As the President, I have nominated numerous past President and Board Members of the Club to be recognized by the Polish government for their role of promoting Polish culture in America, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Club. The list includes, in addition to names I nominated, all the past presidents of the club who had previously received similar awards: Andrzej Maleski, Danuta Żuchowska, Dorota Olszewska, Edward Piłatowicz, Elżbieta Kańska, Jan Gąssowski, Jolanta Zych, Krystyna Kuszta, Krystyna Okuniewski, Maja Trochimczyk, Sophie Tchaikovsky, Stefan Wenta, Tadeusz Bociański, Tadeusz Podkański, Vitold Tchaikovsky, Franciszka Tuszyńska, Wanda Baran, and Stefanie Powers. The award ceremony is tentatively scheduled for February 9, 2013 (to be confirmed).
Photos from the recently completed events may be seen in the following albums on Picasa Web Albums:
- Barbara Krafftowna Receives the Modjeska Prize (October 13, 2012)
- Leszek Jazdzewski in Conversation with Marcin Frybes (October 27, 2012)
- Tour of Modjeska Historic Home, Arden (November 24, 2012)
- Anna Seniuk and Magdalena Malecka at Magicopolis (December 2, 2012)
In addition, I organized and the Board has approved the following schedule of events for 2013 to be implemented under the leadership of interim President, Elzbieta Kanska, by the Board of Directors including Danuta Zuchowski, Treasurer, Andrew Dowen, interim Secretary, and members Krystyna Bartkowski, Leela Chmielewski, Krystyna Okuniewski, Wanda Presburger, Bogdan Plewnia, and Jolanta Wilk.
FEBRUARY 23, 2013 - Balbina BRUSZEWSKA at Galeria Hellada (date subject to change, not confirmed)
A graduate of the Polish National Film School, director, writer, currently working as the artistic director of the Se-Ma-For Studio in Poland and one of the Experts at the Polish Film Institute. Her film THE CITY SAILS ON won 11 awards during only 1 year since the premiere. She’s been nominated to the Yach awards for the best Polish music videos 4 times, her graduation film scored the Grand Prix at the two biggest Film School festivals in Poland (Lodzia Po Wisle Festival in Warsaw and the Polish National Film School festival in Turek). Currently she is working on her first feature film in the cooperation with Se-Ma-For Film Production (Poland) and Archangel Film Group (Switzerland) and occasionally giving lectures on animation and the language of film editing in various schools all over the world.
MARCH 9, 2013 - Dominika SWIATEK and TEATR HYBRYDY - Poetry of Zbigniew HERBERT
Recital of Dominika Swiatek, member of the famous Hybrydy, Student Theater of the University of Warsaw, that celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Coordinated with Maciej Dzieciolowski, Theater's Director. The four touring artists requested lodging and help in sight-seeing in lieu of honorarium, but there are no volunteers to host them. More information about the program: www.dominikaswiatek.pl WWW.teatrhybrydy.pl
MAY 4, 2013 - Agnieszka ROMASZEWSKA-GUZY, Editor-in-Chief, Belsat TV, Poland (not confirmed)
In 2004 to 2005, she worked as an international reporter, specialising in broadcasts from Belarus and Ukraine. In November 2005, the TVP Board of Directors appointed her permanent correspondent in Minsk, but the Belarusian authorities cancelled her visa the following month. Since early 2007- until March 2009, served as the director of TVP Polonia- international channel for Polish minority abroad. She initiated and developed the idea behind the creation of Belsat TV – the first independent television channel in Belarus – which began broadcasting in December 2007 and that she now runs. Between 1998 and 2004, she was a member of the Main Board of the Polish Journalists Association and since 2011 she is vice president of it.
MAY, 20013 - About Leonidas DUDAREW OSSETYNSKI, Modjeska Club Founder - Marcin FRYBES in Conversation with Andrzej SIKORA, President of the Literary Institute of Paris (the publisher of "Kultura"), exact date TBA
JUNE, 2013 - Andrzej STASIUK, writer (exact date TBA)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 - The Mystery of Hanka Ordonka by Kazimierz Braun, performed by TEATR POLSKI, Toronto, starring Agata PILITOWSKA
Agata PILITOWSKA graduated from the Cracow University Theatre School in Cracow, Poland and came to Canada in 1986. Agata Pilitowska lives in Toronto. She played many English speaking roles in local theatres. From 1992 she is associated with the Salon of Poetry, Music, and Theatre where she played in more than 100 productions, most notably in the series of dramas, written and directed especially for her and for Maria Nowotarska by Kazimierz Braun. These plays were performed not only in Toronto, but also in many cities throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her evening of poetry, Szymborska Nobel 96, was performed in Polish and English, among other places at the Concordia University in Montreal, Washington University in Washington D.C., and as part of the International Writers’ Festival in Ottawa. Since 1999 she has been a presenter and journalist for OMNI TV, where she hosts a weekly programme Z Ukosa (Sideglance). For OMNI TV she dubbed thirty three hours of TV programme "Canada, the Peoples' History" and twenty programmes Ecce Homo. She was also narrator and host of Polish language version of the series Science Show. Agata Pilitowska was awarded the title "Distinguished Advocate of Polish Culture" (2004), the medal "Gloria Artis" (2006), and the "Golden Owls" statuette (2011) for her achievements in acting and theatre in Vienna, Austria.