President’s Blog


12
Nov 2018

My friend Ken Smith, of Ken Smith Sales, forwarded THIS ARTICLE to me and I thought it contained a message that would resonate in the fraternal community: The Future Belongs to Us! It’s one that we don’t hear often in these times of increasing competition, regulatory complexity, and consumer apathy about the products we sell.

Of course, the author doesn’t reference fraternals specifically, but his view that the “mutual model” is much better suited to the life insurance business is just as relevant to us.

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05
Nov 2018

Tomorrow we go to the polls in what is arguably one of the most important mid-term elections in recent memory. Americans will elect 435 Members of the House of Representatives and 35 Senators. And the balance of power in each chamber of Congress is up for grabs.

In addition, there are several key gubernatorial elections – Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania come to mind – that will not only affect the political environment in these states,

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31
Oct 2018

  • Blue wave or red tide, the November 6 midterm elections are certain to shake-up the power structure on Capitol Hill and in state capitals. Should Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, we will see new chairs across all committees – including the critical Ways and Means Committee. Even if the GOP maintains control of the House, the retirement of key Republican leaders will result in sweeping changes to Committee memberships.  And governors’ races in key fraternal states like Illinois,
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22
Oct 2018

While I am out participating in state fraternal alliance meetings and member events, the Alliance staff is in the midst of transitioning to our new Advocacy Plus model and budgeting for next year’s activities. While this encompasses the work of several departments, I’d like to call out a few exciting developments that Alliance members can look forward to in 2019.

Life Insurers Council (LIC) Partnership

We are officially partnering with the Life Insurers Council (LIC) to offer their unique brand of operations-focused learning opportunities to Alliance......

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15
Oct 2018

You remember the movie City Slickers, right? One of the great lines from that film was when Curly (Jack Palance) told Mitch (Billy Crystal) that “the secret to life is just one thing.” When Mitch asked what that one thing was, Curly replied, “That’s what you’ve got to find out.” Here’s a link to the clip

Having attended a few State Fraternal Alliance meetings so far this fall,

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09
Oct 2018

It was Columbus Day yesterday (although from what I hear, it wasn’t the case in Columbus, Ohio). The Alliance office was officially closed, but I came in to catch up on a few things between road trips to state capitals and state fraternal alliance meetings. And, of course, to write this blog because I knew you just couldn’t live without it!

I hate to disappoint you, but I’m temporarily out of fresh and original material.

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01
Oct 2018

Last week, I had the privilege of leading a delegation of representatives from five Alliance member societies through a series of meetings with state senators from Oregon. Our group consisted of government affairs professionals from the corporate offices of Thrivent Financial and Knights of Columbus; a home office fraternal executive from WoodmenLife; a member of the Sons of Norway International Board of Directors; and a field representative from Modern Woodmen of America.


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24
Sep 2018

As you read this, a delegation of Alliance members will be starting a series of meetings with Oregon legislators intended to increase lawmakers’ awareness of the fraternal community’s impact in the state. Our group includes two home office government affairs professionals; a home office fraternal executive; a fraternal field representative who lives in Salem, Oregon; a board member from a mid-sized fraternal who lives in Eugene, Oregon; the Alliance’s retained lobbyist in the state;


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04
Sep 2018

I’m hoping to see many of you this week at the Alliance Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. As I write this, the staff is all working at about 150% of capacity finalizing all the details for what promises to be an excellent educational and networking event – while at the same time preparing for the transition to our new operating model, which will be implemented in January 2019.

You will learn much more about how the “new Alliance” will impact your society and the fraternal community at the Annual Meeting.

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