Modern Woodmen of America reports continued strength in 2022
Modern Woodmen of America reports strong results for year-end 2022, including growth in net income, increased life insurance coverage in force for members, and strides in fraternal program participation and community impact.
Stosz named to Modern Woodmen of America’s national board
Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island, Illinois, has appointed Sandra L. Stosz, Falmouth, Massachusetts, to its board of directors. Stosz fills the director position vacated upon the retirement of Sam H. Kupresin, Bettendorf, Iowa, at the end of last year.
Want to boost local reading efforts for kids? So do we! Children's literacy has always been important. It factors into a child’s behavior and self-esteem, likelihood to graduate high school, overall success as an adult, and more. The need to boost literacy efforts could be even greater now with the disruption in learning caused by the pandemic.
Modern Woodmen & SAL Community Services hold winter clothing drive in Rock Island
(WQAD, Ill.) - Modern Woodmen of America & S.A.L. Community Services teamed up to make sure people in need get warm clothing.
SAL Community Services, Modern Woodmen host winter clothing drive
(KWQC, Iowa) - Modern Woodmen along with SAL Community Services hosted a winter clothing drive Saturday in front of the Modern Woodmen home office. The drive collected over 100 coats and also accepted new or gently used scarves and gloves, which will help both adults and kids in the SAL programs.
AM Best affirms rating for Modern Woodmen of America
AM Best, an independent rating agency, has affirmed Modern Woodmen’s A (Excellent) financial strength rating, with a stable outlook. This is the third highest of 13 ratings, assigned to companies that have an excellent ability to meet ongoing insurance obligations.
Comfort and warmth for our community this holiday season
(Quad-City Times, Iowa) - On Dec. 17, Modern Woodmen and SAL Community Services are coming together for a coat, hat, and mitten drive to bring comfort and warmth to our community this winter. As the days grow short and temperatures dip, sharing winter clothing with your neighbors is a chance to make a difference that will be truly felt and deeply appreciated every single day.
Doyle named national secretary, appointed to board of directors for Modern Woodmen
Effective Jan. 1, 2023, Jerald J. Lyphout will transition from national secretary and executive vice president to president and CEO, and Shea E. Doyle, Bettendorf, Iowa, will serve as the new national secretary. Doyle will also become an ex officio member of the board.
Kenny Massey Q&A: Outgoing CEO loves life insurance, QC
(Quad Cities Business Journal) – Ahead of his retirement, the QCBJ asked Mr. Massey to answer our Q & A and reflect on his career path, Modern Woodmen and his next chapter.
$2,500 check given to Jackson elementary school
(WBBJ-TV, Tenn.) – Modern Woodmen of America partnered with Arlington Elementary on a fundraiser called Drive for 25 to help out with teacher and student incentives.
McCane chosen as Hometown Hero
Modern Woodmen Washington Court House Chapter 5458 recently recognized Beth McCane as its 2022 Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero. A dinner was held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Our Place Restaurant to present the award.
Modern Woodmen members award Hometown Hero
(TMJ-4, Wis.) – Misty Gorman recently got a surprise visit in her classroom with news that she is the annual recipient of the Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award.
KBRA affirms rating for Modern Woodmen of America
Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) recently affirmed the AA- insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) for Modern Woodmen of America, with a Stable Outlook. AA- is the fourth highest of KBRA’s 22 rating categories.
Singleton appointed chief strategy officer for Modern Woodmen of America
An accomplished financial services executive with over 25 years of senior leadership experience, Singleton served as president and CEO of 5Star Life Insurance Company, Alexandria, Virginia, for eight years before serving as chief financial officer and head of industry solutions for LL Global, Inc. (LIMRA/LOMA). Most recently, he provided strategic advisory services and project leadership to numerous life insurance carriers and distributors through Clearview Partners USA.
Elcho couple receives Hometown Hero award
Richard Parks presented the award on behalf of Modern Woodmen of America, saying Debi and Greg fit the bill for someone in Langlade County who has helped to make their community a better place: "We got involved and did a couple of matching funds projects with them, and their leadership on these projects came shining through."
QC companies reflect and elevate the goals of a new generation
“I knew this was the place I wanted to establish my career because of how deeply they support the community and how they encourage us to be involved,” Blozevich said.
Community Care Hospice teams with Modern Woodmen for fundraiser
Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with Community Care Hospice to help raise funds for patient care for the patients of Community Care Hospice.
