APCC – American Council for Polish culture

The Spring Board Meeting of The American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) was held in Cleveland, Ohio. Members were absolutely delighted by the extensive activities and food extravaganzas, which were hosted by Ben Stefanski, President of the Polish American Cultural Center- John Paul II. Contributions were also made by Thad Cooke, founder of the Jamestown Colony of Poles in Cleveland and George Sobieraj, President of the Cleveland Society of Poles.
During the business sessions, a number of committee chairs reported on the status and progress being made with various Council programs. Peter Obst dedicated great effort in arranging for the design, purchase and placement of an official Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission marker at the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia crediting the designer and chief engineer for his longest suspension bridge ever built during that time, Polish American Ralph Modejski. A tentative date of September 15, 2007 has been set for the plaque dedication ceremony.

Following the Friday business sessions, the ACPC board members were invited to attend a testimonial reception honoring Eugene Bak, the Executive Director of the Polish American Cultural Center who was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his work in promoting Polish Culture, History and Arts. The presentation was made by Polish Consul General, Krzysztof Kasprzyk. The Board Members were impressed by the large crowd, the table laden with delectable hors d’oeurves and a splendid musical interlude by pianist Jacek Sobieski and singer Dorota Sobieski who presented Moniuszko’s “Znaszli ten Kraj” and a lilting Mazurka by Chopin.

The Saturday morning session was spent on extensive committee reports revealing progress and successes in the many programs and functions of the Council. The meeting terminated in time for the members to attend Saturday 5:00 o’clock Mass at the beautiful St. Stanislaus Church. Everyone had an opportunity to pay homage and pray before the newly installed icon depicting St. Stanislaus and Pope John Paul II.

That evening the Board members were wined and dined at the Cultural Center where a delectable Polish cuisine dinner was served. The after dinner speaker, Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, Founder and President of the Piast Institute-Hamtramck, MI stirred the listeners’ intellectual faculties with his interesting, provocative and well-researched talk on Polish American culture in the U.S.

The 59th Annual ACPC Convention, hosted by the Friends of Polish Art-Detroit, will take place July 10-14 at the Dearborn Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn, MI

Thed Cooke

Forum, 5/2007