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June 10, 2013 Vol. 10, No.21

"Always give without remembering; always receive without forgetting."
-- William Barclay

BASIA KOLASINSKA - FCSR ARTS DIRECTOR

With all the work we have done in our foundation you would think we have a staff of “thousands.” In reality, we have a staff of three superstars of which you have met two. Now, you have the opportunity iof meeting our third superstar, Basia Kolasinska, our FCSR Arts Director.

After graduating from the nursing school in Koszalin, Basia worked as a nurse for a number of years. However, following her true passion for the arts, she moved to Warsaw, to attend the Theatre and Acting School of Warsaw. Upon graduation, she received the title of Instructor. She’s been a dance instructor now for 15 years and has been our FCSR Arts Director since 2004.

Basia lives in the village of Cieszeniewo, with her 14 year old son Aron. She has a large, but very close family. As a child, she helped her parents on their farm. However, she attributes her love of music to her grandfather, who was a violinist and her parents, who were great singers.

Basia has always had a special interest in Polish culture and folk music. In 1997, she won the title of Miss Charm and Microphone of the Zachodniopomorskie region. Basia loves to travel and meet new people. When she was a dancer in Baltyk dance group she traveled around Europe. She also performed in the popular Polish tv show “Chance for Success”.

Basia has worked with children and teenagers in Local Cultural Centers for many years and her students have taken part in many dance festivals throughout Poland and Germany.

Presently, she is the FCSR instructor for two musical groups in our schools: Diamond and Panther and produces the music competition, “You Can Dance”. However, our members are most familiar with her work choreographing our annual Dinner Dance. To date, 400 children have taken part in our Dinner Dance productions!

“I met Bill Chasey at the Lekowo school. I remember this day very well. I was working for the local cultural center at the time. Bill saw a performance of one of my dancing groups during a visit to the PromiseLand. He approached me and asked if I could prepare the kids for the FCSR’s Second Annual Dinner Dance. My journey with the foundation started there. I remember him saying: “Who’s that girl who finally made these kids sing!”I’ve learned so much over these past nine years and have gained so much experience.

Bill and I understand each other very well. I know his expectations and always try to do my best. I understand his vision and what he tries to give the children. I remember when he promised our children a better future. Over all these years he has kept his promise.

When I’m asked about my work I always say that I love my job and the work I do is my passion. It’s not easy to teach children how to dance and sing, especially when they don’t believe in themselves and never had dance lessons before. You can always do wonders with the music! This is my motto during rehearsals. Thanks to these classes, children gain self esteem, are more fit and dance becomes a part of their lifestyle. I always tell them to believe in themselves like I believe in them.

There are so many memories that remain in my mind. One of them is the PEACE Project in the PromiseLand. Students came from all over the world: Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Egypt, India, etc. Thanks to this project our children learned about different cultures and saw a Black person for the first time in their lives! They also realized how important it is to learn English. That time was so special for me and my family. Some of the students visited me at home and I was very proud to show them Polish culture and Polish traditional food.

I’m very thankful for the van that our member company, Athlon Car Lease provides. Thanks to them, I can travel from school to school and teach the children. Using the van, we can distribute the gifts from the member companies to all the schools. You can often see the van full of kids, singing and having fun as they travel to rehearsals! I love our PromiseKids; they are my biggest joy!”

Everyone knows that the most important and most exciting event to me is our Annual Dinner Dance! When one Dinner Dance is over,I immediately start to think about the next one. I have so many new ideas. The children are my inspiration. I love when we sit together and discuss our ideas, pick music, etc. Then we start rehearsals! I know how much work the kids put into rehearsals. The trip to the Hilton Hotel is the biggest reward for them. Each Dinner Dance is very emotional to me as I watch my kids do their best and perform as if they were professional dancers and singers! The dress rehearsal is always a mess but the big show is always amazing!”

Natalia and Meg are my best friends. We spend our free time together, and are very supportive of each other. We are different from each other, but always get along very well.”

