Volunteer Opportunities

The Twin Cities Chapter is powered by volunteers. The following committees welcome volunteers. Please contact the current Chairperson for more information.

Membership Committee

The chairperson of the membership committee is Josh Hoover. He can be contacted at jhoover@epichearing.com or 612. 834. 1925.

The Membership Committee is tasked with recruiting new members, contacting new designees, responding to member and non-member

inquiries, coordinating the creation and distribution of membership materials and retaining existing members. The Committee should be composed of Chapter members with an eye toward increasing Chapter participation and
developing future Chapter leaders.

The Committee personally contacts new designees, responds to inquiries upon request from the event coordinator or a Board Member, staffs the membership table, designs membership materials in partnership with the PR/Social Media Committee and is accountable for the completion of the annual Membership Challenge. As needed, the Committee will be in contact with ISCEBS to update materials, member lists and share membership expertise.

Prior to the new membership year, the Committee conducts a membership renewal campaign. ISCEBS offers support for the membership drive via the Membership Challenge. During the annual membership renewal campaign the Committee will:

a. Explain the benefits of membership to current and prospective members
b. Strive to increase Chapter membership
c. Recruit new members for the Chapter and for possible Committee positions
d. Update member information and the Chapter contact list
e. Determine the Chapter’s nonmembers (CEBS graduates and students who haven’t renewed or who graduated the previous year without joining)
f. Earn an incentive from the Society if the Chapter meets a pre-established goal

Membership is by calendar year – January 1 – Dec. 31. The membership drive begins in October to allow prospective and renewing members time to enroll and take advantage of a full year of membership benefits.

The Committee organizes and stores up-to-date membership materials in a suitcase designated for that purpose. Membership materials are displayed and made available at each luncheon meeting. The Committee also maintains a stock of Chapter gift items to promote the Chapter. This includes low cost, promotional items for trade shows and the annual membership
challenge and professional gift items to acknowledge attainment of various designations.

The chairperson of the membership committee is Josh Hoover. He can be contacted at jhoover@epichearing.com or 612. 834. 1925.

Education Committee

The chairperson for the education committee is Deb Rosenberg. She can be contacted at deb@stilesfinancial.com or 952-466-6221 (work).

The Education Committee is composed of members from several benefits sectors such as insurance, finance, consulting, corporate, etc. with diverse expertise in health care and retirement plans. This ensures that the programs will be well balanced and appeal to the broadest audience. The Committee sponsors eight educational meetings a year. Continuing education credit for CEBS designation-holders (CPE) and Minnesota Insurance purposes is offered for attending each educational session. Continuing Education credit for other professional organizations may also be available.

1.  Planning programs
a. The Committee will strive to plan an entire year with each member of the Committee given a date, topic and suggested
speaker to arrange. The Chairperson shall oversee and coordinate this activity.
b. The Committee may select education topics or contact the Society for a listing of topics and speakers.
c. The Committee shall vary the topics by category (pension, health and welfare benefits, compensation, etc.) to ensure participation by all members of the benefits community.

2.  Engaging speakers
a. Meetings are educational and not considered sales opportunities. To avoid confusion, speakers shall be made aware of that when invited to speak.
b. Speakers may be co-sponsored by other professional groups in the Twin Cities. See the policy for co-sponsorship on the Chapter website or in the appendix of the handbook.

3.  Educational Luncheon Meeting Logistics
Event Coordination
The Event Coordinator (a paid position as contracted by the Chapter) shall provide email invitations about the upcoming meeting, coordinate registration at the luncheon and make all arrangements for the meal. All concerns about event setup, meal selection and speaker needs should be communicated in advance to the Event Coordinator. The meal and coordination expenses will be submitted to the Treasurer for payment. It is critical that all speaker materials be submitted in advance of the meeting in order to gain Continuing Education approval.

When
Educational luncheon meetings are held from 11:30-1:00 the last Wednesday of the month. There are typically 8 educational meetings a year, including January, February, March, April or May, August, September, October and November. There will not be a monthly luncheon during the month in which the annual spring seminar is held.

Where
Meetings are held at the Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55403 (Downtown Minneapolis) (612) 332-6000
or
Golden Valley Country Club, 7001 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427, (763) 732-4100

Cost
The cost of luncheon attendance varies by membership status and time of registration. Those pre-registering receive published rates and those paying the day of the meeting pay an additional fee. Attendees may make payment online through PayPal or credit card. Payment can also be made by personal or company check. Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Chapter Board of Directors.

Evaluations
The Event Coordinator distributes an electronic evaluation to each attendee. Responses to the evaluation are tabulated and provided to the Board by the Event Coordinator.

Continuing Education and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements
Members may submit individual requests for CPE credits for the educational portion of the luncheon. Many attendees utilize the educational meetings for continuing education credits approved by the state. It is key that all materials are submitted for state approval well in advance of the date to insure the meeting will offer credits to attendees.

The chairperson for the education committee is Deb Rosenberg. She can be contacted at deb@stilesfinancial.com or 952-466-6221 (work).

Annual Seminar Committee

The chairpersons of this committee are Janis Koltun and Lara Pischke. Janis can be contacted at janis.koltun@aon.com or 952. 807. 0665 (work). Lara can be contacted at lpischke@hayscompanies.com or 612. 486. 4771.

The Twin Cities Chapter of ISCEBS is one of the longest serving and most recognized Chapters in the nation. The members represent benefits professionals from numerous corporate, non-profit and government organization from around the area. The mission of the Chapter is to provide a meaningful, educational forum for members and the employee benefits community at large. The Chapter provides the opportunity for employee benefits professionals to meet with their colleagues, discuss new developments in the field, exchange ideas, and share knowledge in their field of expertise.

To further this mission, each spring a day-long seminar is offered. The curriculum offers a diverse group of recognized speakers addressing important areas in managing benefit plans. The Annual Seminar draws strong attendance from a wide variety of benefits professionals. Approximately half the participants at the 2014 seminar represented employer organizations, many of them some of the largest employers in the Twin Cities community, and almost three-fourths of these participants had been in the employee benefits field in excess of 11 years.

The Chapter appreciates the support and sponsorship of partner organizations to offer the seminar at value-based pricing.

Following are the sponsorship levels and associated benefits:

PLATINUM Event Sponsor
Sponsor Level: $1,000
·  One of the following events: Breakfast, Keynote Speaker, Lunch, or Afternoon Social Event
·  Recognition in the TCISCEBS promotional materials with a circulation to more than 1,500 HR professionals
·  Acknowledgement at morning Kick-Off Session
·  Recognition as a Platinum Event Sponsor in the Seminar Materials
·  Information Booth at the Annual Seminar
·  Three Complimentary Seminar Registrations

GOLD Event Sponsor
Sponsor Level: $750
·  Sponsor of Mid-Session Snack Break
·  Recognition in the TCISCEBS promotional materials Acknowledgement at morning Kick-Off Session
·  Recognition as a Gold Event Sponsor in the Seminar Materials
·  Information Booth at the Annual Seminar
·  Two Complimentary Seminar Registrations

SILVER Event Sponsor
Sponsor Level: $500
·  Recognition in the TCISCEBS promotional materials Acknowledgement at morning Kick-Off Session
·  Recognition as a Silver Event Sponsor in the Seminar Materials
·  Information Booth at the Annual Seminar
·  A Complimentary Registration

The chairpersons of this committee are Janis Koltun and Lara Pischke. Janis can be contacted at janis.koltun@aon.com or 952. 807. 0665 (work). Lara can be contacted at lpischke@hayscompanies.com or 612. 486. 4771.

Public Relations and Social Media (PR) Committee

The chairperson for the PR/Social Media committee is Jared Schmillen. He can be contacted at jschmillen@hayscompanies.com or 612. 486. 4702 (work).

The committee is responsible for:

1. Ensuring that communication representing the Chapter is professional, thorough, complete, and attractive.
2. Creating or contributing to the Chapter branding and ensuring the Chapter branding is consistently adhered to
3. Updating the Chapter website (in coordination with the event coordinator)
4. Providing recognition materials for graduates and those contributing to the Chapter. This may include providing materials to acknowledge new designees during luncheon meetings, posting graduate names with a congratulatory message on the Chapter website, congratulating the new designees (and Fellows) via social media, and acknowledging the contribution of Committee and Board Members
5. Email blasts or press releases in coordination with the event coordinator
6. Posting items of interest on Chapter social media ( e.g. LinkedIn)
7. Creating membership materials in partnership with the Membership Committee. This may include flyers, email messages, or table communication vehicles.

The chairperson for the PR/Social Media committee is Jared Schmillen. He can be contacted at jschmillen@hayscompanies.com or 612. 486. 4702 (work).