December 2019 - Christmas Eve meeting of Prestige Club members
Each December is an opportunity to summarize the club’s activities, but also an unusual, magical month that fits into the tradition of Christmas. The atmosphere and climate of events from two thousand years ago, Christmas Eve and mutual wishes complement the symbolism of Christmas Eve supper.
This time we met at the Prezydent Hotel in Krynica Zdrój.
The socialising event was filled with lectures. Associate Professor Brygida Grzeganek-Więcek, PhD, DSc discussed “Multidimensionality of managerial roles in contemporary world” and Grzegorz Ludera outlined “Primary medical concepts – to treat or heal?” in the context of traditional Indian medical science “Ayurveda”. Nota bene these lectures will be published in No. 40/2020 of the magazine PRESTIŻ who is who.
The official part was followed by the Old Polish Christmas Eve in the hotel restaurant, and the evening meeting in the VIP room and the hotel club crowned the agenda.
Autumn meeting of PRESTIGE CLUB members at the “Zbrojownia” Restaurant in Crakow
A cyclical autumn meeting of PRESTIGE CLUB members was held at the “Zbrojownia” Restaurant in Crakow. Guests from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Canada and the USA came to the meeting. The guest of honour was duke Adam Andrew von Rhedey, a descendant of the Hungarian royal family of Aba with a thousand-year tradition.
The agenda of the meeting included several topics, the leading of which was duke Rhedey’s speech related to the creation of a modern elite in the world, emphasizing the role and importance of aristocracy in this endeavour.
PhD Ewa Piacentile from Padua, a prominent Polish community activist, presented in a short elaboration the achievements of Polish science and Polish business in the world.
Mr Robert Galara discussed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in terms of its significance for the 4th partition of Poland.
The panels were joined by the participants of the meeting, including Prof. Maria Sierpińska, Prof. Janusz Skalski, Gen. Mieczysław Bieniek and aristocrats – duke Krzysztof Radziwiłł and count Marcin Zamoyski.
Mrs Agnieszka Michalczyk, the coordinator of the “Debutant Ball” who was present at the meeting, invited the club members to the next “Ball” at the Wilanów Palace, and the editorial staff of the Magazine PRESTIGE whoiswho proposed to Mrs Ewa Rogozińska, an acclaimed expert in international communication and ethics in business, cooperation related to club activities.
After dinner, some club members went to the palace in Paszkówka, the Club’s headquarters, for a socialising event over a glass of wine with guests from Hungary and Slovakia.
Meeting of members and friends of PRESTIGE CLUB at the Castle in Grodziec Śląski
On Saturday, June 15th, PRESTIGE CLUB members met in the Castle in Grodziec Śląski at the next meeting. Michał Bożek, a businessman, patron of culture and art, owner and host of the Castle welcomed guests in accordance with the old Polish custom of bread and salt, especially Gen. Mieczysław Bieńek, Prof. Mariusz Załucki and the custodian of the Castle Dr. Jacek Proszyk, whose lectures became key points in the agenda of the meeting.
Gen. Mieczysław Bieniek presented the book of his co-authorship entitled “The Airborne Troops”, and described the purpose of its creation, emphasizing not only the military “nature” of this scientific study, but also some of its popularising aspects relating to history, purpose, participation, and the role of this type of troops in combat operations. The book with the author’s dedication could be obtained during the meeting. During his lecture entitled “Challenges of Civil Law; can a computer replace a judge?”,
Prof. Mariusz Załucki introduced the members of the club with an interesting concept, which may soon appear in the digital reality of civil law.
The custodian of the Castle, Dr. Jacek Proszyk, discussed the medieval trade route connected with the transport of salt from the Wieliczka mine through Moravia to the Czech Republic, whose road led, among others, through fortresses of such castles as the Castle in Grodziec Śląski. The custodian also gave the Castle owner an original coin, a denarius from the times of the first Piasts dynasty, to enrich the valuable collection of the Castle.
Before dinner, the host Michał Bożek showed the guests around the accessible part of the Castle, telling them about the mysterious and unknown history of this historical site. Club members and guests received the latest issue number 39/2019 of the PRESTIŻ magazine whoiswho.
The dinner consisting of dishes from the Castle kitchen added splendour to the meeting while socialising conversations and questions concerning the discussed topics completed the agenda of the meeting.
Spring club meeting - March 9, 2019
We invited two prominent personalities to the “Zbrojownia” restaurant in Cracow for the PRESTIGE CLUB meeting with readers of the PRESTIGE magazine who is who. Professor of medical sciences, Mr Skalski, introduced us to the world of modern medicine, and Robert Galara, a businessman and history fan drew listeners to the history of Cieszyn Silesia.
We listened to both lectures with particular interest, because their subject matter became part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland. Professor Skalski, presenting current achievements in the field of, practised by himself, paediatric cardiosurgery, highlighted the scale of problems related to Polish medicine in the context of world medicine progress, at the same time pointing out that Polish child-cardiac surgery has made a breakthrough in the world and nowadays not only does not differ from the world’s top, especially the American one, but is admired and considered one of the best on the globe.
To prove this thesis, the professor used the example of restoring the heartbeat of a 2-year-old girl after a 5-hour cardiac arrest. Polish physicians of this specialisation perform “miracles” in the field of artificial heart implantation. Difficult and the most complex surgical procedures in newborns and infants take place in Cracow. “A training centre with the best technologies, to which doctors from all over the world come, operates in Krakow,” said the professor. After the lecture, there was an interesting discussion.
Equally interesting was a conversation with Robert Galara referring to the history of Cieszyn Silesia during the creation of the Polish state after 123 years of Partitions, when Czech regiments entered the Duchy of Cieszyn in January 1919, and the Polish population in this area was preparing for the plebiscite. Not widely known facts supported by reliable historical knowledge of the speaker allowed the participants of the meeting to catch up with the common history of the Czechs and Poles during the creation of the foundations of the political existence of both nations.
Christmas Eve meeting of Prestige Club members at the Palace in Paszkówka
December occupies a special place in the Club Agenda, as it is the month in which year-long club activities are discussed, as well as plans for the next year. It is also a festive time during which the Christmas Eve is the main event, so the Beskid Mountain Band greeted the participants with the Christmas carol, introducing a Christmas atmosphere.
Before savouring delicacies from the palace kitchen, the invited guest, P.T. Mr Robert Galara, gave a lecture on the dawn of the independent Polish Republic, in connection with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland after 123 years of partitions.
After the break, we had a unique opportunity to see an exhibition of interrelated works by artists from the series “Mirrors”: the works by a photographer, journalist and documentarian Czesław Czapliński and a painter Piotr Jakubczak. Czesław Czapliński turned out to be not only a great narrator describing the artists’ endowments but also an excellent storyteller.
Highlanders playing Christmas carols reminded the guests about Christmas Eve supper, hence the host of the Palace in Paszkówka, Mr Jan Oleksy, showed them to their table. Mutual wishes and toasts complemented this warm, solemn moment.