THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS 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 25, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 23
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."
- Jane Austen
“Through our work to promote responsible drinking, reduce our impact on the environment and support our communities, we work with others who share our collective goal of making a difference.”
- Carol Clark,
Global VP for Beer and Better World AB InBev
Friday is graduation day in the PromiseLand, and as the Four Lads sang so beautifully in the “50s,” we will have these Moments to Remember.” We at the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility have so many warm memories of the 2011-12 school year that it it would fill our newsletter many times over just to recount.
This will be the last newsletter of the school year and we want to leave you with a few Moments to Remember as the school year draws to a close. We will continue our foundation efforts throughout the summer months, but on a much more informal basis so Natalie, Meg, Basia, Halina and Henry have a chance to enjoy some summer fun and relaxation.
We have a super full agenda for the fall, and we want to remind you to mark your calendars and reserve some time to support us in making life better in Poland for some of the country's most needy children. We have our members' annual meeting and breakfast, our advisory council meeting, dinners, dances, fundraisers, and much more planned to advance our cause. Be sure you are there!
We were pleased to announce that we added 48 new students to our “Dreams Come True” Interactive English Training Program this school year which brought the total number of students enrolled to 250. This happened because of the generosity of the following member companies and individuals who were gracious enough to purchase on-line English licenses for our very motivated PromiseKids:
Randstad - 120 licenses
Rabobank - 85 licenses
Realjobs - 15 licenses
Mc Donald's - 10 licenses
Honorary Foundation Trustee John Treuge - 10 licenses
InterContinental Hotel - 5 licenses
Foundation Friend Alex Stemplewski - 3 licenses
Bruce Robinson, Expo XXI - 2 licenses
We are delighted to know that the popularity of the English training program is increasing each year. The kids know that English could very well be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job when they leave school. 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.
Certificates and dictionaries were awarded to all 250 participants and special awards were given to th e very best students.
We thank our own “Dreams Come True” Director Meg Ciucka and the group of teachers and support staff she assembled to help her this school year. Let me venture to say that you will be hearing a lot more English coming from our PromiseKids in the future. We congratulate all 250 of our students enrolled in our “Dreams Come True” program. We especially want to congratulate the following winners this school year seen below:
Top students in Brzezno with Danuta Klasinska-Samiczak English teacher on right
Nętno English students
Zarańsko English students
The top 15 scholars from our PromiseLand schools have been selected, and will be the guests of the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw from August 10-13th. Each of our PromiseLand Schools selected their best all-around student to qualify as an InterContinental Scholar and board a bus for a trip of a lifetime.
This will be the 5th year in a row that the InterContinental Hotel hosts the InterContinental Scholars Program for our PromiseKids. The kids will graduate from their respective school on Friday and prepare for this life-changing 3-night 4 day trip they will never forget.
Natalie, Meg, Basia, and the Hotel staff have arranged a very full schedule of events for our kids as follows:
5th InterContinental Scholarship Program
10-13 of August 2012
15:00 Kids’ arrival in Warsaw
15:10 InterContinental Hotel check-in
16:00-17:00 Pool +swimming lesson
17:30 Dinner at the Hotel
19:00 Old town at night: Royal Castle, King Sigismund’s Column, Presidential Palace, Krakowskie Przedmieście.
8:30 Breakfast + lunch boxes for noon
12:50-14:50 Warsaw City-Tour
15:00 Lunch at McDonald’s
17:00 Swimming at the hotel
18:30 Dinner at the hotel
19:30 Lazienki Park & Palace
8:30 Breakfast + lunch boxes for snack
9:30 11:00 - Copernicus Science Center - 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 + photos. Special Scholar Plaques will be presented by InterContinental Hotel General Manager, Christian Henkemeier.
8:15 – Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 – Departure for the PromiseLand
Thanks InterContinental Hotel. You are the best…
PHOTOS OF 5TH CLASS OF INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL SCHOLARS
Natalie Marciniak began as our Executive Assistant 6 years ago, and now serves the Foundation as Operations Director. Most of our 90 CEOs have gotten to know Natalie over the years, but I thought I would share some special news with you about this incredible woman. Natalie will receive her Magistra degree in psychology and management studies from the University of Finance and Management at graduation ceremonies in Warsaw on July 13th.
Twenty-eight year old Natalie comes from Kamien Krajenski, a small town near Bydgoszcz, and did all of her studies at night and on weekends. Did I mention that she was also an honor student while at the University? After graduating from high school she decided to go to the United States as a part of a student exchange program. She spent the next 3 years living with an American family in Stamford, Connecticut. For 2 years she was a student at the University Of Connecticut, and as a student in the American Language Program in the Center for Continuing Studies. Natalie finished her studies and received certificates in Business English, English as a Second Language, and in Language in the Media.
Natalie has already decided to start her MBA at Leon Kozminski University in October. Her greatest interests are traveling and foreign languages. Her English is impeccable and she also speaks fluent German.
Those of you who know Natalie well, know how valuable she is to our Foundation. She coordinates the Warsaw office as well as our office in Swidwin (PromiseLand). I can’t imagine our Foundation without her, and pray that I never have to find out.
Thank you Natalie for all you do to make life better for our Foundation’s PromiseKids.
As I mentioned above, Friday is the end of the school year, and what a wonderful year it has been. We are very proud of all the accomplishments our Foundation has made to improve the lives of our very special PromiseKids. We have worked hard to add special treats, trips, clothes, art, music, dance, and English training to their lives. We have, however, never lost sight of our major goal of providing a nourishing meal each school day to the poor kids in our 13 PromiseLand Schools. We trust that our Foundation Members feel the same pride that we do, and will look forward to the next school year with eager enthusiasm.
While the newsletter is on summer holiday, we want to be sure our members and friends mark their calendars for the upcoming Foundation events awaiting us later this summer and in the fall. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER HOLIDAY!
August 10-13, 2012 – InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw.
September 28, 2012 - Foundation CEO Breakfast and Annual Meeting will be hosted by the InterContinental Hotel. Invitations will be sent to our Foundation CEOs in late August. We encourage each member CEO to invite a CEO guest to join them for this special time together.
September 29, 2012 – Netherlands - Polish Chamber of Commerce Rijsttafel Ball to benefit our PromiseKids. Hilton Hotel, 18:00 – 23:00. The Chamber raised 20,000 PLN for our Hot-Meal Program last year, and expects to surpass this number this year. Please make arrangements to attend and support the Netherlands – Polish Chamber of Commerce.
October 1 – December 31, 2012, Hilton Hotel Warsaw to begin “Small Change – Big Difference” Campaign to benefit our Hot-Meal Program for the 2nd year in a row. Guests of the Warsaw Hilton Hotel will be afforded the opportunity of contributing 1 Hot-meal to one hungry PromiseKid by adding 1 Euro to their hotel bill. Each Hilton guest will be presented with written information about the campaign at check in. Program details will be available in each room, and on the hotel’s internal TV channel. Guests will then be given the opportunity of adding 1 Euro, the price of one Hot-Meal, to their final bill at check out. Funds will only be accepted from Hilton Hotel guests.
October 2, 2012 – Foundation’s Advisory Council Meeting, InterContinental Hotel. The 15 members of our Foundation’s Advisory Council have been invited to attend this important meeting. Much to discuss, and a good time to share ideas.
February, 2013 – Ninth Annual Dinner Dance. We are already making plans for the biggest night of the year for our Foundation. We know you won’t want to miss this special time. We hope to have the exact date for you in our next newsletter.