected: Ed Mogelnicki, Chairman; M. Krupa, Vice Chairman; Plus A, Nawojska, A. Kolodiziej, M. Buczkowska, S. Eligan, H. Tomanek, S. Rachwalski, A. Krzesiak, and W. Ziarko. That was the birth of the St Petersburg Polish American Society.

Several meetings of the temporary officers and members were held, mostly in private homes at which time rules and regulations were suggested for adoption. A general meeting was scheduled to be held in St Mary's church to elect permanent officers. The meeting took place in February 1951 and the following officers were elected: E. Mogelnicki, President; M. Krupa, Vice President; W. Ziarko, Treasurer; J. Thomas and E. Chrzanowski, Secretaries; L. Swiderski, Sergant-at-Arms.

The first first venture of our Society was courageously planned to be on as large a scale as was ever attempted in St Petersburg - an Annual Ball in the Armory. The Police Department orchestra offered its participation gratis as a welcome to our group. All Polish Americans from the Metropolitan area and a great many fellow Americans enjoyed the night of happy times and dancing. When "Home Sweet Home " was played by the orchestra, closing the evening, the treasurer found himself with a substantial amount of money. The Society's prestige leaped several rungs on the ladder of success.

The year following was difficult as board meetings had to be held in private homes and picnics were held in backyards or public picnic grounds. It was obvious that a place of our own was needed. Several large lots were located for purchase. A building fund was established and an accelerated drive to concentrate all efforts on raising funds to start construction of a building was initiated. Again the response to the building fund was very generous. The building committee was instructed to proceed with construction of our current building at the corner of Beach Dr and 14th Ave SE.

 May 5, 1957 was the day when our hope, our wish and our dream became a reality, the official opening of our own place to meet. The wandering days for the Polish American Society were over.

The mayor of St Petersburg, the honorable S. G. Johnson officiated at the opening ceremony by cutting the tri-colored ribbon guarding the entrance to the building. He made a complimentary speech praising the Polish American group. for their obedience of laws, for their loyalty to their adopted country and this city and for their grit and spunk in reaching for that which is essential to social and cultural life.

To all of the past and present officers, chairpersons and members of the various committees, we, the members of the Polish American Society pay tribute to each and everyone of you for your loyalty, untold efforts, labors, generosity and love of this organization.  We thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts.

Duties and Privileges of Active Members

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP   

Section 1. Responsibilities          

A.  New members must submit an application provided by the organization which will be presented to the Executive Board for approval

B.  Members may submit their name for office after one year of membership

C.  Members are expected to pay their annual dues on or before January 31st of each year.

D.  Members have the privilege of voting on issues brought to the general membership by the Executive Board and/or members at the General Membership meetings.

E.   Members shall be expected to support the Polish American Society by attendance at organizational functions and General Membership meetings.

Section 2.   One day membership

A special one (1) day membership can be issued by the Society for a (1) day use of the facilities of the organization.

Section 3.   Dues

Annual dues for all members are payable in advance on or before January 31 of each year. Members who fail to pay their annual dues By February 15th shall forfeit all rights to membership and shall be suspended. If a member is suspended, he/she  must join as a new member

Section 4.   Oath of a New Member

I_____________________, do solemnly pledge myself to abide by, and conform to the rules, regulations, and by-laws of the Polish American Society of St. Petersburg, Florida, so help me God! 

Section 5.   Revocation/Suspension of Membership

Any member whose behavior is unlawful, creates a disturbance, or is morally offensive to other members, may have his/her membership privileges revoked by the Executive Board and upon a motion and a majority of votes at a General Membership meeting.

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Our mission is to strengthen bonds and solidarity, provide mutual support and help between Polish People, cultivate Polish traditions, culture and language and the promotion of native Polish values in the American society.

