President's Message

July  2018

By  Judge Melanie May






Happy 4th of July!  I wish everyone a wonderful Independence Day!  Don’t eat too many hamburgers and hot dogs or whatever your pleasure on this special holiday. 

 Speaking of celebrations, I want to celebrate your Membership Committee this month.  Judge Mark Pfeiffer and his team have worked tirelessly to reach out to new Chief Judges across the nation.  In personal messages to each, he has extended CCJSCA’s hand and welcomed them to our membership.  Most of them will be joining us in San Diego so we will all have an opportunity to meet them.  Judge Pfeiffer will be introducing them to you in his article in the next issue of the Chief’s Brief due for release in early August.  We owe a debt of gratitude to our Membership Committee for its outreach efforts.

 Once again, I want to thank our President-elect Judge Margret Robb.  She took on the responsibility of updating our membership list.  With our “once a chief, always a chief” motto, our membership has grown in mass.  With that growth, however, we lost sight of insuring that our membership list reflects those members who continue to be active with CCJSCA.  Thanks to Judge Robb’s efforts, we will soon have not only an up-to-date membership list, but we will also know the terms of our chiefs, how they are selected, and which of our former chiefs are still active.  Thank you Judge Robb!

Plans for our Annual Conference have been completed, and under the leadership of Judge Glenn Acree we have an intriguing educational program and an exciting social program in store for you.  Details will be available in Judge Acree’s article for the Chief’s Brief.  And, we are about to launch registration this month.  BOLO for it! 

We are aware that some of you have not been receiving our newsletter and other information through our list serve.  It appears this may be due to firewalls and other IT protections that have been employed by various states.  We are working on that.  So, if you don’t receive information about the conference registration or scholarship information by the beginning of August, please contact Lynn Kuderka or Sydney Rohnow.  This will be a conference not to be missed.

 Work continues on the website redesign.  Justice Vance Raye and his Website Committee, along with the Executive and Long-Range Planning Committees, and Lynn Kuderka are crafting a request for proposal.  More news next month on this important initiative.

                TEASER:  Another exciting “plan in the works” to provide significant and valuable information for our membership is being spearheaded by Judge Margret Robb, but I’ll save that for another message.

Have a wonderful summer and try to stay cool out there!