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Alliance Members Are Advocacy Rock Stars

April 23, 2015
More than any other product, service, or benefit, Alliance members count on their trade association to provide them with state-of-the-art political advocacy to make certain that public policymakers at the state and federal level know who fraternals are and what fraternals do as financial services providers and community volunteer facilitators.  The Alliance’s professional staff devotes much of its time, energy and effort to advocacy initiatives.  And those efforts are supplemented by retained advocacy counsel at the state and federal level. Descending on the HIllBut there are no better advocates for the fraternal system than the  executives of Alliance member societies.  And that simple fact was demonstrated on Tuesday, April 21, when more than 70 fraternal leaders took Capitol Hill by storm.  In just four hours, eighteen delegations of Alliance executives met with more than 60 Members of Congress and their staff to tell the fraternal story and demonstrate first-hand the value and viability of the tax exemption that allows us to accomplish our unique financial and social missions. This was the Alliance’s third “Day on the Hill” event in the past six years, and the results exceeded even our high expectations.  Members of Congress have a much better understanding of the impact fraternals have in their own backyards and nationally, and a clear recognition that our tax exempt status delivers a big bang for the buck.  By going to the Hill every two years, we’re turning skeptics into supporters and supporters into champions – which will serve Alliance members and the millions of individuals who rely on them well for years to come. I’ll have more to share with you about the “Day on the Hill” and the Alliance’s Executive Summit meeting in next week’s blog post.  But for now, here are a few photos that show some of the Alliance’s advocacy rock stars in action… [caption id="attachment_2468" align="alignleft" width="300"]George Yanna, National Mutual Benefit; Joe Kopinski, Employes' Mutual Benefit Association; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI); Bill O'Toole, Catholic Financial Life George Yanna, National Mutual Benefit; Joe Kopinski, Employes' Mutual Benefit Association; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI); Bill O'Toole, Catholic Financial Life[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignright" width="300"]Rick Kleven, Thrivent Financial; Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA); Don Nieland, Western Fraternal Life; Harald Borrmann, Catholic United Financial Rick Kleven, Thrivent Financial; Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA); Don Nieland, Western Fraternal Life; Harald Borrmann, Catholic United Financial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2467" align="alignleft" width="300"]Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Bill O'Toole, Catholic Financial Life; Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS); Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Joe Annotti; Tim Saccoccia, Knights of Columbus Seated: Melissa Bonicelli, Venn Strategies Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Bill O'Toole, Catholic Financial Life; Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS); Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Joe Annotti; Tim Saccoccia, Knights of Columbus
Seated: Melissa Bonicelli, Venn Strategies[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2466" align="alignright" width="300"]Joe Annotti; Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Sally Murphy, Royal Neighbors; Sen Mike Crapo (R-ID); Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Tim Saccoccia, Knights of Columbus Joe Annotti; Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Sally Murphy, Royal Neighbors; Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID); Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Tim Saccoccia, Knights of Columbus[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2465" align="alignleft" width="300"]Deb Gephart, Catholic United Financial; Lisa Flanary, Degree of Honor; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Eivind Heiberg, Sons of Norway; Doug Baker, Teachers Life Insurance Society Erica Oberg, Degree of Honor; Lisa Flanary, Degree of Honor; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Eivind Heiberg, Sons of Norway; Doug Baker, Teachers Life Insurance Society[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2464" align="alignright" width="300"]Tim Saccocia, Knights of Columbus; Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Sally Murphy, Royal Neighbors; Joe Annotti Tim Saccocia, Knights of Columbus; Larry King, Woodmen of the World; Bill McKinney, Thrivent Financial; Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Sally Murphy, Royal Neighbors; Joe Annotti[/caption]