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.

2013 Trunk or Treat

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The Cedar Rapids  community enjoyed a second successful Trunk or Treat event this year! More than 160 kids came to the spooktacular event at the wfla parking lot in Cedar Rapids – 40 more than last year.  Sponsored by Western Fraternal Life Association, planned by YELL! CR, and assisted by members from Lodges 13, 262, and 500, the group provided candy and fun from 18 car trunks. Lodge 7 members also treated everyone to apple cider and hot chocolate. The kids were also able to decorate delicious cookies and not one kid passed up the opportunity!

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Dressed as scarecrows, witches, M & M candy, Coca-Cola cans, zombies, and more, wfla members and Home Office employee’s car trunks showed spookiness galore, to the children’s delight. Visitors passing by Sandy and Russ’s (of Lodge 7) car were nearly scared out of their wits by a zombie in a casket  and voices crying for help coming from their car. As kids tried to grab the candy in the casket, a moving head chattered at them. sandi and russ

Spider webs were draped the front of the tree in the circle drive, along with a flying ghost draped from a tree branch. Tombstones were propped against bales of hay in the driveway or shown in member’s trunks. Bats, spiders and ghosts, and orange Halloween lights danced from the raised trunks. Members play their part in making sure the event was fun for the kids.Even pets made the event in thier best costumes.

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Participating kids came as skeletons, ghosts, jesters, princesses, darth vader, spiderman and many other assorted characters.

 

More neighbors decided to venture out close to home, as well as people from around town. Each family lined up at a start table at the circle drive, received goodie bags with wfla literature and toys for kids, proceeded to the refreshment table, and then circulated to each trunk for their treats. Parents commented that they had seen the event advertised on the street signs in front of the building, in the online calendar, or received the postcard invitation. We explained to them that wfla sells life insurance and annuities and does community service, giving its profits back to members and community groups.

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Talking with neighbors and other lodge members was the treat for the employees, in addition to the smiles on the children’s faces. With the second successful year behind us, we are already planning an even better Trunk or Treat next year. Plan now to come next year for another safe and “fright-tastic” time.