Wisconsin Towns Association and Rural Mutual Award Scholarships to Wisconsin Teens

Olivia Blauert of the town of Holland in Brown County and Mitchell Giebel of the town of Lyndon in Juneau County are recipients of the $1,000 Wisconsin Towns Association scholarship sponsored by Rural Mutual Insurance Company.

The announcement was made at the Wisconsin Towns Association annual convention held on Oct. 28th in Madison.

Blauert is a 2013 graduate of Wrightstown High School and is attending UW-Madison, while Giebel is a graduate of Mauston High School and is attending UW-Platteville.

Scholarships were awarded based on applicant essays in response to the question:

Should state funds be used to assist in the maintenance and construction of local roads, and if so, from what types of funding sources?”

To apply for the scholarship, participants must live in a municipality that has Rural Mutual Insurance coverage as of May 1, 2013; be a 2013 graduate of a Wisconsin public or private high school; and plan on enrolling in a Wisconsin public or private college or vocational-technical school in 2013.

The Wisconsin Towns Association is a non-profit association of town and village officials promoting education for local government officials throughout the state. Rural Mutual Insurance is the Wisconsin Towns Association’s endorsed insurance carrier.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Towns Association, please visit www.wisctowns.com.

Rural Mutual Recognized as One of Nation’s Best Insurance Companies

Madison-based Rural Mutual Insurance Company (Rural Mutual) announces its selection as a “Ward’s 50® Top Performer.” This marks the fifth consecutive year the company, an affiliate of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, has earned the designation.

The recognition bestowed by the Ward Group, “a leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies,” chooses its recipients only after a financial performance analysis of over 3,000 property-casualty companies based in the United States.

“We have been doing business in Wisconsin for over 78 years, so our stability is truly a credit to the people of this great state,” says Peter Pelizza, CEO of Rural Mutual. “Premiums paid here, stay here so everyone benefits.”

The Ward Group considers multiple criteria for its award including trends in a company’s financial strength over the previous five years. In March, Rural Mutual released its 2012 financials, which featured a strong showing in key industry indicators such as direct premium growth, combined ratios and new policies.

Pelizza notes that this recognition means that we are better prepared than most to live up to our promise to our policyholders. That truly is the most important thing we do.

To learn more about the Ward Group, please visit www.wardinc.com.

Rural Mutual Insurance Company Supports Wisconsin FFA

Rural Mutual Insurance Company has generously made a donation to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation that will benefit over 19,000 Wisconsin FFA student members across the state. Rural Mutual Insurance Company’s donation of $7,052 to the 2012-13 campaign will help support the annual Wisconsin FFA Convention and the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Annual Fund. Their long-standing contributions have benefited thousands of FFA student members over the past 28 years.

Thanks to support from Rural Mutual Insurance Company, FFA members are able to prepare for successful careers in the science, business and technological aspects of the agriculture, food and natural resources industry. They take what they learn in the classroom and combine it with hands-on experience and leadership skills. As FFA members, their future careers in agriculture, food and natural resources will be a part of some of the biggest issues our world faces.

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation unites individuals, organizations and companies who share a common interest in the advancement of agriculture and community leadership through FFA. You can step up and help today’s FFA members by supporting the programs that have been core tenets of the FFA – proficiency awards, career development events, state FFA degrees, sectional leadership workshops, scholarships, chapter awards, agri-science fair, state FFA convention programs, and state officer support.

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. You can get involved by supporting Wisconsin’s FFA members and their future by contacting the Wisconsin FFA Foundation at 608-831-5058, info@wisconsinffafoundation.org, or 1241 John Q. Hammons Drive, Madison, WI 53717. Visit www.wisconsinffafoundation.org for more information.

Rural Mutual Insurance Company has been protecting what we value in Wisconsin for over 78 years. As one of the top 50 property and casualty companies in the country, they provide a full line of insurance products exclusively to families, businesses and farms in Wisconsin. And since Rural Mutual does business in only one state, premiums paid here, stay here to keep Wisconsin strong.

WIAA Fall Team Tournament Sportsmanship Awards Announced

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, has selected the team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2012 Fall State Championships.

The winners of the prestigious award are Waupaca in football, Roncalli in girls team tennis, Oconto in girls volleyball, Marquette in boys volleyball and Mount Horeb in boys soccer.

