News Release

Gallion Named Woodmen of the World Chairman of the Board

December 23, 2010

(OMAHA, NE) – Thomas T. Gallion III of Montgomery, Ala., has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society effective January 1, 2011. Current Chairman of the Board William ("Bill") C. Owen will continue to serve on the board as Director and will serve as chairman of the Board's Audit Committee.

Thomas T. Gallion III, Chairman of the Board of Woodmen of the World
Thomas T. Gallion
William C. Owen, Director, Woodmen of the World
William C. Owen

Gallion graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965, and went on to attend the New York Institute of Finance in 1966. He worked as an investment banker for a short time, then returned to school and received his Juris Doctorate degree from Jones Law School in 1971.

Gallion is a partner in the law firm of Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Gallion, L.L.C. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Washington D.C. Bar, and American Bar Associations. He served as legal counsel for the National Republican Committee from Alabama.

Gallion has been a Woodmen of the World member since 1953, and was elected to the organization's Board of Directors in 1988. A recipient of Woodmen of the World's Meritorious Award Citation and a member of Montgomery Lodge 25, he has served in every local lodge office. In addition, he has held several positions in Woodmen of the World's Alabama Jurisdiction, including that of President from 1985-87.

Active in civic affairs, Gallion has served on the board of directors of several charity organizations in Montgomery.

Gallion's father, MacDonald Gallion, is a former Attorney General of Alabama, and served on Woodmen of the World's Board of Directors from 1964 until retiring in 1983.

William "Bill" C. Owen of Tallahassee, Fla. was elected Woodmen of the World Chairman of the Board in 2008. He joined the Board of Directors in October 1987.

Owen graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration and from the University of Nebraska School of Law. He began his law career by clerking for the late Richard W. Ervin, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and a former Woodmen of the World Chairman of Trustees. Owen has been actively engaged in private practice law in Tallahassee since 1970.

He is a Past President of Leon County, Fla., Lodge 2; Past President of Woodmen of the World's Florida Jurisdiction; and a former member of the organization's National Legislative Committee. Owen was active in organizing the North Florida Woodmen Youth Camp. He is also active in the Civic-Exchange Club and the Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.

Owen is the son of the late George E. Owen, who served as Woodmen of the World General Counsel and then as Executive Vice President from 1960-78.

Woodmen of the World was founded in 1890 as a fraternal benefit organization. Today, Woodmen of the World offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds*, and 529 College Savings Plans*. Nearly 725,000 Woodmen of the World members across the country share a commitment to family, community and country. To learn more about Woodmen of the World, visit woodmen.org.