Local AAL branch honored for service Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood (AAL/LB) is recognizing AAL branch 5230 in Volin for its effectiveness in bringing AAL/LB's charitable resources straight to its members' own community. The branch recently received a Gold Star rating, the highest given by the fraternal organization, for its community service efforts.
Branch leaders for branch 5230 are Chairman Glenn Nelson, Meckling; recorder Lois Steenhoven and Treasurer Butch Steenhoven, both of Volin; and Coordinator Marlys Jensen, Meckling.
AAL/LB is a fraternal benefit society that was formed through the merger of Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) of Appleton, WI, and Lutheran Brotherhood (LB) of Minneapolis at the beginning of this year The organization is honoring its branch members for their service to Lutherans and to others in their communities during 2001.
To achieve a Gold Star rating, the branch must conduct regular business meetings, an election and a planning meeting, and sponsor at least one benevolent, one educational, and one member welcome or membership growth event. Three additional activities of any combination must be conducted to receive this superior rating. The branch also must submit an annual financial report and achieve an average of two volunteer hours per benefit member in the branch.
AAL/LB's more than 11,500 branches throughout the country meet regularly to carry out a variety of volunteer efforts, fund-raising projects and educational programs to help themselves, their communities and people in need.
Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood merged on Jan. 1, 2002, to create Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood (AAL/LB), the largest fraternal benefit society in the United States. Composed of nearly three million members, the organization offers a broad array of financial products and services, as well as charitable programs, to Lutherans, their families and their communities.