February President’s Message

When you see hearts all over the place in February, it’s not just about Valentine’s Day – February is also the nationally recognized American Heart Month. Now, I’m sure 99.9% of the time all the hearts you see in the stores is because of Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to remind you to be heart healthy! (Because you needed one more person to tell you, right?)  Why am I reminding you? Stress.  We all experience it, whether it’s because of work, personal life, school – we all have to remember to try to manage our stress, and, in turn, manage our heart health!  I know that working in the legal field can be very stressful, and the American Heart Association has some great tips on how to keep your heart healthy.

Now that we are a month in, how are you doing on your resolutions? I made three resolutions:

  1. Read at least 25 books;
  2. Complete at least 1 more APC; and
  3. Complete at least 12 5ks.

So far, I’ve completed 2 books (and I’m about 1/3 of the way through my third). I’ve started my APC, and I have signed up for 2 5ks (the first being January 23). I’ve began to wonder whether I set goals that were too reasonable, but at least they are attainable!

We have most of the year planned out for MCLEs! We will be welcoming Joe Hughes of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, to speak on “An Unwelcome Valentine – Motions to Disqualify Under Rule of Professional Conduct 3-310” on February 11, 2016. Please RSVP with Sasha Gadberry no later than February 4, 2016.  Please remember, due to the switch to the Petroleum Club, any late RSVPs (as in any RSVPs after February 4 and walk-ins) are subject to a late RSVP fee.  This is unfortunately due to the amount of late RSVPs we were receiving and additional fees that Petroleum Club passed through.

In preparation of spring cleaning, our February Community Affairs event is a book and media drive for the SPCA’s book fair. If you have books and/or DVDs that you’d like to donate, please bring them to the luncheon on February 11, 2016.  If you have a large quantity of books to donate, I would urge you to contact Kristen Foster to possibly donate before or after the luncheon.

Lastly, as you know, KCPA’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30, which means that we are looking for new board members! If you are interested in joining the board, please contact Shontice Yates to let her know, or feel free to contact any of the board members to discuss what they do on a daily basis.  We’d love to have some fresh faces and new ideas on the board for the 2016-2017 year.

I hope you have a wonderful heart healthy February!

-Makala E. Reha

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