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Omaha Chapter Newsletter

September 2013

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Earn Two Hours of CE at Our Upcoming Kickoff Event

Yes, not only is football season getting underway…so is The Omaha Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ 2013-14 year of programs!  We have a great meeting planned for you on Sept. 26, sponsored and hosted by our friends with Mutual of Omaha. Please read on for the details… 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. — Transferring the Financial Advisor Practice
(1 hour CE program)

This seminar is designed to provide meaningful information for producers to help them consider options for succession planning in their own practice and concepts they can use to educate clients about succession planning in other industries.  Presenter: Stephen E. Alloy, JD MBA CLU ChFC – Advanced Markets Specialist, Mutual of Omaha

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.  — Business Owner Liability Insurance
(1 hour CE program)

This program will present a hypothetical case study involving numerous issues and considerations related to business owner liability insurance. The highly-interactive program will provide perspectives from both the insurance agent and the attorney side.   Presenters:  Al Kerkhove, JD and Pauline Pesek, CLU

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Networking Reception for all Members and Guests 
All current and prospective members are invited to join us for all or any part of the Sept. 26 event. Each program will provide one hour of continuing education credit for Nebraska & Iowa Insurance, CFP®, PACE, CPE (Accounting) and CLE (Legal), pending approvals.

> Click Here for Meeting Registration Page. 

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President's Report

Affordable Care Act, Upcoming Events
and Making Our Chapter "The Place to Be"

From Richard T. Lipprand CLU, ChFC, CFP®

On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Ever since that day, everybody from individuals to business owners — from state governments to financial professionals — has been wondering "How will this affect me?" and "How will this work?"

The law is complex and not particularly well understood by the general populace. As the most impactful parts of the law are implemented starting in October,  all of us and our clients will be working hard to make sure we correctly understand and respond to the changes that are, and will be, occurring. While many of us associated with the Society of FSP may not deal with PPACA as an integral part of our practices, we will all still want to be informed and conversant on the issues surrounding the new law. It seems logical that such knowledge will make each of us a bit more capable in the eyes of our clients and business associates. 

With this in mind, our Omaha chapter chapter has sought, and will continue to seek, opportunities to provide additional education on this topic. As you would expect, we also continue to serve as a premier resource for current knowledge on issues surrounding taxes, estate planning, and all manner of items of interest to those of us in the Financial Services industry. 

We seek to strengthen our local chapter's membership and want our Society events to be recognized by local credentialed Financial Service Professionals, as "THE PLACE TO BE" — not just for education, but also for the purpose of networking and professional collaboration. Being able to meet and associate with professionals in allied fields can assist us in serving our clients and making sure they have access to the best possible resources. 

We hope you will find the 2013-14 chapter year to be beneficial to your professional growth and development. Please mark your calendars now for the events we have slated. We already have great programs lined up for Sept. 26, Oct. 24, and Nov. 20, and our program committee (chaired by Al Kerkhove) is hard at work finalizing programs for January thru May of 2014 and beyond. Please attend and take advantage of what is being offered. 

And also, please bring some guests — the kind of people youíd like to be involved with YOUR organization. If you help enroll a new member in October or November, you can receive 50 percent credit on your national dues, and 100 percent credit for two or more new members. This is a new initiative that hopefully will catch your attention.

I'm honored to serve as the Omaha chapter president in the coming year. Please let me know if you feel there is anything we can do to make your local chapter even better!

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Chapter Recognition

Omaha Chapter Receives Gold Medal for Excellence

The Omaha Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) was recognized in the Society's Excellence in Chapter Achievement (ECA) program for the 2012-13 year. The Omaha Chapter again received a Gold Medal of Honor in the Society's ECA program, which recognizes FSP Chapters that excel at building a strong local organization and offer exceptional support to the national Society.

The ECA program groups the Society's nearly 200 Chapters into one of four categories determined by membership size. The Omaha Chapter competed in the size category for the largest Chapters in the country, and placed 13th in the overall rankings for its category.

"This award is a tribute to our member volunteers whose hard work and loyalty made it possible," said Patrice Pirsch, 2012-13 president. "We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of professionals who truly believe in the Society and what it stands for. These hard-working people are extremely unselfish in sharing their time and their talents to help achieve our Chapter's objectives, and to create a professional home for their colleagues in the industry. We are all very proud of that."

All Society Chapters are eligible for an award in the ECA program. Winners are chosen from those Chapters that voluntarily submit entries. Scores earned in a variety of categories — including membership growth, strategic planning, public relations and advertising outreach, participation in professional development and attendance at Society events — determine the final rankings.

Chapters that achieve a certain percentage of the total possible score receive the Gold Medal of Honor. Award recipients received special recognition at the Society's recent "Clinic for Advanced Professionals" held last month in Philadelphia.

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Member Achievements

Omaha Member Jim Lammers to Serve as 2013-2014 National President

Congratulations to Omaha Society of FSP Member Jim Lammers, CLU, ChFC, CFP®, of Lammers & Peters Wealth Plan. Jim is serving as National President of the Society of FSP for the 2013-14 year. He was installed as President at the national "Clinic for Advanced Professionals" meeting held last month in Philadelphia.

