It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of 2017, and a tumultuous 2017 at that. Compared to a change in Administrations, Russian meddling, hurricanes, and nuclear war posturing the issues we face in our industry and organization may seem trifling. But they most definitely are not – quite the opposite, in fact.
The DOL Fiduciary regulations continue to be of concern, and are being monitored by our partners at the State and National Level, and we will continue to keep you appraised of any developments. Secondly, due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Florida, the NAIFA National Conference was cancelled resulting in the QME can being kicked down the road a few months. While this delay has given Locals like ours a bit of a reprieve, the existence of NAIFA-Fort Worth in 2019 and beyond remains in doubt so we cannot allow ourselves to be complacent. We need to continue to recruit and retain members so that we can get our numbers up to a level that will minimize the chances of our Local being absorbed into the State organization. NAIFA-Fort Worth has been around for a long time, but we are in NFL stage of our existence: NFL = Not For Long if we don’t beef up our membership!
We are rounding out 2017 with three cool events. On Wednesday November 15
we will be holding our Annual CE Day at the new Top Golf facility in Fort Worth. Attendees will receive 6 hours of CE starting at 10am, and lunch will be provided. After the CE sessions, at 4pm, we will be showing off our golfing skills, or lack thereof, for a couple of hours. The golf activity is included in the CE registration fee. If you don’t need/want the CE please register for the golf session separately – it will be lots of fun. Our final luncheon of the 2017 will be held on Tuesday November 28
at Ridgelea Country Club. Our Key Note Speaker will be Jim Whiddon. I’ve seen Jim speak before and his “Old Time Storytelling” presentation is excellent. Lastly, we are holding a Networking/Toys For Tots Happy Hour at HG Supply on December 7
In closing, as Thanksgiving approaches, I’d like to say how thankful I am to be a part of this wonderful industry and to be a part of NAIFA. Thanks especially to our Board for all their hard work, and to all of our members who contribute their time and money by showing up to our events or by merely being members.
I hope all y’all have a great Turkey Day, and safe travels if you are heading out of town.
Martin Gore, PhD, CLU, ChSNC
President, NAIFA Fort Worth