At the November 12, 1958 meeting of the South Brooklyn Businessmen’s Association the idea of the need for a new organization was first introduced. The new association would be opened to professional and businessmen of Polish-American heritage. The stated purpose would be the good and welfare of all Polish-Americans, mutual benefit to members, participate in community affairs and to honor a distinguished Pole annually. At the February 1959 meeting, the name of Pulaski Association of Business and Professional Men was adopted. The Certificate of Incorporation was formally adopted on the 13th day of October 1959. The original directors were: Stanley Dworanczyk, Vincent Brunhard, Matthew Widlicki, Walter T. Thomas, Alfred J. Bartosiewicz, Ludwig Glowa, John J. Borchardt, Richard J. Gaza and Edward A. Kurmel. The actual Certificate was signed by all of the above and in addition Raymond A. Dobosiewicz, Edward March and Joseph Matulicz. The Certificate was prepared by John J. Borchardt. The By-Laws of the association were prepared by Raymond A. Dobosiewicz. With all of the formalities completed, the organization was now functioning. At the first formal annual meeting in October 1959, the first Executive Board was elected. The results of the election were as follows:
President: Stanley Dworanczyk
First Vice President: Ludwig G. Glowa
Second Vice President: Edward Kurmel
Financial Secretary: Edward J. Derengowski
Recording Secretary: Walter T.Thomas
Corresponding Secretary: Victor Makowski
Sergeant-at-Arms: Vincent Brunhard
With the first Executive Board in place, the first Man of The Year was selected and the organization was proud to honor the Honorable Ludwig G. Glowa. The honoring of a prominent Polish-American was started and continues to this day.
During the following year the stated purposes of the organization were carried out with financial support given to many charitable organizations. Not only was financial aid given but many of the affairs and presentations were supported. The organizations supported were not only in the United States but also in Poland. A partial list of the organization that received support were: The Kosciuszko Foundation, The Henryk Sienkiewicz Supplementary School, The Maria Konopnicka Supplementary School, The Rada Oswiatowa Supplementary School, Friends for the Blind ,Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Food for Polish Children, Polish American Congress, Greenpoint and South Brooklyn Camp Fund, General Pulaski Parade Committee, Polish Immigration Committee, Poznan Boys’ Choir, Women’s Committee for Blind and Handicapped, Polish Singers Alliance, Polish Army Veterans, Greenpoint Mental Health Committee, Polish American Relief Committee, United Youth Activities Appeal of South Brooklyn, The Paderewski Foundation, Polish American Hi-Hatters, Liga Morska, Polish Millenium, Ramblers Bugle Corp. of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Greenpoint Ambulance Volunteers, Polish Falcons, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, Ampola Polish Historical Society, Orchard Lake Seminary, Smolenski Democratic Club, White Eagle Democratic Club, Pulaski Republic League, Echo Singers Society, Jutrzenka Singing Society, Matusz Dance Group, Saint Stanislaw Kostka Church, Saint Stanislaw Church of Ozone Park, Blind Children of Laska and the Polish-Slavic Center in Greenpoint.
The Civil Service organizations were also given the whole-hearted support of our organization. The Grand Council of Pulaski Association, Pulaski Association of New York City Park Department, Pulaski Association New York City Police Department, Pulaski Association of New York City Fire Department, and the Pulaski Association of New York City Sanitation Department. The support of the organization was also directed to the political side of affairs with the organization giving their support to Judge Ludwig Glowa and Judge Walter Bayer. This support was effective and both were reappointed. Many of the Polish-Americans that ran for elective office were also helped. Among the candidates that received the organization’s support were Chester J. Straub, Chester Straub, Edward Kurmel, Raymond A. Dobosiewicz, Stanley Dworanczyk, Edward Witanowski, Leo Wysocki, Stanley Pryor, Mary Ann Krupsak, Dr. Leon Nadrowski and Thomas Bartosiewicz. The businesses of Polonia were not neglected and our organization is proud of the fact that all of our affairs and meetings were held in Polish owned places. With the growth of the organization, the members were not neglected. Lectures and seminars were structured to benefit everyone. The first instance of this was a lecture by the Honorable Roman Lapinski, Deputy Commissioner of the State Liquor Authority. His knowledge and expertise were helpful to those members in that industry.
