December 2011 | meritsociety@namic.org

  Merit Society to Make Several Changes in 2012

A new year normally brings change, and the Merit Society is no exception. The NAMIC Merit Society board of directors approved several changes worth sharing with the membership. These changes will take effect during 2012 and will help enhance the impact of the society within NAMIC as well as the insurance industry.

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  On the Uptick

Dedicated. Active. Involved. The elite of the elite. All of these are characteristics that come to John Hill’s mind when he thinks about Merit Society members. The COO of Magna Carta Companies visited several states during his NAMIC chairmanship a couple of years ago and would speak to fellow insurance industry professionals about NAMIC. Promoting the Merit Society and encouraging NAMIC members to become part of the group were always on his agenda. But he’d never filled out the application.

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  Character Defining Professionalism

Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.” And it seems that lately more businesses are taking this advice to heart and putting stronger emphasis upon people’s character traits when looking for employees and evaluating their worth.

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  A Lifetime of Achievement

If you ask John Bishop, president and CEO of the Motorists Insurance Group, receiving awards and recognitions comes along with getting gray hair. But if you ask anyone else, hair has nothing to do with it. It’s all about the effort Bishop has put into helping to advance the industry.

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The NAMIC Merit Award stimulates the advancement of professionalism in the insurance industry. It is designed to encourage individual professional development of persons associated with NAMIC member companies and to recognize those individuals who demonstrate educational attainment, service or contributions through NAMIC or State/Provincial association activities.

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Presentation of the NAMIC Merit Award, a specially designed plaque, will be made to certified applicants at the Society's annual breakfast, which is held during the NAMIC Annual Convention or at the applicants State/Provincial association annual convention, if applicable.

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies extends its appreciation to the members of the NAMIC Merit Award Committee who served with dedication in developing the NAMIC Merit Award in 1973. The committee established objectives to help individuals set personal goals nearer to their potential.

Qualification for the award requires the accumulation of 100 points. Complete details on point accumulation and certification are listed in the application.

Upon payment of nominal annual dues, award recipients are enrolled as members of the NAMIC Merit Society and are eligible to attend society meetings and receive attendant benefits as determined by the Society's Board of Directors.

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