President’s Blog


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.

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13
Oct 2009

It’s State Fraternal Congress (SFC) meeting season.  I’ve been to a number of SFC meetings over the past few weeks and have at least three more on my calendar before Thanksgiving.  I wish my travel schedule would allow me to attend more!  Attending these meetings gives me an opportunity to meet more members personally and get a better idea of how NFCA can deliver more value to you.  It’s heartening to hear your support for the association’s fraternal cooperative initiative,

 » Read more about: Bringing it all back home…  »...

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05
Oct 2009

A friend of mine passed away recently after a long illness.  In the final hours of his life, my friend was slipping in and out of consciousness.  As the family gathered to say their final goodbyes, the siblings were concerned that one son would not get home in time for my friend to be cognizant and recognize him.  Hours before the son arrived at the hospital, my friend slipped into what the doctors thought was a final coma. 

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25
Sep 2009

Folks, I’m taking a few days off next week, so you won’t see a new blog posting until the week of October 5.  My wife and I will be heading to the West Coast to visit our families there and get in a little R&R by kayaking on Monterey Bay, hiking the trails of Point Lobos and Big Sur, and eating enough fresh-caught calamari and sand dabs to sink a ship.  I’m limiting myself to one hour of BlackBerry and cell phone use per day in the hopes of coming back with......

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15
Sep 2009

The programs are printed, the speakers are booked, the special events are planned, and the boots are packed.  Grab your bag, NFCA members, because the Annual Meeting is on.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing the nearly 350 members and guests registered for this year’s meeting in San Antonio later this week.  I’ve met so many of you over the past 12 months that I suspect the event will feel a little like a family reunion. 

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11
Sep 2009

We’ve all heard the rhetorical question…”If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” 

The fraternal version of that colloquialism is: “If we do good things in the community and don’t tell anyone about them, do they matter?”

I’m not disputing the value of the contributions we make to the lives of individuals and communities every day.  Even if we never tell a soul about them,

 » Read more about: Making Sure Folks Hear the Sound of the Falling Tree…  »...

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03
Sep 2009

For the first time in several years, the NFCA Annual Meeting will include a community service activity that will allow members to demonstrate to the local community exactly “who we are and what we do.”  At about noon on Thursday, September 17, the more than 125 volunteers that have signed up to participate will board buses at the Grand Hyatt for the short drive to the Family Service Association (FSA) for an afternoon of interior painting and exterior landscaping work. 

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