The End of the Year is Near! Print

The end of the year is near!

The holidays will be upon us soon, the goose isn’t the only one getting fat and time will be the most precious commodity that everyone finds scarce at this time of year……but we hope you will take time out of your busy schedules to mingle with your professional peers at the last ISCEBS social event this year, the Chapter Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting will be held at the historical Union League Club Chicago.  Those who attended this event last year will tell you that the ambiance in the Main Dining room is magnificent and the buffet is sumptuous.  But the chance to meet with your professional peers in this lovely holiday and historical atmosphere is invaluable.  When you are there, you may even want to plan some extra time to view the ULCC art collection,

At the Annual Meeting event you will get a chance to exercise the privilege as a Chapter member to vote in the officers for the 2016 ISCEBS Chapter Board. 

Interested in serving or know someone who can lend their talents to the Chicago Chapter Board?  Read on….on how to make a nomination.  

Chicago Taking a Beating
   Roger Brown 1989
   48 x 72 inches oil on canvas
   © School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brown family 

At the Annual Meeting event you will get a chance to exercise the privilege as a Chapter member to vote in the officers for the 2016 ISCEBS Chapter Board.

Interested in serving or know someone who can lend their talents to the Chicago Chapter Board?  Read on….on how to make a nomination.  

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Not your normal casting call..

The Chicago Chapter is seeking nominees for the 2016 Board member positions.

Please send nominations of your ideal candidates (or self-nominate) to serve in any of the following ISCEBS Chapter offices:  

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Membership VP

  • Educational Program VP

Nominations must reach the Chapter President, Pamela Bland, CEBS; at [email protected] by November 24, 2015. 

The committee shall announce the nominations for the offices one week prior to the Annual Meeting.  The Annual Meeting luncheon will be held at Noon on December 9, 2015 at the historical Union League Club of Chicago located at 65 W. Jackson Boulevard.

To make your reservations for the Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon at ULCC, please contact Pamela Bland, CEBS; at [email protected].  RSVP by December 1st.  

The Annual Meeting will take place in the Main Dining Room on the sixth floor.  Please announce that you are with the “CEBS luncheon”.

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Dress Code for ULCC

Business Casual Attire or better is always required in the Main Dining Room. For men Business Casual means: Collared shirt (including turtleneck) and slacks (no dress denim); and for women it means: Slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater.

Prohibited Attire: T-shirts or sweatshirts; Trading jacket and other work clothes/uniform;  Sweat suit and other athletic attire; Jean jacket, overalls, or cutoffs; Any torn or tattered garment

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Upcoming Program Schedule

Nov 18 Noon


Understanding Value Based  Care & Accountable Care Organizations – Lee McGrath, Sr. Director of Provider Contracting at BCBSIL

Dec 9 Noon

Annual ISCEBS Meeting
Union League Club Chicago
65 W. Jackson Boulevard


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Networking, Networking, Networking

Location, Location, Location….did you know that this term originated in Chicago? 

According to William Safire of the New York Times Magazine (June 26,2009), the original quote came from a 1926 Chicago Tribune real estate classified ad, “Attention salesmen, sales managers: location, location, location, close to Rogers Park”.

ISCEBS should coin this new phrase! BUT networking is just one of the many valuable benefits that you receive as a local Chapter member.  A variety of professionally conducted Educational Programs are planned throughout the year in addition to the two main social networking events.  Be sure to include your local chapter membership in 2016 when you renew your membership with ISCEBS. 

This year our annual summer social event was held under the stars at Millennium Park and our upcoming Annual Meeting will once again be held at historical Union League Club of Chicago.  

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Due to Dues

Did you know that all our webinars in 2015 were complimentary?  We were able to offer these educational programs thanks to your membership. 

