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Spalla, Meyers, and Venter Recognized as Outstanding Volunteers

Three exceptional CAS volunteers were honored at the opening Business Session of the 2010 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Joanne Spalla received the Above and Beyond Achievement Award and Glenn Meyers and Gary Venter each received the Matthew Rodermund Service Award.

   Each year more than a third of CAS members participate as volunteers. Among these members are select individuals who contribute far more than is expected. The Above and Beyond Achievement Award was created to recognize and reward these efforts.      
Spalla, Meyers, Venter

Over the last year, Joanne Spalla has made enormous contributions to the Leadership Development Committee. Through her research and collaboration with the American Chemical Society, she helped the committee reach its objective of creating the “CAS and You,” a 2010 CAS Spring Meeting concurrent session and Web presentation. She wrote the script and recruited speakers for the session designed to educate future committee chairs. “CAS and You” is available under the “Volunteer/Chair Resources” section of the CAS Web Site.

“Volunteering for the CAS gives me an opportunity to do things that I don’t get to do in my regular work in a positive, supportive environment,” Ms. Spalla said. “I almost feel guilty receiving an award for something that I find so personally enjoyable and rewarding.”

The annual Matthew Rodermund Service Award recognizes two CAS members 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.

Glenn Meyers’ CAS volunteer service began in 1982, and has continued for over 25 years. Like many new Fellows, he began his volunteer work with the Examination Committee, next giving years of service to the CAS education system. His contributions did not stop with the Admissions Committees. He has been active in a number of research and publications committees, including a long stint on the Committee on Theory of Risk. Through participation on task forces, committees, and working parties in the 1990s, he was actively involved in the development of dynamic financial analysis. Among his many contributions, Mr. Meyers has also served on the CAS Board of Directors and has written the AR’s “Brainstorms” column for many years.

Gary Venter has a long list of contributions to the CAS dating back almost 30 years. After becoming a Fellow in 1978, Mr. Venter joined the Exam Committee beginning a wide-ranging career of volunteering. He has chaired four different committees over the years, including the Committee on the Theory of Risk and the International Research Committee. Equally impressive is his 15-year run on the Committee on Review of Papers as a paper reviewer for the Proceedings. He has now moved on to the Variance Editorial Board, where he continues to add a strong influence on CAS publications.

Please help the CAS recognize outstanding volunteers by nominating worthy members for the 2010 Above and Beyond Achievement Award or the Matthew Rodermund Service Award when invited to do so in May. If you have questions about the awards, please contact Matt Caruso ( at the CAS Office.   

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