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President’s Message

Message from South Palm Beach County Bar Association
President, Patricia Alexander.

 

     It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as the 55th President of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. 

     As we round the final lap of this bar year, I would like to reflect on our efforts and accomplishments this year and the people who were instrumental in making this past year a success.

     My sincere thanks to our Officers and Board of Directors who shouldered multiple responsibilities for the good of the Bar. Our Board effectively put into motion the initiatives created at our summer planning retreat in August, 2016. By reevaluating our infrastructure and finances, we initiated new financial policies to ensure our Bar’s future financial growth and financial security.

      We succeeded in increasing our membership. I am pleased to announce that we welcomed over 100 new members!

     I would like to personally thank our 2016-2017 Annual Sponsors: Alpine Jaguar, Akerman, Esquire Bank, Gray Robinson, Joel M. Weissman, P.A., Legal Graphicworks, On Time Legal Services, Sabadell United Bank, SunTrust Private Wealth and Signature Court Reporting. We are very grateful for your continued sponsorship and friendship. I would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2016 Gala, sponsors of all of our committees, luncheons, events and activities.

      This year we fulfilled our mission statement to foster a shared commitment to excellence in the law, while enhancing the skills of our members through education, networking and community outreach. Importantly, we initiated new community outreach programs with the foresight of Judges Baker, Martz and Delgado to reach those in need in the community. 

     I am very thankful and grateful to our wonderful judiciary for your overwhelming support and participation at our committee CLE’s, judicial panels and attendance at Bar events, activities and our membership luncheon meetings this year. Thank you for your continued participation and your commitment to South County. Thank you Judges retired Judges and Magistrates!

     Beginning in October, our Bar joined together to raise funds and collect food and personal items for the people of Haiti after the detriment they endured during Hurricane Matthew.

     Our Young Lawyers Section also proved to be extremely successful this year through its community book drive and other outreach programs, including adopting Pine Grove Elementary for Law Day. The YLS is certainly filled with rising stars! 

     This year we exceeded our goals to advance diversity, mentorship and membership by sponsoring events throughout the tri-county area. Our Bar sponsored and attended a community outreach project at the 13th Annual Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic in Hialeah. 

      I am especially proud that this year we played a pivotal role in advancing our goals to diversify our membership and leadership and to continue to advance inclusion within the legal community. We held our Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s Annual Cocktail Reception and Networking event. Our keynote speaker was Fourth DCA Judge, Carole Taylor. 

       Our Bar supported Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., in their continuing efforts to provide legal services to the disadvantaged in Palm Beach County.

       Thank you to our Mentorship Committee for providing mentorship opportunities for our members.

     We held our monthly membership luncheon meetings at Morton’s Steakhouse in Boca Raton, with a diverse speaker program, which included speakers such as Florida Bar President, William Schifino, Jr., at our annual joint luncheon with South Palm Beach County FAWL, Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath, Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock and many other interesting speakers. 

     We proudly honored our 2016 Jurist of the Year, Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath. Coming up on June 10, 2017 we will be honoring our new Jurist of the Year, Judge Lisa Small. We are looking forward to another enchanting gala.

     We are very proud of one of our Board members, James Ferrara, (Judge Ferrara) who was appointed this year to the 15th Judicial Circuit bench. We are looking forward to honoring him at his robing ceremony on May 12th

     Thank you to our editorial staff for publishing the Bar’s newsletter, The Advocate, and especially to the authors for very interesting and diverse articles.

      A special thank you to our Executive Director, Linda Oroz, who has done an exemplary job in assisting me in administering the day to day activities of our Bar Association. Linda has successfully modified the Bar’s sponsorship program has created various new sponsorship packages and levels for each of our unique sponsors. Linda redesigned our website and created visually enticing banners. Through her efforts, we have a greater social media presence. She has created smoother registration and online and in person payment methods which have greatly improved the efficiency of the Bar. I would also like to recognize our enthusiastic and talented Assistant, Seema Patel, for her help with all of our programs, events, membership luncheons and for her creative layout and design assistance of our publication, The Advocate.    

     A special thank you goes out to our Committee Chairs who held monthly educational events, networking events and fun activities throughout this year. Many of our committees have become more active and I attribute this resurgence of interest to our enthusiastic Committee Chairs. Thank you for following our mission statement by providing our members with educational programs and networking events.

     I hope you enjoyed all of our signature events and other programs, such as our 2016 Installation Gala, our training program for committee chairs, our annual Bench Barrister Tennis Tournament, our New Member Reception, our Holiday Party, our Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s Cocktail Party, our Annual Golf Classic, Annual Probate Trivia Night and Past-President’s Reception. 

     This year we initiated joint events with other voluntary bar associations and continue our efforts to build relations with neighboring bar associations. We had a lot of fun at the joint YLS and SPBCBA and PBCBA joint happy hour at Silverball Pinball Museum. We enjoyed a SPBCBA and Palm Beach Justice Association joint happy hour at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach. I look forward to many more social and educational joint events with other local bar associations in the future.

     I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Bar’s affiliate members. You have furthered our networking efforts and created an opportunity for our members to advance their careers through your expertise, knowledge and networking.     

     It has been a busy and memorable year for our Bar. At the close of this Bar cycle, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of our members for your commitment to the Bar and for your support and friendship this year.

 

Thank you,

 

Patty

Patricia Alexander,

SPBCBA President, 2016-2017

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