Hormel Foods Alums

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my password?

Once you are logged in, put your mouse over the words “My Account” at the top left of the screen to make the options appear. Move your mouse down to “Setting,” then select “General.” On this page, you can enter the new password that you would like to use. You will need to enter it again directly below, using the exact same letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Click “Save Changes” when you are done.

As you type your new password, dots will appear instead of the letters that you are typing. This is a security feature so that someone cannot look at the screen and see your password as you type.


How do I add or change my photo?

Once you are logged in, put your mouse over the words “My Account” at the top left of the screen to make the options appear. Move your mouse down to “Profile,” then select “Change Avatar.” The word avatar means an image that is used to represent you in a computer program. The image you select will be used to represent you on your profile and will appear next to your name when you post messages on the site. Other social networking sites use the phrase “profile photo” for the image that appears with your posts. On this page, click the “Browse” button to select the image you would like to use, then click “Upload Image.” You now have the opportunity to crop the image that you have selected. Your image will appear with a lighter square in the center. Move the small gray boxes on corners of the lighter square to select the area of the photo that you would like to appear on the site. A preview of what you have selected appears directly to the right. Once you are ready, click “Crop Image.” You may change your photo at any time and as often as you like.

Using a photo is completely voluntary, but it is a nice way to help put a face with a name.


How do I send a personal message to another member?

To send another member a personal message you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Get Connected.” Here you will find a list of members who have joined the site. Click on the username or picture of the member that you would like to contact to view their profile. Below their name there are three buttons. Click the one that says “Send Private Message” to begin drafting a message to that member. You can then enter the member’s name, a subject of your message, and the text of your message. Once you are finished, click “Send Message.” The member will receive an e-mail letting them know they have received a message through hormelfoodsalums.com. The message will only be seen by the member that you are sending it to.

To respond to a message that you have received, be sure that you are logged in to hormelfoodsalums.com and send a message to the member that sent you a message.

How do I become someone’s “friend” on the site?

To add another user as a friend you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Get Connected.” Here you will find a list of members who have joined the site. You can click the “Add Friend” button next to their name to send them a request. The member will receive an e-mail alerting them to your request. It is then up to that member to confirm you as a friend.

If someone has requested that you become their friend, you can confirm by taking your mouse up to the top left of the screen, to the “Notifications” drop-down menu. If you have a friend request waiting it will appear and you can click on it to confirm that member as a friend.

If for any reason you would like to cancel a friendship, you can do so with any of the members that you are friends by following the same steps used to add a friend, but clicking “Cancel Friendship” instead.

How do I post in the In Memoriam section?

To post notice of the passing of a former Hormel Foods employee or their spouse you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Contact Us.” Next, click on “Death Notice” to open the submission form. On the death notice form you can enter the person’s name, dates of birth and death, and information about the funeral service or an excerpt from their obituary. If you would like to include a photo you can upload one from your computer, but that is not required. You can also provide a link to the obituary if it has been posted on the internet. Most links will go to either the obituary on the local newspaper’s website or the obituary on the funeral home’s website. Once you have the information entered, click “Submit.” The memorial notice will not appear immediately because it will need to be approved by the site administrator. This is to avoid duplicate entries for the same person and to confirm the link to the obituary, if provided.

To include a link to a website, you can copy the web address (this usually begins with the characters http://www) from the top of your web browser, then paste it in the “Link to Obituary” line when submitting a death notice. Be sure to copy everything in the line, including the “http://” to make sure the link connects directly to the obituary.

How do I post a story of a retiree in the news?

To post a link to a story of a retiree in the news you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Contact Us.” Next, click on “Retirees in the News” to open the submission form. On the form you can enter a title of the story, a link to the story if it appears online, a description of the story and who in the story is a Hormel Foods retiree. If you have a photo available, you can upload it from your computer. Once you have everything entered, click the “Submit” button. The story will not appear immediately, because it will need to be approved by the site administrator.

To include a link to a website, you can copy the web address (this usually begins with the characters http://www) from the top of your web browser, then paste it in “Link” line. Be sure to copy everything in the line, including the “http://” to make sure the link connects directly to the obituary.

How do I post a volunteer opportunity?

To post a volunteer opportunity you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Contact Us.” Next, click on “Volunteer Listings” to open the submission form. On the submission form you can enter a title and description of the event, the time and date, the location and the contact information. Once you have everything entered, click the “Submit” button. The listing will not appear immediately, because it will need to be approved by the site administrator.

How do I post a classified listing?

To post a classified listing you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Contact Us.” Next, click on “Classifieds” to open the submission form. On the submission form you can enter a title and description of the item you’d like to sell or that you are searching for. Once you have everything entered, click the “Submit” button. Your posting will appear on the site immediately.

How do I post an event for other retirees?

To post an event you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Contact Us.” Next, click on “Events” to open the submission form. On the submission form you can enter a title and description of the event, the start and end date and time, and the location. Once you have everything entered, click the “Submit” button. The event listing will not appear immediately, because it will need to be approved by the site administrator.

How do I join a group?

To join a group you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Groups.” Scroll through the groups directory until you find the one you would like to join. To the right of the group name, click either the “Join Group” button. You are now a member of the group. You can be a member of more than one group.

If a group is listed as private, you must request to join the group.  Instead of “Join Group” the button will say “Request Membership.” A message will then be sent to the member that created the group. They can then either approve or deny your membership.

To leave a group, follow the same process as joining the group. Instead of “Join Group” click on the button that says “Leave Group.”


How do I create a new group?

To create a new group you must be logged in, then start by clicking “Groups.” The Groups Directory will display. To the right of the words “Groups Directory,” click on the “Create a Group” button. On the next page, enter the title of the group and a short description of what the group will be doing. Once this is complete, click the “Create Group and Continue” button. You now have the choice to make the new group public, private or hidden. Once you select your privacy option, click “Next Step.” You can now upload an image from your computer to represent the group. If you choose to upload a photo, you will have the opportunity to crop the image that you have selected. Your image will appear with a lighter square in the center. Move the small gray boxes on corners of the lighter square to select the area of the photo that you would like to appear on the site. A preview of what you have selected appears directly to the right. Once you are ready, click “Crop Image.” If the image looks good, click “Next Step.” On the next page, you can select members from your friend list to invite to join your group. To invite them, check the box next to their name. Once you have selected everyone that you would like to invite, click “Finish.” Your group will be available to use immediately.


Who can I contact to get help?

You can use the “Contact Us” page on the website to ask a question. Next, click “General Inquiry” and fill in your name, your e-mail address and your question or comment. You can also send an e-mail directly to corporate_communications@hormel.com.