Community Outreach

Windstorm Insurance Network Donates $13,400 to the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Red Cross for Moore, OK Tornado Disaster Relief

The Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. recently donated $13,400 to the Oklahoma City, OK Chapter of the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating and fatal tornadoes that hit Moore, OK on May 20, 2013.

“The membership of the Windstorm Insurance Network is pleased that it can offer financial assistance to the victims of the devastating May 20 tornado,” said WIND President William “Bill” Berk.

“As professionals in the property insurance industry, it is one of our association’s goal to support communities affected by recent disasters, and by working with the American Red Cross in Oklahoma City, we feel confident that our funds are helping those in immediate need.”

The Windstorm Insurance Network is the first educational member organization for windstorm claims industry professionals. It was formed in 1999 with the goal of bringing a diverse industry group together to discuss and review windstorm-related insurance issues and concerns.

May 2013

As an organization, WIND will match members’ donations up to $15,000 for disaster relief for the Moore, OK tornado, so please give, if you are able to help those less fortunate and in need. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross local Oklahoma chapter.

Thanks to These Generous WIND Members for Their Donations to OK Tornado Relief Efforts

$500.00  Michaela Scheihing

$50.00  Sanford Siegel

$500.00  William Berk

$ 500.00  Berk, Merchant & Sims, PLC

$ 100.00  Robert Freitag

$ 100.00  E-Claim.com, LLC

$100.00  Jonathan Held

 $250  Rebecca Levy Sachs

$100  Lenox Godfrey

$500.00  Davis Claim Management, Inc./Robert Davis

$100.00  Coddington Adjustment Co., LLC/ Champ Coddington

 WIND Donates to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief

We were all saddened and sickened by the images of the tornado devastation and loss of life in Oklahoma this week.

I was reminded of how we have been involved both personally and professionally in so many similar catastrophic losses over the 14 years since WIND was formed.

Just last year, we saw Sandy strike the Northeast; before that, the floods that overtook Nashville; in 2010, it was the earthquakes that shattered Haiti; and in 2008, Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coast. In 2007, we saw tornadoes cut a swath across the center of Florida, and none of us can forget the images imprinted in our hearts and minds by Hurricane Katrina, just one year after multiple hurricanes struck Florida in 2004.

The devastating list of major weather events goes on and on. As a member of the Windstorm Insurance Network, you should be proud of how we have responded over the years. In all of these instances, WIND’s members have stepped up and helped the affected areas rebuild. Our membership has donated over $200,000 to the victims of these natural disasters.

I am writing to you, as a WIND member, for your help in providing financial aid to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. WIND has done it in the past, and I know we can do it again.

As an organization, WIND will match members’ donations up to $15,000, so please give, if you are able to help those less fortunate and in need. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross local Oklahoma chapter.

By clicking on the donation button below, you can make an immediate contribution by electronic funds or credit card via PayPal to WIND’s member matching fund for OK Tornado Relief Donations.

Or you can simply send a check made payable to the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc., and mail to WIND, 2929 Langley Avenue, Ste. 203, Pensacola, Florida 32504. Please note “OK Tornado Relief Donation” on the check.

Unless otherwise advised, WIND will list on our website and social media sites all members/companies that send donations to assist the tornado victims.

Thanks again for stepping up!

Sincerely,

Bill Berk
WIND President

Summer 2012: WIND is again pleased to continue to fund our Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Scholarship Fund at FSU’s College of Business/Risk Management. Our recent $5,000 donation will fund scholarships for qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need, especially greater consideration will be given to scholarship, leadership, character and community service.

January 2012: View WIND Scholarship Recipient Thank You Letter
WIND contributed $5,000 to the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Scholarship Fund at FSU College of Buiness/Risk Management. Qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management are eligible to apply for the scholarship. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need, especially greater consideration will be given to scholarship, leadership, character and community service.

President Chip Merlin and WIND Executive Director Michelle Griffin present the donation check to  the Salvation Army’s Major Steven Morris, Metropolitan Washington DC Area Commander, and Commanding Officer Major  Cherry Craddock of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Chapter of the Salvation Army

Thank you letter from American Red Cross, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

President Chip Merlin and WIND Executive Director Michelle Griffin present the donation check to
the Executive Director Oscar Barnes and Development Director Bev Leigh of the West Alabama Chapter
of the American Red Cross.

Windstorm Insurance Network Donates $25,000 to Tuscaloosa Chapters
of the Salvation Army and American Red Cross for Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  May 16, 2011 — The Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (www.windnetwork.com) donated $25,000 to the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Chapter of the Salvation Army and West Alabama/Tuscaloosa Chapter of the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating and fatal tornados that hit the area on April 27, 2011.

“The membership of the Windstorm Insurance Network is pleased that it can offer financial assistance to the victims of the devastating April 27 tornadoes,” said WIND President William “Chip” Merlin, Jr.

“As professionals in the property insurance industry, it is one of our association’s goal to support communities affected by recent disasters, and by working with the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross in Tuscaloosa, we feel confident that our funds are helping those in immediate need.”

