|Joseph Cullen Root founded Modern Woodmen of America in Lyons, Iowa. |
The head office was organized in Fulton, Ill.
The first death claim, $698.58, was paid to Henrietta Mayer of Davenport, Iowa.
||The Hutchinson, Kan., camp organized the first drill team. Drill teams became nationally known for entertaining crowds at parades and other events. |
||Members raised $6,655 for drought-stricken members in Kansas and Nebraska. |
|| The head office moved to Rock Island, Ill. |
||Life insurance in force exceeded $1 billion. |
|| Member Eric Lund, Alexandria, Minn., was the first patient at the Modern Woodmen Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which served 12,000 members afflicted with tuberculosis. |
||Membership totaled 1 million. |
||Members raised $59,593 for other members suffering after Midwest windstorms. |
Modern Woodmen began to issue life insurance to women and children and introduced the first life insurance products with cash and paid-up values.
||Modern Woodmen switched from an assessment to a legal reserve system, creating a regular schedule for premium payments. Previously premiums were collected on an as-needed basis. |
||Member Allen Clauser formed the first youth service club in Reading, Pa. |
||Modern Woodmen introduced the Civic Oration Contest, a free program for schools nationwide. Now called the School Speech Contest, this is the organization's longest running Youth Educational Program. |
||Member Timothy Weber, age 3, of Windsor, Colo., received the first Modern Woodmen polio benefit. |
||Modern Woodmen sold its first annuities. |
||Modern Woodmen awarded its first fraternal college scholarships. |
||Teen clubs were added to provide special programs for youth service club members age 13-16. |
||The Matching Fund Program was introduced to support the fundraising efforts of members for local causes. |
||Modern Woodmen introduced CustomLife, a universal life insurance that accumulates cash values. |
||Modern Woodmen's first tiny tot club provided opportunities for members age 6 and under. |
The Good Neighbors Program debuted to support the hands-on beautification efforts of members.
Members brightened the lives of military men and women serving in Operation Desert Storm by sending 50,000 personal messages.
||The first senior camp was founded in Wamego, Kan. |
||Modern Woodmen surpassed $4 billion in assets. |
||Modern Woodmen ensured a smooth transition into Y2K by continuing to update its systems, technology and facilities to meet the challenges of a new millennium. |
||Modern Woodmen camps and clubs participated in the first Join Hands Day, bringing adults and kids together to improve their communities. |
MWA Financial Services Inc. was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Modern Woodmen to function as a full-service broker dealer and distribute securities products.
Modern Woodmen surpassed $5 billion in assets.
The Modern Woodmen of America Cares Program raised thousands of dollars for terrorist attack victims.
Modern Woodmen subsidiary, MWABank, opened to provide a complete array of personal banking products and services.
Two new fraternal benefits were added - The Child Identification Program and the Prescription Drug Discount Program.
Modern Woodmen surpassed $6 billion in assets.
Modern Woodmen completed renovation of its home office building to better serve members' changing financial needs.
The Plant A Tree Program was added as a fraternal benefit, offering free trees to members nationwide.
Modern Woodmen introduced a new 401(k) product for small businesses.
Modern Woodmen surpassed $7 billion in assets.
The Exercise and Nutrition Program was launched in response to the increasing problem of childhood obesity.
Modern Woodmen and its members offered monetary and hands-on support for those affected by hurricanes in the Gulf area.
||Modern Woodmen surpassed $8 billion in assets.|
The Patriotic Civics Program was introduced for children.
||Modern Woodmen celebrated its 125th anniversary with a new logo. |
||Modern Woodmen surpassed $9 billion in assets.|
||The Financial Literacy Program was introduced for children. |
Modern Woodmen camps changed their name to chapters to better engage members of all ages.
||Modern Woodmen builds on its strong past to help members achieve secure futures.|
Photos taken from the Modern Woodmen of America Archives Collection.