President’s Blog


04
Jan 2010

2010 is not going to be the “same old, same old” for NFCA.  For one thing, we’ve retained McBee Strategic Consulting as the association’s new federal public policy firm.  In this role, the folks at McBee are responsible for working with NFCA staff and member societies to develop and implement a more aggressive political action strategy that takes advantage of our greatest strength: a vast fraternal lodge grassroots network that delivers meaningful member benefits and community service activities to folks in the districts of almost every member of Congress.


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17
Dec 2009

In my travels over the past 18 months I’ve picked up on a recurring theme.  It goes something like this: societies that run the financial services segment of their operations well are somehow less “fraternal” than those that don’t.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mentioned the name of a society that’s running the business end of their organization profitably – and there are quite of few of them out there, large and small – and the reaction I get is “Well,

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09
Dec 2009

With the Senate getting close to a deal on a health care bill, it looks like a final piece of legislation could be sent to President Obama in early 2010.  That means the debate over tax reform will begin in earnest later in the session.  Check out the highlights from an article that appeared in a recent issue of The Hill to get a sneak peak at what may be on the table…

 » Read more about: An Update on the Tax Issues – Federal and State  »...

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01
Dec 2009

It’s a common assumption that the greatest threat to fraternals’ tax-exempt status comes from Capitol Hill.  And indeed the most immediate challenge we face comes from Washington – not D.C., but the Evergreen State.

Washington’s tax revenues, like virtually every other state, have been hit hard by the recession.  The state is facing a budget shortfall of $2.6 billion and lawmakers are looking at narrowing the financial gap by raising taxes and questioning virtually every existing “tax preference.” 

 » Read more about: This is not a drill…  »...

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18
Nov 2009

Here are a few tidbits I thought you might like…

  • The Independent Order of Foresters playground build in Raleigh, NC, was posted on the United We Serve blog. Congratulations to the IOF team for its commitment to this tremendously valuable project and to having it earn the recognition it deserves. Make sure to submit stories and photos of your society’s fraternal activity to United We Serve. It’s easy, just click here to fill out their online form.
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09
Nov 2009

If you attended the 2009 Presidents or Secretaries Section meeting or the NFCA Annual Meeting, then you know that one of your association’s most important initiatives is to develop a “fraternal cooperative” – a shared services program that can help member societies combine resources to generate economies of scale, take advantage of the expertise on certain key issues within the fraternal system, and join forces to market innovative new financial services products to the next generation of members. 

 » Read more about: What’s the latest on the “fraternal cooperative?”  »...

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28
Oct 2009

Dave DelBiondo, director of the Bureau of Financial Exams for the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance, closed his presentation to attendees at this week’s Pennsylvania Fraternal Congress (PFC) with a frank discussion of fraternal solvency issues that should resonate well beyond the borders of the Keystone State.  Dave has always been known as a “friend of fraternals” and one of the regulators with the greatest degree of understanding of the fraternal system in the U.S.  His tone was calm and factual – not threatening or bombastic – which made his remarks all the......

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22
Oct 2009

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a good bit of my time participating in as many State Fraternal Congress meetings as I can.  And while the travel can sometimes get a bit grueling, I always seem to find at least one gem at every meeting that either reinforces the value of our contributions to the health of American society and the well-being of our members, or that sparks an idea for how we can better promote the fraternal advantage.

 » Read more about: Another State Fraternal Congress Gem…  »...

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