Stella Marnik (Pifko)

Dance teacher, Polish and local community leader

Born Sept. 18, 1931, New Bedford (MA), U.S.; daughter of Alexander and Katherine (Pabis); married Edwin Marnik; children: Marcia, Thomas.

Education: Associate of Science (A.S.), Kenyon Campbell Business School, New Bedford, 1950; dance masters summer sessions, Boston (MA), New York City, Washington (DC), Atlantic City (NJ), 1951-75; Dance Teachers Club of Boston, 1964-78.

Career: president, 1960-61, 1978, 1991, director, Polish Enrichment Classes, 1991, Polish Women's Business & Professional Club, Greater New Bedford (MA); producer and director, Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant, 1978-85; president, Council of Women's Club of Greater New Bedford, 1986-87; treasurer, 1981-91, sales representative, Polish National Alliance (P.N.A.); chairman, Pre-Convention Committee, 42nd Quadrennial Convention, Polish National Alliance (P.N.A.), Providence (RI), 1995.

Member of: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); associate, Dance Teachers Club of Boston; financial secretary, Massachusetts Federation of Polish Women's Clubs (president, 1984-85); president, Polish Natonal Alliance (P.N.A.) Council 81; Polish American Congress (P.A.C.) (2nd vice president, Eastern Massachusetts Division,1983-91); vice president, New Bedford Catholic Women's Club; chairman, Fairhaven Republican Town Committee (delegate, National Convention, 1990); registrar, Town of Fairhaven, 1988-95; Fairhaven Improvement Association.

Honors: special award, Polish National Alliance (P.N.A.), 1979; Letter of Recognition (for the 31st anniversary of teaching dance to children), 1979; Woman of the Year, Polish United Organizations of Greater New Bedford, 1991.

Affiliation: Republican. Catholic.

Languages: English, Polish.

Hobbies: social work, family, tennis.

Home: 56 Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719.

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" 1st Edition 1996-1997, Boleslaw Wierzbianski editor; Bicentennial Publishing Corporation,
New York, NY, 1996