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  • 09/08/2020 4:17 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    Denise Degerstrom, FIC, with Catholic United Financial has been named the 2020 International FIC of the Year!

    SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC) revealed July 31 its decision to select Denise Degerstrom, of Hinckley, Minn., and a sales representative for Catholic United Financial, as the International Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) of the Year.

    To become the International FIC of the Year, Degerstrom was selected from the submissions of 47 member-societies, whose own representatives, like Degerstrom, won their association’s Fraternal Insurance Counselor of the Year award earlier in 2020. The awards recognize the agent who best exhibits the ethical and professional standards that being an “FIC” designates. 


    “I am so humbled winning this award because there are so many people who are so good at what they do in this company, and so many important people in the Home Office who support us,” Degerstrom said. “I would have never guessed 18 years ago that I could work in a way that was involved with my faith. It’s amazing how God provides in ways you’d never expect. Just like how we have to ask to know what our members need, you have to ask or you’ll never know.” 


    FIC is a designation earned by education and testing through the Fraternal Field Managers Association (FFMA), which emphasizes the ethical and community building aspects of life insurance sales in a fraternal society. The nominee for FIC of the Year from each member society is that organization's best at both aspects of their career – fraternal engagement and life insurance and financial product sales. 


    Degerstrom set herself apart in 2019 with strong new membership and sales production, along with exceptional fraternalism. In her nomination, Member Engagement Director Nate Lamusga said she had championed bringing a Gather4Good® event to her region, which drew hundreds of volunteers to pack more than 2,000 care kits for people experiencing homelessness. And for helping to organize a legacy scholarship fundraiser for one of her high school-aged members who tragically died in 2018. That event raised more than $28,000 to fund an annual scholarship and brought out the entire community in support of the family. 

    Catholic United President Mike Ahles said, “Denise Degerstrom is simply the nicest person you will ever know. Her passion for our Catholic faith, our members, and our entire Association is unparalleled.  It is amazing to me that she is able to build a personal connection with everyone she meets and we all feel blessed to know her. This award is well deserved, and we hope that she will continue to work with us and our members for many years to come.”

    Catholic United Financial recognizes the benefits of the FIC training, which places a strong emphasis on sales ethics, and encourages the Rep’s involvement in the volunteer and mission-building activities of their association. Any Sales Representative to join Catholic United is required to pass their FIC exams within their first year of employment. 

    Degerstrom is the third representative of Catholic United Financial to earn this honor in the past four years. Peter Ryan, of Delano, Minn., won in 2016, and Brian Zitzmann of Worthington, Minn., was recognized in 2018. The award is usually announced with all nominees present at the awards banquet of NAFIC’s International Conference each May, but was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

    Degerstrom and her husband Doug live in Hinckley with a new Golden Retriever, and are parishioners of St. Patrick’s church. They have four children, 11 grandchildren, and are members of Catholic United’s Immaculate Conception Parish Volunteer Team in Pine City. 


    About NAFIC and the International FIC of the Year Award:

    The National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC) is an organization of mutual aid insurance professionals, comprised of 47 associations in the U.S. and Canada. The Fraternal Field Managers Association (FFMA) awards the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation to agents who have completed roughly one year of coursework and tests which emphasize the ethical responsibilities of life insurance sales and prioritize participation in fraternal events and activities. Each organization is eligible to award one top representative their association’s FIC of the Year award. These winners then become the field of potential International FIC of the Year winners, selected by a committee from the NAFIC and the FFMA.  


    The National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC) is an organization of mutual aid insurance professionals, comprised of 47 associations in the U.S. and Canada. The Fraternal Field Managers Association (FFMA) awards the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation to agents who have completed roughly one year of coursework and tests which emphasize the ethical responsibilities of life insurance sales and prioritize participation in fraternal events and activities. Each organization is eligible to award one top representative their association’s FIC of the Year award. These winners then become the field of potential International FIC of the Year winners, selected by a committee from the NAFIC and the FFMA.  


    Each FIC-designated agent promises to take responsibility for: Maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, fairness, and competence; knowing and adhering to all applicable insurance regulations; continuing their education about the financial and fraternal elements of the field; empowering and educating their members; and serving their own society by putting others first. 

    About Catholic United Financial

    Founded in 1878 in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United Financial is one of the oldest fraternal life insurance associations in the nation, and the oldest domiciled in Minnesota. It serves more than 70,000 members in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas. Providing financial security for Catholic families through life insurance, retirement products and Medicare Supplement insurance, it reinvests its profits in its members’ local Catholic communities through scholarships, service projects, grants and other unique programs. Its Annual Catholic Schools Raffle has raised almost $10 million for Catholic schools since 2009.

