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Recently, Modern Woodmen of America members have a lasting gift to the community. Members of the Starkville Modern Woodmen planted a magnolia tree at each of the four Oktibbeha County schools. The project was part of the plant-a-tree program, a nationwide program introduced by Modern Woodmen for its members in 2004.â€ťThis programs allows Modern Woodmen member to give the community a lasting gift,â€ť Jeff Hodges said, leader of the local Modern Woodmen. â€śThe name Modern Woodmen honors the pioneer woodmen who cleared forests to build homes and secure futures for their families. Modern Woodmen offers financial services to help clear away membersâ€™ financial burdens. And planting a tree is an important way to create a secure future for our families, communities and environment,â€ť Hodges added. Modern Woodman is a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society that sells life insurance, annuity and investments products. Pictured: EOCES Principal Yolanda Magee (back left) and Modern Woodman Charles Avant (far right) accompany Hodges (back middle) for the planting.