Who We Are
Transylvanian Saxons are Germanic people, whose history can be traced back more than 875 years when the King of Hungary invited the Saxons to make a new home in Transylvania where they were active in building fortified churches, in forestry and in agriculture. Consequences of the two World Wars resulted in Transylvania becoming a part of the country of Romania.
The Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons (ATS) is a fraternal benefit society founded in 1902 at a time when Saxon immigrants needed to find a way to provide security for their families while staying together in groups to socialize and enjoy their Saxon language and traditions.
Membership comes through the purchase of a life insurance or annuity contract. ATS offers all members a comprehensive life insurance and annuity savings program. The fraternal fellowship and cultural promotion provides many varied activities such as singing societies, Saxon folk dance group, brass band, traveling bowling association, youth exchange programs, scholarships, summer camp for children and other youth and family sporting or cultural activities.
Each member is entitled to receive the Saxon News Volksblatt, the official publication of the Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons. It brings general news items about the activities of the national and local organizations, and interesting articles about Saxon activities in Europe.
The ATS is a very stable and financially secured fraternal benefit society. ATS insurance plans provide guaranteed protection at low premium rates. ATS annuity savings plans provide a safe way to prepare for retirement. The ATS annuity is qualified for funding a Traditional IRA or ROTH IRA under the IRS regulations.
We welcome new members of all nationalities to join our fraternal society and share in our cultural and social events as well as benefiting from our insurance and annuity plans.
What is a Fraternal Benefit Society?
Fraternal Benefit Societies have existed in the U.S. since the 19th century. Fraternal benefit societies are membership groups that unite individuals with a common bond, provide their membership the ability to secure their families financial security through life insurance and savings products such as annuities and IRAs.
All fraternal benefit societies must comply with state and federal regulations With regard to their financial services and must be licensed by the insurance Department of the state or states in which they operate. Fraternal benefit Societies are recognized as 501 (c) 8, not-for-profit fraternal organization by The Internal Revenue. They must operate under the lodge system which means that a parent organization has local branches that hold regular meetings at a designated place, adopts a representative form of governing.