On Saturday, April 18th, PNA Lodge 3043 of Warsaw hosted the bi-annual meeting of PNA District 14 representatives at the Minto Community Center in Minto, North Dakota.
PNA officers, members and Lodge delegates were in attendance from the areas of Minto/Warsaw, North Dakota, South St. Paul, MN, Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. The states of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin comprise PNA District 14.
PNA Commissioners Gary Babinski of Warsaw, ND and Teresa Jankowski of Milwaukee, WI led the events of the day. Reports were delivered by various PNA Lodges and Councils and Director Sandra Schuster of Warsaw spoke about national PNA items of interest and concern, and the upcoming PNA National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio in August, 2015.
National PNA Vice-President Paul Odrobina of Chicago was the honored guest and keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of fraternalism in our Lodges and Councils. PNA Sales representatives were urged to continue to promote membership and he congratulated the Warsaw/Minto Lodge for their many fraternal activities in the community.
Attendees were delighted to meet Sabrina Majerczyk of Phoenix, Arizona who also spoke at the convention. Sabrina only recently became acquainted with members of Lodge 3043 when she discovered there are North Dakotans of Polish descent around the village of Warsaw in northeastern ND. She attended the recent "Polish Food Fest" in the Minto area and is excited to get involved with the PNA while she is living here. She is a 1st year college student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Sabrina is 100% Polish and is attending UND on a 4-year soccer scholarship.
Art Wosick of Warsaw, ND was presented "Man of the Year" award at the noon luncheon where his entire family, all PNA members, surprised him for this honor.
Sandra Schuster, Director of Region"J" presented gifts of thanks and appreciation to Commissioners Teresa Jankowski of Milwaukee and Gary Babinski of Minto, ND for their hard work and dedication.
At the conclusion of the days' activities, guests were given a tour of the Walsh County Historical Museum in Minto by Wally Ebertowski and then attended mass at Sacred Heart Church in Minto.