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Official news from the American Polish Advisory Council

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    Long time American Polish Advisory Board Member and former Executive Director Darek Barcikowski of Hartford, Connecticut has been unanimously elected as the organizations new President. Barcikowski fills a vacancy left by the passing of General Edward Rowny, one of the organizations founders and recent President.

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    WASHINGTON DC – American Polish Advisory Council’s founder and longtime president, General Edward Rowny, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, June 13th with full military honors. General Rowny passed away on December 17, 2017 at the Sibley Memorial Hospital.

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    The American Polish Advisory Council, a Washington, DC based non-profit organization whose mission is to engage Polish Americans in the political process, has launched recruitment efforts to fill several vacancies on the organization’s board of directors.

    Members of the 12-person board are elected for a period of three years and are charged with governing the organization’s operations and shaping its agenda. Board members meet once a year and participate in monthly conference calls.

    “Our goal has always been for the board to be first and foremost bipartisan, to reflect the nature of our organization, but also to have a wide geographic representation”, said APAC’s president Darek Barcikowski. New officers, including a vice president, secretary and treasurer will be elected in the fall.

    In addition to recruiting board members, the American Advisory Council is also seeking new honorary board members and advisors. Honorary board members engage in actively promoting the organization while members of the organization’s Advisory Council provide guidance on issues that shape APAC’s agenda. Members of both the Honorary Board and the Advisory Council serve without term limits.

    Those interested in becoming a member of the American Polish Advisory Council’s leadership structure should contact us at 860-223-1151.

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    Media Contact:
    Patricia Kolakowski
    patricia.kolakowski@americanpolishadvisorycouncil.org
    617-869-0601

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    The American Polish Advisory Council (APAC) will host a symposium on shaping Poland’s image in mainstream media on Saturday, September 24th at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St., in New York.

    “During their recent visits to the US, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski and Undersecretary of State Jan Dziedziczak all called on Polish Americans to engage in building a positive image of Poland,” says APAC Executive Director Darek Barcikowski. “This symposium is our response to their appeal.”

    The main goal of the daylong meeting will be to discuss how Poland is portrayed by US and global media outlets and to ascertain how that image can be influenced by Polish Americans as well as Poland itself. APAC has vowed to present a summary of the debate as well as a set of recommendations to interested parties and the Polish government.

    “During the symposium we will not only discuss how contemporary affairs in Poland are covered but a significant part of the debate will pertain to Poland’s history,” says APAC President General Edward Ronwy. “The inaccurate representation of Poland’s history in media, such as the usage of the reference to “Polish concentration camps” is an ongoing issue. This is a top concern not only for the Polish American community but also for the Polish government. A prime example of the significance of this issue is the recent debate in Poland over a law that would make the use of this particular reference a punishable offence,” adds Rowny.

    One of the day’s main speakers will be Polish Senator Anna Maria Anders who also serves as Poland’s Minister for International Dialogue. The symposium will consist of three panel discussions which will examine and discuss the role and position of Polish American organizations, media, the Polish government as well as other stakeholders. “We want to hear from Polish American and Polish media but our goal is to engage mainstream US outlets which shape public opinion such as the New York Times or Washington Post,” says Barcikowski. “We also want to examine how other nations influence their image and how they engage their own diaspora communities or paid professionals.”

    The symposium is the first evet which will exclusively deal with the subject of Poland’s image. “This is a topic that is often discussed in Polish American circles, we are confident that our event will foster a debate that will lead to an effective strategy and action plan,” says APAC Executive Director.

    The event is open to the public and participants can register at: https://goo.gl/VN9Wp4 or by visiting the APAC webpage at: www.americanpolishadvisorycouncil.org. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. The cost to attend the symposium is $65 and includes lunch.

    Guest registration will open at 9 am and the program will run from 10 am until 4 pm. 

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    Media Contact:
    Darek Barcikowski
    barcikowski@americanpolishcouncil.org 
    +1 617-869-0601

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    Two weeks before Warsaw’s NATO summit, Vice President of the American Polish Advisory Council Ian Brzezinski testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to assess potential outcomes of the 2016 summit.

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    Today, the American Polish Advisory Council (APAC) announced that it will host its second annual Polish American reception on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 12th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Hart Senate Office Building.

    Last year’s reception with members of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and their staff provided a much needed forum for dialogue, exchange of ideas and relationship building. “We were so pleased with the success of last year’s event that in my closing remarks I committed that APAC would host a reception on Capitol Hill on an annual basis,” says APAC President General Edward Rowny.

