Q and A about the upcoming convention

Western Fraternal Life building

Western Fraternal Life building

Q: What is the National Convention?
A: The National Convention is Western Fraternal Life’s legislative and governing body. Delegates are elected by members from each lodge. At the Convention, delegates elect the Board of Directors and the Association President. They also consider and vote on proposals for changes to the bylaws and donations from the Association.

Q: When is the National Convention Held?

A: The National Convention is held every four years. The next convention will be July 23-July 24, 2015 at the Mariott Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Q: Who can be a Delegate?
A: Any member 16 years or older in good standing both at the time of the election and at the time of service. Member delegates and alternates are elected by the lodge and should have attended at least four meetings per year and be active participants in the lodge.
Q: How are Delegates chosen?
A: Each lodge is entitled to one delegate and alternate for every one hundred (100) members, rounded to the nearest 100. (For example, a lodge with 231 delegates would get two delegates and two alternates. A lodge with 460 members would get five delegates and five alternates.) Any member in good standing is entitled to be voted on and elected. To encourage young members to become actively involved, each lodge will be granted one additional delegate if that additional delegate is age 40 or under at the time of election. Lodges vote for delegates and alternates between November 1 and April 1 in the twelve month period preceding the Convention. Results of the election must be received by the Association no later than April 15.
Q: What are the responsibilities of the delegates?
A: The main job is to understand the issues and to know who is running for election. Since you are representing the lodge, you need to find out how members feel about the issues and who the majority would vote for. Once at the convention, you should be present for all votes.
Q: If I am a delegate for my lodge, will I have to pay for travel, hotel, meals, and registration expenses?
A: The delegate will receive a set travel allowance and a set hotel allowance not to exceed three nights from the Association. Most meals will be provided during the Convention. Your lodge may vote to cover the cost of the difference for the hotel, meals, or travel expenses not covered. There will be a registration fee for each delegate that is either covered by the lodge or the member delegate. Please check with your lodge to find out if money has been or will be set aside for such expenses.
Q: Can guests be a part of the convention?
A: Yes, there is a special place where paid guests can register and watch the proceedings; however they are not allowed to address the floor or vote. Paid guests will be able to receive the same meal package as the group.
Q: Who should I contact with questions?
A: Contact the Association’s Administrative Assistant Sandi Seaver through our toll free telephone: (877) 935-2467 or e-mail at sseaver@wflains.org.

An Agent You Should Know: Randy Kolarik

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By Kelsey Clapp

Randy Kolarik began with Western Fraternal Life Association in July 1989, following in his father, Rudy Kolarik’s, footsteps. Randy attended the University of Wisconsin in River Falls and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science with minors in Agri-Business and Farm Management. He and his wife Jodi have three children, Nick, Elizabeth, and Celia.

Randy was brought to wfla by former agency manager Dean Estling. What drew him to this company was what it offered as a whole. “It is a small company, but it is great not only being able to offer the insurance security, but also having the community service aspect. It is the ideal situation.” He loves the Single Premium Whole Life product that wfla has to offer because you are able to cover any age with it, and you know it will stay with the company because the premium has already been paid. Randy considers wfla’s scholarship program his favorite member benefit because it helps our members increase their knowledge. “You never know when that knowledge we are giving them could come back and help wfla in the future,” Randy noted.

Outside of his insurance business, Randy is active in Boy Scouts, church activities, and many different committees. Randy enjoys golfing, along with woodworking, and furniture refinishing. He likes to reclaim things from what he would consider the dump. Randy is a member of Lodge 108 and is the head cook for the lodge ‘booyah’ party that takes place annually. He actively participates in fraternal activities as a speaker at Lodge, District, and State Meetings.

In May, Randy will become the President of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. He will hold this position from May 2014- May 2015. His duties will include speaking at state chapter meetings, dealing with the issues that arise, and taking care of the books. Randy will need to be there to serve the FIC members, and he will head the NAFIC National Conventions. The Home Office would like to congratulate Randy on this wonderful achievement in his career.

Randy has been awarded many different awards from wfla. He has been named Agent of the Year three times: 1997, 2007 and 2011. Randy was also named to the Century Club, Golden Quill, and has been part of the President’s Cabinet several times. He is consistently one of wfla’s leading agents and serves many members throughout the state of Wisconsin. He has also served as the President of the Wisconsin Fraternal Insurance Counselors.

Randy has attended many of wfla’s agent incentive trips, but a few really stick out in his mind. “In Puerto Vallarta many years ago, we were the only boat out on the water. We could see three hump back whales; they were so close that we actually got sprayed by one of them. We think he was putting on a show for us. Two of them swam under our boat, and the eye on the mom was as big as a steering wheel. If they had flipped their tail, we would have been shipped wrecked,” Randy recalls.

Randy would like to leave everyone out there with a bit of advice, “If you are looking for a career opportunity this is a good place to be. WFLA is a small company that offers strong financial as well as communities service opportunities. You are able to talk directly to the president of the company, and you get to know the people behind the scenes. It is the perfect opportunity.”

WFLA is thankful to have Randy Kolarik as a part of our team and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.