Life underwriters chapter gets national service award Group chosen from 600 for hometown recognition

February 25, 1996|By Lisa T. Hill | Lisa T. Hill,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With only 65 members, the Carroll County Association of Life Underwriters is the smallest chapter in the nation ever to win the National Association of Life Underwriters hometown ceremony service award, according to public relations chairman Wayne Barnes.

Out of more than 600 chapters around the nation, only 16 groups are chosen for this award each year, he said.

The chapter had to win the organization's annual Louis I. Dublin Award five times to qualify for the national honor.

Mr. Barnes, president of Barnes-Bollinger Insurance Services, said once a group is chosen for the award, the national association gives a hometown ceremony in which an NALU representative presents the award.

This year, NALU trustee Douglas F. Bennetti of Dover, Del., came to Westminster for the ceremony.

"What is amazing is that a little group like us won," Mr. Barnes said. "It is easier for larger groups to appear more active."

Mr. Barnes, the Carroll chapter's president-elect, said it is easy for a group to have one good year if it has a good public service chairman. The national association insists on a five-year track record to ensure consistent involvement, he said.

The Carroll members are very involved in the 39-year-old association and in other community organizations, and represent cross-section of professionals, Mr. Barnes said.

He said the dedication of David Griffin, the group's public service chairman for several years, is one of the main reasons the county chapter won the award.

Among the many community service projects of the Carroll association is its yearly golf tournament to benefit Carroll Hospice, funding of Carroll Community College scholarships, the mentor program at Robert Moton Elementary School, work at the Resurrection Farm for the Homeless and a 5K race next month, Mr. Barnes said.

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