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Life of Marie Curie Celebrated

PNA Lodge #3216 Celebrates Marie Curie: Icon of Science and Working Mother

Orlando, Florida – Polish National Alliance Lodge #3216 and the Orange County Regional History Center joined hands in celebrating the life of two-time Nobel Prize Winner, Marie Skłodowska-Curie. On March 13, 2013 during Women’s History Month the Lodge and History Center partnered to produce a cocktail reception, Polish buffet, book signing and lecture entitled “Marie Curie: Icon of Science and Working Mother” featuring the highly acclaimed author Shelly Emling and her new book Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family.

An intellectually curious crowd of over 100 people showed their appreciation for author Shelly Emling’s insights into the lives of Marie Curie and her daughters with applause, laughter and probing questions about the personal and professional life of the Curie women. Special guests for the evening included Charles Komosa, Polish National Alliance National Secretary; Richard Turkiewicz, National Director of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, and Sara Van Arsdel, Orange County Regional History Center, Executive Director.

PNA Lodge #3216 members were treated to a special pre-event reception. Each PNA member received an autographed copy of the Marie Curie book, and a photo opportunity with the engaging author Shelly Emling. Notable members participating in the evening were Stella Boncler, Lodge President, Mary Jo Odahowski, Lodge Financial Secretary, William J. Odahowski, Lodge Membership Chair and Past President; and David A. Odahowski, Lodge member and event chair. Additionally, Al Schwarz, Lodge Past President, his wife Amanda and their 12 year old daughter Joy were also present. Author Shelly Emling was delighted to meet Joy Schwarz, who is also a “young author” of a biographical school assignment on Marie Curie.

The event is one of many outreach events produced by PNA Lodge #3216.

The Lodge has produced a series of festivals, musical concerts, lectures and social events designed to promote membership and engage the greater community in the history and accomplishments of Polish and Polish-Americans.

– David A. Odahowski