Report from Keystone: 2015 Annual Membership Meeting Recap

The annual Pool Membership Meeting was held September 24 at the SDA Conference in Keystone.  This year, the SDA is also celebrating its 40th anniversary, which made it a particularly meaningful occasion as the conference saw its greatest ever attendance.

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Stan Gengler addresses the audience at the Annual Conference

Both the conference and the Membership Meeting are a big hit with our membership, drawing people from every part of the state. The Pool and SDA awarded dozens of scholarships to fund the registration and travel costs to send new attendees and Board Members to the conference.

Pool Administrator Joe DePaepe manning the booth at the conference.

Pool Administrator Joe DePaepe manning the booth at the conference.

At this meeting, it was announced that the President of the Pool’s Board of Directors, Stanley Gengler of Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, will be stepping down to retire at the end of December. Stan received a hearty round of applause, a special gift, and a fond farewell from all attendees.

Our keynote speaker for the Membership Meeting was Greg Barlow, Loss Control Manager at CIRSA. Greg gave a presentation on ways to improve safety through culture, morale, efficiency, and community support.

CliftonLarsonAllen gave a presentation on the Pool’s yearend financials, while the Pool administrators presented an update on the state of the insurance market, as well as what members can expect for 2016. The Pool closed the meeting with a drawing for several prizes including Pool gift sets, Maglite® tool sets, a $100 American Express gift card, padfolios, and two Amazon Kindle Fire tablets which were won by Matt Scheer and Mary Hartley of Lake Dillon Fire District.

This year’s Collaboration Award was presented to Chief Lombardi at West Metro Fire, Joe DePaepe from the CSD Pool, and Mike Rogers, president of the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation for their work and dedication over the past 18 months in putting together the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Circulatory Benefits Trust (CFH Trust). The CFH Trust was created to aid the state’s fire professionals and agencies by providing benefits designed to supplement employer-provided health insurance coverage to help firefighters contain the human and financial burdens created by cardiac incidents.

Staff members from the CSD Pool and TRISTAR Risk Management enjoyed meeting so many Pool members!

Staff members from the CSD Pool and TRISTAR Risk Management enjoyed meeting so many Pool members!

The Pool team had a great time meeting and talking with folks who visited our booth, where we introduced the TRISTAR adjusters on Thursday. We met current members, new prospects, and put faces with names as well as answered inquiries on our many programs. We look forward to seeing you back in Keystone in 2016!

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