Welcome to the new bar year…

On July 1st, 2013 at 12:00 a.m., Diane Cecero assumed the role of President of the Monroe County Bar Association, while Connie Walker assumed the role of Immediate Past President. This annual transition of leadership is part of the proud tradition of this association. And so with this annual tradition comes annual processes such as membership renewal, the development of a strong CLE curriculum, events and other bar and community events.

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As we are in the process of membership renewal, I cannot help but reflect on the 12 years of this renewal process. Each year we strategize on how best to secure your renewal commitment, and most importantly, how we do this in a timely manner. I am going to share a little secret — our bar year is only 12 months long, yet, the renewal process annually takes almost 9 of those 12 months to meet our member target. That is a significant amount of time; and most importantly, it is a significant use of the limited staff resources. In my mind, these very limited resources could be put to better use to create new benefits and services for our members; thus increasing the value of your dues dollar.

We are so grateful for your annual membership commitment, and your own service to the bar. Without your active engagement, confidence, financial support, and leadership, there would be no MCBA. I also recognize you are all incredibly busy in the practice of law, so I do appreciate the fact that I am asking you to do one more thing when you are busy at the office; or attempting to get out of the office for dinner with friends; a soccer game for one of the kids; for a few days or a week or two of much-needed vacation.

What I am asking, is that you help us reduce this 9 month membership renewal campaign to 3-4 months instead. Help us be more efficient; and help us complete the recruitment process in an abbreviated period of time by renewing your membership no later than July 31st. Put your investment in the MCBA to better use than sending repeat reminders. I promise, we can do more, but we need your help.

As a quick reminder, here are a few reminders as to why you want to do it by that date:

If you wish to participate on a committee or section, or receive an appointment from the President to either Judiciary or one of the Grievance Committees, you must renew by July 31st.

If you wish to take advantage of the TWO FREE CLE CREDITS, you must renew.

If you are a Verizon user, and wish to take advantage of a potential 18-22% discount, you must renew.

If you wish to take advantage of our health insurance products through the Ahrens Group, you must renew.

Finally, if you wish to have a seat at the table on issues that come before this legal community, to have your voice heard on those matters, then join the MCBA and be a part of solutions. If you wish to engage with your colleagues on doing good work for your colleagues and the community, then join the MCBA and be a part of creating impact.

If for any reason, you do not intend to renew due to financial or other personal circumstances, or your displeasure with a decision or action of the bar this year, then you really need to call me. Because without knowing, I am unable to respond.

To renew online, just go to www.mcba.org. Renew by July 31 so you don’t miss out on any of the benefits. If you need your login and password, contact Liz Novak at lnovak@mcba.org.

Have a great summer. I am heading out on vacation next week, and look forward to coming back rested and renewed for a new bar year.

Thanks for checking in…


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