On April 18, 2012, a resolution was introduced to Congress. The Promoting American Fraternalism Resolution recognizes the important contributions of Fraternal Benefit Societies to US communities.
Among the points made in the resolution are:
“… fraternal benefit societies have historically and continue to provide critical benefits to Americans and United States communities.”
“…America’s fraternal benefit societies are long-standing mutual aid organizations created more than a century ago to serve the needs of communities and provide for the payment of life, health, accident, and other benefits to their members;”
“…fraternal benefit societies represent a successful, modern-day model under which individuals come together with a common purpose to collectively provide charitable and other beneficial activities for broader society;”
“… research has shown that the value of the work of fraternal benefit societies to society is more than $3.4 billion
per year, accounting for charitable giving, educational programs, and volunteer activities, as well as important social capital that strengthens the fabric, safety, and quality of life in thousands of American local communities;”
The resolution has an impressive list of sponsors and bipartisan backing. It has been referred to committee, and will be voted on later in the year.
Contact your US representative and urge him or her to vote for this resolution.