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CAS Honors Outstanding Volunteers

     
Volunteers

Celebrating the spirit of volunteerism, four outstanding CAS volunteers were honored during the 2008 Annual Meeting in Seattle. David G. Hartman and Thomas E. Hettinger received the Above and Beyond Achievement Award and David J. Grady and Stephen Makgill were presented with the Matthew Rodermund Service Award during the opening Business Session.

Each year more than a third of CAS members participate as volunteers, and among these are individuals who contribute far more than is expected of a typical CAS volunteer. Since such efforts are usually not well-known to the vast majority of CAS members, the Above and Beyond Achievement Award was created.

Over the last two years, Mr. Hartman has been a driving force behind the creation and development of a new special interest section of the CAS, the Seasoned Actuaries Section. He served as the first president of the Section, which is designed to draw upon the expertise of the Society’s most experienced members, whether retired or still active. “What I have enjoyed the most about my volunteer work is the interaction with many great people. I plan to continue volunteering for the CAS for years to come, as I hope many of my fellow seasoned actuaries will do,” explained Hartman. “Like campgrounds and hiking trails, I hope I leave the profession better than I found it.”

Mr. Hettinger served as chair of the 2008 ERM Symposium Planning Committee. “For those of you who don’t know, the ERM Symposium involves seven different organizations, and to say the chair’s job is like herding cats is an understatement,” declared CAS President Christopher S. Carlson in announcing Mr. Hettinger as an award winner. “The time commitment was substantial, and the Symposium was a huge success.”

While Mr. Hettinger was organizing the Symposium, he was also chairing a CAS Task Force, which led to his next contribution. After the 2008 ERM Symposium, he agreed to chair the committee planning the new Ratemaking and Product Management Seminar scheduled for March 2009.

“My early bosses were very influential in my decision to volunteer,” said Mr. Hettinger. I have found that volunteer work helps me keep up to date on changes in the actuarial field. Whether it is ERM or predictive modeling, talking to other professionals about these topics is beneficial.”

While the Above and Beyond Achievement Award recognizes short-term contributions, the Matthew Rodermund Service Award is intended to recognize two CAS members annually who have made significant volunteer contributions to the actuarial profession over the course of a career. The award was established in 1990 in honor of Mr. Rodermund’s years of volunteer service to the CAS.

Mr. Grady’s CAS volunteer service began in 1971 when he became a Fellow. Similar to most new Fellows, he immediately joined the Exam Committee. His volunteerism from there spanned more than 25 years, with contributions to CAS publications through work on editorial committees and to the advancement of CAS research through work with the Committee on Theory of Risk and Committee on Risk Classification. Mr. Grady also served as a Regional Affiliate president, among his many contributions.

Mr. Makgill, FCAS 1957, also contributed in a variety of areas, including service on the Committee on Mathematical Theory of Risk, Committee on Continuing Education, and the Publicity Committee. He capped his long tenure of volunteer service to the CAS by serving as the chair of the Long Range Planning Committee from 1986-1988.

In a letter to the CAS Board of Directors written in response to receiving the Rodermund Award, Mr. Makgill explained how volunteerism benefits both the volunteer and the CAS. “The volunteer services I have been able to offer the Society fade in comparison to the benefits realized from being a member of the Society. Of particular note are the meaningful friendships made over the years at regular Society meetings and while participating at committee meetings.”

Help the CAS recognize outstanding volunteers by nominating a worthy member for the 2009 Above & Beyond Achievement Award or Matthew Rodermund Service Award when invited to do so in May.   

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