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May 2014 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on May 2, 2014

Link to the ChapterGram

May 2014 ChapterGram2014 Chapter Invite

May 2014 President’s Message

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau

In April, our chapter went off the beaten path for the monthly meeting, both in location and topic. I’m so glad we did! We met at Smokey D’s BBQ restaurant at their flagship location on 2nd Ave, north of downtown Des Moines. Co-owner Darren Warth shared his story about leaving corporate America to follow his passion of competitive BBQ. The path of success for Mr. Warth flourished when he jumped in with both feet and got busy cooking and selling BBQ out of his driveway. The meeting was educational and inspirational. How fortunate for Mr. Warth (and us hungry Iowans!) that he found his passion and didn’t wait to pursue it.

What drives you? What are you passionate about? How can you channel that type of excitement in your work?  If you’re like me, you haven’t figured it all out yet. Instead of sitting on the sidelines wondering, let’s jump in and get busy exploring our industry and meeting the people who make it thrive. Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • Get inspired at the 2014 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Ceremony on Tuesday, May 20.
  • Hone your Emotional Intelligence – see tips on page 5 of this ChapterGram.
  • Continue learning and never accept the status quo – mark your calendar for upcoming technical seminars.
  • Network – meet those New Designees who are joining our chapter.

Our annual golf tournament is scheduled for July 17. Based on feedback from prior years, we are changing the location, format, and dinner. The afternoon will pair the golf scramble with the local New Designee reception. Golfers of ALL levels and abilities are encouraged to play. You do not need to have a complete foursome to register. We will pair you up. This is a fun, stress-free event!

We also had a great turnout at our cookie giveaway at EMC.  We heard from many employees about how thoughtful this event was, following a tough week after the Younkers fire.

- Erin Osier, President, Iowa Chapter

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