Agents Assist Japanese

 The Big “I” presented a check to the Independent Insurance Agents of Japan at the association’s annual Legislative Conference & Convention in Washington D.C. last week from the Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund agents.

Sue Noda and Ikurou Umezawa accepted the $10,000 contribution and represented the seven independent agents from Japan who attended the event and joined IBA West members at their meetings on Capital Hill.

“It was an interesting experience for Japanese agents and myself,” said Sue Noda, “IBA West members helped us a lot.”

In addition to Hill visits, IBA West members and the delegation of seven Japanese agents took in the sights of the city including a baseball game.  

IBA West members who would like to contribute to relief efforts can make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund at and click on “About Us” and then “Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund.” To contribute via check, send a check payable to the “Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund” to:

Attn: Lillian Carter
Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund
127 S. Peyton St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Trusted Choice® Disaster Relief Fund was established by the IIAA Educational Foundation of the Big “I” to assist those who have suffered losses due to natural or man-made disasters. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity and all contributions are tax deductible.

The fund makes cash grants to those in the insurance industry, including Big “I” members and their agency staffs, and others to pay for immediate or ongoing financial needs when other funding sources (such as insurance and other grants) are not available, to fill the gap until other funding sources can be accessed and to provide insurance agents with supplies and resources to assist with disaster relief efforts to aid victims and surviving family members in their communities.