YELL! groups


The YELL! group in Cadott, WI was helping to establish the Ice Age Trail that is rerouting a segment of trail from private land to a location at Camp Nawakwa.

Since February of 2012, wfla has been developing youth groups in our organization. These youth groups, known as YELL! (Young Engaged Lodge Leaders), have been working to establish themselves in their communities. YELL! groups are young people, both members and non-members, who are going to be the next generation of leaders for wfla.

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YELL! 426 of Lincoln, NE together with their youth liaison, Velma Kotas, at a fundraiser.

The purpose of the YELL! groups is to perform community service to further their community while learning about volunteerism and leadership. The activities they plan benefit the community either through fundraisers, donations, volunteering at events, or assisting in community improvement. The mission of the YELL! groups is to Volunteer. Serve. Connect. Contribute.

VOLUNTEER your time and talents to worthy causes.
SERVE your community and help fulfill its needs.
CONNECT with other likeminded young adults.
CONTRIBUTE to wfla’s mission of service.
For more information about the YELL! groups or how to start one, visit

Life Insurance Awareness Month: Meet Boomer

Western Fraternal Life is a proud member of the Life Foundation, a life insurance awareness organization. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and today we are highlighting Boomer Esiason, the 2013 Life Foundation Spokesman for Life Insurance Awareness Month.

thCAVR9GBCA record-setting NFL quarterback, and now a seasoned radio and TV broadcaster—that’s how most people know Boomer Esiason. But before his fame on and off the gridiron came a tough road for Boomer and his family.
When he was just 7, Boomer’s mother, Irene, who was 37, died of cancer. That left Boomer, his father and his two teenage sisters to create a life for themselves. A three-hour daily commute to work in New York City left Boomer’s father, Norman, with little free time, but he always made sure he supported Boomer, both on and off the field. The family was also forced to rely on friends and relatives, as Boomer’s mother died without life insurance and there was little money left each month to pay for any extra help. “I was handed a life lesson early, growing up with one parent,” says Boomer, “It wasn’t the easiest life—my dad sacrificed a lot.”
Through determination, hard work and the support of his father, Boomer was able to leverage his talent at football to gain a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. He then went on to become one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history during his 14-year career, leaving the game in 1997 in the top 10 of many quarterback career statistical categories.
From the beginning, Boomer has protected his family—wife, Cheryl, and their children, Sydney and Gunnar—with life insurance. And as his career as a radio and TV broadcaster has grown, his life insurance coverage has grown as well. It has become especially important to Boomer, given that Gunnar is fighting cystic fibrosis and will need financial support throughout his life. “Life happens at the most unexpected of times, and life insurance is about protecting the future and the people you love,” he says. “Remember, if something happens and you haven’t done the planning, the people you leave behind will feel the brunt of your mistakes.”
Numbers make a difference, especially when it comes to protecting your family with life insurance. Use the easy Life Insurance Needs Calculator at to make sure your numbers measure up. Then meet with a qualified insurance professional. They can help you determine the right amount and type of coverage to meet your needs.
Boomer Esiason is the national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month 2013, and his services were retained by the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education. © 2013 LIFE. All rights reserved.