President’s Blog


01
Jun 2015

It’s graduation season and that means that every ceremony – high school, college, trade school, or reform school – has a commencement speaker.

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I’ve listened to a few memorable commencement addresses over the years.  Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush added more than a little inspiration to the Tulane University graduation ceremony just months after Hurricane Katrina nearly washed away New Orleans.  And I’ve endured more than my fair share......

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27
May 2015

First, let me say that Captain Obvious – the spokesperson on those subtly funny Hotels.com commercials – is one of my heroes.  Upon viewing a particularly filthy, vermin-infested hotel room, he casually points out to the family that has booked the room that “I would not stay here tonight.”

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Doug French, a managing principal of Ernst & Young, did his best Captain Obvious impersonation at the Canadian Fraternal Alliance Section Meeting earlier this month in Ottawa. 

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18
May 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Alliance’s Canadian Section Annual Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.  This year, for the first time ever, the CFA incorporated a “Day on the Hill” component into their meeting.  And the results were nothing short of spectacular.

Thirty-six CFA members, organized into delegations of 3-4 members each, swarmed Parliament Hill on Thursday afternoon.  The groups met with more than 20 Members of Parliament (MPs), many of whom held key positions on the Insurance Caucus and Finance Ministry. 

 » Read more about: Taking Parliament Hill By Storm  »...

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12
May 2015

Ever attend a meeting where you just can’t wait to get home and put what you learned to use IMMEDIATELY?

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That’s the experience I had at last week’s Alliance Fraternal & Communications Mid-Year Meeting in San Antonio.  There were so many excellent ideas shared – both from the podium and in casual conversations with members during breaks and social events – that I resorted to jotting notes down on the back of receipts......

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05
May 2015

In the spring, a young (poetic license, please) man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…business travel and reading.  My Kindle and I have been logging quite a few miles this spring, traveling to industry conferences, member board meetings, and Alliance Mid-Year Meetings (most of which still lie ahead).  And that means many hours in airport lounges and airplane seats.  When I grow weary of sending or responding to emails, here are the books that have been keeping me occupied. 

 » Read more about: Meeting Season Reading List  »...

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27
Apr 2015

1) Effective innovation does not rely solely on “lightning bolt” ideas that strike the CEO, said innovation guru Robert Tucker.  The most innovative companies – including organizations that have been around for over a century – make innovation everyone’s job and incorporate processes to foster innovation at every level, from the mail room to the board room.

2) Innovation is not limited to organizations with deep pockets.  As the members of the Monday afternoon “innovation panel” demonstrated,

 » Read more about: 6 things I learned at the Alliance’s Executive Summit  »...

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23
Apr 2015

More than any other product, service, or benefit, Alliance members count on their trade association to provide them with state-of-the-art political advocacy to make certain that public policymakers at the state and federal level know who fraternals are and what fraternals do as financial services providers and community volunteer facilitators.  The Alliance’s professional staff devotes much of its time, energy and effort to advocacy initiatives.  And those efforts are supplemented by retained advocacy counsel at the state and federal level.

 » Read more about: Alliance Members Are Advocacy Rock Stars  »...

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13
Apr 2015

Finishing line

Did you know that credit union members who are called on to participate in grassroots campaigns:

• Become more aware of the importance of their organization’s tax-exempt status and the need to protect and promote it;

• Become more effective advocates for their organization not just with members of Congress but within their own communities;

• Purchase more products from the organization that asked them to participate in the campaign?

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06
Apr 2015

My blog file is filled to overflowing, so I thought I’d share some of the items that I’ve been collecting that I thought were most interesting, profound, humorous, or entertaining.  Here goes…

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• Royal Neighbors CEO featured on national cable network program – Check out this link to Cynthia Tidwell’s recent appearance on “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television.  Lifetime bills itself as “the network for women” and what better individual and organization......

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31
Mar 2015

Here are the raw numbers from the first three weeks of the Alliance’s “Fraternals GIVE Back” grassroots campaign:

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  • 3,967 – Number of individuals (employees, agents, local chapter leaders, and members of Alliance societies) that have sent emails to Members of Congress
  • 46 – Number of U.S.-domiciled Alliance member societies that have had at least one individual participate in the grassroots campaign
  • 325 – Number of U.S.
 » Read more about: Grassroots Activism: Getting Beyond the Numbers  »...

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