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November 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on November 2, 2015

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Fall has officially arrived, finding the Iowa CPCU Chapter in full swing!Our October meeting was held at the newly remodeled Des Moines Botanical Center on October 15th. Dr. S. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Professor of Agronomy and Extension Climatologist, provided some interesting historical facts about climate change and its impact on agriculture. Some very interesting weather trends have developed over time.

Also during the October meeting we voted to approve the slate of Officer and Director Nominees for 2016. Vice President – Adam Haugerud, Secretary – Stephanie Wells, Treasurer- Chris Murphy, Director of Internal Operations – Brad Soma, and Director of Communications – Dan Mulcahy. These individuals will take their professional oath during I-Day on November 12th, and will assume their respective offices on January 1st, 2016.

October 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on October 1, 2015

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October 2015 ChapterGram

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October 2015 President’s Message

I would like to thank Sarah Middendorf, Ryan Swalve, and Christina Reidel for our successful charity golf outing this summer. As a result of the event, we were recently able to present $4,100 to Blank Children’s Hospital-Fire Safety House! Thank you to all the golfers and corporate sponsors that made this donation possible.

We are currently seeking nominations for the prestigious Burkhalter Award. The deadline for nominations is October 5th. The Burkhalter Award is designed to recognize individuals who have influenced the Iowa property and casualty insurance industry and their community through civic involvement. If you know someone or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to our profession, we urge you to let us know. To nominate an individual for the Burkhalter Award, complete a nomination form by clicking here: http://cpcu-iowa.org/burkhalter-award-nomination/

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September 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on September 2, 2015

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September 2015 ChapterGram

September 2015 President’s Message

As the Iowa State Fair wraps up, the kids return to school, and summer quickly fades into Fall and football season, it’s time to get back into the second half of our 2015 CPCU programming. We will have some intriguing topics over the next few months that you won’t want to miss.

Congratulations to the CPCUs who were inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame on May 19th: Bruce Kelley, Jennie LeGates, and Richard Friedman. All of these individuals have made a significant impact on our industry here in Iowa.

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IIAI 109th Annual Convention, Trade Show and Expo

August 18, 2015

September 15 & 16, 2015 Prairie Meadows Convention Center, Altoona, IA   The Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa Annual Convention, Trade Show and Expo is one of the largest gatherings of independent agents and their business partners in the country.  The annual trade show will be … Continue reading

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George Kochheiser (1925-2015)

June 22, 2015

George William, Jr, 89, passed away on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Kathleen. He is survived by son, Kent and daughter-in-law Beth, also of Cincinnati, and sister Jeanne Faust … Continue reading

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Three CPCUs Inducted into Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame

June 2, 2015

On May 19, the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame inducted five new members for 2015.  Three of the inductees are CPCUs -  Richard Friedman (Cedar Valley Chapter, left in photo), Bruce Kelley (Iowa Chapter, middle in photo), and Jennie LeGates … Continue reading

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May 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

May 4, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram May 2015 ChapterGram May 2015 President’s Message We had an outstanding Chapter meeting on April 16 at the Embassy Club in downtown Des Moines. Patrick Phelan, Fire Protection Engineer with the City of Des Moines, and … Continue reading

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Sheeler Named 2015 Richard A. Gerrond Memorial Award Recipient

April 28, 2015

Congratulations to former Iowa Chapter President Wade Sheeler, who received the 2015 Richard A. Gerrond Memorial Award from the CPCU Society during the Leadership Summit on April 24. Wade is pictured with CPCU Society Chairman and President Jane Wahl. The … Continue reading

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April 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

April 1, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram April 2015 ChapterGram April 2015 President’s Message We’ve experienced a few really nice days of weather lately, so I’m hoping Spring is upon us! With the arrival of Spring, it’s time for our chapter to be … Continue reading

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