President’s Blog


04
Feb 2014

Please allow me a break from my posts on millennials and mutuality to share this letter to one of my heroes.

Dear Bob:

Saw you during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Shilling for Chrysler. Had I had any inkling you would one day serve as a corporate spokesperson – a sure sign that the apocalypse is upon us – I never would have bought all that life insurance.

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28
Jan 2014

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We all spend a good bit of time – and rightly so – thinking about the future of our individual societies and the fraternal system.  It all boils down to this: we’ve got to attract more new (and ideally younger) consumers to become fraternal members – people that purchase insurance, utilize member benefits, and support community service activities – than the current members that are passing away (or......

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20
Jan 2014

For those of you who had the chance to hear Craig Kielberger’s presentation at the Alliance’s 2013 Annual Meeting, you have a good idea of what “Me to We” is all about – and how much energy and enthusiasm Craig and his team bring to their mission of enabling young people to help improve the lives of others through volunteerism.  If you didn’t experience Craig’s performance, then I suggest you check out this link and learn more about this organization.

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14
Jan 2014

It’s been too cold to do anything outside (even going to the store for milk feels like an adventure out of a Jack London novel) and there are only so many bowl games you can watch between Christmas and the Epiphany, so I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the last few weeks and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you…


08
Jan 2014

Developing an effective Strategic Plan for the Alliance – one that personifies our mission statement, challenges the abilities of staff and volunteer leaders, and delivers meaningful results to members – is one of the most important tasks of the organization’s Board of Directors. The Strategic Plan is both a roadmap to accomplishing the Alliance’s most important goals, and a report card on which the Board and the members will measure our effectiveness.

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For 2014,

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19
Dec 2013

Here’s hoping that the waning days of 2013 will allow us to set aside our daily worries and cherish our blessings with family and friends.  Our sons and daughters-in-law will be home this weekend, so Christmas will come early for us this year.  Our family will celebrate by decorating Christmas cookies (our sons will be in a pitched battle to see just how much frosting a single sugar cookie can hold), eating at our favorite Chicago steak house (Gene &

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09
Dec 2013

Remember when you rented your movies from Blockbuster and bought your books from Barnes & Noble?

It seems like only yesterday – because it was.

Today movies are still being made and books are still being written. But the delivery system for those products changed – seemingly overnight – turning companies that were once household names into vague memories and vacant storefronts. (Do you think UPS is just a little concerned about Amazon’s desire to deliver goods to its customers by drone?)

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When it comes to......

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02
Dec 2013

My bona fides for commenting on theological doctrine are, at best, limited. But I could not help reading the statements dealing with economic issues contained in Pope Francis’s recent “apostolic exhortation” without connecting them to the fraternal business model.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis denounced “trickle-down economics” as a system that “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.” The benefits of the trickle-down theory,

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26
Nov 2013

Thanksgiving 3Yet another year has begun to wind down to its close with the start of the holidays. But before we get all wrapped-up in holiday preparations, (Hint: Don’t fear the bird…just put it in the oven) let’s take a moment to stop and reflect. Let’s put off mentally steeling ourselves for the arguments over dinner that come with the extended family we only see once a year or mapping our plan of attack for Black Friday Sales (Now Thursday…sad…but I digress),


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20
Nov 2013

We’ve all heard and used (probably over-used) the cliché “it’s a relationship business.” But every cliché has at least a grain of truth to it, and when it comes to the fraternal business model, relationships are what drive both the financial services and community services components of our organizations. It’s the affinity between a society and its members, and the connection between the members and their communities that sets us apart from other financial services providers.

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