Summer Camp Grants Available for Assured Life Youth

It is that time of year again! Kids are thinking about school coming to a close for the year, summer break and where they might go for summer camp. We here at Assured Life Association are thinking those very same things. We can’t tell kids where to go for summer camp, but we sure can help get you there with an Assured Life Summer Camp Grant. So, if you are a benefit member, child or grandchild of a benefit member or you are being sponsored by one of Assured Life’s local chapters, you are eligible to apply for a summer camp grant. The deadline is May 15, 2017 so don’t delay. Act today.

Board of Directors Elect Tanya S. Unrein as It’s Chair

The Board of Directors of Assured Life Association, at its organizational meeting on March 17, 2017, elected Tanya S Unrein as its Chair. Ms. Unrein has the distinction of being the first woman to be elected to this position in the Society’s history.

Tanya S. Unrein of Eaton, Colorado, has been a member of the Assured Life Association Board of Directors since July 2004, and serves on the Executive Committee.

Unrein has over 15 years of experience in the life insurance industry.  During that time, she worked for a stock life insurance company and Assured Life Association before going back to the medical field.  Unrein was the Medical Underwriter for both companies, and has also held the positions of Manager in claims, new business, policy accounting, and customer service departments.

Unrein brings experience in corporate governance, finance, accounting, insurance, and fraternalism.  She has a comprehensive understanding of life and health insurance products, insurance compliance, sales training, and accounting principles from her years working in the industry.  Unrein has also demonstrated an active involvement in the fraternal affairs through her participation in local community service projects with Assured Life Association.

Unrein currently works as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Clinical Supervisor for North Colorado Family Medicine, and volunteers for health fairs, sport physical clinics, and mentors FNP students.

National Member Food Drive is Officially On

This is our 9th annual national member food drive! All the statistics point to a need for such a program here in the United States where 1 in 8 people struggles with food insecurity; that’s 42,238,000 Americans, over 13,000,000 of which are children. Food insecurity means that, for at least some time or multiple times during the year, a person lacks the resources to get adequate food for an active, healthy life. This is an important cause for us and we need your help.  Please get involved today. Find ways to help here…

It’s What We Scatter

I received this story via email some time ago and published it in the Life Assured magazine 5 years ago. I do not know the source to give credit, but it presents us with a life lesson worth taking another read.

I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes.

Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

‘Hello Barry, how are you today?’

‘H’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ them peas. They sure look good’

‘They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?’

‘Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.’

‘Good. Anything I can help you with?’

‘No, Sir. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.’

‘Would you like to take some home?’ asked Mr. Miller.

‘No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.’

‘Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?’

‘All I got’s my prize marble here’ said the boy.

‘Is that right? Let me see it’, said Miller.

‘Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.’

‘I can see that. Hmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?’ the store owner asked.

‘Not zackley but almost.’

‘Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble’. Mr. Miller told the boy.

‘Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.’

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.
With a smile she said, ‘There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.’

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts…all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband’s casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband’s bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
‘Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim ‘traded’ them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size….they came to pay their debt. We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,’ she confided, ‘but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.’

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The moral of the story: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!

 

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Support a Worthy Cause

Yes.  Support a worthy cause – just by completing a member survey! It will only take 3-5 minutes.

Periodically, Assured Life Association surveys our 1militarysoldier-w-kidsmembership in an effort to better understand your background and interests. This is one of those times. We want to get to know you better and hear your ideas for new national service campaigns or causes and member benefits.

And you will not just be helping Assured Life Association. You will also be helping the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple summer camp program for the kids of our military families! For every completed member questionnaire received, Assured Life will donate $1 to the Operation Purple program.

Complete the member questionnaire by clicking the button below.

