Dear Chapter Members,
I am finding it hard to believe we’re already nearing the halfway point in 2016. Things are moving fast. Changes are happening all around me and that includes The Society and the chapter.
We are celebrating a bumper crop of new designees due to the annual conferment and conference being in Honolulu this September. Watch your inboxes for an invite to a special celebration in September with some surprises for all who join us, and especially for our new designees!
Thanks to some great work by our treasurer, Harriette Leibovitz, we introduced new pre-payment options for our meetings. So far several of you have already taken advantage of it. We anticipate somewhat shorter waits and lines at meetings as a result.
We have seen some of our new designees already take advantage of our meetings and we’re always excited to see new faces!
In our June meeting we’ll celebrate this year’s winner of our Don Hurzeler scholarship award (awarding $1,000 to a relative of any paid member who is starting their college career). We had a record number of applicants this year so competition was tough as was the decision – the scholarship committee wanted to award all applicants!
Following our June chapter meeting, we’ll be taking our summer break and while we won’t have any meetings in July or August, we’ll be working to bring you more opportunities for fun, education, and networking in the fall.
This summer we’ll also be sending out a short member survey and we hope a good majority of you respond! We want everyone to have a chance to share what type of meetings or other activities they would like to see the Chapter do. Aside from a survey, however, I want to invite everyone to write us their suggestions and input at any time at our chapter email address, firstname.lastname@example.org or to join our board or volunteer for a subcommittee. I would also encourage you to join us on LinkedIn as well as on twitter, @ChicagoNW_CPCUs.
Finally, if you haven’t already, I want to remind you to take advantage of the many new webinars offered by The Society. More and more are offered every month, all free for members who have paid their annual dues.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon at our next event!
Andrew Goldman, CPCU, ARe, AIC
Chapter President, Chicago-Northwest CPCU Society Chapter