- Thursday, February 21 at 11:30 am | Glen Oaks Country Club
- Speaker: Matt Edwards, CB Solar
- The meeting is free for paid 2019 Society members. For all others, registration is $25.
- Registration deadline is February 14.
As you may have seen, the CPCU Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019. At some point in the next few months, I'll acknowledge what this means to me, the Iowa Chapter,
and the Society as a whole. However, as we continue to adapt to the changes associated with our new website and meeting structure, we have a couple more things to make you aware of.
We had a great crowd at the January meeting at the Botanical Gardens to hear from Tom O'Meara of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa speak about the mission of that organization, the importance of independent agents, and his career in insurance. Jeff Wilson and team planned a great venue with plenty of food and numerous networking opportunities. However, both Jeff and I got our share of emails with people who were having a tough time getting registered. And if getting registered is a pain point, we aren't meeting our goal of getting our members out to meetings. So we've made a change.
If you click the registration link for February, you'll notice we have switched back to the Eventbrite platform for registration. We've used it for years without issue, and know it will serve you well. When you register for the meeting, you'll indicate if you are a 2019 dues-paid member (a free ticket) or a non-member (a $25 ticket). A couple entries later - name, company, email, and CPCU membership number - you'll have an email confirming your attendance.
One way you can help us is to enter your membership number at checkout. You can find this on the Society site if you need it. Go all 1992 and write it on a post-it note near your desk for easy reference for future meetings. Entering the membership number is the easiest way we can identify you as a dues-paid member for 2019.
As officers of this organization, we have a fiduciary duty to act in your interests with your money. Part of that means auditing the registration list each month to ensure those signing up as paid members are paid members. We'd love to trust everyone - we are all CPCUs and abide by the code of ethics that accompanies the designation. However, we are also busy and sometimes think we've renewed when time has flown by and that was actually last year.
Beginning this month, we will compare the dues paid list and the meeting registration list. Most will find a match (405 members as of 2/1) and no action will be taken. If we don't find a match, we will contact you with three options: 1) renew your dues and we are all square, 2) let us know that your dues payment is in process (perhaps your company is sending a check), or 3) remit the $25 payment for the meeting. It is all designed to be very easy to accomplish, and we hope that you'll find the process acceptable.
Our mission at the Iowa CPCU Chapter is of utmost importance to our entire board. We are "dedicated to meeting the career development needs of a diverse membership of insurance professionals who have earned the CPCU designation." Upholding that mission requires the dedication of a terrific group of volunteer board members, support of our members, and quite frankly, a smart budget and cash flow. We appreciate your attention and support in this new initiative.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy 75th anniversary, CPCU Society. You are only getting better with age.
Stay warm, and we'll see you on February 21 at Glen Oaks.
- Chris Murphy, President, Iowa CPCU Society Chapter
The CPCU Iowa Chapter Scholarships have been awarded to deserving applicants for many years. The chapter provides a scholarship of $1,000 each year, which is named for Ted Lussem, CPCU, a past president of our chapter who is a leader in the Iowa insurance community. If you know of a deserving candidate, please share with them the link below, which provides downloads of both the undergraduate and graduate scholarship applications and instructions. Applications are due March 8.