Fidelitas Medalist Embodies Ideals of Founding Father
Joseph A. Drobot, the 70th Fidelitas Medal recipient, was also honored. The Fidelitas Medal, first awarded
in 1949, is presented in recognition of one’s fidelity in serving God, country, and the Orchard Lake Schools.
Fidelitas medalists are evaluated for their realization of the religious and cultural ideals of Orchard Lake
Schools founder, Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, a Polish missionary priest, who established the original education
institution 132 years ago.
Joe Drobot, an Honorary Alumnus of the Orchard Lake Schools
, has dedicated his life to God, his
country and serving others. As the current president of the Polish Roman Catholic Union ofAmerica (PRCUA),
an organization founded in 1873 and recognized as “the mother of all Polish American Fraternals,” he lives
by his motto: Behind every success is effort. Behind every effort is passion. Behind every passion is someone
with the courage to try.
Joe grew up in Detroit and built the largest part of his corporate career at Ford Motor Company, Michigan National Bank, and
Wall Colmonoy Corporation before lending his knowledge to several Michigan colleges and universities as an adjunct teaching
instructor. He and wife, Judy, have been married for over 50 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
Amidst his career, he also dedicated over 50 years of service to the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. From playing in
the organization’s basketball and baseball leagues in the 1960’s, to serving as one of its insurance deputies, and following in his
father’s footsteps as the National President of which he is currently finishing his second term, Joe’s leadership, knowledge and
talents have helped strengthen PRCUA.
In addition to serving numerous religious and philanthropic organizations, the former chairman of the Orchard Lake Schools
Board of Regents and member of the Wikiera Foundation for promoting Polish culture and heritage through The Polish Mission
has been honored with:
• Knights Cross of Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland for his service in promoting the good reputation of
Poland and in combating falsehoods and negative stereotyping of Poland, Polish history and Polish citizenry.
• General Pulaski Medal of Honor from the Central Citizens Committee of the City of Hamtramck for service to the
Polish American Community in Michigan.
• Casimir Pulaski Award from the Polish American Congress, Illinois Division, for work in promoting Polonia in the
• Haller Swords Medal, Cleveland, Ohio, conferred to civilians working closely with the Polish American Veterans
Association and Polonia.
• Heritage Award, Polish American Congress, Indiana Division, for activity promoting the good name and reputation of
Poland, Polonia and Polish Americans.
Ambassadors Honor OLS Past, Present and Future
The 2017 Ambassadors Ball was celebrated at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan, on Saturday, April
22. This year, Ambassadors and special guests came together in support of the Orchard Lake Schools and Father
Joseph Dąbrowski’s vision and mission. Returning First Ambassadors, Steve and Maureen Gross, opened the
44th annual event by paying tribute to all those who selflessly came together there to support the Orchard Lake
Schools legacy. Through their generosity, the Ambassadors Endowment Fund helps provide for special campus
projects through the interest earned. To date, over four million dollars has been directed to these endeavors.