Florida Association of Health Underwriters
 PO Box 150358, Altamonte Springs, FL 32715-0358           Phone 321-244-0427           Fax 407-831-2990

We have been very busy as a State Association and it would be great if you knew how hard you and your fellow members have been working to make this year a huge success.

We started out the year with a few new people in some of the State Chair positions. We owe a huge thank you to our Symposium Chair, Debbie Hollister for all her hard work to keep the Symposium team going and planning an awesome event. We look forward to seeing most of you this year at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld again.  The event will take place July 23 to 25.  Many CE hours will be available along with the Exhibitor area and many more surprises.

Wayne Sakamoto was very gracious to continue as our Communications Chair. He has done a phenomenal job with our Facebook page and also bringing back our newsletter.  We are trying to highlight one of our ten chapters in these newsletters each month.

Since the State of Florida has been changing our CE reporting requirements and this has confused most of us, Jim Burkett and Michael Teller held a teleconference for our chapter Education Chairs to enlighten them and help them stay within the guidelines.

Our State Membership Chair has a Monthly call with all of the Chapter Membership Chairs to keep them informed as to what is happening on the National level and to bring new membership ideas to our chapters. This year, we have been having members from across the country and National Staff on these calls to bring more ideas from outside our State.

As most of you know, succession planning is crucial to the future of any organization.  We have been preparing our President Elect, Paul Deininger all year so his transition to President is as smooth as possible.  We established a task force in July, with Paul at the lead, to be familiar with the contracts of our Lobbyist, Event Coordinator and Executive Director.  This was very helpful for all.  We now know how to best utilize these people so we can obtain the maximum benefit for our Association. The task force was also charged with reviewing all FAHU Policy and Procedures to make sure they are current and still needed.

Former President, Brian Knauer has been beneficial in bringing back the President's Round Table meeting which takes place the evening before our State Board meetings.  This meeting is important because it allows the Chapter Presidents to meet and share ideas of what has worked and what hasn't worked within their chapters.  It is a great tool for all Chapter Presidents.

During our National Convention in New Orleans which takes place at the end of June, we will be electing our National Officers and Regional Vice Presidents.  Our State board had decided to nominate Julian Lago for our Region 5 RVP, Mark Gaunya for National Secretary and Jim Stenger for our National President Elect.

February 2 and 3 was a fun day for all who attended our Day on the Hill event.  We started with a fabulous Super Bowl party at the home of Ken Stevenson which was sponsored be the Bacon Agency.  The next day we had our State Board meeting followed by a cocktail party with legislators put together by our Lobbyist, Rhett O'Doski and PAC Chair, Bill Hepscher.  Dinner followed with a few more guest speakers. Then it was up bright and early for our day's events on the Hill. Make sure to see the photos on our Facebook page.

One of our goals this year is to have fundraisers outside of our annual symposium.  We were very fortunate to accomplish this goal when we hosted an event for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.  This event was well attended with 157 business owners in the room.  We published an Ad Book with the names of all our members in the Palm Coast Chapter. When the room emptied, there were only two left behind, which meant that 155 business left with the information of our members. Jessica Waltman from our National Staff gave a great presentation and focused on the role of the broker.

The American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance is hosting their annual convention in Orlando from April 13-15, 2015.  Several of our members will be present to man the FAHU booth and attempt to bring new members to FAHU and our Symposium.  Vicky Major-Bell will be a presenter at this meeting along with Janet Trautwein.  If you would like more information regarding this meeting, please let us know.

Look forward to the first week of May when we will be hosting the Self-Funded Certification road show through Florida.  We plan to have one meeting in the Jacksonville area and then one in the Palm Coast/Broward or Miami area.  The third will be presented at our Symposium in July.  This is an awesome opportunity to further your education and spread your wings in the Self-funded world.

As you can see, this has been an active year for our State Association and one that you as a member can be very proud of.  If you have any interest in helping us out on the State level, please reach out to Paul Deininger as soon as possible so we can get you into a position that you will thoroughly enjoy!

FAHU President, Marilyn Stenger

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