Why life insurance is more important than ever
Visit our Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) page for stats, tools, member stories and more.
Highlights from Modern Woodmen's 44th National Convention
Modern Woodmen of America’s 44th National Convention took place June 20-22 in Aurora, Colorado. The fraternal financial services organization welcomed 191 member delegates to review Modern Woodmen’s bylaws and its financial and fraternal progress from 2018 to 2022; elect the board of directors and other elective officers; and break a world record while raising awareness and money to support mental health.
2022 Make An Impact® Scholarships winners
In total, 198 Modern Woodmen members from the class of 2022 have been awarded with Make An Impact® Scholarships. Congratulations to the recipients!
ACLI announces investment partnership focused on affordable housing, communities of color
The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) today announced the formation of a groundbreaking, nonprofit investment partnership to exponentially expand the industry’s capability to help close the racial wealth gap and drive upward mobility in communities of color. The nonprofit investment partnership will support community development with a focus on sustainable, affordable housing.
Massey to retire, Lyphout named next president and CEO for Modern Woodmen
Modern Woodmen of America’s Board of Directors has appointed Jerald J. Lyphout, East Moline, Illinois, as the organization’s 12th president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization, has been headquartered in Rock Island since 1897.
Protecting members through national hardships
Modern Woodmen of America was founded in 1883 to help members clear financial burdens for their loved ones. Amid the many challenges faced by Americans in this unpredictable time, Modern Woodmen’s focus remains clear, and the organization continues to support members, their families and their communities as it has done for the past 139 years. The organization now shares its financial and fraternal results from 2021.
Life insurance: For anyone who loves
Valentine’s Day is about showing love to the people close to you. Show your love in a new, meaningful way by purchasing life insurance protection. It can help protect your loved ones not only through your life, but also through theirs.
Brain Health - Keep It Top of Mind
Healthy brains are important for all of us, yet the topic of mental health is often misunderstood. Modern Woodmen member chapters and youth service clubs across the country are making brain health a top priority in 2022.
Serving Our Seniors in the Quad Cities
Serving Our Seniors is a special initiative led by employees at Modern Woodmen’s headquarters in Rock Island, Illinois. Through 2021 and 2022, employees are partnering with local organizations and individuals to improve the quality of life for seniors in the Quad Cities.
$20,000 donation to help local organizations
(The Sanford Herald, N.C.) – Two local organizations received $10,000 each on Tuesday from the Sanford chapter of the Modern Woodmen of America.
Quilt raffle generates $5,000 after Modern Woodmen matches funds
(Shaw Local News Network, Ill.) – A quilt raffle fundraiser was conducted by the Illinois Valley Brain Injury Clubhouse raising $2,500. Modern Woodmen of America matched the amount with a $2,500 donation.
Modern Woodmen presents award to Edwardsburg Fire Department
(The Edwardsburg Argus, Mich.) – In addition to the award, Meade brought a cake and also contributed $100 for distribution to an organization of the association’s choice. The association selected the Edwardsburg Food Pantry as the recipient.
QCA organizations are in the giving spirit this holiday season
(KWQC, Iowa) – Seniors living in “Edgewater on Third” in Davenport received an early visit from Santa, as Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with CASI for “Senior Secret Santa.”
QC seniors get into holiday spirit with Christmas carols, gifts
(WHBF, Ill.) – Modern Woodmen of America and CASI held a “Senior Secret Santa” donation drive earlier this month to collect gifts for seniors across the Quad Cities. Those gifts were delivered on Friday while employees sang Christmas carols.
Modern Woodmen helps raise almost $29,000 for family’s medical expenses
(The Cash-Book Journal, Mo.) – The Friday after Thanksgiving, Ken Volkerding from Modern Woodmen presented a check to Megan to help out the family during this period. Modern Woodmen of America matched $14,822.78 that had been raised to help the Torresons, making the final donation amount $29,645.58.
Modern Woodmen chapter supports Family Connection of South Carolina’s Buddy Walk 2021
(The Lake Murray News, S.C.) -- "We are grateful for the support of Modern Woodmen for this year’s Buddy Walk," said Amy Holbert, CEO of Family Connection of South Carolina. "Their donation helps Family Connection continue to promote inclusion, equity, and community for the families we serve."
Modern Woodmen fundraiser for Pink Out! a success
(Ashland Source, Ohio) – Modern Woodmen of America members in Ashland recently helped raise money for Ashland County Cancer Association with a special fundraising event on Oct. 31. The event, which included support from local businesses and help from Gregg Orthodontic’s patients., raised $12,500. This includes $2,500 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program.
