November 2013 President’s Message

Wed, 11/27/2013 - 13:30
by Chris Murphy, CPCU

As this is my last message to you as President, unlike my predecessors I can’t say this year has flown by, as it lasted 18 months instead of the typical 12 month term.  However, with the support of our Board, the long year has gone very well.  We changed our name to Iowa CPCU Society Chapter, updated our bylaws, switched to a calendar fiscal year, and changed management companies.  We also provided an outstanding I-Day and nine luncheon meetings with informative speakers.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to Erin Osier, Vice President; Kim Smetzer, Secretary; Rose Nwaturuocha, Treasurer; Jon Williams, Director; Dalith Wells, Director; Adam Haugerud, Director; Stephanie Wells, Director; Richard Keith, Past President; Ted Lussem, Senior Advisor and Industry Visibility chair; and all of our 20 committee chairs and volunteers.  Together it was all possible.

We had a very successful October meeting.  We added an extra hour to the program and filed for two hours of CE credits.  Gina King with Identity Theft 911 was our instructor and she did an excellent job.  A copy of her presentation is available on our website if you want to check it out.  There is a lot of good information included in her slides.

By now, you should have received your I-Day brochure and I hope you have registered to attend I-Day on November 14 at the Downtown Marriott.  It is our premier event and provides many educational and networking opportunities.  The CPCU Society President and The Institutes’ President will be attending and helping us recognize our 44 new designees.  If you haven’t registered yet, do so today.

Being an active member of the CPCU Society is a rewarding experience. There are volunteer opportunities at the local and the Society level. Our chapter has a volunteer link on our web site for anyone interested in learning more about Iowa Chapter volunteer opportunities.  For those interested in volunteering at the Society level, the CPCU Society’s website includes a listing of volunteer opportunities as well.

As our year is closing out, we have been reviewing our progress on the activities on our Circle of Excellence plan.  We’ve actually accomplished more than we planned. This didn’t happen by accident, but rather because of everyone’s participation. The most rewarding part of being the Iowa Chapter President has been to work with individuals who are dedicated to making our Chapter the best.  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our chapter. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity.

- Connie Doud, CPCU, CCP

President, Iowa CPCU Society Chapter

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