Notice of Proposed Changes to the By Laws

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This notice officially proposes changes to IPA By-Laws that have already been reviewed by the IPA Executive Board. Per procedure, they are being published in this newsletter for consideration by our general membership. From May 1, 2024, to June 20, 2024, our general membership will vote on whether to approve these changes. Members may use one of the following voting methods:  1.) Calling in their “yes” or “no” vote to the IPA – 800-867-6552, leave a…

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Announcing the 5th Annual IPA Young Songwriters Competition for 2024

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So you think you can compose a hit polka or waltz? What’s New This Year? Submissions are limited to ONE song per songwriter for songs you composed on your own. One additional submission can be made if it was co-written with another songwriter. Click HERE to go to the Submission Form and see instructions, eligibility and terms. For more information, please listen to the following radio spot

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Parade of Polka Bands Picnic – Sunday August, 18th 2024

The International Polka Association Proudly Presents The Parade of Polka Bands Picnic Sunday, August 18th, 2024 Hammond Mohawks Picnic Grove 4040 Calumet Ave.Hammond, IN Gate opens at 12:30pm – Polka Music from 1pm until 6pm Admission: $20 Payable at the grove *Polka Bands Scheduled to Appear* Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze IPA Tribute Band EZ Tones Polka Generations Honky 1740

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56th Annual IPA Polka Festival and Convention

Join us now for the 56th Annual International Polka Association Festival and Convention from August 30th to September 1st, 2024. We also have a special welcome party once again feature IPA Hall of Famer Alex Meixner on Thursday 29, 2024. Hotel Location and Reservations DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Pittsburgh Cranberry910 Sheraton DriveMars, PA 16046724-776-6900 The IPA has secured special rates and you can make your reservation by clicking on the button below:

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IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame and Music Awards Banquet Tickets are Now Available

Saturday, August 31st 10:45 AM Arrival & Seating11:00 AM Luncheon Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved only by advance reservation. Reservations must be made before August 16th, 2024. Tickets can be purchased: For check payment, please fill out below reservation form and mail to: Polka Music Hall of Fame and Awards BanquetPO Box 1484Plainfield, IL 60544 Please contact Banquet Chairperson Lindsey Mateja at banquet@ipapolkas.com with any questions. Ticket confirmation and seating arrangements will be…

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The Passing of IPA Hall of Famer Florian Chmielewski

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Florian Chmielewski, a 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee. We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all his polka friends and fans. Florian W. Chmielewski, Sr., age 97, of Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Florian was one of 15 children, born to Tony and Tillie Chmielewski on the family…

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2024 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner: Raymond Kanoza

I was born on January 28, 1952, in Oshawa, Ontario (Canada), the first of my two siblings, both sisters (Christine and Theresa), to be welcomed home by two loving parents, Joseph and Aurelia Kanoza.  Both mom and dad were born in Poland. I grew up in a lovely Polish and catholic home.  Music and family gatherings were a common occurrence in our home.  Mom and Dad, as well as both family and friends, loved music…

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2024 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award Winner: Nicky DiSebastiano

2024 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award Winner: Nicky DiSebastiano Nicola “Nicky D” DiSebastiano, born in Abruzzi, Italy, immigrated to the United States of America in 1958, settling in Baltimore along with three sisters: Francesca, Maria, Carmela, Mother Consolina, and Father Angelo. At 4 ½ years of age, he still vividly remembers seeing the Statue of Liberty as the ship sailed into the New York City harbor. He is also a proud Father of four children: Angela,…

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2024 IPA Hall of Fame Inductees & 2023 Music Award Winners!

International Polka Association Announces Hall of Fame Selections and Music Award Winners! The International Polka Association is proud to announce the results of the annual election conducted by the Academy of Electors and Trustees.  At this time, they have determined the 2024 Hall of Fame selectees and winners of the 2023 Polka Music Awards. The following candidates will be inducted into the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame® at the annual festival and…

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Congratulations to the winners of the Sept-Dec 2023 IPA Calendar Raffle

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The IPA would like to congratulate all the winners of the 2023 IPA Calendar Raffle. Date Name/State Amount 9/1/23 Wallace Stanczyk, WI $100 9/2/23 Leonard and Barbara Palkowski, MI $100 9/3/23 James Witulski, NC $100 9/4/23 Sandy Earl, OH $40 9/5/23 Jill Styczynski, WI $40 9/6/23 Edward Grudi, PA $40 9/7/23 Adam Biskup, Canada $40 9/8/23 Father Dennis Bogusz, PA $40 9/9/23 Edward Sienkowski, IN $40 9/10/23 Rob Piatkowski, NY $40 9/11/23 Nancy Kikel, PA…

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Wisconsin Spring into Polkas

Join the IPA as we welcome Spring in Wisconsin with two great days of polka dancing. One Saturday May 4, 2024 from 6pm-10pm, we welcome the Dynabrass to Wisconsin and then on Sunday, May 5, 2024, we welcome five great polka bands from Wisconsin for the Pulaski Area Festival of Bands. The Bands Include: The New Generation, The Mix, Aaron Socha & Livewire, Maroszek Brothers and Zander and his Music Ray’Makers. The Dance will be…

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