Welcome to our inaugural COVID-19 bar association year. While I certainly did not expect to be writing the President’s message from my virtual home office, I promise to do my best to adapt to the new world that we are living in and serve the GBA to the best of my ability. To that end, we have already accomplished a lot this summer despite our newfound virtual reality. The GBA virtually hosted a meeting with Chief Justice Beasley of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and conducted our first ever virtual district court election.
Looking ahead, our theme for this year is “building our future.”
Our Habitat for Humanity project has been put on hold until January 2021 to allow for a safer build. I hope that we will have the opportunity to take on that project given the present conditions. We will reevaluate how we participate in the project as we get closer to next year. In response to the pandemic, I have created a Coronavirus Response Committee. The goal of the committee is to assist our members through this difficult time. To better plan for our future, I created a long-range planning committee. The committee will define objectives and goals for the GBA’s next 5-10 years.
My goal is to regularly host GBA events while maintaining member safety. We will plan to have our first meeting in September virtually. I will make the decision monthly going forward. Plan on GBA events, board meetings and other committee meetings being virtual in the short-term. The GBA will be posting announcements about the status of Guilford County Courthouse operations. Please be on the lookout for emails and posts on our website regarding that information.
I would love to hear your feedback as we move through the year. Please feel free to email me with any comments, questions, or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you will join us virtually on September 17, 2020 to kick off our first GBA meeting of the 2020-2021 year!
GBA President, 2020-2021