The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International is a fraternal organization of individuals who work in the insurance related industry.  As Ganders, we are members of Ponds located throughout the United States and Canada.  There is fellowship, education, charity, and leadership in our organization.  We invite you to learn more through our website.  You will find character, charity, and fellowship in abundance among a welcoming group of friends.  A place has been saved for you.  Please join us.    » More about us    » Find a Pond

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Feeding America – North Texas Food Bank

Posted by kbabler on October 16, 2017
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                During the months of August, September and October 2017 some of the most devastating storms hit the USA.  When the first storm, Hurricane Harvey hit US soil, the Honorable Order of Blue Goose International stepped forward with an organization that would aid the victims impacted by this storm.  Soon after Hurricane Harvey, along came Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria. 

                The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a proud partner of the Mass Care Task Force, a partnership between NTFB, Red Cross DFW, Salvation Army, and VolunteerNow. The vision of the Task Force is a community prepared to effectively and efficiently meet the humanitarian needs resulting from a major disaster. Should a large-scale disaster strike that directly or indirectly impacts North Texas, the four organizations will join forces to help meet the need.  NTFB’s unique role during MCTF activation is to immediately provide food and beverages during the initial days of response, and to support the transportation and storage of other critical resources.

                Because of the learnings from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, they know this will be a long-term situation and there will be a long-term need in our communities resulting from Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.

                NTFB is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food, water, and other resources and services to people each year.  The Feeding America nationwide network secures and distributes 4 billion meals. Feeding America’s food bank partners, like NTFB, are non-profit organizations that collect, distribute, and provide food, water, and other resources and services to children, families, seniors, and individuals in need relying on donors and volunteers to carry out day-to-day operations to meet those demands. Together, they are the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.  

                During our 2017 Grand Nest Convention in Savannah, the Honorable Order of Blue Goose International volunteered at another one of Feeding America’s affiliates:  Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia.  We also, have several Ponds who also volunteer for the Feeding America affiliates in their communities.

                Our efforts with the hurricane storms resulted in a donation of $4,925 to this endeavor by the HOBGI.  These funds helped supply 14,775 meals to those in need of their services.

Daphney Elliott & Linda Meik of Texas Blue Goose delivering the 1st set of funds to NTFB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Meik delivering the 2nd set of funds to NTFB.

Melissa Payton, Director of Philanthropy Operations.

 

Charity at the 111th Grand Nest Convention

Posted by kbabler on August 22, 2017
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A great story in charity, fellowship and character building.

Charity at the 111th Grand Nest Convention

Columbus Pond

Posted by kbabler on January 31, 2017
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Columbus Pond had approximately 70+/- people split between 50 vendors and 20 adjusters/agents at their mid-year meeting.  Everyone had a great time! As you can see by the photo, they were able to collect a pick-up load of stuff for their charity as well as a monitory donation. The charity was very excited to receive both as they were not expecting it.

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Hartford Pond Feeds the Homeless

Posted by kbabler on January 14, 2017
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December 3rd, the Hartford Pond sent nine members to the Immaculate Conception Men’s Shelter in Hartford to feed the homeless. Here is the recap with photos.

Hartford Pond Feeds the Homeless

Detroit Puddle Volunteer Charity Event

Posted by kbabler on November 27, 2016
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The Detroit Puddle of the Michigan Pond recently participated in two days of volunteering their time at the Detroit Goodfellows warehouse in Detroit packing holiday gift boxes filled with clothing, candy, books, toys and more for the children of Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge and Hamtramck. The Members and friends boxed up 1100 gift boxes over the two days for the Detroit Goodfellows “No Kiddie without a Christmas” annual holiday campaign, a commitment since 1914. The goal of the Detroit Goodfellows this year is to provide holiday gift boxes to 35,000 children!

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The Hartford Pond Honors Jerry Hale

Posted by kbabler on October 27, 2016
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In September the Hartford Pond recognized PMLG Jerry Hale. Dan Rich wrote a nice article to remember the event.

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Wisconsin Home Nest Casino Night

Posted by kbabler on June 24, 2016
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2016 presentation of the check
The Home Nest hosted another successful Casino Night at Bluemound Country Club on May 6th, 2016!  Recently, Dave Zauner and Kim Acheson proudly presented a $5200 check to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Wisconsin Chapter .
We had 86 fun loving, charitable people attend the event.  Funds to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society were raised through a  50/50 raffle and through the silent auction of prizes that were generously donated by so many organizations. There were over 35 prizes in all, so there was something to suit everyone’s taste!
The food was delicious, the weather beautiful and the casino fun went on for hours! Check out  photos of some of our ganders enjoying the evening with their favorite friends and family members on the Home Nest Facebook page.
A Big Thank you to Dave Zauner, the Casino Night Chair, and his entire committee who’s hard work and dedication to Casino Night made it the event to be at in Spring 2016!
In addition, without the support of these generous sponsors the Casino Night could not have been a success. A Big Thank you to:
BELFOR-$5000 “Presented By” Sponsor
Travelers-Jackpot Sponsor
Coach Zauner, Paul Davis & Benchmark Management-Royal Flush Sponsor
CRDN, Signarama, Safelite-Straight Flush Sponsor
Donan, Giertsen, PCI, 1 Collision, AVR, Abra-Table Sponsors

