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T.C. Banks (middle-right), Martin's Assistant Store Manager, accepts a plaque from Winchester Rescue Mission members (left to right) Roy Menefee, Jimmy DiMartinis and Rick Barrett. Courtesy photo


Fitch Ratings has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' AA (Very Strong) rating and has given the organization a stable outlook.

Fitch Ratings cited Thrivent Financial's strong capitalization, high quality investment portfolio, consistent profitability and favorable market position within the Lutheran market as part of the basis for affirmation. The AA rating is the third highest of Fitch's 19 categories and reflects Thrivent Financial's overall financial strength and claims-paying ability.

The stable financial outlook was driven by Thrivent Financial's strong capital base and the expectation of the organization's solid operating performance for the remainder of 2012.

Thrivent Financial is a nonprofit Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. The organization also creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need.

Walt Morgan represents the organization locally, and he has offices located at 106 Lawyers Row, Suite 204 in Woodstock. He can be contacted by calling 459-9257 or by email at walt.morgan@thrivent.com.

To learn more about Thrivent Financial, visit www.thrivent.com.

Winchester Rescue Mission has presented MARTIN'S of Winchester with a plaque in recognition of MARTIN'S efforts to fight hunger in the Winchester community.

The Winchester store has donated more than $2,500 through its in-store "Bag Hunger" campaign since January, and it also has donated hundreds of pounds of bakery products to the Winchester Rescue Mission to help feed those in need in the local community.

MARTIN'S kicks off its fall "Bag Hunger" campaign on Sept. 2. The campaign will last two weeks, and customers and associates have the opportunity to donate to regional food banks and local food pantries.


Elizabeth Lauer, a recent graduate of Sherando High School, will receive a $5,000 Financial Literacy Scholarship from the Financial Services Roundtable, according to an announcement made recently by BB&T.

The scholarship honors students who successfully completed a certified financial education course, or a financial literacy course offered by a FSR member company or a Roundtable community service partner before entering college. Seventeen scholarships were awarded this year.

The FSR represents 100 of the nation's largest integrated financial services companies, providing banking, insurance and investment products and services to the American consumer.

Lauer will be attending Tulane University later this year, according to the announcement.


Lancer Insurance Company has announced that Pepcap Commuter Vans, LLC of Front Royal has received its prestigious Safety Excellence Award for the 2011 policy year.

Lancer introduced the award in 1993 to recognize companies that clearly demonstrate the highest commitment of safety to their customers and employees - a commitment that is manifested in a superior claims record.

Lancer is the nation's leading provider of liability and physical damage insurance coverage to vanpool operators in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.


Dr. Miles K. Davis, Dean of Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University, in partnership with the Business Development Caucus of Virginia's General Assembly, has announced a town hall meeting to discuss legislation regarding business and growth.

The meeting is open to all business owners, executives, innovators or representatives in the area who wish to contribute by offering their perspective on current laws and how they impact business growth and development. Several Virginia delegates will be in attendance, and ideas will be compiled and presented to the 2013 General Assembly.

The meeting will be held Sept. 10 at George Washington University on the Virginia Science and Technology campus located at 20101 Academic Way in Ashburn and will be free for all attendees.

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