Friday, September 19, 2014

Modern Woodmen organizing youth service group

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 12/24/2013

A new youth service club soon will be working in Ottawa.

The Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance company, is looking for new youth members as old as 16 to participate in youth service projects, Dale Pearson, Modern Woodmen representative, said.

A new youth service club soon will be working in Ottawa.

The Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal life insurance company, is looking for new youth members as old as 16 to participate in youth service projects, Dale Pearson, Modern Woodmen representative, said.

“We have a person who is a member of our company run a meeting once a month and who’s in charge of having children come to her place and do crafts, service work in the community, help with parades and whatever we need done,” Pearson said. “It’s designed for people who are members of Modern Woodmen, but we encourage guests to come, so hopefully they become a member.”

Carrie Hough is set to lead the monthly activities, Pearson said. The benefits of being a member don’t stop at the monthly service project meetings though, he said.

“Because they’re members, all other fraternal benefits we offer like scholarships and fraternal aid, they can be eligible for that,” he said. “We encourage parents to take their children and check out what [Hough] is doing. To be a member, they have to buy an insurance policy for their children.”

Service projects can consist of anything from helping with parades to visiting nursing homes, Pearson said.

“Carrie will be in charge of having the children do a project, be it having children go to nursing homes, putting flags in the cemetery for Memorial Day or planting a tree in the spring time,” he said. “There’s all kinds of things during the year [Hough will] be able to do.”

Once a project has been picked by Hough and other members, kids can start fundraising for their project to make sure it gets completed, Pearson said. And to make sure it does get done, Modern Woodmen plans to pitch in.

“The company will match up to $500 that the kids raise,” he said. “It’s got to be an approved project, but there’s lots of projects in the community that need help.”

For more information about the organization, call Pearson at (785) 242-6566.

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