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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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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