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.

Witamy!

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President
Christine Kibler

Vice President
JoAnn Lewandowski


Treasurer

Theresa Tucholski


President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Diana Marciniak
Pat Greiner

Professional

& Business

Women of Polonia’s

Current Officers

Secretary
Barbara Wetzel

Treasurer

Theresa Tucholski


Executive Board
Mary Domanski

Pat Greiner

Dawn Myszka


President Ex Officio
Renee Harzewski

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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 www.pbwofpolonia.com or to email pbwofpolonia@gmail.com.

by Dawn Myszka, PBW historian

On May 26, 2021, the Professional & Business Women of Polonia (PBW) held its first in-person membership dinner meeting since the Covid pandemic at Kloc's Banquet Facility.  PBW members and guests enjoyed a long awaited night out together.  Seeing each other brought bright smiles and happy tears to members’ faces.

The 2020 PBW scholarship winner, Lauren O'Neill, and her family joined PBW for the dinner. Members first met Lauren in October when she was presented with the 2020 PBW scholarship award.

Since then, she graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She has been accepted into the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada where she will start classes this fall.  Congratulations Lauren.

Sr. Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, PBW member and founder of the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side, started the evening with a prayer of gratitude for all first responders and volunteers who have worked tirelessly and without complaint over the last 14 months during the pandemic to ensure everyone's health and safety.  Members were also reminded not to forget those we've lost during the pandemic.  It was a very touching prayer.

Those in attendance were entertained by the music of David and Felicia Meyer, the husband and wife team of Kindred Duo. David and Felicia played guitar for several Irish folk tunes and sang songs from The Andrews Sisters ("Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree"), The Carpenters ("Close to You"), the Swedish pop group ABBA ("Fernando") and the movie Mary Poppins ("Spoonful of Sugar," "Let's Go Fly A Kite," "Chim Chim Cheree," and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious").  One song that they sang, "Bye Bye Blackbird," was recorded by the late actress and jazz singer, Julie London.  Readers may remember her as nurse Dixie McCall from the 1970s television show Emergency!.

Felicia sang a cappella the song "Nature Boy" written in 1947 by Eden Anbez and performed by the late Nat King Cole.   She has an incredible voice.

And, who could forget the song "Brand New Key" also known as "The Roller Skate Song"?  Felicia hit the high notes of that song with ease.  

They included the song "What the World Needs Now (Is Love)" originally sung by Jackie DeShannon in 1965.  With everything happening in the world today, the words to this song should be remembered by everyone.

They also sang "Side By Side" recorded by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  This song should remind everyone that friendships are important through thick and thin.

Everyone sang along to all of the songs.  

David is also a classically trained cellist and played "Prelude" from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.  It was beautiful.  They then played an instrumental of "How Great Thou Art" with Felicia on guitar and David on cello.  It was amazing.  

They ended the night with a medley of songs from The Sound of Music - "Prelude/The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things" and "Do-Re-Mi."

Hopefully, we will be able to resume our regular dinner meetings starting in September.  Until then, stay safe and well.


Meetings return with  music filled May Membership Dinner


The O’Neill Family

Lauren O’Neill

Felicia Meyer with David on cello.