May 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Fellow IDIS Members:

There are two kinds of ‘disabled’ persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.  -Thomas Szaz  (Author of The Myth of Mental Illness)

With Disability Insurance Awareness Month (DIAM) coming to an end, I hope that you have had a successful month and have achieved your goals of bringing awareness to your clients and helping them to take action in this most critical protection.   You have shared several success stories and examples of working with fellow members to make things happen.  These are the things that make me glad to be a part of IDIS with you.

We are proud to announce that Early Bird Registration for our Conference in October is now open on our website.  Don Schamay and his committee have done an excellent job in “Taking Care of Business” to bring us a superb lineup of speakers, break out sessions, and the return of JeoparDI in St. Louis.   Early Registration ends July 1st, so be sure to get your registration done soon.  You can also make your reservations for the Marriott from our block of rooms that get you discounted pricing.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you there.

One of our featured speakers this year is someone that I have had the pleasure of working with personally.  Dierdre Van Nest has worked with many Disability Insurance producers, including myself, to increase their success in sharing the need for protecting their income and getting more clients to take action.  She has a powerful message to share with us as one that has personally seen how it saved her family at an early age.

Your Board of Directors is always available as a resource to you.  Please let us know how we can help support your efforts in making the International DI Society a greater value to you and your associates.  Let’s make this year one to remember for you and your clients!

Greg Nelson, ChFC, CEBS, DIF

President - 2018

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Calendar of Events

Registration is now open for our Annual Conference set for October 21-24 in St. Louis!  

Click here for complete information including the Conference agenda.

Register before July 15 to save $100 with Earlybird registration rates. 

We are excited to have you join us for our 14th annual IDIS Conference in the Gateway City. This year we will be "Takin' Care of Business." Learn from industry leaders how to help your business owner clients survive a loss of income and offer opportunities to meet the leaders of our industry's most important carriers. You will come away understanding how important you are to the success of their income protection plan.


Click here to register online -- or click here to download a registration form pdf. 

Members:  If registering online, you should be able to login using your e-mail address for your login ID, and your last name (first letter capitalized) for your password.  If you have problems logging in, send an e-mail to and we will re-set your login for you.

The registration fee for IDIS members is $575 thru July 15, and then $675 after July 15. 

We're also looking for additional SPONSORS for the event.  CLICK HERE for information on the wide range of sponsorship opportunities that are available. 


A block of rooms has been reserved at the meeting site, the Marriott St. Louis Grand, located at 800 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63101.  Our discounted room rate is $149 a night,   Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 17.929%) in effect at the time of check-out.  Click here to make your reservation online, or call 1-800-397-1282.   The deadline for booking at our group rate is 10/01/2018. Overnight self-parking is $25/night and overnight valet is $35/night. Check-in time is 4pm and check-out is 11am.


Roger Sweaney is a 50-year-old cancer, epilepsy and stroke survivor.  His life was changed forever by a combination of a malignant brain tumor, epilepsy, and a stroke.  It is believed Roger is the first person in medical history to survive such a potentially deadly trio of medical challenges.  In hs program called Check the Box, Roger will share his inprirational story of survival, of becoming a medical miracle in his 30’s, and what his life is like today.  Living in Seattle, Roger is an active volunteer in the arts community such as the Seattle Theatre Group, as well as formally the Seattle Mariners baseball team, and continues his work to help others facing medical challenges. Living in Seattle, Washington, Roger is an active volunteer with the Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Theaters Group (STG), the Seattle Mariners (2009), and for the last four years he has also volunteered at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Formerly a Finance Manager with GE Healthcare headquarters in Wisconsin a $13 billion division. Roger was responsible for managing high risk/material financial issues, performing due diligence, limited time for resolution. Roger also served as the Business Development, Manager at GE Healthcare. 


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Member Benefits Spotlight

Each month, we will be highlighting one of the many benefits of being a member of IDIS!

The IDIS LinkedIn Discussion Group is available to our members.

We hope you will give it a try and open some meaningful discussions with your peers at the IDIS.

Please contact the DI Society offices if you have any questions - Tele: 844-249-8806 or e-mail 

The IDIS is on LinkedIn -- are you? Please send us an invite to add us to your list of contacts!

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Study Group Webinars

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, June 28 - Watch for more information coming soon!

11:30am PST, 12:30pm MST, 1:30pm CST, 2:30pm EST


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New Address

REMEMBER - Please Note Our Organization's New Mailing Address:

The International DI Society
P.O. Box 24133
Omaha, NE 68124


PHONE:  (Toll-free) 844-249-8806
FAX:  877-355-9226

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