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.”This programs allows Modern Woodmen member to give the community a lasting gift,” Jeff Hodges said, leader of the local Modern Woodmen. “The 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 members’ financial burdens. And planting a tree is an important way to create a secure future for our families, communities and environment,” 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.