Thisred ribbon with gold lettering is a membership badge for the Polish Falcons Aid Society (PFAS). Founded in Grand Rapids in 1927, the organization was originally created to help new Polish immigrants adjust to the area. It helped them find work in furniture factories and secure housing in surrounding neighborhoods. PFAS also served as a gathering place for the Polish community.
Duringthe height of its popularity, from 1940-1970, PFAS had over 400 members. Today, the total number of participants is closer to 250. The society continues to organize the annual Polish Festival in downtown Grand Rapids and often hosts events at their clubhouse. Many celebrations feature live polka music, according to custom. Despite a smaller size, current members strive to keep their Polish heritage alive at PFAS.
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In Memory Of Sr. John A. Arsulowicz and Stanley A. Arsulowicz
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