    This year’s reception is presented in cooperation with Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and will focus on the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, the current political climate surrounding Poland’s admission into the Visa Waiver Program and engagement of Polish Americans in the 2016 presidential elections.

    Today, over 10 million US citizens identify as Polish Americans making up the largest ethnic group in the US from Eastern Europe and the third largest from the European Continent. “For over three centuries, Polish Americans have made tremendous contributions to American history, culture, and economy and have become a prominent voice in local, state and national politics,” says Agnes Marczak, APAC’s Political Director pointing out that Poland has become a key strategic partner for the United States in efforts to eliminate global security threats. “Polish soldiers fought alongside our own heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan and today Poland plays a pivotal role in countering Russian aggression with its strategic geographic location making up NATO’s easternmost flank,” said Marczak.

    The reception is open to the public and is expected to draw over 60 of the most prominent Polish American community leaders from across the country. A final program will be posted in the days leading up to the event. “While a formal speaker program is being formalized, it is important to point out that the event’s format is conducive to legislators and their staff dropping by and saying hello which creates a casual environment favorable to one on one conversations,” said General Rowny.

    Invitations can be requested by contacting the American Polish Advisory Council.

    The American Polish Advisory Council is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization whose mission is to involve Polish Americans in the political process and to increase the number, visibility and influence of Polish Americans in public service and public affairs.

     

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    Media Contact:
    Darek Barcikowski
    barcikowski@americanpolishcouncil.org 
    +1 617-869-0601

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    Today, the American Polish Advisory Council urged Polish Americans to celebrate Polish Heritage Month in October by reaching out to their representatives in Congress to support the JOLT Act, legislation that would pave the way for Poland’s inclusion in the US Visa Waiver Program.

    Poland, one of the staunchest allies of the United States is not one of the 38 countries whose citizens can travel to the US as tourists without a visa. The American Polish Advisory Council has lobbied Congress and the US Senate for passing legislation to include Poland in the program.

    In March of this year, bill H.R. 1401, also known as the Jolt Act, which would expand the Visa Waiver Program to include qualifying countries such as Poland was introduced in Congress and has gained bipartisan support of almost 100 legislators. Just this week, a version of the bill was introduced in the US Senate which already counts 13 cosponsors.

    “Countless Polish American celebrations will be taking place across the country this month and they present an excellent opportunity to call attention to the work that needs to be done to build support for both bills,” said Gen. Edward Rowny, president of the American Polish Advisory Council.

    Polish Americans are encouraged to contact their Representatives and Senators and urge them to sign on as sponsors of H.R. 1401 in the US House and S. 2091 in the US Senate to increase the chances of the bill’s passage.

    “Only with a national, aggressive lobbying effort will we be able to secure the necessary support for the bill to end up on the President’s desk and be signed into law. We will not rest until that happens,” added General Rowny.

    The American Polish Advisory Council is a Washington, DC based nonprofit organization whose mission is to involve Polish Americans in the political process and to increase the number, visibility and influence of Polish Americans in public service and public affairs.

     

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    Media Contact:
    Darek Barcikowski
    barcikowski@americanpolishcouncil.org 
    +1 617-869-0601

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    The American Polish Advisory Council is launching a database of Polish tourists denied entry into the United States. Citizens from 38 countries visit the U.S. without visas, yet one of America’s greatest allies, Poland, has been blocked from this program.

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    Today, the American Polish Advisory Council, a Washington, D.C. based bipartisan, non-profit organization which works to represent political interests of the Polish American community has unveiled its new webpage at www.americanpolishadvisorycouncil.org.

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    The American Polish Advisory Council, a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit, bi-partisan organization representing political interests of over 10 million Polish Americans in the US, announced today that its annual conference will take place on Saturday, October 10th at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C

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    • June 12 2015
    • Washington DC

    Today, the American Polish Advisory Council, a Washington, D.C. based not-for-profit organization, announced that it has joined national efforts to build support for H.R. 1401, also known as the JOLT ACT. The legislation would modernize and expand the US Visa Waiver Program to include countries that meet certain criteria such as Poland.

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    • Washington DC

    On Tuesday, May 12, the American Polish Advisory Council hosted a Polish American reception and networking event with members of the Congressional and Senate Caucus on Poland at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

    The first time event was attended by Polish American community leaders from across the country and presented an opportunity to meet and network with members of Congress and their staff.

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    • Washington DC

    On Tuesday, May 12, the American Polish Advisory Council will host a Polish American reception and networking event with members of the Congressional and Senate Caucus on Poland at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

    Representatives of Polish American organizations as well as community leaders from across the country will attend the reception.

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