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Time Flies When You're Having Fun!
That was fast!
It's hard to believe that 2017 has come and gone. While many of us are making the final push to meet yearly goals, reviewing budgets and considering steps to be taken to improve future performance, it is equally important to reflect on our accomplishments and our advancements in the industry.
During the past 15 months (yes we started this effort last October!), our members, our LSCs, and our sponsors have worked with incredible energy to deliver an exceptional year. I'm happy to report that we have achieved all the goals we set at the beginning of the year and even some impromptu items that sprang up during the year!
With more than 500 members, the Southeastern Chapter is the largest within the international organization of LMA, and this year we have transitioned well to the new reorganization. A big shout out to our nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and the LSCs in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Greensboro, Louisville, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh, South Florida and Tampa who have all helped lead the charge.
We worked on programming throughout the year and successfully offered the 2017 LMASE Regional Conference with valuable programs, sponsorships and networking opportunities to our members. We further developed the LMASE Law School Outreach Program and implemented the Future Leaders Program, both of which will be strong programs for our membership for years to come. We spent much time on communication and transparency. We held a mentoring program and realigned our budget. We gave back to our communities by raising money and volunteering for many charities in our region including the Ronald McDonald House and The Second Harvest Food Bank to name a few. We even raised $2,000 in less than 48 hours for Hurricane Irma and Harvey relief efforts.
While we did not plan for this at the beginning of the year, we started a six-week virtual book club on leadership and added a new LSC under our belt! Starting next year, I'm happy to announce that Jacksonville, Florida will be joining our region under the leadership of Michelle King.
As I look back on a year filled with success, I am grateful to everyone who took part in it. From our LMA President Jill Weber and the LMA board to our astounding LMASE board and LSCs; from the regional presidents to the various regions; from our members and our sponsors to our mentors, supporters and administration - there are many to thank! I am also grateful to my mentor, Susanne Mandel, and firm who took a chance on me when I switched fields and encouraged me to attend my very first LMA meeting in Orlando more than eight years ago.
This organization truly provides an opportunity for growth, networking, and long-lasting friendships, and I am excited about what lies ahead for LMASE. I look forward to championing LMASE and its new leaders in 2018.
Thank you for this opportunity.
I wish you, your families and the world peace and happiness in 2018.
Ioana Good2017 LMASE President