Modern Woodmen fundraiser for ARM a success
(Johnson City Press, Tenn.) – The event, which included a yard sale at First Presbyterian Church, raised $3109.23. This includes $2,500 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program. The funds will be used to help people in the local community meet basic needs.
Modern Woodmen donates lunches to first responders
(News Journal, Ohio) – Modern Woodmen of America Wilmington and Clarksville Chapters provided lunch for many of the first responders of Clinton County on Friday, Sept. 10 to thank them for the great service they provide to the county.
Buckskin Elementary receives school supplies
(The Times Gazette, Ohio) – Volunteers and Modern Woodmen members teamed up to collect supplies to give to the students as a new school year began. Spearheaded by Kathy Mincey and Marilyn Mitchell, many supplies were purchased and donated. Supplies were organized and delivered to the school on Aug. 15, in time for the beginning of the school year.
Modern Woodmen donate to Atlantic Fire Department
(Atlantic News Telegraph, Iowa) – The Atlantic Fire Department received a donation from the local Modern Woodmen representative, David Schwab, to purchase new hoses. A total of 25 new sections of hose were purchased. The hose sections are 50 feet in length and 1 1/2 in diameter. This size of hose is used primarily for interior structure fires. Modern Woodmen donated $2,800 for the purchase.
We’re making 2021 wonderful
2020 was full of challenges. Modern Woodmen members are making 2021 wonderful! Stay tuned to this webpage for photos, stories and updates about our 2021derful campaign.
Many help with food drive, and celebrate Pastor Dan’s 40th year of ministry
(Wilmington News Journal, Ohio) – The Blanchester, Wilmington and Sabina chapters of Modern Woodmen of America recently hosted a supply drive partnering with the New Vienna Community Church. Chapter members and church members donated supplies, culminating on Father’s Day.
Modern Woodmen of America announces reinsurance transaction
Modern Woodmen of America announces the execution of an annuity reinsurance transaction with RGA Reinsurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
Modern Woodmen fundraiser for Kids Like Us a success
(Elizabethton Star, Tenn.) – The event, which included a T-shirt sale, raised $5,100. This includes $2,500 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program. The funds will be used to support the mission of Kids Like Us to enable and support kids with disabilities and help with the opening of their new location in Bristol.
Local chapter provides gifts of appreciation for essential workers
(Daily Bulldog, Maine) – The Wilton chapter of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial recently donated 611 goodie bags for Franklin Memorial Hospital staff containing candy, Chap Stick, “Be an everyday hero” pin, and a card of thanks with the message, "Thank you! Please be proud of the work you do, the people you are, and the difference you make. You are all amazing!"
Bridge Investment Community Development Corp celebrates $3 million lending milestone
(Quad-City Times, Iowa) – Bridge Investment Community Development Corp. of Rock Island is celebrating this March as it reached a milestone with more than $3 million provided in lending to assist underserved individuals and communities with loan capital for small businesses and affordable housing initiatives.
Modern Woodmen holds successful fundraiser for Elizabethton High School baseball team
(Johnson City Press, Tenn.) – Modern Woodmen of America members in Elizabethton recently helped raise money for Elizabethton High School’s baseball team with a special fundraising event. The event, which included a silent auction, raised $18,300, including $2,500 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program.
County clerk's office employees recognized as "Hometown Heroes"
(Greeneville Sun, Tenn.) – Modern Woodmen of America has a program that allows its representatives to recognize and express appreciation to essential workers who have faced significant challenges to serve the public during the pandemic.
Dunfermline Modern Woodmen club makes cards for veterans
(Canton Daily Ledger, Ill.) – The Dunfermline Modern Woodmen Club #295 made cards in February to send to veterans on holidays throughout the year.
St. Francis gets grant from Modern Woodmen
(The Advertiser-Tribune, Ohio) – St. Francis Spirituality Center has received a matching grant of $2,500 from Modern Woodmen of America for its 2021 Xmas 365 fundraiser. Proceeds support St. Francis Spirituality Center’s healing and renewal programs and guest bedroom upgrades.
