Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President. All I can say is, I thought I was paying attention, listening intently and following by example. It seems after the first bang of my gavel I wasn’t paying attention, didn’t hear a thing and was definitely going in a different direction than the example that was being set before me. That being said, it has made me a little more nervous than I anticipated about the task ahead. Who knew how true my motto of Moving Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone would be and how much it applies to me? While I am pretty comfortable standing before people, as the Chair to this Association I am simply here to help direct and facilitate the normal operations and will do my best with the assistance of the Board and all of Long Beach LPA’s members.
Since our election I have attended LSI’s 80th Annual Conference hosted by Mt. Diablo LPA in Concord and our 5th Annual Member Mixer in conjunction with Long Beach Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Long Beach, at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California, on May 21st.
I attended the President’s Roundtable at Annual Conference, moderated by LSI Past Presidents Patricia Miller and Mary Rocha. It was very informative and filled with everything one would need to be an effective president to any association. Hopefully, I learned a little something.
I must say the Mixer was absolutely wonderful. We were favored with the presence of the President of the Long Beach Bar Association, Chris Campbell, and Tim Majka, President-elect of Women Lawyers of Long Beach. They were introduced by Trudy Klefstad. We were on the outside patio. If you recall from the November Conference we had a beautiful waterfront view, light evening breeze and simple, but elegant, decorations. The food was delicious as well which made for a nice evening. Along with other honored guests and members we were also supported by our loyal vendors; namely, Janney & Janney, First Legal, Veritext, Aptus, Bags and Bling, Origami Owl, and Thirty-One Bags. We would also like to welcome Rapid Legal as their first time with LBLPA. We had a great turn out and I believe it was a grand success.
As I stated earlier, my theme for the year is Moving Above and Beyond Our Comfort Zone. I would like all of us to participate. If you’re not asked to do something, please know it is just an oversight on my part, but I want YOU all to get involved. I want our Association to bring education at its best to all of the legal community of Long Beach and its surrounding areas. It would be nice if we got involved in local organizations or charities. To be known as an association that helps those in need. I’m aware that we are all busy with our jobs, children, grandchildren, other organizations, etc., but I hope we can make a little time to assist those that aren’t as fortunate as us. We can do it. Remember the more people we have in our Association the more people we have to help with the work. So tell somebody. Tell somebody to tell somebody else and soon LBLPA will be so full of new members we will be bursting at the seams.
Writing this President’s Message is definitely a step out of my comfort zone. I invite you to take that next step with me by inviting one, maybe two people to our June monthly meeting on June 10, 2014, at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach. Invite some of the vendors you use at your office to come to a meeting to join. Be a part of the great things that YOU are going to make happen.
Come on. Take that step. I’ll see you in June.
LeQuita J. Hodge, CCLS