President’s Blog


04
Aug 2014

SFAsState Fraternal Alliances (SFAs) have long been a part of the American Fraternal Alliance, so much so that there is a specific reference to these state-based organizations in the Alliance’s Constitution.  SFAs have traditionally held annual meetings which feature social networking opportunities and educational programs for attendees and fundraising efforts for local charities.  More recently, a few SFAs have been engaged in political advocacy activities, including “Day on the Hill” events......

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28
Jul 2014

 

heroThe CEOs of two fraternal benefit societies – Cynthia Tidwell of Royal Neighbors of America, and Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus – topped National Underwriter’s list of “13 insurance industry heroes you need to know.”  We can’t think of a better way to acknowledge the incredible contributions fraternals make to the lives of their members or the quality of life in the communities in which those members live. 

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21
Jul 2014

The Alliance works hard to continually reinvent itself. We are always looking for new ways to more effectively deliver the highest quality advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities to our member societies; to provide the greatest possible value for the investment members make in the Alliance; and to promote the incredible financial and social impact that fraternals have had and can have on individuals and communities across the U.S. and Canada.

For several years,

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14
Jul 2014

As many of you know, I’m a big Bob Dylan fan and the title of this posting is a lyric from “My Back Pages,” one of my favorite Dylan songs.  It’s a perfect fit for the overarching theme of the Alliance’s 2014 Annual Meeting program – finding ways for fraternals to grow younger.  We developed a program that is focused on helping you accept Jim Collins’ challenge for fraternals to have as many members under 35 years old as they do over 35.

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07
Jul 2014

I often wonder if fraternals really take advantage of the affinity – the common bond – that exists among their members to effectively provide them with products and services, beyond life insurance and annuities, that those members are likely to want and need.

I am a member of a number of fraternals, but the organization that seems to know me best is a “non-fraternal” fraternal – Amazon.  As an avowed despiser of shopping,

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30
Jun 2014

cocoon Wait! Don’t hit delete. This is not spam for a miracle facial cream from Eastern Europe that will help rid you of wrinkles forever. This is really an important blog post about the newest component of this year’s Alliance Annual Meeting, coming up September 4-6, in Austin, Texas – “Grow Younger Day.”

I asked Joe to turn over the reins of the blog to me this week so that I could let you know what to expect on Saturday,

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23
Jun 2014

As he mentioned last week, Joe Annotti is out of the office and blogging will be unusually light. In his absence, we’re running one of his past blogs that has a message that is always appropriate at this time of year! (Note…we updated it a little.)


The Alliance Annual Meeting: You know you’re going to register, so why pay more by waiting? 

The 2014 Alliance Annual Meeting is going to knock your socks off.

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09
Jun 2014

I’ll be traveling on business most of this week and will be squiring a houseful of relatives around Chicago next week, so this will be my last post until at least June 23. While I’m taking a blog break, here’s something I’d like you to consider: adoption.

The Alliance relies heavily on volunteers to fulfill its mission of providing advocacy, education, and information.  We know that not every society has the resources to participate on the Alliance board and on committees,

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02
Jun 2014

My last few posts have been about some pretty serious issues – solvency, sustainability, regulation. And I’ve received exactly zero comments from readers on them. So I think it’s time to check and see if anyone is out there and willing to go on record about something that really matters:  favorite fictional characters. After all, it’s summer and time to start thinking about beach reading. Here’s my list from literature, stage, screen – and cartoons.

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27
May 2014

One of the most important and frequently overlooked membership benefits is on its way to Alliance members this week. Our Annual Financial Analysis provides society executives with an incredibly valuable management tool to evaluate your society’s financial performance and overall health based on eleven critical ratios – measuring factors from RBC to assets to premium growth. More importantly, the report allows you to compare your ratios to benchmarks of other fraternals of comparable size and a select group of ten small commercial life insurers with an A.M.

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