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April President's Message

Friday, April 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Roy Massey, LUTCF
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As we head into the second quarter of the fiscal year, I trust you are having a great year. Your NAIFA-California team is very busy. Here are some of the upcoming events.

AAA applications are due by April 13, 2018. Hopefully we will receive one from each local, and are able to hand out a lot of awards at the Career Advancement Conference.   

Next is our combined Day on the Hill (DOH) and Career Advancement Conference (CAC) at the Embassy Suites in Sacramento. The location is perfect for an outstanding conference. The Embassy Suites is located in Old Town Sacramento. After a day of learning and networking, it is off for a night in Old Town. Good atmosphere, food and drinks with old and new friends—what else could you ask for?

The three-day event begins on Wednesday, May 16 when we meet with our legislators at the Capitol. If you have never participated in DOH, it is a great event. Do not worry about what to do or say when you meet with your representatives. You will be teamed up with fellow attendees who have participated in other DOHs. Believe me, after participating in one DOH, you will be back.

Immediately after DOH, we will go directly into the CAC and start with a cocktail party that evening, teaming up with fellow agents and guests for a little night life in Old Town.

President-Elect John Nilmeier and his committee have put together an outstanding conference with great speakers, breakout sessions and special times with our speakers. 

The event following the CAC will be the Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C., May 22-23. For those who want to learn more about membership, there will be a full day of training on May 21.

The Congressional Conference will also be special for the attendees, in that they will be voting on the bylaw amendments (including the QME that will determine how the Federation will proceed in the future.) As a reminder, updated information is available on the NAIFA website. It includes updated templates, FAQs, a sample charter, etc. Please take time to review the materials. This is a very important decision that affects all of us. If anyone wants to discuss QME, reach out to your liaison, or any member of the Executive Board. We are here to help in any way we can.

Lastly, I want to discuss membership. Last month, NAIFA held a national membership day. Past President Shane Westhoelter put together a very successful membership drive. Out of 50 states, California made it to the “Sweet Sixteen.”  Losing to Florida, who wound up in first place, we came in second with the most contacts. Shane wound up tied for third place in the nation. Congratulations, Shane! Others who scored high in California were John Nilmeier, Roberto Corral, Teresa Demming, Grace Staten and Debbie Skalisky. Thanks to everyone who got involved. Now we have 109 new prospective members. Let’s see how many we can get on the California team.

That will do it for me this time. Remember, NAIFA makes a difference!

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