By Bill Robinson, ISAHU Membership Chair
In just a few weeks we’ll all be gathering around a table with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. The table will likely be filled with so much delicious food that there will be more than we can possibly consume! After stuffing ourselves on turkey and dressing, many of us will watch a football game, take a nap, or go shopping. I hope it will be a busy, yet relaxing day for each of you! I also hope that you take some time to consider all the things we have to be thankful for – things like living in a country where freedom still exists and where exercising your privilege of voting actually does make a difference. We also live in a country where we still have the ability to determine what we want to do occupationally, giving each of us the opportunity for things to be as good as we make them or as bad as we let them be! Of course there are always going to be bumps in the road, and sometimes we won’t necessarily like decisions made by others that have an adverse effect on our businesses, such as has been the case with the implementation of the ACA. However, I believe that when one door is closed, another one can be opened, as long as we keep an open mind!
About now, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with membership in NAHU! My answer would be – EVERYTHING! Like most everyone, I am very thankful for the things I mentioned above and for a lot of other things, like having a wonderful family and being blessed with good health. Beyond that, I am SO thankful that fifteen years ago a friend of mine, Carolyn Saltsgaver, asked me to consider joining NAHU. At the time, I was a marketing representative for a health insurance company, and Carolyn was an agent I called on in southern Indiana. She and a number of other people were trying to start a new chapter in Scottsburg, Indiana and she asked me if I would attend a meeting. As they say, the rest is history! I went to the meeting and became the 15th member that day, which allowed the South Central AHU chapter to receive its charter. I also left the meeting as their new Leg Chair, even though I had no idea what that meant, but that’s a story for another time! Carolyn served as our chapter President for the first two years, and she is the reason the chapter survived in the early years! I really appreciate her efforts! I hope this doesn’t sound too cheesy, but I believe joining NAHU that day was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The value I have received from being a member is worth SO MUCH MORE than the dues I’ve paid. Not only has being a member helped me grow professionally, I have gained great friends all over the country that I would never have had the opportunity to meet had I not joined! Actually, some of my very best friends are members of our association; many of them happen to be agents that I still work with as well. From gaining confidence with respect to public speaking to lobbying our elected officials in Washington, DC, being a member of this association has been a life changer for me! So, while you may not feel quite that strongly about being a member of NAHU, I hope you at least feel that there is value in your membership. If so, then PLEASE spread the news! Have a happy Thanksgiving!