August President’s Message

August is already upon us. That came fast!

The Board had its retreat on last month and we have some exciting events coming up throughout the year that we hope you’ll be as excited about as we are. The first is Bowling with the Board and Meeting Your Team. We’ll be hosting a bowling event on September 26, 2015 at the Westchester Lanes in Bakersfield. We’ll be providing more details soon, so be on the look out! I bet you’re wondering what team it is you are supposed to be meeting… well, KCPA also have a team for the 2015 Bakersfield Heart & Stroke Walk and Lawyers Have Heart 5K Run at the CSU Bakersfield Amphitheater on October 17, 2015. You can register by going to and search for “Kern County Paralegal Association” as the team. (Please note that it is a team and not a company so you do need to search for it; it will not be one of the companies listed.) The link is also posted on Facebook and our website. There is no charge to participate in the Heart Walk (untimed), but all walkers who raise $100 will receive an official Heart Walk t-shirt. There is a $35.00 charge for the Lawyers Have Heart Run (timed). We hope you’ll join us! We have more events in the works for the end of this year and next year and we hope you’ll join us for what we have planned.

Please remember that our luncheons have changed to the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield beginning this month. We hope you’ll join us for Jeffrey Travis speaking on “Tiptoeing Through Minefields”: Ten things to do and not do during discovery in a family law proceeding on August 13, 2015. (I’ve seen the PowerPoint on this one—it’ll be entertaining!)

For our Community Affairs opportunity for August, KCPA is collecting cash donations to benefit The Kern County 999 Foundation, an organization whose mission is to recognize and honor Kern County’s fallen peace officers who gave their lives ‘In The Line of Duty’ serving the citizens of Kern County, and provide support to the family members left behind. (Please make checks payable to KCPA.) Donations will be accepted at our August luncheon, however, if you are not able to attend and would still like to donate, please contact Kristen Foster.

As a few reminders as we begin the new year:

1. Membership Applications are due. Please make sure to have them to Shontice Yates no later than September 15, 2015.

2. We have a great Board again this year, please let us know what you’d like to see from your association this year and we’ll see what we can make happen.

3. CAPA is celebrating 40 years next year. The 40 year anniversary present is a ruby—what are your ideas on a theme for the education conference next year? (Oh, and rubies are spread out throughout the newsletter. Cherri Jo Bassler won a $10 Panera gift card for June’s ladybug find. Can you find all the rubies? – E-mail me with how many you find!)

4. Stay Calm. Our hearts are important to us— and stress does not help, but in our profession, there is always some level of stress. In conjunction with our Heart Walk Team, here are Four Ways to Deal with Stress:

Stay Healthy and Stay Happy!

~Makala E. Reha, ACP


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