Insurance Inter-Chapter Winter Classic a Success
On February 19 to 20, 2010, the Alpha Rho Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma hosted the very first Inter-Chapter Winter Classic. The event was attended by 70 members representing seven chapters from the United States and here in London.
Gamma Iota Sigma is an international professional fraternity organized to promote, encourage and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management and actuarial science as professionals. Alpha Rho Chapter, hosted by Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, is the first and still the only Canadian Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma.
Alpha Rho was founded in October 2001 and quickly distinguished itself as a group dedicated to the promotion of insurance as a career, the development of leaders for our industry and the enhancement of professionalism in our students.
The idea of an Inter-Chapter Winter Classic was born when a number of Fanshawe's Alpha Rho Chapter members attended the Management Conference in Philadelphia, in October 2009 and began talking to other Chapters about their interest in coming to Canada. Although at first the task seemed daunting, perseverance and planning prevailed and the event came together without a hitch. Members of the Executive Board were instrumental in the development of this event, each taking on a specific activity and planning it from start to finish. "I was extremely impressed with how well the students embraced the challenge of planning this event. Their initiative and hard work was evident in how well it came together," said Chapter Advisor Cyndi Hornby.
The activities were planned to showcase our home town of London and provide our visitors with an event that was both fun and educational.
A tour of the Labatt Brewery and an OHL hockey game at the John Labatt Centre helped us kick off our festivities.
Dinner on Friday night was hosted by the Young Brokers' Council from the London Insurance Brokers' Association and attended by six of their members, most of whom were alumni of Fanshawe and Alpha Rho.
Saturday morning began with three educational seminars including a case study that involved learning for both the Canadian and American insurance students how automobile insurance would handle the case provided.
Derrick Alcock, FCIP, CFEI, of the Auto/Fire Special Investigative Unit with State Farm Insurance Companies, spoke to us about careers in claims and his experiences while working in the Insurance field.
H. Ross Totten, FCIP, CCIB, President and CEO of Totten Insurance Group, spoke about Intermediary Niche Market Perspective.
That afternoon, we began our pre-game Winter Classic, which involved picking twelve teams and having each team make a team sign and a cheer. Once each team had a chance to share their signs and cheer, the Winter Classic games began. Each team participated in a number of relays including putting a puzzle together with winter mittens on, undoing a frozen t-shirt and shooting a puck on net. After each team's time had been tallied the two top teams' competed in finding flags and the first team to find six flags became the first champions of the Inter-Chapter Winter Classic. The winning team was announced at dinner that evening and presented with medals and a trophy, concluding our First Inter-Chapter Winter Classic.
Special thanks to all our sponsors - your support of Gamma Iota Sigma is always appreciated. Thanks also to the Gamma Iota Sigma Chapters that joined us. Alpha Rho Chapter is hoping to make the Inter-Chapter Winter Classic an annual event.
Vice President of Public Relations
Alpha Rho Chapter