My Country, 'Tis of Thee

Kasia Kwiatkowska with Joyce Laurien, ClubCorp Vice President Membership Sales, and Jeff Markowicz, Skyline Club General Manager. Waving during ceremony and with her cake after.

For nearly 10 years, Kasia Kwiatkowska, Membership Director at the Skyline Club in Indianapolis, dreamed about the day she would take the Oath of Allegiance and become an American citizen. Kasia came to the United States from Poland 10 years ago, fresh out of college with just $300 and still learning the English language. It was long, winding and sometimes difficult journey that brought Kasia to Indianapolis and, in 2015, her role at the Skyline Club – which Kasia calls “a match made in heaven."

When the day of Kasia’s Oath of Allegiance and naturalization ceremony finally came, no one from her family – who still live in Poland – could be there, but her ClubCorp family could and they did. Boy, did they! So many fellow Employee Partners attended the ceremony that Kasia had the largest group of supporters in the room. There to cheer Kasia on were Skyline Club General Manager Jeff Markowicz, Sharon Szymanski, ClubCorp Senior Vice President, Membership, and Joyce Laurien, Vice President, Membership Sales (who both flew in from out of town for the ceremony), several other Club staff members, Members and even a few relatives of one of Kasia’s co-workers.

After the ceremony, the group headed back to the Club to enjoy a Polish American Buffet prepared by Executive Chef Eric Hollen. More than 60 people attended – including many Members – all there to celebrate Kasia’s citizenship.

“It would have broken my heart to have been alone at the ceremony,” said Kasia. “Instead I had the most amazing day ever. I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by and work with so many wonderful people.”

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