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Honor Flight Veterans Visit West Bend With Their Stories

Four U.S. veterans shared their Honor Flight experiences with West Bend associates recently. Featured panel members included associates’ family members: Norman Feucht (father of Debbie Schultz), Howie Lange (father-in-law of Gina Lange), Harold Mueller (father-in-law of Gina Mueller), and Joseph Spaeth (father of Steve Spaeth). Joining them on the panel were Steve Spaeth (Honor Flight guardian), Ryan Jazak (nephew of associate Sue Jazak and Honor Flight volunteer and fundraiser), and Paula Nelson (president of Stars & Stripes Honor Flight).

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West Bend Assoicate Dances for a Cause

Citizen Advocates of Washington County is an organization that works to make a difference in the lives of people by creating relationships that see beyond disabilities. Each year, they hold a gala with a competition similar to Dancing with the Stars, in which community members compete with professional dance partners to raise money for good causes. Wendy Schwake, West Bend EPMO team member, was an amateur dance competitor at this year’s event, taking second place overall in the competition and raising more than $1,300! Congratulations, Wendy!

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Argent Has A New Home

In less than a year since ground was broken, Argent’s new office will be open for business! This weekend, West Bend’s Internal Services staff will move Argent from its current location to new digs in Waukesha. Argent associates will report to their new office Monday morning.


The new office is truly an extension of West Bend's corporate headquarters. Set off the road and surrounded by natural beauty, including wetlands and wooded areas, the new office boasts beautiful exterior and interior finishes, including natural barn wood salvaged from the original farmstead formerly located at the site. Like West Bend's headquarters, Argent’s new office building includes an onsite fitness center and outside
walking trails. And much like here in West Bend, wildlife thrives; turkey, ducks, and deer are just some of the animals regularly spotted on the grounds.

At 20,000 square feet, the office will accommodate up to 100 associates.

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West Bend Team Rides for the Arts

Several West Bend associates rode through cool and windy weather on May 31 to raise $800 for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Ride For The Arts.

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West Bend Celebrates Cultures – Bulgaria

The legend goes: When God was giving away land to peoples, the Bulgarian was working on a field and he came last to take his part. He was known as a good and hard-working man and God decided to give him a part of his own land – Paradise!

A group of Bulgarian dancers visted West Bend, and delighted associates during the lunch hour with many traditional Bulgarian dances and songs.

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Silver Lining 5K for Kids

At 10:00am last Sunday, May 31, with clear skies and cooler temps, 600 people participated in this year’s fundraising event for our local Boys and Girls Club. The West Bend team numbered 145, some of whom took home a prize for placing in the top three in their divisions. Congratulations!

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2015 Silver Lining Scholarship Winners

We’re happy to announce the 2015 West Bend Mutual Insurance Company scholarship winners!


• Theresa Smiley – Silver Lining® Scholarship
• Elizabeth Leichtle – Silver Lining Scholarship
• Nicole Heimark – WBMI Columns Scholarship
• Heather May – WBMI KEYS Scholarship
• Rick Korinek – WBMI Honours Scholarship
• Joseph Turchi – UWWC Scholarship
• Travis Wiedmeyer – UWWC Scholarship
• Nicholas Montag – UWWC Scholarship
• Rebekah McKinley – UWWC Scholarship


There was an overwhelming number of applicants for the Silver Lining Scholarship this year, making it a very tough decision for our committee. Starting this year, and for every year going forward, West Bend will
award two $10,000 Silver Lining Scholarships!

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Run Away to the Bay

On Saturday, April 25, a team of West Bend associates participated in the annual Run Away to the Bay relay run. This is a 55-mile race from Oshkosh to Green Bay. The team, “I Thought They Said Rum,” included Brandon Hahn, Jamie Beck, Jerrid Gimenez, Debbie Schultz, and Kim Lefeber.

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West Bend Appreciates Art

Two years ago, at the request of the Art Committee, niches were built outside Conference Room Esker 237. The purpose of the niches was to display fine art pieces and West Bend's Art Committee soon found beautiful pieces for most of the spaces. The only one that remained was a long shelf at the top. The committee didn’t have much luck finding just the right piece so they asked several artists and gallery owners to view the space and share their ideas. By late 2014, the committee had narrowed it down to two artists, both of whom sent proposals. Last December, the committee chose Stephen Cox. He started the piece, named "Imagine" soon thereafter and he installed it March 31.