Waupaca was selected for its sportsmanship at the State football finals. It is the first time the school has been selected for the award in any sport. The Comets advanced to the State final in Division 3 and fell 42-7 to Catholic Memorial in the title game played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Receiving honorable mention were Amherst, Glenwood City, Lancaster, Potosi, Regis and Sun Prairie.

Roncalli is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in girls team tennis, which marks the first State sportsmanship honor presented to the school in any sport. The Jets lost their Division 2 semifinal match 4-3 to Edgewood at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison in October. Green Bay Southwest received honorable mention for the award.

A large contingent and positive enthusiasm earned Oconto the Sportsmanship Award at the State Girls Volleyball Tournament. It is the first time the school and community have received the honor. The Blue Devils defeated Cuba City in their Division 3 semifinal match before falling to Oostburg in four sets in the State championship final. Receiving honorable mention for the award are Cuba City, Grantsburg, Hillsboro, Luck, Sun Prairie and Tomahawk.

Marquette earned its fourth sportsmanship recognition in boys volleyball. The Hilltoppers also received sportsmanship accolades in 2002, 2008 and 2010. They have now won six Sportsmanship Awards overall, earning the award in summer baseball in 2006 and in boys tennis in 2008. They lost in four sets to eventual State champion Appleton North in the semifinals after downing Muskego in the quarterfinal round. Honorable mention for the award went to Muskego.

Mount Horeb is the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award in boys soccer for the first time. It is the first Sportsmanship Award presented to the Vikings in any sport. They were on the short end of a 3-0 outcome in the Division 2 final game against Xavier. They advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over Pewaukee in the State semifinal. Aquinas, Eau Claire Memorial, Kenosha Bradford and Neenah received honorable mention for the award.

The WIAA/Rural Insurance Sportsmanship Award is presented to one school program and community–or communities in the case of cooperative programs–in each of the State team tournaments that exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship. Award winners are determined by the conduct and sportsmanship displayed by athletes, coaches, cheer and support groups, mascots, bands and spectators. Additional consideration is given for the effort of school administrators and chaperones to insure support for their teams are positive and that the highest ideals of sportsmanship are upheld.

Award winners receive a trophy and banner in recognition of the honor. Schools receiving honorable mention are acknowledged with a certificate of recognition. The selection process includes contributions and evaluations from contest officials, tournament management, police and security personnel, crowd control and ushers, WIAA staff members, and area hotels and restaurants on occasion.

Rural Mutual Announces Social Media “Like” Benefit to Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation

Rural Mutual Insurance Company presented Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte with a check for $272.25 to benefit the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation. Every time someone came to Rural Mutual’s Facebook page and “Liked” them Rural Mutual donated 25 cents to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation. This “Like” program ran from March 22, 2012 through December 31, 2012 and generated 1,089 new “Likes”.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation funds a variety of agricultural education and leadership programs including the Agriculture in the Classroom program, Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, Farm Bureau Leadership Training Institute, 4-H Foundation, 4-H Key Awards, FFA Food for America Awards, FFA Farm Forum, FFA Discussion Meet Contest and the Wisconsin Rural Youth Scholarship Fund.

Rural Mutual is proud to provide some added benefits to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation and we thank everyone who “Liked” us throughout 2012.

If you have not already done so visit us on Facebook and “Like” us at www.facebook.com/RuralMutual.

Wisconsin Towns Association and Rural Mutual Insurance Company Award Scholarships to Wisconsin Teens

Rebecca Frokjer of the Town of Pine River in Lincoln County and Benjamin Shaw of the Town of Hudson in St. Croix County are recipients of
the $1,000 Wisconsin Towns Association scholarship sponsored by Rural Mutual Insurance Company.

The announcement was made at the Wisconsin Towns Association annual convention held on Oct. 15th in Appleton.

Frokjer is a 2012 graduate of Merrill High School and is attending UW-Madison, while Shaw is a graduate of Hudson High School and is also attending UW-Madison.

Scholarships were awarded based on applicant essays in response to the question:

“What is the appropriate role of recall elections in Wisconsin at the state and local levels?”

To apply for the scholarship, participants must live in a municipality that has Rural Mutual Insurance coverage as of May 1, 2012; be a 2012 graduate of a Wisconsin public or private high school; and plan on enrolling in a Wisconsin public or private college or vocational-technical school in 2012.

The Wisconsin Towns Association is a non-profit association of town and village officials promoting education for local government officials throughout the state. Rural Mutual Insurance is the Wisconsin Towns Association’s endorsed insurance carrier.