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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“Like” Us On Facebook Campaign Generates $500 Donation to Feed the Hungry

Facebook BadgeOur “Like Us on Facebook” campaign has officially concluded! We ended the campaign with 135 page likes. Of course we hoped for more, but we are pleased none the less.

At $2 per page “Like”, we have generated a $270 donation to Feeding America. But $270 is such an odd number. So, Assured Life decided to donate $500 to Feeding America in response to all the Facebookers who took the time to like our Facebook page, pictures, posts, etc. This $500 donation will feed 5,500 people through the Feeding America network! Thank you all for participating.

September is Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month™

Boy and Empty RefrigeratorFeeding America’s message:  “Hunger exists in every county in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans including 15 million children. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks believes that hunger IS solvable and we’re leading the fight to end it. We are asking everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long.”

“Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, volunteering or donating, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger.”

Get involved in Assured Life Association’s national member food drive!

 

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Last Final Appeal – “Like” our Facebook Page – Feed the Hungry

Final Appeal

Yesterday, Assured Life Association sent an all-member email in its final appeal for the “Like” our Facebook Page and Feed the Hungry campaign.

The campaign has done well and we are up to 126 Fans of our page.  At $2 per Fan, this means a minimum of a $252 donation to Feeding America which will provide 2,772 meals for the hungry! So, if you are on Facebook and have not done so already, please…

Like Us On Facebook

68 Scholarships Totaling $64,500 Awarded This Month

Assured Life Association awarded 68 college scholarships this year totaling $64,500! Assured Life’s scholarship program continues to be one of the most popular and utilized member benefit. In the last 17 years (2000-2016) Assured Life has awarded 1,103 scholarships totaling $994,050! And as best we can determine, we have provided nearly $1,500,000 in college scholarships in our Society’s history.

If you would like to see this year’s scholarship recipients Click Here. 

National Member Food Drive Continues to be Society Focus

As we head into the fall months and kids are already back to school in many parts of the country, we are reminded of how quickly time goes. But for those dealing with hunger, time can’t go fast enough! Finally, kids who are in families of the food insecure are back at school where they have an opportunity for a balanced meal on a regular basis again. These families still need our help! Please get involved with our national member food drive and help us help the hungry.

Earlier this summer Assured Life reached out to members in the Omaha, Nebraska area and the Denver, Colorado area. A designated drop-off location for food donations was advertised and we asked members to donate food items to benefit their respective food bank.

The results were less than stellar, but it was more than we would have done had we not invited members specifically in those areas to help. Every little bit helps those who truly need it.

In Nebraska, 1 member donated 33 lbs of food for the Food Bank for the Heartland. This provided 27.5 meals.

In Colorado, no food donations were received, however 3 members, and Assured Life Association through its matching gift program, donated $100 to the Food Bank of the Rockies, providing 400 meals or 500 lbs of food for the hungry here in Colorado.

We are considering targeting other specific areas, but have not made that determination as of yet. If you would like us to target your area, please let Jerry know at jlc@assuredlife.org.

On the Lighter Side

Man LaughingAs the passengers settled in on a West Coast commuter flight, a flight attendant announced, “We’d like you folks to help us welcome our new co-pilot. He’ll be performing his first commercial landing for us today, so be sure to give him a big round of applause when we come to a stop.”

The plane made an extremely bumpy landing, bouncing hard two or three times before taxiing to a stop. Still, the passengers applauded enthusiastically. Then the attendant’s voice came over the intercom, “Thanks for flying with us today. And don’t forget to let our co-pilot know which of those landings you liked best!”

 

 

 

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Updated Like Us on Facebook Post

Facebook BadgeWe are updating our recent campaign to generate “likes” for our Facebook page! Now, before September 1, 2016, Assured Life Association will donate $2.00 for every like of its Facebook page (up to $1,000).

So, your “like” of our Facebook page will automatically generate a $2 donation by Assured Life to Feeding America – and that $2 donation will secure and distribute 22 meals through the Feeding America networks to people facing hunger! Easy right? Take action today and like us on Facebook!

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Like Us on Facebook and Feed the Hungry!

Assured Life Association is promoting a campaign for its newly created Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please check us out!

For every “Like” our Facebook page gets through July 31, 2016 Assured Life facebook logoAssociation will donate $1 to Feeding America – up to $1,000 total.

Your “like” will generate a $1 donation – and that $1 donation will secure and distribute 11 meals to people facing hunger, through the Feeding America networks!

What an easy way to participate in our national member food drive. Click the Facebook icon above and become a fan of Assured Life Association.

Happy Independence Day!

As we approach the long weekend with the observance of our Independence Day, we at Assured Life Association wish you a happy, safe 4th of July!

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