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The Travelers Protective Association Elects New National President

Organization also elects vice president, adds new directors to board.

St. Louis, MO, July 14, 2016 --( The Travelers Protective Association (TPA), a fraternal benefit society, recently elected David Grossklaus from Minnesota as its new national president. Responsibilities during his one-year term include planning and running meetings, as well as ensuring all board members actively participate and communicate their opinions. TPA also elected Wayne Wentworth from Michigan as its new national vice president. Both were elected at TPA’s annual convention in Lexington, KY. where more than 160 delegates attended.

Three new directors were added to the national board including John Chmielewski from Michigan, Charlene Minor-Harman from Tennessee, and Carlyle Wimbish from Virginia. Julie Kupper from Texas was re-elected to serve a second two-year term. Four directors returning for their second year of their two-year term include Rocco Astuno from Colorado, L. Bailey Bledsoe from North Carolina, Demetrio Nitafan from California, and E.L. Reed from Missouri.

The convention raised $18,690 for the organization’s Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired. Established in 1975, the organization’s Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired provides financial aid to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Grants are used for mechanical devices, medical and specialized treatment, and education that includes speech classes and interpreters. To date the trust has distributed over $2 million to approximately 5,000 recipients.

More than $2,500 was raised for TPA’s Homer T. Wilson Benevolent Fund, which provides emergency financial aid and is designated for indigent members, widows, widowers and orphans.

“The convention raised more than $21,000, so it was a huge success,” said TPA’s Chief Administrative Officer Albert M. Shoemaker, Jr. “We are excited to see our new president and vice president elevate our organization in terms of growth and nationwide opportunities.”

Founded in 1890, TPA’s national headquarters is located at 2041 Exchange Dr. in St. Charles, Mo. The Association is licensed in 29 states and has over 23,000 members, which includes more than 17,000 members who have been a part of the organization for over 25 years. TPA offers fraternalism to its members, as well as participates in safety projects and community service. The Association provides accident, disability and death benefits to both its members and their beneficiaries.

The Association’s involvement is on both a local and national level and has adopted the Children Have An iDentity (CHAD) sticker program as a national safety program.

For more information, call (636) 724-2227.
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Travelers Protective Association
Rochelle Brandvein
(636) 724-2227

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