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October 2017 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on October 3, 2017

Link to the October ChapterGram

Register for October Meeting

Register for I-Day (November 2, Airport Holiday Inn)

Happy Fall everyone! I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather.  This would typically be the newsletter where we provide updates from the annual meeting. But, as many of you know, the annual meeting in Orlando, FL had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Being the main event for the CPCU Society, this decision was not made lightly and the 2017 New Designees will be recognized next year in San Diego. Due to this cancellation, I am very excited to announce the Iowa Chapter has been selected to host the swearing in of the new National Officers! This will take place at our I-Day and will be a great way to meet Society Leadership.

Hurricanes, along with many other natural disasters, have impacted vast areas of the United States and the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter would like to help with a donation, and call upon our members to help as well. With funds that would have been used at the annual meeting, the Chapter will match all donations from members, up to $2,000 for a combined donation of $4000 total. Also, The Society is doing a matching campaign up to $25,000 so your $1 will count for $4!!! If we collect the entire $2,000 this will end up being an $8,000 donation! Funds will be accepted at the October 19th chapter meeting. If you would like to send a check, please make the check out to American Red Cross and send to the following address by October 25th:

IMT Insurance, Attn: Jeff Wilson, 4445 Corporate Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Please use this as an opportunity to make your dollar go even further. Note, money must be collected by the Chapter in order to receive both matches and we have a short turn-around to get a check sent to The Society.

Our next meeting is on October 19th at 11:30 am at the Sheraton West Des Moines. Speaker Brian Hemesath, Managing Director for Global Insurance Accelerator will be talking about how his company fosters innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startup companies. Also during this meeting, we will vote on approval of the following Officer and Director nominees for 2018:

  • President – Stephanie Wells
  • Vice President – Chris Murphy
  • Secretary – Jeff Wilson
  • Treasurer – Brad Soma
  • Director of Internal Operations – Abby-Jaye Dawson
  • Director of Communications – Dan Mulcahy

This meeting is followed by I-Day on November 2nd at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport.  This event is full of great speakers, the induction of the 2018 Chapter Officers, the conferment of the 2017 New Designees, and will finish with a reception celebrating our chapter’s 65th anniversary. 

More details on this and all meetings, as well as links to the registration, can be found on our website. Our Grinnell Sub-Chapter just had their 30th anniversary and had a great meeting to celebrate the milestone.  Ted Lussem and I drove to Grinnell Mutual on September 20th to attend.  It was great to see the members of the sub-chapter, along with so many retirees who were invited back. In fact, three of the original founders were in attendance!  Congratulations to the Grinnell Sub-chapter and here’s to another 30 years!  Keep up the great work and thank you for all you do. And thank you to all of our members for a continued great 2017. I look forward to seeing you at our remaining events!

Adam Haugerud, President, Iowa CPCU Society Chapter

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