New Members - FCAS
Congratulations on achieving your fellowship!
NEW MEMBERS VIDEO: ATTENDING YOUR FIRST CAS MEETING
SCHEDULE OF NEW FCAS FOCUSED EVENTS
|SUNDAY, MAY 13|
|4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Registration|
|MONDAY, MAY 14|
|7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Registration|
|8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.||Celebration of New Members|
All meeting attendees are invited and encouraged to attend this session — come celebrate the achievements of new CAS members!
|8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||New Member Group Photo Session (FCAS, CERA)|
|5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Officers’ Reception for New Fellows and their Spouses/Guests|
|TUESDAY, MAY 15|
|7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Registration|
|WEDNESDAY, MAY 16|
|8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.||The New Fellow Perspective: Volunteering, Millennials and the Growing CAS|
IMPORTANT MEETING INFORMATION
Important to know before the meeting:
1. When should I book my hotel room?
You should book your hotel early as the hotel can sell out quickly. The room block typically opens two months before the meeting.
2. What do I need to do to register for the meeting?
You must register online prior to attending the meeting. Registration typically opens two months before the meeting. Once at the meeting, you will also need to go to the CAS Registration Desk to pick up your name badge and other meeting material.
3. Is there an app I can download with meeting information?
Yes, there is! Please see the Mobile App link for additional information. Note that the login credentials are not the same as your CAS login credentials. If this is your first time using the app, you will need to setup an account.
General meeting information:
1. When should I wear my name badge?
Your name badge is required for all CAS events, so wear it at all times.
2. How many people attend the meetings?
Typically, anywhere between 850 – 1050 people attend the CAS Spring and Annual Meetings.
3. What is the dress code for the meeting?
The dress code for most of the meeting is business casual. You are strongly encouraged to wear a suit during the New Member Recognition and photo session on Monday morning and at the Officer’ Reception for New Fellows on Monday evening (see the FCAS Recognition section below). During the Tuesday Buffet Dinner, often times the dress is casual. Please see the Tuesday Buffet Dinner tab for more information on the dress code for Tuesday evening.
4. Do I need to register for the general, concurrent, or roundtable sessions prior to the meeting?
No, with the exception of the roundtables on Tuesday afternoon. For the general sessions and the concurrent sessions, you simply choose which sessions you want to attend while you are at the meeting. Seating in each session is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For the roundtables, you do need to register ahead of time and you may do this either online or at the CAS Registration Desk onsite at the meeting. Note that space is limited, so we encourage you to register early.
5. What is included in my registration?
Attendance to all sessions, receptions (with the exception of the New ACAS Reception), and meals unless otherwise specified. For example, the Monday luncheon is included but the Tuesday lunch is on your own and is not included in your registration.
New FCAS Recognition
1. How are the new Fellows recognized at the meeting?
New Fellows will walk across the stage, individually, at the Celebration of New Members session on Monday morning. They will each shake the CAS President's hand and receive a faux diploma. The real diplomas are mailed to each member's primary address (see Question 6 for more information). Group pictures of all New Fellows will be taken immediately after this session (prior to the start of the next session).
A reception for New Fellows and their spouse/guest is held Monday evening and individual pictures with the CAS President are taken during this event. A complimentary print of your individual photo with the CAS President will be available for pickup from the CAS Registration Desk beginning Tuesday morning. At this reception, there will be light refreshments and a chance to mingle with the CAS President, CAS Board Members, and other New Fellows. Monday morning’s Celebration of New Members session is open to the public so you may bring an unlimited number of guests. See the Attending Your First CAS Meeting video.
2. Can I bring guests to the meeting/reception? Am I limited to one guest?
Every new member may bring their spouse/guests to the New FCAS reception on Monday evening at no charge. You are not limited to one guest, but guests should consist of your spouse/guest or your immediate family members. Guests are not permitted to attend meeting sessions with you except for the Celebration of New Members. Individual tickets for the Sunday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Buffet Dinner, and daily Continental Breakfast may be purchased through the CAS website.
3. Is there a speaker at the New FCAS reception?
No, there is no speaker at the reception. This is an opportunity to meet the CAS President, CAS Board Members, and other New Fellows. (See Question 1 above for more information.) A more extended welcome address is given at the Celebration for New Members session on Monday morning.
4. Will there be food at the New FCAS reception?
Yes, light refreshments will be provided at the New Fellows reception. See the Attending Your First CAS Meeting video.
5. Will I get my picture taken with the president?
All New Fellows will be in group pictures with the CAS President and the photos are included in the next Actuarial Review issue. New Fellows also have an opportunity to take an individual picture with the CAS President during the New Fellows reception on Monday evening. Pictures are printed and available for you to pick up the next day in the Registration area. See the Attending Your First CAS Meeting video.
6. Do I receive my diploma at the meeting?
No, all diplomas are mailed to each member's Primary Address. Your Primary Address is the address you have in your CAS profile. Diplomas should arrive 1 – 4 weeks after the meeting. If you do not receive your certificate, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the meeting
1. Do the sessions at the meeting count as Continuing Education?
Absolutely! To learn more about CE credit, check out the Continuing Education video or the cheat sheets.
What if I still have questions?
Also, please check out the New Members Committee (hyperlink below) page, for additional information specific to New Members!