ACPC Chicago Board Meeting 2020

Chicago Board Meeting - March 6-7

The Board Meeting, March 6-7, in Chicago was organized by Jaroslaw Golembiowski and hosted by the Chicago Chopin Society. The opening session and the evening reception were held at the local Polish National Alliance office building. Among the subjects under discussion were: the scholarship program, a new booklet promoting ACPC membership and the Marcella Sembrich vocal competition.

On the following day the meeting continued at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Skokie, IL. The discussion included: creating a new position - Director of Development, revisions to committees, promoting the Jamestown Poles, and the next National Conference for the Social Studies (NCSS) to be held in Washington DC this year (Dec. 4-6). Marie Hejnosz was elected to a position on the board. Dr. Katarzyna Litak gave a very interesting presentation on the Kaleidoscope Oral History Project in Minnesota, where statements of World War II survivors are being collected. It was illustrated with Power Point slides and photographs of the individuals giving testimony. Ted Mirecki reported that several changes to our constitution and bylaws will up for approval during the next convention. Peter Obst answered questions about the ACPC website and requested assistance in updating some old pages like those with the ACPC accomplishments and mission statement.

He also mentioned that 2 more tablets will be dedicated on the Savannah, GA battlefield (where Pulaski received his mortal wound) on October 9. (see: Tablets) There is also a project initiated by the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) to create an updated version of the Polish Heritage Travel Guide to the U.S.A. and Canada. Assistance is sought in providing information about Polish sites in North America. Details can be viewed on our ACPC website under "Ongoing Projects." (see: Polish Guide)

After the deliberations closed, the board members and local guests gathered for a concert organized by Jaroslaw Golembiowski. Featured were Chopin's art songs sung by soloists soprano Marlena Dzis and tenor Michal Sadowski accompanied by pianist Daniel Majcher. This was followed by the American premiere of Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Suite in G performed by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra conducted by Philip Simmons with composer/pianist Jaroslaw Golembiowski. A delicious banquet rounded out the evening.

Many thanks to Jaroslaw for making this successful meeting happen. It gave us an opportunity to move the business of the organization forward, socialize in the off-time and also spend time in Chicago. A few people managed to make it over to the Polish Museum of America, which has an exhibit of items from the Polish Pavilion at the 1939-40 "World of Tomorrow" Worlds Fair.

Please note that plans for the ACPC Convention were discussed but the convention was later cancelled because of the COVID-19 crisis. (see: Convention)

View Photograph Set 1 - Jackie Kolowski [Arrow Picture]

View Photograph Set 2 - Celia Larkin [Arrow Picture]

Photographs by Cecelia Glembocki


(l. to r.) Jaroslaw Golembiowski, ACPC President Ray Glembocki, Mark Dillon, Tom Payne


Dr. Katarzyna Litak


Peter Obst presents the Polish Guide


Jaroslaw Golembiowski at the piano


Ray Glembocki with Jaroslaw Golembiowski