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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.

January 7, 2013 Vol. 10, No.1

"Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over."
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald

TWO WEEKS AWAY UNTIL OUR 10TH ANNUAL DINNER DANCE!

Our PromiseKids are back in school and abuzz with final rehearsals, costume fittings, last minute adjustments and excitement galore as they prepare for our 10th Annual Dinner Dance at the Hilton Hotel on January 21, 6:30! Basia, FCSR Arts Director, says it’s the best group ever - they can’t wait to dazzle you with their dancing, singing and infectious energy!

The Hilton Staff is busy planning a delectable menu, designing the ballroom and polishing up the dance floor for our guests. The “best band in the land”, 36.6 is ready to go and Pablo is preparing another touching DVD, capturing the highlights of the Foundation’s activities over the past ten years. Adding even more glamour to the evening, Miss Polonia 2012 and many finalists for this year’s crown will be joining us for the evening.

We are reaching capacity, so if you haven’t done it yet, get your table reservations in to Natalie ASAP! You don’t want to miss this celebration…

MISS POLONIA CONTESTANTS IN THE PROMISELAND

Can you imagine the looks on the faces of our PromiseKids, on January 10th, when they receive their Hot Meals, personally prepared and served by the most beautiful young women in Poland – the final contestants in the Miss Polonia beauty pageant?!

Yes, as part of their goodwill activities, the Miss Polonia contestants will be cooking in our kitchen at 6:30, delivering the meals to the Oparzno School, joining the children for lunch and helping them create their very own pageant crowns.

We are delighted to have their participation in our Hot Meals Program and look forward to more such involvement with the Miss Polonia Pageant. A big thanks to Ghelamco for housing our contentants.

AGENDA:

9th of January 2013:

9p.m. - the arrival of guests - "50 Oaks"(Ghelamco Property)

10th of January 2013:

6:30 - cook in the Foundation kitchen: prepare meals, peel carrots and potatoes, clean up
7:45 - breakfast in the kitchen
8:40 –leave for Oparzno School
9:00 - food delivery and service
10-11 - visit with the kids: make beauty pageant crowns
11:00 – return to "50 OAKS".
17:00 – departure from Szczecin Airport

POLISH PRIME MINISTER DECLARES 2013 THE YEAR OF THE FAMILY

The year 2013 in Poland should be the year of the family, declared Polish PM Donald Tusk at a recent press conference.

A major goal of the Sejm will be to create 400,000 new jobs this year resulting in a decrease in the jobless rate by the second half of the year. In addition, the government plans on introducing flexible work hours, reforming the labor bureaus, enforcing year-long maternity leaves, building more nurseries, promoting higher tax credits for families with three or more children and improving the climate for investing in Polish businesses.

THANK YOU FOUNDATION MEMBERS

On behalf of the Foundation and our PromiseKids, I would like to thank you, our member companies and CEOs, for the leadership you have shown in developing your CR strategies and the support you have given to our Foundation’s Hot Meal Program and other FCSR initiatives throughout 2012.

We could not have done any of this without you. We look forward to continuing our work together in the New Year and we wish you much “sustainable success” in 2013! You are the best!

DOLLAR A DAY FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP FEED OUR HUNGRY POLISH CHILDREN

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

January 21, 2013 - Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance. 2013 is the10th Anniversary of our Foundation and we will make this Dinner Dance bigger and better than ever.

February 2, 2013 - Miss Polonia Final Competition. Contact Malgorzata Herde for table reservations at m.herde@misspolonia.com.pl

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

-- Goethe

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