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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CEOs ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. COLLECTIVELY, AND WITH THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF KFC, WE HAVE FED OVER 4 MILLION HOT MEALS (60,000 PER MONTH) TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

June 20, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 21

(Newsletter will return on September 5th)

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."

- James Joyce

RAIFFEISEN BANK, NEW FOUNDATION MEMBER AND NEW FOUNDATION BANK

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Raiffeisen Bank Polska, S.A. as a new Foundation member and commend Raiffeisen for showing its firm commitment to investing in Corporate Social Responsibility in Poland. We will bestow our Foundation’s Gold Seal of Approval as a Socially Responsible Company on Raiffeisen Bank at our next Foundation’s CEO Breakfast to be held at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel on October 17th.

Raiffeisen Bank Polska was established in 1991 and belongs to the Austrian Raiffeisen Group. It is 100 percent owned by Raiffeisen Bank International A.G. Raiffeisen Bank focuses on the Small and Medium Enterprise business sector, as well as large international companies. Raiffeisen attracts a large number of clients from the Polish middle class.

Raiffeisen has developed rapidly over the years, and now operates 100 locations and employs over 3000 people in its branches throughout Poland. Our Foundation is in the process of opening accounts at Raiffeisen Bank, and will notify our members when we finalize this process.

We are very proud to have this outstanding bank as a member of our network of Socially Responsible Companies, and we thank Raiffeisen’s super President and Chief Executive Officer, Piotr Czarnecki for taking this very responsible move of joining our Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. We also welcome our Raiffeisen Banking Specialist, Grzegorz Wodarski to the Foundation and thank him for helping us transition our banking relationship.

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL SCHOLARS SELECTED FOR 2011

the competition was rough, and the selection process was tough, but the final results are in… Our 15 PromiseLand Schools each selected their best all-around student to qualify as an InterContinental Scholar and board the bus for a trip of a lifetime. Now, the excitement begins as they make their plans for their three-day adventure in Warsaw from July 1-4.

The PromiseLand Express will pull up in front of the 5-Star InterContinental Hotel on that Friday afternoon with a special cargo of 15-InterContinental Scholars on board. It will be a grueling 9-hour trip from Swidwin, but the PromiseKids will be no worse for wear, and will hit the ground running.

This is the 4th year the InterContinental Hotel has hosted the InterContinental Scholars Program for our PromiseKids. The kids will graduate from their respective schools and with little rest under their belts embark on this 3-night four day trip. Natalie and the Hotel staff have arranged a very full schedule for our kids:

4th InterContinental Scholarship Program

1 -4 July 2011

Friday 1.07.11

  • 15:00 - Kids’ arrival
  • 15:10 - Check-in
  • 16:00 -17:00 - Pool at the hotel + swimming lesson
  • 17:30 - Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel
  • 19:00 - The old town at night: The Royal Castle, the Presidential Palace, the Zygmunt’s Column, the Krakowskie Przedmieście.

Saturday 2.07.11

  • 8:30 - Breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel
  • 9:30 - 11:30 – Multikino
  • 12:49 - 14:50 – Warsaw City-Tour
  • 15:00 - Lunch at McDonald’s
  • 18:00 - Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel
  • 19:30 - Łazienki Park

Sunday 3.07.11

  • 8:30 - Breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel
  • 9:30 - 11:00 - Copernicus Science Centre - PLANETARIUM: THE HEAVENS OF COPERNICUS
  • 12:00 - Warsaw ZOO
  • 14:00 - Lunch at KFC
  • 17:30 -18:30 – Pool at the hotel+ swimming lesson
  • 19:30 - Awards Ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel

Monday 4.07.11

  • 8:15 - Breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel
  • 10:00 - Return to PromiseLand (lunch boxes from the hotel).

We thank you InterContinental Hotel General Manager, Christian Henkemeier and all of your super staff for making this a trip these PromiseKids will never forget. Christian will award a special InterContinental Scholars Diploma to each of the 15 PromiseKids at their final awards banquet.

Congratulations to the following 2011 InterContinental Scholars:


DREAMS COME TRUE – INTERACTIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM WINNERS!

