Employee Spotlight: Joan Burnhardt

By: Peggy Moore

Joan Burnhardt is the New business Supervisor in the New Business Department and has been with WFLA for 34 years.  Learn a little more about Joan in our Employee Spotlight.

What has led you to stay at WFLA for more than 30 years? 

Variety.  Off 1:15 every Friday.


What is your favorite WFLA memory?  

Winning the trip to Panama City, Panama, with the agents in 2012.  This was my first trip out of the country and the first time I had to get a passport.  I did use the passport again for a motorcycle trip to Canada.


What do you find most challenging and or rewarding about your job?  

Hiring good people.  The most rewarding is seeing them grow.   


What activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?

In the summer I ride as a passenger on the back of my husband’s Harley alone or with others, vacation with bikers, fish, enjoy bird watching, especially the hummers, play cards with friends, ride bicycles with my grandchildren.  In the winter, I like to ice skate, cross-country ski, sled and play in the snow with my grandchildren.


Tell us a little bit about your family. 

I am married, have two stepdaughters and four grandchildren.  I also have three siblings.  My sister lives in Oregon and my two brothers live in South Carolina.


You are planning to retire in the next year.  What plans do you have for retirement? 

Do a little more motorcycle riding when the weather permits, enjoy my grandchildren more, visit my siblings, I’d like to take sewing lessons again, as they didn’t take the first time.  I would also like to see a Broadway show.

Thank you Joan for 34 years of service!  We look forward to the many stories your co-workers will share at your retirement party.

Valentine’s day crafts!

By: Darcy Kelley

hearts Love is in the air!

With cutouts of Cupid pointing his arrow at your heart and frilly boxes of candy popping up all over, it’s a sure sign that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Below are some cute, clever ways to share your love and spread some Valentine joy to those around you.

Kool-Aid valentine’s day gift


You’re Kool. Making your own Valentine’s is as easy as buying flavored singles for water and adding a sweet message like the example above. Just purchase your favorite soft drink mix, make a message to attach to the package, and hand out with bottles of water. A simple way to show someone you are thinking of them.

Mousy valentine’s day treat

mice to know you

Mice to know you! Here is a clever craft/Valentine treat that is sure to please the young and old alike.

Description: Made of two candy kisses and a heart-shaped set of ears, these tiny critters are almost too cute to eat. Materials:

Ear and foot template (from familyfunmag.com)

  • Card stock paper
  • Candy kisses
  • Tacky glue
  • Gray yarn
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers

Directions: Print the ear and foot templates on cardstock and cut out the shapes. Remove the paper flags from two Hershey’s Kisses. Fold the feet where shown on the template, then use tacky glue to sandwich the feet and ears between the Kisses. Glue a 4-inch length of gray yarn to the underside of the back kiss. Add googly eyes. Attach the mouse a cheese-shaped piece of card stock with a glue dot, then write a note. Suggested messages: Mice to Know You! You’re Really Mice! Be Mice!

Button vase

button vase  Here is a fun idea that kids or adults can do. First, pick a pretty vase. Next, find all sorts of buttons at your local craft or fabric store. You can stick to a color theme or make it unique by picking all sorts of colors. It is also up to you what size of buttons you want; the photo above shows a variety of sizes that help create the heart shape. You can also find pretty ribbon at the craft or fabric store to tie around your vase. Once you have all your items, use a glue gun or glue that dries clear and start attaching your buttons. You can make a heart like the photo above or spell the word LOVE. Use your imagination to come up with your own unique design.

Tissue Heart

tissue paper haert  All you need is a piece of paper or cardstock to make the base, tissue paper, pencil and glue. First, fold the paper in half and draw a half a heart. Then draw another half heart inside of that one and cut it out. Next, cut your tissue paper into squares around 1.5-2 inches. Wrap a tissue paper square around the eraser end of a pencil and dip it in glue. Then stick to the heart base. Continue until you’ve covered the heart. If you’re crafting with younger kiddos or ones with short attention spans it would be a good idea to make the heart smaller. This one takes a while. http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/valentines-crafts-for-kids-tissue-paper-heart/#

Have fun and be creative with these ideas, but don’t forget the best part, sharing what you make with others! Happy Valentine’s Day!

All craft ideas found on Pinterest. For more ways to show your love, get insured! Visit http://www.wflains.org to learn more about our insurance and annuity products!