Chapter History

The History of the Long Island Chapter of RIMS

Long Island consists of a geographic community extending 130 miles east to west from the Queens border to Montauk Point and 50 north to south at various points.

For years, it was apparent that the Long Island community had the need for a RIMS Chapter. Many corporations with Long Island based operations manage risk, insurance and benefits programs and needed a forum to exchange information and ideas. RIMS National, recognizing this need, brought the founding organizations together, and in May 1996, the Long Island Chapter of RIMS was chartered at the National Conference in Toronto.

The founding member organizations were Cablevision, Computer Associates, County of Suffolk, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Griffon Corporation, Northville Industries, Oxford Resources, The Robert Plan, Sbarro and World Wide Facilities. Although the Chapter has been in existence for less than five years, it has become a force I the Long Island community. The risk management membership has grown to over 30 members along with over 50 associate members and affiliates from the insurance community who participate in the Chapter's activities.

Since inception, the Chapter has sponsored monthly luncheon seminars on various risk management, insurance and benefits topics. These seminars average 55 participants per session and have been held at the Fox Hollow Inn, an exclusive restaurant in Woodbury, Long Island. In addition, the Chapter maintains monthly Board meetings and has sponsored closed risk manager meetings to focus and shape the direction of the Chapter for future seminar offerings and Chapter activities. 

As we forge into the new millennium, the slate of officers for the term May 2001-April 2002 are: Phil Bauccio (County of Suffolk), President; Annette Perry (Charmer Industries), Vice President and Events Coordinator; Mary Daniels (World Wide Facilities), Social Director; James Paduano (Fortunoff), Treasurer; Lee Raynor (CMP Media), Secretary and Newsletter Editor; and Ted Kern (Keyspan Energy) Membership Director. The Long Island Chapter Board has expanded to include the following positions: Director of Education, Bill Fealey (Estee Lauder); Employment Coordinator, Al Lovett; Director of Special Projects, Ashraf Kilada (Sbarro); Historian, Rosalie Palazzolo (Global DirectMail Corp); Public Relations Coordinator, Sue Weingast (Episcopal Health Services) and Ad Hoc Director, Richard Cirrincione (Roslyn Savings Bank).

The Long Island Chapter publishes a periodic newsletter with information of interest, President's Message, Society Director's Report, agenda of events and a spotlight on member organizations. The Chapter has also Established an internal job information exchange to assist risk managers in moving onto other endeavors.

While networking during the 1998 San Diego RIMS National Conference, the Long Island and New Jersey Chapters contemplated the creation of a joint Eastern Regional Conference between the chapters at a mutually agreeable location. After numerous meetings and conference calls, the proposed conference evolved into reality and the first Eastern Regional RIMS Conference was held in Atlantic City in October 2000. The Conference brought together over 300 members of the insurance community including 40 exhibitions and over 175 registered Risk Management personnel. The venture was a success from all perspectives. Educationally, twenty-five risk management sessions were presented and well attended; socially, networking opportunities existed throughout the four-day event in the exhibit hall, including the corporate-sponsored events, and financially as each sponsoring Chapter realized profit from the Conference.

The evolution of the Conference into an Eastern Regional Conference was ambitious and time-consuming undertaking. However, the success story achieved has led us to consider planning a second Eastern Regional Conference in the Fall 2002.

As our fifth anniversary approaches, it is apparent that the Long Island Chapter of RIMS has established itself as a force in the community. As an organization, our support for the Spencer Education Foundation has grown, along with our support to the local charitable organizations such as Little Flower Children's Home, United Way through the LI Insurance Community and Long Island Newday's Adopt a Family program. 

Our monthly seminars and our annual golf outing and holiday party have become cornerstones which enable risk managers, associates and affiliates to educate, network and socialize, which has been the objective of our Chapter since inception.

The realization of the Chapter's goals was recognized by RIMS in the year 2000 with the receipt of the Chapter Programming Award and the Chapter of Excellence Award. For 2001 RIMS has recognized the Chapter with an award for Advancing the Profession of Risk Management.

The Long Island Chapter has accepted these awards in recognition of the motivation and dedication of its members, a team of risk manager's, associates and affiliates who have all contributed in their special way to the Chapter's success. 

The Long Island Chapter has achieved much in our short period of existence. But the Chapter realizes that "you never plan the future by the past". Therefore, we will maintain our goals and keep sharp and open our vision.