Central Missouri Chapter of CPCU
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 noon by Sandy Henderson, Chapter
Sandy welcomed everyone to the first meeting of 2011. At the half-way point in the year,
we‟ve made a lot of progress toward our goals for this year. Sandy encouraged members
to listen to the committee reports later in the meeting, note the list of projects in the
works and find a way to get involved.
Sandy shared that the entire leadership team will be meeting in February to review
progress towards our goals for 2011. Sandy is excited to see another Golden Circle of
Excellence Award in our future and again, encouraged everyone to get involved.
Sandy welcomed our sponsor guests from State Farm Insurance. Jean Baird, Vice
President Operations, shared some of State Farm‟s history and why she feels continuous
learning is so important. Sandy thanks Jean for her support of CPCU and presented a
CPCU logo water bottle to Jean in appreciation and to spread-the-word about CPCU.
Tammy Canton, Program Co-Chair introduced our guest speakers - Dave Weber
and Darin Underwood from AllState Consultants.
Reading of the Minutes - Monica Salmons, CPCU Secretary
Motion to approve the minutes was made by Roger Birdsong. A second was made by Jon
Erickson. Minutes were approved.
Financial Report and Presentation of Budget - Jon Erickson, CPCU Treasurer
Checking is $4401.88 and Money Market is $10,785.07.
I-Day Committee - Louesa Runge Fine, CPCU Vice President
On behalf of the I-Day committee I‟d like to share information regarding another one of
our I-Day speakers.
We are pleased that Jeff Lanza, who was an FBI agent for over 20 years, will be
participating on the program. During his tenure at the FBI, Mr. Lanza investigated
corruption, corporate fraud, money laundering, computer crime, and organized crime. He
served as head of internal security of the Kansas City FBI and a regional spokesman.
Jeff Lanza has participated in hundreds of television, radio and newspaper interviews
including appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning,
Larry King Live, Hannity and Colmes, Fox and Friends, CNN Primetime with Wolf
Blitzer, and National Public Radio. He is a professional speaker who has provided over
600 presentations on the topics of crisis communication, ethics, identity theft and more.
He has been published in the Kansas City Star, Ingram‟s Magazine, and on the FBI
National Website. He has written a blog for the Kansas City Star and contributes a
regular column on leadership for Visionaries Magazine. He was chosen as the best
speaker in the 45 year history of Kansas City‟s prestigious Plaza Club.
Mr. Lanza has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of
Connecticut (New Haven) and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the
University of Texas. His I-Day program is entitled Hoodlums to Hackers: How Crooks
Beat the System and What We Can Do to Stop Them.
Registration forms for I-Day will be distributed later this month or early February.
The next I-Day committee meeting will be this Thursday, January 13 at 7:30am at Shelter
If you haven‟t already, please hold Tuesday, March 8 on your calendar so you can attend
Program Committee - Matt Moore, CPCU Program Co-Chair
Next Meeting: February 8, 2011
Lunch 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Speaker: Randa Rawlins, General Counsel
Shelter Insurance Companies.
Randa's topic will focus on "Ethics" with appropriate case
Announcements: I-Day – March 8, 2011 – therefore no regular March meeting
April 12, 2011 Meeting will be a breakfast.
Good Works/Networking Committee - Lori Meyer, CPCU Good Works/Networking
Lori shared that the Chapter has received thank you letters from Central Missouri Honor
Flight and Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for our generous donations.
Additionally, the Central Missouri Chapter of CPCU was mentioned on Eagle, 93.9, as
they were doing a fundraiser for the food bank shortly after our December meeting. On
behalf of Good Works Committee, Lori thanked the Chapter members for their
The Good Works Committee is collecting old cell phones and prescription eye glasses
today. The cell phones are to be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers and the eye glasses
are to be donated to the Lions Clubs. Our Chapter will continue these collection efforts
for another week and members may contact a „Good Works liaison‟ at each major
The Good Works Committee (in order to meet Circle of Excellence goals) is to hold a
joint networking activity with a non-insurance group in our community. This activity is
to help build awareness of CPCU. The committee would like suggestions for a non-
insurance group that we could solicit for this activity. If you have a suggestion, please
contact Lauren Sandifer or Lori Meyer.
Education Committee - Mitch Magoffin, CPCU Education Committee Chair
Mitch shared that Shelly DeVore made a December presentation to 5th graders a Mill
Creek titled Purchase and Protect. The program teaches the students the value of
insurance by walking them through the purchase of a home and then suffering a loss.
Math skills are needed to compare the difference between self insuring and having an
insurance policy in place. The presentation was made with staff from Hawthorn Bank.
Jon Himmelberg and Mitch came up with our 2011 Senior Scholarship essay question.
Mitch will be preparing the announcement of the scholarship contest and distributing it to
area schools in January. Mitch will solicit members to review the submissions an select
the winners. Deadline for submissions will be in early to mid April. The essay topic will
“Distracted driving is currently a popular legislative and media topic. What is distracted
driving? What impact, if any, do you believe distracted driving has on society, and in
particular, auto insurance rates and availability?”
Mitch is still working to get additional information from the Junior Achievement
executive in St. Louis. She stated the local chapter is still in the infancy stage. There
have been problems with her electronic documents of the program coming through our e-
mail system. Mitch will continue to pursue this opportunity.
Candidate Development Committee - Michelle Schaffner, CPCU Candidate
We received some feedback from the letter we mailed on December 10th encouraging
candidates with less than 5 exams to continue the pursuit of their designation. In
particular, one candidate contacted Michelle and consequently has signed up for the
CPCU 540 tutoring session to be conducted this year by Clint Smith.
New Designee Committee – Ben Galloway, CPCU New Designee Chair
Ben shared that our Chapter already has 3 new designees for 2011 – Mike McGlasson,
Shannon Wagner and Travis Rempe. Shannon was in attendance and was congratulated
on her achievement.
Spread the Word Committee - Diane Kidwell
Diane reported that National responded within days, advising they would post the money
to our account. This was for the paid advertisement we submitted in the Columbia
Tribune highlighting our new designees.
Please remember that if you know of an upcoming sponsored activity, to take pictures
and contact this committee for our continued Spread-the-Word efforts.
Please let the STW committee know if there are promotions or accomplishments that you
list in your own company's publications please notify a member of the Spread-the-Word
committee. We will then forward it to National for publication in the CPCU News.
Website Committee – shared by Sandy Henderson
Minutes have been posted from prior meeting, Program Notes, and Meeting info has been
updated on the website. The website has also been updated with Program Notes for a
'Purchase and Protect' Program at Mill Creek Elementary, hosted by CPCU Society
Member Shelly DeVore and Katie Rose of Columbia Insurance Group.
Door Prize Drawings – a $25 Visa gift card was won by Monica Richey Pfeiffer, a
CPCU logo pen was won by Brenda Sikich and a CPCU logo pedometer was won by
1:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourned by Sandy Henderson