Friday, the 22nd of June will be graduation day for our PromiseLand Schools. It will also be the end of our Foundation's "Dreams Come True" interactive English program for the school year for the 202 PromiseKids in the program. We want to thank the following companies that contributed to the English training program this year, and to tell them how much the kids enjoyed participating in the project. A special thank you goes to:

  • Randstad Sp.z o.o.
  • Rabobank Polska
  • Mc Donald's
  • Coca-Cola HBC
  • Adam Kozłowski from Norton Rose

We are not a part of the Polish School Curriculum so our English students did their studies in the PromiseLand Schools before school began each morning or during lunch recess, or after school hours. They did a remarkable job under such hardships.

Meg Ciucka, Foundation Program Director, will award certificates and dictionaries to all 202 participants and special awards to the very best students. The overall winner award, a camera, will be presented to Monika Biniek (1st place at beginner level for gymnasium), Anna Pugacza from Bierzwnica (1st place at Intermediate level for gymnasium) and Michalina Szymurska from Bierzwnica (1st place at beginner level for elementary school). Zarańsko School won as the best Primary School. See winning students below:


Anna Pugacza from Bierzwnica 1st place at Intermediate level for gimnasium


Michalina Szymurska 1st place at beginner level for elementry school


Monika Biniek from Brzeżno 1st place at beginner level for gimnasium


1st place as a school - Zarańsko

RANDSTAD PLANS STAD AMSTERDAM CLIPPER SHIP EXCURSION FOR PROMISEKIDS – AUGUST 18-19TH

Randstad has something really special planned for our PromiseKids on August 18-19th. Plans are nearing completion for a cruise like no other cruise we have ever experienced. Randstad Poland is the Polish subsidiary of the Randstad Group, one of the largest staffing organizations in the world, and they love our PromiseKids.

Forty-six 5th and 6th grade PromiseKids aged 12-13 years, have been selected to participate on the cruise from the Nowe Worowo, Lekowo, Oarzno, Brzezno and Bierzwnica PromiseLand Schools. A painting contest called the “Sailing Clipper” was held in the above schools during the month of May. The artists of the best pictures from 180 entries were selected for the cruise.

Schedule of "Art workshops" in GDYNIA on Clipper Stad Amsterdam :

Gdynia, 18th-19th AUGUST 2011

No. of kids: 46 kids from the PromiseLand.

August,18th :

Arrival to Gdańsk at about 5:00 p.m. - dinner and overnight stay in one of the hostels.

August,19th :

  • 8:00 - breakfast at the hostel.
  • 9:15 - leave for Gdynia.
  • 10.00 - board Clipper
  • 11:00 - 11.30 - sightseeing - Clipper
  • 11.30 - 12.00 - prepare for the trip; kids wear pirate costumes, painted faces; they'll learn sailor songs.
  • 12.00 - 15.00 - cruise on the bay of Gdansk. During the cruise - games and contests, "Baptism sea "
  • 15.00 - 16.30 - (after returning to port) - lunch, handing out diplomas, photos, souvenirs, etc..
  • 17:00 - kids return home by bus.

FALL CEO BREAKFAST AT THE SHERATON WARSAW – MARK YOUR CALENDAR

We are pleased to announce that Foundation Member Hotel Sheraton Warsaw will once again host our fall CEO breakfast. Sheraton’s General Manager Thomas Schoen will host our Foundation’s CEOs at 0830 on October 17th.

It was a wonderful event last year and we suggest you mark your calendars accordingly.

DATES TO REMEMBER

July 1-3rd - InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw. The top scholar from each of our 15 schools will be the guests of the InterContinental Hotel.

July 4-31st – Foundation Office Closed for Summer Vacation. Newsletter will be on vacation from June 20th – September 5th.

August 2-13th - The Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Liberty Education Tour to Washington, DC, Chicago, and LA...

August 18-19th – Randstad Stad Amsterdam Clipper Cruise.

October 17th – Fall CEO Breakfast hosted by the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, 0830.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune."

- Jim Rohn

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