For those of you who have missed our last couple of meetings, here is an update:
Looking into the future, what do we see? We see many changes along the way that will perhaps change the face of our association. Some changes we know about, others are yet to come. All of the changes are for the betterment and strengthening of our local, state, and national chapters. As members, you will be asked for your input, and to express your thoughts about what you consider to be important, the good and the bad. With the information provided, we will move forward together. And as we do so, we hope to have your continued support of our association and look forward to welcoming new members from your respective firms.
Your Board asks that you participate as much as you can. We are planning to have a new certification study group beginning sometime in December in preparation for the March exam. We have education confirmed through June 2015 and sincerely hope you will join us.
NALS has developed a Smart Phone App containing legal information that will be available to everyone. It will contain information we want to share with the world about everything NALS, and everything legal. Imagine the significance and far reaching effect of this project!
NALS of Tucson & So. AZ will continue to offer legal support personnel the ability to learn, grow, and perform with excellence for the Tucson legal community.
Bonnie Hole, PP, PLS, RP, CNSA, CPCA, ACP
President, NALS of Tucson & So. AZ, 2014-2015
Getting yourself out of the house, having fun hanging out with people you have things in common with, and getting an education at the same time, is just one of the many residual benefits of membership and participation in NALS activities.
As I prepare to travel to Cincinnati Ohio next month for my first ever NALS Education Conference & National Forum, I am taking stock of all the opportunities that I’ll have to earn the most CLE ever offered at one conference -- and I’m almost feeling guilty about it! (But not quite…) On top of all the CLE sessions, I’ll also be rooming with a NALS member from Texas whom I befriended at the Region 8 conference earlier this year and I’ll be attending the 60s-themed Foundation Gala and special riverboat dinner cruise. Where else can you have so much fun while learning and networking than a NALS event?
When I accepted the nomination for President Elect for this association, I felt a lot of things – first I felt excitement, then apprehension, then fear. After the elections were over, and even though I ran unopposed, I felt these same feelings all over again. But it was thanks to the encouragement of my fellow NALS members that I was sure I wouldn’t have to worry about failing. Just simply rising to the challenge would be accomplishment enough.
I often find myself worrying if I’m doing enough for our association, if I’m reaching the members in a way that provides value or leadership, and I even doubt at times whether I was the right person for the job. But at the end of the day, after I’ve conducted a board or general meeting, after I’ve delivered a box of school supplies which our association helped purchase for kids in need, or after I collapse from fatigue after a golf tournament which helped to raise thousands of dollars for a local charity and for our scholarship program, I have learned to let it be. The sum of our parts are greater than our whole, and the parts of our whole association are great. As long as I maintain my focus on this truth, then my own individual contributions then amount to much more in the grander scheme.
Just when you think you know something, you find out you really don’t. After over a decade working in the legal arena, and the past several years supporting a busy litigation practice for three attorneys, I thought I had come to understand in the ins and outs of the anatomy of a lawsuit --- experts, discovery, and the regular gamut of the day to day life of litigation --- pretty well. And then I had to consider filing a lawsuit myself.
From Daniel Defoe in 1726, to Benjamin Franklin in 1789, to Margaret Mitchell in 1936, authors through time have sardonically offered some version of the proverb that there is nothing certain in life other than death and taxes. I offer the additional point that at least you can predict the latter.
For those who don’t already know, my family (and more significantly, my daughters) recently suffered a tragic loss when my daughters’ father was killed on the evening of Mother’s Day on May 8th. He was on his motorcycle headed to work at the state prison when another driver in a small SUV pulled out in front of him at an intersection. He had the right of way, was wearing a helmet and a reflective safety vest, and was doing all the right things as he traveled, but even taking all the best precautions cannot prevent anothers’ inattention behind the wheel. He died a very short time later from massive internal injuries while en route to the hospital.
Time sure flies when you’re having fun! I wanted to start out this month’s message by sending a big THANKS to everyone who attended and helped out with our Awards & Appreciation Banquet (aka “Casino Night”). The event was a huge success and everyone who attended had a great time. And I also want to congratulate NALS member Thelma Gonzales, PLS, for winning the NTSA 2010 Award of Excellence alongside Boss of the Year Award winner, Barry Corey, Esq., of DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy. We were able to give out $1,000 in scholarships this year much thanks to the success of last year’s golf tournament and fundraiser.
A number of our members just returned from a wonderful NALS of Arizona Spring Conference in beautiful Prescott. NALS of Yavapai County did a great job putting together a superior list of educational
Well, here it is. My last message as your president. This has been an emotional rollercoaster year for me with two deaths in my family, the loss of my best friend’s mother, plus the loss of Gail Folsom, Jill Hale’s mom.
The good news was that I watched my oldest daughter graduate from Louisiana Tech University with honors both on the volleyball court and in the classroom. She took her first trip to Europe in hopes of landing a position for the upcoming pro volleyball season.
And my youngest daughter continues to go to college and was promoted in her work place to a full-time management position. She amazes me every day with her professionalism at work, her maturity, and the caring and concerns she has for her friends. Both of my girls were raised in NALS…it has been a part of their lives since they were babies.
And even for myself, I have done a tremendous amount of traveling both for NALS and for my next favorite thing in the world….volleyball. I was blessed to stay healthy all year, compete on a number of different teams throughout the country and bring home a lot of hardware at every tournament.
And when I look back on the year, the good and the bad, I realize that there was one common thread in every event ... the presence of my NALS PALS and the CRAZY AZs! And that is one of the best things about our association. Little did I know that when I joined Tucson Legal Secretaries Association in May of 1982, 29 years later, I’d still be here and that I would have met so many incredible, intelligent, and beautiful women, all members of NALS.
WOW! Can you believe it is already March?! Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun! And while I had a blast at the NALS of Arizona’s Winter Conference held right here in our own backyard, I love the month of MARCH. We have St. Patrick’s Day, I have a bunch of friends and family with March birthdays and to top it off, it’s MARCH MADNESS time too!
And now for a quick educational moment. Our next CLE After Hours and General Membership Meeting is March 17th (St. Patty’s Day), and we are going to have a GREEN OUT! (See the flyer on Page 5.) Originally, the color associated with Saint Patrick was blue, but over the years, the color green and its association with St. Patrick's Day have become synonymous. St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of St. Patrick’s Day.
And now back to a little business. Did you know that Arizona’s three chapters along with the State Association are entertaining the idea of changing our logos. Yep! Please read further in this issue for the reasoning behind the change and take a look at the proposed changes. The Board will be discussing this at our March Board Meeting and will also hear comments from our membership Please contact any member of the Board to give us your thoughts on the proposed logos.
Hope to see you there or at one of our upcoming events:
March 10-13 NALS Professional Development & Education Conference (Tulsa OK)
March 17 CLE After Hours: Imagining a Greater Tucson
April 8 Awards & Appreciation Banquet
April 29-30 NALS of Arizona Spring Education Conference (Prescott AZ)
June 3-4 NALS Region 8 Education Conference (Sonoma County CA)
June 10 NALS of Tucson & So. AZ 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Hope to see you soon!
Christine F. Clayton, PP, PLS, CERT
NALS of Tucson & So. AZ