Modern Woodmen's Do-Good Grant® benefits Colbert County Animal Shelter
(Courier Journal, Ala.) – Modern Woodmen member Mike Drury of Tuscumbia coordinated an event this week to benefit the Colbert County Animal Shelter. Mike and friends shopped at Rural King in Muscle Shoals for supplies needed by the shelter. Drury applied for and received Modern Woodmen of America’s Do-Good Grant®, a new fraternal member benefit that provides $100 and planning resources for members to hold a volunteer event with friends and family, so members can help out in their respective communities.
Lyphout named Modern Woodmen’s executive vice president
Modern Woodmen of America has announced that Jerry Lyphout, East Moline, Illinois, has been named the fraternal financial services organization’s executive vice president, effective March 1.
Modern Woodmen of America announces board changes
Modern Woodmen appointed David Nuernberger, Bettendorf, Iowa, to its board of directors, effective March 1. Nuernberger fills the board position vacated by David B. Emrick, Davenport, Iowa, who has retired.
Modern Woodmen rep finds a warm way to help people in downtown Beaver Dam
(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, Wis.) – A hat and mitten tree is located outside the Modern Woodmen office, near the intersection of Mill and Spring Streets, in an effort to give a warm gift to those in need. Cassandra Schmidt said she put the tree up on Jan. 1 and 50 were taken so far. The tree has hats, mittens and earmuffs for women, men and children.
Modern Woodmen headquarters places second in holiday lights contest
(Dispatch-Argus, Iowa) – The Rock Island Beautification Commission has selected its 2020 winners of the Holiday Lighting contest.
Modern Woodmen honors Clinton County Homeless Shelter’s Hometown Heroes
(Wilmington News Journal, Ohio) – The Wilmington, Blanchester and Clarksville Chapters of Modern Woodmen of America honored the staff of the Clinton County Homeless Shelters as Hometown Heroes for 2020. Certificates were given at a staff Christmas lunch on Dec. 11.
Modern Woodmen creates drive-thru ‘winter wonderland’ for employees
(WHBF, Ill.) – Instead of a Christmas party this year, Modern Woodmen in Rock Island created a drive-thru winter wonderland at its headquarters, complete with live reindeer. The City of Rock Island shared around 20 photos of the event on its Facebook page Friday afternoon.
Modern Woodmen members, Sequoia Hills neighborhood establish ‘Little Free Library’
(Greeneville Sun, Tenn.) – As a Modern Woodmen member, Madge Walker applied for and received a $100 Modern Woodmen of America’s Do-Good Grant®, a new fraternal member benefit that provides $100 and planning resources for members to hold a volunteer event with friends and family members in their hometowns.
KBRA affirms the rating for Modern Woodmen of America
(Kroll Bond Rating Agency) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) affirms the AA- insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) for Modern Woodmen of America (Modern Woodmen or MWA). The Outlook for the rating is Stable. Modern Woodmen is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization based in Rock Island, Illinois.
Knott honored by Modern Woodmen members
(The Star, Ind.) – Volunteer Bill Knott has been recognized for his service to the community by Modern Woodmen of America. Knott was honored through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero program.
Modern Woodmen members hold personal care drive-through
(Record Herald, Ohio) – Modern Woodmen Chapter 5458 members will hold a personal care item drive-through at the Fayette County Farmers Market Saturday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m until noon, to benefit the Second Chance Center of Hope in Washington Court House.
Making an impact during the pandemic
Social-distancing efforts caused Modern Woodmen to temporarily modify our chapter and youth service club events nationwide until further notice. However, our members continue to make a local impact during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are just a few examples of the donations made to help local helpers.
Modern Woodmen members donate to Michigan nonprofits for COVID-19 relief
(Fox 47 News, Mich.) – Modern Woodmen members in Michigan recently donated $5,000 to local Michigan nonprofits across the state through Modern Woodmen’s new COVID-19 Relief Program.
‘United Quad-Cities for COVID-19 Recovery’ raises $102,376 in one day
(Dispatch/Argus, Ill.) – Every dollar donated during the event was matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a challenge from First Midwest Bank, Sears Seating, Modern Woodmen of America, MidAmerican Energy, and Mike and Monique Gorsline. The group has committed to matching a total of $150,000—meaning the next $47,624 contributed to the Disaster Recovery Fund also will be matched.
Unite Quad Cities: Modern Woodmen of America
(WVIK, Ill.) – WVIK spoke with Sharon Snawerdt, Manager of Corporate Communications for Modern Woodmen of America, about how her organization is adjusting in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and why they donated $25,000 to the Quad Cities Disaster Relief Fund.
