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December 10, 2013   Email to Friend 

Christmas Blessings
Jimmy Parnell

From the very beginning, Christmas was about people and relationships.

God sent Jesus Christ into a sinful world so we could have a personal relationship with our Creator.

Two thousand years later, we celebrate the holidays by spending time with family, giving thanks and helping others.

At the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance, this Christmas is particularly special because we enjoyed a year of abundant blessings while working to strengthen relationships with friends old and new.

On our farms, we’re thankful for plentiful rain during the growing season and dry weather at harvest. This combination produced record yields for many farmers and helped stabilize feed prices for livestock producers.

Mild weather was beneficial to Alfa and its policyholders, too. After paying more than $100 million in spring storm claims, the clouds gave way to blue skies through summer and fall. This allowed Alfa to focus on improving service and developing new rates and discounts to save customers money.

I am especially thankful for the way our leaders and employees are working together to improve the organization. We are committed to finding ways to say “yes” to our customers and members.

We’ve done this by embracing our heritage and emphasizing relationships. The Farmers Federation and Alfa were founded by neighbors who came together to serve one another’s needs.

They were bound by homegrown values like faith, family, integrity, stewardship and citizenship. The organization continues to grow because our agents, leaders and employees genuinely care for the families we serve.

We believe people today are hungry for an organization that cultivates wholesome values and relationships. It’s exciting to see the renewed enthusiasm within Alfa and the Federation as we refocus on these founding principles.

It’s fitting we honor our retirees in this issue. They embody the Christmas spirit because they’ve dedicated their lives to helping others.

I’m thankful for the employees, farmers and customers I’ve met this year while traveling to all 67 Alabama counties.

President Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

I consider it a blessing to spend each day with the members, customers, employees and leaders of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance. We are working to grow the organization, strengthen agriculture and improve customer service because we believe it’s “work worth doing.”

As we celebrate the birth of Christ, may you and your family enjoy the blessings that come from relationships, thankfulness and giving to others. From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.


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