  • 07/03/2020 1:01 PM | Charles Maenner (Administrator)

    Save on goods and services you buy every week with your NAFIC Membership!

    NAFIC has partnered with National Purchasing Partners(NPP) to bring you discounts and savings on many national brands.  Get discounts from  suppliers like Office Depot, 1-800-Flowers.com, Priceline Travel, H-P Computers and Printers, Skechers Shoes, Adobe Pro DC PDF and many more.

    Just log into the NAFIC.org website with your Username and Password.  Select "National Purchasing Partners" under the Member Access menu.  You will need to create a separate log-in when you register for the NPP Program.  Once you are signed in, you can take advantage of discounts from any of the suppliers in the NPP Program.   Each supplier link will tell you how to receive your discount (coupon code, registration, etc.)  Then, simply place your online order as normal.

    There is NO COST for the program.  It is part of your NAFIC membership.  There is also no limit - you can use it as often as you want!

    Enjoy and Start Saving!

  • 04/23/2020 1:47 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    NAFIC will be holding our Annual Meeting during the webinar which will include the election of the new officers and directors. 

    Date: May 5th 2020

    Time: 1pm EST (12pm CST, 10am PST)

    Location: Zoom Meeting via zoom.us

    Below is the nomination report:

    President John Mahon, FICF, LUTCF | Knights of Columbus | Elected May 2014

    Vice President Gregory Gall, FIC, LUTCF | Catholic United Financial | Elected May 2015

    Secretary/Treasurer Don Kulyk, FIC, EPC, AFA | FaithLife Financial | Elected May 2016

    Immediate Past Jimmy Tirres, FIC, CLU, LUTCF | Catholic Life Insurance | Elected May 2013

    Director Greg Mallett, FICF, CLU, ChFC Modern Woodmen of America |  Elected May 2017

    Director Kevin Simpson FIC, CLU, CRPC, CLTC Western Fraternal Life Association | Elected May 2018

    Director Desi Doise, CLU, FICF, LLIF | WoodmenLife | Elected May 2018

    Director Gail Kroll, FIC | CLC Life Insurance | Elected May 2019

    Director Dan Lloyd, FIC, CLU, ChFC, CPA | Catholic Financial Life | Elected May 2020

    Director Jennifer Tix, FIC, RICP | Thrivent Financial | Elected May 2020

    Director Dave Zerhusen, FIC, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CSA | Catholic Order of Foresters | Elected May 2012

    The election is expected to take less than 10 minutes and will be held right before Crystal starts presenting. 


  • 02/04/2020 6:25 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    Thanks to all who attended our talk with Tom Henga! Watch for additional locations in the coming months! 


  • 01/29/2020 2:35 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    2018-2019  MFIC President Dan Thelen honored for services by 2019-2020 President Ed Arthur during Board of Directors meeting.


  • 11/15/2019 12:19 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    NAFIC and the American Fraternal Alliance would like to thank those who participated in the critically important meetings with Michigan Legislators in Lansing.  Your appointments were wildly successful. Everyone did a great job of representing your societies and telling how we make a difference in the lives of our members and communities. 

               




  • 10/22/2019 10:30 AM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    The Michigan FIC Chapter would like to thank everyone for attending their annual conference this year. It was a great turnout! 

    Attendees at the MFIC Fall conference in Boyne HIghland Resort Michigan September 26, 2019

    Ellsworth Stout Past NAFIC president, Van Mueller speaker and Edward Arthur President MFIC

  • 10/02/2019 10:13 AM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    To promote ongoing legislative goals, NAFIC board members, with support from the American Fraternal Alliance, meet with members of congress. Our main goal was to show how fraternal societies support and give back to our communities, along with personal stories of ways our groups have made a difference. 

      

  • 09/26/2019 2:52 PM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)


    On Tuesday afternoon of Sept 23, 2019 NAFIC had the honor to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The NAFIC members participating; Jimmy Tirres CLU, FIC, LUTCF of Catholic Life Insurance, Rick Kremel CLU, CHFC, FIC, LUTCF of Catholic Financial Life,  John Mahon FICF, LUTCF, FSCP of Knights Of Columbus, David Zerhusen FIC, CLU, CHFC, LUTCF, CSA of Catholic Order Of Foresters.

    To watch video of the event click the link to youtube below.  

    NAFIC Wreath Laying

  • 09/17/2019 11:13 AM | Brad Maenner (Administrator)

    Crystal Washington has been signed up to speak at our 2020 National Convention in Austin, TX. She is an expert in social media and knows how to leverage technology to increase production and efficiencies. WE look forward to hearing her talk next year! 

    For more information you can visit her website here:

    https://crystalwashington.com

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