|Four page newsletter: October 2008|
|Four page newsletter: October 2008|
|Eau Claire County Chapter, October 2008|
|Join us for the YEAR END CELEBRATION and ANNUAL MEETING|
It could be you....the lucky winner of a $500 travel voucher from Higgens Travel & Cruise Center. Yes, we are once again giving away this top prize and here's how you can be eligible.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans along with Financial Associates and Board members will be hosting the annual meeting and year end celebration at Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. This evening of entertainment will occur on Sunday, October 26 starting with social hour at 4:30 and dinner at 5:30 p.m. which will include a buffet style meal, a guest speaker, annual meeting and prize giveaways. Members must be present to win!
Elections for new board members will also take place. At the present time, we know the following positions are open for election: Financial Director & Communications Director. Anyone who is interested in becoming a board member to fill one of these positions can call Harold Page at 715-877-2636. Also, all positions are open each year to new nominees, regardless of term limit served.
Every member is welcome! If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennie Childs, Associate at 715-833-3593 or complete your Election Invitation that you should have received in the mail and send back to Jennie Childs, 2519 N. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, WI 54720. Thrivent has supplemented the total cost leaving members with a cost of $10 to attend.
Thrivent Financial, Eau Claire Chapter held it's annual member appreciation cookout on July 23rd at Carson Park in Eau Claire. Over 360 members were served and enjoyed a summer picnic in the shade. There were lots of kids activities including games, clown and snow cone machine (even the big kids enjoyed this one!)
Thanks to those who brought canned goods for St. Francis Food Pantry, over 589 pounds of food was collected during the picnic. St. Francis sent our chapter a very nice Thank You for all the donations. What an impact for the community...your kindness is appreciated!
Later, Nathan Sorensen, a youth Thrivent member threw out the first pitch before the Eau Claire Express took on the Madison Mallards. Thrivent Financial also gave away several adult and children's door prizes including a Higgens Travel voucher at the game.
A special thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible and gave freely of their time.
|LUTHERANS NIGHT AT THE BALL PARK WAS A HIT!|
On Tuesday, August 19th, Thrivent Financial sponsored a bus trip to the Metrodome in Minneapolis for the 15th annual Lurtheran Night at the Twins who took on the Oakland Athletics. The bus departed from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Altoona in the afternoon. Members were served a sub lunch before getting on the bus. When arrriving at the stadium, some members then attended a Thrivent gathering outside the stadium to enjoy inspirational music and complimentary ice cream treats. The bus ride was free, but members paid a reduced group fee for the game. A good time was had by all. Thank you to Jennie Childs and others who helped organize this trip. We hope to do this kind of event again in the future for members.
|THRIVENT FINANCIAL IS HELPING LUTHERANS THRIVE DURING MARKET VOLATILITY|
Watching recent news about failing banks and mortgage companies, government bailouts and stock market declines, might make one think that all financial organizations are in trouble. Fortunately for Lutherans, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans remains strong and committed to helping you with your short-term needs and long-term financial strategies.
For more than a century, Thrivent Financial has been meeting the needs of its members, their congregations and their communities. By making decisions with the best interests of members in mind, the organization is well positioned to continue this precedent – even in the midst of unprecedented economic conditions.
In fact, Thrivent Financial just had its ability to meet its financial obligations, such as paying out insurance claims, reaffirmed by independent insurance analysts. Thrivent Financial is one of just 14 financial services providers to receive the very highest A++ rating (1st of 15 possible ratings) from A.M. Best, and Fitch Ratings gave Thrivent Financial a strong AA+ rating (2nd of 21 possible ratings). These ratings reflect Thrivent Financial’s overall financial integrity and claims paying ability, however, they do not apply to the investment performance of investment products.
