October is the month…Guest Post by Liz Novak

I was out and about at the end of last week and had a moment of noticing all of the beautiful colors of autumn – which is rare for me. I’m not always good at being in the present, always thinking two steps ahead, and I had somehow missed the colors prior to that. And I thought – of course the leaves are changing, it’s October. Then I thought: How is it already October?

October is to the six month period of July to December as Wednesday is to the work week…but without the same wonderful anticipatory feeling of a weekend at the end of it.

October is the month when the air changes. It’s as if Mother Nature flips a switch and says get ready kids, winter will soon be here. Come on, you felt it in the air this week. We had two glorious weeks of a late summer, but this week, it feels different.

October is the month for realizing the cold, hard truth, and that it’s time for some serious and important decisions: Shovel? Snow blower? Or snow plow service? Last year, our household made an erroneous decision — based on length of driveway and robustness of its two residents (and one beagle). We made the decision to shovel — wrong move!

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Zakk the beagle says, please, no shoveling. So, this year, we’re going with a snow blower.

October is the month when we finish all of the fall gardening – getting the last bit of tomatoes, pulling up our annuals, raking leaves and doing any other last minute duties needed before the winter months.

Here at the MCBA, October is the month when the first two quarters of CLEs are well underway, and Louise Spinelli and her team are already making plans for 2015. Check out CLEs through December on the MCBA’s calendar.

October is the month when MCBA President Steve Modica reflects back on his first 90 days and is planning for the rest of the year. Check out his column in today’s Daily Record in which he writes about what he’s learned so far.

October is the month when the Lawyers for Learning Program is in full gear, recruiting mentors and pairing those who have already signed up. Click here to sign-up to become a Lawyers for Learning mentor.

October is the month when we’re realizing that the one year anniversary of BarSTOP is just around the corner! We started this monthly member social last year in November. This month’s BarSTOP is on October 16, 5-7 p.m., Label 7. Don’t miss the fun!

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October also is the month when the MCBA’s Memorial Committee is hard at work, led by the Hon. Frank Geraci, gathering tributes and photos to honor those attorneys and judges who passed away this past year at the MCBA’s Annual Memorial Ceremony on Friday, November 14, 12:30 p.m., at the Hall of Justice.

And as we reflect upon lives lost too soon, October is also the month for some to welcome new life into this world as MCBA Marketing Specialist Merritt Smith and his wife (and MCBA member) Laura Smith are making last minute preparations to welcome in their new baby girl due later this month.

October is the month when we get into the nitty-gritty planning for our Annual Bench & Bar Holiday Party on Thursday, December 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Wintergarden. Invites will be coming out soon!

October is the month when the MCBA’s Board of Trustees are busy reaching out to those attorneys who have not yet renewed their dues, as we try to close the gap on membership.

October also is the month for the ABA’s National Pro Bono Celebration, October 19-25. Look for guest blogger Sheila Gaddis, Volunteer Legal Services Project, to write about this topic in the October 23 issue of Bar View.

Yes — October is a big month! Oh, it might not have the pizzazz of having the first day of school or the first day of fall, but October is the month for planning and prepping, culminating with that final night (for those of you with kids) of massive sugar consumption known as Halloween.

What is October to you? Maybe it’s the month when the slow cooker gets pulled out, and ingredients for stews, chili, and soups get put into it.

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Or maybe it’s none of the above. Maybe it’s the month when you ignore that winter is coming, and you still wear your flip flops and shorts, and you say that magical phrase: I’ll worry about it tomorrow.

After all, we still have the whole month!

Thanks for checking in.

Liz

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