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fraternal history

Fraternal History

“Ancient Order of United Workmen” was founded by John Upchurch, October 27, 1868

Introduced a Lodge System to provide opportunities for social interaction, lessons in brotherhood and upright living, and insurance protection for members and dependents


Fraternal Benefit Societies were established by and for people who had a common bond or background


5 Categories of Common Bonds in Today’s Fraternal Benefit Societies





Physical Condition


The Common Bond ofFraternal Benefit Societiesis Defined by Three Elements

Fraternal Purpose

Group Identity

Group Activity


Fraternal Purpose

“There must be a purpose of a fraternal benefit society directed toward improvement of lives of members that goes beyond the mere offering of insurance coverage.”


Fraternal Benefit Societies Today

  • Over 90 Fraternal Benefit Societies in the U.S. and Canada
  • 70 are members of the American Fraternal Alliance (AFA)

Fraternal Benefit Societies

  • Represent nearly 10.5 million individuals
  • Volunteer more than 92.5 million hours of community service.
  • Contribute more than $414 million to charitable programs supporting community service projects.

NAFIC History

In February of 1937, the Fraternal Field Managers Section of the National Fraternal Congress of America created the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) course of study.

By the end of that year, 113 agents had graduated from the course.


NAFIC History

In 1950, the FFMA organized the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. There were four primary purposes for the NAFIC.


NAFIC Purposes

  • To enable members to exchange ideas pertaining to fraternal field work.
  • To promote educational activities for the benefit of members and other fraternal field workers.
  • To cooperate with the FFMA in improving the Fraternal Sales Training Program.
  • To work for the betterment of the Fraternal System.

NAFIC History

  • In 1983, the FFMA introduced an Advanced Fraternal Sales Designation.
  • In 1985 this became known as the Fraternal Insurance Counsellor Fellow (FICF) designation.

Member Benefits

  • “The FIC Perspective”
  • Free and Discounted Online CE
  • Virtual Sales Assistant Library
  • Annual Convention
  • State Chapter Meetings
  • Code of Ethics

Member Benefits

  • Awards for Recognition of Production and Quality Service
  • Personal Prestige
  • Approved MDRT Association

Code of Ethics

Preamble: As a fraternal life underwriter, I will maintain the utmost professional standards toward my members and at the same time maintain a position of trust and loyalty to my Society.


Mission Statement

Serve Fraternal Insurance Agents

who have achieved the

Fraternal Insurance Counselor designation (FIC)

and the Fraternal Insurance Counselor Fellow

Designation (FICF).


The NAFIC shall promote professionalism

through continuing education;

award the FIC for

Quality Production and Persistency;

help develop, maintain and financially

support state chapters;

Pursue increased membership;

encourage all to live by the

Fraternal Doctrine of belief in God,

family and country,

as well as belief in service to humanity.


Created in 2012 as a 501(c)3 Charitable Foundation

  • The Mission of the Foundation predates its existence through the work of NAFIC

Organizations that have been supported include:

    • Boys Town which received $18,500 in 2010.
    • Childplace Inc. receiving $23,000 in 2011.
    • The Playmakers received $21,600 in 2012
    • The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism receive $20,395 in 2013
    • The 2014 Charity – The Wounded Warrior Project - will receive over $22,500