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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE us too. I would invite all the other members of various affinity bars, local bars and specialty bars to also join us and bring us your us your valuable experience. Just a reminder that under the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6.1 which describes Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service, you get credit for serving on bar association committees and boards, taking part in Law Day activities, acting as a continuing legal education instructor, participation in activities for improving the laws, the legal system or the legal profession. The Georgia Supreme Court asks all of the lawyers in this state to donate pro bono service. I know you are on constant watch for RISKS your clients face. I’m talking about RISK and the Atlanta Bar in the same speech. I must rise to the occasion and meet the mission of The Atlanta Bar. I must motivate our leaders and you, as members, to join me in fulfilling this mission. I’m going to need you to answer the call for volunteers and leaders on a variety of fronts. I’m going to need you to be willing to raise money for us in a variety of ways, from a variety of sources that we have not looked to in the recent past. There are many risks facing us at the Bar: • The risk of being a leading organization - The Atlanta Bar, like most traditional, voluntary bars across the country, is affected with decreasing paid membership. Although we are the largest voluntary bar in the Southeast, our annual revenues are not as high as they once were. • The risk of innovating and changing with the times • The risk of being humble leaders - To invite others to join us and commit to being more relevant so that we can improve our community. The best leaders are humble leaders. I think this is an even greater challenge when managing risk, when managing an organization that must find its future. Standing on the shoulders of our history, means we must strive to do better than ever before. We have made it through the recession and our staff transitions, but now we need to return to our mission to engage and lead. can.” I am in this role because I am proud of the Atlanta Bar and all its leaders and members. And I know we can do more and set an exciting course for the future. I believe you want greater reasons to engage. I believe you want great leaders. Specifically, my two themes for the year are engagement and leadership. ENGAGEMENT - “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ― The 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. • Volunteer on The Atlanta Lawyer Editorial Board. Be published. We have seed money to get The Atlanta Lawyer published in print. We need sponsors, advertising and section support. • Establish a Social/Cultural Committee. Cocktail or desert parties would be held in homes close to the venue. • W7F&Ɨ6