* The Million Dollar Round Table has announced significant changes to its membership qualifications, effective with the 1999 Round Table. The new production requirement for MDRT membership will be separated into two groups: core products and noncore products. At least 60 percent of an applicant's first-year commissions must come from the core products, those traditionally credited for MDRT membership, such as individual and group life, and individual and group pension. Up to 40 percent of an applicant's first-year commissions can come from noncore products, such as group and individual health, long-term care, and mutual funds. The minimum of 25 lives/cases sold has been eliminated as a requirement. To qualify for the 1999 Round Table, applicants must earn $54,200 in first-year commissions.

* Things must be looking up in the insurance industry. After a couple of years of themes that indicated uncertainty and change, this year's Life Insurance Marketing Research Association Annual Meeting theme is Growth! Scheduled for October 26 to 28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the LIMRA gathering will discuss growth opportunities and strategies. Call Patricia Kavalski at (860) 298-3959 for registration information.

* The Life Communicators Association Annual Meeting is set for September 9 to 12 in San Diego on the theme Let Your Communications Roar. Call Sheryl McAtee at (515) 226-6287 for more information.