Ted Drejerski, Philadelphia Fraternal Leader

President of the Polish Beneficial Association, Theodore S. Drejerski, passed away following a brief illness on October 23, 2005.Ted was nearing the end of his third, four-year term as PBA's President. Prior to that he served the organization as Vice President and as a Director.

At the invitation of then PBA president, the late Stanley Jakubowski, Mr. Drejerski took up the reigns as editor of the PBA’s official organ the Polish American Journal in the mid 1970s and continued in that capacity right up to his untimely death. He worked hard to insure that any deed, large or small got included into the pages of the paper. He also enjoyed penning poetry and many of his works appeared on these pages over the years.

Ted was extremely proud of his Polish Beneficial membership and took great comfort that together with the officers and board the organization had managed to maintain a healthy financial status despite poor returns in the general marketplace over the past several years.He presided over the computerization of the PBA Home Office and helped with the institution of new and modern plans of Insurance and Annuities to better serve PBA’s memberships.

A strong promoter of Polonia, he constantly reminded members to support their old neighborhood Polish parishes, especially at the holidays. He encouraged and promoted the Polish American programs, not only of the PBA, but of other fraternals and groups as well throughout
the Delaware Valley.

For his activism in Polonia, Mr. Drejerski was honored to be selected as Grand Marshal of the1999 Philadelphia Pulaski Parade sponsored by the Polish American Congress.

Writing a regular column in the Polish American Journal, he trumpeted the rightful role of Polish Americans in the American Dream and championed the promotion of Polish Americans to positions of authority.

As a PBA activist, Ted led Group 21, building it up into one of the largest groups in the fraternal’s history. His ability to enroll new members was legendary and as late as September of this year, his recruiting placed him as the top licensee in the fraternal’s honor roll.He took a keen interest in the workings of other fraternals studying their production and plans they offered to their members. He kept in touch with other fraternal leaders both soliciting their ideas and offering his own.

A very hands-on leader, Ted could be seen at just about every PBA function with his wife, Alice at his side whom he placed into service as photographer for PBA events.

In his other career, Ted worked for the Idler Realty Firm for over 39 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday November 26, 2005 at Our Lady of Calvary Church, in Philadelphia. Internment was at Resurrection Cemetery.

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