Who We Are
We are a fraternal organization of men and women
who work in the property & casualty insurance
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 others.
WE MEET socially, and not as a part of any insurance or
industry group. Our mutual link is the career experience
we have in our chosen field.
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 Wielder of the Goose Quill, Guardian of the Pond,
and Keeper of the Golden Goose Egg. We have a secret
EVERY POND has its own unique blend of members and
of activities. Some Ponds meet in the evenings, some meet
at lunchtime, and some mix it up. There are fundraisers to
generate money for charity. There are dinner-dances, golf
outings, and Christmas parties. There are educational
seminars, speakers from many backgrounds, and get-
togethers with insurance commissioners and industry
leaders. There are events involving multiple Ponds.
WE HOLD an annual convention each summer in a
different city, each convention hosted by a Pond, which
competed for the privilege.
OUR CONVENTION is a family affair. Ganders bring
their spouses and children. Activities are planned for
Ganders, for non-Ganders Spouses, and for the children.
Why We Do What We Do?
We have each found reasons to give our time to Blue'
Goose when we all have other demands on our time.
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. Weare genuine
THERE IS EDUCATION. Many of our Ponds have
speakers on interesting and practical topics. Some have
certified continuing education programs. Blue Goose
promotes IIA, IIC, and CPCU programs. Blue Goose
presents annual awards for academic excellence to
individuals earning the highest grades in competitive IIA
examinations. We continue to grow in our profession.
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
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.
THESE ARE NOT ALL OF THE BENEFITS of
membership, but they provide you an idea of what
WE WANT YOU TO VISIT WITH US, to meet with
the Ganders, and to find out for yourself about our
organization, Blue Goose.
YOU WILL FIND CHARACTER, CHARITY, AND
FELLOWSHIP IN ABUNDANCE.
CHARACTER, CHARITY, AND FELLOWSHIP
.............. are the Cardinal Elements upon which The
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International was
The Blue Goose is a fraternal organization dedicated to the
promotion of high ideals and professional standards,
encouraging all members to achieve a closer understanding
of the Golden Rule and inculcating the virtues of character,
charity, and fellowship.
Blue Goose offers fellowship that develops lifelong friends and
creates a mutual trust and understanding that does not
require a written code of ethics. It has been said that we
are the "fun side of the property and casualty insurance
industry." We would hope so. Good fellowship is a large
part of Blue Goose, but the organization's commitments
are not limited to having a good time.
Today, the Blue Goose contributes more time, energy and
money to charities and insurance educational activities
than any other fraternal organization in the industry.
Today, we are practicing all three elements: building
character, enjoying fellowship with our friends, and giving
to others through our charity work. All three certainly
needed in todays world.