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The Wrap: March 2020 Print

President's Report

Hello Fellow RDU ALA Chapter Members,
I hope everyone is staying safe and well. As I wrap up my year as Chapter President I never could have guessed it would be under such surreal circumstances. I suppose we are starting to settle into our new normal of working remotely, social distancing, e-learning for our kids and Zoom meetings. The RDU chapter will also settle into a new normal and we will continue to provide education, support and camaraderie to our members and Business Partners. After our very successful Education Conference in March the Chapter Board is taking the month of April to regroup and determine the best way to move forward with our chapter meetings until we can meet in person again (and what a fun meeting that one will be). Please be on the lookout for more information!

I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Chapter President for the past year and I look forward to continuing one more year on the Board. Margery Clifton is taking over the reigns as President effective tomorrow, and I’m sure everyone will show her the same support, grace and kindness that I’ve received. And of course Margery will do a fabulous job, especially as we navigate these next few months.

In the meantime, everyone stay safe and stay positive. I truly can’t wait to see you all again!

Rhonda

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Member Spotlight

Congratulations to long-time Chapter member, Jean Sugg on her retirement. Jean started working with White & Allen as a paralegal in 1985 and has been an invaluable asset to this firm. Jean transitioned to the Office Manager role in 1996 when the firm had roughly 8 attorneys and approximately 20 support staff. She has served in that capacity since then and has helped manage the growth of the firm to 5 offices, 23 attorneys and 44 support staff. She has been essential to getting the firm to where we are now and will be missed tremendously. She was active in ALA up until the past year or so when medical issues and firm growth made it hard to continue to travel.

Jean and her husband, Tommy, are looking forward to spending time together.

We wish Jean all the best.

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ALA/RDU News

BOARD NEWS

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Board of Directors!
Margery Clifton, President
Meredith Homlotis, President-Elect
Connie Smith, Secretary
Dan Atcheson, Treasurer
Rhonda Fagen, Immediate Past President

The new board's duties take effect April 1st.


UPCOMING MEETINGS

The Board and Programs Committee are looking into holding Zoom chapter meetings for the next few months while the stay in place order is in effect. Details to follow soon.

Business partners

As we all adjust to the new normal please keep our business partners in mind. They are here to help us and we in turn should make every effort to support them. For a full list of our business partners, visit: https://rduala.org/sponsors.php

NEWS FROM ALA

The annual conference and exposition that was to held in Utah has been cancelled. The 2021 Annual Conference and Exp will be held April 25-28, 2021 at Chicago's Navy Pier. All existing conference registrations will be automatically transferred to the 2021 conference date. If you are unable to attend the 2021 conference you may transfer your registration to a colleague within the chapter or submit a cancellation request for full refund in writing to [email protected]

WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS, PLEASE EMAIL THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM,  IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE . 
SUBJECT LINE: NEWS ITEM FOR THE WRAP.

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Discussion Forums

A reminder that the new website has many significant benefits, including a discussion forum section where members can ask questions of the group and participate in engageing conversation. As with anything however, you only get what you put in!  We encourage all members to respond to posts and engage in conversations with other members. Please check the Discussion Forum threads before starting a new thread. The answer you are seeking may already have been found!

 

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