President’s Blog


21
Mar 2013

Fraternals are in the business of risk transfer. We transfer an individual’s risk of lost income as a result of death or disability through the purchase of a life or disability income insurance certificate, helping to secure the financial future of an entire family. We transfer an individual’s risk of not having a steady stream of retirement income through the purchase of an annuity certificate, lessening the burden on government programs and enhancing the quality of life for the family.

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19
Mar 2013

Last month, in a guest blog, we heard from Jackie Felling about the reasons why she tries to never miss a Presidents Mid-Year Meeting.

This week, Steve Reindl, Vice President of Operations and Corporate Secretary of National Mutual Benefit, provides us his take on the benefits of attending the Fraternal Operations Mid-Year Meeting, sponsored by the Secretaries/HR Section. Steve is Chair of the Secretaries/Human Resources Section Advisory Council and has been a great volunteer for the Alliance.

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11
Mar 2013

Education is one of the Alliance’s core missions. And whether it is a webinar alerting members of their increasing exposure to cyber-liability or an Annual Meeting Workshop providing practical tips to attract younger consumers, we take the job of providing members the finest quality professional education programs very seriously.

Hundreds of member society executives have already registered for the 2013 Mid-Year Meetings. If you haven’t signed up for one or more of these programs you can learn more about them and register on-line by clicking here.

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05
Mar 2013

This is a very short post.

Read this article and substitute the word “fraternals” for references to the Republican party and the word “obsolescence” for references to the Democratic party. The bottom line is that neither the GOP not fraternals can reinvent themselves if the current powers that be are in charge of the design.

Based on our recent consumer research, the fraternal business model has characteristics that are tremendously appealing to the next generation of members;

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26
Feb 2013

Once again we’ve allowed our elected leaders to drive the nation to the financial brink. If there is anything good about the most recent version of this debate, it’s that our politicos and the opinion leaders in the media who serve as their mouthpieces seem to have tired of the “fiscal cliff” language and the “Thelma and Louise” references. Nonetheless, the threats of airport shutdowns, Head Start closings, and other dire predictions of fiscal calamity make it quite clear that in Washington,

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19
Feb 2013

Thanks to Jackie Felling from Degree of Honor for her terrific guest blog last week. She spoke in ways I couldn’t about the value of attending the Presidents Mid-Year Meeting and, in the process, helped boost registration for the event. We’re looking to pack the halls of the Capitol with fraternal executives in April. And the only way that’s going to happen is if YOU and other members of your society’s leadership – your #2 executive,

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11
Feb 2013

After a lot of great feedback resulting from last week’s blog post, I am going to give you all a little break from the serious decisions that lay ahead for the fraternal community and turn things over to a guest blogger.

For this week’s post, I am pleased to put the reins in the very able hands of Presidents Section Chair, Jackie Felling, CEO of Degree of Honor.

I will occasionally be recruiting other guest bloggers to share their thoughts and opinions in this space.

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05
Feb 2013

Eleven years after its unveiling, the “Fraternal Vision” report still evokes some strong responses. While only a couple of individuals posted comments here on the blog, I received a number of emails from members who wholeheartedly supported bringing some of the report’s long-forgotten findings and recommendations to light. But that support was combined with warnings to proceed cautiously. Here are some excerpts from member responses to last week’s posting:

  • “I think you will find two sides: one where leaders want to change and can’t;
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30
Jan 2013

In 2001, the Board of the American Fraternal Alliance (then known as the National Fraternal Congress of America) appointed a group of staff members, consultants, and member society representatives known as the Fraternal Vision Subcommittee to “determine whether structural changes are necessary to preserve the uniqueness of fraternal benefit societies while making them more relevant and responsive to member needs in the 21st Century.”

On November 8, 2002 – just over a decade ago – the subcommittee presented its report to the Board.

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21
Jan 2013

One of the most interesting takeaways from Jim Collins’ presentation at the Alliance’s 2012 Annual Meeting was the notion that great companies aren’t always those on the “bleeding edge” of innovation, but more often follow closely behind the innovators – learning from their missteps and improving on their processes. The message to me was “you don’t have to be there first; but you better be there second or third.”

How do business leaders give their organizations the best chance of long lasting,

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