Merry Christmas everyone!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love it most for many reasons. It is a time when families gather together to share a special kinship (usually over a table full of food). It is the sharing of gifts; and not just the kind with bright bows that the children love to open but the greatest gifts of love and the sharing of special traditions. It is the time when we reflect on the past year and all that made it wonderful.
It is also for all of these reasons I love Hermann Sons Life. Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, lodges gather together to share the kinship of their Hermann Sons Life family. Generations of members share the traditions of the past and create new traditions together. And as I look back at this past year I am reminded that sharing and giving were at the forefront of what we did.
Lodges have always come together to support their communities. You can’t pick up an issue of our newspaper without reading about another fund-raiser or donation to a volunteer fire department, food bank or other community needs.
This year lodges and members also supported several Home Office initiatives.
In July we hosted our first Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp. The generous donations of lodges, members and business associates made it possible for 40 children to receive specialized assistance in a healing atmosphere.
In August, Hermann Sons Life lodges and members responded in a big way when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast. More than $20,000 was raised to help with recovery efforts.
And most recently, lodges, members and friends of Hermann Sons Life stepped up once again with donations to help the residents of the Sutherland Springs community as they deal with the aftermath of their own tragedy.
The Hermann Sons Life spirit of giving isn’t just a holiday phenomenon; it is our continuous purpose. When you choose to be a part of Hermann Sons Life, you aren’t just recognizing the importance of life insurance protection; you’re choosing to strengthen community.
On behalf of the Directors, Officers and Hermann Sons Life staff I wish all of our members a very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year.