2023 Annual Meeting

The Executive Committee is thrilled to announce that the AFBC will hold an in-person annual meeting this coming June! The meeting will be held at the lovely Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, located in Uptown Charlotte. Please mark your calendars for June 21 – 23. The meeting will follow our customary format with a reception the evening of the 21st and ½ day seminars the following Thursday and Friday.

The tentative lineup of presentation topics and speakers for the 2023 Annual Meeting is below.* A program containing a detailed schedule of the Annual Meeting will be provided to attendees prior to the meeting.

Thursday, June 22, 2023Speaker(s)
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.Todd Martin, JD FisherBroylesFraternal What?

9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.Jenna Jenson, JD
Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.Andrew Kay, JD
Venable LLP
Member Dispute Resolution Program (MDRP)

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Clark Cole, JD
Armstrong Teasdale

Robert Lesko, JD

Julie Wall, JD
Chittenden, Murday & Novotny LLC

Litigation Hot Topics

Friday, June 23, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Cindy Nigbur

Morgan Tilleman, JD
Foley & Lardner LLP

Fraternal Governance

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Brian Gedicks, JD
Knights of Columbus

Protecting Those We Serve: Fraternals and Safe Environments

10:15 a.m.  - 11:15 a.m. Bryan Keene, JD
Davis & Harman LLP

Lindsey Klarkowski, JD

The SECURE 2.0 Act: RMDs and More!

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.Benjamin Sykes, JD
Locke Lord
 Ethics for Transactional Attorneys

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

To register for the 2023 Annual Meeting, please complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. The registration form can be downloaded here or can be completed below.  

Registration Fees

  • $425 USD for members
  • $475 USD for non-members
  • Attendees may include a guest for an additional $100 USD. Guests are invited to the opening reception and all meals.
The registration fee includes CLE applications and processing.

Individual and group payments may be made by sending a check payable to "Association of Fraternal Benefit Counsel" to the AFBC Secretary-Treasurer, Ellen Reynolds, at the following address: AFBC c/o Modern Woodmen of America, 1701 1st Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201.  If making a group payment, please provide the names of all attendees with the payment. Individual payments may also be made using PayPal.

Registration Payment

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The AFBC will refund 100% of fees for any cancellation request received on or before May15, 2023. For any cancellation request received between May 16th and May 31st, the AFBC will refund the registration fee(s) minus any processing fees and, if applicable, meeting costs incurred related to the registration. No refunds will be made after May 31st.

Registration Form

If you are bringing a guest, please complete the following:


Hotel reservations are not included with the registration. The AFBC has secured a limited number of standard rooms at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte at a discounted rate of $249 USD.  Reserve your room here or by calling the hotel directly at 1-704-372-1877 (Mention the Association of Fraternal Benefit Council (AFBC) to ensure you receive the group discount).  If using the online link to book your stay, select "Attendee" as your guest type. The group rate is subject to availability. Reservations must be received by May 20, 2023 to receive the group rate. The hotel may charge fees for early departures or cancellations. Valet parking is available for $40 USD per night or $25 USD per day for guests not staying overnight.