President’s Blog


21
Jul 2009

Take a look at this article written by Bill Greener – a die-hard Republican and close friend of mine – that is currently posted on Salon.com.  It provides an objective and analytical look at the changes in the American electorate and their impact on the GOP’s chances to win future national elections.  The fact that it’s written by a “true believer” makes it even more credible, in my opinion.  I’ve known and worked with Bill for years. 

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14
Jul 2009

When I was a kid growing up in Northern California there was a popular chain of local restaurants called “Original Joe’s.”  The most popular dish they served was, of course, “Joe’s Special” – a concoction of ground beef, spinach, eggs, onion, Parmesan cheese, and oregano (Joe was a paisan, in case you were wondering), plus a few other items that added character.  Undoubtedly the initial version of the recipe was created from all the leftover items Joe (or Joe’s mother) had in the kitchen one afternoon. 

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09
Jul 2009

Last week a delegation of NFCA representatives met with officials from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in Washington, D.C.  We scheduled these meetings to promote awareness of the fraternal system and seek opportunities for member societies to partner with the Administration to deliver meaningful community services to individuals who need it most. 

It was time well spent.  The possibilities for the fraternal system to play a more important role as a provider of much-needed social services – and validate our tax exempt status – are limited......

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02
Jul 2009

More than 275 of your peers have registered for the 2009 NFCA Annual Meeting—the largest number of advance registrations in the past five years.  What’s keeping you from joining them?  Click here to register online at the “early-bird rate,” which has been extended through Friday, July 17.

And here are a few suggestions for things to do while you’re there…

 » Read more about: 15 Things to Do Besides Visiting the Alamo at the NFCA Annual Meeting  »...

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24
Jun 2009

The Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) International Assembly (the organization’s quadrennial meeting of delegates from the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain) had its share of fraternal pomp and ceremony (the parade of nation’s with it’s Mardi Gras atmosphere was worth the price of admission), but the underlying tone of the meeting was focused on the business – both financial and fraternal – of the organization.

 » Read more about: Independent Order of Foresters International Assembly Sets Positive Tone for Future  »...

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19
Jun 2009

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 are and what we do.  That’s why we don’t just need to take advantage of the Administration’s support of such efforts, we need to embrace them.  This is a batting practice fastball that we should hit out of the park.

 » Read more about: A Batting Practice Fastball  »...

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15
Jun 2009

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 accepted to law school about 100 years ago, but decided to go to work instead), the prospect of spending two days with a room full of attorneys was not exactly something that made my heart flutter.

 » Read more about: Calling All Lawyers  »...

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28
May 2009

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 news in Specter’s home state of Pennsylvania and across the country.   

Polish Falcons CEO Tim Kuzma was offended by the jokes and spoke for the entire Polish-American community by commenting to the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette that he found the jokes “appalling” and offensive to Polish-Americans.

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