Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Polanie Club Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

(L-R) Club Members Joan Lupa and Mary Gurski, Register of Deeds Donald E. Ashe and Club President Loretta Goyette gather together at the Polish American Citizens Club in Ludlow.

The Polanie Club was organized on May 22, 1931 to promote religious, civic, patriotic, cultural and educational purposes. Through the years, the Club has supported a number of charitable, civic and cultural activities and organizations. The Club supports the Shriners Hospital, Baystate Breast Cancer Program, March of Dimes, the Polish National Alliance Youth Camp, the Ronald McDonald House and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Club members have knitted sweaters and socks for the Red Cross and purchased surgical instruments for cornea transplants. The Club's largest fundraiser is the annual Fashion Show, whereby it is able to provide a minimum of three scholarships per year to college students.

Register of Deeds and guest speaker, Donald E. Ashe, commended Club President Loretta Goyette and its membership for its many contributions to the people in Hampden County and beyond for the past 80 years.

Register Ashe presented proclamations to three of the Polanie Club members who have or will become 100 years old this year. The three individuals are Mary Gurski, Jean Podosek and Margaret Popko, all of whom have been active members of the Club since its inception 80 years ago.

We would like to wish the Polanie Club many, many years of continued success and thank them for their tireless commitment to our community!

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