Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament Announced

Assured Life Association is officially sponsoring a team “mail-in” 4-person scramble golf tournament to benefit Feeding America. A “mail-in” golf tournament means that your team can golf at any 72-par golf course at your location and mail in the team score. Click here for full rules and guidelines and registration form. Depending upon the number of team registrations received, individual golfing prizes may be considered.

The tournament will include 4-person teams of all males, all females or mixed; however, all teams will be placed into one tournament pool unless the number of registrations allows separate tournaments.

A team registration fee in the amount $60 ($15 per golfer) must be mailed to the home office along with the team registration form. You can also register online here. The winning team will receive at least $260; additional team and/or individual prizes may be awarded depending upon the number of teams registered.

All profits from the tournament will be donated to Feeding America to help those struggling with hunger in the United States. Profits are defined as the total of all registrations fees minus the winning prize money. No other expenses will be deducted from the registrations collected.

Registrations must be received by June 1, 2018. Team scores must be submitted to the home office on or before August 1, 2018.

2018 Represents the 10th Year for Assured Life’s National Member Food Drive

Scramble to End Hunger was added to our annual event schedule this year to compliment our national food drive which we have been actively promoting now for 10 years! We have made such a huge impact over the last 9 years because of of our members.

Assured Life has collected and donated over 21,000 lbs of food to various food banks and food pantries since 2009 for a total estimated value in excess of $39,000. A total of $27,000 in cash has been donated as well. Currently, every $1 donated to Feeding America secures 10 meals to people facing hunger. By today’s standard we have provided over 270,000 meals to the hungry over the years!

This year’s events in support of the National Member Food Drive include:

  1. Scramble to End Hunger National “Mail-In” Golf Tournament
  2. Strikes Against Hunger National “Mail-In Bowling Tournament (Fall 2018)
  3. Food Build Events in conjunction with Chapter Food Drives

Please get involved and help us help the hungry here in the United States. Do some golfing and bowling with some buddies this year and help the hungry in the process. Encourage your Chapter to have a member food drive and food build. It is a great way to have fun and get young people involved as well.

New Hearing Benefit Coming Soon

Assured Life Association is working with a new hearing care provider. The new program should be available mid-May, so watch your email inbox for future announcements. Benefits included in the new program include:

  • Free hearing screening for all members and their extended family, even if they live in another household
  • Purchases of hearing aids at set discounted prices (approx. 35-70% off MSRP)
  • 3-year repair warranties
  • 3-year loss and damage coverage
  • 3-year office service (clean, check, adjust)
  • 3 years of free hearing aid batteries mailed from our office to each member
  • Financing is available for those who qualify, including 12 months with no interest.

 

 

 

 

 

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Food Builds Get Creative

In conjunction with our 2017 National Member Food Drive, two Danish Brotherhood Lodges participate with a Food Build event.

We are so grateful to the Seattle, WA and Eugene, OR lodges for their continued support of our food drive and the food build.

Members and friends of DBIA Lodge 29 in Seattle collected and brought their food donations to the lodge’s annual Veteran’s Night Party and after dinner the “official lodge designer” led her volunteer builders in the construction of our annual Lodge Food Build. This year’s theme is the Royal Copenhagen porcelain logo found on the bottom of every piece of china made by the company.

One lodge member, Frank Poulsen, has huge support in his own neighborhood gathering over one half of our total collection. The Lodge gathered 839 lbs of food valued at approximately $1,678. The food was donated to HopeLink.

With the combined creativity of Mary Stefansen and Joan Cavin, members of DBIA Lodge 348 in Eugene, OR created a Viking ship; complete with a couple of Vikings!

As always, the entire structure was made with canned, boxed or packaged food. Okay, not the beards. Food cans were wrapped in brown paper to represent the Viking Ship. This is a fun event for their entire lodge which gleaned 478 lbs of food valued at $775. The food was donated to Food for Lane County.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm EST

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As a member of Assured Life Association, you can save up to 80% on thousands of items at Office Depot/OfficeMax. Simply take the store purchasing card to any Office Depot or OfficeMax store location and present it to the cashier upon checkout. All available discounts will be immediately applied to your purchase.

To shop online or to print out a Store Purchasing Card, visit www.officediscounts.org/ala. Qualifying online orders of $50 or more are eligible for next business-day delivery to your home or office.

 

 

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Merry Christmas from Assured Life Association!

Interested in Becoming a Board Member for Assured Life Association?

Assured Life Association’s Board of Directors is composed of seven voting members, whom are Benefit Members of the Society, and the President who serves as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board.   In accordance with the Society’s Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for the three board positions up for election in 2018; board position numbers one, two and three.

Society Directors receive compensation as determined by the Committee on Legislation and are reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with official business of the Society.

The following is the criteria and qualifications for board nominees:

Board Member Criteria

Board candidates must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • A Benefit Member of the Society.
  • No Officer or employee, or spouse or significant other of an Officer or employee, or persons who are under contract with the Society as licensed agents or brokers may be a member of the Board.
  • No conflict of interest that might impair the independence of judgment or adversely influence the decisions or actions of the nominee if he/she is elected as a director.
  • A commitment to expend the necessary time to the work of the Board and its committees, including preparation and attendance at meetings.
  • Travel may be required for up to four Board meetings per year.
  • Shall not serve beyond December 31 of the calendar year in which age 75 is attained.

