10th Judicial   

         President's Message



I would like to thank all of our members who were able to attend our October and November meetings, as well as our Past President’s BBQ.  Once again, the BBQ was a success and the Sorosis building did not disappoint.  As many of you know, our October speaker cancelled at the last minute resulting in an impromptu lunch that turned out to be quite fun.  As a result, we all got the opportunity to converse with each other and even developed a new tradition of getting to know members.

      In November we had the pleasure of having Mr. James Jacobs from Florida’s Department of Financial Services speak to us on a number of hot topics, including how you may find lost treasure at www.fltreasurehunt.org.  Now that we are officially in the holiday season, this may prove to be a valuable resource.  In fact, one of our very own found some of her family’s unclaimed property during a quick search at the luncheon!

      As we move into December and the new year,  I would implore each of you to continue with our circuit’s tradition of helping those in need and offering services and/or advice when possible.  Whether you donate toys, offer legal services, or help a neighbor in need, the holidays are a wonderful time to reach out to others.  To quote Arthur Ashe – “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

       On a very sad note, Judge Glenn Shelby died on Friday, December 8, 2017.  I always found Judge Shelby to be deeply caring and gracious to all parties that came before him.  His family and friends spoke of him having a profound love for God and for being one of the kindest people you would ever meet.  He was an asset to our community and to the bar and he will be greatly missed.

      Please join us on January 11th for our Bench Bar reception at Judge Oliver Green’s home and on January 12th for our luncheon meeting at Eaglebrooke.  Our January guest speaker is Lakeland Police Department, Chief of Police, Larry Giddens. 

The LBA wishes you all happy holidays and a wonderful new year!


Art Fulmer, Jr.









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