St Petersburg Polish American Society (PAS) - Mar 19, 2021                           

                                           1343 Beach Dr S.E. ---- St Petersburg, FL 33701
                                For Club Information, Please Call Don Kohler at 301-639-9045

                      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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  It is One Year And Seven Months Ago that we announced:

    "All Events at the Polish American Society are cancelled

                                  until further notice".

It has been a difficult time for all of us and we are sure we all would not want to go through this again, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully we have all had at least one vaccination and most of us have had both and some of us have now had our Booster shot which should take us through a good part of 2022. We were planning to reopen on Nov 7, 2021, however, your Officers and Board of Directors have decided to reopen Sunday, Jan 9, 2022 when we hope everyone will be vaccinated.

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     We plan to have a Grand Opening on Sunday, Jan 9, 2022!

   "It will be a Wonderful Day when we can all be together again

          and dance to the tunes of The Florida Generations!"

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         We will also celebrate our Club's 71st Anniversary on

                                   Sunday Jan 16, 2022.

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 We have cancelled Mollie B & Squeezbox who was scheduled to perform at the club on Jan 30, 2022. Your Officers and Board have decided that we need more time after we reopen to entertain such a large group that is expected. Perhaps we could plan to have them a year later.

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          "OUR NEXT CLUB MONTHLY MEETING - 12:30 PM - Wed - Nov 10,  2021"

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    We will be discussing and making plans for reopening the club for the 2022 Season. Please join us if you are able.

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                                       Club Projects, Maintenance, Etc.

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    We said in our last newsletter of March 19, 2021 that the Club took numerous steps to reduce our monthly costs to remain financially stable during our shutdown. Ken Cichowski, our Club Treasurer for many years has moved to North Carolina and has turned over the keys to our new club treasurer, Roger Telschow. Ken had turned off all utilities except electricity to eliminate having to pay the monthly Seasonal Vacation costs and Roger has taken further steps to reduce our club costs while we have been closed. We wish Ken and his son, John, well in their new home. We also expect to see them at the club whenever they return to St Petersburg.

    Even though our Club building has been closed and all utilities except electric are turned off we must visit The Club to make sure no damage occurs at the building. During the past year Ken Cichowski, Chuck Majewski, Monika Smolarczyk, Roger Telschow & Don Kohler have been visiting the Club to get the mail as well as to check for any damage to the building from the elements and perform regular maintenance activities.

    If you were to drive by the Club these days you will notice three storage containers in the northwest corner of the parking lot. We have been very fortunate to provide this space to DefenderShield, one of the companies that rents space in the building across the street from the Club. Due to this company's fast growth and expansion they have needed more storage space than they have in their building. The nice thing about allowing them to rent this space is that we are able to collect a monthly rental from them which helps to pay any costs that come in.

    When you drive by the club you will also notice that the entire parking lot in front of the club building was sealed on April 3, 2021 by club volunteers. These included: Don Kohler, Ritchie Kurdziel, Chuck Majewski, Tom Rokosz & his grandson, Gavin, Ryan Spiewak, Roger Telschow & Kurt Wright. Thank you all!

    I must also relate to everyone that we were very fortunate to receive the services of Ryan Spiewak during the months of March and April. He and his parents all joined the club in March. Ryan, not only helped seal the front parking lot as mentioned above, but he also put two coats of red paint on our canopy over our main entrance, helped paint the Men's restroom and painted the door at the entrance to the back of the club building. In addition to all of that he painted a floral design on other side of our main entrance door. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Ryan!

    In early April we had repairs made on our club roof. Some of you might recall we had a very heavy rain storm come through St Petersburg during November, 2020. It came from the south and the very high winds forced water under some of our shingles that faced the south.

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  We Continue To Receive Updates From Our Members And Friends Of The Club!

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          "Please Keep The Following Club Members And Their Families In Your

                                               Thoughts And Prayers"

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    Our Sunshine Lady, Bernie Yencha, informed us recently that Wilma Walsek's brother passed away in September. Wilma and her daughter, Linda drove to Kansas City to attend the funeral service. We want to keep Wilma, Linda and their family in our thoughts and prayers.

    We want to keep Reggie Zybesko in our thoughts and prayers. She is feeling better after having some health issues.

    A long time member of the club, Gloria Michurski, passed away February 19, 2021. Her daughter, Cheryl Hood, recently contacted us to let us know if the club was interested in having a concrete slab Polish Eagle that Gloria had. Jim Grinaker, our club vice president, picked it up yesterday along with a Polish painting and a very unique Polish mirror for the club Bar. Roger Telschow bought the mirror and donated it to our club. Thank you Cheryl, Roger & Jim.

    A regular Sunday attendee and member for many years, Barbara Healy, passed away on April 18, 2021. Her companion, Ed Schweinert, who took care of her for the last year or two was our stalwart club painter for many years. We want to keep Ed as well as Barbara and Ed's families in our prayers and thoughts.

