This past week I had the pleasure of once again meeting Lech Walesa, the hero of Solidarity and the first President of modern Poland. I was able to attend the dinner reception in his honor as a guest of Richard Walawender, Senior Principal of the prestigious international law firm of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC. The first time I saw Mr. Walesa was many years ago at the Orchard Lake Schools. He seemed more cheerful and optimistic than ever at last week’s event, and he is obviously living the life of international elder statesman with gusto and drive. Look for a more complete article on the reception in an upcoming issue.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Central Citizens Committee General Pulaski Medal of Honor, awarded by the committee in recognition for outstanding service and support to Polonia. This year, the committee recognized Don Horkey, Greg Kowalski, Laurie Gomulka, George Lukowski, Terry Manning, Fr. James Mazurek, Eugene Oleszko, Fr. Roman Pasieczny and Michael Wilk. Also honored was the Detroit Tigers Organization for the ongoing successful tradition of Polish American night at Tiger stadium, the oldest ethnic night in baseball. We thank Barbara Gronet for her contributions of coverage for this event and for her item on the recent gala celebration by the Club Filarets and the Filarets Choruses of 75 years of Polish music on Sunday, October 17th, 2010 at St. Martin de Porres Church in Warren. Congratulations to the Filarets, and we look forward to many more years of wonderful music.

See this week’s publisher’s note for some upcoming events including Polish Independence day which appropriately coincides with America’s Veterans Day holiday. Honor those who have gone before and sacrificed, and, belatedly, I hope you took the time to vote on November 2nd.

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