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.
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.
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.