President’s Blog


23
Jan 2017

With tax reform topping the congressional “to-do” list in 2017, it’s more important than ever for the Alliance and its members to make sure that U.S. Representatives and Senators understand and appreciate the value of the fraternal business model and the more than century-old tax exemption that allows societies to fulfill their unique financial and community service missions.

That’s why the Alliance is once again backing the Fraternal Resolution – this year known as HCR 10 – which was reintroduced last week in the 115th Congress.

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16
Jan 2017

 

questionsIn my last two posts I’ve discussed some of the factors – both the hard, cold data points and the emotional connections to a business model that we cherish – that are driving the Alliance Board’s effort to develop a strategic vision and plan that will set the direction for the organization’s future.  Today I’ll outline the key questions that need to be addressed if this initiative is to be successful.

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09
Jan 2017

Some would argue that transformational change is driven by desperation; something akin to the mood struck by Bob Dylan when he sings, “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”

The transformational change initiative being undertaken by the Alliance Board is being driven not by despair, but by courage and foresight.  Today the Alliance is a strong and financially healthy organization.  Every year nearly 100% of members renew their membership.  And those that don’t renew typically merge with another member society. 

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19
Dec 2016

In my final post for 2016, I want to highlight the incredible value fraternals bring to communities in the United States and Canada every single day.  It’s this value – and these values – that make the Alliance’s advocacy, education, information, and networking efforts to foster a bright future for the fraternal model all worthwhile.  On behalf of the Alliance staff, thank you for allowing us to lead and serve you for another year.

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  • Recent posts have promoted Alliance member contributions to the new Smithsonian......

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05
Dec 2016

giving-in-america-1After months of meetings and teleconferences, and the transmission of dozens of photos of iconic fraternal society memorabilia and archival material, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened its Giving in America exhibition earlier this week and FRATERNALS WERE THERE!  The exhibition is part of the Smithsonian’s “Philanthropy Initiative” and is intended to run for 20 years or more.  The 2017 exhibit focuses on “Philanthropy and the Environment,” and highlights the incredible efforts that individual......

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28
Nov 2016

Whether you’re on Outlook or a Daytimer – or, like me, using a combination of both 16th century and 21st century calendar technology – here are three events you need to include on your schedule for next year…

Alliance Executive Summit – April 3-5, 2017 – W – Chicago – City Center

2017-es-logo-treatmentWe’re going to roll out an entirely new format for this meeting in response to demand from member society CEOs. 

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21
Nov 2016

There are so many things I have to be thankful for this year.  Family, friends, and good health certainly top that list, because without those nothing else really matters.  But this year I’ve been thinking about the many blessings that I’ve received during my nearly nine-year stint as president and CEO of the American Fraternal Alliance.  And I wanted to say a special “thank you” to all of you who have made my tenure exceptionally rewarding and our shared futures exceptionally bright…

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14
Nov 2016

election-update

The stunning results of last Tuesday’s election – a Trump presidency and GOP control of both the U.S. House and Senate – will have a significant impact on U.S. foreign and domestic policy, including several issues that could affect fraternals and their members. Late last week I met with representatives of Capitol Counsel, the Alliance’s federal legislative advocacy firm, and other financial services industry leaders to assess the potential ramifications of the election results and their......

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07
Nov 2016

One of my favorite scenes from the movie “City Slickers” is where Curly, the leather-skinned cowboy played by Jack Palance, is giving Mitch, the mid-life crisis ridden New Yorker played by Billy Crystal, a little unsolicited life advice.

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Curly: “Do you know what the secret of life is?”  (Holds up one finger.)  “This.”

Mitch: “Your finger?”

Curly: “One thing.  Just one thing.  You stick to that and the rest don’t mean nothing.”

Mitch: “But what is the ‘one thing?’”

Curly: “That’s what you have to find out.”

After comparing notes......

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