President’s Blog


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.
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23
Mar 2015

Last week was “file purge” week at the Alliance.  Cabinets full of paper were either sent to the shredder or preserved for legal or historical purposes.  In the process, we discovered some interesting artifacts from the not-so-distant past that evoked a chuckle or two from the longer-tenured members of the Alliance staff.  Among the relics was a promotional flyer for an Alliance (nee NFCA) Annual Meeting that contained a David Letterman-like “Top 10” list of reasons that that year’s event would be the best ever.

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09
Mar 2015

If you can read this post, then you have access to a computer. And if you have access to a computer, you can be a grassroots advocate for America’s fraternals.

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Today is the opening day of “Fraternals GIVE Back,” the biggest grassroots political advocacy initiative we’ve ever attempted. This web-based campaign makes it easy for you – and anyone who supports the fraternal system – to send a clear and consistent message about the value of......

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02
Mar 2015

The Alliance devotes a good bit of its resources to ensuring that its members’ voices are heard on issues important to fraternals on Capitol Hill and in state capitals from coast-to-coast.  The Alliance retains professional advocacy counsel in Washington, D.C., and as necessary at the state level.  In addition, Alliance staff members dedicate a significant percentage of their time to state and federal advocacy initiatives.

But the cornerstone of our political advocacy program is YOU! 

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23
Feb 2015

When it comes to social media, I freely admit I’m a relic.  I don’t spend hours (or even minutes or seconds) on Facebook because a) I place an extremely high value on my privacy and b) I don’t really care what folks with whom I have a tangential relationship did on their last vacation.  The only thing I “tweet” are links to these blog posts because a) I just can’t fathom why people who barely know me would care about what I have to say about anything and b) I can’t figure......

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16
Feb 2015

You remember Jim Collins’ inspiring presentation on what makes great organizations tick delivered at the Alliance’s 2012 Annual Meeting, right? I get as fired up as the next guy by a terrific motivational speaker, but Collins didn’t just deliver a rousing “Yes, You Can!” speech to fraternal executives, he followed it up with the all-important “and here’s how” component based on his lifelong research on successful – and not so successful – businesses.

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09
Feb 2015

Google: Testing the waters or preparing a takeover?

I’m sure you’ve read more than a few articles about Google’s entry into the insurance market.  If not, here are two of the more interesting ones…

• New Clues on Google’s Plans for Insurance
• Will Google and Amazon offer one-click life insurance?

Folks have been saying for years that the insurance industry is primed for “disruption” and could very well be the next Blockbuster. 

 » Read more about: A Few More Thoughts on Disruptions and Collaboration  »...

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