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“May you live in interesting times”
For some reason, this quote from a 1990’s movie has been running through my head over the past couple of weeks. In writing this message, I looked up the original quote cited by the movie, and discovered that opinions vary on whether it is intended as a blessing or a curse.
Well, we are certainly living in uncertain times. Our friend, Debbie Foster, has said that the legal industry has changed more in the last 10 days than it has in the last 10 years. I feel like I am in a snow globe that has been turned upside down. We all want life to return to “normal.” But until that happens, how we react now will determine whether these interesting times are a blessing or a curse for us. Will we find positive ways to use unexpected weeks of time at home, or will we simply be upset at all the missed activity of everyday life? Will we find better ways of getting things done, or will we anxiously wait until we can go back to doing things the “old” way?
In trying to navigate through each new day, I realize how thankful I am to be a part of ALA, and especially our amazing chapter. I’ve learned so much as a member, but nothing more important than the value of our relationships with each other. Now more than ever, we need the knowledge, support and friendship of our ALA friends and colleagues. I so look forward to the day down the road where we are all back together in person, but for now, I take great comfort in knowing that we are there for each other.
The 2020/21 year is clearly not starting the way your new ALA Chicago Board of Directors had in mind. An incredible group of people has come together with many exciting ideas for our chapter. Hopefully, before too long, we’ll be able to get back on track with those plans. However, for now, our Board and our chapter will change direction and work hard to find new ways of making these interesting times a blessing for you. As always, your ideas and input are extremely important and encouraged. Please reach out to me, or any member of the Board with your thoughts.
As we move forward, please join me in thanking the 2019/20 Board of Directors, led so well by my friend, chapter President, Laura Sears. This group of dedicated volunteers brought our chapter exceptional opportunities for education and networking, while completing a major chapter reorganization. It was a pleasure working with each of you. You’ve set a high bar for the new Board to aim for.
In closing, until we can meet again in person, please remember what makes our group so special – the connections. Let’s keep those bonds strong!
Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA