Message from the IWCI President

January 15, 2015

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Indianapolis Chapter February 4th luncheon. As usual, we will be meeting at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN.

According to many studies, two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children struggle with being overweight and/or obese. Today there are 41 states with obesity rates over 25 percent, according to the Trust for American's Health. In 2010, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that nearly 20 percent of the increase in U.S. health care spending (from 1987-2007) was caused by obesity. Obesity can be a contributing factor in work injuries and definitely influences the rehabilitation/return-to-work process.

Our February luncheon will discuss the impact of obesity on work injuries and ways to deal with the problems obesity can cause. This year, we will be renewing opportunities for vendors to have tables for signage and literature at our luncheons and/or breakfasts. There will be limited availability for such tables at each session, so, if you are interested, contact Norette Mason to reserve a table at one of our upcoming events.

See you all on February 4th!

Vernon Poland
President, IWCI

New Sponsorship Opportunity for March Breakfast

Attention Vendors

As noted in a January 15th post, the Indianapolis Chapter of IWCI has renewed opportunities for vendors to have tables for signage and literature at our luncheons and/or breakfasts. The sponsorship fee for these tables is $ 100 and our first paid sponsor was PDM. Vendor sponsorships are so important to our mission of providing scholarships for insurance majors at Ball State and Indiana State Universities. Sponsorships help us defer costs which allows us to increase scholarship amounts and add new university recipients.

We have a special opportunity for vendors at our March 3rd breakfast meeting. We are asking vendors to bring guests and the vendor that has the most guests registered by Friday, February 26th, will be given a table for displays and information about their company. You must have at least 5 guests registered to qualify for this promotion.

There will be multiple sponsorships available for our May event in Speedway on May 6th, so, if you are interested, contact Norette Mason to learn more about May sponsorships or to reserve space for our October luncheon or November Breakfast meetings.



Do you have the need...the need for speed? If you do, you won't want to miss IWCI's Month of May Event!

Did you know if you search the Library of Congress for "The Racing Capitol of the World", Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be your search result?  May is a very special month in Indy; it's the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500!  We are putting the pedal to the metal by hosting our May event at Sarah Fisher's new Speedway Indoor Karting Center in the shadow of the IMS.  You'll hear an exceptional educational presentation, and also enjoy food, drinks, Kart racing and fun for all.  Can you put your fellow IWCI friends in your rear view mirror?  If you are up for the challenge, or just want to soak up some of the speed, keep watching for more details.   Block out Friday afternoon on May 6th, now!



Get your teams together and start working on your game. The 2016 IWCI Golf Outing will be held on June 24th. Abbe Rief and Greg Beasley are putting together another great event, so watch for the registration to go live so you can sign up. In the mean time, be sure to block off 6/24 on your calendar so you don't miss this day of good fun and great networking.

Why Join IWCI?

It's a fair question--why should you join IWCI?  We strive to add value to your membership by creating opportunities for networking, education, and access to your customers, vendors, and colleagues. Our membership benefits are soon getting even better as we begin implementation of our new online membership system. 

In addition to allowing you to manage your membership information and renewals, the system will allow you exclusive members-only access to the complete membership database, which we believe will be an invaluable tool for IWCI members.

And of course there is the annual meeting, golf outing, holiday party, monthly luncheons (discounted to members)... and so much more! If you are connected to the Workers' Comp industry in Indiana, you'll find no better resource than IWCI.  Join us won't you?