IRES depends upon committed volunteers to fulfill its mission. Volunteers are the heart of IRES—their efforts provide the foundation for the Society’s success.
Getting involved with IRES is an incredible way to enhance your career. Any member of the Society (including Sustaining Members) can serve on a committee or subcommittee, although only voting members are able to vote on committee decisions. The best part is that you don’t have to travel—opportunities to get involved are available on both the national and individual state chapter levels.
Get Involved at the State Level
Opportunities for involvement on a local level vary with each State Chapter. Contact your local State Chair for information on how to get involved at the state level.
Get Involved at the National Level
On the National level there are two ways to get involved: join a committee and/or join the IRES Research Pool.
Join a Committee
IRES has eight standing committees and several subcommittees, with duties defined by the IRES bylaws. Generally speaking, the time commitment for each committee involves at least one monthly teleconference lasting 1 to 1½ hours. There may also be additional work beyond the monthly teleconferences, depending on what the committee or subcommittee is working on.
Join the IRES Research Pool
The IRES Research Pool is a list of IRES members who are willing and able to volunteer their time to assist with the work being done by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) based on areas of expertise, including annuities, continuing care retirement communities, credit insurance, health, life, long term care, Medicare supplement, other lines of business, property and casualty, settlements, and title.
When input is solicited by an NAIC committee, task force, or working group and/or subgroup, IRES will provide a list of subject matter experts from the Research Pool who may be able to assist with the issue at hand. The appropriate NAIC chair may then contact any or all of IRES Research Pool volunteers from the list provided to help research or draft preliminary documents. Selected Research Pool volunteers will not be required to attend NAIC quarterly meetings; however, specific deadlines may need to be met depending on the circumstances related to the work at hand.
If you are interested in lending NAIC your expertise on an as-needed basis, please complete the IRES Research Pool Interest Form.