Board Member Qualifications

At the charge of the Board, the Nominating Committee (NC), a Committee of the Board, identifies, investigates, recruits, and recommends candidates for membership on the Board of Directors to the existing Benefit Members. Nominees must have the appropriate background, experience and integrity to fulfill their prospective roles such as the education, experience, intelligence, independence, fairness, character, reasoning and judgment to lead the Society. The NC will also assure that the qualifications, expertise and experience of a nominee includes such qualities as integrity, accountability, informed judgment, financial literacy, mature confidence, and high-performance standards.

The following qualifications for nominees for Director should be considered when reviewing the background of potential candidates:

  • Proven integrity and a record of substantial achievement.
  • A high degree of leadership experience in a complex organization such as a corporation, university, foundation, professional organization or governmental unit, or commensurate non-profit experience.
  • A reputation for sound business judgment. It is important that a candidate understands the role of the Board and the workings of the Society in the current business environment. A candidate should be able to objectively appraise management’s plans, programs, achievements and shortcomings while working as part of a team in an environment of collegiality and trust.
  • The financial and subject matter expertise required to provide effective oversight of a diversified and heavily regulated financial services or insurance business.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time to the work of the Board and its committees.
  • Demonstrated record of community support and involvement.

The NC will assess a nominee’s independence and evaluate whether the nominee’s skills are complementary to the existing Directors’ skills and the Board’s and Society’s needs. As the NC reviews nominees, it will take into consideration that the Board as a whole possesses the various core competencies needed to oversee the Society.

Benefit Members meeting the board membership criteria and qualifications who are interested in the position of Director must submit references and resumes of their qualifications and background to the Nominating Committee no later than March 31, 2018.  At a minimum, the resume of qualifications should include the skills and experiences outlined above.

Please send your information to:

Diane L Muller, Secretary
PO Box 3169
Englewood, CO 80155
dmuller@assuredlife.org

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2018, postmark shall govern.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Diane at (800) 777-9777, extension 3830.

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Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament Results are In!

DBIA Eugene, Oregon Lodge 348 team members stand ready to begin.

Assured Life Association’s 2017 Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament was as huge success!

Assured Life received 9 teams register for its 1st (maybe annual) Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament. These 9 teams generated $540 in registration fees which will be donated to Feeding America.

This donation will secure nearly 6,000 meals for the hungry; or an estimated 7,500 pounds of food! Our gratitude goes out to the following chapters for entering teams in our tournament:

  1. DBIA Eugene, OR Lodge 348
  2. DBIA Seattle, WA Lodge 29
  3. Rocky Mountain Camp 999

Eugene Lodge 348 sponsored 3 teams, Seattle Lodge 29 sponsored 4 teams and Rocky Mountain Camp 999 came in with 2 teams. Here are the members that participated:

Seattle Danes #1 – DBIA Seattle Lodge 29
Tage Christiansen
Leif Sorensen
Lars Clausen
Rick Newbrey

Seattle Danes #2 – DBIA Seattle Lodge 29
Karlo Thornvig
Kenneth Olsen
Flemming Sorensen
Henning Buus

Xs 4 Darbs – DBIA Seattle Lodge 29
Derek Todoroff
Steve Hambleton
Sami Todoroff
Tove Sorensen

Better Halves – DBIA Seattle Lodge 29
Beverly Sorensen
Joan Clausen
Marly Christiansen
Tina Newbrey

Although the Better Halves did not end up bowling in the tournament due to scheduling conflicts and other issues, they participated with the registration fees that go to Feeding America.  Thank you ladies!

348ers #1 – DBIA Eugene Lodge 348
Scott Stefansen
Dan Staats
Svend Toftemark
Joey Castleton

Lois Toftemark takes aim at picking up her spare!

348ers #2 – DBIA Eugene Lodge 348
Mary Stefansen
Lois Toftemark
Joan Cavin
Poul Stefansen

348ers #3 – DBIA Eugene Lodge 348
Susie Staats
Bente Pedersen
Alicia Burke
Sue Ezzati

RMC 999 #1 – Denver Rocky Mountain Camp 999
Lisa Lehnus
Diane Muller
Michaela Franklin
Tanya Unrein

RMC 999 #2 – Denver Rocky Mountain Camp 999
Deborah West
Brian West
Jerry Christensen
Gary Wheeler

And the Winner Is…

The winning team was “Xs 4 Darbs” from DBIA Seattle Lodge 29! Seattle Lodge 29 will receive $260 for 1st place honors. Congratulations to Lodge 29 and Xs 4 Darbs!

Individual High Series score (both scratch score and series with handicap) went to Joey Castleton from DBIA Eugene Lodge 348’s “348ers #1”. Joey was awarded $50.00 for this honor.

Remember Operation Santa’s Elves

As the national member food drive winds down, it is time to prepare for Operation Santa’s Elves; the last of our national member volunteer projects for the calendar year.