Unite Quad Cities for COVID-19 Recovery 24-hour giving event is Monday
(Dispatch/Argus, Ill.) – The first $150,000 donated Monday will be matched dollar-for-dollar. The challenge match is made possible by a $50,000 gift from First Midwest Bank, a $30,000 gift from Sears Seating, $25,000 gifts from Modern Woodmen of America and MidAmerican Energy, and $20,000 from Mike and Monique Gorsline.
How we’re serving members and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Modern Woodmen of America is taking steps to protect and serve members amid COVID-19 concerns.
Bloomfield Group Fundraising for Veterans Statue
(Lake Geneva Regional News, Wis.) – A fundraiser is planned to help a local service group push past its donation goal to purchase a veteran statue. So far, Modern Woodmen has raised $3,654, and the down payment for the statue is about $1,875.
Community Raises Money for Lawrence County Boy Injured During Tornado
(WAFF, Ala.) – “And it really touches our hearts when we hear of stories like this when there is a need and most of Landen’s family are clients of mine, so it was really important for me to try and help them,” said Amber Reynolds, financial advisor for Modern Woodmen.
Introducing … MoneyMasters by Modern Woodmen
Modern Woodmen of America has unveiled MoneyMasters, a free financial literacy program provided exclusively by the fraternal financial services organization. It aims to help teachers develop financial know-how in students from kindergarten through high school.
Guardsman Receives High Honors for His Service in the Community
(KALB, La.) – A retired guardsman gets recognized for his service in the community. Master Sergeant (MSG) Richard Bullock, a former employee with National Guard's Youth Challenge Program (YCP) received high honors as he took home the Modern Woodmen of America Hometown Hero Award on Thursday.
Comedy Fundraiser Held to Support Ingham County’s K-9 Team
(Fox 47, Mich.) – For the third year, the Ingham County Sheriff's Department is teaming up with Modern Woodmen of America to hold a comedy show, where all proceeds will go toward keeping the K-9 unit up and running.
Local Modern Woodmen service project a success
(RSU 18 Messenger, Maine) – Modern Woodmen of America members in the Capitol area took part in the first-ever “Stress Less” cotton products drive. For the drive, Modern Woodmen chapter members helped collect, purchase, and donate cotton products (pads, tampons, and underwear) to benefit Messalonskee Middle School.
Modern Woodmen honor Hometown Hero
(Wilmington News Journal, Ohio) – Brylin pulled together other kids to construct 500 valentines bags to hand out at Wilmington elementary schools. He had noticed the year before that some children ended up without a bag or box to put valentines in, so he spearheaded the project to make sure every child had something this year.
Modern Woodmen teams up with Because He Lives Food Pantry
(Highland County Press, Ohio) – The Williamsburg Chapter of Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with Because He Lives Food Pantry for a spaghetti supper in March to raise money for the food pantry located in Lynchburg.
Modern Woodmen of America volunteers build wheelchair ramp for Roswell resident
(The Chattanoogan, Tenn.) – Modern Woodmen of America volunteers led by Representative Andrew McGarvey sponsored supplies and built a wheelchair ramp for Kathy Nolan. Ms. Nolan stated, “This ramp gave me my life back. Modern Woodmen is the best.”
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office hosting fundraiser for officer battling rare disorder
(KNBN NewsCenter1, S.D.) – The fundraiser includes a walking taco and bake sale, and all funds raised at the event will be matched up to $2,500 by Andy Bartling of Modern Woodmen. Additional contributions can be made to the Keith Fenner Benefit Account at any Black Hills Federal Credit Union location.
HACC, Woodmen team to help cancer patients
(Wilmington News Journal, Ohio) – The Clarksville Chapter of Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with the Health Alliance of Clinton County to help raise money to help support the Cancer Assistance Patient Assistance Program.
Coach, principal ‘Hometown Hero’ for volunteer work in community
(McCook Gazette, Neb.) – Gross was honored through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program for spending multiple hours serving on organizations such as McCook Chamber of Commerce, McCook Optimist, American Legion Baseball, McCook Midget Football, McCook Midget Baseball, and Rebel softball.
Axos Bank Signs Agreement to Acquire Deposits from MWABank
“MWABank has always made customer service its first priority,” says MWABank President and CEO Steve Ollenburg, “so we were very careful to find a good home for our customers. We believe we’ve found that in Axos Bank.”