Hartford Pond Charity 2005-2015

Posted by kbabler on March 07, 2016
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BG CHARITY RECAP

Dan Rich took the time to go into his archives and compiled this report summarizing the Hartford Pond’s charitable endeavors from 2005-2015.  Please take a few minutes and look at what they have all collectively done since 2005. The depth of the community service and charitable support is truly staggering.

CINCINNATI

Posted by kbabler on March 07, 2016
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Goslings and Ganders,

We hope that you were able to be apart of the amazing event Friday, February 19th. As you can see from the attached picture, we were able to donate over $13,000.00 to Ron for a wheelchair accessible van. He was overjoyed and speechless. We were also amazed at the total amount raised. Our pond is filled with generous and wonderful members!! We need to thank many people for that night, but most importantly are the vendors that so graciously sponsored. THANK YOU to…

ROYAL FLUSH SPONSORS:

A-ONE FABRIC RESTORATION
BROCK RESTORATION
CRDN
DRY EFFECT
EFI GLOBAL
FIRE AND EXPLOSION CONSULTANTS
FIRE INVESTIGATION SERVICES
FRSTEAM BY MILTO CLEANERS
ICON PROPERTY RESCUE
JACK WARD FIRE CONSULTANTS
HAYS AND SONS RESTORATION
HOUSING HEADQUARTERS
M AND M CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING
MAMMOTH RESTORATION
MCCLELLAN RUDICK AND AFFILIATES
NEDERVELD INC.
PAUL DAVIS RESTORATION AND REMODELING
RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF CINTI AND NKY
RUMPKE RESTORATION
SYNDICATE CLAIMS SERVICES

STRAIGHT FLUSH SPONSORS:

ABRA AUTO BODY AND GLASS
AMERICAN STRUCTUREPOINT ENGINEERING
BELFOR
BRYANT HARTKE CONSTRUCTION
CARPETLAND CARPET ONE
DONAN
DONOVANS AUTO AND TIRE
RIMKUS CONSULTING GROUG
SERV PRO OF NW CINCINNATI
SERVICE MASTER BY THOMAS
TEASDALE FENTON CARPET CLEANING AND RESTORATION
VIP HOUSING HEADQUARTERS

We know that we could never hold an event this big without the support of so many. We thank you all!!

We also need to thank our team of volunteers that night. We appreciate all of you working the sales table and selling on the floor. Your efforts really paid off for Ron and we appreciate your work.
THANK YOU to:

Karen Dahlem
Kim Barrett
Miranda Wright
Britni Marcum
Krista Keith
Dan Rottmueller
Jane Rottmueller
Jim Brautigan
Nathan Walker
Mike Mefford
Danielle Bliss
Amanda Walls
Leah Hanlon
Kristen Copas
Jennifer Smith
Kena Broomall
Ashley Cichowski
Mark Folzenlogen
Dylan Folzenlogen
Sydney Folzenlogen
Tina Brigham

Thank you also to our Silent Auction Sponsors:

A-ONE FABRIC RESTORATION
CALLOWAY CLEANING AND RESTORATION
CRDN
FIRE AND EXPLOSION CONSULTANTS
FRSTEAM BY MILTO CLEANERS
HOUSING HEADQUARTERS
ICON PROPERTY RESCUE
TEASDALE FENTON
VIP INSURANCE HOUSING OPTIONS

Another great event is behind us and we appreciate the support from all. Please save Thursday, July 14th for our Annual Golf Outing at Aston Oaks. More details to follow in spring.

 Janice Folzenlogen, Loyal Gander
Kyle Schuppie, Supervisor of the Flock
Wende Goetz, Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg
Carrie Miller, Wielder of the Golden Goose Quill
Jason Chavarria, Guardian of the Flock

British Columbia Picture Galleries

Posted by kbabler on January 01, 2016
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The scribes at the British Columbia Blue Goose website have been working hard to keep it updated. In case you have missed it, here are links to three new sets of photos:

The 2nd leg of the A. Z. Delong: http://wp.me/p4CN6h-mu

Our October Brewery Tour: http://wp.me/p4CN6h-mg

Our Christmas lunch: http://wp.me/p4CN6h-mg