President’s Blog


11
Apr 2016

In addition to being the title of my all-time favorite John Ford/John Wayne western, “The Searchers” could have easily been the theme for last week’s Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association (LIMRA) conference. Hundreds of life insurance industry executives (including a handful of Alliance members) from a variety of disciplines – senior management, marketing and communications, underwriting, actuarial – gathered in Las Vegas to answer one overarching question: how can we grow our businesses profitably at a time when the percentage of consumers purchasing our products is at an historic low?


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01
Apr 2016

Does the thought of voting for either political party’s “presumptive favorite” for President of the United States turn your stomach?

Are you worried that no matter who gets elected this November, he or she will put the nation on a fast track to nowhere?

Are you wondering how out of a population of 350 million people these are the best candidates we can come up with to lead the most powerful nation in the world?

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29
Mar 2016

We’re six weeks into the “Race to 100” – the Alliance-sponsored grassroots campaign to secure 100 co-sponsors for HCR 19, the congressional resolution in support of fraternals – and the results are…mixed.

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The good news is that even with less-than-hoped-for-participation by Alliance member societies, the “Race to 100” is generating new co-sponsors for the Resolution. Thanks to hundreds of emails – almost 600 in the past two weeks – sent by members,

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21
Mar 2016

Friday, March 18 was St. Baldrick’s Day, a celebration that is rapidly becoming my favorite holiday.  My wife and I made the trek to Indianapolis to participate in an “official” head shaving event to raise money for children’s cancer research.  This is the second year I’ve “braved the shave.”  Due to schedule conflicts last year, I headed to a local Sports Clips and went bald in relative privacy.  But this year I went the distance and joined forces with my friend and trade association colleague,

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14
Mar 2016

Podcasts are hip.  And the Alliance is hip.  So what do you get when you combine podcasts and the Alliance?

Something very hip.
ap-banner-ccPodcasts are the latest way for the Alliance to get important information to members in an easily accessible way.  They are recorded conversations – some informal, roundtable discussions and others more formal interviews – with member society representatives (CEOs, fraternal directors, investment professionals, etc.), consultants, and subject matter experts on topics important to fraternal......

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07
Mar 2016

One of the most common topics at any gathering of fraternal leaders is “member engagement.” Getting more members to actively participate in the society’s community service programs or social activities seems to be a “top of mind” issue for every Alliance member. Most executives will acknowledge that on the best day, only about five percent of members take advantage of the society’s fraternal outreach projects.

While we’d all love to say that in a given year 75 percent of our members participated in a food bank drive,

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29
Feb 2016

Everyone reading this knows what sets their society and the fraternal system apart from other types of financial services providers.  If I were to ask you to list the reasons, they would probably look something like this:

  • We help our members secure their financial futures and, through contributions and volunteer activities that reflect our members shared values, improve the communities in which our members live and work.
  • We invest the earnings from our financial services operations in community service activities,
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08
Feb 2016

In surveys and anecdotal discussions, fraternal leaders cite “political advocacy” as the most important benefit of Alliance membership. And most often those leaders will point to the Alliance’s work to promote, protect, and preserve fraternals’ federal tax-exempt status as the most important public policy issue for which we advocate.

I don’t want to diminish for a moment the effort the Alliance puts into or the results we achieve on the tax exemption issue.

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