Chicago Chapter 2015 quality programs in review:   

  • ISCEBS/IFEBP Differences – Jennifer Mathe, ISCEBS

  • Long Term Care Options – Debbie Honsberger, LTC Solutions

  • DOL Corrections – Frank Del Barto, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd

  • Benefit Communications Made Simple – Write on Target, Inc

  • Health Trends – David Cooke, Lockton Companies LLC

  • Retirement Training – TPSU

  • ACA Reporting – Frank Del Barto, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd

  • Understanding Value Based Care – Lee McGrath, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

     7 other reasons to be a Chapter member: 

  1. Monthly educational webinars spanning such topics as general Health & Welfare, retirement plans and current compliance issues related to Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

  2. Annual chapter social events for networking.

  3. The ISCEBSLink discussion forum to ask questions from your professional peers.  

  4. Access to the Information Center—Society members get three requests per year. Each request on average saves a member about four to six hours of research and more than $500. 

  5. CPE event—the Society is offering exclusive access to recorded sessions from the Symposium. This limited-time access includes some of the top-rated sessions at the Symposium and the chance to earn CPE credit

  6. The Annual Symposium

  7. Society members are able to post their resume for free and search posted jobs in the Members Only/Online Community section.

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Renew your Membership

It’s easy to renew your membership
Just call ISCEBS at (262) 786-8771

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Gentlemen and Scholars

To all the Board members that served in 2015. It has been a great privilege to serve as the Chapter President.  The President is only as good as the staff that surrounds her.  Andy, Jim, Frank and Tim, your dedication, leadership and creative talents have made the Chicago Chapter more progressive and valuable to our Chicago benefits professionals.  And Jerry, special thanks goes out to you for your tutelage and guidance as Past President.  Your wisdom and knowledge is astounding.  And thank you for hosting the ULCC venue again for all of us to enjoy.  Thank you all for your dedicated service! 

Bring it on……

All the best,                

Pamela Bland, CEBS
Chicago Chapter


We need more people like the 2015 Board to continue the good work of this Chapter.  Send your bio and request to my email, at [email protected]

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Congratulations New Designees

CEBS Graduates:          
Nichole Hermes, CEBS
Daniel J. Partida, CEBS
Bradley A. Heuberger, CEBS
Kasima Imamovich, CEBS
Elissa A. Rosenbaum, CEBS
Rosa Aquirre, CEBS
William Browning, CEBS
Ana Builes, CEBS
Mary Cerretto, CEBS

GBA Designee:
Joseph S. Plichta
Elissa Rosenbaum
Jeffrey Faber
Stephanie Solverud
Michelle Carlson
Gregory Foss

CMS Designee:                
Laura Pontarelli

RPA Designee:
Gregory Foss
Yuliya Batolova
Lisa Kwilas
John Garson
Michael O’Malley

Society Fellowship

One year of Fellowship status is awarded to CEBS graduate members who pass one track of the continuing education examination, or two years for both tracks.  This special distinction recognizes members who are committed to continuing their professional development by broadening their knowledge in employee benefits, compensation and key related areas.  Fellowship is an excellent way to be recognized within your company, the Society and the benefits community. 

IS Fellow
Jean Pollard
Anne Maloney
Peter Wright
Terese Krafcheck
Kathy Eads
Leanne Fosbre
James Ceplecha
Peter Becker
Barbara Watts
Brenda Mitten
Jennifer Buehrer
Sandra Taylor
Linda Schultz
James Wagner
Jennifer Friend
Cheryl Cole
Chris Ann Werner
Kevin Breen
David Cooke

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Look for our New Look

The Chicago Chapter’s website is getting a makeover!  We hope the new site will go live by December 1st.  Be sure to peruse the site and give us your feedback. 

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Become a Member

Save $$ in 2016 by becoming a member today!   

In 2015 the Chicago Chapter was able to present all educational programs as complimentary regardless of your membership standing.  Unfortunately, the Chicago Chapter will not be able to make this same offer in 2016. 

Beginning 2016, the Chicago Chapter will need to start charging for the educational programming in some form.  In most cases, the programming will be free to members.  In all cases, there will be a charge for non-members. 

Make a commitment to yourself as well as your local Chicago Chapter and become a member in 2016.  Check with your employer, they may be willing to support your membership dues.  


Picture yourself here having lunch on December 9th enjoying lively conversation with your professional peers.


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