(l-R)Drew Hooper, James Scott,
Glenn Stocker, Ken Beers,
Richard Ek in D.C. representing
the 8th Congressional District
Many great civilizations recognized in history are great because of their wealth, their great cities and expansive borders. Their greatness, whether short or long lived, usually came about because of a strongman (dictator) who forced them to greatness, not by volunteerism. Their greatness was not often based on humanitarian orientation but usually by their power to conquer weaker communities and by maintaining their control by cruelty and forced compliance. There are not many societies recognized for their greatness because of the goodness of their leader(s). Fortunate are we to live in the one country on earth founded on personal freedoms and unequaled opportunities. Fortunate are we to participate in a noble profession that serves others and freely shares good ideas. Fortunate are we to be involved with the premier professional organization that reaches out to safeguard the families and enterprises that make up the fabric of the nation.
There is a Chinese Proverb that states, "When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others." I believe that every member of NAIFA feels that something of great value has been shared with them and that by volunteering, as they do, they are fulfilling their moral obligation to share it with others. Another possible explanation as to why they (members) volunteer was described by Antoine de Saint-Exupery who said, "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people...to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Members have an understanding of and long for their destiny (immensity of the sea) and so they willingly become involved (volunteer) for the greater good and destiny of NAIFA and its members.
Over 1,000 NAIFA volunteers met in Washington, D.C. early in April to discuss with legislators how important the work we do is in the lives of their constituents. They reinforced the benefits of life insurance, annuities, long-term care and retirement plans. They were there to defend your career and mine. Not every NAIFA member can traipse across the country, leave their family and business for a few days and walk the halls of congress. Thanks to those who do! But every member of NAIFA can volunteer to help the cause by participating in IFAPAC. Every member can afford to share $10 - $25 per month to make sure our message is taken to the men and women who have the power to enact either good or bad legislation. We need the help of every NAIFA member and we need it now.
Richard Ek, LUTCF