Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 December President's Message

Integrity, Honesty, Commitment and Service

These are just a few qualities that can be used to describe NAIFA members and how they run their business. NAIFA members believe that what they do really does make a difference in the lives of their clients and our society as well. If you are reading this you know what I mean and you live by them. You also make the commitment via your dues to promote these values within our profession as well as with our legislators. For this I commend you and thank you! This is a great organization and will continue to thrive, but only with your continued support and recruitment of new members as well as keeping the members we have. Together we can make great things happen.

Our winter Board Meeting took place December 9 in Dupont to conduct Association business and build stronger relationships. Mel Sorensen, our Lobbyist presented the latest information on the Healthcare Act and some things to look out for down the road. You will get timely information regarding topics of concern, possibly needing your attention and action. Our special guest was Jill Judd, newly elected NAIFA Trustee from California. She is assigned to our state and made a presentation from the National Board as well as giving valued input. Your Board is made up of officers, vice presidents, committee chairs and local association presidents, all volunteers – all committed to preserving our great profession. I believe we are called to this profession. I believe that any agent or representative that does what we do just for the money will not last, or at least not very happily. We are rewarded with the satisfaction of truly helping our clients to be in a better financial position after working with us and knowing they are prepared when tragedy or retirement happens.

I ask you to consider how you might get more involved in NAIFA or how NAIFA might be more involved in you. If you have served in your local association or are serving now, thank you. If you are not serving please step forward or make a call to one of your board members to see how you may be involved, or call me and I’ll get you connected. Consider contributing to IFAPAC or increase your contribution level. Consider serving on a state committee or running for a state position. We will become stronger as our membership grows and the number of volunteers grows. We need each other. And from the other perspective please let the leaders of your local and state know of concerns you may have and of successes you have.  How may we help you to become more successful?

Finally, I am going to quote a friend of mine and our current state National Committeeman Al Zalewski on the subject of membership, “each one bring one.”  Invite a friend or co-worker of our business to a meeting or just join NAIFA and show their professionalism by being a dues paying member of their professional association.

Thank you for your time.


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