Polish American Congress
Washington Metropolitan Area Division

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Kenwood Country Club
5601 River Road
Bethesda, MD

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 (r), First Vice President, bestow the award to Richard Poremski on behalf of the National Katyn Memorial Foundation"