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It is with great pride that I write my first President's Message of the 2017-2018 South Palm Beach County Bar Association year!  I am honored to be your President and look forward serving in this role. 
 
But before looking forward, I must look back to our Annual Installation Gala held on June 10 at Woodfield Country Club.  What a night!  I want to thank everyone who attended and/or supported the Gala.  Congratulations to Judge Lisa Small for being selected Jurist of the Year!  It was an honor to share the night with you. 
 
Also congratulations to former Judge Ken Stern on receiving the President's Award from our outgoing President, Patricia Alexander.  And of course, congratulations to Patty on a terrific term as President of our Bar.  She is an amazing leader and I am so glad we get to keep her on our Board of Directors for one more year as Past President. 
 
Finally, thank you to all our sponsors who made the night possible.  We were honored to have over 40 sponsors, and close to 250 guests in attendance.  If you were able to join us, I hope you had a wonderful night celebrating with friends and colleagues.  And if you missed it, we hope to see you next year!  (You can also check out some amazing photos from the Gala on our Facebook page.)
 
How do you know the summer is almost over?  The calendar turns to August and the Back to School Sales are in full force!  The public schools are back in session on Monday, August 14, and that means our first event of the year is just around the corner.  Please join the Young Lawyers Section for its Annual School Supply Drive and Happy Hour on Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Blue Martini in Boca Raton.  You do NOT need to be a "young" lawyer to attend this event!  Everyone is welcome!  We will collect school supplies for Kids in Distress which provides the largest foster care programs in both Broward and Palm Beach counties, servicing 11,000 children annually. We will also donate to Kids in Distress a portion of the funds raised at the event. 
 
Another August tradition of the South County Bar is our Annual FREE Membership Reception.  This year the event will be held at Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton on Thursday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m.  As in prior years, the event is free to our current members (those who have renewed their membership for the 2017-2018 year) and the Judiciary, but registration is required.  Please visit our website for more information on the Membership Reception and other upcoming events:  www.southpalmbeachbar.org
 
Speaking of membership, our membership year ended on June 30 and our current membership drive is underway.  Please renew your membership today so you can attend the Membership Reception for free! Membership renewal rates will increase on October 1. 
 
The South Palm Beach County Bar Association has a long and interesting history.  Since 1960, our Association has served the needs of South County attorneys and worked to foster relationships with and among our attorneys, other bar associations, the Judiciary and the public.  Your Board of Directors will work hard this year to continue those traditions, to grow our association, and continue to serve our members and the community. 
 
Since I was a kid, I have heard many times, "You get out of it what you put into it."  That statement still holds true today.  I encourage you to take advantage of everything the Association has to offer.  Join one or more of our 14 committees (all listed on the website), or volunteer to assist planning one of our major events (like the Tennis Bash in October, Holiday Party in December, or the Golf Tournament in the spring).  There are so many ways to get involved!  And don't forget to join us for our monthly lunches on the second Tuesday of every month at Morton's in Boca Raton.  Invest some time with your local Bar Association and I promise, you will be glad you did.
 
For those of you who I already know, I hope you enjoyed your summer and I look forward to seeing you again soon.  And for those of you who I have not met, or have met only briefly, I look forward to seeing you and working with you this year! 
 
Best,
 
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