Our Mission

The Polish-American Society of Memphis was established in 1978. Our mission is to strengthen bonds and solidarity, provide mutual support and help between Polish People, cultivate Polish traditions, culture and language, and the promotion of native Polish values in the American society.

40th Anniversary of PAS

Dear Members and Friends of the Polish American Society of Memphis,

This year the Polish American Society (PAS) turns 40! The first part of our celebrations starts on Friday, April 6, at Rhodes College. We have attached a poster with event information. The event will kick off with a beautiful work of culinary art prepared by Chef Edward Nowakowski, who is traveling from New York city to be with us.

Afterwards, we will have a presentation by Poland’s former Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Ryszard Schnepf. He will speak about the role of America in Poland’s independence 100 years ago. Also attending the festivities are the faculty and students of Rhodes College, a group of Polish high schoolers from the city of Sopot, as well as other distinguished guests. The reception that starts the event is sponsored by PAS and Chef Edward. The visit of Dr. Schnepf is sponsored in part by the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Civil Rights Museum, and by Members of PAS. We invite you to take part in this event and will welcome your help in organizing it. Please contact Jacek Dutkiewicz or Pawel Jankowski.

The PAS Board

March 18 - Spring Hike

By now everyone knows the spring hike is a PAS tradition. If you don’t, come find out why. We’re meeting at the Park’s Visitor Center at 9:00 am. If you are interested, please contact the hike organizer Gosia Stroinska for details. The Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is located north of Memphis. The park contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. More information about the park attractions can be found on the Park’s web site. We have pictures from old hikes on our websites so have a look and get motivated. See you there!

Thank You Letter from Le Bonheur

There are pictures from the 2017 Festival of Trees in our Gallery. Basia and Mark Scarbecz represented PAS and decorated this beautiful tree.  They received a thank you letter from the organizers for helping raise funds for kids at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  We thank you, too, Mark and Basia!

April 3 - 6 - Three Anniversaries and Visitors from Poland

PAS was invited to participate in the MLK50 event at the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. We would like to invite PAS members to participate and offer feedback on this initiative. Among those expected to attend are Dr. Ryszard Schnepf, former Polish Ambasador to the United States, as well as a group of High School students and jazz musicians from Sopot. We ask PAS members to consider meeting our Polish guests and spending some time with them during their stay in Memphis from April 3 through 7. To assist with this project contact Jacek Dutkiewicz, or Pawel Jankowski. Ambassador Schnepf will be giving a speech regarding the role of the United States in regaining independence by Poland 100 years ago. We plan for this presentation to be part of the PAS 40th Anniversary celebration. More details will follow.

May 5 - End of School Year at Polish School

The End of School Year ceremony will take place on Saturday May 5th at 10:30 am at the Bert Ferguson Community Center, 8505 Trinity Rd. in Cordova. The program will include celebration of the May 3rd Holiday as well as Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Upcoming Polish School Events

March 3 – International Story Time For several years, the school has been cooperating with the Cordova library, as part of this cooperation, we invite you to this event, on March 3, 2018 at 11:00, in the library building at 8457 Trinity Rd in Cordova, TN.

Before Easter, according to Polish tradition, pupils decorate eggs and fill them with sweets.

Classes for children at the School of Polish Language and Culture Nicolaus Copernicus in Memphis are held at the Bert Ferguson Center, Cordova, every Saturday from 10:30 am. More information about the School can be obtained from its coordinator, Halinka Dutkiewicz.

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