Telocvicna Jednota Sokol was founded in Crete, NE on May 4 1884. The current T.J. Sokol Hall was built in 1915 after the previous hall had burnt down. Although the building burned to the ground the creed survived and still survives today:
1. WE AMERICAN SOKOLS OF CZECH DESCENT MUTUALLY AGREE TO STRIVE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN STRONG IN MIND AND BODY
2. WE AIM TO PROMOTE THE BETTERMENT OF OUR HERITAGE.
3. WE REALIZE THAT EDUCATION AND HIGH ETHICS ARE THE ONLY ROAD TO A BETTER WAY OF LIFE WITH OUR FELLOWMEN.
4. WE PLEDGE OURSELVES TO OPPOSE ANYONE, WHO IN ANY WAY, WOULD INTERFERE WITH OUR RIGHTS AND OUR FREEDOM, AND THUS PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR FREEDOM-LOVING ORGANIZATION AND OUR COUNTRY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Membership dwindled over the years but it is seeing a resurgence. Many Czech and non-Czech members of the Crete community are expressing interest in seeing the T.J. Sokol Hall restored. For membership information you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.