Mennonite Aid Plan
Mennonite Aid Plan (German, Unterstützungsplan) was a Mennonite mutual fire and storm property insurance association, and was organized by authorization of the Indiana Mennonite (MC) Conference at its meeting of 13 October 1882. The following statement in the Herald of Truth for 1 November 1882 (p. 330), gives an authentic account of the nature and purpose of the organization:
The Aid Plan was, however, not a conference-controlled organization, but a voluntary association of property owners; membership was not restricted to the Indiana Conference, and the third report included "districts" in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and at Mountain Lake, MN. Gradually the service of the organization spread into other states and in 1912 the headquarters office was moved to Freeman, SD, where it remained, with the name slightly changed to "Mennonite Aid Plan of South Dakota." This was the first all-Mennonite organization. In 1911 the Indiana-Michigan (MC) Conference organized its own Mennonite Aid Association, since when only a few from the Indiana area have continued in the Aid Plan. In 1953 the Aid Plan was serving 4,000 members in 17 states, chiefly in North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana, and the remaining prairie and Rocky Mountain states, with a few in Iowa, Pennsylvania, California, and Washington, with a total property evaluation of $40,000,000. The assessment rate was 1 million. D. J. Mendel and his son D. S. Mendel of Freeman, SD, were long-time secretaries of the organization. Rules and Regulations were printed at irregular intervals, last in 1951 (as of 1955). Minutes of the annual meeting of the association have been printed every year since 1882.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 588. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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