This has been a challenging year to graduate, and we’re thankful for the hard work, courage and helping spirit of the Class of 2020. We wish these students bright days ahead!
This is the third year of Modern Woodmen of America’s Impact Maker Award program, which seeks to congratulate and reward Modern Woodmen members who hold unique and impactful events for members in their communities.
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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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(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.
(Randolph County Herald Tribune, Ill.) – The night's T-shirt with the logo, "Together We Will Fight, Together We Will Win" and "Pinckneyville vs. Nashville, Feb. 15, 2020" raised more than $3,600. Modern Woodmen of America representative Kimberly Taylor presented the family a check for $2,500.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
(AM Best) – AM Best has revised the outlook to stable from negative for the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a+” of Modern Woodmen of America (Modern Woodmen) (Rock Island, IL). The outlook of the FSR remains stable. The ratings reflect Modern Woodmen’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).
(Kroll Bond Rating Agency) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns an insurance financial strength rating (IFSR) of AA- with a Stable Outlook to Modern Woodmen of America (Modern Woodmen or MWA). Modern Woodmen is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization based in Rock Island, Illinois.
(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.
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(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.
(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.
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(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.”
(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.
(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.
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(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.
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“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.”
(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.
(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.
(Starkville Daily News, Miss.) – Modern Woodmen presented SPD Lt. Bill Lott with the Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero Award at the Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night. Lott was awarded for the tireless effort he put into the former 1990 Labor Day cold case, which became active with the arrest of suspect Michael Wayne Devaughn on Oct. 6.
(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.
(The Daily Sentinel, Ohio) – Each year, members of the Modern Woodmen of America recognize the work of individuals in their community who are dedicated to serving others, and make a donation to a charity of the honored person’s choice. This year, Meigs County Chapter 7230 in Burlingham chose to honor King for her work during a surprise picnic in her honor; she named Chester Shade Historical Association as the recipient of the donation.
(Grainger Today, Tenn.) – Charlie Pratt, Modern Woodmen financial representative, presented the late Wayne Brown’s wife, Amy, and young son, Garrett, with a certificate and $100 to be donated to the Blaine Volunteer Fire Department.
(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.
(Starkville Daily News, Miss.) – “Last spring Modern Woodmen contacted me, because they were interested in sponsoring a mural that showed community engagement, particularly with youth,” said Starkville Area Arts Council Executive Director John Bateman.
(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.
Members of Modern Woodmen of America have a new way to make a difference in their communities: the Do-Good Grant, a fraternal member benefit recently announced by the fraternal financial services organization.
(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.
(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.
(The Standard Banner, Tenn.) – “I need to give back because so many people in my life have been willing to help me,” says Modern Woodmen Hometown Hero and extraordinary volunteer Mary Ellen Bishop. A luncheon at Shoney’s in Dandridge on May 11 honored Bishop for all she has done in her community.
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 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.
(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.
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.
The event, which included a Princess Tea Party with Disney Princess characters, a photo op and prize raffle, raised $3,146.54. This includes $500.00 matched by Modern Woodmen through the organization’s Matching Fund Program. The funds will be used to put in a new agricultural exhibit at the museum.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
On Jan. 5, 1883, in Lyons, Iowa, Root founded Modern Woodmen of America, named after that inspirational story.
(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.
(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.
(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.”
(Kane County Chronicle, Ill.) – That’s because Sugar Grove resident Pat Graceffa was named hometown hero by the Modern Woodmen of America’s Sugar Grove chapter at the Sugar Grove Public Library on Sept. 24.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(Sentinel-Tribune, Ohio) – Ray and Nancy Wright have been a part of the Grand Rapids community forever. They ran their funeral home business for over 30 years and helped people in the community at their lowest times. They were instrumental in bringing the Lutheran church to Grand Rapids and remain active members at Hosanna.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(The Sentinel-Tribune, Ohio) – Nicole Bustamante, left, receives help from Stacey Laubis as they give Eve a bath Sunday during the charity dog wash to benefit the Wood County Humane Society at Poco's Playhouse. The Modern Woodmen service project raised about $700 for the humane society.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(WMFD, Ohio) – Modern Woodmen of America members in Mansfield recently came together to plant trees for shade to protect our furry friends and their owners.
(WSIL-TV, Ill.) – A Jefferson County teacher received a special award after going through a tough tragedy earlier this year. Carrie Plummer was honored earlier this week with the Modern Woodmen of American Hometown Hero Award.
(Dalton Daily Citizen, Ga.) – Local students from Dawnville Elementary recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments.
(Sentinel-Tribune, Ohio) – Dunn will be recognized through Modern Woodmen's Hometown Hero Program for his dedication to the youth of Bowling Green through his longtime involvement as the president of BG Pee Wee Baseball.
(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.
(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.
(The Daily Reporter, Mich.) – Modern Woodmen of America has paired with St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Coldwater for the second year for the "Warming Project." This year, Modern Woodmen's youth club wanted to help out. The club donated gloves and hats for inclusion on the fence in front of St. Mark’s.
(Sun Journal, Maine) – Art Chamberlain, representing Modern Woodmen, presents a check for $1,250 to the Lewiston High School track and cross country teams.
(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.
(Catoosa Walker News, Ga.) – Fraternal: like brothers or family. That’s what drew Shane Catlett to a career with Modern Woodmen – its commitment to the best interests of its members and to the community rather than to the blind pursuit of profit.
(Shelbyville Times-Gazette, Tenn.) – Local volunteer Rickey Lamb of Unionville was recently recognized for countless hours of service to the community during a Modern Woodmen of America member event on Oct. 13.
(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.
(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.
(KFVS, Mo.) – Two long-time custodians at Bloomfield High School were honored with Hometown Hero Awards on Tuesday, October 25.
(Argus Leader, S.D.) – Trent River Day Camp for the Handicapped achieved its goal at its matching-fund root beer float fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 21, in Dell Rapids City Park.
The next time that Ptl. Robin Short, who is the D.A.R.E. officer for Bowling Green, is feeling down, all she has to do is open a box of letters and photos — a gift from the community.
(Independent Mail, S.C.) – Fedele served as volunteer coordinator for eight years at Anderson Free Clinic and one and a half years at United Way. Currently she volunteers at Clean Start as immediate past board chairwoman for three years and board member for six years.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(The Boone News Republican, Iowa) – Members of Modern Woodmen of America presented a $1,000 check to Ericson Public Library from a Matching Fund event.
(Sand Springs Leader, Okla.) – The local Modern Woodmen of America chapter recently made a donation of food to Sand Springs Community Services.
(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.
(The Daily Reporter, Mich.) -- Modern Woodmen of America members donated three rising sun redbud trees to Sherwood Township over the weekend.
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.
Dan Pugmire has been instrumental in establishing and operating the Idaho Veterans garden on Belmont Street in Caldwell. Modern Woodmen’s Ed Doty-Pomoransky honored Pugmire's efforts at a ceremony at the Caldwell Public Library on June 17.
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.
(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.
"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 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.