I want to thank Linda Fields for the excellent job she did with the nominations committee. Under difficult circumstances Linda managed to put together a good slate of candidates. I am excited and
of providing the SWALL program planning committee an idea of the direction in which CoALL would like to see the programming heading. Attending this meeting in no way generates any future obligation of time or effort working on this joint meeting.
I want to thank Linda Fields for the excellent job she did with the nominations committee. Under difficult circumstances Linda managed to put together a good slate of candidates. I am excited and enthusiastic about our new officers - Georgia Briscoe, Carol Minor, Linda Rose, Penny Glover, and Kathleen Clark Edie. My congratulations to each of you. Before I continue with my message I want to thank all of last year's executive board members. Their commitment of time and their dedication to CoALL makes them our unsung heros. Each of our outgoing members Gary Alexander, Caryl Shipley, and Camilla Walker deserve a round of applause. Also, we are appreciative of the time both Ann-Marie Wills and Al Dong gave to the executive board. And then, there are those who will be offering yet another year of their time, Tom Duggan, Carol Minor, and Linda Rose. My many thanks to you all!
CoALL is an organization which has traveled a long and winding road. And
through our travels some members have traversed junctions to other organizations and employment opportunities. Others have chosen the fork in the road and travel the same road, only in a slightly different direction. One of my goals for the upcoming year is to rekindle the enthusiasm CoALL members once had for our organization. I visualize the problem as several small components of the larger issue that we, as an organization, will need to determine how to deal with and which forks in the road to continue down.
I contribute our loss of direction in part to our lack of budget. CoALL is financially in a position that we should be far thinking in our money management. Al Dong began the process by transferring money into a Janus Fund. Now is the time for this Executive Board to continue the fiscal sensibilities begun by our departing board. What is it that we want to do with our money? Should our goal be to have a budget in place for SWALL?
I also see our loss as a loss of comradery. Have we lost some of our ability and need for networking due to technology? Is rekindling camradery a lost cause? I choose to believe not. I do believe our members are going in different directions. Although our directions may differ, eventually we all come back home. Let this meeting of the roads be an additional opportunity for CoALL to transcend the distance between our organization and others. Let us learn first hand what professional development means outside the legal field by the sharing of information from our multi-organization members. In this sharing of information, how ambitious do we wish to be? My goal remains to increase professional development through programming. I believe we should be hosting a minimum of six programs a year. One meeting every other month minimum. Currently, our bylaws stipulate four meetings per year. With the holiday party, legal institute, and annual business meeting, this leaves one meeting slot available for professional development. One program cannot meet the needs of our members.
Lastly, Carol Minor has agreed to assist me in reviewing our bylaws. At this time, there is some concern we are not operating with true and accurate bylaws.
We have a busy and exciting year ahead of us. Let this be the year we lay the foundation for building a stronger organization. An organization that educates, bonds, and fosters the types of relationships that are difficult in a professional setting. Let us try not to fixate on the bumps in the road, but always look forward. Happy travels throughout the upcoming year.