To learn more about Thrivent Financial’s stability or how Thrivent Financial can help you with your financial strategy, visit www.thrivent.com/marketresponse or contact your Thrivent Financial for Lutherans representative.
|COME VISIT THRIVENT FINANCIAL AT THE 2008 BUSINESS EXPO|
The Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will be held on the 22nd of October at the Ramada Convention Center downtown. Cost is $5 and the expo is open from 10 -3 p.m. on the 22nd for the general public. There are seminars, prizes, food and over 130 businesses participating...including Thrivent Financial! Seminars on Wednesday include a variety of topics: How to Stay Young, Energy Efficiency, Changing Face of Health Care, Controllling Your Health Care Costs, just a few to mention. Our booth number is 84 in the downstairs ballroom. Please stop by and say hello if you come!
|AREA STUDENTS CAPTIVATED BY INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER, BOB LENZ|
Bob Lenz is considered one of the nation's top youth speakers. He has been speaking to young people for over 20 years and has an amazing ability to connect with them on a heart level while sharing on relevant and challenging topics. His passion is to help youth see the value in their lives and in the lives of others. The Thrivent - Eau Claire Chapter decided to sponsor an event hosted by Bob on Monday, September 29th.
Bob spoke to approximately 300 students at Fall Creek Middle school in the morning and then traveled and spoke to 450 students at Altoona Middle school in the afternoon. Then in the evening, spoke to about 100 at Delong on Monday night. He shared his personal testimony at the evening event and during the day addressed issues that the schools are currently experiencing. Bob was able to hold their attention and they were able to intereract with him. AJ the illusionist was also there and the crowd participated as well during his show. To learn more about Bob, you can go to his website: http://www.lifespeaking.com.
|TO CONTINUE THE GOOD OF THRIVENT LOCALLY|
The Thrivent Care Abounds Communities for Eau Claire County is staffed by volunteer Thrivent members. Our goal is to work with Thrivent members who are promoting fund raisers to support in-need persons or organizations by dispersing funds provided by Thrivent. This year events were fulfilling because we were able to support charitable organizations such as Bolton House and St. Francis Food Pantry. Perhaps someone you know has received funds from the Thrivent Committee as a result of a fund raising activity. Therefore you have seen the benefits of what the committee can do. The fulfilling aspect is Thrivent members helping other Thrivent members by spending volunteer hours to create a change in someone’s life.
The By-Laws prevent a member of the committee to serve beyond a four year term without removing themselves from the committee for one year. Every Thrivent member should get an opportunity to serve on the committee if for no other reason then helping people in need within Eau Claire county, our community. The newsletter is our avenue to reach out and notify Thrivent members of the openings available on the committee. Without someone volunteering for the open positions, the board does not have the required people to vote & complete the committee’s business therefore will not be able to carry out the great deeds for so many people in need. Please give Harold Page a call at 877-2636 and let us know how you can help!
|THRIVENT FINANCIAL EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP THAT CHAPTERS CAN SUPPORT WINS NATIONAL AWARD|
More Than Money Matters, a Thrivent Financial-developed educational workshop that helps people learn to manage their money in a way that is consistent with their values, recently won the 2008 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award from the Institute for Financial Literacy.
More Than Money Matters is an interactive, values-based workshop led by Thrivent Financial representatives. This basic money management workshop consists of six sessions that help people identify what is most important in their lives and then set appropriate financial goals.
Thrivent chapters can support specific workshops, led by Thrivent Financial representatives (FRs), that educate participants about financial topics in the context of their values. To learn more about this workshop or other eligible workshops and how your chapter can support them, contact your regional Manager of Lutheran Community Services (MLCS) or a member of the LCS Team. They can connect you with a Thrivent Financial representative who can partner with you to offer one of these values-based educational workshops to members.
|2008 Chapter Leadership Board|
President: Garth Melville 715-832-1855 GAMelville@aol.com
Vice President: Harold Page 715-877-2636 email@example.com
Records Director Kim Ruff 715-877-2883 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Director: Paul Barstad 715-878-4901 email@example.com
Congregational Service team Director: Gary Kunz 715-877-2850 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Financial Director: Eugene Schroeder 715-286-5063 no email
Communications Director: Sheri Sorensen 715-877-2691 email@example.com
Community Service Team Director: Sandra Dickinsen 715-877-2489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Events Director: Rebecca Tumm 715-563-2261 email@example.com
Youth Director: Tim Kich 715-834-1454 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Associate Advisor(s)
Jennie Childs 715-833-3593 or email@example.com
Dan Schroeder 715-833-8770 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Representative: Kirsten Pieterick
Lutheran Community Services Specialist Betty Qualheim 800-340-9302 or email@example.com