Monday, May 13, 2013

Passport, please...

At the end of March we had an opportunity to get passport services right here in New Mexico.
A big thank you to the Representatives of the Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles for answering our needs and making their first Consular outreach to NM happen.
It was a pleasure to be involved in this project and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and feelings connected with the event.
Aside from the passport applications, the Consular outreach gave our small Polish community a chance to meet and get to know each other better.  It was great seeing so many new faces. I found out I have Polish neighbors and that there are more Polish people living in my part of town. I will always remember the couple I met at the store one week before the outreach who didn’t know about any Polish activities happening in town, and yes, they needed an appointment with the Consul!
I need to thank everyone who came to Cedar Crest on March 26th, both from our state and guests from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.  Your cooperation, patience and understanding were crucial in making that day successful. Thank you to Halina, the President of NM Polonez, for her presence and help.  Thanks to Barbara who baked delicious bread for this occasion. Last but not least, I need to thank Grace and Jon Piotrowicz who were wonderful hosts and once again opened their house to the Polish community.

When should we expect another Consular visit to New Mexico? No sooner than in 2 years, unless there’s a group of 30 people ready to apply for a passport, at that point we can approach the Consulate to consider visiting Albuquerque at an earlier date.

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