January, the month of new beginnings. Many set resolutions or goals that they hope to achieve in the New Year. Some may be personal goals, for example, exercise more, eat healthy and spend more time with loved ones. Some of our goals will be professional in nature, utilize technology to make my practice more efficient; or increase my marketing efforts (see "How Do I Effectively Market My Practice" in this issue of the Ex Parte). As attorneys, Judges, Magistrates and Hearing Officers, most of us are struggling with the work/life balance. How do we accomplish our personal and professional goals when there never seems to be enough hours in a day? I know. I live with that struggle on a daily basis. The exciting part of a new year is the opportunity for new beginnings. In this case, to let go of all the 2017 negative and re-evaluate and determine what 2018 will look like for you.
For us at the Brevard Bar, 2018 has already given us our first new beginning. A new home. We received notice this month that our landlord is terminating our lease due to new opportunities they have had. So...that means, we are in search of a new home. The Board is currently pursuing a number of possibilities in our search for a new home. If you are aware of potential space for the Bar Association, please let us know. We are leaving no stone unturned.
Thank you to all of you who attended the Holiday Celebration. As always, this event is one of our most attended and this year was no different. We had 170 members in attendance. Our gift basket raffle raised $850 for the Women's Center of South Brevard and we donated several unwrapped toys to the Children's Home Society. Thank you to all who contributed. Because of you, children in our community had a better holiday.
We have plenty of events on the horizon this year. In February, we are once again holding our Mock Trial Competition. As always, we need volunteers to act as jurors. If you are interested, please contact the Bar office. Our Professionalism Banquet is scheduled for March. Maybe I am biased, but we are very fortunate to have the legal community that we have here in Brevard County. Please come join us in March to celebrate the professionalism of our Bar. More details will be forthcoming in future issues of the Ex Parte and by Constant Contact.
Our annual Fall CLE will be held this spring, thanks to Hurricane Irma. Watch for more information on the upcoming CLE. And finally, this April we have planned a BCBA Family picnic and softball game. The event will feature lots of fun for the kids and some friendly competition for those members who wish to participate in the softball game.
I am looking forward to 2018 and all it has in store for each of you. Happy New Year!