Program changes allow Thrivent to extend services to more people


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The local Walworth County chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans holds an annual meeting in November for election of officers and to provide its members with information and education.
One responsibility of the board is to help make decisions regarding the disbursement of the $3,200 for this year’s Care Abounds in Communities Program. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans understands that every community has unique and ever-changing needs. The Care Abounds in Communities program provides chapters the flexibility to help other members, individuals and nonprofit organizations in a way that works best for all involved. Funding can be used for charitable (fund-raisers and hands-on service projects), educational and member social activities. A nonprofit organization must fall under the federal income tax Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Recipients do not have to be Thrivent members. More information about this program and requests can be made by contacting any local chapter board member. Walworth County chapter board consists of president Gary Steuck (845-2267), vice president Larry Lutz (649-6326), treasurer Eric Schley (848-0023), records director Becky Schlomer (762-3317) and Pastor Dennis Fonkert (845-7938).
In a recent membership election, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced that its membership approved an extension of its common bond, which will allow the 111-year fraternal benefit society to serve more Christians. Seventy-two percent of Thrivent members who cast their votes during the March 1 through April 30 timeframe voted in favor of revising the organization’s articles of incorporation. Nearly 425,000 members participated in this historic vote, more than double the turnout of other typical membership votes at Thrivent.
“One of the unique aspects of Thrivent is that our benefit members are our owners so they get to make these important decisions,” Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent, said. “However, we are looking at this from a long-term perspective and changes will be gradual.”

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