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FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS www.NomisPublications.com Monthly Columnsonline at know 24-hour news channels will spit out their senationalisms and social media will go on turning lies into truths. All I can say is I feel like the news anchor from the movie Network and I want to open my window and scream “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” I’m just afraid it will be met with deafening silence. I have never heard anyone refer to a political election as a gentlemanly sport. (I know gentlemanly is now a sexist remark, but it is a word that conveys a meaning, not a gender, and it works well in this instance.) I am at an age that I can remember when elections were a more civil event, which was a long time ago and far away. Long before 24-hour news channels had to sensationalize every aspect of the news to get better ratings. And social media could be used to report made up stories as truths. My father and grandfather called this “The Good Old Days,” I guess I am doing that now. Soon the 24-hour news channels will have their “talking heads” pontificating about their various scientific surveys and giving their insight as to how the races are progressing. Soon the political television ads will start, which usually do nothing more than bash the other candidate. Soon we will be arguing with friends and family about what we think should happen. And soon, tragically, relationships will be lost or severely damaged. And all for candidates that will tell us what they will do for us, but when elected will do as they damn well please. If you think I am somewhat jaded, I AM, but I do have a suggestion. The candidates of each party think they have the majority Oh No, Another Presidential Election Year!! of their party’s constituents in their pocket. The problem is that the majority of their “pocket group” are made up of us moderates. Since we are in their “pocket,” they virtually ignore us, while trying to sway the outliers. These are groups, often on the fringe, that are nothing more than loud. Unfortunately, this is how both parties work. My suggestion is let’s all switch to being independent voters, no party affiliation. Individually this will do little, but think what would happen if tens of millions, or better hundreds of millions of us moderates switched to be Independent. It would be revolutionary! What would happen if a candidate couldn’t count on their current huge block of votes from their party. Maybe they would pander to us moderates for a change. Maybe the elected officials would be held accountable for their actions while in office. Maybe incumbents wouldn’t continue to be elected term after term. Maybe we would become more important than the political parties. Maybe political parties would be much less important and actual results while in office would become important. I know none of this will happen, it is just a fairy tale bouncing around in my head. In reality the silent majority of us moderates have lost the belief that anything can or will change. We Wayne Huegerich Lisa Wind Angela Clough Jennifer Warne Tracy Whitaker nominated by their peers for their contributions to Homesteaders,” said Tonja Clark, Homesteaders senior vice president-human resources. “Homesteaders Heroes is an opportunity for employees to nominate their team members for living our core values. It is a reflection of our culture, which is one of teamwork and respect for what each of us brings to the table every day.” Homesteaders Heroes award winners were named in five categories: Angela Clough, account executive received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes an employee who demonstrates eagerness to learn, commitment to Homesteaders and engagement with the company and peers early in his or her career. “Angela demonstrated early on in her employment with Homesteaders exceptional qualities, including an eagerness to learn, commitment to the company, enthusiasm and engagement with her peers that are fitting of the award,” noted one of her nominators. “She brings her best and cares for each of her clients and prospects by getting involved on every level.” Jennifer Warne, director-strategic execution received the Outstanding Teamwork Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of a team who has demonstrated enthusiasm, cooperation, problem-solving skills, commitment to success and a consistently positive attitude. “Jen quickly set to work to establish a much better process to lay out the path forward for our EnGauge CRM,” described one of her nominators. “She built relationships with key customers, established the product council to guide the vision and then worked with the team to determine the product vision… As a result, the team is much stronger, more aligned and excited to dig into their work.” Tracy Whitaker, vice president-associate general counsel received the Innovation Award, which recognizes an employee for the successful implementation of a new or updated product, service or program that results in a measurable improvement in the company’s performance, processes or brand strength. “Tracy’s knowledge of the preneed compliance landscape is among the best in the industry,” said one of her nominators. “Her innovative approach to coalition building and lobbying over the last decade has had a tremendous impact on Homesteaders’ ability to sell our core products across the country.” Lisa Wind, manager-customer service phone teams received the Inspiring Leadership Award, which recognizes an employee who has shown incredible leadership skills and can be described as inspiring, decisive and visionary, yet humble and willing to give credit to others. “Lisa is a one-of-a-kind boss. She listens to you and is there to assist in any way she can,” wrote one of her nominators. “The team respects and appreciates her leadership skills, which help them become a successful member of the team and grow in their position.” Wayne Huegerich, senior vice president-accounting received the Enduring Impact Award, which recognizes an employee for a significant, long-term contribution or body of accomplishments to Homesteaders that make a lasting impact on the company’s success. “Wayne has an unmatched wealth of knowledge of Homesteaders and regulatory reporting requirements,” explained one of his nominators. No matter the challenge, “deadlines are always met, audits go smoothly and regulatory reports are always filed on time.” Homesteaders Announces Growth Rate Increase on New and In-Force Business Homesteaders has also announced a growth rate increase of an average of 60 basis points for all new business and an increase of six basis points for most in-force policies. These growth rate increases are in addition to the 30-basispoint increase that took effect in March of 2023 and are among the highest from any nationally ranked preneed provider. “We know that increasing growth rates and paying competitive commissions is incredibly important to help ensure our funeral home customers’ success,” said Steve Shaffer, Homesteaders president, CEO and board chair. “As a 117-yearold mutual company that focuses solely on end-of-life funding, everything we do works toward the benefit our funeral home partners and the profession. We are grateful that our strategic investments continue to help our company and our funeral home customers remain financially strong not just today, but also well into the future. We are proud of the work we have done to position Homesteaders to offer substantial growth rate increases year after year.” “Homesteaders’ ability to increase growth rates in 2023 and this additional upcoming increase on new and in-force business is evidence of our strong financial base for today and as we look forward into the future,” said Homesteaders Senior vice president-chief actuary Tom Doruska. “When you couple these growth rates with the bump in initial face amount on policies we issue, which is actually guaranteed growth from day one, that’s the inflation protection combination that makes us an industry leader.” “Additionally, our financial strength has enabled us to continue to make significant investments in solutions that help the funeral profession as a whole reach more consumers,” Shaffer said. “This includes offerings such as textbased aftercare and our eFuneral online sales platform, which help our funeral home partners enhance their brand and continue to prepare for the future.” Homesteaders’ growth increases took effect on January 15, 2024. Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is the national leader providing products and services to help people design a better farewell. Visit www.homesteaderslife. com to learn more. Homesteaders Honors Exceptional Employees Continued from Page B1 DIGITAL DIRECTORY Available Download instantly at www.NomisPublications.com Save on Shipping! CFSA 2024 Annual Conference on April 8-9, 2024 This event is an investment in your company’s future – gaining you access to thought leaders, allowing you to collaborate on best practices, energize, and develop leadership innovations. When we gather in Tampa, we will celebrate our legacy while forging connections with tomorrow's industry leaders. LOCATION HIGHLIGHT SAVE THE DATE! APRIL 8-9 2024 Westshore Business District, the Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa A luxurious experience in the industrial, commercial and financial hub of Florida. 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