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Hearing Related Facts Provided by American Hearing Benefits

eprm2802-00-ee-ahbThe following interesting hearing related facts are provided by American Hearing Benefits. As a member of Assured Life Association, you and your family are eligible for exclusive American Hearing Benefits (AHB). American Hearing Benefits is a discount program from Starkey Hearing Technologies, the only major American owned and operated hearing aid manufacturer. As most insurance plans don’t cover hearing healthcare, this convenient hearing benefits program provides you and your family access to free hearing consultations and discounts* on hearing aids through AHB’s nationwide network of 3,000+ hearing professionals.

• Discounts on today’s latest technology, including hearing aids and tinnitus options
• FREE annual hearing consultations
• Access to a nationwide network of 3,000+ hearing professionals
• FREE one-year supply of batteries (40 cells per hearing aid purchased)
• One year of free office visits (limit of six)
• 60-day trial period**
• FREE Deluxe Warranty Plan, including loss and damage**
• Financing plans available (subject to credit approval)

Call (888) 900-4819 or visit www.americanhearingbenefits.com/partners/AssuredLife to learn more and schedule your FREE hearing consultation.

*Patient benefits may vary by contract type. **Professional service fees may apply. ©2017 Starkey Hearing Technologies. All Rights Reserved.

Fact Source
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease. Hearing Loss Association of America
People 65 and older are 5X more likely to have hearing loss than those younger than 65. World Health Organization 
60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. Hearing Loss Association of America
Approximately 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises at work or in leisure activities. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 
22 million American workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Untreated hearing loss can contribute to social isolation, anxiety, depression and cognitive decline. World Health Organization 
Untreated hearing loss may result in serious long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning. Johns Hopkins Medicine 
People with mild hearing loss are 3X more likely to have a history of falling than people with normal hearing. Johns Hopkins Medicine 
Adults with untreated hearing loss have higher unemployment rates than their normal-hearing peers. Better Hearing Institute 
People with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as $30,000 in income annually. Better Hearing Institute 
Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve earning power, communication in relationships, sense of control and physical health. Better Hearing Institute 
8 of 10 hearing aid wearers confirm wearing hearing aids has positively impacted their quality of life. The Hearing Journal 
According to a recent study, people with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids get more pleasure in doing things and are more likely to exercise and socialize.  Better Hearing Institute 

On the Lighter Sidegrandfatherwgranddaughter

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally, she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”

“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered. “God made me a long time ago.”

“Oh,” she paused. “Grandpa, did God make me too?”

“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said. “God made you just a little while ago.”

Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”

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2017 Assured Life College Scholarship Applications Available

ALALogoHappy New Year! With the new year comes the beginning of many of our member benefit programs here at Assured Life Association; the first of which is the College Scholarship Program. The 2017 College Scholarship Application process is officially underway! The deadline for all applications is March 15, 2017.

Benefit members, or children or grandchildren of benefit members, are eligible to apply for an Assured Life Association college scholarship. A benefit member is a person age 18 years or older who has been issued and currently owns an insurance or annuity certificate issued or assumed by the Society. The certificate must be inforce at the time of application as well as at the time any scholarship award is granted. This includes all life insurance, medicare supplement insurance and annuity certificates. Applicants must also have at least a 2.50 GPA to be eligible.

Students can apply and attach the documents required online!

Students can also download and print a hard-copy application packet from our website.

 

 

 

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LifeLock Added as Assured Life Member Benefit

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Our identity makes us unique. LifeLock, an industry-leader in identity theft protection, uses the patented LifeLock Identity Alert system to help ensure you remain the only you. According to LifeLock:A man behind a computer with words coming from the computer

  1. 1 in 4 people have experienced identity theft
  2. $15 billion was stolen from identity fraud victims in 20151
  3. Every 2 seconds there is a new victim of identity fraud.1

As an Assured Life Association member, you will be entitled to a special 30-day risk-free offer and 10% off LifeLock membership. That’s just $9.00 a month or $99.00 annually for LifeLock Standard™ service.

Click the button below for more information, or call 1-800-416-0599.  Be sure to provide our customer promotion code: AFFINITY30.

