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2008-2009 Guide to Board Educationu00e2u20ac”The nation’s premier academic institutions list director education programs offered in 2008. Published by Corporate Board Member magazine.

For information, visit www.boardmember.com.

Insurance Planning Sessionu00e2u20ac”Marsh Berry & Co., a national provider of insurance consulting services, offers an Insurance Planning Session for banks interested in acquiring an insurance agency. This comprehensive one-day session is dedicated to providing a detailed overview of the insurance industry and developing your companies’ insurance strategy. Marsh Berry summarizes the findings in a two-page “pocket insurance strategy” that includes your bank’s purpose and plan for entering the business.

For more information, visit www.marshberry.com/ips.

Bank Director Resource Programs

Bank Director offers educational programs, training, and planning consultation designed to increase the effectiveness of both outside and inside directors. These resource programs promote directors’ understanding of their duties, help prepare institutions to compete in the future, and introduce tools that can help directors and officers monitor performance and reduce bank risk.

Individual Board Trainingu00e2u20ac”Half- or full-day sessions provide an overview of duties, the role of regulators, strategic planning, and other current director issues. Participants receive certificates of education verifying their efforts to be “knowledgeable directors.”

Individual Bank Planning and Board Retreatsu00e2u20ac”One- or two-day sessions educate directors on proven planning structures, strategic issues, and how to determine future bank direction. Agendas can be customized and resources are available on most any topic or specialty.

For additional information, fees, and director and CEO references, contact Kim James at Bank Director; (800) 452-9875, (615) 371-0899 (fax).

Training Tools

ICBA Bank Director Online University (BDOU)u00e2u20ac”The online education tool is designed to provide directors with flexible training that allows them to keep up-to-date on compliance and banking fundamentals. The training courses can be accessed anytime and anywhere Internet access is available. The availability of online training also gives community bank CEOs a viable option to keep their boards informed without investing exorbitant amounts of money for face-to-face consultant training. The Bank Director Online University includes 13 courses on subjects from Bank Secrecy Act, to Customer Identification Programs, to customer privacy. All ICBA Bank Director Program participants receive access to the BDOU at no cost. For more information, visit www.icba.org.

Insights for Bank Directorsu00e2u20ac”A free, online training resources for bank directors, produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Includes sessions titled “Call to Order,” “Financial Report,” “Harvard Westerman Loan” (a large loan that may present policy exceptions), “Sam Wilson Loan (regulatory issues in lending), “Allowances for Loan and Lease Losses,” and “Asset & Liability Committee.” Each agenda area offers video scenarios and sample reports from the fictional Insights Bank that are designed to raise on-the-job issues bank directors may face. Access the course at www.stlouisfed.org/col/director/agenda.

Institute for Bank Director Education (IBDE)u00e2u20ac”The Institute for Bank Director Education (IBDE) curriculum design reflects input from regulators, insurers, bankers, and banking law experts as well as outside directors themselves. The IBDE reviews courses offered by various institutions, government regulatory agencies, and businesses for their applicability to financial institution directors, and evaluates both the course material and the qualifications of instructors. If a course is approved for inclusion in the program, the IBDE assigns the credit available for the course and lists the course in its Course Guideu00e2u20ac”at no charge to the course provider. The IBDE maintains records of each individual director’s progress toward education certification, and financial institutions may have their D&O insurers call the IBDE offices for verification that their directors are certified. The IBDE charges no fee to financial institution directors to participate in the education certification program. For more information visit www.aabd.org/education/ibde.

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