November’s Chair of the Board Message

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Halloween!  Thank you to each of you who came to our October MCLE lunch with Craig Braun informing us on recent Real Estate Law updates.  Because of our members, we had a great turn out!  We hope you’ll come to our next luncheon on November 8, 2012, at the Petroleum Club.  Margo Raison will be speaking on “Sexual Harassment: It’s all fun and games until it’s not!”

I would like to thank all our members who have served in one of our military branches in honor of Veteran’s Day, as well of your family members who have spent time in the military.  While I am not a military brat by any means, I have family and friends who have served in all the branches.  Honoring and respecting our military, currently serving and our veterans, is very important to me.

One of my favorite holidays, which I just found out was proclaimed a national holiday by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is Thanksgiving.  For one, since I got married, we get to split our time across three families and splitting our time across a four day weekend is much easier, but it’s really a great time to remember what you have to be thankful for: your family, friends, etc.  I’m personally thankful for the job I have and that I am still able to afford my rent while my husband and I, and other family members, have no major health concerns.  What are you thankful for?  Take a few minutes to reflect on the positives in your life.

We are still collecting names for the Thanksgiving dinners, and monetary donations to purchase gift cards to supplement the dinners (i.e., for the purchase of a pie), for families in need.  Please contact Starlene Parson if you have a family in mind.  We hope to make several families’ Thanksgiving a little more special.  Additionally, our November community affairs event is the donation of cash for the Kern County Fire Department to purchase Care Bears.

The KCBA/KCPA 2012 Holiday Luncheon is scheduled for December 13, 2012 at the Petroleum Club.  Opportunity drawing tickets sales will benefit CASA and Bakersfield Christmas for Seniors.  Make your reservations at www.kernbar.org!  We are also looking for volunteers to help with luncheon.  If you’d like to get in touch with your crafty side, please contact Ms. Amber Brewer, the Committee Chair, for further information.

Mark your calendars for this special event!  CAPA’s 25th Annual Educational Conference will be held at Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel in Los Angeles, California on June 22, 2013.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

We hope you all have wonderful Thanksgivings with your families and friends!

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