Meet a MAC Member: Modern Woodmen

Travis, MAC PresidentTravis Risvold is both the president of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce (MAC) and a financial representative for Modern Woodmen, one of many businesses that are a part of MAC.

Travis resides in Madrid with his wife, Lisa, and their son, Isaiah. While the Modern Woodmen office in Madrid did not open officially until November of 2015, the business is a fraternal society that has been operating for over one hundred years. Its mission is to improve quality of life for its members via support of family life, community impact, and financial security.

Since it is a fraternal society, Modern Woodmen is a nonprofit owned by members. Contrary to misconceptions, the business exists to aid in financial planning, not simply to take money. Modern Woodmen is set up in chapters, which are made up of groups of members in specific areas. Various chapter activities, such as events at nearby restaurants or volunteer opportunities, exist to provide opportunities to members to volunteer, socialize, and learn.

Modern Woodmen offers Madrid services that include life and health insurance, money management assistance, and family financial planning. College scholarships for young members are also available.

When asked what the best part of being a small business in Madrid is, Travis replied “Madrid has an atmosphere of people wanting to go somewhere.” He also expressed the benefits of a tight-knit community and its support of people, as well as what a safe and enjoyable community exists in Madrid.