President’s Blog


28
May 2013

I’m all out of profoundness.  So while I’m waiting on that next brainstorm, here are a few things that intrigue, annoy, mystify, and entertain me.  Feel free to add your own items by posting a comment below…

Intriguing…

Canadians can vacation in Cuba.  Wasn’t the Bay of Pigs an awful long time ago?  Isn’t it time we both got over that?  At least lift the ban on cigar imports!

Annoying…

People who use non-words.  

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21
May 2013

Fraternal executives spend quite a bit of time, energy, and effort trying to figure out how to “grow younger.”  And rightly so.  Without a steady stream of new, younger (under 40 years old) members coming in to our societies, the risk of extinction becomes a real threat.

But while we’re busy trying to crack the code of making the fraternal model relevant to a generation whose common bond might not be as common or as binding as it was to their parents and grandparents,

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14
May 2013

In the last couple of months, the Alliance has been approached by several groups interested in creating a new fraternal benefit society – something that hasn’t been done (at least in the U.S.) in nearly 50 years. A few of these groups are simply tire-kicking – they don’t have the commitment, common bond, or capital to even consider forming a new society. But at least a couple of them combine those “three Cs” characteristics into what could be the spark that ignites a new golden age of fraternals.

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08
May 2013

I won’t lie; more than a few folks – college professors, bosses, relatives – have uttered those words to me over the years. But I’ve found that it’s sometimes important to come to grips with the realities that stare you in the face – realities for which neither hope nor denial is an effective strategy.

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Over the last few weeks a few of those “obvious” factors about the fraternal sector of the life insurance industry,

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30
Apr 2013

Take what you need and pass the rest on to others who may enjoy them…

  •  Governance Graduate School – I believe the following to be true: 1) education is a life-long process; 2) good governance is essential to excellent decision-making and a common characteristic of every successful organization.  If you agree, then I would strongly encourage you to register for the Alliance’s Board Institute Master Class.  It’s the follow-up program to our Board Institute program,
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22
Apr 2013

The tragedy that struck the community of West, Texas, (population 2,819) has been somewhat lost in the media flurry and public fury surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings. The entire nation has embraced the “Boston Strong” theme – and rightly so. While the senseless terrorist attack occurred in Boston, every American city and citizen was the target. To paraphrase the words of Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, “This is our nation and no one is going to take away the freedoms and values we hold dear.” Having spent a considerable amount......

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16
Apr 2013

Last week, in conjunction with the Presidents Section Mid-Year Meeting in Washington, D.C., more than 50 CEOs and senior executives from all sizes and types of Alliance member societies took to Capitol Hill to deliver a message on the value and viability of the fraternal business model. We took this message directly to the members of Congress who will decide whether the century-old fraternal tax exemption will remain on the books. Armed with talking points,

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08
Apr 2013

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I’ll be attending the Alliance’s Fraternal Operations and Presidents Mid-Year Meetings in Washington, D.C., through April 9 (where I’m looking forward to seeing many Alliance member society executives), and will then be traveling to Georgia to participate in the National Alliance of Life Companies Spring Meeting (the Alliance has joined forces with the NALC to mount legal and political challenges to the unclaimed property issue), so this is the only post you’ll see......

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04
Apr 2013

I wanted to update you on the status of tax legislation in the state of Washington that the Alliance has been following for several weeks. Lawmakers in the Evergreen State have been struggling to reduce the state’s budget deficit and, not surprisingly, closing “loopholes” is viewed as a lucrative source of new revenues. While the fraternal exemption had not been mentioned in budget negotiations through last week, that all changed with the publication of this editorial in the Saturday,

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01
Apr 2013

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The Alliance’s 2011 consolidation with the Canadian Fraternal Association is proving to be fortuitous as the home office of the association will be relocating to Canada by June 1.  The primary reason for the sudden move is not the staff’s abiding love of longer, colder winters or a lingering desire to learn to speak French.  The driving factor is the nearly 50 percent increase in the premium for group medical program the Alliance offers its employees. 

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