* MDRT sets 1998 requirements. Membership in the 1998 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) will be based on a minimum of $53,000 in first-year commissions paid or credited to the writing agent's account and a minimum of 25 lives/cases sold. Also, an applicant must be a member of an MDRT-accredited life underwriters association. Court of the Table requirements: proof of production equal to or greater than $159,000; for Top of the Table, the target is $318,000.

* LIMRA announces new designation. The Life Insurance Marketing Research Association (LIMRA) recently announced the Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF) designation, created for managers in the financial services industry who are responsible for leading groups of producers, regardless of whether these producers are called agents, sales reps, account reps, or some other title. According to LIMRA, the designation was developed to acknowledge that sales managers today are coping with changes in technology, customer expectations and demographics, competition, and increasingly complicated products and regulations. The designation will be conferred by The American College. For information, call the college's Office of Student Services at (610) 526-1490 or LIMRA's customer service line at (800) 23-LIMRA.

* LCA plans APF. The Life Communicators Association (LCA) has planned its Advanced Professional Forum (APF) for April 19 to 22 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University in Lansing. With sessions on media relations, visioning, and new trends in management, the APF is designed for experienced communications managers. For information, call Janice Child, program chair, at Farm Bureau Insurance, (517) 323-7000, or e-mail her at jaachild1@aol.com.

* MDRT holds first meeting in Asia; posts information at Web site. The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) has planned The MDRT Experience, its first meeting in Singapore, for February 8 to 10. Visit the organization's Web site for more information: http://www.agents-online.com/MDRT/meetings/singlet.html or call the MDRT Experience hotline in Singapore at (65) 280-1838.