Events

Annual dinner

A local institute’s annual dinner provides an opportunity for an institute to celebrate its work over the last year, engage with members and local companies, and promote what the institute is all about to the wider business community.

Therefore, planning a dinner is a very complex and challenging role.

The key organiser of this event is the institutes Dinner Secretary - they will arrange the venue, menu and manage the budget as well as decide upon the format of the evening.

An overview of a Dinner Secretary’s typical responsibilities can be viewed here.

One of the key responsibilities of the local institute President your primary role is to host the evening in conjunction with the Master of Ceremonies, to meet and greet guests, introduce the top table and give a formal speech that is normally based on the institute’s key objectives and successes.

Most annual dinners follow a trusted running order, but the entertainment and speakers are the choice of each individual institute – just make sure they are suitable for your audience. It is your responsibility to undertake due diligence in relation to inclusion, equality and diversity.

Good preparation is obviously important to the success of your dinner and to help you, we have put together a comprehensive support manual; as well as documents outlining FAQs and key milestones. All are available to download below.

Remember, your annual dinner should be a self-funding event, with an exemplar dinner being one which breaks into profit.

Social events

Social events are a great way to build your local institute community and provide members with the opportunity to network with colleagues and peers in a more informal setting.

Some institutes choose to have social committees who will put together the social events programme, whilst others may just have one person responsible for this - the Social Officer . Your institute may already have established social events in its calendar, such as award ceremonies and presentation evenings.

Have you ever thought of having a quiz night, golf day, wine tasting or BBQ? Or maybe even something like an end of exam social? Click here for some examples.....

Social events are a great way to raise money for your chosen charity/charities.
Awards events are also a great way to engage with your studying members and reward their hard-work.

A local institute’s social offering is a great way for your members to engage with the wider business community. It also gives your local institute the opportunity to pass on its key messages to an audience in a less formal manner.

Social activities also offer a valuable networking opportunity for your members.

A key challenge for your local institute will be deciding on what social events and activities you want to offer your members as part of your social events programme. Have you considered the following:

Treasure hunt
Quiz night
Local brewery tour
Carol service
Ten-pin bowling tournament
Summer BBQ

Events such as these can often be fertile ground for recruiting future council members ideal for future succession planning and are a great way of raising money for the President’s chosen charity.

Some institutes choose to have a social committee to manage the social events programme, whilst others may just have one person responsible for this.

Awards ceremony

Many local institutes now co-ordinate an awards ceremony or a presentation event, as part of their overall events programme, in order to mark their member’s achievements at a local level.

This ensures local talent and progression is recognised bringing together like-minded achievers, whilst demonstrating the strength of the local profession, and hopefully building foundations for future recruits to your institute council.

Most institutes offer awards for the best completions of the following qualifications:

General Insurance: FCII, ACII, DipCII, CertCII
Financial Services: FPFS, APFS, DipFS, CertFS

Your Regional Membership Manager will be able to obtain this information from CII Customer Service and provide you with the top three candidates for each relevant completion.

Charitable support

Each local institute normally uses their annual dinner and other social events to raise funds for a chosen charity; this may be a charity or charities local or personal to the current President.

Charitable support can include activity such as collections, raffles or auctions and may involve more specific charity-focused events.

As well as choosing a local charity, local institutes also support The Insurance Charities

The Insurance Charities is the charity for the UK and Irish insurance industry, providing support for current and former insurance employees and their dependants since 1902. The Insurance Charities rely heavily on local institutes to publicise their work and provide vital financial support.

Local representatives may personally carry out the tasks of promoting the charity and visiting those who have applied to the charity for help, or divide the role between two or more people.

Local institutes can help The Insurance Charities by:

Planning a structured fund-raising and publicity programme which can provide appropriate support
Ensuring that an effective dialogue exists between the institute and the Charities' Secretariat
Getting involved with the annual Insurance Charities Awareness Week in June

For more information of the work undertaken by the Insurance Charities visit www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk

How the Insurance Charities Helps

The Insurance Charities helps hundreds of insurance employees and their families each year. They give out over £1.2 million of help annually and this amount is increasing year-on-year.

One of the families The Insurance Charities helped are Laura and Pauric and their daughter Cara. Cara was born at 31 weeks and diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 17 months. The family were told she would never walk and would need constant care. As well as the emotional shock there were practical considerations, their house would need to be adapted for a wheelchair and they would need new car; the emotional and financial burdens kept mounting up.

Pauric heard of a surgery that can help children with cerebral palsy walk, but it was expensive and not available without travelling to America. Determined to try and do anything that could help Cara, the family started fundraising and contacted The Insurance Charities for help. The charity looked at the families’ case and agreed to fund Cara’s surgery costs in full.

The charity helped the family throughout the process and Cara is now at a mainstream school and able to walk independently, she is getting stronger all the time.

This is just one example of the many ways The Insurance Charities can help and support insurance employees and their families. Visit their website to find out more www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk/

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