Happy New Year!

We can only hope that the year 2021 will be better than 2020; but then how could it not be, right?! The anticipated distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine should help. In any case, we at Assured Life Association wish all of our members and their families a prosperous and blessed new year.

As we enter 2021, please help us help the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple programs! Funds raised will help to send the children of our nation’s military families to Operation Purple summer camp. Even though we don’t know what the status will be for summer camps in 2021, the National Military Family Association can still use our help. Other Operation Purple programs include family retreats and healing adventures. Please consider a donation to help support our military families through frequent moves, deployments, wartime stress, injury and loss.

Here is a message from Ashish S Vazirani, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Military Family Association:

This year our country has experienced great uncertainty, and military families felt that even more—from halted homecomings and stop-movement orders that kept their families separated, to challenges no American family should face, like food insecurity.  

At the National Military Family Association, we know hard times make it difficult to remain hopeful. But no matter what they are going through, military families continue to be the light for us all.  

As we enter a new year and are hopeful for a fresh start, a clean slate, and renewed spirits, I believe our greatest example of optimism is the steadfast service of our military families.  

No matter what our country asks of its military force, they answer, with their loved ones in close step beside them.   Our work here at NMFA is far from over. As our military members continue to answer the call to serve and protect our country, we will be inspired by their optimism and we will continue to serve and protect the families who keep this country strong.  

When generous donors, like you, team with NMFA, we guarantee that more military families will experience the support of our grateful nation; they will know peace of mind, they will find hope in the darkest times, and they will radiate true pride and immense joy in the midst of uncertainty.  

Today, I’m asking you to answer the call to join our efforts for 2021. We can’t do this important work alone.  

Wishing your family peace, hope, and joy as we enter a new year together,
Ashish S Vazirani, Executive Director and CEO, National Military Family Association

This is one of Assured Life Association’s annual charitable campaigns; and an important one it is.

First Member Benefit Program for 2021 – College Scholarships

As we start this new year, we also start a new season for Assured Life’s many member benefit programs. The first such member benefit program of the new year is the college scholarship program.

Applicants for Assured Life Association’s college scholarship program must be benefit members (insurance certificate/policy holders), or children or grandchildren of benefit members. There is no restriction as to age, sex or area of study. Applicants must be a senior in high school, college undergraduate or graduate student, and must be taking at least 12 credit hours of study for the Fall of 2021. Applicants must also have at least a 2.50 GPA; as funds are limited for 2021, higher GPAs will be given priority.

This year’s essay topic (a required piece of the application) is:

“We all have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. What was your experience like dealing with COVID-19 this past 12 months (on your health, well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, etc) and how have you overcome the adversities imposed by the pandemic? What made an impact in your life because of the pandemic? What, if anything, have you done to help others during these trying times?”

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15, 2021. We have an online application process, as well as downloadable application packet. Direct any questions to scholarship@assuredlife.org.

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Operation Santa’s Elves is Underway

As we think about Thanksgiving and being grateful for all that we have, even in this most challenging, difficult year, we set our eyes on helping those less fortunate during the Christmas season.

2020 marks the 12th year anniversary for Assured Life Association’s Operation Santa’s Elves. Assured Life Association encourages its chapters and members to help bring the joy of Christmas and Santa Claus to the lives of needy children by getting involved in Operation Santa’s Elves.

Since its inception in 2009, Assured Life’s Operation Santa’s Elves has impacted 1,295 kids with gifts valued at over $18,000 and cash donations of over $13,000!

It’s easy to participate! Have your own toy drive or 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.

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 7, 2020.

Thank you for your support.

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Assured Life’s National Member Food Drive-2020

What have we learned through the self-quarantine and resolve to do our part by staying home during this COVID-19 pandemic? We have learned that we are resilient, strong, compliant and caring. There are so many examples of people helping others during this time; first and foremost the health care professionals that put themselves at risk everyday to help others.

We solute those individuals that have responded to the call to help during this challenging time.

Now the call shifts to us. The coronavirus has put millions of people out of work and as a result many are struggling to put food on their families’ table. Many have turned to local food banks and programs to fill the void. And it’s great that they exist in times like this. But many food banks are experiencing critical funding shortfalls as a result of increased utilization.

In Denver, Colorado alone, Food Bank of the Rockies is anticipating needing to feed double the number of clients than usual for at least 6 months. And Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has estimated 1 in 6 Americans could face hunger as a result of the pandemic. “Because of COVID-19, more people than ever before are visiting food banks and many of them are getting help for the first time.” So, let’s do our part. The Assured Life National Food Drive has never been more important than right now. Please consider making a financial donation to your local food bank or food program now for the COVID-19 response. Report your donations here: http://assuredlife.org/Volunteer/Food-Drive/COVID-19-Food-Fund-Drive-Response.

