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New Statue

Check out the new statue put out in our prairie near the horses.  😆😂

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Deon named Company Rep of the Year!

Join us in congratulating Deon, senior regional sales manager in North Carolina!
 
Deon was named Company Representative of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) of North Carolina at their recent annual convention. Very well deserved, thanks for all you do! 
 
Deon Dunn NC PIA award

 

Bring a Ball to the Ball

Over the summer, we had the pleasure of sponsoring the American Heart Association Bring a Ball to the Ball Drive. 

The event was a "drive-through" this year, it was still a huge success. ❤️ We love being able to help Wisconsin children and communities. Bring a Ball to the Ball 2021

 

Mom and Baby

Over the summer we had the cutest family call our prairie their home. 😍 Thanks to Linda for capturing this amazing photo. 

Mom and fawn

 

Well hello there!

Ever feel like someone is watching you? The deer on our campus are very curious. 

deer herd

 

Bees!

Last year we reintroduced beehives to the campus landscape. Four of the five bee colonies survived the winter and were in good shape this spring. The bees are very advantageous to have on campus. They are great pollinators for our fruit trees, our vegetables in the associate gardens, the shrubs and perennials in our campus beds, and for all of the wildflowers in our prairies. The hives are located in an area that is hidden and away from associate traffic. Undisturbed, the bees go about their business undetected. How cool?!198684836_818350668776493_2217993027242652394_n

 

2021's 25 Year Club Members

People are and always will be our very best asset. Recently we welcomed 14 new members to our 25 Year Club! Congratulations to: Becky, Carol, Angie, Jenny, Melissa, Brenda, Lisa, Ann, Eva, Sandy, and Lois, as well as Patti, Kelly, and Joanie (not pictured).
 
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Associate Gardens

Another great perk of working at West Bend is the associate garden plots. For only $25 associates can plan, beautiful, organic gardens. The gardens are looking great this year! Associate Gardens

 

Exciting Awards News

Exciting news! We've been recognized as one of the Best Employers for Women 2021 by Forbes and as a Great Place to Work for Millennials by Fortune. 

If you're interested in a career at West Bend, be sure to check out our current openings: https://www.thesilverlining.com/careers

best employers for women & great place to work for millennials

 

New Landscape

Our landscape renovation plan includes major changes inside the circle drive at the main front entrance. Specifically, the large copper beech tree and the metal burr oak tree have been relocated
and will be replaced with flower beds and lower vegetation. 

Relocating a mature tree is a major undertaking. We contracted with a landscape firm that specializes in this activity. Late in the fall, the ground at the base of the tree was covered with straw to prevent it from freezing. As temperatures dropped, the root ball was excavated, wrapped, and allowed to freeze solid. A mammoth 66,000-pound front-end loader was then used to lift and move the 18,000-pound tree and root ball.

The copper beech tree was originally planted in honor of Rocky Dedrick. The metal oak tree is a sculpture commemorating West Bend’s reaching $1 billion in assets in 2003. The tree and the sculpture have been relocated as features of the newly established Dedrick Prairie.

 

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