Merlin, along with WIND Executive Director Michelle Griffin, presented each organization $12,500 checks in Tuscaloosa to Major Steven Morris, Metropolitan Washington DC Area Commander, and Commanding Officer Major Cherry Craddock of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Chapter of the Salvation Army; and Executive Director Oscar Barnes and Development Director Bev Leigh of the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Windstorm Insurance Network is the first educational member organization for windstorm claims industry professionals. It was formed in 1999 with the goal of bringing a diverse industry group together to discuss and review windstorm-related insurance issues and concerns.

Spring 2011 FSU undergraduate student recipients of the WIND Scholarship Fund.
From Left: David Flowers, Dominique Reed, Brenae Robinson, and Ashley McCreadie.
Not pictured are graduate students Sonia Casablanca and Sarah Logue.

January 2011: WIND Scholarship Recipients Awarded/WIND Expands Funding to $25,000 annually to WIND Scholarship Fund at FSU
WIND is pleased to announce the expansion of our WIND Scholarship Fund at Florida State University’s School of Business/Department of Risk Management. WIND has pledged $25,000 annually to qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management at FSU. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify for a scholarship an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need, scholarship, leadership, character and community service. The Spring 2011 recipients are undergraduate students David Flowers, Dominique Reed, Ashley McCreadie, Brenae Robinson; and graduate students Sonia Casablanca and Sarah Logue. WIND is pleased to support the insurance industry and future professionals.

June 2010: $5,000
WIND contributed $5,000 to the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Scholarship Fund at FSU College of Buiness/Risk Management. Currently, $5,000 is given annually to qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management. The next FSU scholarship award will be announced in November 2010. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need, especially greater consideration will be given to scholarship, leadership, character and community service.

May 2010: $15,000
WIND Responds to Nashville Flood Relief. The WIND Board of Directors voted on May 10, 2010 to donate $7,500 to the Nashville Chapter of the Salvation Army and $7,500 to the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross

From Left: WIND Executive Director Michelle Griffin, WIND 2010 Conference Chair Michael Ruskin, 2009 WIND President Art Newman, FSU Professor Cassandra R. Cole, Phd, FSU undergraduate scholarship recipient Wesley Baker and WIND Board Member Lenox Godfrey. Not pictured is graduate student recipient Lori Badenhop.

January 2010: $15,000
WIND responds to Haiti Earthquake: On behalf of its members and Board of Directors, WIND has donated $7,500 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and $7,500 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.

September 2009: $5,000
WIND established the Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. Scholarship Fund at the College of Business/Risk Management at Florida State University.Currently, $5,000 is given annually to qualified graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Risk Management. WIND members with qualified dependents are asked to apply as well, as additional preference is also given to students affiliated with WIND. To qualify an eligible student must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be in good standing with the College of Business. Consideration is also given to applicants with financial need, especially greater consideration will be given to scholarship, leadership, character and community service.

WIND President Patrick McCrink (left) along with WIND Vice President
Art Newman present the WIND donation check to Galvestion County Unit Director Irma Ortiz of the American Red Cross.

October 2008: $25,000
American Red Cross, Galveston, Texas County Unit
For disaster relief for communities devastated by Hurricane Ike

WIND President Patrick McCrink (left) along with WIND Vice President Art Newman
present the WIND donation check to Salvation Army Commanding Officer Edna Flores in Galvestion, Texas.

October 2008: $25,000
Salvation Army Galveston, Texas
For disaster relief for communities devastated by Hurricane Ike

Thanks to our members for their donations for Hurricane Ike relief:

Associated Claims Management, Inc.
$500 donation to the Salvation Army Galveston
$500 donation to the American Red Cross Galveston

Hightower & Partners, P.A.
$50 donation to the Salvation Army Galveston
$50 donation to the American Red Cross Galveston

Charles R. Tutwiler, Inc
$500 donation to the American Red Cross Galveston

October 2008: $5,000
FSU Foundation/Katrina Froeschle Memorial Scholarship Fund
For FSU School of Insurance Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of Katrina Froeschel, property insurance adjuster.

March 2008: $500.00
American Heart Association

In memory of WIND Member Emmanuel G. Pappas, EGP & Associates

September 2007: $1,000
Lymphoma Research Foundation

In memory of WIND President Janice A. Kelly’s husband, Donald Kelly

February 2007: $10,000
Florida Disaster Recovery Fund
For disaster relief for February 1, 2007 Florida tornado victims

October 2005: $25,000
Salvation Army, Gulfport, Mississippi
For disaster relief for communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina

October 2005: $25,000
American Red Cross, Gulfport, Mississippi
For disaster relief for communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina

August 2005: $5,000
FSU Foundation/Katrina Froeschle Memorial Scholarship Fund
For FSU School of Insurance Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of Katrina Froeschel, property insurance adjuster

August 2005: 2005-2006 WIND Board President John Voelpel presents the donation check to Jeff Froeschel, along with past president Charles Tutwiler for the Katie Froeschle Memorial Scholarship Fund.

May 2005: $25,000
Florida Hurricane Relief Fund
For disaster relief for communities throughout Florida devastated by the 2004 hurricane season

August 2004: 2004-2005 WIND Board President Charles Tutwiler presents the $25,000 donation check to the American Red Cross, along with WIND board members Rebecca Leisure and David Hisey.

August 2004: $25,000
American Red Cross, Charlotte County, Florida Chapter
For disaster relief for communities throughout Florida devastated by the 2004 hurricane season