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Justin Harness and Brenda Wilson.

Modern Woodman Gives Back $26 Million Nationally

By WJBD News

The Regional Director of Modern Woodman says the not for profit fraternal organization has given back 26-million dollars nationally and 476-thousand dollars to Southern Illinois communities last year.  Justin Harness, who is responsible for the 39 Southern-most counties in Illinois, provided the Salem Chamber of Commerce membership with an update on their operations Thursday.  

Harness says they returned $6,300 to the Salem community last year and have provided even more this year.  "This year so far we've given back $15,777 and those are through donations to the Salem Theatre, Salem Moose, the park, Bryan Memorial Park, Pregnancy Care, Salvation Army, and so forth", said Harness.  

Harness says Modern Woodman will help assist fund raisers for sick children, people down on their luck, as well as for schools and local communities.  He notes Modern Woodman traces its beginning to 1883.  Harness says there are currently 16 fulltime and 15 part-time employees in his district.  He reports they will be adding both management and representatives.

Harness, who is a member of the Salem Chamber Board, then helped surprise chamber Assistant Brenda Wilson with the Winner Service Award.  "In recognition of the outstanding work in meeting the obligations required for the completion of each chamber activity, primarily the membership directory, home show, Applefest, chamber day, golf outing and monthly newsletter, your efforts, courtesy, and assistance to visitors and members reflect a positive mission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce", said Harness.  Wilson admitted being caught by surprise and wondered how the board had kept the news from her.

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