The Professional & Business Women of Polonia, also known as PBW, was created to enhance the status
and image of Polish-
President Ex Officio
Women of Polonia’s
President Ex Officio
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-
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-
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-
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 www.pbwofpolonia.com or to email email@example.com.
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-
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.
A small fraction of the window design showed a mother clad in a richly colored peasant-
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.