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Elections for the Vice President and the Treasurer 2022

Last Friday, May 13th 2022 we held the elections for two of the positions in the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association: Vice President and Treasurer. Both of the positions were filled with unanimous votes of the members of the association for the next two-year term.

Ania Kaminski was elected the Treasurer of our organization for her another, consecutive term. Ania has been successfully running the finances of our organization for many years now, and we’re proud to entrust her two more years in the function. In addition to her responsibilities as the Treasurer of the association, Ania also volunteers in many events around Seattle Polish Film Festival.

Paul Griffin, who had been Vice President of the Association had decided no to look the re-election. His hard work and dedication helped us grow and appreciate Paul for his effort. The new Vice President was elected Anna Babcock, who will be joining her responsibilities in Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association with those of Director of Marketing and Events of Polish-American Chamber of Commerce in Pacific Northwest.

Anna holds a double degree in Foreign Trade and Organization and Management from University of Gdansk in Poland. Before moving to the US she worked for export/import companies In Warsaw and her hometown Gdynia. Currently working for Holland America Line as an Onboard Event Planner. She has served the Polish Community as a teacher at the Polish School in Seattle for over 15 years, holding the position of the school principal in 2008-2010. Volunteered at many schools’ fundraising events, participated at numerous Polish teachers’ conventions and training workshops throughout the country. Represented the school at traditional Polish community ceremonies at the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle. As a member of the Seattle Gdynia Sister City Association, is assisting with Gdynia Business Week project as well as a special financial aid project supporting best academically achieved students at a local high school in Gdynia. Immensely proud to be part of the Polish Community in Seattle.

We are looking forward to both Ania and Anna to contribute to the growth of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association and wish them both success!

Grand finale of the GiveBIG 2022!

Today, May 4th 2022 is the final day of the annual fundraising campaign GiveBIG. For the last two weeks multiple non-profits across the entire state of Washington were campaigning to raise funds for many charitable causes.

Under the umbrella of Seattle Polish Foundation, we have been trying to raise funds for the annual Seattle Polish Film Festival. Even though we still are pretty far from our goal of 10,000$, we are grateful for every donation. All the money goes directly to support the special, 30th Seattle Polish Film Festival taking place in October 2022. Over the years the festival became one of the most important dates in the calendar of the Polish community, and we are looking to use the donations to make the festival more attractive to the viewers every year!

It’s still not too late to support the Festival and make it even more special this year!

Trupa Trupa coming to Seattle on May 8

We’re happy to let you know that a Polish indie-rock band Trupa Trupa is starting a US tour and will visit Seattle on May 8! The band originates from Gdańsk, so dear to many of SGSCA members.

The band will be promoting their newest album “B Flat A”, which gathered stellar reviews in many American media outlets. NPR included the album on their New Music Friday podcast back in February, and Rolling Stone magazine called their latest single “Uniforms” in January “a clarion call for humanism in a hateful world”.

Trupa Trupa formed in Gdańsk, Poland in 2009. So far they released six albums, increasingly gaining interest of the audiences around the world. The frontman, vocalist and guitarist Grzegorz Kwiatkowski is also a well-received poet. His latest chapbook of verse “Crops” has just been released in the United States.

The show is on Sunday, May 8, 2022 in the Barboza club in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The show is 21+ only, the tickets are 13$.

THE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.