This is the 9th year for Assured Life Association’s Operation Santa’s Elves. When the Fraternal Committee coined the program “Operation Santa’s Elves”, they did so with the knowledge that there are already so many programs and projects that help provide needy children with Christmas gifts during the holidays. Assured Life Association decided not to re-invent the wheel, but instead encourages its chapters and members to help bring the joy of Christmas and Santa Claus to the lives of needy children by seeking out and participating in one of the many projects and programs already available. Operation Santa’s Elves is about promoting these worth-while programs that serve the under-served at Christmas time; especially children!

It’s easy to participate! Just seek out a local organization or program that assists in providing Christmas gifts to kids that would not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. Whether it is Toys for Tots, Adopt-A-Family programs or the Salvation Army, get involved and let us know what you did by emailing us at fraternal@assuredlife.org.

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Assured Life’s Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament Attracts 9 Teams!

Assured Life received 9 team registrations for its 1st (maybe annual) Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament. These 9 teams have generated $540 in registration fees to be donated to Feeding America. This donation will secure nearly 6,000 meals for the hungry; or an estimated 7,500 pounds of food! Our gratitude goes out to the following chapters for entering our tournament:

  1. DBIA Eugene, OR Lodge 348
  2. DBIA Seattle, WA Lodge 29
  3. Rocky Mountain Camp 999

Eugene Lodge 348 sponsored 3 teams, Seattle Lodge 29 sponsored 4 teams and Rocky Mountain Camp 999 came in with 2 teams.

Watch our Blog, Facebook page and future fraternal link newsletters for the winners of our bowling tournament. Winning Team(s) will receive a minimum of $260; other prizes possible as well.

Operation Purple – A Worthy Cause

The National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple summer camp program has been in our list of national member service campaigns now for about 6 years. We don’t get a lot of traction for this program, which is a shame.

Did you know that when you mix the colors of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red and Navy blue, you get the color purple? In the military world, the color purple represents all who serve; all branches of the armed forces.

Operation Purple summer camps offer military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like themselves. They learn to cope with a parent’s military service and deployment among other kids who get it because many of them are going through the same things.

Just think about the issues military kids experience; multiple moves, long deployments, change in schools, difficulty making new friends. When a military kid attends Operation Purple Camp, they thrive in an environment with fully trained counselors and camp staff experienced in helping children adapt and overcome the stressors of military life. A worthy cause.

Pictured here are some statistics applicable to Operation Purple Summer Camps shared from the National Military Family Association website.

This next year, Assured Life is once again promoting Operation Purple Camps as one of our national member service campaign. Please consider supporting this cause with a donation. Because Military Kids serve too. Send your donations to:

National Military Family Association
3601 Eisenhower Ave Ste 425
Alexandria, VA 22304

Be sure to designate your gift for Operation Purple Camp, and remember to utilize Assured Life’s charitable matching gift program if you have not already used up your $250 allowance for the year.

 

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Assured Life’s Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament is a Go!

Assured Life Association is officially sponsoring a team “mail-in” bowling tournament to benefit Feeding America. A mail-in bowling tournament means that your team can bowl at your location and mail in the scores.

The tournament will include 4-person teams of all males, all females or mixed; however, all teams will be placed into one tournament pool unless the number of registrations allows separate tournaments.

A team registration fee in the amount $60 ($15 per bowler) must be mailed to the home office along with the registration form. Each bowler on a team must establish a 3-game average before entering the tournament. The winning team will receive at least $260; additional team and/or individual prizes may be awarded depending upon the number of teams registered.

All profits from the tournament will be donated to Feeding America to help those struggling with hunger in the United States. Profits are defined as the total of all registrations fees minus the winning prize money. No other expenses will be deducted from the registrations collected.

Registrations must be received by October 1, 2017. Bowling must be completed between October 1, 2017 and November 15, 2017. Scores must be submitted to the home office on or before December 1, 2017. For complete Rules and Guidelines…

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Assured Life Food Drive is Underway

It is hard to believe that we are quickly closing in on the end of July! Back to school advertisements are all over the television right now. Didn’t school just get out for the summer?! Crazy.

Get Involved with the National Member Food Drive Today!

The 2017 National Member Food Drive is on as well. Please consider volunteering to help the hungry of the United States this year. They need our help. According to Feeding America, 1 in 8 people in the United States struggles with hunger! For those of you that have been with us for awhile, you may remember when we first started the national member food drive, 1 in 6 Americans were struggling with hunger; so we have seen some progress over the last few years. But the need is still great! And in this country, of all places, we should do better. It is not up to the Government alone to solve this problem. It is up to each and every one of us to make an impact.

We are offering our Virtual Food Drive again this year as an easy way for members to get involved and donate to the cause. Whatever you can give will be appreciated because every bit helps. Every $1 donated secures 11 meals through the Feeding America network. Help us help the hungry by donating to the Assured Life Virtual Food Drive.

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On the Lighter Side

Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents’ house. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers.

The youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs, “I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE. I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO. I PRAY FOR A NEW DVD PLAYER…”

The older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.”

To which the little brother replied, “No, but Gramma is!”

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