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Thank you, American Fraternal Alliance…

There are so many things I have to be thankful for this year.  Family, friends, and good health certainly top that list, because without those nothing else really matters.  But this year I’ve been thinking about the many blessings that I’ve received during my nearly nine-year stint as president and CEO of the American Fraternal Alliance.  And I wanted to say a special “thank you” to all of you who have made my tenure exceptionally rewarding and our shared futures exceptionally bright…


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the most kind-hearted group of financial services executives in the entire industry.

Thank you for inviting me to your conventions, board meetings, and SFA meetings.

Thank you for your willingness to listen to my sometimes radical notions (modernize governance? merge with THEM?) and not throw rocks at me.

Thank you for actually implementing some of those suggestions!

Thank you for reading my blog even though very few of you post comments of your own (except when the subject is music, books, or travel troubles).

Thank you for attending Alliance meetings, conferences, and webinars – and for sharing your thoughts on how we can make them better for everyone.

Thank you for allowing me to feel like I’m making the world a little bit better just by showing up to work.

Happy Thanksgiving!

7 Responses

  1. For another year of outstanding work at the Alliance, Thank You Joe! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Joe,

    Nice comments and thank you for all you do for the fraternal industry. Have a happy thanksgiving.


  3. Joe
    I am thankful that you are the President and CEO of the American Fraternal Alliance. Have a great Thanksgiving, Mel Rambo

  4. And thank you for allowing associate members to be a part of the great fraternal mission.

  5. THANK YOU Joe for your Outstanding Leadership!

  6. Excellent post reminding us of all we have to be thankful for in these jobs serving members who deserve great representation and services. Sorry I haven’t posted earlier but I will post on your next music blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Joe:

    As recipients of God’s gifts, we are always thankful for them as well as family and friends. Because of that thankfulness, our response is to share those gifts with others, who then share them again. Sounds like the fraternal benefit system. Happy Thanksgiving.

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