A knack for knitting
(Austin Daily Herald, Minn.) – As a Modern Woodmen member, Kimberly Case applied for and received Modern Woodmen of America’s Do-Good Grant, a new fraternal member benefit that provides $100 and planning resources for members to hold a volunteer event with friends and community members in their hometowns.
Modern Woodmen employees donate 1,000 meals to Q-C organizations
(Quad-City Times, Iowa) – The employees packed 1,000 meals and delivered them to local families and six charitable organizations: Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, YWCA of the Quad-Cities, YouthHope, Rock Island Center for Math and Science, Thurgood Marshall Learning Center and Kings Harvest Ministries.
Modern Woodmen present check to shelter
(Wilmington News Journal, Ohio) – The Wilmington Chapter of Modern Woodmen of America teamed up with the Clinton County Homeless Shelter to help raise funds for the work of the shelter through the annual Cardboard City event.
Modern Woodmen help in Florence cleanup
(Courier-Tribune, N.C.) – On Monday, Sept. 24, 26 Modern Woodmen of America representatives and members from central North Carolina met in Asheboro and traveled to Laurinburg, N.C. Under the direction of the “Baptist Men,” they spent the day tearing out Florence-damaged flooring, drywall and paneling at Word of Life Assembly of God.
Woodmen contribute to pool
(Emmett Messenger-Index, Idaho) – Modern Woodmen of America recently presented the Gem County Recreation District a check for $2,500 for the pool restoration fund. Regional representative Stephanie Jarvis said that the funds come from the financial organization’s many members within the community, even though the organization doesn’t have an office in Emmett.
Do-Good Grant encourages Modern Woodmen members to make an impact
Members of Modern Woodmen of America have a new way to make a difference in their communities: the Do-Good Grant, a fraternal member program recently announced by the fraternal financial services organization.
Howell honored as ‘Hometown hero’
(McAlester News-Capital, Okla.) – Volunteering comes easy for Tabetha Howell. Still, she felt surprised when she received notification from a representative of Modern Woodmen of America that she is being honored for "countless hours of service to the community." Howell didn't know she was being considered for the honor until she received notification she had been designated as a hometown hero for her volunteer efforts.
Shepherd Police Chief Honored As Hometown Hero
(9&10 News, Mich.) – “We appreciate your contributions to our community, you are truly a hometown hero, so thank you,” says Gail Woodruff of Modern Woodmen of America. Each year Modern Woodmen of America gives back to the community and picks a local hero to honor.
Modern Woodmen of America holds 43rd National Convention
Modern Woodmen’s 43rd National Convention was June 18-20. At this quadrennial gathering, 190 member delegates discuss and vote on Modern Woodmen’s bylaws and elect its board of directors and other elective officers. It’s core to who we are as a fraternal organization.
Austin firefighters honored for saving child’s life
(Austin Daily Herald, Neb.) – The Modern Woodmen of America gave the Hometown Hero Award to three Austin firefighters on Monday evening at George’s Pizza. Firefighters Josh Kunze, Tim Hansen and Tom Schulte were presented the awards in recognition of their efforts to rescue a six-year-old girl on Feb. 27 after she fell through the ice at Mill Pond.
Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Modern Woodmen work on projects at the club
(Sand Springs Leader, Okla.) – Jackson said the materials for the projects they completed Friday were donated by the local Modern Woodmen of America chapter. The group placed 30 bags of sand in the sandbox and was able to install the remaining five pallets of sod in the playground area with sod donated by Tulsa Sod and Grass.
Modern Woodmen donates funds to Prairie Paws Rescue
The Jamestown Modern Woodmen chapter matched $2,500 to Prairie Paws Rescue from its recent Raise the Woof fundraiser, which raised a total of $8,945 including the matching contribution from the event on Feb. 3.
Williams honored as hometown hero
(The Paris Post-Intelligencer, Tenn.) – Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams was recently honored as hometown hero for his years of service to the Paris community. Williams was presented the award Thursday afternoon at Sweet Jordans on Volunteer Drive by Pastor Mark Kurtz of Paris First United Pentecostal Church and Tim Jordan of Modern Woodmen.
Adding to the force
(WCBI, Miss.) – Hundreds filled the Attala County Coliseum Saturday and there was something for each of them. BBQ plates, a bake sale, an auction, bounce houses for the kids, and a dunking booth were all available for a small donation. In addition to the money raised Saturday, the department will also receive a $2,500 matching grant from the local Modern Woodmen Insurance Company.
