This is the second 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.
Each year, Modern Woodmen will recognize 15 winners throughout the country. Winning groups receive a certificate, a commemorative award, a $250 donation to a charity of their choice and $50 toward a celebratory activity.
“Through fraternal activities like these, members can make an impact, strengthen their communities and bring more goodness into the world,” says Jill Lain Weaver, Modern Woodmen’s chief fraternal officer. “These events showcase what fraternalism is all about.”
Congratulations to the 2018 Impact Maker Award winners!
Chapter members gathered over 50 volunteers to fill 600 bags for homeless students in their county.
Summerville, South Carolina
Members primed and painted the interior of a new entrepreneurship center for low-income high school students. The students can sell goods at the center to raise money for college.
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The young members prepared cake mixes with homemade icing to donate to three local soup kitchens. They used the activity to learn how to prep for baking and clean up after.
Chapter members enjoyed a “polar express” ride on a steam-engine train to Ashley, Michigan.
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The Summit chapter gathered at a nursing home for a pie sampling. Residents with limited mobility socialized and shared stories with members.
El Cajon, California
Members geared up for the new year by preparing vision boards. They used scissors and magazines to develop resolutions – and shared snacks for extra fun.
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Young members learned how to make pasta with ingredients most people already have in their kitchens: eggs, flour and milk.
Easley, South Carolina
The chapter enjoyed a scenic pontoon-boat tour through the waterfalls of Lake Jocassee in upstate South Carolina.
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Kids in the youth service club painted ceramic mugs, then used a kiln to finish their items. They were treated to a special lunch after the activity.
Hometown Hero events
Chapter members honored Detective Bill Lott, whose work led to an arrest in a decades-old murder case, offering closure and justice for the families affected. Tears were shed as Detective Lott was surprised with the award at a city aldermen meeting.
The chapter arranged a presentation from Detective Chris Ederesing and his K-9 officer, Detective Dan, for 175 grade-school students. During the presentation, the two were recognized for their work in the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
Herber City, Utah
The chapter honored a group of adaptive dance mentors, led by Alison Russell, who teach dance classes for children with special needs. After enjoying a performance from the children, members from the chapter, community and media honored the mentors.
Matching Fund events
Members coordinated a community barbecue and auction for the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation. The event was inspired by another chapter’s Hometown Hero event for a local firefighter, where the honoree’s family and fellow officers matched Modern Woodmen’s donation to the foundation.
The chapter coordinated a trivia night fundraiser for local teachers. The entry fee was matched by Modern Woodmen, and chapter members made and served a free dinner for the players. The teachers in attendance introduced themselves and thanked everyone for their contribution.
Members planned a volleyball tournament and auction in memory of a soldier who lost his life. The event made a lasting impact on his family and the community.
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