PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE-HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Friday, March 20, 2020
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE-HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
As we rapidly approach the end of winter and the first day of spring, we can all be thankful for what was a very mild winter. However, as we all know too well, there is no dancing without payment to the band leader. Similar to a bargain for exchange of consideration in a Contract treatise book from law school, the benefit of the mild winter is apparently now being exchanged for the detriment of the spread of the Coronavirus and its effect upon our daily lives.
I would encourage all members to stay up to date with the announcements from the Federal, State and local governments concerning the adjustment to operations as a result of the Coronavirus. Now, as much as ever, we need to work together as members of our Association to maintain and preserve the integrity and order of our legal system.
At a special meeting of the Board of Directors on March 12, 2020, the members voted unanimously to postpone the social portion of our annual dinner, which was scheduled for May 12, 2020. This decision was not made lightly. The primary reason for postponement is the safety and welfare of our membership during this pandemic. The Board, nonetheless, recognizes its obligation to hold a membership business meeting in May 2020 as required by our bylaws. Accordingly, we are working on scheduling a membership meeting in a manner that protects our member from illness. The details of the meeting will be announced at later date.
I would like to announce that the new and improved GBBA website has been launched and is up and running! Members now can access the website to view announcements, review the membership directory, register for seminars and events. Please go to the website (https://www.bridgeportbar.org) and register as a member. If you have not done so already, you can pay your annual dues through the website’s payment portal. At this point, the website only allows for a general membership payment. If you are a Sustaining Member or another category, you may want to consider sending in a check. As you may recall, the membership invoices were sent out last December.
Please be advised that our Executive Director, Antoinette Manganello, has resigned her position. Her last day in the office was February 28, 2020. We have put together a search committee and are diligently working to secure a new Executive Director. Meanwhile, Trish and Katarina will continue to be in the office during the day to handle routine matters. Of course, should anyone know any qualified candidates, please feel free to pass them along to us. I have attached a description of the position to the end of this message. You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Frank Bailey (email@example.com). We appreciate all member’s patience during this transition period.
We will continue to host seminars and committee meetings during the absence of an Executive Director. However, it is anticipated that seminars and committee meetings may be adjusted due to the Coronavirus.
At this point, it is uncertain as to the status of Law Day, which is scheduled to be held at the Superior Court on May 1, 2020. We will keep you posted of any developments. The Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 and is planned as scheduled at this point.
Thank you all for your attention to the matters set forth herein. Hope Springs Eternal!
Matthew C. Reale
President – Greater Bridgeport Bar Association
The Greater Bridgeport Bar Association seeks an outgoing self-starter with strong in-person networking skills and experience with online social media to serve as its Executive Director.
The GBBA is a 140-year-old association of lawyers practicing in greater Bridgeport. It hosts social and continuing education programs for its members, serves as a liaison between the bar and the local courts, and provides charitable services to the community.
The responsibilities of the executive director are:
- Recruitment and retention of members, including by one-on-one outreach
- Serving as the public face and chief promoter of the organization, by planning, attending, and emceeing events, maintaining an active social media presence, helping connect members to one another, and serving as the point of contact between the GBBA and charitable organizations
- Working with committee chairs to plan seminars
- Regular communication with members, area law firms, and the courts
- Supporting the board of directors in the governance of the organization – meetings, minutes, resolutions, etc.
- Day-to-day office administration, including paying bills
- Affable, proactive networker – friendly and engaging
- Professional demeanor suitable for hosting conferences, interacting with judges, etc. – experience interacting with lawyers and the business community
- Thorough familiarity with online social media
- Competent with QuickBooks, and able to manage bank accounts
We also have a strong preference for:
- Someone who is local and knows the area and local law firms
- Experience seeking out event sponsorships from businesses
This is a part-time, salaried position, that generally takes about 30 hours per week to perform, although the hours can vary, and include some evenings. Some supervision of other part-time staff members is involved.