Looking Towards the Future

Change isn’t always easy, but it is necessary. We realize it can be scary when change occurs, but working together can make the process successful and rewarding. Since we all strive to do what’s best for Western Fraternal Life and its members, it is important to the Home Office and Board of Directors to have member input during the changes.
The board believes that while we always want to honor our heritage, we needed to start focusing on who we are today and in the future. So, how can we welcome new members while not changing our purpose or who we have been for over 115 years?
Updating our look:
We are updating our logo to better represent and define who we are. Currently, our logo is often confused with a radio station! We hired a local, member-owned company that will design our new logo and we will reveal it later this year.
Updating our message:
We created a tagline, a phrase or sentence that goes along with the logo, to tell people quickly about who we are and what we do. The tagline is Enriching Today, Insuring Tomorrow. We believe it captures our philanthropic efforts and how we aim to enrich our members and their communities, while helping them become financially secure.
We also updated our mission to better clarify who we are. The new mission: “Western Fraternal Life is a not-for-profit financial services organization that gives back to the communities where our members live and work.” We will use this mission to guide us in all of our endeavors from fraternal activities to business projects. We will ask, “How does this further our mission?”
Finally, to ensure that our name is consistent with the rest of the message, we will be using the shorter, “Western Fraternal Life,” and dropping the Association. Legally, our name hasn’t changed but we are shortening it for a couple reasons. First, we don’t want to be confused with a radio or television station anymore. Second, saying “Western Fraternal Life” gives a better understanding of what we do.
Who we are and what we do hasn’t changed but how we talk about ourselves has changed over the years. This is just one-step towards creating better visibility to current and future members with a clear, consistent message.
Please take the time to let us know what you think by filling out our member survey. The link to the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TKBBSF6

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month


June is “Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month”, so to celebrate, here are several recipes that will help put you and the kids in a festive fruit and veggie mood!

popsicle3Fresh Fruit & Lemonade Popsicles

• 2 cups lemonade, homemade or store bought
• variety of fresh fruits (for the ones pictured, kiwi slices, sliced strawberries, and blueberries were used.)
• Popsicle molds
Place your combination of fruit into each popsicle mold. Pour lemonade into each mold, covering fruit and leaving 1/4 inch space at the top. Freeze for at least 5 hours, or better yet, overnight. Run warm water over mold to loosen before eating. Yields 6 popsicles. Enjoy!


Fresh Fruit-infused Water

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• 1 large plastic or glass pitcher
• 1 gallon filtered water
• 2 cups chopped fresh fruit (add a variety of chopped fresh fruits such as nectarines, apples, berries, citrus, melon, kiwi, grapes or pineapple)
• Fresh herbs such as rosemary or fresh mint
1. Add the gallon of filtered water to the pitcher. Add the fresh fruit and herbs and mix well.
2. Allow the water to chill several hours to help the flavors blend.
Tip: This is great to keep on hand and sip throughout your day especially when you want something with flavor. Serves 8

German Cucumber Salad

cucumber saladPrep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
• 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
• 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 T white wine vinegar
• 4 oz. sour cream
• 1 tsp. sugar
• Fresh ground black pepper
• 2 T chopped fresh dill, or to taste

Place the sliced cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad mixture and toss to coat well. Chill at least 45 minutes before serving. Serves 4.