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Meaningful Meetings – by Jonathan Gadbois

Even though it was pouring buckets outside this morning, it didn’t matter because all of the excitement was inside the Conference Center. Although the nice hotel and weather are added bonuses, the real value at the 2013 Annual Meeting has been the chance to network with other fraternalists and learn both from them and the interesting workshops the Alliance has provided.


Workshops were held Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and covered topics such as involving youth, reinvigorating fraternal branches, and examining emerging technological trends. The Conference Center was alive with activity and enthusiasm for fresh ideas. Attendees seemed genuinely excited to bring these ideas back to their societies and implement them to improve everything from core operations to volunteer involvement. 

Check back soon for a recap of Saturday afternoon’s speakers. Thanks again for reading! 

3 Responses

  1. Great job Jonathan!

  2. Joe, thanks again for including NAMIC in your annual conference. It was a great meeting and I enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about AFA. We share a lot of common bonds and spirit among our respective members. We look forward to seeing you at our convention in Seattle later this month. It was terrific to get to meet Jody and talk with so many of your members.

    Thanks again for the opportunity.

    Terry Suttner

  3. Jonathan, Joe, et al:

    Having been absent from the Alliance Annual Meeting for several years, it was great to attend again and meet all the new and old faces. It was especially gratifying to meet all the NEW YOUNG PEOPLE such as Jonathan and seeing their involvement with the Fraternal Benefit System.

    John Anderson

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