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Welcome to a new MIAI Website feature – News and Updates.

Welcome to a new MIAI Website feature – News and Updates. Find out who’s decided to move on to life’s next adventure, who the fresh, new faces are, what’s happening on the merger front, and who has received an award. As you can see below, pictures are welcome.

Check back often for breaking news!


August 24-25, 2017

Loss Prevention Seminar

2017 MIAI Loss Prevention Seminar

2017 MIAI Loss Prevention Seminar

August 29, 2017

Bohemian Mutual Manager Joanne Wacha and Grinnell Mutual’s Jeff Menary celebrate Bohemian Mutual’s 150th Anniversary on August 3, 2017Bohemian Mutual 150th Celebration

April 11, 2017

John Paul has raised nearly $45,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by having his head and face shaved.

John Paul, after the shave.

Western Iowa Mutual president's loss of hair is a gain for juvenile cancer research

From bushy to bearded to bald, John Paul has tried all “the looks” at one time or another over the past 40-plus years.

He’s currently in “bald-is-beautiful” mode, having raised nearly $45,000 for the growing St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a group focused on raising money for juvenile cancer research. He announced his goal to raise at least $20,000 for the foundation in February.

Paul, president and treasurer of Western Iowa Mutual Insurance in Council Bluffs, agreed — with the blessing of his wife, Cathy — to have his head shaved at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies CEO Roundtable on Tuesday in San Diego, assuming he could meet the goal of pledges totaling $20,000 or more.

To give the barber something to work on if he was successful in his fundraising efforts, Paul grew a beard and stopped getting his hair cut.

The effort was obviously successful. When the clippings had fallen, cash, checks and pledges totaled nearly $45,000 for the hair and beard, the latter being auctioned separately. Talk of auctioning the eyebrows drew a firm “no” from Cathy. Paul is hoping additional pledges will bring his total to nearly $50,000.

The first St. Baldrick’s event took place at a bar in New York City on March 17, 2000, the result of a challenge between three friends, all insurance industry executives, looking for a way to “give back” for their own good fortune in business.

One of the three, a man named Enda McDonnell, sported a thick head of hair. His friend, John Bender, saw that hair as an opportunity and suggested they shave their heads for donation to raise funds for kids with cancer.

The initial event, with a goal of shaving 17 heads and raising $17,000, raised $104,000; a second event in 2001 upped the collection to $140,000. By 2002, the ongoing effort has raised more than $1 million.

Those early efforts grew into the founding, in 2004, of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, named by combining the words “bald” and “St. Patrick’s,” since the first event was held on St. Patrick’s Day in 2000. In the years since the organization’s founding, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Paul is accepting donations until 12-31-17.

Follow this link to make your donation. To make a donation by check, please include the attached form with your check and mail to: St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 S. Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016.

February 15, 2017

• Brown Township Mutual - The Iowa Insurance Division recently recognized Brown Township Mutual as the oldest 518/518A company in the state. Read the following letter for all the details. Congratulations Daryl!

IID letter

• Insurance Day on the Hill was held on February 14, 2017 with the theme “Insurance Loves Iowa.” MIAI was well represented as shown in the following pictures: