IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!
I usually don’t have a problem with expressing my thoughts or feelings, but this last FTR article as ACRA President has been a struggle for me. Maybe it’s been a struggle because I’m so busy with family (we have four grown children and ten grandchildren); maybe because I work for a hardworking Circuit Judge in one of the busiest circuits in the state; maybe because I am a dreamer and have all of these thoughts and ideas in my head and not enough time to put them into action or words – who knows?! What I do know is that the last year has passed by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that we were all gathered for the annual ACRA Conference at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores. Now it’s time to prepare to gather for the next ACRA Conference being held January 23-25, 2020 at The Embassy Suites in Hoover. Cyndi Tumlin has been working very hard over the past year putting together an amazing conference!! The upcoming conference is full of interesting NCRA approved continuing education sessions with great speakers, amazing vendors, the ever-popular Basket Bonanza, and so much more! You don’t want to miss this one!!
I’ve been on the ACRA Board for several years now, and each position has its own tasks and responsibilities. I can honestly say that being ACRA President has been not only an honor, but a huge responsibility – one I haven’t taken lightly. There’s no way that I could have gotten through this past year without the love and support of current board members, as well as valuable advice from past ACRA presidents. There have been many, many hours discussing, planning, and, yes, praying, dealing with issues and concerns facing our profession in not only our state, but also our nation. I am thankful for each and every one of you who have given so much of your valuable time, talent and resources to help make a difference in our profession.
My favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. The first time I watched it, I realized how many lives one person touches in a lifetime and how one person can make a difference. I still believe that one person can make a difference. But I’ve also learned that sometimes one person can only do so much, and that when you have likeminded, supportive, and dedicated people working together for a common goal, you can not only make a difference, you can change the world – and that’s powerful!