WHO WE ARE
We are a fraternal organization of men and women who work in the property & casualty insurance industry.
WE MEET socially, and not as a part of any insurance or industry group. Our mutual link is the career experience we have in our chosen field.
OUR FORMAL NAME is the Honorable Order of The Blue Goose, International. We have local groups, called Ponds, throughout the United States and Canada.
WE ARE CALLED GANDERS. Our officers have titles such as Wielder of the Goose Quill, Guardian of the Pond, and Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg. We have a secret initiation ceremony.
EVERY POND has its own unique blend of members and of activities. Some Ponds meet in the evenings, some meet at lunchtime, and some mix it up. There are fundraisers to
generate money for charity. There are dinner-dances, golf outings, and Christmas parties. There are educational seminars, speakers from many backgrounds, and get- togethers with insurance commissioners and industry leaders. There are events involving multiple Ponds.
WE HOLD an annual convention each summer in a different city, each convention hosted by a Pond, which competed for the privilege.
OUR CONVENTION is a family affair. Ganders bring their spouses and children. Activities are planned for Ganders, for non-Ganders Spouses, and for the children.
We have each found reasons to give our time to Blue'Goose when we all have other demands on our time.
THERE IS FELLOWSHIP.
We are a community of interest, experience, activity, and feeling. This community nature is something larger and yet more intimate than a business association or networking group. We are genuine friends.
THERE IS EDUCATION.
Many of our Ponds have speakers on interesting and practical topics. Some have
certified continuing education programs. Blue Goose promotes IIA, IIC, and CPCU programs. Blue Goose presents annual awards for academic excellence to individuals earning the highest grades in competitive IIA examinations. We continue to grow in our profession.
THERE IS CHARITY.
The Ponds, each in its own way, provide needed support for a variety of charities. Some
spread donations over several charities. We help those in need.
THERE IS LEADERSHIP.
When we give ourselves in the work of Blue Goose, and when we are elected to office in Blue Goose, we gain experience in new areas, Poise and confidence is gained in the administration of activities and in the management of others. We acquire leadership skills.
THESE ARE NOT ALL OF THE BENEFITS of membership, but they provide you an idea of what we're about.
WE WANT YOU TO VISIT WITH US, to meet with the Ganders, and to find out for yourself about our organization, Blue Goose.
.............. are the Cardinal Elements upon which The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International was founded.
The Blue Goose is a fraternal organization dedicated to the promotion of high ideals and professional standards, encouraging all members to achieve a closer understanding
of the Golden Rule and inculcating the virtues of character, charity, and fellowship.
Blue Goose offers fellowship that develops lifelong friends and creates a mutual trust and understanding that does not require a written code of ethics. It has been said that we are the "fun side of the property and casualty insurance industry." We would hope so. Good fellowship is a large part of Blue Goose, but the organization's commitments are not limited to having a good time.
Today, the Blue Goose contributes more time, energy and money to charities and insurance educational activities than any other fraternal organization in the industry. Today, we are practicing all three elements: building character, enjoying fellowship with our friends, and giving to others through our charity work. All three certainly needed in today’s world.