It seems unbelievable, but were already in the fourth quarter of 2002. As I look back over the year and how much weve covered in these pages, I find that I do have one major regret. This is that we did not have more of a celebration in our pages of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Of course, we reported on the MDRTs annual meeting, featuring many articles on sessions that were held there and interviews with its leaders. And yes, there was a big cake for MDRTs 75th birthday on the cover of the July 1 issue.

But this great organization means so much to the life insurance business, that I now feel we should have done even more to recognize its special place in the industry.

Thats why we have decided to incorporate a “Salute to MDRT!” in the issue of Dec. 2. And who is better qualified than you, our readers, to be a big part of this salute by letting us know how special the MDRT is to you?

What you have to do is very simple–just respond to this query: “What the MDRT has meant to me.”

Being great believers in the old adage that “brevity is the soul of wit,” we would like you to express your thoughts in 200 words or less. This may sound like a challenge, particularly as we remember times talking to MDRT members and hearing them rhapsodize over the group and its importance to them. But, on the other hand, our experience also tells us that there is nothing MDRT members like so much as a challenge.

So we invite you to send your thoughts to us at mdrtcomments@nuco.com. While we may not be able to use every entry in the magazine, they will all be posted on our Web site after Dec. 2 and kept there for some time as a continuing source of inspiration.

The other way we want you to is by letting us know what events you have coming up next year. NUs “Events 2003″ supplement, listing leading conventions, conferences and industry meetings, will be published in the Dec. 16 issue.

Those wishing to submit their event must do so via the Internet by Nov. 15. Heres how to do it: Go to NationalUnderwriter.com, click on the “Meetings & Events” icon at the top of the page, page down to “Submit an Event,” and fill out the online form.

Events will be included in the magazine based on space availability, but all events submitted will be listed as part of NUs Meetings & Events Web site.

The Internet has made interactivity the name of the game. Be a part of our “Salute to MDRT!” and our “Events 2003″ calendar. And do it today!


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, October 14, 2002. Copyright 2002 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.