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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

Relay for Life

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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New Health and Wellness Clinic update

Construction of the new health and wellness center is well underway!

West Bend’s new health and wellness center, operated by QuadMed, is moving along as scheduled. The clinic will provide a full spectrum of medical care, including annual physicals and immunizations, preventive screenings, and lab work. The grand opening is expected during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Kevin Steiner awarded Don Contardi Commitment Award

Kevin Steiner honored by MACC Fund

West Bend’s Kevin Steiner was awarded the MACC Fund’s Don Contardi Commitment Award by Jon McGlocklin, president and co-founder of the MACC Fund, at the August 18 MACC Fund Event at the Prairie Center. The award was presented as part of the company’s fifth biennial Silver Lining MACC Fund Event.

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Don Contardi was an early member of the MACC Fund’s board of directors whose tenure dated back to 1978. A commercial real estate executive, he was dedicated to helping children and was deeply touched by those battling cancer. Sadly, he was later diagnosed with cancer and died in 1984. The MACC Fund established the award – the only award the MACC Fund gives each year – in 1985. It’s given to an individual or company personifying Don’s commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

In presenting the award, Jon McGlocklin noted, “Kevin Steiner, like Don Contardi, is a valued member of the MACC Fund’s board of directors. Like Don, he has a passion for helping the children, and his career and commitment clearly show that. He personifies the goodness and kindness of this award’s great namesake.”

You can read more at The Business Journal here.

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The Silver Lining MACC Fund Event

West Bend raises $458,000 for MACC Fund!

On August 18, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, along with independent insurance agents who represent our company and key business partners, came together to support the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. At the end of the day, West Bend President and CEO Kevin Steiner proudly presented a check to the MACC Fund!

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(From left): Andy North, Robin Yount, Kevin Steiner, and Jon McGlocklin with the check, showing the preliminary amount raised, from The Silver Lining MACC Fund Event at West Bend.

 

This is the fourth year West Bend has hosted the event. In 2012, participants raised $292,000; in 2010, $154,000; in 2008, $76,000; and in 2006, nearly $60,000.

Accepting the donation were Jon McGlocklin, co-founder and president of the MACC Fund and former Milwaukee Buck; Robin Yount, strong supporter of the MACC Fund and former Milwaukee Brewer; and Andy North, member of the MACC Fund Fund’s Honorary Athletic Board and former professional golfer.

“I’m very proud of the entire West Bend team who created a perfect day for our event,” Kevin Steiner said. “Our independent agency partners and business partners stepped up and generously supported the MACC Fund. The impact of their contributions is substantial and certainly gives hope to children fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders.”

The MACC Fund is a charitable organization founded in 1976 by McGlocklin and former Buck’s announcer Eddie Doucette to support pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research in Wisconsin. Since its inception, the MACC Fund has contributed more than $50 million to this cause. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period.

With continued support, we can only hope that Jon’s wish that someday there will be no need for the MACC Fund will come true.

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