President’s Blog


25
Jul 2013

We’ve been working hard here at the Alliance and this week’s post will give you a rare “twofer.”  I will provide you with an update on a mission-critical program that we have put into action during the past few weeks and then, you’ll get another peek at our upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting (truly another mission-critical program) via guest blogger, John Camillo, Group Counsel, Kemper Home Service Companies, who will be one of the presenters for the workshop,

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16
Jul 2013

In last week’s posting, I alerted you to the Senate Finance Committee’s “blank slate” tax reform proposal that “operates from an assumption that all special provisions are out unless there is clear evidence that they: 1) help grow the economy, 2) make the tax code fairer, or 3) effectively promote other important policy objectives.”  The leaders of the Finance Committee – Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) – asked their colleagues in the Senate to provide them feedback on which tax preferences should be preserved by July 26. 

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10
Jul 2013

Member society executives consistently rank political advocacy as an “essential” benefit of Alliance membership. And members tell us that of all the public policy issues on which the Alliance advocates, the promotion, protection, and preservation of the fraternal tax exemption is by far the most important.

The success of the Alliance’s advocacy efforts relies on two key ingredients:

1)  Dedicated professional staff and retained lobbyists who track issues important to fraternals at the state and federal level;

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01
Jul 2013

Summer is here and when you have survived another Chicago winter, it’s time for fun in the sun, golf, cookouts, vacations and all of things that make this season so special. Here in the Alliance office, however, summer also means that we are working harder than ever to bring you a world-class Annual Meeting this September 5-7, at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. In order to give you a sample of the high quality information and education that we will be featuring at this......

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24
Jun 2013

The 2013 Alliance Annual Meeting is going to knock your socks off. That’s a promise. You’ll walk away from this event a better leader thanks to the insights provided by keynote speaker John Maxwell. Your board members and executive team will come back home better informed and better equipped to deal with issues from energizing your local chapter system to dealing with unclaimed property audits thanks to the best lineup of workshop topics and presenters we’ve ever assembled.

 » Read more about: The Alliance Annual Meeting: You know you’re going......

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18
Jun 2013

I carry around an accordion file folder with me and stuff it with all kinds of random information I think might be of interest to fraternal leaders.  It comes in handy on a day like today when – despite massive infusions of caffeine – my brain refuses to come up with an original thought worthy of posting in this space.  All the blogging “experts” (and, by the why, who certifies this “expertise?”) tell me that you’ve got to post at least once a week to be relevant to readers. 

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10
Jun 2013

The best way to tell your story – to prospective members, opinion leaders in the media, and public policymakers – is to show it. And with a little help from the Alliance, that’s exactly what the Independent Order of Foresters is doing with its KaBoom playground building projects – one of the cornerstone community service activities of the organization.

Several weeks ago at the Fraternal Communications Section Mid-Year Meeting, I heard a presentation on the KaBoom program by Kaylie McCann,

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28
May 2013

I’m all out of profoundness.  So while I’m waiting on that next brainstorm, here are a few things that intrigue, annoy, mystify, and entertain me.  Feel free to add your own items by posting a comment below…

Intriguing…

Canadians can vacation in Cuba.  Wasn’t the Bay of Pigs an awful long time ago?  Isn’t it time we both got over that?  At least lift the ban on cigar imports!

Annoying…

People who use non-words.  

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21
May 2013

Fraternal executives spend quite a bit of time, energy, and effort trying to figure out how to “grow younger.”  And rightly so.  Without a steady stream of new, younger (under 40 years old) members coming in to our societies, the risk of extinction becomes a real threat.

But while we’re busy trying to crack the code of making the fraternal model relevant to a generation whose common bond might not be as common or as binding as it was to their parents and grandparents,

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14
May 2013

In the last couple of months, the Alliance has been approached by several groups interested in creating a new fraternal benefit society – something that hasn’t been done (at least in the U.S.) in nearly 50 years. A few of these groups are simply tire-kicking – they don’t have the commitment, common bond, or capital to even consider forming a new society. But at least a couple of them combine those “three Cs” characteristics into what could be the spark that ignites a new golden age of fraternals.

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