Polish Washington



Community Organizations

This page lists Poland-related community groups in the Washington metropolitan area.

American Polish Forum

Address:

American Polish Forum
2400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 433
Washington, DC 20009

Web:

americanpolishforum.org

Email:

info@americanpolishforum.org

President:

Artur Orkisz

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Friends of the Polish Library in Washington, D.C., Inc.

Address:

Polish Library
1503 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Phone:

(202) 466-2665

Email:

mailbox@polishlibrary.org

Web:

polishlibrary.org

President:

Richard Zbigniew Okreglak, Ph.D.
rzo@jhu.edu

Hours of Operation:

Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Thursdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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The Jan Karski Institute for Tolerance and Dialogue

Address:

2256 Providence St.
c/o Malgorzata Izdebska
Falls Church, VA 22043

Phone:

+1 (571) 451-3219

Email:

jan.karski.institute@gmail.com

Executive Director:

Malgorzata Izdebska

Honorary Chairperson:

Dr. Kaya Mirecka Ploss

Chairperson:

Wojciech Fizyta

Vice Chairperson:

Elzbieta Chlopecka

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Kosciuszko Foundation, Washington Office

(formerly the National Polish Center, originally the American Center of Polish Culture)

Address:

2025 "O" Street, N.W.
Washington, DC  20036-5913

Phone:

(202) 785-2320

Fax:

(202) 785-2159

Web:

Click here

Washington Office Contact Person:

Marta Pasko-Gongora
mgongora@thekf.org

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Paderewski Scholarship Fund

Address:
Edward L. Rowny
6200 Oregon Ave., N.W. #345
Washington, DC 20015

Phone:
+1 (202) 541-0345

Email:
erowny@aol.com

Web:
www.paderewskirowny.com

President:
Edward L. Rowny
Ambassador, Lieutenant General, USA (retired)

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Poles and Friends of Poland in the Washington-Baltimore Area

Email:
marcin@zmudzki.net

Web:
Click here

Organizer:

Marcin Zmudzki

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Polish American Arts Association of Washington, D.C., Inc. (PAAA)

Address:
P.O. Box 9442
Washington, DC 20016

Web:

paaa.us

President:

Tom Payne

PAAA is an affiliate of the American Council of Polish Culture and belongs to the Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division.

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Polish American Health Association

Web:

pahausa.org

President:

Edwarda M. Buda-Okreglak, MD, FACP

Polish American Health Association belongs to the Federation of Polish Medical Organizations Abroad, Inc., is an affiliate member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, Inc. (PIASA), a supporting member of Polish Society of Hemophilia Patients and an organization member of the Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division.

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Polish-American Society of Washington, D.C.

Phone:

Teresa U. Buckoski
(301) 805-1973

President:

Teresa U. Buckoski

Polish-American Society of Washington, D.C. is Polish National Alliance (PNA) Lodge 848. It belongs to PNA Council 203 and the Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division.

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Polish Club of College Park

President:

Mary Ann Jarvis
(301) 262-2441

Polish Club of College Park is Polish National Alliance (PNA) Lodge 3191. It belongs to PNA Council 203 and the Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division. In the year 2002, the Polish Club of College Park absorbed the Polish Club of Rockville.

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Polish Global Village Happy Hour

Web:

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Find us on Facebook:

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Chief Organizers:

Agnieszka Miarka, Anna Buczkowska, Kamila Lipowska-Torrez and Marcin Zmudzki

Polish Global Village Happy Hours are casual monthly get-togethers of Poles and friends, happening in the Washington metropolitan area. You are invited!

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Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Office

Address:

1612 K Street, N.W., Suite 410
Washington, DC 20006

Phone:

(202) 296-6955

Fax:

(202) 835-1565

Email:

pacwash@www.pac1944.org

Web:

pac1944.org

This is the Washington office of the Polish American Congress. PAC's headquarters are in Chicago. For information about PAC's local chapter, see below.

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Friends of John Paul II Foundation, Inc. -- Washington, D.C., Chapter Address:

9700 Rosensteel Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

President:

Mary Flanagan
1721 Forest Lane
McLean, VA  22101
Phone:  (703) 536-7085
Email:  mflan90753@aol.com

Strictly speaking, not a Polonian organization, but it was founded by a Polish American and is run predominantly by Polish Americans, not to mention the fact that the foundation itself is named after a Pole.

Web:

jp2friends.org

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Roman Catholic Parish of Our Lady Queen of Poland and St. Maksymilian Kolbe

Address:

9700 Rosensteel Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Phone:

(301) 589-1857 Fax:

(301) 589-4401

Email:

polish.parish@wdn.com

Web:

www.parafia-dc.org

Pastor:

Father Jan Fiedurek

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Georgetown University Web:

http://studentorgs.georgetown.edu/klubpolski/
The Georgetown University Klub Polski was established for the purpose of promoting Polish culture, history, and language at Georgetown University, in both academic and social environments, and in promoting relations between Polish and American students and the University.

