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Modern Woodmen coming to Pine Island?

April 10, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

A chapter of Modern Woodmen is anticipated to start early this summer, due to the response from the community.

In order to start a new chapter on Pine Island and Matlacha, financial representative Liz Martin said they have to have 50 members.

"We are really excited because we are really close to getting our chapter started," she said.

With a chapter on the island, Martin said, a dedicated budget is set aside for Pine Island and Matlacha for community service projects and events.

Earlier this year, Modern Woodmen matched The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce funds, presenting the chamber with a check for $5,000 for its Welcome Center building fund.

"We are so pleased about the progress of the new building," Martin said, adding that they are looking forward to the Welcome Center opening.

Once a chapter is formed, a board will be established and then that board has the opportunity to direct the budget. Martin said a chapter can be as active as it desires through various community activities and projects.

The chapter supports such activities as regular social events, hometown hero activities and family life activities. Support is also provided through matching funds project, good neighbor project, plant a tree project, join hands day and make a difference day.

An individual can become a member by obtaining just one service - life insurance, disability insurance, final expense/burial plans, mortgage protection insurance, juvenile insurance (children and grandchildren), savings, Roth IRAs, traditional IRAs, 401(k) rollovers, investments and annuities.

Martin said they provide a complimentary insurance and investment review for everyone. She said the review should be done once a year.

She said Modern Woodmen typically offers higher rates than other organizations for CD rates.

Martin said the organization mainly targets small businesses and families.

Modern Woodmen, a 130-year-old company, recently opened an office in Southwest Florida in November 2011, which covers up to 10 counties in this region. The organization was started in 1883 by Joseph Cullen Root, who created security for families through building homes and communities by clearing forests.

Last year $26 million was given back to local communities and $450,000 is provided every year in scholarship funds.

For more information about Modern Woodmen, call Martin at 898-5222.



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