In August, the FCA received some very special news that our Vice-President Wanda Horky had been awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the Polish Government. And to make the award that much more special, Wanda was to be presented with her decoration by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda himself, during his visit to Australia. A fantastic moment for Wanda, and richly deserved recognition, and a very proud moment for the Friends. Wanda was the foundation President of the Friends of Chopin Australia in 2010 and has worked tirelessly and diligently in her promotion of Chopin. For her contribution to Polish culture and the Polish diaspora she was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Merit to Polish Culture by the Polish Government in 2015 and the Polish Government’s Gold Cross of Merit (1999). Her other awards include the Polish Community Council of Australia Medal (2009), and the Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Association Silver Cross (2005).