As a fraternal financial services organization, Modern Woodmen doesn’t have stockholders. We exist for the benefit of nearly 730,000 members. They’re real people just like you. They're people who:
- Live, work and play in big and small towns throughout the U.S.
- Have chosen to protect their families and futures with the help of Modern Woodmen products.
- Have the opportunity to enjoy member programs and make an impact in their local communities.
- Are connected by common bonds: financial security, quality family life and community impact.
More than 1,000 representatives in 46 regions throughout 46 states proudly call themselves Modern Woodmen representatives.
Our financial representatives are here to help you meet your individual financial goals, not to push products you don't need. From protection to saving to retirement planning and more, they're here for you throughout life. To listen. To provide advice. To lend a hand in times of need. To be a friend.
Fraternal volunteer leaders
Modern Woodmen members are organized into a system of local chapters. Chapter boards, made up of member volunteers, plan and coordinate local activities.
- Approximately 2,400 chapters nationwide provide opportunities for members to take part in educational, social and volunteer activities.
- Nearly 300 Summit chapters offer activities for members age 55 and over.
- Modern Woodmen’s youngest members take part in nearly 600 youth service clubs, which are led by adult member volunteers.
Home office employees
At our headquarters in Rock Island, Illinois, we like to talk about “the Modern Woodmen way.” Our culture is based on courtesy, professionalism and personalized service.
After all, our nearly 500 headquarters employees are members, too. They take pride in helping people – from answering member questions in our Service Center to offering support to our financial representatives to maintaining the building and grounds.
Board of directors
Modern Woodmen has a member-focused, representative form of government. When in session, our National Convention acts as the governing body of the organization. Modern Woodmen’s 44th National Convention took place June 20-22, 2022, in Aurora, Colorado.
Day to day, our board of directors ensures the organization runs smoothly and makes decisions that are in the best interest of members. The board consists of Modern Woodmen members of various professional and financial-related backgrounds.
The board members are:
- President and CEO Jerald J. Lyphout, East Moline, Illinois
- National Secretary Shea E. Doyle, Bettendorf, Iowa
- Lori A. Newberg, Lenexa, Kansas
- Joseph A. Sztapka, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- James E. Temperley, Bonita Springs, Florida
- Lester L. Bohnert, East Moline, Illinois
- Brett M. Van, Coal Valley, Illinois
- David Nuernberger, Bettendorf, Iowa