SPJST is a fraternal life insurance company that was founded by Texas Czech settlers in 1897. SPJST comes from the Czech phrase Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas, which translated in English means Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas. Our company seeks to do good for each other and for the communities that we serve. SPJST provides security for its members through life insurance, annuities, and more.
Last year, SPJST members contributed more than 50,000 hours and $250,000 to charitable causes and programs helping local communities. Local lodges sponsor an impressive array of family-oriented activities, including community service projects, recreational events, dances, picnics, and musical and choral groups. SPJST’s youth program provides boys and girls with many opportunities to achieve personal growth, fun, and scholarships. In 2018, SPJST presented around $70,000 in scholarships.
In 2019, there are approximately 40,000 SPJST members in 104 lodges throughout Texas. They are taking the best that SPJST has to offer – a tradition of helping people to care for their families – and are extending these values to their communities.
All proceeds from the 2019 SPJST Car Show benefit the SPJST Foundation.
The SPJST Foundation was established as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 2012 by SPJST to administer to the growth and development of the Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center in Temple, Camp Kubena, and any future endeavors of significant merit in line with the Foundation's objectives.
The Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center is located at 119 West French in Temple, Texas. The museum collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits countless artifacts and manuscripts of the Czech heritage in a public environment. The museum also provides genealogical material available for research. It is open to the public and hosts many educational programs and events.
Camp Kubena (formerly SPJST Education and Nature Center) is a 180-acre site located in Ledbetter, Texas, near Fayetteville and La Grange. This region touches the heart of early Czech settlers in Texas. The camp provides overnight accommodations for 160 residents as well as camping, meeting, and team-building facilities.