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March 2016 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on 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 to try a new approach.

For our chapter meeting in March, we will meet for dinner at DMACC Bistro. The talented culinary arts students will prepare our dinner and one of our very own CPCUs, Russ Sporrer, will speak on ethics. This venue will give us the opportunity to network with each other and not have to hurry back to work! I look forward to seeing you March 29th, at 5:30 pm.

For those of you out there who are interested in getting involved in the leadership of our chapter, we are actively looking for two additional volunteers for our board. The national society is encouraging chapters to have their own Diversity Committee. In 2001, CPCU Society leadership established a Diversity Task Force charged with developing recommendations “to increase minority and gender participation at the local and national level of the CPCU Society by creating a positive and progressive environment for participation.” The recommendations were to align with the Society’s strategic plan goals of (1) increasing visibility of the CPCU designation; and (2) providing educational programs to members to position them for success.

In addition to the board positions we are also looking for a volunteer to work with our Champions. CPCU Society Champions are members who, due to their level and position within a firm, can “take the pulse” of the organization and update the Society about evolving needs and issues. Champions are also asked to facilitate two-way communications between the Society and their companies. Finally, these members “champion” the cause of the Socie-ty and the CPCU® designation throughout their firm and their industry.

If you have any interest in volunteering for these positions, please contact me or to learn more please take a look at the CPCU membership website.

Bob Conroy spoke about the Iowa FAIR Plan at our February meeting. I have always been interested in FAIR Plans and it was easy to stay engaged to learn from this presentation. What did I learn at our February meeting? I can’t give you only one, so here are three!

  • They do not write vacant or damaged homes.
  • They write dwelling fire and HO8 policies. The HO8 policy includes liability.
  • Fair Plans were started in the late 60’s due to the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements.

If you’re like me and have an interest in the FAIR plan, check out their website for more information.

- Dalith Wells, President, Iowa Chapter

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