I write this at a time of both great joy and heavy sadness for the chapter.
Just a week after our hugely successful September meeting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chapter and just before the start of the very well-attended annual conference for the Society in Honolulu, Hawaii, one of our most beloved former Chapter Presidents lost her battle with cancer. The passing of Terese Peuvion was a tragic loss for all who knew her. Terese’s influence on the chapter far surpassed the roles she held on the board in the many years she served. Before, during and after her term on the board, she motivated many people to become involved with her warm, infectious personality and sense of humor.
In honor of Terese’s strong impact on the chapter, we are introducing a grant to be available each year, named in her memory, for one of our new designees to help them with the expenses of participating in our Chapter. There is nothing more fitting to honor Terese’s legacy than to have this grant that encourages participation in the Chicago Northwest Suburban CPCU Chapter! Please look for announcements with details on our Chapter website and on LinkedIn soon.
The Annual Conference in Honolulu was attended by more than 12,000 people, honoring over 7,000 new designees. Kathy Gaines and I were very proud and fortunate to have represented the chapter by attending. The sessions covered a variety of timely topics. Highlights included the magnificent and inspiring speeches given by John Quiñones and Dewitt Jones. Of course, the Hawaiian islands offered an amazing vacation for many of the attendees as well, myself included.
Our October meeting will be our Chapter's annual New Designee conferment. For anyone who was unable to attend the annual meeting in Hawaii, this event provides an opportunity to have their official conferment locally and with their fellow chapter members present. Even those who attended the meeting in Hawaii are welcome! This year, we are very honored to have the incoming President of the Society, Mike Koscielny, as our guest speaker and conferring officer! The event will be at Cooper’s Hawk in Arlington Heights. As I write this, you have a few days to register if you haven’t already. This special event is not to be missed and is open to any and all chapter members!
In November, we’ll feature a program on privacy that will address the many challenges to the issue of privacy in an industry rapidly changing due to Internet of Things, Telematics, and Big Data.
Finally, in December, be sure to watch for an invite to a new event for the chapter – a Holiday mixer and “Good Works” charity opportunity. It will be a great opportunity to network and help your chapter give back to the community.
I look forward to seeing you at these and all of our future meetings and I encourage you to become involved in the chapter. Please ask a board member how you can help – it need not require a significant time commitment.
Wishing you a safe and wonderful fall season!
Andrew Goldman, CPCU, AIC, Are