Saturday, December 4, 2010

Annual Holiday Luncheon Focus was Poland

Magda Kubiak and Ann Moffitt
Over 70 members and guests attended the WTC's annual holiday luncheon at the Out Door Country Club in York this year.  As always, we had one of our members present information about  holidays and gift giving practices in a specific country.  Our featured member was Keystone Human Services and attendees had a chance to learn more about the many services that Keystone provides - not just in the southcentral PA region, but worldwide.  Ann Moffitt, Vice President of Community Development for Keystone Human Services and CEO of Keystone Partnership shared more about the agencies activities in Russia and Moldova and explained how Keystone Human Services hosts foreign social workers and graduate students to introduce them to how social services are administered in the United States.  Ann then turned the program over to Magda Kubiak, a graduate student from Poland currently doing her internship with Keystone Human Services.  Magda gave a wonderful presentation about Polish holiday customs, including the foods associated with various festivities.

Here is a brief listing of the major holidays in Poland:

u January, 1st – New Year's Day
u January, 6th – Epiphany
u Spring – Easter
u May, 1st – Labor Day
u May, 3rd – Constitution Day
u 9th Thursday after Easter – Corpus Christi
u August, 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Polish Army Day
u November, 1st – All Saints' Day
u November, 11th – Independence Day
u December 25th, 26th - Christmas

We would like to thank our sponsors, whose generous support helped make this event possibe:  MANTEC, Inc. and Cumberland County Economic Development.

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