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Local Thrivent Financial members honored for community service

The Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Regional Financial Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans recognized the Eastern Cass County Chapter as a Chapter of Excellence for its contributions to the local community in 2010. The award honors the chapter for its outstanding work to address area needs.

To earn the Chapter of Excellence award in 2010, a chapter had to meet key benchmarks related to growing the number of Thrivent benefit members, increasing Thrivent member satisfaction, holding educational and social activities, and reaching certain volunteer and fundraising goals.

The Eastern Cass County Chapter was awarded $500 to support a local food pantry of its choice and selected the Great Plains Food Bank as the recipient.

"Whether the cause is big or small, Thrivent Financial members come together to make a difference through charitable and educational outreach," said Mike Paulson, Lutheran Relationship Consultant for Thrivent Financial. "This award recognizes all individuals of the Eastern Cass County Chapter who joined together to strengthen our communities this past year."

The Eastern Cass County Chapter held more than 42 events during 2010 to bring people together for fun, education and community service.

The Eastern Cass County Chapter's leadership board includes two new members - Krysta Erovick and Lora Elfstrum. Returning members include Rachel Clarke, Marge Dregseth, Stan Franek, Jim Krupski, Denise Peterson, Vicki Schmidt, Stephanie Strand and Lynn Wolff.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.6 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, disability income insurance, bank products and more. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need.