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Greetings fellow LBA members!
Is it too late to wish you all a Happy New Year? Since I last wrote, we closed out what was one of the most challenging years in modern history, but there is reason to hope that 2021 will be a happier and healthier year. Although we experienced a surge of COVID cases in the United States following the holidays, the numbers seem to be declining and thousands of people per day are being vaccinated. As of February 8, 2021, 33 million doses reportedly have been administered to roughly 8% of the U.S. population. And, even locally, we learn almost weekly of new vaccination sites. There is hope if we can continue to hang in there a little longer.
The LBA is striving to continue to provide our members with benefits during this time in the form of modified meetings, including CLE presentations, and unique but safer social events. Some of you may have joined us for our family-oriented holiday event at the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre. What a relaxing and fun way to spend an evening! Sadly, I don’t think I had been to a drive-in movie since I was in high school, but will definitely put that in the date-night mix going forward.
We kicked off the new year with our January hybrid luncheon meeting. Regrettably, a minor accident prevented my attendance, so I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our January speaker, Lakeland Chief of Police, Ruben Garcia. In a time when law enforcement personnel are facing many challenges, I can imagine that Chief Garcia has an incredibly full schedule, so I greatly appreciate his willingness to speak with our members about the state of law enforcement in Lakeland.
This past week, the LBA was pleased to have its own Judge Robert Fegers’s join us to speak about his new book, Grant Justice: The Untold Story of the Finest Attorney of a Generation, the only autobiography of attorney Grant B. Cooper, who arguably was the most prolific attorney of the Twentieth Century. While we learned a bit about the story of Mr. Cooper, it was a special privilege to learn about Judge Feger’s personal journey to become a book author and to bring Mr. Cooper’s story to the public. It was inspiring to learn of how Judge Fegers fulfilled a long-time dream.
In conjunction with our February meeting and luncheon, the LBA held its annual golf tournament, this year benefiting Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society. Although the final total hasn’t been tallied, as always, our golfers showed up for the cause -- they and other members generously contributed by purchasing raffle tickets for the fun gift baskets organized by our outstanding Executive Director, Lisa Oliver. Thank you to all who helped to make this year’s tournament a big success!
In March, we look forward to welcoming Travis Finchum, Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, for a CLE presentation. We also hope you’ll be able to join us on March 5th at Eaglebrooke for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour, followed by trivia. Until then, hang in there and be safe.