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Past Events

The exec board tries to plan at least one formal event per month during the school year, along with smaller sporadic informal events. More pictures from the events can be found on our Facebook.

Sunday, April 13th, 2014: Pisanki

In honor of Palm Sunday and the Lenten season, we decorated eggs in a traditional Polish style using intricate tools, candle wax, and dye. Some of the designs turned out very cool!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014: Lunch with Sr. Barbara Chyrowicz from Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski

We are promoting a lunch hosted by Nanovic! The special guest will be Ms. Barbara Chyrowicz from the Catholic University of Lublin and she will be speaking to us about bioethics. Please come to help represent Polish Club!

Saturday, February 22, 2014: Last Chance Polish Dance!

As one of our signature annual events, we taught Polish folk dancing again tonight to our members before the solemn season of Lent, traditionally celebrated in peace, begins this week. Thank you all for coming!

Sunday, April 21, 2013: Dessert Night

As a goodbye to all of our members, Polish Club brought in desserts from the local Polish bakery for a last get-together. Mamy nadzieję, że wszyscy się dobrze z nami bawili w tym roku. Do zobaczenia w sierpniu! Życzymy wszystkim dobrych wakacji!

Sunday, March 24, 2013: Pisanki

As Polish tradition follows, the decoration of eggs – symbols of new life – is a popular art in which many Poles take part. We got together on Palm Sunday with real tools, wax, and dye to create beautiful designs on hard-boiled eggs. On Easter Sunday, it is also common to have egg “fights”, where two people hit the hard-boiled eggs against each other and see which one is the strongest – the person whose egg does not crack wins!

Saturday, February 9, 2013: Last Chance Polish Dance!

Come join the Polish Club of Notre Dame on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in order to celebrate Fat Tuesday! Tradition in Poland holds that the beginning of Lent signifies a time of peace and fasting from parties… Since Lent begins 2/13, let’s dance while we can! We will be meeting in Activity Room 1 in Rolfs Rec Center. There will be Polish folk dancers there to teach traditional dance, such as polka, polonez, and góralskie, and we will meet in PE later to eat pączki. So stop by before you head out to parties on Saturday night and start the weekend warming up with Polish dance! Do zobaczenia!

Thursday, January 24, 2013: Polish Game Night

The officers brought several childhood favorites from home (szachy, Grzybobranie, etc.) and are excited to share with any members and friends who’d like to stop by. Please see the group’s Facebook for more information.

Sunday, December 2, 2012: Wigilia Dinner

The exec board made the traditional 12 course meal, including pierogi, potatoes, mizeria, and countless desserts, to celebrate Christmas with Polish Club before finals week in Sorin Hall. We played kolędy, told stories, caught up with each other, and brought out the trivia game Arthur created for us the club last year. Great turnout!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012: Lunch with Ksiądz Nowosad

In support of our Polish faculty at the university, the Polish Club was invited to the McGlinn Family Room to listen to Father Nowosad’s educational and political discussion on The Meaning of Man. Lunch was provided.

Saturday, November 12, 2012: Trip to Chicago

We took our semiannual trip to Chicago as our November event. We first arrived at the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America’s (PRCUA) Museum, where we received a warm welcome and a tour of the Ignacy Paderewski Room. Next, we continued on North Milwaukee Avenue to a Polish restaurant called Staropolska to refuel for the day. Lastly, we attended the Polish Film Festival to see the movie ,,Limuzyna” and then returned back to Notre Dame.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: Poland Today

Our friends at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies organized a dinner centered around a discussion about what Poland looks like today and which misconceptions about the country still linger in the United States. We listened to Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, a fellow of the institute, as well as several other Polish professors of the university (Mikołaj Kunicki, Mr. & Mrs. Furdyna, Fr. Nowosad) talk about how the face of our nation has developed and changed since the fall of communism.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012: Meeting with Prof. Padraic Kenney of IU

Renowned professor of Polish studies, Padraic Kenney, visited the University of Notre Dame from Indiana University for a few days for the release of Prof. Mikołaj Kunicki’s new book. He met briefly with a few members of the Polish Club in O’Shaughnessy Hall to speak about the local Polish community. Please email us for any contact information regarding Professor Kenney if you are interested in studying Polish.

Sunday, September 16, 2012: Opening Pierogi Dinner

To start off the school year and welcome new members, Polish Club had their annual Pierogi Dinner, where the exec board prepared three different kinds of pierogi, served with onions and sour cream, along with many other types of food.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012: Polish Booth at Student Activities Night

We represented Polish Club tonight and got a record amount of sign-ups for the listserv this year! Film reels of famed Polish folk dances, krówki (Polish fudge), and handouts were displayed and given out to those interested in our club.

Friday, April 27, 2012: Solidarity Exhibit in Hesburgh Library – ,,Fenomen Solidarności

Sent to us from the Institute of National Remembrance from Poland (IPN), Polish Club member Julia Banasikowski organized the arrival and presentation of an exhibit about the Solidarity movement, which helped bring down communism in eastern Europe and later the Soviet Union. Thanks to the help of Prof. Mikołaj Kunicki and the Nanovic Institute, a beautiful reception was held at the Hesburgh Library, where special guests included friends and family from Chicago and Minneapolis, the president and vice president of the PRCUA, and even the Polish Consul General from Chicago. The speakers at the event were James McAdams (director of Nanovic), Julia Banasikowski (Polish Club officer), Prof. Mikołaj Kunicki (history professor from Notre Dame), and Zygmunt Matynia (the Polish consulate general from Chicago).

Wednesday, April 4, 2012: “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” Film Showing

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance month, the Polish Club presented an original PBS movie about a Polish woman during World War II who saved thousands of Jewish children and risked her life everyday for them. The movie was followed by a procession to the Grotto for candle lighting and prayers.

Saturday, February 18, 2012: Last Chance Polish Dance

Just before Lent, Polish Club organized a event focused on dance– both Polish and not. Torey and Julia, having former Polish folk dance experience, taught everyone how to polka and polonez. Later, the girls tried some steps from góralskie (mountain) dances with music. The night finished off with listening and dancing to music of anyone’s choice.

Sunday, December 4, 2011: Wigilia Dinner

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