Here were over 140 in attendance at the 27th Annual Spring Conference & Seminar. Conference hosts Ken Robison and Michael Spane did an outstanding job organizing the event which commenced on May 10 and concluded on May 12, 2012 in Columbia, SC. An energetic collection of speakers highlighted the agenda and a vast amount of interesting topics were presented.
I trust that all of you have braved the 60 degree winter months and have emerged ready for a healthy spring and summer. While most of us have been working hard with our businesses and helping our Clients with case after case, a few dedicated SCALI members have been hard at work over these 60 degree winter days getting SCALI business in order.
I have spent the last 2 months trying to do my best to learn how to be the State Director. The one thing I have definitely learned is that the job is a little more difficult than one could imagine. I have had to pull the boot straps up and get to work.
This is my last letter as your Director. It has been an honor for me to serve in this position for the last 6 years. Representing you has been the biggest honor of my professional career and being a part of this great Association has enriched my life beyond my imagination. There are so many of you to thank for your help, guidance, and support.
As we enter a new year, I hope each one of you will have a blessed, happy, and prosperous 2011. As we look forward to conferences, a new Director and new Regional Directors, we will have new opportunities for you to get involved in SCALI.
We had another great annual conference in May. Thank you Don Wilson for hosting. Congratulations to our award winners this year. Mike, Guy, and Tracy are always willing to pitch in and help SCALI. Also, congratulations to our Scholarship winner Rebekah Cheek.
Since our last issue we have lost two friends. One was SCALI member and good friend Ed Fewell. Ed was at every conference, advertised in every issue, and contributed financially when requests went out for sponsors. He taught new PIs and those interested in the profession to serve papers in a legal way. He will be missed so much.
As 2009 ends we have much to celebrate. We had wonderful conferences ending with a fabulous Fall conference in Aiken. Thanks to Tracy Hoshell, Donna Brisbin and their many helpers who did a great job providing location and speakers.
I hope all of you California. During these trips, I have are having a great recruited vendors and promoted summer. Before you know it our Fall Conference will be here. Make your plans to attend November 12th and 13th in Aiken. Host Tracy Hoshell is working hard to line up speakers and get everything together for a great conference. Information and registration forms will be posted on the website soon.
I am extremely humbled that you have chosen to re-elect me this year. To my very worthy opponent, I say, keep working hard for SCALI as you have for many years. We all appreciate it. I am also grateful to the membership for the Who’s Who Award.
I hope this edition of the Journal finds all of you doing well. Many of us may have declines in work during this economic downturn while others may have an increase in work. Either way, you have a great opportunity to learn new investigative information and help increase your knowledge and business by attending our May conference.