Fall! It is officially here. Of course for those of us in the desert, we won't see much of a change in our weather until late October. But nonetheless, it is here. Being a former resident of Colorado, fall reminds me of change -- changes in the trees, the fall colors come out, and believe it or not, the holidays are here. Yes, by the time you get this, Halloween will be a couple weeks away with Thanksgiving and Christmas right behind it.
NTSA has a lot of changes happening with our new eNews and with the launch of our new website. Audrey Saxton has worked extremely hard to make these changes and to bring our association up to date with the technology out there. Our new website is more user friendly and it is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you, Audrey.
October also brings our NALS annual conference in Branson. While my plans were to attend, unfortunately, my business demands may not allow me to participate. October will also find me participating in the Huntsman World Senior Games, where I will be participating in the volleyball portion along with a team out of California.
Last month's speaker, Sandy Hanson from the Attorney General's Office, shared a tremendous amount of information on the prosecution of federal cases. Her sense of humor and the information she provided was very informative. Everyone who attended had a great time and rave reviews for Ms. Hanson. October’s speaker (a TPD officer & K9 handler) will be just as good, and perhaps better. Please plan to attend. Click here to download our flier for October's event.
So, a couple of things have been roaming around in my mind lately. One of them is participation! Our participation numbers are down, so we have been busy working on a membership retention and recruitment plan called "Participation Pays" which starts on October 1, 2010. It is very exciting and I hope to see more members begin their participation in this challenge. Additional information regarding Participation Pays can be found in the LegaLetter and on our website here.
Where there is a will, there is a way. I say this for a few reasons. First, recently I was in San Diego competing in their Senior Olympics. Everyone who attends has a great time both on and off the court. Friendships are made, renewed, and hugs are always shared. For some of us traveling out of state, money is spent getting to these games and participating. This weekend, I had the honor of taking the court against the Hot Flashes, a volleyball team out of California who plays 60s and over, meaning you have to be at least 60 years old to take the court. This year's oldest participant was a 92-year-old woman, and while she moved slower than some of us, she was still out there, still coming to the games, and still playing. Amazing. She was simply amazing.
Which brings me to my point -- in a round about way but my point, nonetheless. Where there is a will, there is a way. If you have not attended a CLE After Hours, why not? You are missed. You do have stuff to share with us and we have stuff to share with you. In today's economic times, networking and education play a huge part in employers' minds. How can they get the most for their money? By hiring someone who is complacent and just considers their work in the office as a job, OR by hiring someone who goes the extra mile, who attends CLE, and who makes the networking contacts needed to survive in their business. The answer is pretty obvious. So, please, do me one small favor: Don't be the person who gets terminated from her position at the firm because she doesn't know where to go for the answer -- Bring yourself to a meeting, and do it very soon. We miss you.