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Associates Celebrate Halloween at West Bend!

Many associates got in the Halloween spirit by dressing up in costume. West Bend also hosted a trick-or-treat for children and grandchildren of associates. Much fun was had by all!

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Associates host fall bake sale and raffle

The Claims/Legal teams hosted a fall bake sale and raffle to raise money for families in need this holiday season! All bake sale items were donated and made by West Bend associates.

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West Bend is United Way pacesetter!

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West Bend continues to show its unwavering support of the United Way of Washington County annual fundraising campaign. Gathered is the West Bend Officer team as well as campaign supporters to recognize our achievements so far with the 2014 “Giving is Sweet” campaign.

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Silver Lining Social goes Up In Smoke!

Last week’s Silver Lining Social featured a few new twists! First, BBQ aficionados Tony Riek, Dave Paral, Jed Jablonski, and Dave Gableman, all IT associates, put their skills to the test, barbequing their tender, juicy, and delicious contenders in a match to see which was the favorite among their fellow associates.

Time is one of the secret ingredients for Tony and Dave G. They both began the smoking process at 2:00am! Dave, who lives in Greendale, even stayed at the Hampton Inn so he wouldn’t have to make a midnight commute.

“I was concerned about access to the building, and the meat I was barbequing was locked in a cooler in the kitchen, but Facilities was very helpful,” Dave said. “Within 30 seconds of my call, the Facilities person was at my side, and they were able to get access to everything I needed. The weather was nice; it was actually warmer in those early morning hours than for the actual social later that day. It all worked out very well. We had a lot of fun.”

As BBQ smoke filled the air outside the Prairie Center on October 1, West Bend associates stopped by throughout the day to fill their nostrils with the sweet and spicy aromas. During the social, everyone had a chance to taste and vote. When it was all said and eaten, the pork shoulder was voted Associates’ Choice!

The second twist for last week’s Silver Lining Social was participation by the Pathfinders. Pathfinders is program through which new associates team up with current associates who help them get acclimated to West Bend. Tony is in the program and is partnered with his Pathfinder, Steve Cundy from Human Resources. Everyone who attended this special Silver Lining Social received a raffle ticket to win some great prizes provided by the Pathfinder Program. Any associate who participated in the Pathfinder Program at any time received an extra ticket. Any associate who came to the Social with his/her Pathfinder, received two extra tickets. Another added bonus to this Silver Lining Social was the s’mores associates made on the patio when the fall air turned chilly.

So while this most recent Silver Lining Social featured some great barbequed meat, the Pathfinders, and s’mores, the most important thing didn’t change. It was a great way for associates to get to know each other better and have a great time!

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West Bend is still a "best place to work"!

For the second consecutive year, West Bend has been named a Best Place to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine! West Bend was ranked number two in the large company category.

This national program recognizes the “best” employers in the insurance industry and includes benefit brokers/consultants, claims managers, group life/health insurers, property/casualty insurers, retail agents/brokers, reinsurance brokers, reinsurers, and wholesale brokers/managing general agents. The company that is ranked number one is a retail agent/broker which means West Bend is the number-one property/casualty insurance carrier!

Congratulations to all West Bend associates on earning this honor!

Top Winners – Large Employer Category:
1. Lockton Cos. LLC
2. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
3. Unum Group
4. The Hanover Insurance Group Inc.
5. Philadelphia Insurance Cos.
6. Great American Insurance Group

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Health and Wellness Clinic now open!

West Bend’s Health and Wellness Center officially opened for business on Monday, October 13. Associates had the opportunity to preview the onsite clinic, as well as meet Joelle Jrolf, physician’s assistant, and Shannon Schultz, medical assistant at two open houses, held Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9. Refreshments and drawings for door prizes were at both events, and spouses and family members were invited to attend.
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Recharge Wednesday hits the spot!

Each Wednesday afternoon, associates are offered a special treat to "recharge" their mid-week batteries!

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Health and Wellness Clinic on track!

The new Health and Wellness Clinic, scheduled to open on October 13, is on track! Shown here are the lab, exam room, and the lobby.

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The Silver Lining team - Relay for Life

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Once again, the Silver Lining® team was the top fundraiser with more than $10,000 raised for the American Cancer Society! Overall, the event raised more than $102,000!

West Bend associates held fundraisers leading up to the event, as well as participated in the event with a team that included several of West Bend's own survivors.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

West Bend associates take the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Over 200 West Bend Mutual Insurance associates and officers took the part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS! West Bend made a $5000 donation to the ALS Association.

Following the challenge, West Bend challenged Westbury Bank, QuadMed, and Society Insurance to take the Ice Bucket Challenge!

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