Last updated February 12, 2019
From the President . . .
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and memorable Holiday Season. This month begins the Chinese Lunar New Year – celebrating the Year of the Pig. The pig is considered lucky because it represents wealth and good fortune. I hope this wealth and good fortune spreads to everyone this year and to SFLPA as we have several exciting events happening in the coming weeks and months.
We have our annual Legal Secretary/Professional Training Course coming up starting at the end of this month. Bravo for our Education Chair Francie Skaggs and those who have helped her put this successful program together again this year. We had a great response and positive feedback after last year and I’m sure more will follow soon. For more information, please check under Events on our website (sflpa.org) and share this information with your administrators and co-workers as well.
We are having our Second Annual Crab Feed on February 24, 2019 at the Pomeroy Recreational & Rehabilitation Center. This features more than you can eat Dungeness crab, spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. Beer, wine, and prize drawing tickets will be sold, too. So, rally as many family and friends as you can and sign up online for a great day of crab feasting. Lillian Wong is our crab feed organizer and you can reach her by email at Historian@SFLPA.org. I’m sure she can use some volunteers, too.
Our election of officers is coming up. If you would like to know more about what being an officer involves, please let any one of us — current officers or committee chairs — know and we will be happy to give you the lowdown. Also, if you know a member who might be interested in running for office, please ask them to submit their name to our nominations committee: May Sene, Leon Thomas, Jr., and Kristen Craig-Reed. We are always looking for new faces to be on our Board. And don’t forget to come to our Election Meeting on Tuesday, March 19th to vote.
Preparations are under way for the LSI Quarterly Conference,in San Francisco, November 15-17, 2019. This is the first time in more than a decade that our Association is the host for an LSI Quarterly Conference. Larry McGrew and I are co-chairing this grand event and we are actively gathering volunteers, seeking donations, and planning entertainment for that weekend. We need the help of all of our members. I am very excited about showcasing our beautiful city and, hopefully, introducing new members to experience an LSI conference. I will also be sending out conference packages to our members working in law firms and asking them to present the contents to their office administrators in order to obtain contributions necessary to financially pull off an event of this scale. We will also be asking each of our members to donate a prize – which could be a handmade item or an easy to purchase gift card, valued at $25.00 or more for our prize drawing raffle to help raise funds for our Association during the November conference. If you have any questions or comments or suggestions, please email me President@SFLPA.org or oLarry at: ExecutiveAdvisor@SFLPA.org.
Our talented Website Editor (Secretary and pro tem Treasurer), Sally Mendez, is working on a donations page for our website to draw those with the means to donate online. Once again, we need all members to help promote the various events mentioned above. Please consider asking friends, family, and business associates for their support by making a donation to our prize table at the November Conference or our February Crab Feed. Popular prizes include gift cards, gift certificates to your favorite restaurant (in case you are the lucky drawing winner), gift baskets which are fun and creative to put together like a wine basket, a movie-themed basket, a game night basket, a pampering/spa basket, the possibilities are endless, or any other items that you think people will buy prize drawing tickets for.
Lastly, if you know someone in your office (or in your professional network) who would make an excellent guest speaker, please let me know. We are always looking for great speakers to provide educational presentations to inspire and give us networking opportunities at our meetings, brown bags, and other events. Please feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions with any of the Board members. We represent you and you are the heart of the organization. One final reminder: “Always take pride in your work and make a difference!”
Happy New Year everyone!
San Francisco Legal Professionals Association