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January 2018 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on January 3, 2018

January 2018 ChapterGram

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Happy New Year! As we begin a new year, it is a time of looking forward and making goals for the year to come but it is also a time for reflection on the past year and all we have accomplished. In looking back, I want to take a moment to thank Adam Haugerud for his years of service to the Iowa Chapter and The Society. Since earning his CPCU in 2009, Adam has served our chapter as New Designee Chair, Director of Community Involvement, and gone through the chairs (Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, and President). He has served The Society as a member of the New Designee Task Force and just completed a three-year term as the chair of the task force. Adam will continue to serve our chapter for the next year as Immediate Past President and moves on to a three-year term as Chapter Governor.

With Adam coming in as Chapter Governor, this means our current Chapter Governor, Kevin Seward’s term is ending. Kevin is another individual who has spent many years serving our chapter and The Society. Kevin is a Past-President of the Iowa Chapter (2007-2008), and serves on both the Diversity Committee for The Society and the Board of Ethical Inquiry for The Institutes. Thank you, Adam and Kevin for all you’ve done for our chapter and The Society.

As we look forward to 2018, I would challenge you to try something new with CPCU. Perhaps it has been several years since you have attended a meeting- join us for one this year. Maybe you always attend the meetings- try sitting at a table with people you don’t know, bring someone who hasn’t been to a meeting or a new designee with you. Take an opportunity to join us at one of our social events, good works events, or volunteer to help on the board. Whatever it may be, we hope to see you this year. You can always find all our events on the website, The board works hard each year to plan programming that is relevant, interesting, and fun for our members. This year we will kick-off our programming with Paul Samson of Berkley Ag speaking on the use of technology for risk control.

A reminder, if you haven’t paid your 2018 CPCU Society dues, please do so today. You can do so by going to the CPCU Society website, logging in (top right corner), and selecting “Pay Dues Now” which is in the white box to the right of announcements. You can also call The Society’s Member Resource Center at 800-932-2728. Paying your dues supports the events the Iowa Chapter puts on during the year. In addition, it gives you access to monthly webinars on technical insurance topics and leadership skills, the quarterly technical journal InSights, discounts on CE and Institutes materials, access to updated CPCU course information, and more. You can learn more about membership benefits here.

I hope to see you at our January meeting on the 18th at Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston/Urbandale.

- Stephanie Wells, President, Iowa CPCU Society Chapter

“Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.” J Lockwood Huie

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