Celebration Under Way
THRIVING FOR 100 years is an achievement worthy of celebration, and
RMA has several projects under way to commemorate our past even
as we look toward the challenges of our second century.
RMA has commissioned artist Lawrence Romorini to create a commemorative collage of RMA artifacts that date back to our beginnings
in 1914. Romorini is nationally known for his creative designs in
chronicling history, leadership, and accomplishments. Other entities
for which Romorini has created commemorative artwork include The
American Chemical Society, ESPN, Oprah Winfrey, Marriott International, The Chicago Bulls, The American Academy of Pediatrics, Johns
Hopkins, and General Electric.
A micro site that RMA is building will host an interactive timeline
where our major milestones will be put in the context of major world
and industry events. Visitors to this site will be able to click on any of
the items in the timeline and learn more about the event via a video,
audio, or written description.
Our rich history also will be captured in a history book that will
have a limited print circulation, but will be widely available as a PDF
on the website.
RMA’s success was saluted at the Chapter Leaders Conference this
past June, and major centennial projects will be unveiled at the Annual
Risk Management Conference in Philadelphia, November 17-19, 2013.
RMA encourages you to celebrate our centennial at our Annual
Conference this year, but in the meantime, here are a couple tidbits of
history that we hope will leave you yearning for more:
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bone of RMA.” He did this in the July 1921 issue of the Monthly
Bulletin, now known as The RMA Journal.
RMA membership has proved to be exceptionally valuable through
the years. It’s time to celebrate.
Meet Flat Robby
Flat Robby, RMA’s version
of “Flat Stanley,” has been
created in the likeness of
RMA’s original namesake
and financier of the American
Revolution, Robert Morris.
Flat Robby, RMA’s centennial ambassador,
made his first appearance at the 2013 Chapter
Leaders Conference in Scottdale, Arizona,
in June. Later this summer, Flat Robby will
be traveling to all RMA chapters, where he
will be photographed as he visits their cities
and attends some meetings and events.
Flat Robby is now on Facebook and
Twitter. Follow his adventures today
and get the scoop as he visits different
cities across the country.
RMA’s 60th Anniversary:
Clarence Reed at
RMA’s Fall Conference,
Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974