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Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017

President’s Message Leila H. Watson from the President resign as executive director, I did feel like I had been punched in the gut, but Bo is such a force of positive energy that you don’t get a chance to feel sorry for yourself or him. I know that everyone’s first concern is Bo’s wellbeing, and everyone will give him all the help and support he needs to beat his cancer. The second concern is for the Bar Association. Bo and his staff perform flawlessly for our members to provide information, services, facilities, guidance, and pretty much everything that we need to keep our ship afloat. Alan Rogers and Bob MacKenzie are co-chairs of the search committee to find our new Executive Director. The committee has met and begun its work. If you have recommendations regarding the process of retaining a new executive director, please speak with Alan, Bob, myself, or any member of the Executive Committee. Finding someone like Bo, who “fits” with our membership and who works so hard to get the job done, is a daunting task and one that the search committee is up to handling. It is our intent to have our new executive director in place by the end of the year to match Bo’s leave date. The BBA has never been stronger and more vibrant and engaged. Our vitality comes from you – the members. As proof of the commitment to belong to, participate in, and maintain the BBA, we have never had problems filling the officer positions, Executive Committee seats, and Bar committees every year. It is an investment of time and energy, and you have always volunteered enthusiastically. It is not just putting your name on the form—you are called upon to perform for the BBA and our communities, and Bob Dylan says, “There is nothing so stable as change.” My first thought is that Dylan is wrong. Change is disruptive and challenging and requires integration of new ways and ideas into existing paradigms. However, with more consideration, I think that Dylan actually got it right. When change happens, it may take the wind out of the sails and upset the ship for a while, but a strong ship stabilizes itself and continues on. The Birmingham Bar Association is strong and capable of change. When Bo told me of his decision to “We are best when we associate with each other 8 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association - Bulletin Fall 2017
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