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Wanted: Financial mentor nominations

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Jay LukasWhat: 2015 Financial Mentor Awards.

Who: Wisconsin public school employees.

Why: To recognize those who give their time and talents to mentor others on the benefits of good financial planning and saving for retirement. Some former award winners were described as someone who “persistently, yet patiently, encouraged me to begin my financial retirement planning and walked me through the process of researching and then initiating my investment portfolio” or who always “makes sure employees understand how changes in Social Security, WRS, or benefits impact them.”

wanted posterWhen: Nominations accepted now through September 4.

How: Go to and nominate someone today. It only takes a minute.

Award winners will be announced on October 19. They will also be mentioned in a short article in your$ magazine and receive a certificate of recognition.

Jay Lukas, Assistant RIS Consultant

Get those summer toys ready!

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Steve SchofieldThe first hint of green on the trees is a welcome signal that summer is on it’s way. If you have some of those fun outdoor recreational toys, now is the time to get them ready to use. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Member Benefits offers insurance for most of your recreational vehicles, including boats, motorcycles, mopeds, campers, and ATVs. Call 1-800-279-4010 or click to get a quote.

Steve Schofield, Personal Insurance Consultant

Money Smart Week is April 18-25, 2015

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N'Kenza WhitlowMoney Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help, and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.

Free events throughout the nation cover a variety of personal finance topics, from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning. Find Wisconsin events near you.

You'll also find some great financial literacy resources and even more at

The effort was created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002.

N'Kenza Whitlow, Retirement Savings Consultant

Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Spring rains bring flood risk: Are you covered?

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Tim GanoungDon't you love seeing rain instead of snow after a long winter? It’s great to be moving into spring. Spring rains are also a good reminder to be sure your home is adequately covered in case of a flood.

Did you know that home insurance doesn’t cover flood damage? If you’re unsure about your need for flood insurance, our insurance consultants can help you make an informed decision and give you a quote. Keep in mind that there is typically a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before a new flood policy goes into effect.*

While you're thinking about insurance, you may also want to find out if you have sewer back-up coverage on your home policy. Water damage due to drain and sewer backup or sump pump overflow may be covered if you’ve added an endorsement to your policy.

To learn more about the flood insurance offered through Member Benefits, or for questions about your current home policy, give us a call at 1-800-279-4010.

Here are a few quick tips to minimize your loss in case of a flood:

  • Store unused personal property in plastic containers or bins.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly.
  • Stack valuable furniture on tables or plastic crates during heavy downpours if your house is prone to flooding.
  • Pull up soaked carpeting immediately to prevent the build-up of mold and mildew following a flood.

*Some exceptions apply, call us for details. Flood insurance offered through the National Flood Insurance Program and underwritten by Bankers Insurance Company.  

Tim Ganoung, Personal Insurance Consultant