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Another summer has passed and our Association is geared up for another busy and exciting year.  Our Board recently held its Retreat where it set its priorities for the upcoming year.  We were excited to learn that our Executive Director, Linda Oroz is expecting her first child and we of course extend our congratulations to her and her husband, Oliver, and wish them all the best.  Additionally, our committee chairs recently met.  Many programs and events have been planned which not only allow our members to interact with our judiciary and earn CLE credits, but also increase our Association’s exposure in the community.  I look forward to helping direct the implementation of our aggressive agenda this year as your President.


It seems like only yesterday that we held our gala installation dinner which is our Association’s signature event and acts as a major source of fundraising enabling us to underwrite our programs and events during this year.  More than 200 of our members, their guests and our judiciary attended this year’s gala held at Woodfield Country Club and a good time was had by all.  At the gala, Judge Gillen was bestowed the jurist of the year honor and we again extend our congratulations to him and thank him for his service to our judiciary.  I would also like to congratulate L.A. Perkins, our current Treasurer, on her receipt of the President’s Award for her outstanding service to our organization.  L.A. has been instrumental in insuring the diversity of our organization and for that we are ever grateful.  I would like to thank all who attended and especially our sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.  Many photographs were taken during that evening and you are welcome to view your friends and colleagues on our Facebook page.


On August 28, 2018, elections were held for 5 new judges in Palm Beach County.  Sara Alijewicz won a majority of the votes in her contested election and will therefore be sworn in as our newest Judge.  We congratulate her on the honor that has been bestowed upon her and welcome her to the Bench. Several contested races did not result in any one candidate obtaining a majority of the votes and therefore they will participate in the general election on November 6, 2018. Specifically, Scott Kerner and Alcoyla St. Juste, Maxine Cheesman and Marybel Coleman, Sarah Willis and Michael McAuliffe and Ashley Zuckerman and Allegra Fung will be in run off races and we wish them the best of luck.  We encourage everyone to get out and vote for our newest Judges in this important election for our judiciary.


Of course, our year could not be off to such a strong start without the past stewardship of our organization by Eric Gordon, our immediate past president.  While Eric will remain on our Board for one more year, I would like to thank him for his service to our Association and past leadership.


As we move forward, we need to look ahead to the many wonderful events planned and look back at a couple of events that have already taken place.  Our Young Lawyers were hard at work during their recent Annual School Supply Drive which culminated in a happy hour at the Biergarten in Boca Raton.  School supplies were collected to help those in need at Pine Grove Elementary School in Delray Beach.  Our kickoff event of the year was held on August 30th at Ouzo Bay in Mizner Park.  This was a gratuitous event for our members, sponsors and the judiciary to get acquainted with each other and for old friends to reunite after a long summer.  More than 100 members, sponsors and judges who had renewed their membership for the upcoming year attended.


This event was followed by our first luncheon of the year on Thursday, September 20th. All of our lunches will once again be held at Morton’s Steakhouse in Boca.  Please note the change of day as our lunches in the past were all held on Tuesdays.  However, this year to enable those of you who could not attend Tuesday lunches to have an opportunity to meet with us, some of the dates have been changed to Thursday.  We have an exciting line up of speakers this year the first of which was George Bennett, Chief Political Reporter for the Palm Beach Post, who had interesting commentary as to the upcoming elections.  Lunches for the remainder of the year will be held on Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday, November 13th.  I invite you to review the Association’s website for the lunch schedule for 2019.


Additionally, our annual tennis tournament will be held on October 13, 2018 back at the Delray Tennis Center which everyone seems to have thoroughly enjoyed in the past.  This year, Judge Schosberg Feuer has agreed to serve as honorary chair of this successful event.  We encourage our members and judges to play and of course would welcome sponsors for this event.


One of our goals this year is to increase our Association’s membership by reaching out to our fellow lawyers, judges and legal professionals in Broward County.  To such end, on October 10, 2018, we will host a membership drive happy hour at the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek.  This event will be open to all of our members, sponsors and judiciary and should prove entertaining for all.  We encourage everyone to attend and, of course, either bring a prospective new member or get to know those that attend.  More details on this event will be forthcoming and I encourage you to review your emails from us as to this new event.  If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so since as usual, the renewal rates will increase October 1st.


Our Fall program will be capped by our annual holiday party on December 13, 2018.  After getting tremendous positive feedback from all those who attended last year, we will be returning to Bocaire Country Club.  This is one of our signature events and we look forward to everyone attending.


Looking forward to the Spring, again we have many more events planned including our annual golf tournament and, of course, our annual gala at which time President-Elect Holly Gershon will be installed as President.  I will share more details with you about these events as we get closer to them.  For now, I would simply ask that you get involved and become an active part of our Association so that you can reap the many benefits it has to offer.  Remember, our Association is only as good as its members so please join us as often as possible.

 

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors

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