From Dale Halon, CPCU – President, Columbus Chapter
Dear Fellow CPCU’s,
As I sit and type this note to you on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, the TV was blaring in the background with the NYE sounds of Auld Lang Syne. We all, of course, know the song but I was curious about the origin and sought out the wisdom of Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_Syne
The song was originally a poem written by Robert Burns in 1788. Per Wikipedia, “The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times.” The message is a tribute to the good times gone by
The message of Auld Lang Syne is a fitting foundation for my thoughts about the coming year. I’ve been fortunate to be part of CPCU leadership for many years and born witness to countless fantastic leaders in similar roles before me. I am also lucky to be surrounded by a group of Chapter Board members who are professional, inspiring and committed to our Chapter and the CPCU designation as much or more than I am. I want to thank them all for their counsel, their energy and their candor that is now the foundation of the eve of my term at the helm of the our Chapter.
For our Chapter, the last couple years have brought updated thinking such as more use of social media communication tools, the use of Eventbrite for registration and a focus on meeting the professional needs of Chapter members. Look for this coming year to be more of the same. THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN!
Chapter leadership serves for the benefit of our members. We want to be sure we are providing value for your time and your dues. We don’t always get broad response to surveys so we’re counting on multiple forms of interactive communication to aid in the exchange of ideas. We’re hiring a consultant to help us focus our social media as well as adding leadership positions to infuse new thinking to the Board and our standing committees. We need to hear from you any way you would like to communicate. My email and Twitter handle are included on this page. All leadership contact information is on our website. The Columbus CPCU Society Chapter Facebook page is loaded with information and open for your feedback.
We look forward to your input regarding how we can, as a Chapter, add value to your CPCU designation and your help in adding balance to our activity list for the year. Continuing education and professional development are going to be my personal emphasis for the year but we need to combine these with a mix of networking / social events, good works / community outreach and growing our membership. I am also looking to increase our appeal to the distribution side of our business by interacting with agent CPCU’s and encouraging their involvement alongside the many company personnel in our Chapter.
We’ve already got a slate of exciting luncheon presentation topics incorporating already received feedback from some of you. Thank you! We have a few more ideas but are always open to your thoughts in presenting topics which will be of interest to you. I hope to see you at luncheons and other activities. I strive to make myself as visible as possible so I can meet as many of you as possible.
Lastly, while New Year’s will be behind us by the time this is being read, I wish you all the most happy, safe and productive year ahead. We look forward to our Chapter being part of the process.