FAQ

 
What is STRIMA?

STRIMA is an association of 38 State members who meet annually at a 5 day conference hosted by one of its State members. The annual conference is held in a different state each year, usually during the month of September.

The annual conference provides an opportunity to network with your fellow professionals and to learn the latest industry news, issues, and solutions.

If you are a state employee charged with risk management or insurance procurement functions, we would like to extend an invitation for you to become a part of this vital organization. Read through this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section and then contact the site administrator, who will send you more information.

How do I log in?

Connect to the STRIMA website at www.strima.org. Select Login  (Upper Right side of the page).  Select the Create New Account (Left Tab).  Provide the requested information.  Save by selecting “Create new Account” at the bottom of the page.  You will get an Approval message indicating that your request has been received and is awaiting approval.  You will also receive an email indicating that you account is being reviewed.  An administrator will activate your account.  Once activated, you will receive an email with instructions on how to logon initially.

Your account at State Risk and Insurance Management Association has been activated.
You may now log in by clicking on this link or copying and pasting it in your browser: http://www.strima.org/user/reset/30/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
This is a one-time login, so it can be used only once.
After logging in, you will be redirected to 
http://www.strima.org/user/30/editso you can change your password.
Once you have set your own password, you will be able to log in to 
http://www.strima.org/userin the future using:

Select the appropriate link.  You will be taken to a Reset Password page.  Select “Login”.  Enter a password of your choice and then select “Save”.  (Note: There are no password complexity requirements at this time.  The system will only indicate the complexity level of your selected password).  Your account activation is now complete.

Can I subscribe to a forum post

We have implemented a new process for enhancing the Member Forum of the STRIMA Web site. You can now subscribe to a forum post or question in the forum , whenever a question or answer is posted on the Member Forum, each  We ask that you check the web site when you receive that notice to see if you can provide information to the member who posted the question. If you have nothing to contribute to the topic at hand,it isn't necessary for you to post a response.

Remember, this response trigger is only for the Member Forum section of the web site. If you want members to respond to your question, post it as a question of the day in the Member Forum section.

How can I ask a question or get advice from STRIMA members during the year?

Networking is one of the most valuable and important aspects of the STRIMA conference.  To ask a question of a broader group of risk management professionals or to survey multiple states on an issue, the website offers a discussion forum that allows members to communicate about common issues.  When a user asks a question of the forum, the website notifies STRIMA members through an email and provides members a link to reply.

Before you post, look at the existing topics in the forum and see if your answer is already there.  To ask a question or review past topics, log onto the website with your username and password and go to the tab labeled Forum.

To post a new topic, click on Post New Forum Topicat the top of the list.  You will be taken to a screen entitled Create Forum Topic.  For best results, chose a subject line that descriptively and concisely states the topic or question; for example: Concealed Weapon Policies, Driver Training Programs, or Public Official/Surety Bond.

Next, choose which Forum to direct your inquiry.  A drop down box will allow you to direct your topic to the members of the STRIMA board, to all state members, or to an Open Forum of state and associate members of the association.

In the section labeled Body describe the circumstances of your inquiry or issue.  It is often helpful to include an explanation of the context in which the question is being presented since each state has different terminology, statutes, organizational structures, and duties that may help other risk managers understand the nature of your inquiry.   You have the option to format your query into a summary and discussion block by clicking on the Split Summary at Cursor button.  The website will post your topic so that web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically and line and paragraph breaks are automatically recognized to preserve your formatting.  You can press the preview button at the bottom of the screen to see how your posting will look when it appears on the website and to do a final check of your formatting before posting the topic to the forum.

To complete the process you will be asked to type the characters in the verification box before the posting will be accepted.  This security measure is designed to prohibit unauthorized use of the forum.  If you have difficulty making sense of the printed characters you can request an audio verification.  To use the audio verification press Verify Using Audio beside the text box and a triangular play icon will appear in the box.  Click the play icon and a voice will recite the series of letters in military phonetic code (alpha, bravo, charlie). You should enter the letter represented by the phonetic code, not the word itself.

After entering the verification code, click on the green Save box at the bottom to post your topic.  Responses to your topic will appear below your topic in the forum.

 How do I reply to a topic posted on the forum?

Generally you will be notified when a new topic is posted to the forum by a system-generated email to your registered email address.  To avoid notifications being blocked by your firewall or spam filter, please add "updates@strima.org" to your address book.

You can read the full posting, as well as any responses received, by clicking on the link in the email and logging into the website with your username and password.  Do not reply directly to the notification email, as this address is unmonitored.

To respond to an original post directly from the website, log onto the website, go to the Forum tab and select the desired topic.  With the topic displayed, click on Add New Comment to the right of the original topic post.  The reply window that appears will display your username at the top, and will provide a subject line body for your response.  (PLEASE NOTE:  If yours is not the first response to the topic, you will see the option of Reply at the bottom left of the previous comment.  Pressing Reply will respond to that comment, not to the original topic.)

To complete the process you will be asked to type the characters in the verification box before the posting will be accepted.  This security measure is designed to prohibit unauthorized use of the forum.  If you have difficulty making sense of the printed characters you can request an audio verification.  To use the audio verification press Verify Using Audio beside the text box and a triangular play icon will appear in the box.  Click the play icon and a voice will recite the series of letters in military phonetic code (alpha, bravo, charlie). You should enter the letter represented by the phonetic code, not the word itself.

After entering the verification code, click on the green Save box at the bottom to post your topic.  Responses to your topic will appear below your topic in the forum.

What are the benefits of a STRIMA membership?

State risk and insurance managers are a unique group. They not only address exposures that challenge the private sector risk manager but they must address issues such as corrections facilities, constructing highways and building complexes, administering the operations of colleges and universities, and they perform their tasks in an environment of open records, legislative oversight, political considerations, and the responsibility of stewarding tax payers, dollars.

When you become a STRIMA member you will have access to the expertise of state risk managers with years of experience who are willing to share data, programs, solutions, forms, and ideas. The more active you become in STRIMA, the more you will benefit from the network of professionals.

A special benefit STRIMA can offer to its members is its limited size. Membership is comprised of the 50 state governments, the Canadian provinces and representatives from the insurance and risk management consulting community. Members become friends and colleagues to the benefit of all.

If you are involved in risk and insurance management for state governments, come join us.

Who are the 2016 STRIMA Board Members?

Jason Gates, President, Wisconsin
Melody Duke, President Elect, West Virginia
Tani Downing Past President, Utah
Robert Fisher, Past-Past President, West Virginia
Brett Dahl, Conference Host, Montana
Deb Lawhead, Treasurer, Delaware
George Roberson, Secretary, Mississippi
Anne Macon Smith, Education Coordinator, South Carolina
Wade Damron, Deputy Member, Georgia
Anna Ryerson, Conference Host Elect, Maine
Tracy McDonough, Associate Member, Colorado

 

Who is eligible to become a STRIMA member?

State Members are the State governments upon payment of membership dues. Deputy members of member states are the heads of the organizational units of state governments directly charged with risk management or insurance procurement functions, or their principal assistant. Not more than two officials from each state may serve in a deputy membership capacity. Only deputy members have the right to hold office and the right to vote, and no state is entitled to more than one (1) vote or two (2) office positions at a time. Retired state members are ex‑officio deputy members of the Association.

Associate Members are non‑state government employees who attend and participate in Association activities. Associate member dues shall be established in the same manner as state membership dues. Associate members have no voting rights and shall not attend the annual business meeting.