Insurance Center of Cuba Partners with MAX Insurance to Fund Local Lion’s Club Concession Trailer

plaque presentation
Mark Files, Regional Sales Manager of MAX, receiving appreciation plaque from Lion’s Club President, Mike Maurer.  Photo credit:  Cuba Free Press

CUBA, MO – A sparkling new Lion’s Club concession trailer will be serving meals, snacks and drinks at area events this summer, thanks to a grant from Insurance Center of Cuba and its partner, MutualAid eXchange (“MAX”) Insurance.

The Cuba Lion’s Club utilizes the trailer to raise funds for area charities, as well as the club’s vision testing program.  “With this new trailer, the Lion’s Club will be able to continue providing needed funds to a wide range of charities and programs that serve Cuba and surrounding areas,” said Mike Maurer, President.  “We are deeply grateful to the Insurance Center of Cuba and MAX Insurance for this generous gift.  They are truly our partners in serving the Cuba community.”

“We are proud to help make Cuba a stronger community,” said David VanderWerf, co-owner of Insurance Center of Cuba along with Ashley Copeland. “The Lion’s Club does great work.  That’s why we wanted to help them get a new concession trailer.  We reached out to our friends at MAX Insurance who have a grant program to help agents like us make positive contributions in our communities.  They were enthusiastic about helping.”

MAX is a fair, faithful and socially responsible insurance enterprise, headquartered in Overland Park, KS.   It is a cooperative founded on religious principles.  It provides high quality home, auto, business, farm and other types of insurance.  Locally, it is offered through Insurance Center of Cuba.

MAX lives out its mission of caring beyond the contract through its Mutual Aid Ministries program.  The company donates a portion of top line revenues to the ministries program which, in turn, provides grants to families in need and community charities and programs in the areas it serves.

“We partner with our local agents across the country to identify and support worthwhile community programs.  Insurance Center of Cuba told us about this Lion’s Club project and we were happy to partner with them to make it a reality,” said David Wine, MAX Insurance President and CEO.

More Information:

Insurance Center of Cuba

MAX Insurance and Mutual Aid Ministries

Photo:  David VanderWerf co-owner of Insurance Center of Cuba (5th from left) with Cuba Lion’s Club members; Mike Maurer, President, receiving check from Mark Files, Regional Sales Manager at MAX. Photo Credit:  Cuba Free Press


Grant from MAX Insurance will Help Centerville Iowa Lions Club Provide Vision Tests for Area Children

Elementary, pre-kindergarten and pre-school students in Centerville, Iowa and other South Central Iowa communities will soon be having their vision tested at no charge by local Lion’s Club members, thanks to a grant from MutualAid eXchange (MAX) insurance and local contributions.

Dale Sales, Lion’s Club President and a principle of Cook Insurance in Centerville, announced the $2,500 grant at the club’s Monday night dinner.

“We are thrilled and grateful to MAX Insurance and its Mutual Aid Ministries program for this significant gift,” Sales said.  “Combined with the funds we’ve raised locally, we can now purchase the iScreen Digital Camera that will help us check our area’s young children’s vision.  If we detect a problem, we can refer them to a doctor for treatment. This is a real blessing for so many families who may not be able to afford eye care for their kids. The iScreen Digital Camera will replace our old Polaroid Camera (film for the camera is being discontinued) that has served us well over the years. The new digital camera technology today is more efficient and cost effective to use. We have screened just over 400 children during 2015 and plan to expand are our efforts in 2016 due to having the new iScreen digital camera.”

“MAX is a fair, faithful and socially responsible insurance company that tries to give back in the communities we serve,” said Mark Files, MAX Regional Sales Manager.  “When Dan Sales, one of our independent agents, informed us of this Lion’s Club project we were excited to help out.  It’s a great program and we’re proud to be part of it.”

The iScreen Digital Camera allows a trained operator to take a digital image of a child’s eyes much like taking a photograph.  The equipment can detect a wide range of eye disorders which can be given to an eye professional for follow-up and treatment.

After training its members how to operate the equipment, the Lion’s Club will visit area schools to provide free testing for the children.

For more information visit

Photo by Becky Maxwell/Daily Iowegian.  Left to right:  Dan Sales and Dale Sales of Cook Insurance with Mark Files, Regional Sales Manager of MAX Insurance.