Chopin on the RocksHonorary Consul of Poland John Petkus selects Springs Preserve as venue for first-ever consular concert event in Las Vegas: “Chopin on the Rocks”


One of the newest confirmed honorary consuls in Las Vegas has stepped up to the occasion in a big way.  John Petkus annakijanowska.comwas confirmed as Honorary Consul of Poland in Las Vegas just last year, and on October 2nd will host “Chopin on the Rocks” at the Springs Preserve outdoor amphitheater in Las Vegas.

A unique concert event featuring popular, jazz and classical stylings of polish stars of the music scene, Chopin on the Rocks marks the first time any consulate has produced a musical event in Las Vegas. 

“This will not be a typical or ‘boring’ classical concert.”  Consul Petkus says.  “We have three fantastic acts, and we will be doing a contemporary ‘twist’.”

The bulk of the proceeds will go toward the Las Vegas Polish School and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra, which, along with Pianist David Kowaleski, will provide pre-concert entertainment.

General Admission is $40.  Members of the Consular Chamber are invited to join us at VIP seating by booking your seats with the Consulate directly by telephone at 702-368-7974.   VIP seats are $50. each.  Doors open at 5:30.  The Concert begins at 7:00.

Honorary Consul of Poland introduces Honorary Consul of Chile and Honorary Vice-consul of Guatemala to Kröl Family

Private reception benefits Museum of the History of Polish Jews

19 December, 2009, Beverly Hills, CA–/Newly appointed Las Vegas Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus led a Krol Estate Gatheringdelegation of 5 to the Kröl mansion in Beverly hills, including Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas and Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas.

The Las vegas guests joined an intimate gathering, including the Consul of Polish Culture in Los Angeles, the Honorable Malcorzata Cup, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Kröl family during a presentation of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  The Kröl family has lent its considerable support to the Museum, now under construction on the site of the original Warsaw Jewish Ghetto.

The evening was a productive mix of philanthropy, business discussion and new introductions.  Kröl Vodka CEO Philip www.krolvodka.comKröl and his wife Elaine were on hand in support of the family business expansions.  With strong distribution and a devout following in the US, Kröl has its sights set on foreign markets.  The Las Vegas contingent of Influential business diplomats, introduced by Honorary Consul of Poland John Petkus, may be a sign of things to come.

Consular Chamber Makes Strong Showing

30 Sept. 2009/–prominent Las Vegans Phil and Dona Griffith hosted a spectacular fundraiser to support the New Life With Education School, located in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala ( 

Consuls Aguirre and Walther, Judy Kerchner, Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl and John Petkus

Consuls Aguirre and Walther, Judy Kerschner, Consuls Biggs Sparkuhl and Petkus


New Life is a small operation, taking in disabled students in one of the poorest towns in Guatemala.  

Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice Consul of Guatemala and President of the Executive Committee of the Consular Chamber, was on hand to answer questions and support the valiant efforts of Judy Kerschner, the Founder of New Life.  Consul members in attendance also included Lena Walther, Honorary Consul of Sweden, Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile, and John Petkus, Honorary Consul of Poland. 

The gracious hosts opened their lovely Las Vegas home and served up a sumptuous selection of food and beverage.  Ms. Kerschner brought video and great deal of her endeavors in Guatemala.  Funds were donated by attendees.