Modern Woodmen honors local Hometown Hero
(The Jefferson County Post, Tenn.) – The Dandridge Chapter of Modern Woodmen of America recently honored Fred DeBord as a local hometown hero. Fred has sacrificially given back to our community for years.
Rockport man honored at ‘Hometown Hero’ for volunteer efforts
(The Courier Gazette/Camden Herald, Maine) – Rockport resident Juan Alcala has been honored as a Hometown Hero by Illinois-based Modern Woodmen of America. In a Jan. 16 press release, the organization profiled Alcala.
Modern Woodmen, Talladega Rotary Club donate $500 to Talladega High School
(The Daily Home, Ala.) – Modern Woodmen, in partnership with the Talladega Rotary Club, donated $500 to the general education purposes of Talladega High School. Shown above are Cindy Pennington, Hughlena Obar, Chief Schools Financial Officer Arthur Watts and city Board of Education Chairman Jake Montgomery.
South Charleston: City of ribbon cuttings
(Charleston Gazette-Mail, W.V.) – Over the last two years, the City of South Charleston has become the City of Ribbon Cuttings. The latest business to open, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, is the 100th one to open within the last two-and-a-half years in South Charleston, according to Bob Anderson, executive director of the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
14 Amarillo firefighters honored for service during Harvey
(Amarillo Globe-News, Texas) – Modern Woodmen regional director Kenny Jackson presented the awards and called the heroism of the firefighters “human nature at its finest.” “When somebody’s in dire need,” he said, “they don’t hesitate to get their hands dirty and get in there and assist them.”
KMAland food pantries receive meal boosts
(KMA Broadcasting, Iowa) – Food pantries across the region are getting much-needed support at a crucial time. Representatives of Modern Woodmen of America donated approximately 5,400 meals to Shenandoah's Community Food Pantry Wednesday morning.
Mills Elementary receives donation of school supplies from MWA Owasso Chapter
(Owasso Reporter, Okla.) – Staff at Mills Elementary were greeted with a pleasant surprise Tuesday morning. Members of Modern Woodmen of America’s (MWA) Owasso Chapter stopped by the school to make a donation of $150 in needed supplies for students to use in the classroom.
Crofton Hometown Heroes: Doyle and Joyce Stevens
(Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan, S.D.) – Doyle and Joyce Stevens, of Crofton, Nebraska, were recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America event. With the Hometown Heroes Program, Modern Woodmen members can nominate and honor those who make an impact in their hometown.
Natchitoches Hometown Hero: Harris Ray Wilson Jr.
(Natchitoches Paris Journal, La.) – For more than 20 years, Harris Ray Wilson Jr. has been more widely known throughout the community and indeed the NCAA as “Coach Black.” He is the quintessential NSU Demon sports fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of NSU sports records.
Sides named as Modern Woodmen of America’s 2017 Hometown Hero
(Plattsmouth Journal, Neb.) – Every community has its unsung heroes, which is why Modern Woodmen of America presents a Hometown Hero Award to someone in a community that dedicates himself or herself to serving others.
DeMike presented Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero award
(Plattsmouth Journal, Neb.) – Every community has its unsung heroes, which is why Modern Woodmen of America presents a Hometown Hero Award to someone in a community that dedicates himself or herself to serving others.
(Argus Leader, S.D.) – In honor of his giving spirit, Lauren Christensen was deemed a hero. Christensen, organizer of Trent River Day Camp for the Handicapped for the last two decades, was presented with Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Heroes award Thursday, Aug. 24, at LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse.
Tournament brings boxers from across nation to Aurora
(Aurora Beacon-News, Ill.) – From left, Nick Torres, his father Jesse Torres, Uni Camacho and Bart Warren hold a $1,000 check that Modern Woodmen of America presented to Camacho, who will soon open a boxing club for those stricken with Parkinson's disease.
Riding To The Top receives $2,000 match from Modern Woodmen
(The Windham Eagle, Maine) – Zack Conley and Tim Graham of Modern Woodmen of America, visited Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT) to present a matching gift of $2000. The organization’s local members participated in RTT’s 3rd Annual Dances with Horses event, which raised a total of $7,700 for RTT riders and horses.
Local Modern Woodmen honor a hometown hero
(Hot Springs Star, S.D.) – Local volunteer Mike Close, of Hot Springs, was recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Friday, June 23, held at Woodward Field in Hot Springs.
