The Professional & Business Women of Polonia, also known as PBW, was created to enhance the status

and image of Polish-American professional  and business women, to network, and to become a force in the community.



Christine Kibler

Vice President
JoAnn Lewandowski


Theresa Tucholski

President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Diana Marciniak
Pat Greiner


& Business

Women of Polonia’s

Current Officers

Barbara Wetzel


Theresa Tucholski

Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Pat Greiner

Dawn Myszka

President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

Scholarship     APPLICATION



Meeting Notice!

PBW of Polonia adds its ornament to Tree of Hope

by Christine Palczewski

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, was a monumental day. It was the day the Buffalo Bills beat the Broncos 48-19 and won their first AFC East Championship since 1995. It was also the day that three officers of the Professional and Business Women of Polonia (PBW) organization visited St. Stanislaus Church to place their special “PBW” ornament on the Polonia Tree of Hope.

Pastor Michal Czyzewski, greeted Christine Kibler, president; Theresa Tucholski, treasurer; and Mary Domanski, member of the executive board. He invited them to share in a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary seeking her intercession to end the Covid-19 virus and to also solicit the aid of St. Stanislaus, St. John Paul II, and Our Lady of Czestochowa.

As Chris and Terry watched, Mary hung the ornament on the Tree of Hope. Chris expressed thanks for the opportunity to join all of Polonia in its efforts to stand united and to show its Polish Pride. She noted that she is the fifth president of PBW, an organization that was founded in 1994 by owner of the Am-Pol Eagle, Renee Harzewski. It was Renee who felt it was necessary to enhance the image of Polish American women throughout Western New York.

Chris stated that the organization provides a mechanism for professional and business women to network, to enhance their knowledge of Polish traditions and culture, to perform charitable works, and to offer a college scholarship to women of Polish descent.

Even though PBW only meets five times a year, its membership actively participates in the Pulaski Parade, supports WNED, the Response to Love Center, Harvest House, the Child Advocacy Center, and the Erie County Home and Infirmary.

Its members have learned to make Easter eggs (pisanki) and Christmas ornaments (świąteczna ozdoba). They have visited wineries and learned the fine points of wine tasting and have had numerous excursions to nearby points of interest – all to build camaraderie and expand their knowledge of Western New York and its Polish Heritage.

Kibler invites women interested in membership to check out the organization’s website at or to email

Note: Western New York porcelain artist (and PBW member) Barbara Strzepka recently shared  a photo of her painting of Madonna and Child.  The Christmas season seemed an appropriate time to share its story as told by Barbara.

Inspired Madonna and Child

Stanislaw Wyspianski (1869-1907) is my favorite Polish artist.

He lived in Kraków at the end of the 19th century and was a painter, poet, dramatist, interior decorator, designer of stained glass windows, and church artist.

In 1893-94 he designed stained glass windows for the cathedral in Lvov which never materialized. The subject was the historically suffering Polonia.  The drawings were pastel chalk on paper.

A small fraction of the window design showed a mother clad in a richly colored peasant-like cloak large as a carpet and carrying her infant. She has no halo but Wyspianski painted her as a Polish mother. For this he was severely criticized.

In the popular Art Nouveau style, she appears in the midst of a flowery field that resembles corn stalks and a wilted sunflower at her feet.

I fell in love with her when Brownie Trzyzewski once used the image of her as a greeting card.

I placed her amidst lilies and roses based on a biblical quote: I am like a lily of the valley and a rose of Sharon.

Mary and Jesus represent redemption as well as the old and new covenant.

The lilies represent the 12 tribes of Israel.

The roses represent the 12 Apostles.

Mary is a bridge  and carrier of the Redeemer.

Wyspianski called this portion “Caritas” or Love.

This is painted with multi kiln firings and is on a 12 x 16 x half inch plaque  and framed.

It uses normal oil paints, metallics, matte and shiny gold.

I wish Brownie was here to see it.

The original chalk drawing of Madonna and Child, 1904 is in the National Museum in Warsaw.

Barbara Strzepka’s inspired porcelain painting.