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The Coolest Business Model on the Planet

I’ll be taking a bit of a blog break until the middle of next week. But before I disconnect, I wanted to leave you with a couple of recent examples of why fraternals represent the coolest business model on the planet. These items were sent to me on the same day by the CEOs of two member societies – one very small, and one very large – and I think they speak volumes about the similar values that these two very different executives hold dear. Enjoy…

Small but mighty…


The Catholic Ladies of Columbia (CLC) tried something different this past weekend and I wanted to share the results with you. I actually got the idea for this type of event at an Alliance Annual Meeting, and I’m happy to share the positive results with you. We tried a “regional” fraternal project. I contacted several councils and schools in our area of the most concentration of members and we painted the grandstands at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Ottawa, Ohio. We had about 30 people, ages 6 to 70+, come together last Saturday morning and we spent the day painting. It is amazing to see what 30 gallons of paint and 30 pairs of hands can do in such a short time. Someone said they thought it was nearly 30 years since the wood had seen a fresh coat of paint. It was great to see members, non-members, young and old work together. The project did exactly what I wanted it to do…bring more awareness to CLC and do something good to “Beautify the Community”. And it was outside the “meeting” setting, which we all know is the trend. Plus the best part is that after a couple of conversations the fair board realized what we were saving them in labor! Exactly what fraternalism is supposed to be! Thanks for letting me share my story and thanks to the Alliance for all it does for fraternals!


Sharon Cavelage
Catholic Ladies of Columbia

Not too big to lose sight of what’s important…

MWA Race
I wanted to share with you the results of Modern Woodmen of America’s four-month “Knock Out Hunger” Campaign with our home office employees. I absolutely love the volunteer spirit of our employees and I am so proud of their accomplishment. Our intent is to give each one of our employees an opportunity to have a “hands-on volunteer experience.” The trick is finding the right project and a multitude of ways to serve. Clearly, the “Knock Out Hunger” program met that objective. Just look at a few of the things we were able to contribute to our home town community:

• A ‘Pack the Truck’ event at Modern Woodmen Park.
• Sponsorship and volunteering at three mobile food pantries.
• Sponsorship and volunteering at 14 after-school backpack programs for local children.
A massive meal-packing project, where Modern Woodmen employees packaged 50,000 meals for hungry families in just one day.

MWA race photo

Typically, most corporate organizations are only able to collect about 618 pounds of food for River Bend Foodbank, over the course of a month or two. During the Knock Out Hunger campaign Modern Woodmen collected 2,596 pounds of food. That’s FOUR times more than the average company. During the grand finale, the Race to Knock Out Hunger, Modern Woodmen presented River Bend Foodbank with a check for $15,609.49. This donation includes employee contributions, donations from the community, the famers’ market, 5K participant registration proceeds and a match by Modern Woodmen.

MWA check Kenny Massey
Modern Woodmen of America

Thanks to Sharon and Kenny for their leadership on these projects and for sharing the results with us. You both exemplify all that’s good about the fraternal system – and demonstrate why our tax exempt status is so important to individuals and communities across the U.S.

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