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April 17, 2007

Bernie Kennedy Memorial Fund

Many of you have expressed a desire to remember Bernie Kennedy and his contributions to AEGIS -- both personally and in some material way. It won't surprise you that the directors, management and employees of AEGIS have expressed this interest as well. We'd like to tell you what we're doing and invite you to join us.

Bernie's wife, Jerry, and his son, Joe, have told us that Bernie's favorite charity was his own high school, Canisius High School, in Buffalo. Interested AEGIS directors and employees are contributing to a special fund we've set up internally that will be presented to Bernie's alma mater. This special employee/director fund will be augmented with a modest contribution from AEGIS itself.

If you would like to make a contribution of your own, you may do so by sending your remembrance in Bernie's honor directly to Canisius High School, Attention: Debbie Burke, Director of Annual Giving, 1180 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Checks should be payable to Canisius High School and your donation is tax-deductible. Please be sure to note the donation is in memory of Bernard J. Kennedy and include your name, company affiliation, and contact information.

We all admired Bernie and benefited from his tireless efforts to secure the success of AEGIS. Wouldn't it be great if our own generous contributions to his high school could help to produce another promising young leader like Bernie?

Passports required for PHC in Toronto

If you plan on joining us at our Policyholders' Conference in Toronto this summer, please remember that all U.S. citizens – including children – must now have a valid passport for air travel between the U.S. and Canada as part of the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). This requirement was not in effect at the time of our Vancouver conference in 2005. (The passport requirement does not apply to travel by land or sea until 2008, however other identification and government-issued photo identification requirements still apply.)

Please take a moment to become familiar with the travel document requirements. With the increased demand for passports created by the new WHTI requirements, the standard processing time for new or renewed passports can be up to ten weeks. Information on passport requirements and application procedures are available at the U.S. Department of State website at

If you are traveling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. Customs officers are looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are traveling with you.

The 2007 AEGIS Policyholders' Conference, is scheduled for Monday, July 23 through Thursday, July 26 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Carrie White by e-mail or by phone at 201.508.2840. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto this summer!

Investigating Electrical Incidents Workshop - May 23 & 24

Our training workshop for electric utility personnel, Investigating Electrical Incidents, will be held again on May 23 and 24 in New Orleans. The workshop will be hosted by Entergy.

This day-and-a-half training workshop provides AEGIS members with information needed to properly investigate incidents involving inadvertent or intentional contact with an electric utility's system equipment, power lines and supporting structures. Attendees will learn about the objectives of investigations, determining the causes of incidents, conducting witness interviews, National Electrical Safety Code clearance rules, and the importance of properly collecting, documenting and retaining evidence.

AEGIS member company personnel from operations, claims, engineering and safety are welcome to attend. Those who are responsible for field investigations, including operations supervisors, T&D engineers, claims investigators and safety professionals are particularly encouraged to attend.

The workshop, breakfast and lunch are complimentary, however, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Please register online, or for more information about this or any other AEGIS Loss Control event, contact Lucille Jackowski by e-mail or phone at 201.508.2736.