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The George Washington University (GWU) For more information, please contact Monika Bulatewicz at Kitka007@aol.com. Undergraduate student Monika Bulatewicz has reestablished a Polish group at GWU.

Congratulations, Monika!

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Polish Legion of American Veterans
Staff Sergeant J. Jagiello Post 191
  Commander:

Eugene Pawlikowski

Polish Legion of American Veterans Staff Sergeant J. Jagiello Post 191 belongs to the Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division.

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Polish Saturday School -- Embassy

The school offers a supplementary curriculum (program uzupelniajacy) which combines with the education gained at regular American schools.  The emphasis at the Polish school is on the Polish language, Polish history, Polish geography etc., anything that the pupils would not learn at U.S. elementary, junior high or high schools.  Students at the Polish school also take math, social studies etc., like in U.S. schools, but all in Polish. The school also offers courses in Polish for speakers of other languages (for children), the Polish equivalent of ESOL or ESL classes that are offered for immigrants at American schools.  Parents can also sign up their kids for the optional after-school Catholic religion classes that are conducted, also in Polish, by a priest from the local Polish parish.

Although the school's full formal name is the Educational Consulting Center at the Embasssy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, the kids and parents simply call it "the Polish School."  The Polish Ministry of Education oversees and approves the Polish school's curriculum, books, teachers and administrators, just like in any Polish school in Poland.  The textbooks and workbooks are the same that are used in schools in Poland.  Technically, the Educational Consulting Center at the Embasssy of the Republic of Poland in Washington is part of one large group of schools with locations throughout the world and the head office in Warsaw.

Some parents enroll their children at the Polish school just to have the kids learn to speak, read and write Polish fluently and to expose them to Polish culture.  However, by virtue of its affiliation and coordination with the Poland-based public school system, the Polish school in Washington allows its students to earn regular Polish school credits and diplomas.  The learning program is structured in a way that will help a student adjust to the school curriculum in Poland should the student move or return to Poland.

Obviously, students attending the Polish school are children of Polish Washingtonians, though some children are from families whose heritage is not only Polish.  Some of the parents work at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, but the majority of parents have no affiliation with the embassy except for the school.

The Polish school has its own Parents Council (Rada Rodzicow), the equivalent of American parents-teachers' associations (PTAs).  Moreover, the parents' community is much broader than the Parents Council.  The routine of delivering the kids to the school every Saturday morning and picking them up from school in the afternoon has grown into the lives of many Polish (or partly Polish) families in the Washington metropolitan area.  On the occasion of the weekly trip to the Polish school, the parents refresh old friendships and make new acquaintances.  Shortly speaking, like any school, the Polish school helps sustain the social bonds within the community and helps the community grow in many ways.

For the kids, it is an additional burden of homework and class time; however, judging by their comments and the looks on their faces, it is also fun.

Polish Saturday School -- Catholic

website

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American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC)

Address:

Mrs. AnnaMae Maglaty
Membership Chairman
American Council for Polish Culture
35 Fernridge Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Phone:

Richard M. Wiermanski
(410) 798-7512

Email:

Richard M. Wiermanski
Rwierman@aol.com

Web:

polishcultureacpc.org

President:

Richard M. Wiermanski of Edgwater, Maryland
Rwierman@aol.com

ACPC serves as an umbrella organization for Polish cultural organizations in the United States.  "Since 1994, the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) has been sponsoring the Youth Leadership Conferences (YLC) in Washington, D.C., for students of Polish background, ages 17 - 24, who are interested in civic and political activism," says the ACPC website.

The Polish American Arts Association of Washington, D.C., Inc., is the Council's local affiliate organization. The Polish American Society of Virginia is also an affiliate organization. In addition, Friends of John Paul II Foundation, Inc., based in Washington, is the Council's supporting organization.

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Polish American Congress (PAC) Washington Metropolitan Area Division

An umbrella organization for several local Polish groups

Web:

pacwashmetrodiv.org

President:

Susanne S. Lotarski, Ph.D.

Vice Presidents:

Thaddeus Mirecki; Edward Krauze, Esq.; Richard Wiermanski; Malgorzata Rogojski

Correspondence Secretary:

Irena Mirecki

Recording Secretary:

Roza Pace

Treasurer:

Carl Klonowski

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Polonia Center

Web:

poloniacenter.org

Polonia Center is a Polish-American community-based initiative from Washington, D.C., that provides an electronic platform to promote information and events of particular concern to the Polish American community.

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