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July/August 2016 Newsetter
In This Issue
Board of Directors
Mark Your Calendars

Please mark your 2016 calendar for the following dates. 
Wednesday, August 17
Brecksville Community Center
Morning Program

Wednesday,  September 21
Brecksville Community Center
Morning Program

Wednesday, October 19
Brecksville Community Center
Morning Program
Janet Trautwein

2017 Calendar dates

NEOHUA Benefits Forum 
(Mark your calendar ... more information will be coming out soon)
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Holiday Inn Independence

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Letter from the President,  
Joanie Keehn

First I would to thank Mark Ruzic our current past president for his service over the past year as he led Northeast Ohio.  During his tenure he often reminded me how important grass roots efforts are as well as getting our members and organization re-connected with our local representatives.  I look forward to the mentoring partnership that we will have over this next year.

When I think about what being a president is many things come to mind.  In this newsletter we will cover two.  First, a great leader is one who leads a great nation by encouraging, listening, hearing and implementing.  This will be one of my goals this year.  I plan to lead the great Northeast Ohio Health Underwriters Association by listening, hearing and implementing to not only better our organization, but give it the encouragement to grow.

We have already heard there is a need and want for more local connection to our representatives, as well as more quality and industry relevant CE courses. We will be working hard to bring these  to life this year and into 2017.

Secondly, a president builds great support systems around themselves to carry the organization through.  NEOHUA support systems are organizational committees.  As you know, the president generally hand selects people to fill these committees.  The people selected bring great assets that allow an organization to build the best impact, value, well-rounded ideas and handle the organizations important tasks.  Our organization prefers to look for volunteers that would like to spend 4, 6 or 8 hours a month plugging in to the organization that protects your livelihood, clients, friends, family, co-workers, and the industry in which you work within.  This allows your knowledge, heartfelt words, emotions and your voice to travel back to Washington to let them know we are here and we plan to make a difference.

The committees in which we are asking you to plug into are:

Professional Development (CE Courses and monthly meetings)

Legislative/PAC (current and upcoming legislative for local, state and national)

Media/Public Relations (website and Press Releases)

Membership (recruiting and retention)

Golf (you get to assist in selecting the next golf outing course)

If you are interested in learning more about any of these committees please contact Joanie Keehn 440-536-1228 or Lynn Bracic (440) 899-8089.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you over this coming year as we make this organization even greater.
August 17 Program features 2 CE (applied for)
Supplemental Medical vs. Hospital Indemnity: What's best for your group?

Dan McNeill of Beazley is our presenter.

Dan's presentation will cover:
*Understanding the marketplace
*Cost saving solutions
*Brokers top ten reasons "gap won't work"
*About Hospital Indemnity
*About Supplemental Medical Gap
*Determining what's best for your group

For more information and to register,  click this link
Coffee Talks have been well received and will continue beginning in August

Whether you are an Eastsider or a Westsider, you can take advantage of our Coffee Talks
Westside location is Panera in Great Northern Mall
Time is 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Mark your calendar!
Dates for westside are:
August 29th
October 31st
December 19th

Eastside location and dates TBA
Janet Trautwein, CEO
National Association of Health Underwriters
will be our guest speaker on
October 19th 
Education, Networking, Exhibitors and CE Opportunities . . .  will be found at our 
2017 Benefits Forum
(an expo for the health insurance professional)

     1. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
     2. Holiday Inn Indpendence
     3. 7:30 AM Registration - 4 PM Adjourn  

(If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2017 year's event, please call the NEOHUA office at 440.899-8089 for more information. Or you can email us for exhibitor menu information.) Don't hesitate to sign up. Last year all exhibit space sold out.
Three Great Reasons to become involved 
Join or encourage someone to join NEOHUA
  1. Reason: We are an organization that keeps up to date on the discussions in Washington D.C. that will affect our business today, tomorrow and future.

  2. Reason: Connect with other agents, agencies and organizations that are experiencing the same success and difficulties that you experience on a daily basis
  3. Reason: As a NAHU Member, you are eligible for discounts on products and services that can enhance your business success and increase your bottom line, including E&O insurance, credit card services, and office product savings. By utilizing the NAHU-exclusive discounts offered by the following vendors, members can often more than recoup their membership investment. When contacting the vendors for more information, please don't forget to mention you are a NAHU member.

Reason:  HUPAC and OAHUPAC supports candidates for federal and state office, regardless of political party, who are accessible to NAHU members and who are willing to consider NAHU's positions and view in the development of public policy pertaining to health care coverage in the public and private sectors.

You can click the following links to support either or both PACs today: 

2016/2017 NEOHUA Board is sworn in at 
June 15th meeting
NEOHUA's new board of directors
were sworn in by President Mark Ruzic 
Watch your email for the new NEOHUA 2016 membership roster.  A pdf copy will be coming your way the week of July 25th.

You can download and save to your desktop or print a copy.
Take a look to see how many folks you know are members and encourage those colleagues who are not listed to join.
19th Annual NEOHUA Golf Outing

F un was the word of the day as 67 golfers tackled Tanglewood, Ohio's most challenging public course.  This year's outing featured a number of skill contests, games of chance, and even a string contest that netted an ACE on a par three.  The day ended with steaks and chicken breasts fresh off the grill.
Special thanks to our Sponsors:
SummaCare (Lunch Sponsor)
Dental Care Plus
Dixon Golf
And I'd like to recognize my committee:
Dave Breudigam
Francie Dunlop
Joanie Keehn
Barbara Moore
Leanne Smith-Mooney
Lynn Bracic, Executive Director
Dave Cunix, 2016 Golf Chairman