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Dalith Wells, CPCU

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September 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on August 23, 2016

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Records were meant to be broken and the Iowa CPCU Chapter broke a record this year for the number of new designees. No doubt, breaking the record was due to the annual meeting and commencement ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii. Our chapter will be celebrating with 181 new designees in Hawaii from September 16 – 20. We are looking forward to keynote speaker, John Quinones, co-anchor of ABC Primetime, as well as hearing from Dewitt Jones, a professional photographer, film director and writer. In addition to the great speakers there will be classes on underwriting, claims, future of our industry, and career building to fill our days in Hawaii.

Back home in Iowa, we honor our new designees with a reception in Des Moines and at I-Day in November. Our reception was very well attended at Wellman’s on August 8 and we gave away a $50.00 gift card to Marcus Treimer based on participation in a networking activity during the reception. We had a good time meeting each other and we will hope to see everyone at the reception in Hawaii on Sunday, September 18 at the Hawaii  Convention Center from 3 – 4:30. An email was sent inviting new designees to the reception in Hawaii in mid-August. Please let us know whether you will be in attendance. [click to continue…]

May 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on May 2, 2016

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May 2016 Meeting Registration 

Spring has sprung! April has had its share of showers. The late April thunderstorm with weather warnings across the Midwest was a sign the storm season is upon us. I pray “Mayday” is not the distress signal we will think of this storm season.

Ted Lussem, Jeff Jeffus, Kevin Seward and I recently went to Algona to see our fellow CPCUs and new designees in the North Central Iowa sub-chapter, which will celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2017. I haven’t heard the words “Mayday, Mayday” in a long time but when I heard Lisa Molsberry, Vice President of the sub-chapter, use this, I enjoyed their creativity and desire to promote education in their workplace. They will be promoting continuing education for all staff with the theme Mayday! The North Central sub-chapter, although small, also continues to support their community by Adopting a Highway.

2016 is the largest new designee class we have ever had in the Iowa chapter, including 5 new designees in the North Central sub-chapter and 2 new designees in the Grinnell sub-chapter for an Iowa total of 125. The last window for test taking ends June 15 and the number of new designees keeps increasing daily. Get ready to see Out of Office Messages from many of our fellow new designees in September as we head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the annual conferment ceremony. [click to continue…]

April 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on April 1, 2016

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April Meeting Registration Page

You are never too old for some fun. No matter where I am, I love to laugh and joke around. In March, I forgot to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and was actually pinched for it by a co-worker. I recently read about a business closing and immediately thought it was an early April Fool’s joke. Although April Fool’s Day is an unofficial holiday, it is enjoyed by many. I am concerned about what my colleagues have in store for me on April 1st but I look forward to having a little fun at work. Hopefully without any pinching this time!

Our March ethics meeting was a change of pace from our past March meeting format. Instead of a half day meeting with continuing education credit, we went to DMACC Bistro in Ankeny for dinner and heard from Russ Sporer about ethics. The meeting was well received, with good food and an opportunity to build relationships. I am looking forward to our April meeting speaker, Dean Brooks, who will be sharing his thoughts and knowledge on the Certificate of Insurance. We will be at a great location, Glen Oaks, on the 19th for lunch and I hope you will be able to join us. [click to continue…]

Ethics Awareness Month

March 10, 2016

Our chapter will be celebrating Ethics Awareness Month in March! Looking to get involved? If so, join us on March 29 at 5:30 pm at the DMACC Ankeny Bistro where one of our very own CPCUs, Russ Sporer, will give … Continue reading

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March 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

March 1, 2016

Link to the ChapterGram March Meeting Registration Page March is Ethics Awareness month! In the past, we have sponsored a ½ day ethics continuing education seminar at Drake with other financial/insurance industries in our community. This year, we are going … Continue reading

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Cerie Garton 1951-2016

February 17, 2016

The Iowa CPCU Society Chapter was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Cerie Garton. Cerie served as President of the Chapter from 1996-1997 and continued to volunteer her time since.Her warm demeanor and giving spirit will be sorely … Continue reading

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February 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

February 1, 2016

Link to the ChapterGram February Meeting Registration Page Cold weather doesn’t stop a CPCU from coming out to listen to our speakers, eat together and honor two of our members! On January 21, we met at the Des Moines Social Club downtown. … Continue reading

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January 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

December 31, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram January Meeting Registration Happy New Year! I am excited about the New Year and ready to serve as the President of the Iowa Chapter! I have truly grown up in the insurance industry. Brian Cole, prior … Continue reading

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IIA / CPCU Classes At the Kelley Continuing Education Center, Drake University

December 22, 2015

Classes starting January 11 & 12,  2016 Classes are sponsored by the Kelley Continuing Education Program, Drake University in cooperation with the American Institute for CPCU and Insurance Institute of America. AINS 21 AIC 30 CPCU 500 CPCU 520 For … Continue reading

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