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President Koestel throws a strike to open the

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way. And it just confirms my long-held belief that giving back to your profession and community provides unimaginable rewards. As a young lawyer, I was encouraged to participate in the bar association, and I was raised to believe that giving back to my community was natural and expected behavior. My mother was a long-time volunteer in the community, serving on an endless list of non-profit boards and committees, not the least of which was to serve as a trustee on the board of St. Joseph’s Hospital. She made it clear that these opportunities to serve were important and needed to be embraced. She literally required me to do volunteer work at St. Joe’s as soon as I returned to Reading from a few years of living in Washington, DC, in the 1970s. And I enjoyed it. So I joined the Junior League of Reading through which I received several very meaningful volunteer opportunities. I served on the boards of the Berks YWCA, Women’s Counseling Service, Berks Women in Crisis, and other local non-profit boards throughout the years. I recently completed twelve years of service on the Board of Directors of the Governor Mifflin School Disrict. Everything I did added a new dimension to my life and my legal career. While volunteering within the community, I became more active with the Berks County Bar Association. I not only participated in social activities that helped me create lasting and treasured friendships, but also served on committees which led to leadership opportunities. I chaired the Law Day Committee, the Family Law and Women’s Sections, the Bench Bar Committee and the Public Relations Committee. All of those positions provided experiences that enhanced my insight into the overall functioning of our association. First working with executive director Barbara Kittrell and then with our current ED, Don Smith, I learned what 6 | Berks Barrister

various committees contributed to the overall agenda of the association. Joining the board in 2013 gave me even more experience in understanding the management and function of our organization. Then being Vice President, President Elect and now President of this association provided the ultimate opportunity to serve the rest of you and with the help of your board and our unflappable executive director, to continue to provide educational, social and professional activities for our members. And who was the person who got the most from all of this work and effort? Me. I made friends, cultivated clients and provided my children with an example of the best way to live in this world, the same as my mother did for me. And ultimately, somebody has got to do the work to keep our organization vital and relevant to our profession and to our community. It might as well be me doing it. Or you. When asked to serve, whether our organization or our community at large, don’t say no. Take the opportunity to feel good about yourself and your talents. Take the opportunity to add something to our association or another organization that only you can add. Every one of you has unique abilities, viewpoints and value that you can share with the rest of us to make our profession, community and association more productive and viable. I have gotten more out of my service to this community and our association than I ever gave. And that was the exact message my mother drilled into me from the time I was a teen. Thanks, Mom. My mom’s been gone for many years, but I hope somehow she knows that I took her advice with a vengeance and am proud of the results.

The Berks Barrister | Summer 2016  

The Berks Barrister is the official publication of the Berks County Bar Association. www.berksbar.org. The Berks Barrister is published by H...

The Berks Barrister | Summer 2016  

The Berks Barrister is the official publication of the Berks County Bar Association. www.berksbar.org. The Berks Barrister is published by H...