Monday, 06 February 2012 by Justin Cox
After more than 128 years since its founding, one of the nation's oldest non-profit organizations has its first official representative in the greater Central Texas area.
Modern Woodmen Financial Representative Cyndi Woytek joined members of the Belton Chamber of Commerce Tuesday at their Belton office with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Modern Woodman office in Temple.
Originally founded in 1883, the organization has a nationwide membership of more than 760,000.
"Our goal is to help individuals, families and businesses plan for their financial life, whether it's protection with life insurance, savings for college or retirement planning," Woytek said. "I really enjoy working with small business owners. Often, they believe that they are unable to provide retirement planning for their employees, however we show them how they can do that at little or no cost to them."
Because they are also a non-profit organization, a lot of the organization's emphasis, and her own, Woytek said, will be focused on getting the community involved in beneficial programs to improve quality of life.
Modern Woodmen's philanthropic financial efforts of family-oriented member benefits and programs amounted to $23.75 million in 2010 alone. These benefits and programs include disaster relief assistance, college scholarships, social and volunteer service programs by adult chapters and youth service clubs nationwide, and educational programs for schools and youth groups.
"Getting to know the community and getting involved is very important to me, and important to my business," she added. "We offer avenues that perhaps other financial institutions otherwise may not be able to expore because we are fraternal-based."
She said that her Temple-based office will engage community members throughout all of Central Texas, and actively seek out participants for community improvement efforts.
Networking with people and businesses will be a main point of emphasis for Woytek, who should have no problem with reaching out with her 20-plus years of experience in the Central Texas retail industry.