Slovenian in Origin, American in Spirit, Fraternal in Principle

Microsoft Word - FOOD DRIVE.docxIt is no secret that fraternal societies like the American Mutual Life Association (the AMLA) endeavor to support their communities. According to a study released by the Center for Financial Policy at the University of Maryland, fraternal organizations in the United States contributed more than $3.8 Billion per year to the economy from 2007 to 2011 (a timeframe that spans the Great Recession when the economy needed it most).  Each year, the AMLA and its members give back tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to help make the AMLA’s membership and the surrounding community strong and vibrant.

This month, the American Mutual Life Association is hosting the AMLA Show Your Love Food Drive in an effort to collect food for the less fortunate this Thanksgiving holiday. Food will be collected at St. Mary of the Assumption parish in Collinwood, St. Vitus parish in Cleveland, the Offices of the Slovenian American Times (33977 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills), the AMLA Home Office (19424 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland), and at the various AMLA Lodge Meetings and AMLA Fraternal Events. Membership in the AMLA is not required to donate (a complete calendar of AMLA Events, Meetings and more is available at

AMLA Members are always ready to give, but not ones to gloat. Their good deeds are often done outside the spotlight.  Despite this undercover-helping nature, it is not hard to find an AMLA Member hard at work. Still, there are many who are not aware of the AMLA’s involvement in the community—even in the Slovenian American community, which gave rise to the AMLA over 100 years ago. It is clear that there is a need to share this information for two reasons:

-          To remind AMLA Members that their hard work, though not always visible, is always noticed, and

-          To inform the public of how the American Mutual Life Association supports the community.

There is more to a fraternal society than just “good deeds”. The truth is, the mission of the AMLA (which was known as the Slovenska Dobrodelna Zveza for more than 50 years) mandates that we work FOR our members AND our community. Where many large organizations carry many layers of overhead, the AMLA is a lean business machine, and the resulting savings in operations costs can be “given back” to the members and community. The AMLA, domiciled and licensed to operate in Ohio, is a local organization with its Home Office in Cleveland, and 17 lodges spread throughout Ohio.

Adhering to sound principals of investment has also made our assets consistently grow. This has benefitted our members with reasonable prices for life insurance products, and great guaranteed interest rates on retirement savings vehicles: currently, members are receiving 3% minimum guaranteed interest on their annuities.

Fraternal societies like the AMLA thrive mainly through growth in membership. Membership in the AMLA only requires a purchase of AMLA Life Insurance, and life insurance is something everyone needs anyway. Membership benefits of a fraternal society go beyond those associated with life insurance. We offer discounts for events, fraternal activities like bowling and golf, the ever-famous AMLA Christmas Party, helping the community, and much more. Membership in the AMLA is good for the member, their family, and their community.

For information on how you, or someone you love can become an AMLA Member, contact the AMLA Home Office at 216-531-1900 (or visit Our regular Home Office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (after-hours appointments can be scheduled as needed). If you are a member of the AMLA or any other fraternal society, but aren’t exactly sure what that entitles you to, give us a call, we can help with that too.

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