Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 May/June President's Message

NAIFA Washington year 2013/2014 is nearing its close. I want to thank all of the volunteers that make our organization function. This includes your state officers, regional vice presidents, committee chairs and local presidents. These elected and appointed members give of themselves throughout the year so that our organization continues to operate for the benefit of our members as well as the benefit of the public (our prospects and clients). There are many others that serve at the Local Association level as both directors and officers. 

In addition we have each year a convention committee and local that is responsible for conducting the annual NAIFA WA convention. This year’s convention was held at the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington in Kirkland May 19 – 21. Seattle Eastside was the host Local Association with Michael Staeb as Committee Chair. In my opinion and several others this ranks as one of the best state conventions ever. One respected member thought of it as National level in regards to the speaker line up. If you attended, you know what I mean. If you did not attend, you missed great fun, great location and great education and experience. Plan to attend next year’s convention in Tacoma at the Tacoma Dome Hotel. A dinner will be planned at the Lemay America’s Car Museum as well as other fun activities along with top notch speakers. This will be held June 3rd through 5th of 2015. Save the date in your calendar.

Between now and then please do a few things: Continue your membership and promote it to fellow Reps. Act on advocacy alerts by contacting your legislators immediately upon receipt of alert. Consider getting involved in your local and/or state association by volunteering for office or just a specific task when asked, or even if not asked – take action. And finally, join me in thanking our State Executive Linda Fox for the great work she does daily on our behalf. She is the consistent workhorse that gets the things done behind the scene, for without, our organization would cease to operate. You can join me in thanking her by email at naifawa@comcast.net.  May your next year be profitable for you and your clients with good health and happiness!


Kevin Gleim

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