Polish American Congress
Washington Metropolitan Area Division


About the Polish American Congress

The Polish American Congress was founded for the express purpose of representing the concerns of Americans of Polish heritage before the government of the United States.  The leaders of the Polish American community, concerned about developments in Poland as the end of World War II approached, met in a founding convention on March 4, 1944. Polish Americans were concerned that Poland be restored to the independence it had enjoyed before World War II.

The Polish American Congress is a National Umbrella Organization, representing at least 10 million Americans of Polish descent and origin. Its membership is comprised of fraternal, educational, veteran, religious, cultural, social, business, political organizations with national scope, and 43 PAC Divisions and Chapters in 23 states. Membership in State Divisions consists of:

  • individual members
  • organizational members, which includes church Parishes, community organizations, and local chapters, lodges or groups of the National Member Organizations

For more information: National PAC Web Site


About the Washington Metropolitan Area Division

The Washington Metropolitan Area Division was founded in 1974 by a group of American-born and immigrant Polish-Americans under the leadership of Col. Casimir I. Lenard, to facilitate the engagement of Polish-Americans in the unique opportunities for helping Polonia and Poland from the National Capital Area. The original territory defined as the "Metropolitan Area" was:

...the District of Columbia, the State of Virginia, and those counties or municipalities of the State of Maryland contiguous to the District of Columbia...

Subsequently, because there were no other Divisions south to Florida, membership grew to include individuals from other states.

The mission and objectives of the Division, as stated in the Bylaws, are these:

  • To support the efforts of the Polish American Congress in carrying out its purpose and objectives. Because the Division centers its activities in the Nation's Capital, unique opportunities present themselves, especially in assisting the Washington Office of the National PAC.
  • To give complete support to the Government of the United States in its efforts to win and maintain a just and durable peace and to fight the infiltration of Communism, Nazism and other subversive ideologies.
  • To stimulate and unify action of persons of Polish ancestry in the Washington Metropolitan Area within the lawful limit of their rights and duties as citizens, permanent residents and visitors of this country.
  • To concern itself with the welfare of Americans of Polish ancestry in political, religious, ethnic, educational, social and economic matters with a view of encouraging the growth of fraternal, professional, ideological and civic associations.
    • To support and protect their publications, schools, parishes, particularly those which teach the Polish language, history and culture.
    • To support the industry and trade in the Washington Metropolitan Area conducted by persons of Polish ancestry.
    • To educate and instruct persons of Polish ancestry with their rights, privileges and duties of American citizenship.
    • To support the efforts of Americans of Polish heritage in their efforts to achieve those goals as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
  • To protect the good name of Americans of Polish ancestry and the people of Poland against defamation and discrimination.
  • To take a positive stand in matters pertaining to the people of Poland and to assist them in demanding and in establishing their national independence, civic, religious and cultural developments, free from any interference of their neighbors.
  • To furnish information to the American public of Poland's historic role, her aims, needs, right to independence and integrity of her frontiers.
  • To be active in the direction of closer and deeper cooperation of American democracy with the people of Poland in the fields of civic, ideological, cultural, social and economic life.