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Joseph Annotti

in President's Blog

A Batting Practice Fastball

Folks, whether you support his policies or not, President Obama is absolutely committed to the concept of volunteerism and community service.  That’s our bread and butter.  It’s part of our fraternal DNA.  It’s who we...

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June 19, 2009
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Calling All Lawyers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend and the honor of addressing the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternal Benefit Counsel.  Now I've got to tell you, for this non-lawyer (although I was...

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June 15, 2009
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Grassroots activism at its finest

When Senator Arlen Specter addressed the Commonwealth Club on December 13, 2008, he was not thinking about fraternal benefit societies.  His remarks included several inappropriate Polish jokes which immediately hit the blogosphere, newspapers, and television...

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May 28, 2009
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A Meeting of True Believers

I attended a meeting of “true believers” last week in Nashville.  And it wasn’t the Annual Conference Apostolic Ministers that was meeting just a few doors down from the event in which I participated.

No, the...

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May 12, 2009
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Faces of fraternalism

Earlier this week, I talked about the importance of cultivating "faces" of fraternalism – i.e., our fraternal stories are best told by those who live them.  Will policymakers know who we are the next time...

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May 07, 2009
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