Sons of Poland
The Sons of Poland is a Polish-American fraternal benefit society which was organized in 1903. In addition to selling life insurance to members, it supports charities in the United States and Poland as well as activities in the Polish-American community in New Jersey and New York.
The Association of the Sons of Poland was established in 1903 as a Fraternal Benefit Society. At the onset of existence the Association's goals were to provide benefits for Polish-American families and send financial help to their relatives in Poland. The Association grew both in membership and financial stability becoming a leader in upholding the traditions of Polish Heritage and patriotism as well as continuing an active contact with Poland. During the first World War while Russia and Germany were systematically destroying Poland, the Delegates to the Quadrennial Convention voted to tax each member 2¢ each month to be sent to feed hungry war victims in Poland. In the 1930s, large sums of money were sent to assist flood victims in southern Poland followed by tremendous donations to assist the poor in Polish cities. Just prior to World War Two, the Association was recognized for being the most active organization in the Polish-American Community and was decorated by the Second Republic of Poland with the coveted Złoty Medal Zasługi (Gold Medal of Service). The Association continued assisting Poland during her most devastating years of war.
Today the Association of the Sons of Poland is the only Polish American Fraternal domiciled in New Jersey. It supports Polish language courses and organizations that promote Polish Culture and Heritage, such as the Polish Singers Alliance of America and an exhibit of art at Seton Hall University. It continues to sponsor the Polish Children’s Heartline and the Polish Gift of Life, charities that provide medical care for Polish children. The Association was directly involved in the establishment of the Polish-American Congress and Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee, both of which still receive support. Major Foundations like the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish Cultural Foundation also receive support. It also gives financial and material support to Polish Orphans, mentally and physically disabled children, the homeless and un-wed mothers both in Poland and the United States through the Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation, a 501©3 charity.
Young members entering college receive financial assistance and an opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Members receive a subscription to a monthly Polish-American newspaper, which enables them to be informed about the Polish-American community and Poland. Additional benefits include a prescription card that entitles members up to 20% in discounts on medication and now the opportunity to purchase wellness and healthcare plans including a Health Mart for individual and family coverage, a dental plan; medicare supplement insurance and more, through our affiliation with Benefit Builders, Inc. Membership in the Association is based on the purchase of Fraternal Insurance. Some benefits are also available to Social Members for a small fee, entire families may be covered.The Association of the Sons of Poland now sponsors the Sons of Poland Benevolent Foundation and fundraisers are held to help the disadvantaged in Poland. In addition to the orphans and handicapped in institutions, support is given to un-wed mothers and to the homeless, which also includes the homeless in New Jersey and New York. Visit our site www:sonsofpoland.org.
Local units are referred to as "Lodges/Groups". Twenty persons who apply for membership may establish their own group however, a minimum of fifty members of the lodge/group is required to send a Delegate to the Convention. The highest national structure is the Supreme Convention, which meets quadrennially. The headquarters of the group is in Carlstadt, New Jersey while the organization was originally established in Jersey City.
Inherent among people is the desire for protection and fellowship. Out of these desires grew Fraternal Societies. The idea of fraternal insurance protection was born of a need among the working class for insurance protection at affordable rates. Over the years many groups had joined the fraternal system seeking fellowship and ethnicity. Fraternal Benefit Societies are incorporated, organized societies carried on solely for the benefit of members and beneficiaries, but not for profit. In a nonprofit organization there is no owner-interest to demand financial sacrifice, therefore the rates for fraternal insurance are affordable. The Association of the Sons of Poland, incorporated in March 1903 belongs to just such fraternal organizations, with an affiliation to the Fraternal Alliance of America. The Association cares for the good of every member as a whole. All membership life insurance contracts written by the Association are on the legal reserve basis. This means that behind every membership certificate there is a reserve set up in accordance with the law governing all insurance companies. The reserves guarantee funds for payment of every claim.
Membership is through the purchase of life insurance with the minimum amount at $2,000 up to a maximum of $20,000, as a non-medical limit but with an exam, the maximum coverage is $50,000. Benefits of insured membership include a subscription to the monthly Polish American Journal; Scholarships and Achievement awards for High School Seniors; prescription cards that can offer up to a 30% discount on prescription medications for members and even their guests from Poland or any other country ; LifeLine Screenings to detect a possible tendency for stroke or aneurisms; group health care discounts that includes a dental/vision plan, and a choice of wellness plans from a health mart and accidental death/dismemberment insurance.
Membership is open to Americans from birth to age 80. We serve the American community by offering affordable insurance coverage. As a Fraternal Benefit Society, our members have the opportunity to earn commissions and bonuses by introducing new members. We currently offer whole life plans payable once (Single Premium Plan), a five-year plan and twenty year plan, with premiums payable for either 5 or 20 years. Once you have paid the premiums for the period of time covered in the plan, you have paid-up insurance coverage for the rest of your life. We also offer a twenty-year Endowment plan that gives you the opportunity to put money into a life policy and then at maturity, after 20 years, take the full face value or chose among a few options that give you some cash back and still keep you insured. We also offer Term for children up to age 16. When you become an insured member and introduce more members into the Society, you get a small commission based on the premium payment made by the person you have introduced. contact us for more information. That is why we are not-for-profit as we give this back to our members. I think you will agree that you need ASOP ASAP!
- Alan Axelrod International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders New York; Facts on File, inc 1997 p.231
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