Honorable Order of the Blue Goose
We are a fraternal organization of individuals who work in the insurance related industry who meet socially to promote character charity and fellowship. We are home office executives, field claims reps, auditors, underwriters, general adjusters, agents, brokers, investigators, contractors, regulators, appraisers, salvors, attorneys, engineers, and a host of other insurance related careers.
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 Most Loyal Gander, Supervisor of the Flock, Custodian of the Goslings, Guardian of the Pond, Wielder of the Goose Quill and Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg.
Every Pond has its own unique blend of meetings and of activities. Some Ponds meet in the evenings, some meet at lunch time, and some mix it up. There are fund raisers to generate money for charity. There are dinners, dances, golf outings, and holiday parties. There are educational seminars, speakers from many backgrounds, and get-togethers with insurance industry leaders.
We hold an annual convention each summer in a different city, hosted by a Pond who competed for the privilege. Our convention is a family affair and activities are planned for Ganders, their spouses and children.
Why We Do What We Do
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 presents annual awards for Membership, Gander of the Year, Charitable Works among other categories.
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 both financially and by donating our time.
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.