 

 12016 Identity Fraud Study, Javelin Strategy & Research, February 2016.

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Check Out our 2016 Food Build Entries!

I am not sure how they do it year after year, but the Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington DBIA Lodges have once again outdone themselves in Assured Life Association’s 2016 Food Build event. Check out their entries and then take our poll on which one you like best!

 

db-29-food-build-2016DBIA Lodge 29 of Seattle created a replica of Holger Danske. Holger Danske is normally regarded as a Danish national symbol according to Encyclopedia Mythica. The character was first mentioned in French literature in 1060. Hans Christian Andersen brought the character to life in his fairytale, Hoger Danske, where he is described as sitting fast asleep, with his beard having grown into the table in front of him and his sword in his lap; prepared to wake up to action in case Denmark is threatened by outside forces. DBIA Lodge 29 collected a total of 490 lbs of food valued at $996 plus $86 in cash donations. With the profits of its Veteran’s Night Dinner in the amount of $196.56 also being added, the total value of DBIA’s Food Drive was $1,278.56, all benefiting HopeLink.

2016-db-348-food-build1DBIA Lodge 348 of Eugene created a a replica of the Tuborg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark, that delivers their “Julebryg” Christmas Beer on the first Friday of November every year. That day has become known as “J-Day”! A scene was created surrounding the theme of Tuborg’s delivery of its Christmas brew. This seasonal beer is only on the market for ten weeks every year, yet is Denmark’s 4th best selling beer according to the Carlsberg Group website. DBIA Lodge 348 collected 250 lbs of food valued at about $400 for Food for Lane County. From the blue bottles of beer to the truck wheels, everything was made with cans and/or boxes of food!

Here are some more pictures of their food builds.

2016-db-29-food-build22016-db-29-food-build3For their efforts, DBIA Lodge 29 and 348 have each earned a $250 donation from the home office to their respective food banks.

 

 

 

 

2016-db-348-food-build5Holger Danske awakens just in time for the beheading of a threat to Denmark!

 

 

 

 

The Tuborg delivery trucks head out to deliver its Julebryg (Christmas Beer) on J-Day!

 

 

 

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate in Operation Santa’s Elves

There are still locations for Toys for Tots collection. Help us make Christmas special for some needy children!

 

 

 

 

 

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Operation Santa’s Elves Underway

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We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday with families and friends. Our focus now turns in earnest to Operation Santa’s Elves to make a big impact on the lives of children in need this Christmas.

The ideal for Operation Santa’s Elves is for members to seek out a program or organization in your communities that provides Christmas gifts to children in need and participate; Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, Adopt-a-Family programs, etc. Its that simple. Seek, Find, Help.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for in this country. We are truly blessed! So, in this season of thanksgiving, we want you to know Assured Life Association is thankful for our many members and for the opportunity to serve each and every one of you. In a country that seems to be so divided right now, may you find peace and gratefulness this Thanksgiving Day! Happy Thanksgiving.

Operation Santa’s Elves Underway

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

This is the 8th 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 that they may not otherwise receive. Assured Life Association decided not to re-invent the wheel, but instead encourages its camps/lodges 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 the worth-while programs already out there that serve the underserved 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.

Toys4TotsToys”R”Us is once again partnering with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to bring joy to less fortunate children across the country this holiday season. As the largest retail partner in the history of Toys for Tots, Toys”R”Us, through support from its generous customers, has raised nearly $48 million and collected 4 million toys since 2004. So, now through December 7, donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores nationwide. While you are shopping for Christmas for your children or grandchildren, pick up a new toy for Toys for Tots!

We have many other resources available for members wishing to participate in Operation Santa’s Elves. Go to our Society Website and click on the National Service Campaigns link at the top of our home page. Then click on Operation Santa’s Elves. If you decide to donate money to one of these programs, remember to utilize the Growth Ring Matching Gift Program. We will match up to $250 of any benefit member’s donation in a given calendar year.  But be sure to get your request for matching in by December 13, 2016.

Thank you for your support!

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