On Saturday, November 13th the Washington Metropolitan Division held its
annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
This yearís program included a thought-provoking keynote address by Damon
Wilson, Executive Vice President at the Atlantic Council. Mr. Wilson spoke about
the important role the United States and Poland play in Europe. He also
addressed the future of NATO in light of recent security concerns in Europe.
A unusual but not unprecented part of this yearís program was bestowing an
award to an organization rather than to individual(s). This yearís awardee was
the National Katyn Memorial Foundation and the award was accepted by Richard
Poremski, the Foundationís Chairman. The award was presented for the work the
Foundation has done in promoting and preserving the memory of the 1940 Katyn
Massacre and the education of future generations. Mr. Poremski shared with the
gathered guests the work the organization has done and how the National Katyn
Memorial came to Baltimore.
Attendees were also treated to a delightful concert of Polish songs sung by
the very talented Dr. Laura Kafka-Price who was accompanied by Ms. Eileen
Cornett on piano. The evening concluded with another successful turkey raffle
for gift cards or gift baskets. It was a happy occasion to meet with old
friends, make new ones and enjoy each otherís company during a great program.
Justyna Swica, Rec. Secretary
Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council delivering his Keynote Address
Dr. Susanne Lotarski, President of the Washington Metropolitan Division and Ted Mirecki
First Vice President, bestow the award to Richard Poremski on behalf of the National Katyn Memorial Foundation"