Our Goals:

  • To cultivate and maintain Polish traditions and culture and the Polish language among members of the Organization
  • To maintain and care for the development of Polish language between younger and older generations
  • To popularize Polish culture and traditions in American Society
  • To organize traditional meetings and holiday gatherings To provide help and assistance for people in the Polish community
  • To cooperate with other Polish organizations, consistent with the scope of the goals of the PAS
The Executive Committee Members :  
 Gene Poplawski

- President

 Gloria Smolick

- Vice President

 Monika Smolarzcyk

- Secretary

 Ken Cichowski

- Treasure

Frank Karwoski

- Financial Secretary 

Bernie Yencha

- Sergeant at Arms 

PAS Board Members

  Roman Brejer

  Don Kohler

  Marian Majewski

  Edith Manthe

  Barbara Poplawski

  Beverly Wolanyk

 

 

Mailing Address:

1343 Beach Drive S.E.
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701

         St.  PETERSBURG POLISH AMERICAN SOCIETY

    ***SUNDAY DINNER & DANCING SCHEDULE***

 

            DINNER - $8.00     2:15 – 3:30 PM    

        DANCING – 3 - 6 PM - $6.00 (members), $8.00(non-members)

      For Dinner Reservations Call   (727) 360-0584 or (727) 526-6835

                No reservations needed for dancing only

 

Following Is Our Sunday Band Schedule For 2017/2018

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            Sunday  Dance  Live  Band  Schedule – Fall – 2017

Nov    5 -  Outside Da Box                     Dec  3 -  Sounds of The South

Nov  19 – Northern Sounds                  Dec 17 – Nu Soundz                  

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        Sunday  Dance  Live  Band  Schedule – Winter/Spring – 2018

Jan    7 –  Jasiu's Polka All Stars            Mar 11 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars

Jan  14 –  Northern Sounds                    Mar 18 – Nu Soundz

Jan  21 -   Sounds of The South              Mar 25 – Northern Sounds

Jan  28 –  FL Honky Polka Band              Apr    1 -  Easter (Closed) 

Feb    4 – Nu Soundz                                Apr   2 –  DYNGUS DAY - Nu Soundz

Feb  11 – Northern Sounds                     Apr   8 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars

Feb  18 – Sounds of The South               Apr 15 - FL Honky Polka Band

Feb  25 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars             Apr 22 – Sounds of The South

 Mar  4 – Outside Da Box                       Apr 29 – Northern Sounds

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE CLUB

From Interstate 275 take Exit 22,  I-175 ,Tropicana Field - East,

Proceed east to 4th St. S, turn right and proceed to 18th Av. S and turn left,

Follow 3 curves in the road to 14th Av. SE,  Turn right at 14th Av. SE,

Proceed 100 yards to POLISH AMERICAN SOCIETY on the left.

                 We are next door to The United States Coast Guard Facility

1343 Beach Dr. SE, St Petersburg, FL 33701          Club Phone (727) 894-9908

                                    St Petersburg Polish American Society (PAS) - Nov 28, 2017                           

                                1343 Beach Dr S.E. ---- St Petersburg, FL 33701----727-894-9908
                 For Club Information Monday thru Saturday, Please Call Gene Poplawski at 972-741-3749

               Club Website:  www.polishsociety.org  -- Club Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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                              HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING!

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                     "Another Successful Sunday At The Polish Club"

   We received an email and several phone calls letting us know how successful they thought our 2nd dance of the new year was on Nov 19th. One of them stated that "The Band was really pumped and they had almost everybody up and on the dance floor. Many more than the usual few stayed all the way to the end of the dance. To us it was a very successful day!!!!"

    It is always great to receive such reports  especially when we are not able to be at The Club.

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 "JOIN US FOR A POTLUCK DINNER AND DANCE THIS SUNDAY- DEC 3"

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     Doors will open at 1 PM. Please bring a dish of food  to The Club by 2 PM. We will have a POTLUCK dinner starting 2:15 PM. Please bring enough of your favorite entree, salad, side dish or caserole to serve 8 people. NO DESSERTS, PLEASE! The Kitchen will provide desserts. At our last Potluck Dinner we ran out of food and only had desserts for some people who turned out to be diabetic. Thank you.

 

     The Sounds Of The South under the leadership of  Ed Bilinski will provide the music from 3 to 6 PM. Admission is $ 6.00 for members and $ 8.00 for non members.

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                                              "2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD"

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    Your Club officers and Board of Directors are happy to announce that The 2017 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD has been awarded to Alec Kruk. Alec is the grandson of longtime members Milton & Stephanie Kruk. CONGRATULATIONS Alec, Milt and Stephanie!

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     PLANNING AHEAD

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    The New Soundz, under the direction of Stan Simms, will provide the music on Sun, Dec 17. This will be our Christmas celebration Sunday at The Club. As in previous years, we will sing Christmas Carols in Polish and English.

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                     "KEEP OUR  CLUB MEMBERS & FRIENDS IN YOUR PRAYERS"

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    We continue to get updates from our Members as well as our Sunshine Lady, Bernie Yencha about concerns for some of our members & friends of The Club.

