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March 26, 2013
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Whitaker named to high council

Waddell & Reed, Inc. has announced that Jeff Whitaker, financial advisor in the company’s Minden office, has been named to Waddell & Reed’s 2013 President’s Council, one of the highest honors for the firm’s financial advisors.

Comprising only 12 of the approximately 1,800 Waddell & Reed financial advisors nationwide, the President’s Council is named annually based on an analysis of investment, insurance, and financial planning sales generated by the advisor.

This is the ninth time that Whitaker has earned the honor.

As a member of the council, Whitaker will meet periodically with firm management and other advisors, discussing ongoing goals, management issues, products, and client service issues.

Whitaker has been a professional in the financial services industry for 33 years, joining Waddell & Reed in 1979.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in financial planning from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colo.

He is a Certified Financial Planner.

Founded in 1937, Waddell & Reed has more than 160 offices nationwide. The company offers an array of investment products and services, as well as a variety of insurance products through arrangements with outside insurance companies.

For more information, call Whitaker at 782-5061.

Curves wraps up food drive

Curves International launched its 15th annual food drive on March 11 and challenged club members in the U.S. and Canada to meet a goal of 100,000 donations during the two-week period ending March 23.

Each club, including Curves of Gardnerville, asked its members to donate bags of nonperishable food or cash to support their local community food bank.

With the goal in sight, Curves International was planning to donate 10 percent of March 2013 profits to Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit organization that ensures impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

“This year’s theme, ‘feed the need,’ really represents both what we want to accomplish with this year’s food drive and what we do as a business,” said a Curves of Gardnerville staff member. “We want to help feed local families and school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends, and we also want to ‘feed the need’ of local women seeking a health and fitness program that fits their busy lifestyle.”

Since its inception, the total contributions to local food banks from the annual food drive exceed 75 million pounds of food, according to Curves Vice President of Marketing Mike Raymond.

“Each year, we encourage our clubs and members to donate even more than the year before,” he said. “Our annual food drive is a great way for members and their communities to fill a real need by restocking the shelves in local food pantries across the U.S. and Canada during a time when they are usually low.”

For more information about Curves of Gardnerville, located at 1540 Highway 395, call 782-3350 or email

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WISE meets Thursday

Women Inspiring Service and Education will be holding their monthly meeting and luncheon on Thursday at Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

The monthly meeting is an opportunity for members and guests to meet, greet, and network. In addition to lunch, the event features a speaker or an activity designed to help participants and their businesses grow.

This month’s activity involves crafting a 30-second commercial. Member of the month is Trish Vo of Optima Advertising & Promotional Products.

Check-in time is from 11-11:30 a.m. The meeting begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends promptly at 1 p.m. Cost is $17 for members, $20 for guests.

For further information, contact Pamela Mann, WISE vice president, at (775) 220-4474 or

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