POLONIA WELCOMES LECH KACZYNSKI
AT BANQUET IN CHICAGO

Chicago (PMN)--Approximately 1,200 guests filled White Eagle Banquets in Niles, Illinois, on the evening of Friday, February 10, 2006, at a dinner welcoming Polish President Lech Kaczynski. The gala banquet was sponsored by the Polish American Congress.

The Polish leader had met with President George Bush in Washington, D.C., the previous day. In Chicago, prior to the banquet, he had meetings with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

PAC President Frank J. Spula introduces Lech KaczynskiPresident Kaczynski was introduced by Frank J. Spula, President of the Polish National Alliance (PNA) and Polish American Congress (PAC). President Spula recited the major issues of concern to Polish Americans during his remarks as a preface to the introduction.

The Polish President made a brief speech, composed largely of references to American Polonia, the PAC and the PNA, and was interrupted numerous times by applause. President Kaczynski spoke entirely in Polish.

President Kaczynski with WICI Dancers and othersThe national anthems were led by noted singer Jozef Homik and a prayer was delivered by Bishop Thomas Paprocki. A toast was delivered by Christopher Kurczaba, President of the PACís Illinois Division. Folk dance entertainment was provided by the PNAís Wici Dancers and the Polish Highlanderís Alliance of America.

Security was high at the banquet, but it did not unduly interfere with the entrance of the guests or the operation of the event.

 
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