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Patrick Dees Elected Chair of the American Fraternal Alliance Board of Directors

Omaha, NE – September 14, 2015 – The American Fraternal Alliance recently announced the election of Patrick L. Dees, WoodmenLife Executive Vice President, Fraternal, to chair of its Board of Directors for a term of one year. Dees was installed at the 2015 Annual Meeting, September 12, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 “The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Pat on his election to serve as Chair of the Board,” said Alliance President and CEO Joseph J. Annotti. “The Alliance has had a long history of strong leadership and Pat will be a key player in our efforts to move the Alliance and the fraternal benefit system forward with innovation and strategic thinking.

As Chair of the Alliance’s Board of Directors, Dees will provide oversight and counsel for Alliance staff, lead policymaking decisions and represent the fraternal benefit system of 68 member societies with more than nine million members, at insurance-industry and fraternal gatherings throughout the United States.

Dees serves WoodmenLife as Executive Vice President, Fraternal. In this position, he oversees the Marketing and Fraternal Division, and leads the organization’s civic, charitable and patriotic efforts nationwide.

He began his WoodmenLife career in 1988, in Angleton, TX, and moved to WoodmenLife’s Home Office in 2009, becoming the Vice President, Field. He was soon promoted to Senior Vice President & National Field Manager, overseeing all WoodmenLife Representatives and sales strategy.

Dees is also on the Board of Directors of WoodmenLife’s subsidiaries: Woodmen Financial Services, which offers investment products; and, a non-profit online charitable giving site connecting people and projects that need help with people who want to give it.

About the American Fraternal Alliance

The American Fraternal Alliance promotes and supports the missions of its 68 not-for-profit fraternal benefit society members operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Fraternal benefit societies are a different kind of life insurance provider, securing members’ futures through reliable financial service offerings, and giving back to their local communities through meaningful volunteer activities. Alliance member societies represent nearly 9 million individuals, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks. Through advocacy, policy and providing opportunities for a broader understanding of fraternal benefit societies as financial providers and community service activists, the Alliance serves as a vital and valued resource. The Alliance promotes the fraternal model, member involvement and interaction as well as collaboration with industry, public policymakers and non-profit community service organizations. The American Fraternal Alliance delivers highly effective and efficient operations regarding membership, and allows every board and committee member to have a voice in issues that affect the Alliance and member fraternals.

About WoodmenLife®

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not-for-profit. We give back to our more than 700,000 member customers, who share a commitment to family, community and country, and the communities in which they live. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds,* and 529 College Savings Plans.*To learn more about WoodmenLife, visit

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Photo: Patrick Dees, Executive Vice President, Fraternal