Last updated July 10, 2009
Founded in 1883 by Joseph Cullen Root, modern woodmen of america is now the third largest fraternal benefits society, with more than 760,000 members. Root’s goal was to create an organization that would protect a family in the event that its breadwinner died. The term “woodmen” was inspired by an old parable about the good that came from the woodmen clearing the forests to build homes, communities and security for their family. “Modern” was meant to reflect the need to stay current and change with the times. The ending “of America” was added to symbolize the patriotism of the organization. Today, Modern Woodmen is continuing to emphasize security and keeping up-to-date, just as the name intended. Its main product lines are life insurance, annuity and investment products designed for the family market.
Modern Woodmen’s organization closely resembles a lodge system. Called camps, these local organizations offer fellowship and community service opportunities for members. Modern Woodmen members are part of more than 2,300 camps nationwide and more than 700 youth clubs.
Modern Woodmen members across the country participate in Join Hands Day and Make a Difference Day, which are national days of service; camps and youth clubs also participate in recurring volunteer and social projects throughout the year. The organization’s Matching Fund Program matches money raised by individual camps for community members or organizations in need.
Modern Woodmen’s fraternal expenditures for member benefits and programs totaled more than $22 million in 2006. These programs include disaster relief, college scholarships, tree planting, volunteer programs and educational programs.
Modern Woodmen of America health insurance includes a variety of coverage options. These options include:
Contact Modern Woodmen of America:
Modern Woodmen of America
1701 1st Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Telephone: (800) 447-9811
Sources: “General Information About Modern Woodmen,” Modern Woodmen Web site, 2009; “Modern Woodmen of America,” Wikipedia, May 14, 2009; “Additional Insurance Products,” Modern Woodmen Web site, 2009