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    Joe’s Special – 5 Things You Probably Missed But Shouldn’t Have…

    1. Prospects for serious debate of tax reform in Congress are slim… Acting House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) recently said, "Clearly, tax reform is an issue for next year, not this year. I've heard almost no one in our ranks talk about it." That gives us a little time to build a more effective network of grassroots contacts and spread the good word about fraternals to folks on Capitol Hill (and, more importantly, in their districts back home). This is no time to rest easy. In addition to tax reform being a likely menu item for Congress in 2010, NFCA has compiled a “watch list” of 20 – count ‘em, 20!!! – states in which a detailed review of existing tax exemptions could put fraternals in the center of the target for tax reform legislation in 2011. Want to know how you can help? Contact Elizabeth Snyder, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, at esnyder@nfcanet.org.
    2. Special Section of USA Today highlights “Sharing in the USA”… Did you see this on April 13? An entire section in USA Today devoted to articles on service and sharing. No doubt you’ll pick up some great ideas for use in your society by reading them. Can you imagine a special section on fraternals some day? I can…
    3. Learning from Lutherans… And check out this article from a recent issue of Forbes magazine. What can marketers learn from your organization? You don’t have to be the largest fraternal to be a successful one, but it sure helps to be able to learn from a society whose commitment to fraternalism is its “differentiator” in the marketplace.
    4. Young adults, men, and top earners top users of social media for insurance… Brief but compelling article
    5. Who volunteers?… Check out this series of articles from Association Metrics – including a case study on "Who Volunteers?" and see how your society stacks up and how you can improve your members’ community service commitment…


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