Deborah M. Majka Inaugurated as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Philadelphia
On the evening of April 12th, 2011, over one hundred friends, well-wishers, leaders of Polish-American Organizations, and diplomatic representatives of other countries gathered at the elegant Stotesbury Mansion near Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square to witness the formal inauguration of Deborah M. Majka as the newest Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. Conducting the official ceremony of conferring the official appointment were Robert Kupiecki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington DC, and Marek Skulimowski, Deputy Consul General in New York City. Spontaneous applause rang out repeatedly as the new honorary consul was presented with her official letter from Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland's Minister of Foreign Affairs, her official diplomatic credentials and the insignia of office which included a large crowned eagle and a brass plaque to be mounted at the site of her office.
During the presentation Poland's Ambassador addressed the fact that a long time need was at last being filled and announced that the establishment of an Honorary Consulship in Philadelphia opens an entirely new chapter in the relations between the Philadelphia Polish-American community and Poland's diplomatic service. He also expressed his pleasure that such a highly qualified candidate could be found to fill the post. Deborah Majka, or "Debbie" to her friends, is a longtime activist in Polish-American affairs of the Philadelphia area. She is on the board of the Associated Polish Home in Philadelphia and teaches at the Adam Mickiewicz Saturday Polish School. In addition she heads, as president, the American Council for Polish Culture, an organization with affiliates and supporting groups across the United States. A recipient of many awards, Debbie received the Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit from the Polish government and was named National Citizen of the Year for 2007 by the "Am-Pol Eagle" weekly in Buffalo.
We wish Debbie success in her work as Honorary Consul and look forward to future developments under her leadership. More information will soon be posted on this internet page(s).
Deborah M. Majka, the President of the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC), is a native Philadelphian. Debbie is also a committee member of the Brigadier General Kazimierz Pulaski Reinterment Committee in Savannah, Georgia; and National ACPC Convention Co-Chair. On October 2, 2008, she was re-elected to the position of Vice-President for Cultural Activities of the Polish American Congress, a new position especially created for her in addition to serving on the Financial Development Committee. As PAC Vice-President for Cultural Activities, Debbie successfully organized and chaired the national commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Polish craftsmen in Jamestown, VA, which took place on October 1, 2008.
She earned an M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University. Recently, she retired from a marketing position with Rohm and Haas Company, an international chemical manufacturing company headquartered in Philadelphia.
On the local level, Debbie has also completed ten years as President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, an affiliate of ACPC. For many years she was a very active volunteer at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Doylestown, PA, and during celebration of its 50th Anniversary was honored by the Shrine for all her loyal work. She is a charter member and President of the Marcella Kochanska-Sembrich Female Chorus, No. 321, Polish Singers' Alliance of America. Her Saturday mornings are devoted to teaching Polish language to both children and adults at the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School. She's also member of the Philadelphia-Torun Sister City Committee. She is producer and host of a half-hour radio program in English on Polish topics, entitled Polonia Today, which may be heard at 1540 AM, WNWR and is streaming and archived at: www.wnwr.com.
She has received numerous awards and medals including Medal Zaslugi (Polish Army Veterans); Distinguished Woman of the Year (Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia); Polish American World Newspaper Citizen of the Year, the ACPC Founders Award, Poland's Cavalier Cross of the Order of Merit, (Krzyz Kawalerski, Orderu Zaslugi) and the Pulaski-O'Neil Medal (City of Savannah). In May 2007 she was honored by the Am-Pol Eagle (a Buffalo, NY weekly newspaper) as Citizen of the Year.
Receiving certificates of recognition on April 18, 2010 from the Pulaski Cadets in Perth Amboy, NJ, are: (l. to r.) Peter J. Obst, Deborah M. Majka, while Capt. John Stroczynski stands by to give certificate to S. Paul Bosse (at podium).