More About the PHSR

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   The Polish Heritage Society of Rochester is a nonprofit organization established in 1919. Our mission is the promotion of our rich Polish culture, customs and traditions, and the preservation of the uniqueness of our Polish American legacy. Through public programs, events, and charitable donations, we express our pride in Polish heritage and work to broaden awareness of the contributions made by Polish Americans in the greater Rochester area.
   PHSR traces its roots to the Rochester Polish People's Home, Inc., Polski Dom Ludowy, an organization founded in 1919 by a group of Rochester's early Polish settlers. These immigrant families dreamed of creating their own gathering place, one free of political or religious pressures, where they could meet in friendship, bring their children, and organize community events.
   PHSR preserves and promotes Polish Heritage by producing and sponsoring lectures, presentations, art workshops and exhibits, musical performances, and scholarships for senior high school students, including a new summer program of Polish Language and Culture at Torun University, 'UMK.' Our year culminates with Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Dinner. PHSR is a member of: the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish American Congress, and the American Council for Polish Culture.
   On the web since 2003.

Board of Directors:
President: David Bryniarski
Michael Leach, Lee Parks, John Refermat, Krystina Lizak, Barbara Pippin, Cathy Urbanic, Renata Lizak, Jerry Rachfal

Scholarship Committee
Members: TBD

Finance Committee
Members: TBD

Wigilia - Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner, Polish Carols and Szopka Display
Members: TBD

Publicity Committee
Members: TBD

Membership Committee
Members: TBD

PHSR Website Development
Members: Gary Gocek

   Anyone having been a PHSR member for more than one year may nominate himself or herself or any other person who has been a PHSR member for more than one year to serve on the Board. Nominees must be in good standing, having paid their dues. Nominees must have served the PHSR in some other capacity (committee, event coordination, etc.). Nominees must accept their nominations in writing. The annual meeting, at which elections are held, is typically held in April.
   Polish Heritage Society of Rochester board members' responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
   1. Financial - to manage the PHSR investment portfolio in order to keep our financial base solid for many years to come and in keeping with the laws, etc., of the Internal Revenue Service.
   2. Administrative/Management - to run PHSR on a monthly basis according to NYS nonprofit public charity laws, regulations, our policies and procedures, etc., and in keeping with our mission to preserve and promote our rich legacy of Polish and Polish American customs, traditions, and culture.
   These two key responsibilities require the attention of each board member to many administrative tasks like creating and monitoring our annual operating budget, keeping records, creating and implementing programs, raising funds, attracting new members, awarding grants to other organizations, working with other groups to sponsor programs that promote Polish heritage, running the annual scholarship program, doing the quarterly newsletter, creating a youth outreach to attract Polish youth, and other activities within the framework of a nonprofit organization.
   Openings are available on almost any committee.

PHSR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. Your tax deductible donation in any amount will support our mission of preserving and promoting Polish heritage. You may make undirected donations, or, consider a directed donation, such as to the PHSR Scholarship Fund.

The szopka program is funded by a grant from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York State Legislatures.

Our annual report is TBD.