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The True Meaning of Fraternalism – Guest Blog

While all fraternals have a unique common bond, the one bond that we all share is the desire to help others.  Today, two individuals who perfectly embody the fraternal spirit were honored for their dedication to going above and beyond in their service to their communities. 

Lisa Mick, a 21-year member of Catholic Financial Life and president of Chapter 19 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was named Fraternalist of the Year, an annual award presented to the fraternal member who exhibits uncommon leadership in his or her volunteer service in the community.  After a moving video that featured comments from Lisa’s friends and fellow volunteers, she graciously accepted the award, stating that even after she learned of her status as Catholic Financial’s nominee, she never actually thought she would be chosen for the honor.  After her acceptance speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  True to her nature, Lisa vowed that this was only the beginning of a new chapter in her volunteerism.

Next, Werner A. Halfmann, FIC, a representative for Catholic Life Insurance, was presented with the 2013 Fraternal FIC of the Year Award.  This honor is reserved for the Fraternal Insurance Counselor, a designation awarded to sales representatives in the fraternal industry, who has made the greatest impact in his or her community over the past year.  Werner is well known in the San Angelo, Texas, area for his active community service.  In a sweet and sincere acceptance speech, Werner thanked his wife of 58 years, and seemed genuinely humbled and moved. 

To me, the presentation of these awards is among the most meaningful things that happen here at the American Fraternal Alliance Annual Meeting.  Individuals like Lisa and Werner are exactly the type of people that give fraternal organizations the ability to impact their communities and affect positive change.  As a lifelong participant in the fraternal system, it is people like this that make me proud to be a part of it.  Enthusiasm like theirs can’t help but be contagious; I feel honored to be in such great company.  It’s clear that fraternals are just as important today as they were when they first began.
More to come…

One Response

  1. For those of us who for one reason or another are unable to be at AFA’s annual conference, keeping in touch via the internet and reading the blogs makes us feel like we are right there with all of you! Congratulations to the Lisa and Werner on their fraternalist of the year awards. To the rest of the attendees…Have a wonderful time at the ball this evening.

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