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December 2017 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on December 1, 2017

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Happy December All! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Now the countdown to the holidays and New Year’s, and, for many of us, trying to use the last few days of vacation before we lose them!

Regardless, before you know it, it will be 2018.  This year has been great for our chapter and I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as President as well as serving various roles on the board over the last 8 years. There are so many people I would like to thank, but need to call out a few. First, Wade Sheeler, who I actually met in Denver while receiving my CPCU designation. He introduced me to National Leadership and then followed up at I-Day to introduce me to the local board and ask if I would serve. Thank you, Wade, for kick starting my CPCU service Journey! Everyone should be inspired to do the same as Wade and help get others involved.

To my fellow Board members, thank you for such a successful year. You keep this chapter strong with your dedication to CPCU and our local insurance industry. This is no easy job and you do it with energy and passion!

And no thank you would be complete without thanking Ted Lussem. Ted, you have been an inspiration to me and thousands of others. You encouraged me to step up to the Executive Board and have been a great sounding board throughout the years. If I am able to make 1% of the impact you have on our chapter, I will be proud.

Another I-Day is in the books, and it was great if I must say. Thanks again to Stephanie Wells and all those who made the event such a success. It was amazing to have so many people from National in attendance and ending with a surprise birthday party made it even more special. I continue to be amazed at our ability to get such high-caliber speakers at this event and others.

Our final meeting of 2017 is at the Wakonda Club on December 12, at 3:30 pm. Our speaker is Travis Green, Program Chair for DMACC’s Computer-Aided Design Department. Travis will be discussing 3D printing. This event will close with a social cocktail hour.

As always, I would like to end with a call to action, well maybe two. First, get involved and volunteer. If not with the CPCU Chapter (although I hope you do), then chose something meaningful to you in your community. The power of one can make a difference. Second, as you think about your New Year’s resolutions, try and make a professional goal, too. I think a great goal would be to attend all of the 2018 chapter meetings!

One last thank you, and that is to all of you! Without our members, there would be no Iowa CPCU Society Chapter. May you all have a safe and wonderful Holidays and an amazing 2018!

- Adam Haugerud, President, Iowa CPCU Society Chapter


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