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The Quest for 100 is About to Begin…

September 15, 2015
Thanks to the hundreds of fraternal executives, employees, and board members who attended the Alliance’s Annual Meeting last week in Indianapolis.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you and – based on your evaluations – you thoroughly enjoyed the program.  In my quick scan of the top line results of the evaluations, I noticed quite a few “best program ever” comments.  We appreciate your feedback and are already working hard to improve the format and content of the program for the 2016 Annual Meeting (which, by the way, is scheduled for September 8-10 in Nashville). I’ve got a long list of takeaways from this year’s event, but while I whittle them down to a manageable “Top 10” list there is one important item that was unveiled at the Annual Meeting that I want to share with you.  It’s a brief animated videoThumb about the fraternal tax exemption and the importance of participating in Alliance-sponsored political advocacy initiatives that we want to share with you, and more importantly, that we want you to share with your employees, agents, local chapter leaders and members. The video is one of the most important in a series of educational tools that we’ll be providing members over the next few months as we gear up for our 2016 grassroots campaign to secure 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives for H.Con.Res.#19 – the Alliance’s “Fraternal Resolution” that allows Members of Congress to show their support for the fraternal system.  A special thanks to my friends at Thrivent Financial for their help in producing the video. We’ve got almost 60 co-sponsors right now, most of those as a result of the meetings between fraternal representatives and lawmakers that were held on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the Alliance’s 2015 “Day on the Hill” earlier this year.  It’s going to take a massive and broad-based grassroots campaign involving every Alliance member to reach our goal of 100 co-sponsors in 2016. We’ll get you more specifics on the grassroots campaign and what we want each member to do in the next few weeks.  But for right now, take a look at the video and let me know – either by posting a comment on the blog or sending me an email at jannotti@fraternalalliance.org – if you would be willing to post it on your societies’ web sites; send it to your field force, local chapter leaders, and members; play it at local chapter meetings or State Fraternal Alliance events; or have other suggestions for ways we can use this communications tool to get people ready and enthusiastic for the upcoming grassroots campaign. The quest for 100 co-sponsors is about to begin.  Are you ready?