As a fraternal financial services organization, Modern Woodmen doesn’t have stockholders. We exist for the benefit of our more than 750,000 members. They’re real people just like you. They don't have to do anything extra or pay additional fees to become members. They are simply 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 benefits and make an impact in their local communities.
- Are connected by common bonds: financial security, quality family life and community impact.
Total of 1,500 representatives in 57 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.
Home office employees
At our home office 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 more than 500 home office 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.
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 2,500 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 more than 800 youth service clubs, which are led by adult member volunteers.
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 43rd National Convention took place June 18-20, 2018, in Orlando. Delegates chosen by Modern Woodmen members across the country:
- Shared suggestions.
- Discussed and voted on proposals for by-law changes.
- Elected seven board members and four additional elective officers. (Under the Modern Woodmen By-Laws, the president/CEO and national secretary are appointed by and automatically serve on the board of directors.)
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 nine Modern Woodmen members of various professional and financial-related backgrounds.
From left are James E. Temperley, Bonita Springs, Fla.; David B. Emrick, Davenport, Iowa; Robert C. Pollex, Perrysburg, Ohio; President and CEO W. Kenny Massey, Le Claire, Iowa; Lori A. Newberg, Lenexa, Kan.; National Secretary Jerald J. Lyphout, East Moline, Ill.; Joseph A. Sztapka, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Lester L. Bohnert, East Moline, Ill.; and William D. Keltner, Jackson, Tenn.