    Many of you know Elaine Mekruit and Frank Franz. They lived in the Cleveland, OH area, but would normally visit Elaine's sister, Carol Nash around Easter. Elaine & Carol would often cook two dinners for the club in April. Elaine & Frank were excellent dancers. Elaine notified us that Frank passed away July 3, 2021. We want to keep Elaine and Frank's families in our prayers and thoughts.

    Kay Fiorentino recently had knee replacement surgery and we are hoping for a good recovery.

    Alice Kohler's trigeminal neuralgia has revisited her for the past two months and she has experienced excruciating pain in her left cheek. This past Monday she had a medical procedure, called glyscerin rhizotomy performed on her at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is hoping it will be successful to get rid of the spasms and pain. It will take several weeks to become totally effective.

    On the bright side we want to congratulate Ernie & Ursula Stetz as they celebrated their 50th anniversary last month at the Holiday Polish Club. It was reported that Ursula wore her wedding gown at the anniversary party.

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                             "Contacts From Members & Friends Of The Club"

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    We would love to hear from you all as to how everything has been going for you and what you are up to.

    In talking with Ernie Stetz recently, the last event at the Holiday Polish American Association will take place on Friday, Oct 22, 2021. The club will shut down and be closed. We understand that Rick Piotrowski, who had the Orlando Polka Magic Band for many years will be there to play. Please call Ernie at 727-848-7826 to make reservations or for additional details. We are sorry to hear this sad news.

    We visited Gloria Smolick, our former club vice president this past June while in Pennsylvania. We met her, her daughter, Connie, and niece, Stephanie at a restaurant and had a great time.

    We heard from Milt & Stephanie Kryk and they are doing quite well and looking forward to returning to the club.

    Pat & Cliff Hickok are returning home from a trip to the West where they visited Las Vegas, Hoover & Glen Canyon Dams, Sedona & the silver town of Jerome in Arizona. They also are looking forward to our club opening.

    Brad Turk, Leader of The Northern Sounds and Florida's Representative with The International Polka Association (IPA), contacts us periodically to keep us and The Club abreast as to what is happening in The Polka World. He recently notified us that the Daytona Polish Club was sold and they are now renting the local Elks Club to hold their Club activities. Thank you, Brad.

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                           ** YOU CAN RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW FOR 2021**

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    Many of our members renewed their memberships for 2021 even though we were not open. They realize we are incurring electric bill expenses on a monthly basis as well as costs for mandatory things such as Fire Inspections, Health Inspections, Property Insurance, Liquor License, Club Maintenance, etc. They want to maintain continuity with our Club and help to maintain our financial stability so we can remain vibrant and open for many years to come. To date we have received membership renewals or new memberships for 2021 from 66 individuals. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Annual Membership is $25.00 per person per year. Any membership renewals from here on through 2022 will be for the year 2022. If you have not been a member, please consider becoming a member. Contact Tom Rokosz, our Club Membership Chairperson, at 912-401-5758 or email him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns. You can make out your check to "Polish American Society" and send it to Tom at:

    7131 Whittlebury Trail

    Bradenton, FL 34202

    Tom will send the membership cards to you at your address.

    You can also send a check made out to "Polish American Society" for your annual Booster Club Donations to either Tom Rokosz or Pat Caldwell, our Booster Club Chairperson. If sending it to Pat send it to:

    11325 Glenmont Dr

    Tampa, FL 33635

    To date we have received Booster Donations from 48 individuals for 2021. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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                                                        "HALL RENTALS"

  Our Beautiful Hall is available to rent and use for Personal, Family, Group, Business, etc, functions beginning in January 2022. Please contact Gene Poplawski at 972-741-3749 for information.

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                                                            "OUR WEBSITE"

    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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                           "It Would Be Great To Hear From You!"

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    It would be Great to hear from you and letting us know how you spent 2021 and how you are doing. We look forward to seeing you in Florida.

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        Please contact us with any questions or concerns via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or our cell phone, 301-639-9045. Please make us aware of any errors.

       Thank you and hope all is well with you and your family!

       Following is our Band schedule for 2022.

       Don & Alice

                        __ WINTER & SPRING PAS BAND SCHEDULE FOR 2022 __

JAN   2 – Closed                                           MAR   6 – Buffalo Touch

JAN   9 – Florida Generations                     MAR  13 – Jasiu’s Polka All Stars

JAN 16 – 71st Anniversary Celebration       MAR  20 – Northern Sounds

                Nu Soundz                                     MAR 27 –  Frank Svet Orchestra 

JAN 23 – Jasiu's Polka All Stars

JAN 30 - Florida Generations                      APR    3 -  Florida Generations 

                                                                        APR  10 –  Jasiu's Polka All Stars

FEB   6 – Gerry Kryk's All Stars                  APR  18 - DYNGUS DAY

FEB  13 – Northern Sounds                                          Nu Sounds - 5 - 8 PM

FEB 20 - Nu Soundz                                     APR  24 – Northern Sounds

FEB 27 - PACZKI DAY

                Florida Generations

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       Wednesday Afternoon Tea Dances – 2nd & 4th Wed – January thru March 2022

            For More Information Call 972-741-3749, 727-214-8972, or 301-639-9045