Modern Woodmen of America President W. Kenny Massey, LeClaire; National Secretary Denis P. Prior, Davenport; and all members of the board of directors were unanimously elected on June 28 by the fraternal financial services organization’s 41st National Convention. Massey has been president since 2005; Prior has been national secretary since 2009.
An organization with a democratic form of government, Modern Woodmen represents its members’ ideas and concerns through elected delegates who participate in a National Convention once every four years.
Local residents Nick S. Coin, Rock Island; Darcy G. Callas, Moline; and David B. Emrick, Davenport; were elected to Modern Woodmen’s Board of Directors. Other members elected to the board of directors were Jerry Harbaugh, Denver, N.C.; Albert Hurst Jr., Little Rock, Ark.; Judge Robert C. Pollex, Perrysburg, Ohio; and William D. Keltner, Jackson, Tenn.
Also elected were: Eugene A. Ortis, national adviser, Alexandria, La.; Anthony W. High, national escort, Tompkinsville, Ky.; Donald D. Wixom, national watchman, Nampa, Idaho; and Cary L. Mathes, national sentry, Parkville, Mo.
More than 1,500 Modern Woodmen members and guests – including 190 delegates – from throughout the United States gathered at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md., to attend Modern Woodmen’s 2010 National Convention.
Massey shared Modern Woodmen’s progress during the four-year period from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2009, and reported gains in all phases of operation.
- Assets increased 24 percent to $9.3 billion.
- Life insurance in force increased 8 percent to $33.7 billion.
- Total income increased 4 percent to $2.9 billion.
- Total benefits to members increased 42 percent to $2.5 billion.
- Fraternal expenditures increased 8 percent to $91 million.
Modern Woodmen has more life insurance in force than 90 percent of all life insurance companies in America. The third largest fraternal organization in the U.S., in terms of assets, Modern Woodmen’s A.M. Best Rating remains A+ (Superior) – the second highest of 15 ratings.
“The financial trials of 2008 and 2009 were more than many companies could stand,” said Massey. “But Modern Woodmen of America weathered the storm … and has had another excellent period of growth.”
Massey explained that Modern Woodmen continues to exist to:
- Help members in times of financial crises (especially after the death of a loved one)
- Accumulate funds for a secure retirement
- Enrich the lives of families with fraternal benefits and activities
- Benefit communities through fraternal benevolence and outreach programs.
“Our mission statement reads ‘to improve the quality of life for our members,’” he explained. “We live out our mission every day. It drives our decisions and actions as an organization.”
In the past four years, Modern Woodmen’s fraternal programs continued providing for members and communities across the country.
- Fraternal benefits help members, their families and their communities in good times and in times of need. From disaster relief aid to scholarships to providing for orphans, members have a safety net of benefits. In the last four years, Modern Woodmen gave $91.1 million in benefits to members.
- Modern Woodmen put $38.4 million into camp (local chapter) activities in the past four years. Through camp activities, members and their families participate in social and volunteer activities. In addition, members raise funds to benefit their local community or to help those in need in the community.
- Through nearly 800 youth service clubs, Modern Woodmen uncovers and fulfills needs that are often not met by other community or charitable groups. Modern Woodmen children from tots to teens discover the benefit of helping others. Youth service club volunteers have given 1.3 million hours of volunteer service in the past four years.
- Modern Woodmen distributed more than $4.6 million to provide free youth educational programs and learning materials to schools, churches and other youth service groups, serving nearly 6.8 million children in the last four years.
A special presentation was held to honor 100 Modern Woodmen World War II veterans at the convention. The veterans were flown to Washington, D.C., aboard the Modern Woodmen Honor Flight to be recognized and visit memorials.
Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.