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Matthew Senn Chosen as Woodmen of the World Fraternalist of the Year

August 6, 2012

Fraternalist of the Year Matthew SennOmaha, Neb. - Matthew Senn of West Columbia, South Carolina has been named Woodmen of the World's 2012 Fraternalist of the Year. A member of Lodge 1276, Senn has been a member of Woodmen of the World for two years and has fully embraced the fraternal spirit.

Over the last year, Senn has volunteered more than 700 hours of his time while going to school full-time at the University of South Carolina and working two part-time jobs. He volunteers at the lodge's weekly game night, Make A Difference Day and JOIN HANDS DAY activities. Senn helped shop, pack and deliver school supplies for needy children and represented his Lodge at the South Carolina Fraternal Alliance, where he helped pack lunches for the Lunch Bags 4 Kids program.  

Outside of Woodmen of the World, Senn volunteers with the Autism Society and the Ray Tanner Foundation. He is an active member of Saluda River Baptist Church and is the youngest elected deacon. He currently serves as Co-chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Church Grounds Committee, Youth Team Committee and the Nominating Committee. Senn helped organize and plan many church outreach programs, including: Drive Through Bethlehem Christmas program, college and career class fundraising projects, Valentine Banquet for widows and widowers, Vacation Bible School, Halloween Trunk ‘n' Treat and the Easter Spring Fling for church and community children. He also coaches a t-ball team for underprivileged boys and does yard work for disabled residents in the community. 

On being such an active fraternalist, Senn said, "I get to see the difference that volunteering efforts can make. The look of appreciation on the faces of those I have the opportunity to help gives me an overall satisfaction. It's not just about helping others, it's a way for me to grow, develop and ultimately better myself. "

Matthew Senn's name was submitted to the American Fraternal Alliance for their Fraternalist of the Year contest. The winner's name from all the member fraternal benefit societies will be announced at their annual meeting in September.

"Many of our members support countless and amazing causes in their community, but Matthew stands out among his peers because of his dedication and the range of the organizations he supports. His passion for giving to others can be seen in everything he does and Woodmen of the World is proud to have him represent us in the community," said Larry King, Executive Vice President, Fraternal.

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