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    Six really cool things happening in the fraternal community…

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    1. Just in case you’ve been hibernating or vacationing, here’s a link to the COVER STORY (!!!) of the February 2016 issue of National Underwriter Life & Health entitled “Fraternal Insurers: Doing Well By Doing Good.” You can’t read this and not be proud of the work we do in communities across the U.S. and Canada every day. Very coolRace-to-100-Banner
    2. Member response to the Alliance’s “Race to 100” grassroots campaign to secure 100 co-sponsors for House Congressional Resolution 19 has been stupendous. I’ve been especially impressed by smaller societies’ efforts to engage their employees, field representatives, local chapter leaders and rank-and-file members. Shout outs to Woman’s Life, LCBA, CSA, and Catholic Ladies of Columbia for their use of social media to generate contacts from their members to U.S. Representatives and for letting us know about these initiatives. Size does not matter in the “Race to 100” – every Alliance member can make a difference. Since we began the campaign last week, three more lawmakers have signed-on as co-sponsors! Politically cool…SERVICE-for-CC
    3.  As you’ve probably heard, we’ve updated our recognition program (formerly known as the Fraternalist of the Year Award) to give more societies the opportunity to have their volunteerism and community service programs recognized at the Annual Meeting. The new program is called “SERVICE: It’s What We Do.” Modern Woodmen of America was the first society to submit a video highlighting the society’s fraternal activities, and it’s…way cool. Remember, rather than recognizing a single winner we’re planning on highlighting the outreach programs of many societies, so start putting together your video submissions today. For more information about the award program, click on THIS LINK.
    4. Scholarships anyone? Almost every member society incorporates a scholarship program in their fraternal activities, and the Alliance’s latest webinar can help you maximize the impact and efficiency of your program so that they can do more to offset the real cost of a college education and address the needs of a changing student population. CLICK HERE to register for this graduate school cool educational program…St. Baldricks
    5. On March 19, my head will be air cooled. That will be the first day I walk outside after having my head shaved bald to raise funds for children’s cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Day Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of individuals and societies within the fraternal community, I was included among the top ten percent of St. Baldrick’s Day fundraisers. While fraternal support is still strong this year, it’s well below last year’s impressive total. The need for research funding has not diminished, so I’m asking once more to open your hearts and wallets and show the world that the fraternal community is more than a one-act play when it comes to supporting worthy causes.  CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY.
    6. What’s your society’s position? I’m not talking about a policy position on the tax exemption, I’m talking about your position in the marketplace. What does your organization stand for? What does it offer members? What differentiates it from other financial services providers? A group of fraternal CEOs, seasoned public-affairs professionals, and up-and-coming fraternal outreach managers came together last week as the first major step in the Alliance’s project to develop a universal brand for fraternals and the results were EXTREMELY COOL. I walked away from the session thrilled with possibilities of how we can grow our business model and make an even bigger impact on the lives of members and the quality of our communities in the coming years. Want to learn more about this program? Just register for the Fraternal and Communications Mid-Year Meeting or the Executive Summit. Alliance staff and our branding campaign consultants will be on hand to give you a complete rundown of what we’ve done so far, and what’s coming in the months ahead.

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