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Assured Life Summer Camp Grant Application Deadline Extended

Assured Life Association has extended the deadline for Summer Camp Grant Applications to June 15, 2020. We hope that this extension will give members more time to see what kind of impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on summer camp program availability. Hopefully, you will find a summer camp for your children or grandchildren. So, even though the application says the deadline is May 15, 2020, we will accept applications through June 15, 2020. Get a Summer Camp Grant App here.

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Summer Camp Grant Application Deadline – May 15, 2020

We don’t know what the coronavirus will do to the various summer camp experiences this summer. But the Summer Camp Grant Application deadline is not until May 15, 2020; hopefully we will all have better information on any summer encampment delays or cancellations by then.

Assured Life provides individual Summer Camp Grants for youth with a membership connection (members, children or grandchildren of members or youth being sponsored by a local chapter). Summer Camp Grant awards may vary depending upon the number of eligible applications received, but for the last few years Assured Life has been awarding the maximum camp grant of $100 per camper.

Find a Summer Camp Grant Application here.

Operation Purple Camps – One of Assured Life’s Projects

Operation Purple Camp, a National Military Family Association program, provides military kids a free week of summer camp where they connect with other kids just like themselves. Kids from all uniformed services are invited to apply. At Assured Life, we believe that helping military kids go to summer camp shows our support for our military families. Please consider a donation to this very worthy cause. Click here for a donation form.

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From Golf to Bowling….Feeding America and the Hungry Benefit Again!

Lois Toftemark of Eugene, OR DBIA Lodge 348 takes aim at picking up a spare! I think she left the hardest pin standing.

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

Strikes Against Hunger is a team only bowling 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.

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, 2019.

The Rules and Guidelines for the tournament as well as a registration form can be found on our website, here.


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Announcing the 2019 Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament Benefiting Feeding America

Assured Life Association has officially announced its 2nd annual Scramble to End Hunger mail-in golf tournament benefiting Feeding America! Find the details here.

A mail-in golf tournament means that members can play any 72-par golf course in their own area and enter their score in the golf tournament. There are rules and guidelines for each 4-person team to follow, but there are also some fun “buy-outs” of those rules. And remember, this is all to benefit Feeding America, the nations largest domestic hunger relief organization.

  1. Get a foursome together to enter Assured Life’s Scramble to End Hunger (at least 1 golfer from each team must be a member of Assured Life Association).
  2. Register your team any time before you play your tournament round of golf by completing the registration form and submitting it with a $100 entry fee.
  3. Follow the tournament rules and guidelines or consider purchasing “buy-outs” of some of those rules and guidelines.
  4. Golf your tournament round on or before August 31, 2019!
  5. Submit your team score by sending in the score card from the golf course you played to the Fraternal Department by September 15, 2019.

You can find all the details on the Assured Life website.

Why Scramble to End Hunger is Important

According to Feeding America, millions of people struggle to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. In fact, more than 46 million people still turn to the Feeding America network each year for extra support. In the United States, 1 in 8 people struggles with hunger.

So, let’s help the hungry and have some fun on the golf course at the same time. Enter a team in the 2019 Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament today!



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Summer Camp Grant Program – Next Big Thing on Calendar

The next big thing on the calendar for Assured Life Association is the summer camp grant program. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2019.

The Society sets aside monies to provide individual Summer Camp Grants for youth with a membership connection – members, children or grandchildren of members, or youth being sponsored by a local chapter. Summer Camp Grant amounts vary depending upon the number of eligible applications received and the cost of the individual camp; the maximum award is $100. Click here for details.

Join Hands Day – Saturday, May 4, 2019

Join Hands Day is a day of community service that specifically targets and develops relationships between young people and adults through neighborhood volunteering. Youth and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities. Join Hands Day is always held on the first Saturday in May, making planning each year easy. This year, Join Hands Day is Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Here’s the 411 of a successful Join Hands Day project:

  1. Establish a Committee
  2. Identify a Youth Group (start with your kids or grandkids)
  3. Choose a Project
  4. Plan
  5. On May 4, 2019 – Do Your Project


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Assured Life College Scholarship Application Deadline – March 15, 2019

Assured Life Association’s college scholarship applications are due March 15, 2019. Do not delay! Applicants must be certificateholders, or children or grandchildren of certificateholders, of Assured Life Association of Greenwood Village, Colorado. There is no restriction as to age, sex or area of study. Applicants must be seniors in high-school, undergraduates, or graduate students, must be taking a minimum of 12 credits and have at least a 2.50 GPA. Get details here.

Assured Life awarded 60 college scholarships last year totaling $76,500.

Longing for Spring – Scramble to End Hunger

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Spring! Don’t get me wrong. Winters here in Colorado are very mild, but Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons.

Part of the reason for my favorite seasons is GOLF!

And of course, you can’t think about golf without thinking about Assured Life’s Scramble to End Hunger Golf Tournament benefiting Feeding America. Assured Life Association is officially sponsoring a team “mail-in” foursome scramble golf tournament to benefit Feeding America again this year. 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.

