Monthly Archives: February 2010

Upcoming Event: Paczki Race

On Fat Tuesday (February 16th), Metropolitan Market will be hosting its 2nd Annual Paczki Eat & Race Contest.

The event will be held at Metropolitan Market’s West Seattle location (2320 42nd Avenue SW) and will start at 11am. Your very own Seattle-Gdynia Sister City president will be a guest judge, so please come out to support Metropolitan Market, SGSCA and buy a few treats.

Upcoming Event: Fulbright Scholar Przemek Chojnowski

At SGSCA’s February meeting, a guest speaker will be present.

The meeting will be held on February 12, at 7:30pm, at the Polish Home. We will have the pleasure of hearing from Fulbright Scholar Przemek Chojnowski, who will speak on “Andrzej Wajda’s Argument with History.” This discussion will address the Polish film director’s vision of post-war Polish society and culture in the context of its influence by and release from Soviet domination.

We hope you can attend!

Minutes: January 2010

Below are the Minutes from January’s meeting. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 7:30pm at the Polish Home. New members are always welcome.

January 08, 2010
• Call to order @ 7:35 by Debra
• 22 in attendance

President: Nominee, Debra Markert
• Accepted, seconded, approved unanimously
Executive Vice President: Nominee, Tom Clark
• Accepted, seconded, approved unanimously
Programs Vice President: Nominee, Janice Jaworski
• Accepted, seconded, approved unanimously
Treasurer: Nominees Paul Griffin and Harriet Wodzin
• Paul declined, Harriet accepted
• Seconded, approved unanimously


Gdynia Business Week: Based on the success of the Washington Business Week’s (WBW) student exchange, SGSCA has created a similar program in Gdynia.
• Letter from Mayor Szczurek arrived, inviting another year of SGSCA cooperation. Dates are slated for August 15-21, 2010.
• Janice continues to work with Boeing and the American Chamber of Commerce on procuring support
• Goal to have 10 Seattle students participate in the program.

Washington Business Week: This is an annual event; students from Gdynia attend Washington Business Week’s summer courses.
• Goal to have 2 Gdynia students participate in each program
• Western Washington University program runs from June 20-26.
• Central Washington University program runs from July 18-24.
• Homestays will need to be provided

Film Festival: SGSCA produces the annual Seattle Polish Film Festival. The festival is in its 18th running this year, new autumn dates to be determined.
• Date of festival moved from spring to autumn
• Next festival committee meeting is January 24th at 2pm at the Polish Home

Solidarnosc Planning: August marks the 30th anniversary of Solidarnosc. SGSCA is exploring potential event possibilities.
• Invitation to come to Seattle and attend a reception at the Polish Home has been extended to officials participating in Vancouver’s Solidarity Trade Union convention.
• Mike is exploring the possibility of a Seattle delegation attending the wreath-laying ceremony in Gdansk.


Gdynia Area in Seattle: Members discussed direction and goals for 2010. One area of focus is to work toward bringing Gdynia to Seattle, and will research the process for naming a park or area in Seattle after Gdynia.
• Glen to research protocol for parks
• Mike to research protocol for port

Notes and Announcements
• Thank you to Ron Golubiec for his hard work as SGSCA’s treasurer for the past 17 years.
• Invitation to attend the Catholic Seamen’s Club luncheon on February 21st. Suggested donation of $15 for a chicken marsala plate; if you’re interested, please contact Mike.
• Reminder to pay your annual dues. The cost is $15 for an individual, $25 for a family, and $10 for students.

Meeting Adjourned: Next Meeting is February 12th, 2010 at 7:30pm