Modern Woodmen fundraiser generates $6,500 for Crestview athletics
(Richland Source, Ohio) – Modern Woodmen of America members in Ashland and Mansfield recently helped raise money for the Crestview Athletics Boosters with a special fundraising event on Saturday, June 24.
Donors raise money for new SPD honor guard uniforms
(WCBI, Miss.) – The Starkville Police Department Honor Guard has uniforms. Members showed the new look to the public and media today. It’s the first time they’ve had uniforms.
Local Modern Woodmen of America chapter raises money for Sand Springs Community Services
(Sand Springs Leader, Okla.) – A Feb. 4 event raised $5,000, which includes $2,500 matched by the Modern Woodmen’s home office via the organization’s matching fund program. The money raised will reportedly be used to purchase a lift gate for a truck and other equipment.
Modern Woodmen spread holiday cheer through annual Project Santa
(WHBF, Ill.) – Some Quad Cities seniors are in the holiday spirit thanks to employees at Modern Woodmen. More than a dozen of them handed out gifts and St. Mary's Health and Rehab in Davenport today.
Modern Woodmen of Dandridge match funds for Jefferson County Rescue Squad fundraiser
(The Jefferson County Post, Tenn.) – Modern Woodmen of Dandridge recently helped the Jefferson County Rescue Squad with a fund raiser. The rescue squad provided the food for a recent Music On The Town event.
Modern Woodmen members help those in need
(The Plattsmouth Journal, Neb.) – Weeping Water Modern Woodmen of America members recently provided assistance to Tabitha’s Thread. The chapter donated laundry baskets, detergent, toilet paper and paper towels as part of the organization’s Care and Share program.
2 long-time custodians at Bloomfield H.S. honored with Hometown Hero Awards
(KFVS, Mo.) – Two long-time custodians at Bloomfield High School were honored with Hometown Hero Awards on Tuesday, October 25.
Palace Guard named Hometown Heroes
(The Marion Star, Ohio) – Saving the Palace Theatre from financial and physical ruin was a necessity, according to one of the men responsible for raising funds needed to restore the iconic downtown Marion showplace back in 1976.
Local Group Names Law Enforcement Officers Hometown Heroes
(KXAN, Texas) – Locally, one group did their part and named a number of law enforcement officers hometown heroes. Modern Woodmen of America held an event Saturday morning in Cedar Park where they invited members of the local police department to attend and be recognized.
Modern Woodmen Members Donate $2,000 to RTT
(The Windham Eagle, Maine) – Tim Graham of Modern Woodmen of America recently presented Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center (RTT) with a matching gift of $2,000.
Local Modern Woodmen Chapter Donates Food to Sand Springs Community Services
(Sand Springs Leader, Okla.) – The local Modern Woodmen of America chapter recently made a donation of food to Sand Springs Community Services.
Modern Woodmen Fundraiser For Wally and Carol Hoffman a Success
(The Pioneer Review, South Dakota) – Modern Woodmen of America members in Wall recently helped raise money for Wally and Carol Hoffman with a special fundraising event on June 3, 2016.
Modern Woodmen Salutes Heroes
Rock Island-based Modern Woodmen of America is busy planning an Everyday Hero project for the summer to coincide with the 15th anniversary year of 9/11.
Local Modern Woodmen Members Honor Rogersville’s Elder
Local volunteer Carolynn Elder, a Rogersville resident, was recently recognized for hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on May 17, 2016.
Modern Woodmen Helps Raise Funds For Harmony House
(The Richland Source, Ohio) – Friends of the Harmony House, members of the Ontario United Methodist Church and Modern Woodmen of America members in the Mansfield area recently helped raise over $6,000 for a local homeless shelter.
Modern Woodmen Say Fundraisers For Local Organizations Were Successful
(The Independent-Enterprise, Oregon) -- Modern Woodmen of America members in Malheur and Payette counties recently helped raise money for the Ontario Veterans Memorial Hall and Payette County Historical Society and Museum.
Modern Woodmen Hunger Campaign Provides 648,000 Meals Over 2 Years (Quad-City Times, Iowa)
"When we learned how many people in the United States experience hunger, we were stunned," said W. Kenny Massey, Modern Woodmen’s president and CEO. "We knew we had to take action."
Local Modern Woodmen members honor Hometown Hero
Local volunteer J. Ray Walker was recognized for countless hours of service to the community on Jan. 1, 2016, by the local Dandridge Modern Woodmen of America members who met at Perkins restaurant.