The Chicago District went virtual in 2020 by instituting a series of virtual sales and business meetings and activities. With the majority of in person events and meetings cancelled due to the pandemic, we needed to look for new alternatives to connect with members.
The first virtual sales meeting was held in mid-June, with Midwest Regional Sales Manager Jim Morsovillo. Jim shared information on the impact of the new Single Premium Whole Life Plus product on wealth transfer.
This successful first session was well received and was followed in September by an additional sales presentation.
Following Jim’s presentation, the first ever Chicago District virtual business meeting was conducted. Branch Officers were invited to join the meeting by logging into the “Go to Meeting” app which allowed them to join by video or just by voice. Participants without computers or smartphones could also join the meeting by calling in toll free on their regular phone.
The final District business meeting of the year was held in mid-November. After the business meeting, participants were invited to play virtual Bingo with the District. Branch Presidents were mailed paper Bingo cards when they were sent the regular business meeting materials, and could then further invite their Officers and members to join online. Bingo participants had a fun time listening for their numbers to be called and sharing a new version of the Bingo experience. Winners had their choice of either a Jewel or Amazon gift card for each game won. Eleven regular games of Bingo were played, and the session ended with a coverall Bingo game enjoyed by all.
While all participants miss the face to face gatherings, they all agreed that this new virtual format was a success, and a great way to conduct District business, and stay connected to their fraternal family.