 

    Ken Cichowski & his son John continue to need our prayers & concern as John continues to have problems from his accident at The Florida State Fair Grounds.

    John is currently at the:

 

        Palm Shores Behavorial Health Center

        1324 37th Ave East

        Bradenton, FL 34208

 

and is attending school there. If you could send him a Cheering up card to the above address that is funny, it would bring some joy to his life.

    Ken also continues to address concerns relative to his mother.

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          "Thirsty Thursday We Will Not Be Held The Next Two Thursdays"

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    Last year we discontinued Thirsty Thursdays during the Holiday Season in December. We will discontinue them for the next two Thursdays. If we can get cooks and there is enough interest to hold them through the Holidays we will open the Club for Thirsty Thursday on Dec 14th. We will make that announcement in our next newsletter.

 

    For more information contact Monika Smolarczyk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 727-433-0587.

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                              "For Your Foreign Language Center"

                              Contact: Birgit Nessmann

                                                              Founder & Education Director

                                         Pegasus Languages - Your Foreign Language Center!

                                                                    www.languagesfor.us

                                                                       (727) 755-3459

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                              "Club Nonperishable Donations"

   There will be a Box at The Club for nonperishable food that will be donated to St Vincent De Paul as part of our Club's Charitable Giving Program. You are invited to bring nonperishables and place them in The Box.

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                     "CLUB TEA DANCES WILL BE RESUMED JAN 10, 2018 "

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    Tea Dances will be held on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the months January through March at The Polish American Society. Dance instructions, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM are followed with open ball room dancing from 1 to 3:30 PM to the music of Bobby Tess and The Pleasures. Admission to the lesson and dance combination is $10. Admission to the dance only is $7.

  **Cash Bar - Bring Your Own Snacks**  Please call Betty Braverman at 727-895-4167 for more information.

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       "Souvenir Historic Polish American Society Laminated Place Mats &

                           65th Anniversary Coffee Mugs For Sale"

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    Laminated PLACE MATS for $3.00 & COFFEE MUGS for $3.00 are available for sale at The Club. Each Laminated Place Mat is numbered as part of a Limited Edition. These place mats contain many of the Polish paintings that Wilma and Walter Walsek created over the years. See Bernie Yencha to purchase them.

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                                                    "HALL RENTALS"

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  Our Beautiful Hall is available to rent and use for Personal, Family, Group, Business, etc, functions from Nov through April. Please contact Gene Poplawski at 972-741-3749 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

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                                                    "OUR WEBSITE"

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    Please visit www.polishsociety.org to get up to date Club information. Our beautiful website is maintained by our Website Master, Mark Opyd, who is a Computer Specialist. If you have a computer problem, please contact him at 813-925-8121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any help.

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                                         "BAND SCHEDULE"

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   The Club will be open the 1st and 3rd Sundays of Nov and Dec. Beginning January 7, 2018, we will be open every Sunday through the end of April. Following is this year's Band Schedule.

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             "Following Is Our Sunday Band Schedule For 2017/2018"

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                                   Sunday  Dance  Live  Band  Schedule – Fall – 2017

Nov    5 -  Outside Da Box                     Dec  3 -  Sounds of The South

Nov  19 – Northern Sounds                  Dec 17 – Nu Soundz                   

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                           Sunday  Dance  Live  Band  Schedule – Winter/Spring – 2018

Jan    7 –  Jasiu's Polka All Stars            Mar 11 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars

Jan  14 –  Northern Sounds                    Mar 18 – Nu Soundz

Jan  21 -   Sounds of The South              Mar 25 – Northern Sounds

Jan  28 –  FL Honky Polka Band              Apr    1 -  Easter (Closed)  

Feb    4 – Nu Soundz                                Apr   2 –  DYNGUS DAY - Nu Soundz

Feb  11 – Northern Sounds                     Apr   8 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars

Feb  18 – Sounds of The South               Apr 15 - FL Honky Polka Band

Feb  25 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars             Apr 22 – Sounds of The South

 Mar  4 – Outside Da Box                       Apr 29 – Northern Sounds

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    Please contact us with any questions or concerns via email or our cell phone, 301-639-9045. Please make us aware of any errors. Thank you!

 

        Hope to see you all soon at The POLISH CLUB!

 

         DON & ALICE