Also serving on the 20-member National Board of Directors is Omaha chapter member Rob Wellendorf, CLU of FFG Executive Solutions.

Both Jim and Rob are past presidents of the Omaha Society of FSP. We are proud to have not one — but two — of our Omaha Chapter members serving in national leadership capacities.

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WELCOME to the following members who recently joined the Omaha chapter:

Rick Strevey Strevey Financial Services

THANK YOU to the following members who have already renewed their memberships for 2013-14:

Stephen Alloy Mutual of Omaha
Karen Amstuz Mutual of Omaha
James Armstrong Mutual Of Omaha
Nancy Ashley SilverStone Group
Michael Beacom FW Investment Centre
Charlotte Beardmore State Farm Insurance
Brett Berg Prudential
Richard Buchmann State Farm
Cecil Bykerk CDBykerk Consulting
James Christensen INSOURCE, Inc.
Timothy Connor  
Robert Decker John Hancock Financial Svcs.
Thomas Dice Dice Financial Services Group
John Haver Mutual of Omaha
John Huebert The Employee Benefit Planners' Group
Art Jetter Art Jetter & Company
Rod Jewell MassMutual Financial Group
William Kauffman Senior Market Sales
Gordon Keator SilverStone Group
Shirley Keen SilverStone Group
John Killgore Great West Retirement Services
David Knight Ameriprise Financial
Kimberly Kropp Moylan Kropp Retirement Planning
James Lammers Lammers & Peters Weath Plan
Adrian Lape-Brinkman Koski Professional Group
Ronald Lee Mutual of Omaha
Richard Lipprand OCI Solutions
James McGill McGill, Rediger & Simmons
Dwaine Meyer Mutual Of Omaha
Robert Mundy Mundy & Associates
Don Otis Chastain Otis
Thomas Powers  
Jeffrey Sharp SilverStone Group
Rebecca Smart Central States Health & Life
Lizanne Stene SilverStone Group
Dennis Stessman Prudential Select Brokerage
Mary Stivers Mutual of Omaha
Jo Ann Stork State Farm Insurance
Kirk Swartzbaugh Swartzbaugh-Farber & Assoc.
Robert Swartzbaugh Swartzbaugh-Farber & Assoc.
Scott Taylor Midwest Capital
Phillip Vogel Vogel Financial Services LLC
Thomas Von Riesen SilverStone Group
Mark Weber SilverStone Group
Donna Zach SilverStone Group
Mark Zagurski Mutual of Omaha


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MGAM Contest

Member Get A Member (MGAM) Contest – Two Months Only

Oct. 1, 2013 to Nov. 30, 2013

Save 50 Percent to 100 Percent Off National Dues

The Contestants:
You! All current paid members. (You must be paid for the current membership year which runs October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.)

The Member-Get-a-Member Contest:
This campaign is designed to help FSP grow. Current individual members are asked to recruit new members (regular and associate). They will be rewarded for their efforts. See prize schedule below.

Begins: Oct. 1, 2013

Ends: Nov. 30, 2013


  • Recruit one new member — get 50% off your 2014-15 National Membership Year Dues.
  • Recruit two new members — get 100% off your 2014-15 National Membership Year Dues.
  • Recruit the most new members — You'll win a Clinic Registration with 2 nights' lodging at event hotel and a travel voucher up to $500 and complimentary national dues for the 2014-15 membership year. In
    event of a tie the winner will be chosen by drawing.

Print FSP Membership Application and detailed information about the rules, prizes and who is eligible to be an FSP Member. Don't forget to put your name as the referring member so you get credit.

Recruiting Toolbox — sample recruitment communications and flyer.

Important Note: All new memberships must be received by headquarters no later than 4:30 Eastern Time on Nov. 30, 2013. This date applies to all methods of submittal: Phone, Fax, Online, and Mail. Any membership applications received after that cut-off date and time will not count for the MGAM Contest. If it is being sent via mail after November 30th, we recommend express mail delivery to headquarters for guaranteed arrival by Nov. 30, 2013.

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Member Benefits

Take Advantage of These Member Benefits!

Online eDiscussion Groups: FSP e-mail discussion groups connect you with peers and experts from across the country. These online forums enable you to discuss technical concepts, exchange practice management ideas, give and get opinions or insight on new planning techniques or hot industry topics — even help those who may need a trusted referral for relative or friend in another part of the country. There are nine eGroups to choose from, one for each Professional Interest Section.

Consumer Referral Service: Members can opt into our member referral service and listing for consumers. Through this service you can register your practice specialty, products offered, and markets served to receive leads from the media and consumers.

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Upcoming Webinar

About the Glenn Neasham Case

In April 2012 FSP produced a webinar on the case of Glenn Neasham, the California insurance agent convicted of felony theft for selling an annuity to an 83-year old client later determined to be suffering from dementia. Neasham appealed his conviction and the Appellate Court's decision is expected within the next 90 days.

Regardless of the decision of the Appellate Court, its decision will have profound influence on how you do business with and render advice to the elderly. FSP immediately saw the potential precedent-setting impact of this case for its members and the profession at large and, as a result, we have been monitoring it closely from the beginning. Whatever the Appellate Court's decision it will be crucial for all practitioners.


FSP members - no charge
Non-members - $19.95

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