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Couldn’t have said it better myself

September 10, 2014
The Alliance staff is still digging out from last week’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas – an event that exceeded even our high standards for member satisfaction. The quality and diversity of the speakers and topics; the wildly popular addition of the “grow younger” program; the palpable “buzz” during the networking opportunities with sponsors and colleagues; the 101 “first timers” in attendance; the terrific on-site support of The Fraternal Alliance of Texas; and the mechanical bull were the highlights of the meeting for me. Here are a few choice comments from members: “I have to bring more of our board to these events! They are great. I feel the focus on marketing and governance is exactly what we need.” AFA14-429-S “I liked the focus on millennials; it helped me brainstorm ways to connect our field reps with ways to use fraternalism to reach out to the millennial market.” AFA14-596-S “It was excellent. I specifically enjoyed the guest speakers and the CEO roundtable. The focus on younger members/generations was very appropriate and well put-together. Perhaps a more enticing incentive can be devised to encourage societies to bring more younger employees to the event.” afa14-1215 “Great to have the next generation of fraternal leaders present. Kind of shows them we aren't out of touch and shows us that they are not scary. But since we're their parents age, they - being Millennials - felt comfortable with us.” afa14-938 “We never used to ask/encourage board members to attend the annual meeting. For each of the past two meetings we brought half of our board and it has been extremely well-received. The content, networking opportunities, and time spent with the executives outside the confines of a board meeting have been very valuable. I don't have a grasp on how many board members typically attend, so maybe there are already a healthy number. If not, I think it would be a good idea to work on a way to incentivize member societies to invite more board members to attend.” It’s not too early to start planning for next year’s event – and for expanding the number of staff and board members you bring to the meeting. Save the date… 2015 Fraternal Alliance Annual Meeting JW Marriott Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN September 10-12, 2015