Malvern, Pa. - The CPCU Society has established an emergency relief fund to provide assistance to people living in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Society's Board of Governors voted unanimously to create the fund after receiving numerous phone calls and e-mails from members asking how they can help hurricane victims. The Board also agreed to match contributions from its members and chapters up to $25,000. The CPCU Society will give all donations collected to the American Red Cross on behalf of its chapters in the affected areas.

"A number of our members live in areas affected by this tragedy," said Donald J. Hurzeler, CPCU, CLU, president of the CPCU Society. "This fund will play a small, but vital, role in helping people throughout the region get back on their feet. It is also consistent with our philosophy to make a difference in the communities in which our members live and work."

The CPCU Society also launched a discussion board on its web site for members to exchange information about how Hurricane Katrina has affected them, offer assistance, post messages about traveling to the affected areas, and share their thoughts or concerns. The Society has more than 26,000 members in 153 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Japan. Members are property and casualty insurance professionals who have earned the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) designation.

 Source: CPCU Society

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