Monthly Archives: November 2012

Polish community celebrates Piasecki and LOT Dreamliner

Pictured above are SGSCA members Carol Forte, Barb Wodzin, Barb & Glen Lee as they enjoy the ambiance of the Piasecki exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Fr. Stanislaw Michalek of St. Margaret’s ‘blessed’ the 787 LOT Dreamliner before takeoff.

Members of the Polish community were treated to the grand opening ceremonies of an exhibition by the Polish Aviation Museum of Krakow entitled “Frank Piasecki and other Polish Aviation Designers” at the Seattle Museum of Flight.  There was great food, and a wonderful presentation by Witkacy Theater.

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The Polish-American Chamber of Commerce in Seattle coordinated a seminar for Seattle based businesses to learn more about creating partnerships with Poland especially in the aerospace sector.  Meetings were held at the World Trade Center.
Special guests from Poland included: Mr. Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador of Poland to the US; Beata Stelmach, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Poland; Eric Steward, President, US – Poland Business Council; Marcin Pirog, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines. Representatives of the Institute of Aviation, Polisch Academy of Sciences, Aviation Valley, Katowice Special Economic Zone, Bumar Group University of Warsaw, and Jeppesen Poland were all in attendance. Nicole Piasecki, VP of Business Development & Strategic Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes was special guest speaker.

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It was an exciting day not only for Boeing but for the polish community as well. Members of the SGSCA and PHA were on hand as LOT took delivery of it’s first 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field in Everett.  Fr. Stanislaw Michalek of St. Margaret’s ‘blessed’ the aircraft shortly before takeoff. Local media, AP media and Poland’s media covered this worldwide event.  The aircraft landed at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport at 10:51 a.m. local time and was greeted with a traditional water salute.

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SGSCSA celebrates Day of Polish Independence at Nov 9 meeting

The next Seattle-Gdynia Sister City meeting is Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm at The Polish Cultural Center.

7-7:30pm will be check-in and light hors d’oeuvres followed by a quick business meeting and special guest introductions.

7:45pm SGSCA will present:  Day of Polish Independence The victorious allies-England, France, and the United States-celebrate November 11 as the Armistice Day, the day on which World War I finally ended.  For Poland, November 11 meant the end of a much longer struggle to regain her independence after 123 years-Konfederacja Barska of 1768-1772, the Napoleonic Wars and the Dąbrowski Legions, the November Uprising of 1831-1832, and the January uprising of 1863-1864.

This year America celebrates November 12 as Veterans Day. A day before in Poland November 11 is known as “Day of Polish Independence” or “National Independence Day” and commemorates the formation of a Polish Republic. It is one of the most important celebrations for Poles both in Poland and abroad.

Our special guest at our November 9 meeting will be Anthony Haapasaari-Olpinski  (pictured below), a retired soldier teaching about Polish history. He is also a member of the Historical Reenactment Group in Chicago12th Lancers Regiment/12 Pulk Ulanow Podolskich. He will share with us the history of Independence Day and some military traditions in Poland.  View images here from the meeting.