A BRIEF HISTORY
FREE POLISH KRAKUSY SOCIETY — P.N.A. Lodge #827
Over a Century has elapsed since a small group of twelve Polish fellowmen met in the home of Jacob Kardyszewski in Youngstown, Ohio and formed the organization known as "The Society of the Free Polish Krakusy under the name of Tadeusz Kokiuszko". A meeting was called on September 1, 1903 and its first president, Jacob Kardyszewski was elected.
The organization was founded with a vision towards combining all Polish fellowmen in one great organization having as its aims, self assistance and the support of a continued love for Poland and the Polish Language among its people.
Realizing further the needs of insurance protection for their loved ones, in 1907, they applied for insurance to the Polish National Alliance and became designated as Lodge 827.
Over the many years of existence the Society continues with its purposes and serves as a center for educational, cultural and social pursuits.
They have contributed generously to different cultural, educational, patriotic and charitable causes, humanitarian purposes, including Red Cross and hospitals; aided Poland's causes through the years; staunch supporter of the Polish National Alliance and Polish American Congress, Christmas parties for children; aid to widows and orphans of deceased members and most recently answered an appeal for ambulatory buses for handicapped children in Poland; Blind Children in Laski and Cracow Leukemia Foundation in Poland.
From the ranks of its members have come many outstanding leaders of the community who have established themselves in government, industry, professions and business.
While the Society's contributions have been many, challenges that surround it today may differ from those faced by its founders. However, the same spirit and cooperation and perseverance by its members has and will prevail in the future.
Great words of thanks and praise are due to all the officers from the founding of the Society to the present day for such devoted and intellectual work, without which such results could not have never been achieved.