June 14, 2019 - A Letter From PNA Censor Wesley Musial.
My Fraternal Sisters and Brothers,
It is difficult to imagine that it has almost been four years since we assembled in Cleveland, OH, for the 47th Quadrennial National Convention. This span of time has been both favorable and eventful for the Alliance. All that has been accomplished has been done to strengthen the foundations of the Alliance further and bolster the future of the PNA for all its members.
The Polish National Alliance has assets of over $432M. Our surplus is above $22M. When two other accounts are combined with the surplus, we have about $35.3M in total unassigned funds. Thus, we can see the size, strength, and financial well-being of the PNA.
Remember the Great Recession of 2008, and its fallout and effects on the PNA. These circumstances brought the Alliance under the intense scrutiny of the Illinois Department of Insurance. During its thorough examination, the Department looked at just about every aspect and nuance of the PNA. It forced certain changes upon us and started a self-examination and internal introspection of the way we operate as a fraternal organization. Some of the guidelines followed were the increased regulations and compliance programs necessary, and the trend concerning future governance of Fraternal Societies.
Over the last four years, we have seen an excess of income over expenses every year: simply put a profit. This has led to an increase in surplus every year. The NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) has placed a great deal of emphasis on a particular financial statistic called the Risk-Based Capital Ratio. We have exceeded the recommended required ratio every year. It is quite essential to maintain a value above this required ratio; otherwise, we will be burdened by more stringent regulation and oversight.
Concerning the National Convention itself, the delegates will experience some changes which they may consider game-changing. This may be the first Convention which will not elect the President. The Business Board of Directors will now hire the President. This is a change which is following the recommended Governance trend in the Fraternal Society arena. The theory is that this will lessen the possibility of a candidate chosen out of popularity rather than ability. Please note that presently the Department of Insurance can deny an office to someone they feel is not qualified to run said office, usually meaning the President. The other National Officers (Censor, Vice-Censor, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) will still be elected by the Convention, as will the Business Board of Directors. The qualifications to run for these National Offices and Directors have been eased so that more individuals can run for these offices. As passed at the last Convention, the Fraternal Directors will be elected by the delegates from their particular Region.
As I stated earlier, the Illinois Department of Insurance, in its examination, decided that Commissioner will receive no salary, only expenses. With this as a background, the by-laws were amended to eliminate the Office of District Commissioner and replace them with the appointed position of District Coordinator, which will permit compensation for the position. Please note that the three-phase amending process for these changes was overwhelmingly approved.
One area that requires a great deal of attention is Membership and Sales. Its importance translates into a variety of fields each of which is vital to the general health of the Alliance. Sales provide members which are necessary to replace those who have passed from the scene, but also to grow the organization. These individuals will also provide the pool from which we can elect people who will provide the Leadership at all levels, from the National down through the Regional, District, and Council. This is one aspect that must not be overlooked. Sales also helps provide the needed revenue to fund all the mechanisms of the PNA both organizational and fraternal. Age and health have taken its toll on the Organizers and Sales Representatives who built this great organization. We have to come up with a plan to replace these great women and men and also expand into a professional sales force. We will survive, but we also want to grow and thrive.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the times are changing. Not that long ago, there were about 200 Fraternal Societies, and now there are less than 60. The NAIC and the Insurance Commissioners are burdening these Societies with more regulations and requiring compliance on more issues. The changes in our own governing structure were done in anticipation of the inevitable trend toward such suggested governance structures formulated by the NAIC. I believe the pro-active changes combined with our increasing financial strength provide a sound basis for our future.
I ask the Councils to send their delegates to convene in Phoenix, AZ on Aug. 25th through Aug. 28th for the 48th Quadrennial National Convention of the Polish National Alliance, where they can in a constructive, fraternal, and amicable way strenuously discuss, debate, and approve programs to ensure that we will be around to promote our heritage and pay the policies of our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
TOGETHER, WE CAN AND WE WILL
Wesley E. Musial
June 14, 2019 - Important Reminders from the Office of National Secretary..
According to the By-Laws of the Polish National Alliance of the U.S. of N.A. revised and reenacted at the 47th Convention held from August 23 to August 26, 2015, inclusive in Cleveland, Ohio:
All petitions, grievances and complaints to be considered by the Convention Committee must be filed with the Secretary of the Alliance, no later than sixty (60) days prior to the National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. (Article IV, Section 46, (b)). The deadline for filing is June 27, 2019. A grievance or complaint not filed within the time provided shall not be considered.
The proposals of amendments to the By-Laws shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Alliance, no later than sixty (60) days prior to the National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. (Article IV, Section 46, (c)). The deadline for submission is June 27, 2019.
Filing of applications for PNA National Offices; Chairperson of the Board, Vice Chairperson of the Board, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Board Director, and Fraternal Board Director deadline is June 27, 2019.
June 11, 2019 - Delegates to the 48th Quadrennial Convention of the Polish National Alliance.
On June 6th, 2019, Pre-Convention Credential Committee consistant of: Wanda Juda (chair) ( District XIII), Jeannie Zapala (District I), Teresa Jankowski (DistrictXIV), Jeffrey Jackowski (District XV), and Tadeusz Kutarba (District VII), approved 149 Representatives to the Polish National Alliance 48th, Quadrennial Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Download the Delegate List PDF at the link below:.
Delegate List in PDF
June 3, 2019 - By-Law Requirements for Nomination for Elective Officers of the Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America.
Download the PDF File Document at the link below:.
By-Law Requirements in PDF
May 17, 2019 - Official Announcement from the Office of PNA National Secretary Alicja Kuklinska.
In connection with the PNA 48th National Quadrennial Convention, the request for and filing of applications for PNA National Offices; Chairperson of the Board, Vice Chairperson of the Board, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Board Director, and Fraternal Board Director are available from the Office of the National Secretary May 15 - June 27, 2019 rendering to the PNA By-Laws.
By-Law requirements for nomination for Elective Officers of the Polish National Alliance of the U.S. of N. A. are available on the PNA website: www.pna-znp.org.
PNA By-Laws in PDF
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January, 2019 - The 48th PNA Quadrennial Convention is now upon us...
Taking place in Phoenix, Arizona during August 25-28, 2019, we have created this Official Information Page to help guide all of our Delegates, Guests and their families to their proper destinations.
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