Antoinette B. Van Schaick, PP, PLS

Happy 2014 to all of you!  When the ball dropped in Times Square to bring in the New Year, for me it meant another chapter in my life had ended, and a new one was about to begin.  So I was filled with happiness and sadness at the same time, but I was also filled with hope!

As we come to the end of our year together, I realize, too, that one chapter will close and another one will open, and I am hopeful!

For starters, although we lost nine members, which brought our membership down from 41 to 32, we added 2 new members between May 1, 2013 and now:  Betzaida Torres and Deborah Lewis, brought us back up to 34, and we continue to hold steady at 34.

At our Annual Meeting in June, we had two first-timers in attendance:  Diana Rivera and Betzaida Torres.

In October 2013, NALS of New York went live on LinkedIn.  Although our LinkedIn group has only four members, I am hopeful that more of you will take advantage of this new way to network with your colleagues.  I am participating in discussions in other LinkedIn groups for legal professionals, and I am finding it truly rewarding.

And the biggest beacon of hope for me concerning NALS of New York, Inc., was learning that one of our members has continued her membership for 51 years!  That's right, 51 years!  So, I will hope you will all join me in congratulating Peggy Bennett, member-at-large, on her accomplishment of being a member of NALS ... the association for legal professionals for 51 years!

What is down the road for us?  Plans are being made for the 2014 Annual Meeting!  NALS of New York will soon emerge on Facebook!  I would love to revive our local chapters and to open dialogue and collaborate with other legal professionals and other legal professional associations; there are no limited to what we can do if we work together as a team!

I am hopeful that we can continue to thrive as a State Chapter if each of us keeps an open mind; continues to renew our membership; recruits at least one new member; invites one colleague to join us at our meetings and functions; participates in discussions; shares ideas!

The possibilities are endless!

In friendship,