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 http://www.lifehappens.org/lifecalculator 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.
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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.

Generations

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This entry is a reproduction of a Kelsey’s Korner article that was first published in the June 2013 Fraternal Herald.

Here is something interesting to think about: wfla’s long history (116 years and counting!) means that right now is not the first time we have run into generational differences. This is a quote from one of our Presidents, “We need to make greater progress in reviving all lodge activities so that greater numbers of members will attend our meetings where in a friendly atmosphere they may enjoy proper social contact with their fellowmen.” What decade do you think that sentence was written? If you said 1950, you would be correct. President John Rompotl said this in his annual address to the members in the Fraternal Herald in January 1956.

It is clear that getting new members and maintaining the lodge system is something wfla has always strived to do, even 60 years ago. The dedication of our members and agents is what has made this organization survive and thrive for so many years. Because of our members, we have survived! Those who are in leadership positions now, many in their 70’s, 80’s, or even 90’s, were young in the 1950’s when the article was written. Something drove those members to come to the meetings. It was the commonality, the bonds of community and the fraternalism we have always provided. Today, we can offer the same thing, but we need to package it differently to appeal to different generations. Looking to offer family fun, community involvement, and leadership opportunities are the same values as before, but using words the younger generations ‘get.’ If you need more ideas about how to get young members involved, contact Kelsey Logan at klogan@wflains.org.