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Newsletter - Number 1/04: March : 2004

1. Annual General Meeting – 4 April 2004

The A.G.M. was held at the Polish Catholic Centre, Kedleston Road, Derby. Warta Sports Club hosted the membership to lunch before commencing discussions.

The A.G.M. commenced with a minute’s silence for colleagues who had passed on. Particularly remembered were Edwin Gitrowski an ex-Chairman of both the ZPKS and Warta S.C. in Derby and Aleks Kreft a long-standing Committee member and chairman of Pogon S.C.  in Birmingham. It is difficult to accept that they both attended the last A.G.M.

The proposed agenda and minutes of the last A.G.M. were accepted and were followed by reports from the Chairman Ryszard Ślusarenko, Secretary Tadeusz Stenzel and Treasurer Piotr Cejer. After discussion these were accepted and a unanimous vote of Absolutorium was made at the proposal of Mrs. Barbara Orłowska, Chair of the Internal Audit Committee.

It was noted in these reports that the most successful undertaking last year was the football competition a Polish Association in Slough. The Committee was particularly grateful for the excellent cooperation with the P.A. in Slough with its Chairman Edward Jaśnikowski at the helm. The Committee also extended its thanks to the ladies who prepared an excellent BBQ and fed the players, referees and supporters.

The 2004 program of events was discussed and it was confirmed that we would organise Polish championships in football, volleyball and table tennis.

New ZPKS officers were elected as follows:

Committee

Chairman        -           Ryszard Slusarenko               Vice-chair.      -           Edmund Ogłaza

Secretary        -           Tadeusz Stenzel                     Treasurer       -           Piotr Cejer

Members        -           Jan Niedojadło, Henryk Klapkowski, Andrzej Romaniuk, Piotr Kaptur, Andrzej Występek, Stanisław Wróblewski, Grzegorz Cejer, Bolesław Boniewicz.

Internal Audit Committee

Chairman        -           Pani Barbara Orłowska

Members        -           Zbigniew Dziurman, Alan Maćkowiak

Competitions Committee

Chairman        -           Tadeusz Stenzel,

Members        -           Piotr Cejer, Bolesław Boniewicz.

The limit on the 2004 budget was set at £1,000.

In other matters the AGM was reminded that the Polonia Olympics (ŚIP) are due to be held in Warsaw in 2005 and we should be thinking of organizing competitors and funding.

A proposal to hold a dance to raise funds was made and we a looking for a venue as „Polonium” band from Sheffield have given us a very enticing offer.

Piotr Kaptur and Alan Maćkowiak gave a brief review of ŚIP 2003 that was held last summer at the „Malta” Sports Centre in Poznan. Some thirty UK competitors participated and we won several medals including three gold. Nearly 800 people from all over the World took part and the events were transmitted daily by TV Polonia. Piotr Kaptur also participated in the winter Polonia Game sin Świerku in February 2004. He was saddened by the low turnout from the UK amongst over 300 who participated in a very pleasant and friendly international event.

2. Z.P.K.S. Programme for 2004

Football                       30 may                        Slough, Stoke Poges –  Polish Assoc’n         10:30

Volleyball                   6 june                         Slough, Stoke Poges –  Polish Assoc’n         tba

Table Tennis              26 september              Park Royal, Londyn – Guinness T.T.C.       tba

3. Football Tournament – S.P.K. General Anders Cup 2004

The tournament will be held in the grounds of the Polish Association in Stoke Poges, Slough on Sunday 30 May. (N.B. 24 teams participated in 2003)

Entries received to date for this year’s competition:

            PKS Mansfield – 4                                         K.S. Sokoł – Nottingham – 2

            K.S. Varsovia – Londyn – 2                          H.K.S. Ósemka – 2

            S.K.S. Błyskawica – Swindon – 2                  K.S. Iskra – Peterborough – 1

            K.S. Ambasada Polska – 1                            K.S. Gryf – Slough – 2

            K.K.S. Unitas – Manchester – 1                   K.S. Pogoń – Birmingham – 1

That is 18 teams. The Competitions Committee requests Clubs who have not done so to return their entry forms forthwith to the secretary. The C.C. reserves the right to limit the number of teams and alter playing schedules as it deems necessary.

N.B:                1. Send in your FA Affiliation Number & County, if you have one.

2. Player insurance is the responsibility of the entering Clubs.

3. We ask last year’s trophy winners to return them, namely:

K.S. Varsovia – London –     SPK General Anders Cup.

K.S. Gryf – Slough – The General Glabisz Cup.

K.S. Sokol – Nottingham –    The Polish Parachutist’s Cup.

4. Volleyball Tournament – 6 June 2004

The Competitions Committee proposes to run the Volleyball on grass in the grounds of the Polish Association in Stoke Poges, Slough on Sunday 6 June. Several clubs have expressed an interest and the C.C. asks that they telephone the secretary and obtain entry forms.

5. ZPKS Internet Web Site

We are happy to inform you that ZPKS has a web site:      www.zpks.co.uk

Current competition information will be available. It is planned to include some historical notes regarding ZPKS. (E.g. the ZPKS is 51 this year – founded 1953. However the first General Anders Cup Final was held in 1949 – 55 years ago).

ZPKS will try to present information regarding forthcoming Sports Events involving Polish participants in the UK. In the near future this will be centred on the Polish Team in the forthcoming eliminations for the World Cup. Please send any information you may have to the secretary – contact address, telephone, web, and email in the header.

T.K.Stenzel, Secretary Z.P.K.S.

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