62 Days Until Christmas!

Assured Life Association currently has a couple of member volunteer projects overlapping. We are still in the throws of the National Member Food Drive, and it’s time begin promoting Operation Santa’s Elves. There are just 62 days until Christmas!

So, finish up your plans for the national member food drive; get your teams for the Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament benefiting Feeding America registered today! Also, remember there is still time to do a member food drive and participate in a Food Build to earn your local food bank at least $100.

Then, make plans to help us through Operation Santa’s Elves this year. It’s easy to participate! Just seek out a local organization or program that assists in providing Christmas gifts to needy kids; a toy drive, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, etc. Regardless of the program or its name, we want to count it towards Operation Santa’s Elves. It may be as easy as going to Sam’s club during the season and Toys for Tots are at the door-way collecting toys for the needy. So, you buy a couple of toys while shopping at Sam’s club and drop them in the Toys for Tots collection box as you leave. Done and done!

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Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament Enters its 2nd Year!

Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament September 1 – November 30, 2018

We have decided to try this again this year! 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 your scores into the Fraternal Department. Last year we had 9 teams from 3 chapters participate. I’m sure we can improve on that this year, can’t we?

The tournament will be a team only tournament to 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. The winning team will receive a monetary prize of $260; additional 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 all registrations fees received. No other expenses will be deducted from the registrations collected.

Lois Toftemark takes aim at picking up a spare in last year’s tournament!

There is no deadline for registration, but please register your team before you bowl. Bowling must be completed and scores submitted to the home office on or before December 1, 2018. So, please help us help the hungry here in the United States and enter a team in Strikes Against Hunger!

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September is Hunger Action Month

Take the Hunger Action Month Challenge

Do you like to eat out once in awhile? Do you frequently get a drink at Starbucks?

My wife and I go out for breakfast at least once each weekend. It’s our favorite meal to eat out other than going to a nice restaurant for special occasions. We typically spend about $30, including tip, to get breakfast at The Egg and I in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Just think, if we were to sacrifice that meal out for the month of September and donate the money we would have spent on each breakfast to the Food Bank of the Rockies, we would be contributing $120 to help the hungry in our area. At the Food Bank of the Rockies, a $1 donation provides 4 nutritious meals. So, for sacrificing breakfast out for the month of September, my wife and I can provide 480 meals for the hungry in Colorado!

How about you? Can you sacrifice a meal out during the month of September and donate the amount you would spend to your local food bank or food program? That’s our challenge! How about sacrificing that daily or weekly Starbucks fix for the month of September?

On the average, if a person gets a Starbucks drink 3 times a week, he or she is spending about $30—$35 per month. Think of the impact these sacrifices could have for those in need!

That’s the challenge, now its up to you. Please let us know if you take the challenge by emailing us at fraternal@assuredlife.org.

 

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Scramble to End Hunger is a Success!

Eaton Country Club – Eaton, CO

In conjunction with its national member food drive for 2018, Assured Life Association sponsored a “mail-in” scramble golf tournament; coined the Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament. We were pleased with our first effort with this kind of tournament.

Teams were to choose a 72-par golf course in their area to play and submit their total score to the tournament home office. Each team paid $60 to enter the tournament with all proceeds donated to Feeding America. Pictures throughout this blog represent the golf courses played for the Scramble to End Hunger.

Happy Hour Hackers – Castle Rock, CO

Assured Life had 4 teams enter the tournament, for a total of $240 in registration fees going directly to Feeding America to help in its battle against hunger.  They included Team Tanya of Eaton, CO, Girls Gone Golfing of Littleton, CO, Happy Hour Hackers of Castle Rock, CO and the Huskerteers of  Castle Rock, CO and Blair, NE.

The Huskerteers – Castle Rock, CO and Blair, NE

In their first ever Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament, teams were required to use each team members’ drive at least 4 times in the 18-hole round and could not use consecutive shots by any one player. This added some challenge to the tournament and, perhaps, evened the playing field a bit.  There were grumblings about these rules at first, but teams soon embraced them.

The winner of our 1st ever Scramble to End Hunger was Team Tanya of Eaton, CO. This team brought home the championship trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights with an impressive 7 under par score of 65!  Way to go Team Tanya!

River Wilds Golf Club – Blair, NE

2nd place belongs to our team made up of 1 golfer from Castle Rock, CO and 3 from Blair, NE; the Huskerteers. With a score of 69, or 3 under par, the team vows to better their performance at next year’s tournament.

Girls Gone Golfing of Littleton, CO, an all female team, and the Happy Hour Hackers of Castle Rock, CO, an all male team, tied for 3rd place on our leader board with a 1 under par score of 71.

Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, Silverthorne, CO

According to the rules, the longest drive would break any tie; however that hardly sounds fair when you have an all male team competing with an all female team for the tie breaker. Someone didn’t think these rules all the way through. So, we are leaving the results as a tie for 3rd place.

Team Tanya graciously donated the $260 prize money back to Assured Life Association for the benefit of Feeding America. Thank you Team Tanya!

Highlands Ranch Golf Club – Highlands Ranch, CO

With the registrations of $240 and the prize money of $260, the Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament donated $500 to Feeding America. This donation will provide 5,000 meals, or 6,000 lbs of food, to families in need through the Feeding America network of food banks. A great 1st year for this event with hopes of next year being even better! Watch for announcements next Spring for the 2nd annual Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament.

 

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4 Teams Enter Scramble to End Hunger

We thought we would have more.

But in retrospect, 4 is not bad. That is $240 to be donated to Feeding America, providing 2,400 meals to families in need through the Feeding America network of food banks and representing just over 4,000 lbs of food.

We will let you know the winner, but we have 3 teams from Colorado and 1 team from Colorado-Nebraska registered. Best of luck to:

  1. St. Andy’s Hackers
  2. Girls Gone Golfing
  3. Team Tanya
  4. The 4 Huskerteers

May the best team win!

Hear In America Added to Member Benefits and Discounts

As a member of Assured Life Association, you are now eligible for Hear In America hearing care benefits with no enrollment fees and no premiums. You and your immediate/extended family have access to free hearing consultations and discounts on high quality hearing aids through their nationwide network of hearing professionals. To register, call (800) 286-6149 – tell them you are a member of Assured Life Association.

Hearing is an important part of overall health. Recent research has found strong connections between hearing loss, serious falls and dementia as well as higher overall medical expenses. Modern hearing aids are comfortable, easy to use, and improve quality of life in many ways. Protect your well-being by getting your free hearing screening.

Hear In America Member Benefits Include:

  1. Free hearing screening for all members and their extended family, even if they live in another household
  2. Purchases of hearing aids at set discounted prices (approx. 35-70% off MSRP)
  3. 3-year repair warranties
  4. 3-year loss and damage coverage
  5. 3-year office service (clean, check, adjust)
  6. 3 years of free hearing aid batteries mailed from our office to each member
  7. Financing is available for those who qualify, including 12 months with no interest

To learn more or to schedule your free consultation with a provider near you call (800) 286-6149 to register and tell them you are a member of Assured Life Association. You can also visit their website at www.hearinamerica.com.

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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.

Join Us for a FREE Informational Webinar about Office Depot / OfficeMax Member Benefit!

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

Click Here to Register

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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