Our story –Poli of America Supporters Group
Politehnica Timişoara is one of the most beloved soccer clubs in Romania, being the main ambassador of Banat County in terms of history, innovation, community excellence and popularity.
The centennial is the most important event of the year. We celebrated it on December 4th of 2021 fith lots of fun and activities.
Along these 100 years history, we went through a lot of happy and sad days, great promotions and tough relegations, huge games for the title or challenges in European competitions and dissapointing moments of bankrupcy or supporters split into different other adopted teams, moved in the city and called, temporarily, Poli in the latest years of our existence - as some local politicians wanted to play games with the legacy of such a name of glory. That was their business, while we continued to support the principles of the community, as a club: passion, honesty, liberty and respect for history. And this is the model we raise our juniors from the Youth Academy.
Therefore, after the Romanian Anti-Comunism Revolution started in Timişoara on December of '89, there were lots of moments of incertitude, ending in bankrupcy for a couple of times, the last one in 2011, when there was nothing left to be foreseen on the horizon. This way, the supporters had to decide if "quitting" following white-purple soccer in the city or... acting, somehow.
...And they've got involved and sang theif hearts for their own team. Everything happened in the summer of 2012, when we started a difficult climbing path: we founded (again) a great collaboration with the first institution who gave the name of Politehnica Timişoara Sports Society (aka S.S. Politehnica), decided to help on our own, besides the logostical support of the Institute of Polytechnics and restarted, freshly, from the bottom leagues. So, we re-started from the pre-last, the 5th, as on the previous season (2011-2012) this team was the champion of the last Romanian tier, the 6th league.
Nowadays, after 10 years of fresh and uncorrupted new path, the white-purple supporters around the world who are actively involved in Club and Youth Academy destiny under a structure called Druckeria 360, decided to let everybody get informed in regards of who we are and what we do.
Specifically, besides the supporters from around Europe (read about the main project on www.druckeria360.ro), the American "division" called "Poli of America Supporters Group" (aka "Poli of America") celebrated in February 2021 the 2nd year since organized in such a manner, with a business entity created in the United States (representing also Canadian Poli supporters), with a bank account and with lots of projects in attracting another fellows or businesses to support the unique, one and only supporters owned club in Romania, from the Youth Academy up to the Club Development.
We founded "Poli of America" NGO back in 2019 due the simple fact that lots of guys living in North America, but born in or around Banat County area (exceptions apply, as we do have card holders without any connection to Romania - we could proudly name here our friend, David Lang) are irremediable in their love for Timişoara, their City, and Politehnica, their Team.
As part of Druckeria 360, "Poli of America S.G." is a stand alone entity constituted as a 503-C NGO with over 20 of the folks in USA as founding members. So far, we initially started and still have an executive board of 3: CEO, CFO and Secretary, voted on a yearly basis by the other official membership card holders, running this charity business as volunteers, along with another couple of members who are assisting with IT, web-developing, networking or maintenance with news from the leading team of official representatives from Timişoara. We are over 150 fellows who found each other in North America based on social media, with a yearly average of 35 Official Members which are not only friends or fans, but they help the club by purchasing Gold Membership Cards (approx. $125 a year) or Platinum ones (approx. $250 a year), with nothing expected as a return. Though, we provide tax exempt certifications of donations. One of our main goals is to make our voice heard more and more along the North American continent in our attempt to become at least 100 card holders strong. Another goal is to find at least one investor here with possible businesses in Timişoara, interested in associating with the image and brand of the Club. As friends, we can't express enough of our gratitude to our first "Poli of America Convention" guests, "Romanian Tribune Newspaper" from Chicago, run by Steven Bonica. We enjoyed a great weekend in September of 2019 there, which was unfortunately interrupted by the pandemic in 2020, but the 2nd Convention gathered us together in St Paul & Minneapolis, Minnesota, in September 2021. With a 3rd in Cleveland, Ohio, in mid August of 2022. And so on, because that's, simply, us, the #whitepurple fellows in North America. Find us as Poli of America on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
One Team, One City: Politehnica Timişoara.