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JANUARY 2018



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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Thank you to Shane Osborn of Martin, Desiere, Jefferson, and Wisdom for an excellent presentation at the December luncheon and to Kim Tindale and Associations for the door prize donation.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


The HCA Board of Directors would like to thank Mari Diane for her service to the Association. Mari is moving from Houston and has resigned from the Board. Best wishes for your new adventures. Elections for the 2018 – 2018 Board of Directors will be held at the April 11, 2018, Annual Meeting. Two positions will be open: One-Year Member at Large and Vendor Member at Large (a one year term.) If you are interested in placing your name on the ballot or know someone you think would an asset, please contact the Association office. This is your Association and your assistance and suggestions are valuable.


JANUARY LUNCHEON MEETING


Because we have limited space for the registration table, attendees are encouraged to prepay using the payment option offered with the registration. This will help reduce congestion in this area.

As with most locations, HCA has a minimum guarantee for the luncheons. If you make a reservation and do not attend, HCA is still responsible for the fees. Therefore, if you make a reservation, your cancellation must be made 48 hours prior to the event. If not, an invoice will be sent to you so that the expenses may be recouped.

Join us for Houston Claims Association’s luncheon meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 11:15 am, at The Palm, 6100 Westheimer. One hour of general credit will be presented by Chris Cuellar of Rimkus Consulting Group. The program, “Technology in Dispute Resolution,” has been approved by TDI/Sircon. On-line cost is $37.50 for members; $42.50 for non-members. Please RSVP by clicking here by 5:00 pm, Friday, January 5, or call 281.933.4028.


FUTURE PROGRAMS:
February: 4 hour seminar presented by S-E-A Limited and Sheehy Ware Pappas at the S-E-A offices.

March: One-hour program presented by Michael Brannon with Sheehy Ware & Pappas

If you have a specific topic you wish to have presented or speaker you would like to hear, please contact Jim Dodson, Greg Schuelke, or any Board Member.


DECEMBER TOY/FOOD DRIVE


Thank you!! Thank you!! What a wonderfully generous response for our annual toy/food drive. Food items were donated to Pathway Food Pantry and the toys were taken to Fire Station 76 for Operation Stocking Stuffer. Both organizations truly appreciated your generosity. The firemen at 76 said that your donation was equal to or more that all they had received to date.


2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


January 10   Luncheon
January 24   Casino Party/Membership Drive
February 14   Seminar
March 10   Scholarship Interviews
March 14   Luncheon
April 5   Spring Golf Tournament
April 12   Annual Meeting/Luncheon/Scholarship Awards
May 9   Seminar
May TBA
  Mooring USA and HCA Crawfish Boil
June 13   Seminar
NO MEETINGS JULY/AUGUST
September 12   Luncheon
October 5   Fall Fundraiser
October 10   Seminar
November 14   Seminar
December 12   Luncheon/Toy/Food Drive


CASINO PARTY/MEMBERSHIP DRIVE


Be sure to mark you calendars to join us for the Casino/Membership Drive on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, at the Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd. We will have blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold’em tables, live music and dancing, door prizes, raffle prizes, good food and beverages and more. Make your reservations now. Details are on the webpage. Remember, if you bring a guest who becomes at member at the event, your 2018 membership fee will be waived.


Email Barbara Buckley for additional detail and sponsorship opportunities.




2018 SPRING GOLF TOURNAMENT


Be thinking about putting together a team or sponsoring a hole or beverage cart for the annual Spring Golf Tournament to be held Thursday, April 5, at Wildcat Golf Course. It is always a good time and supports the scholarship program.




MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM


Help HCA grow. If you bring in a new member or association member, your 2018 membership fee is waived. Membership renewal time is now! The 2018 Membership Renewal Form is available below. Fees for 2018 will remain at $50.00 (on-line $52.50). Corporate rates for applications submitted together and paid for in one payment are $47.50 each for 6 – 15 employees and $45.00 each for 16 or more employees. For new employees, please use the new member application form also found on below. If you are a service provider for the insurance industry, you are encouraged become an Associate Member.







2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS


Scholarship application forms for the 2018-2019 scholastic year are available via the link below, through the Association office, and at the luncheon meetings/seminars through February. As education costs continue to increase, supplemental funding is even more important. If you have been a member of the Association for one year, have attended at least four meetings within this past year, and your student meets the following requirements, she/he is encouraged to apply: graduating high school senior applying to a university or vo-tech school or is currently enrolled in a university or vo-tech school; financially dependent on parent/guardian who is an HCA member in good standing; and under 25 years of age at the beginning of the scholastic year (September 1, 2018.) Current and past recipients are eligible and are encouraged to apply. Please remember that incomplete forms and forms received after the March 1, deadline, will NOT be considered. Interviews will be held March 10 and the location will be announced.

Click here for the 2018 Scholarship Application


MEMBERSHIP UPDATES


Welcome Associate Member: Jason Renfroe