We need foursomes to participate in this year’s event! It is easy. Get a foursome together and golf any 72-par golf course in your area any time between now and August 31, 2019. There is no deadline to register your team, but we do ask that you register before you golf your tournament round. Your tournament round of golf must be completed by August 31, 2019 and the team score mailed or emailed by September 15, 2019.  You will find the rules, guidelines and rule buy-out options here.

On the Lighter Side

I’m sure I have used this Ole joke before, but just can’t resist sharing it again.

Ole, Sven and Lars die in a tragic accident. They are met by God on the stairway to heaven.

God says, “There are 3,000 steps to heaven. It’s very serious up there. I’ll tell you a joke on each 1,000th step you reach. If you laugh you go to hell.”

So they start walking and reach to the first 1,000th step. God tells a joke, Lars laughs out loud and goes straight to hell. Ole and Sven look at each other nervously.

On the 2,000th step God tells another joke, Sven tries his best but laughs and goes to straight to hell.

On the 3,000th step God tells the last and best joke, Ole doesn’t laugh and proceeds to the gate.

Suddenly, Ole bursts out laughing hysterically. God asks, “What are you laughing about?”.

Ole replies, “Oh dat’s funny. I yust got da first yoke!”.

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2018 Assured Life Food Build Sparks Creativity Once Again!

Once again, Assured Life’s Food Build event sparks some creativity! This year, 3 chapters participated in the event; each earning $250 to the Food Bank or Food Program of their choosing just for participating!

DBIA Lodge 33 President, Bent Madsen shown here with representatives from the FISH Food Bank for Peninsula and Gig Harbor, Jan and Ron Cohen.

First, the Danish Brotherhood Lodge 33 in Tacoma, Washington, decided to add a member food drive to their annual picnic this year. Knowing that they wanted to do a food build in conjunction with the food drive, the lodge requested red and white colored food items (cans, boxes, packaging, etc.).  At the end of the day, the lodge laid out the food in such a way to represent the Danish Flag and their Danish heritage.  Great themed food drive, Tacoma!

It is estimated that the chapter collected 250 lbs of food valued at $425. 50 members and guests participated in the event, all bringing food items and representing about 50 hours of community service.

Great job, DBIA Lodge 33!!

As part of Seattle Danish Brotherhood Lodge 29’s  yearly party honoring long time members, members were asked to collect and bring food donations to the event. The Chapter’s junior members are quite active in building their creation designed by their “official” build architect, Annelise Kromann. This year the Chapter honored the recent passing of Danish singer Kim Larsen.

Honoring the death of Danish singer, Kim Larsen, DBIA Lodge 29 in Seattle, WA created a memorial with their food build.

DBIA Lodge 29 donated 777 lbs of food valued at approximately $1,500 plus over $400 in cash donations to Hopelink, serving homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties in the state of Washington.

Nicely done, Seattle!

The Trolls of Danish Artist, Thomas Dambo, were the inspiration for Eugene, Oregon’s DBIA Lodge 348 Food Build this year.

Inspired by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, members of the DBIA Lodge 348 created a Troll out of the food collected and donated by its members. Another great design by designers, Mary Stefansen, Joan Cavin and Dorthe Pettigrew!

Here you get a sample of Thomas Dambo’s work.

Wrapped cans of food, packages of pasta, cheese hair, candy-bar beard, sausage fingers and potato toes means that DBIA Lodge 348’s Troll is completely edible and all of the 350+ lbs of food donated by Lodge 348 will go to Food for Lane County. The food collection is valued at approximately $585.

Great job, Eugene!

Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament Strikes Again!

We had 3 chapters register 6 teams for the 2018 Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament. Thank you to DBIA Lodge 46 in Edison, NJ, DBIA Lodge 29 in Seattle, WA and DBIA Lodge 348 in Eugene, OR. Because of the registrations collected, Assured Life Association donated $360 to Feeding America, providing about 3,600 meals to families in need through its network!! That’s about 3,000 lbs of food. The donation doesn’t sound like much until you equate it to the number of meals and pounds of food provided.

Now for the results!  Drum roll, please……

The winning team for the 2nd annual Strikes Against Hunger Bowling Tournament is…..Xs 4 DARBS from DBIA Seattle, WA Lodge 29. DBIA Lodge 29 will receive an award check in the amount of $260 from the fraternal department for their efforts! Congrats Xs 4 DARBS! A close second in the Tournament was 348 Team #3 of DBIA Lodge 348 of Eugene, OR.

The top individual high series this year goes to Steve Hambleton bowling for the Xs 4 DARBS team of DBIA Seattle, WA Lodge 29. Steve will receive a $50 award check from fraternal department. Second place for high series was Poul Stefansen bowling for 348 Team #1 of DBIA Lodge 348 in Eugene.

Again, thank you all for participating.  It was great to have a new team from the East Coast!  Thanks for participating, Rick.  If we do this again next year, I hope you will participate again.

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