Thank you Basia for sharing your thoughts and memories with us – and most of all, your artistic talent and heart with our PromiseKids. You have brightened their lives through the wonderful world of music and dance. You’re the best!

MCDONALD’S TRIP TO THE BALTIC WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH! THANKS MCDONALD’S,
THE KIDS HAD A MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE!

POLISH SOCIETY:

T-MOBILE TO INVEST zł.1 BILLION IN POLAND

Telecommunications firm T-Mobile Polska will invest about zł.1 billion this year, the company's CEO Miroslav Rakowki told Rzeczpospolita in an interview. The final amount will depend on progress in network modernization work, which has already started. He also said that the company is working on a project that would combine telecommunications and financial services. T-Mobile has already contacted potential partners in the banking sector. The new offer could be launched in 2014.

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

LOANS GROW SLOWER THAN DEPOSITS JANUARY – APRIL

The total value of loans granted by the banking sector grew by 2.2 percent year-on- year in January-April 2013 and reached zł.815.83 billion, the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority said. In the same period, the value of bank deposits grew by 7.8 percent y/y to zł.733.93 billion. The value of corporate loans rose by 2.5 percent y/y to zł.273.92 billion and that of loans to individuals increased by 2.2 percent to zł.537.12 billion. Individuals' mortgage loans grew by 3.2 percent to zł.325.01 billion. In the case of deposits, the total value of those owned by enterprises rose by 2.8 percent y/y and individuals' deposits grew by as much as 9.8 percent to zł.531.65 billion.

ISBnews

SUPPORT FOR EU MEMBERSHIP CONTINUES TO FALL

A majority of Poles still support Poland's membership in the European Union, but the number has been falling recently. According to a poll by CBOS, 72 percent of Poles support membership, one percentage point less than a month ago.

At the same time, the number of Poles against EU membership grew from 19 to 21 percent. CBOS also said that 33 percent of Poles are of the opinion that Europe's integration has already gone too far. A similar number, 34 percent, spoke in favor of further integration.

IAR/PAP

POLISH MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT TO GROW

The Polish media and entertainment sector will grow by 3.2 percent in the next four years and reach a value of $11.4 billion, according to a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Internet services will grow the most, while the press and paid television will lose in value. PwC said that internet access spending will grow at about 7.7 percent annually and reach $3 billion in 2017. The internet advertising market is expected to grow to $1.1 billion by that time. Spending on cinema tickets should grow by 5 percent annually. The paid television market is expect to shrink at about 0.9 percent every year and the press segment will contract by 2 percent annually, PwC said. Wirtualnemedia.pl

LABOR MINISTRY SEES UNEMPLOYMENT AT 13.5% IN MAY

Poland's registered unemployment rate fell to 13.5 percent in May, according to an estimate published by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. In April, the rate was 14 percent. The ministry said that the unemployment rate has been falling for the past three months. In May the month-on-month was the strongest and also larger that the decrease observed a year ago. According to the report, unemployment numbers fell due to the launch of seasonal work and also because unemployed persons did not confirm readiness to start work, which caused them to be excluded from registers. At a press conference presenting the report, Labor Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz said that the ministry expects the registered unemployment rate to fall by 0.2-0.4 percentage points in June.

PAP

POLAND TOPS CEE INVESTMENT ATTRACTIVENESS RANKING

Poland was named the most attractive location for investment projects in the CEE in the latest edition of Ernst & Young's European attractiveness survey, the consultancy said in a press release. It got 37 percent of the votes, while the Czech Republic, which came in second, got only 15 percent. Poland also got the top spot in the number of FDI projects, with 148 of them recorded in 2012. Thus means 22.3 percent year-on-year growth, also the highest in the CEE. In terms of the number of jobs created, Poland ranked second with 13,111 jobs in 2012, 67.3 percent more than in 2011. The first place went to Russia, with 13,356 jobs. In 2011, Russia had also been first in terms of the number of projects.

Ernst&Young

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DATES TO REMEMBER

June 3-7th - McDonald’s trip to the Baltic for our 6th graders

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."

-- Cavett Robert

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