President’s Blog


06
Jun 2016

4woodmen markerI don’t know if you’ve all had a chance to read this recent bulletin, but I wanted to make sure that everyone in the fraternal community is aware of the exciting news about an upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and our chance to play a part in it.  Later this year, the Smithsonian will open Giving in America, an exhibition exploring philanthropy’s connection to American ideas and ideals. 

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24
May 2016

“What pearls of wisdom could the general manager of a Major League Baseball team impart to fraternal executives, board members, and management staff?”

Moneyball_PosterI get that question a lot these days because one of the Alliance’s 2016 Annual Meeting keynote speakers is Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland A’s and the inspiration for “Moneyball,” the best-selling book and wildly popular movie.

There are plenty of folks intrigued by this choice of speakers for a conference of fraternal......

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16
May 2016

This year’s Executive Summit, held last week in Toronto, broke new ground with an emphasis on much more interactive sessions that opened eyes to unforeseen opportunities while forcing fraternal leaders to acknowledge the very real hurdles they have to overcome in order to ensure their organizations’ sustainability. The topics, speakers, and format of the conference (this wasn’t your usual lineup of talking head lectures) inspired many and irked a few. Here are some comments from members and a few photos of the very real networking that went on at the meeting…


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09
May 2016

Following up on last week’s post, I’ve been talking to Alliance member society leaders about what it would take to grow the fraternal movement from its current 9 million members to 30 million over the next decade. In “Jim Collins Speak” that’s a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) but one that I honestly believe is attainable.

A friend helps a person join a company club team or other group.

For some, the answer is simple: merge with one......

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03
May 2016

Last week, I gave a presentation to a group of life insurance industry executives – many of them Alliance members – at an educational symposium conducted by an asset management firm that happens to be an associate member of the Alliance. The topic of my remarks was the increasing importance of corporate governance to any insurer’s (fraternal or commercial) sustainability. You can get the gist of my comments to this group from reading some blog posts on the topics here,

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25
Apr 2016

Big road trip this week. Driving from Chicago to San Antonio with an SUV full of our younger son’s and daughter-in-law’s “stuff.” Boxes of who-knows-what that have been taking up space in our basement for years that will soon be transferred to the garage of their first home. It will be like Christmas in April for them, because I’m quite sure they have no idea what they left behind when they moved to Texas. And,

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18
Apr 2016

Once again, the Fraternal Communications Advisory Council staged a terrific Mid-Year Meeting that featured insightful speakers, loads of networking opportunities, and just enough time for fun.

But the session that really caught my attention was “Recruiting the Right Volunteers,” a two-hour workshop filled with mini-breakouts that required meeting attendees to come up with potential solutions to many of the most vexing member engagement problems that their societies face every day – and then share those ideas with all conference attendees.

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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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