As our group had grown, the assistance given became more substantial. After a visit to the Home for the Aged in Huntington, L.I., N.Y., run by the Benedictine Sisters, a grant of $1,000.00 was given. On January 8, 1969, a scholarship of $1,000.00 was established, to be administered by the Kosciuszko Foundation. This scholarship is to be given to a young man from the Metropolitan Area of Polish Parents whose ambition is in the field of Medicine, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Science or Business Administration. The Pulaski Business and Professional Men, Inc. also has sought to assist our school children. A competition, in conjunction with the Polish American Teachers Association, was sponsored for our high school students. The topic for the essay was specified so that the children would have to research and learn about their Polish heritage. The presentation was made to the three winners by Senator Thomas Bartosiewicz in the Capital building in Albany. The children of our parochial and supplementary schools have for many years participated in an essay competition. Each year a topic is assigned so that the children will be induced to learn to do research and learn about their Polish heritage. Each school has one essay winner and receives a U.S. Savings Bond.
One of the main reasons for the founding of our organization was the concept of honoring a prominent Pole that has been active and helpful to Polonia.
The year 2000 saw a milestone in our organization. We elected Bogdan Bachorowski as president. He is the first Polish Born man to head our organization. Instinctively that opened a wave of Polish immigrants to our organization who have helped us grow with their Political, financial and charitable functions.
Over 60 years, Polish organizations, Churches, Schools, Institutions, Scouts, Veterans, Religious Orders, Artists and more operating in the United States and abroad, have received financial assistance from our organization. We also supplement students from High School to college with an annual scholarship program where we give away nearly $10,000 annually to students of Polish heritage to assist them in their educational and career endeavors. This program was started in 2002. To date we have given to students approximately $180,000.
Our organization also contributes to the General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee to keep our Polish heritage in the spotlight with the Annual Banquet and parade. Through our 60 year history ten members have been honored with the title of Grand Marshall at the Annual Pulaski Day Parade along Fifth Avenue. Ignatius Nurkiewicz, Francis J. Wazeter, Martin M. Weglicki, Joseph Bekarciak, Alfred J. Bartosiewicz, Vincent Brunhard Sr., Leon P. Klementowicz, Dariusz P. Knapik, Artur Dybanowski, and Slawomir Plata, respectfully in that order. Many other members have been chosen as Contingent Marshalls representing the neighborhoods they live in or participate in.
The Pulaski Association of Business and Professional Men Inc. annually chooses a “MAN OF THE YEAR”, an individual who based on his character and his contribution to the upkeep of the Polish Community as well as his Polish integrity receives this award in a ceremonial banquet. Such individuals have been selected from the following groups of people Polish Contractors, Polish American Travel Agents, Polish Parishes, Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union and Women of the Millennium.
Our organization continues its efforts to promote scholarship amongst our young people. Our members continue to fight for and support our Polish heritage, nationality, culture, and people. Our members are continuing efforts to promote Polish awareness throughout Polish neighborhoods.
In 2009, The Republic of Poland recognized efforts of some of our distinguished members by bestowing upon them the Bachelor’s Cross of the Order of Merit. These distinguished members are Bogdan Bachorowski, Vincent Brunhard Jr., Richard Brzozowski, Dariusz Knapik, Romuald Magda, Anthony Matrejek, Piotr and Pawel Pachacz, Roman Rurak, and Tadeusz Wozniak. The order given was to honor these members and was signed by the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Maria Kaczynska.
Finally, our organization was a staple in the erection of the General Kosciuszko Monument with help of Victoria Consulting & Development, LLC., its president Dariusz Knapik, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol our honorary member. The monument will be located next to the newly built Kosciuszko Bridge in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Our members are always involved in the Polish community and affairs. We truly believe that our organization will continue its efforts to promote Polish Heritage in the years to come.