“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” – Pope John XXIII
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo
It’s an honor to be president of the long standing organization and it’s a very exciting time for the IABAM. The Executive Board has undertaken a number of ambitious and positive initiatives, some were started by my predecessor Mr. Anthony Viviani, and others we have begun anew this year.
It is still our continuing goal of bringing value to our membership. We have successfully established committees for Membership, Communication and Public Service. The Membership committee, chaired by Anthony Urbani and Clara Mager, both past presidents, have been working on a Networking night open to both attorneys and students and will be oriented toward providing each of us an opportunity to talk with other members and future members and enable us to make positive connections.
The Public Service committee, chaired by Mark Aiello and past president Hon. Martha Anderson, has been working on and planning a Pro Bono evening at the Italian Cultural Center. This will be a great opportunity for us to give back to the Italian community.
We have also been discussing a reduced membership option for IABAM members to join the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. Once finalized, this will present our members with an opportunity to meet and break bread with a whole new group of potential clients and supporters.
The Executive Board has also been working on creating and publishing a membership directory that will include 2 primary areas of practice for each member. This will hopefully allow each of us to draw on the tremendous experience in various areas of practice by all our members from both educational and possible referral standpoints.
There is always a place for each member of this association. We have many opportunities to get more involved. All of the Executive Board and Committee Chairs welcome suggestions and ideas that could help grow our association and bring more value to our membership.
Get active and involved. Share your knowledge and experience. Let’s continue to share our common heritage and all things Italian.