PACIM News

2nd Round Polish Elections

Recently Poland held Presidential elections. A run off between the top two vote getters will be held on Sunday July 12th. Polish citizens who registered for the first round do not need to re-register. You can read more about the results of the first round here.

2020 Annual Meeting Set for December 19

The Board of Directors decided on June 17 to establish Saturday afternoon, December 19 for PACIM’s 2020 annual meeting of members and Board Elections.  Additional communications will be forthcoming as the summer progresses as to the specific time of day and procedures for the meeting, and reported in a future issue of Polam and here on our website.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and likely mandates that will restrict attendance capacity at our Riverplace offices, new procedures and bylaw changes are being considered by the PACIM board that may permit absentee voting, remote live streaming of the meeting and electronic voting.

Greater participation of members in our electoral process is a key objective of the current board. In a state where more than 80% of registered voters cast ballots in many Twin Cities precincts, and where nearly half of ballots are absentee (Source: Minnesota Secretary of State), we think PACIM can create a better process that will encourage more statewide member access and engagement.

On average, less than 15% of PACIM members have cast election ballots since 2017.  We owe a commitment to enfranchising our members to our Polish ancestors. They fought for voting rights in America since 1619 in Jamestown, Virginia. In 1919-1920, women from Northeast Minneapolis were among the civic leaders who help women gain the right to vote in Minnesota, nearly two years after women gained the right to vote in Poland.

A Conversation with Polish American Author Catherine Hamilton

Saturday, July 11th FREE PACIM webinar 1pm CT

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Oregon novelist and poet Catherine Hamilton talks about her new novel, Victoria’s War, which depicts the struggles and courage of Catholic women in occupied Poland during World War II.

Hamilton Flyer Revised
Polish Language Zoom Classes
All classes are being held on line on Zoom. Beginner, Continuing Beginner, or Low-Intermediate levels  Please visit Language Classes Page for details.

All PACIM scholarship application deadlines are extended until July 31.

Message from PACIM President

Dear PACIM Members,

As you may be aware there is an ongoing outbreak of the respiratory disease that was recently given the name of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19). Cases of COVID-19 are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. The number of positive tests among Minnesota residents according to the Minnesota Department of Health is 12,494 (as of May 12th 2020). COVID-19 is serious but should not cause panic.

According to the CDC the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

In the best interests of PACIM members and after careful consideration the Board of Directors decided to cancel all PACIM live in-person events.

We wish that all PACIM members stay safe and healthy.

President of PACIM,
Pawel Mroz, MD, Ph.D.

Self-care best practices

Wash hands frequently, using antiseptic foam or gel or clean running water with soap. Lather hands and scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth.
Avoid customary greetings that require physical contact such as hand shaking.
Cough or sneeze into the elbow, not hands.
Stay home when you’re sick and avoid contact with sick persons.
Limit in person meetings when possible.
Avoid group activities that would cause a large group of people to have close contact (less than 6 feet apart).

Additional information can be found at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/