YOUR SUMMER THOUGHTS …
I sincerely hope this note finds you well and enjoying the beginnings of summer. Did I miss spring? Oh well…
Summer does mean we don’t get to see each other at our regular monthly luncheon gathering. I hope; however, we will have run across each other at the Clipper game, will see you at the golf outing or share the same surfing wave at the beach.
The summer also means we’re halfway through the year where I have the privilege and honor to lead the Board of Directors as well as have the chance to communicate with each of you when we have the opportunity. I am very proud of the work done so far by the officers and leaders of the Chapter. But we’re far from done!
First, I want to personally request your attendance at our next luncheon meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 11. Please mark your calendars! This meeting will be like no other since I have been part of the Chapter. The theme of this next meeting is all about you, our fellow members. So why wouldn’t you want to be part of it?
Your attendance also automatically enters you into a raffle of several prizes, including a pair of tickets to the OSU Vs Indiana football game on October 6. Lunch, of course, is always included.
For title sake, let’s call the style of the September meeting at Town Hall. It is your chance to be heard, to express your opinion, to tell us how you want to derive value from your Chapter membership and to be able to demonstrate your professionalism to your colleagues the way you want to express it.
While I will be leading the discussion, the value to all of us is the sharing of collective thought. Our plan is to have a large, blank sheet of paper to document the conversation of the short time we’ll have together. A sample of the areas I would like specific direction from are listed below.
- Lunch meetings. Should we have options of other times such as breakfast or after work?
- Are networking meetings valuable? Why and how to make them valuable.
- Are social events (Clippers, happy hour, golf outing) valuable? Why and how to make them more valuable if we continue.
- Our Chapter’s role of good works events such as out support of Manna Café and Toys for Tots. We have a long history. What can we do to make participation attractive or should we discontinue?
- What is the perception of your designation? How can we make it more valuable for you? How can we do this together?
- Do we host enough professional development opportunities (luncheons, panel, etc.)
How can we get more agents involved?Many of them have CPCU designations as well.
- What issues do you have at your company to be involved in chapter activities whatever they are? Can we help?
This list is far from exhaustive. We hope to hear lots of points made whether positive or not so positive. We want to continually improve our Chapter so all ideas are welcome and there will be no hard feelings. Again, the objective is to find the best mix of membership value for everyone. So please think about these and other ideas as you enjoy summertime activities. We’ll discuss anything within reach of the Chapter and look forward to what I expect to be a lively discussion with lots of ideas we can take forward with us together.
Thanks so much for being a member of the Chapter and living the cannons of CPCU we all agreed to when embarking on the learning journey. I look forward to seeing and listening to many of you at this and the other upcoming events
- Celebration of the 20+ new designees who earned their CPCU in the last 12 months. We have contracted a professional speaker I know you will find both entertaining and thought provoking. This will be a dinner meeting on November 15.
- Our annual Toys for Tots drive and holiday networking event on December 6.
Best Regards Until Then….
Dale Halon, CPCU
Columbus CPCU Board Mission Statement:
Add value to our Chapter Members' society membership by creating and supporting programs and activities that match the overall Society's missions of:
- Providing Relevant Knowledge
- Empower Professionals to Succeed
- Cultivate next generation of leaders