President Cindy Adams 284-6888
Vice-President Greg Mauk 254-0414
Secretary Bruce Kelley 280-2950
Treasurer Robert Conroy 267-5980



I know the membership will be glad to hear that our research project completed last year will be published in the Spring CPCU Journal. It is a great honor for the Chapter to be published two years in a row. A special thank you to the committee members who assisted in completing the project.

We also are lucky to have the editor of the CPCU Journal, Barry D. Smith, be our speaker at the January meeting. I look forward to seeing you all there.

January Meeting...

The January meeting of the Iowa Chapter wjll be held at the University Park Holiday Inn on Thursday, January 15, 11:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. Our featured speaker will be Barry D. Smith, CPCU, CPCU, CLU, FLMI, Editor of the "CPCU Journal" and Professor in the Department of Finance, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Smith's topic for our meeting is "Diversity Trends in the Industry." Lunch will follow Mr. Smith's talk.

Please complete the enclosed reservation form and return it to Bob Conroy, CGA-Grodt-Moore Insurance Agency, by Thursday, January 8.

Coming Soon - Live Satellite Broadcast - January 22, 1998...

Workplace Solutions: Managing EPL Exposures

When: January 22, 1998

Where: Farm Bureau Insurance 5400 University Avenue West Des Moines, IA

Time: West Des Moines, IA 12:00 to 3:00

Credits: Three

Register: 1-800-932-2728

This educational program is targeted to insurance, legal and human resource professionals, business owners, etc. The program will consist of two panels, one dealing with identi~ing EPL exposures and another panel dealing with finding EPL solutions.

We encourage all Chapter members to attend and to encourage others you work with, or who may have dealings in the area, to attend. Look forward to seeing everyone January 22!

Still Searching for Volunteers...

The December Chaptergram informed you that the Candidate Recruitrnent and Development Committee will have a booth at the CPCU testing site in the Olmsted Center at Drake University during the January, 1998 CPCU exams. Information regarding the CPCU designation, and also a bag of popcorn, will be provided to Drake University business students and the CPCU candidates as they leave their exams.

Volunteers are needed to staff the booth on each of the following days:

Monday, January 26, 1998 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Monday, January 26, 1998 2:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Tuesday, January 27, 1998 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Tuesday, January 27, 1998 2:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Wednesday, January 28,1998 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Please give Kevin Seward (515-225-5699) or Mark Martin (515-2254613) a call to volunteer.

Good Works Projects...

The canned goods and cash donations from the December Living History Farms meeting were delivered to the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry during Christmas week by Joanie Florer and Nancy Green. The donations were welcomed by the Food Pantry; the donations from the CPCU Chapter will feed a large family for a week. The Iowa CPCU Chapter supplemented the individual member donations with an additional $100 cash donation.

The Iowa CPCU Chapter pursues several Good Works projects every year. Please contact Joanie Florer at Farmland (245-8871) or Nancy Green at EMC (280-2850) with ideas for any new Good Works projects.

Public Relations Award Submission - Can You Help?...

Publishing: Have you recently had an article published in a trade journal, industry newsletter, magazine or newspaper? Written a letter to the editor, using your CPCU designation in the signature block?

Speaking: Do you ever present speeches to non-insurance business professional groups (trade groups or associations, etc.) civic organizations, elementary, high school or college students?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Dan Crew, PR Chairperson, to confirm the details for inclusion in our Public Relations Award Submission to the National CPCU Society in Malvern, PA.

May 1998...

Do you have opportunities to present speeches to various groups (civic, trade, church or synagogue), but struggle developing a suitable topic? We can help! We have speech kits (including overheads, handouts, etc.), covering the following topics which can be adapted to suite your speaking style and audience:

Thank you for your consideration and assistance. If you have any questions, please contact:



The Iowa Chapter cordially invites you to attend the January meeting

at the University Park Holiday Inn

Thursday, January 15, from 11:00 to 12:15

Barry D. Smith, Editor of CPCU Journal,

will speak on "Diversity Trends in the Industry"

Cost is $15.00 per person

Make your checks payable to:

The Iowa Chapter of CPCU

Send to:

Robert Conroy

CGA Grodt-Moore Insurance Agency

1025 Ashworth Road

West Des Moines, IA 50265