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Opening Statement

Many reasons to be
thankful this year

H

ello everyone. It's me
again, your Pandemic
President. This will be
the last time you'll hear from me.
At least in my role as President
of our great Bar Association. Too bad we haven't heard the last
from the virus that has dominated our lives for much of the year.
Even though this year has, forgive my language, pretty much
sucked, it was truly an honor to lead the best Bar Association in
the Commonwealth. Thank you to everyone for giving me the
privilege of serving as your President.
	 We couldn't have weathered the pandemic as well as we have
so far without the tremendous efforts of our Bar Association
staff of Kori Walter, Karen Loeper, Lucy Brito and Carolyn Fair.
They have worked tirelessly to keep us informed and up to date
on everything related to the pandemic and how it affects the
court system and our livelihoods. I can't thank them enough for
all of their work on our behalf, including setting up the online
CLE programs, offering remote notary services, and keeping
our building available for our use when needed for arbitrations,
depositions and meetings, both physically and remotely. While
this past year has presented many challenges, it also presented
many opportunities for re-evaluating the way the Bar Association
serves its members, and our wonderful staff never failed to step
up to the plate and come up with new and innovative ways to
continue to be a vital part of our practices.

our Zoom meetings and conference calls so that we could work
through the crisis together. I can't tell you how much your efforts
are appreciated.
One of the great things about being BCBA President is serving
on the Board of our Law Foundation and learning firsthand
what amazing things the Foundation does for local youth and
those in need of legal services in Berks County. As most of you
know, the Foundation's biggest fundraiser, the Holiday Benefit
Luncheon, had to be cancelled this year. Despite the cancellation,
the Foundation's work continues, and I urge all of you to make
a donation to the Foundation in lieu of attending this year's
luncheon. The generosity of our members and supporters allows
the Foundation to provide grants that make a significant and
lasting difference in the community. But please be sure to mark
your calendar for Friday, December 3, 2021. That's when the
Foundation is planning the next Holiday Benefit Luncheon, which
will no doubt come back bigger and better than before the virus.
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Karen will be leaving us at the end of this year to enjoy her
well-deserved retirement. I, for one, will miss her dearly as
she has been a rock for all of us. Thank you, Karen, for staying
through my Presidency, as you promised you would many years
ago.
I also want to thank the Judges, especially President Judge
Thomas G. Parisi and Judge James M. Lillis, as well as our MDJs,
for working with us and listening to our concerns and questions
regarding the operations of the court during the pandemic. Our
Bench made themselves available and gave up their time to join

While the pandemic dominated much of the year - and my tenure as
president - our Bar Association made a seamless transition to virtual
events, including the Annual Meeting featuring an appearance by
Pennsylvania Bar Asssociation President David E. Schwager.
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