ANNUAL MEETING RECAP – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Flowers and friendships budded and blossomed as Legal Secretaries of Indiana, Inc. welcomed members of Legal Secretaries International Inc., to the 2009 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, encompassed with the theme of “Friendship is the Garden of the World.”
Members arriving early on Thursday took advantage of the time to explore the Omni Severin Hotel and adjoining Circle Centre Mall, both in the shadow of Lucas Oil Stadium. Some members who had arrived even earlier spent their time studying for the Certified Legal Secretary Specialist Examinations that were administered Thursday afternoon.
Thursday evening provided an opportunity for early arrivals to pull out their umbrellas and walk down the street to The Old Spaghetti Factory to enjoy some camaraderie at the Dutch Treat Dinner.
Friday morning began a day filled with intriguing seminars. Linda Pinkham, IT Trainer from Baker & Daniels, provided us with an Introduction to Word 2007. Michael J. Cork, Esq., of Bamberger, Forman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP, shared an overview of recent developments pertaining to “The Age Discrimination in Employment Act.” Bill Bahert, Esq., Bahert & Associates LLC, presented a captivating look into patent law. The final presentation of the day was a panel discussion regarding “Law and the Media” with panelists Jeanne M. Hamilton, Esq., Doninger Tuohy & Bailey, LLP; Associate Professor Anthony L. Fargo, Indiana University School of Journalism; J. Richard Kiefer, Esq., Bingham McHale, LLP; and Stephen M. Terrell, Terrell Law Office, LLC.
Friday evening was highlighted once again with a grand welcome reception sponsored by Legal Secretaries International Inc.'s corporate sponsor, Legal Directories Publishing Company, Inc., where the wine flowed and the hors d'oeuvres were exceptional. For those who still had an appetite, dinner was on your own.
The first seminar on Saturday morning brought a fascinating look into the life of a private investigator as Mr. Tim Wilcox, Private Investigator, shared some highlights of his profession. Unfortunately, the final presentation of the day, Julie Busic, IPD Detective, arrived feeling under the weather and was unable to continue with her seminar.
The business meeting was called to order by President Janita Sullivan, CL§, CBA. Special thanks go out to Cindy Hahn, Delaware, for giving the opening inspirational; Elizabeth Harbolt, Kentucky, for leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Jacqueline Mingo, Maryland, for reading our Mission Statement; Alice Harris, KCL§, for reading the Legal Secretary's Creed; and Mary Francis Klein, PLS, KCL§, who served as Parliamentarian for this meeting. Teresa Koch, CL§, President of Legal Secretaries of Indiana, Inc. and 2009 Annual Meeting Co-chair, welcomed the members to this meeting.Introductions were made of past presidents, first time attendees, charter members, and Certified Legal
Secretary Specialists. Updates were given and information was shared regarding members who were unable to be with us at this meeting and those members we have lost in the past year were remembered.
Leave A Legacy Of Love was presented to Riley Children's Center of Indianapolis and was accepted by Cassie Yowell. The Shepler family provided the membership with moving testimonials of how these and other gifts help the families visiting the Center.
Following lunch, the meeting continued with the election of Officers and Directors for 2010. Teresa Brown, PLS, was elected President; Teresa Koch, CL§, was elected Vice President; Robbie Sargent was elected Treasurer; Karen Hudson was elected Secretary; Antoinette Lucas, KCL§, was elected Director of Certification; Alice Harris, KCL§, was elected Director of Marketing; Amie Krueger, KCL§, was elected Director of Education; Lee Schnabel was elected Director of Meetings; and Edwina Klemm, PLS, CL§, was elected Director of Membership.
Meeting Co-Chair Teresa Brown, PLS, reported on the 2010 Annual Meeting to be held October 14-17, 2010. Under the theme of “Casino on the Coast,” the meeting will take place at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas. In the absence of Meeting Chair Isabelle Grenitz-Hutchins, Lee Schnabel , Director of Meetings, reported on the 2011 Annual Meeting to be held September 22-24, 2011. With a theme of “Sea Shells at Tampa Bay,” the meeting will be held at the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Tampa, Florida. No bids were submitted for future meetings.
At the 2008 annual meeting, a proposal concerning meeting speaker honorariums was submitted to the members present. After discussion, the members requested that the Board agree on a figure to be paid, and the proposal was tabled to this meeting. This language would replace that currently in the Meetings Manual concerning speakers and honorariums. The following proposal contained the figure agreed on by the Board:
Select educational topic(s) and secure speakers. The Host shall have the option of obtaining a keynote/professional speaker after having received Board approval. To be considered for payment approval, the Host must first submit a proposal for Board review that contains: 1) name of speaker; 2) area of expertise; 3) topic of seminar; 4) speaker fee; and 5) a statement of the benefit the Membership will receive from such presentation. The Board will notify the Host of its decision.
If the speaker is approved by the Board, the honorarium to be paid to such speaker shall be no greater than $500. The honorarium shall be paid by Legal Secretaries International Inc. to the Meeting Host for payment to the speaker. This honorarium will not be considered a meeting expense but will come from the Legal Secretaries International Inc. operating budget.
In the event the Board denies the request for a cash honorarium and the Host still wishes to engage the speaker, the Host will have the option of providing the speaker honorarium at its own expense.
This amendment, as printed above, was presented to the membership at this meeting and was unanimously accepted. This change will be reflected in the Meetings Manual.
Discussion was held by the membership of instituting a new program entitled the “Take 5 Project” to help encourage membership and increased attendance at annual meetings. This program would involve current members taking time to respond to, encourage, and invite five members of Legal Secretaries International Inc. to become more involved in the association. The “Take 5 Project” was overwhelmingly endorsed by the members present and Joe Ann Wylie, Kentucky, was placed in charge of the program's organization.
The weekend of events was concluded with the Saturday dinner banquet with a Mediterranean theme and the installation of Officers and Directors for 2010. At the conclusion of the installation, members enjoyed more one-on-one time with each other and further solidified the theme of “Friendship is the Garden of the World.”
Thank you to Legal Secretaries of Indiana, Inc. for a most enjoyable Annual Meeting and we look forward to all that awaits us at the 2010 Annual Meeting in League City, Texas.