May 2017 Luncheon 

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The Insurance Bill of the Current Legislative Session: What it Means and How it Impacts Your Insurance Claims

Ernest Martin, Jr. 


Haynes and Boone, LLP 

Silence Dogood

The 2017 RIMS Conference in Philadelphia was simultaneously informative and inspiring!  Philadelphia is a historic place where the story of American society and governance was begun by a few bold and committed people.  These few revolutionaries set out to overcome the effect of misguided leadership at best and intentional tyranny at worst, through collaboration for mutual benefit.  They engaged one another in meeting places to inspire those of like mind, from all walks of colonial life, to create a better society.  Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned people can change society. It is the only thing that ever has.

On the evening of Tuesday April 25, 2017, members of the four Texas RIMS Chapters gathered at Silence Dogood’s Tavern, in the heart of old Philadelphia.  Who was Silence Dogood, and why does it matter? The year was 1722, and sixteen year-old Benjamin Franklin could not get anyone to publish his essays in the local newspaper.  After all, why would anyone be interested in what one insignificant teenage apprentice had to say about life and governance in the colonies of America?

Therefore, young Ben decided to write under the pen name of Ms. Silence Dogood, a New England widow sound of mind and strong of opinion.  He submitted fourteen letters, and all made publication in the New England Courant Newspaper.  Among the people of the time that could read, his letters were well received.  Franklin’s intelligent, humorous and inspiring letters were so well reasoned and written, that he/she received marriage proposals! The last chapter of his last letter as Widow Dogood ended as follows:

“I shall conclude this with my own Character, which (one would think) I should be best able to give. Know then, That I am an Enemy to Vice, and a Friend to Vertue. I am one of an extensive Charity, and a great Forgiver of private Injuries: A hearty Lover of the Clergy and all good Men, and a mortal Enemy to arbitrary Government & unlimited Power. I am naturally very jealous for the Rights and Liberties of my Country; & the least appearance of an Incroachment on those invaluable Priviledges [sic], is apt to make my Blood boil exceedingly. I have likewise a natural Inclination to observe and reprove the Faults of others, at which I have an excellent Faculty. I speak this by Way of Warning to all such whose Offences shall come under my Cognizance, for I never intend to wrap my Talent in a Napkin. To be brief; I am courteous and affable, good-humour'd (unless I am first provok'd,) and handsome, and sometimes witty...[2]”

A determined sixteen-year-old was able to engage and inspire the people of his time and place.  He used that ability throughout his long life to not only disrupt the status quo, but also, help create the best governing model for enlightened societies to this very day.  

I left Philadelphia committed to engaging with my fellow risk professionals, as well as inspiring people in the RM&I industries to take an active role enhancing and protecting industry reputation, while encouraging a creative forum where individuals and organizations can pursue success.  Your DFW RIMS Board strives to enhance and protect the integrity of the Profession first, DFW Chapter second, and RIMS third. Thus assuring maximum benefit for your trust and membership investment.   

Over the years, I have learned it takes more than one person to engage, inspire, and create anything of real value. We, as members of a RIMS Chapter, share responsibility for the current and future success of local Risk Professionals, while encouraging global risk management initiatives.  To borrow from the environmental movement, I encourage you to think globally about your profession, but act locally.  After all, no matter where you go, there you are! The RIMS Conference is coming to San Antonio Texas in 2018.  Between now and then, your DFW RIMS Chapter is committed to working with all the Texas RIMS Chapters to share best practices and support common interests.  I encourage each of you to attend a future DFW RIMS Chapter event.  I promise you will be welcome with food, drink, and good conversation.  Don’t just join RIMS; engage with the DFW Chapter to disrupt the status quo, and be part of a movement to create a better society.  Together, we will “Do Good”! 

In Service,

Buddy Gillenwater

2017 D/FW RIMS President

Wednesday, May24th, 2017

 The Clubs at Prestonwood

15909 Preston Road

Dallas, TX 75248​​

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$30 - RIMS Members | $45 Non RIMS Members | $0 Retired/Student 

DFW RIMS is proud to support the philanthropic efforts of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).  IICF is hosting the 2017 Women in Insurance Global Conference June 7, 8, and 9 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. 

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May 2017 Presidents Letter

Announcing the 2017 Fall Conference!


October 26th & 27th, 2017

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