President’s Message

Debby Bonds – OCRA President

Fall…… back to school…football… leaves falling…sweaters… where the heck did summer go?  Where the heck did this year go?  I truly love fall though, especially here in Oregon.  I can’t believe my time as president is coming to a close.  It has definitely been an amazing experience. I learned so much this year — at seminars, NCSA, conventions, board meetings, and just email communications with fellow members.  I really have enjoyed getting to know so many of you through this position.

I got to attend the NCSA meeting in New Orleans.  It was great to learn what other state associations are doing and get to know our fellow reporters.  That was my first time visiting the city and I had a blast even though my visit was short.   Robin Cassidy-Duran and I tried to make the most out of the short time we had and enjoyed a city segue tour, great Louisiana wood-fired oysters, chitlins, and our new favorite cocktail including blueberry vinegar of all things!  Yum!  Oh, and we did attend some great seminars and learned all about Picture-in-Picture video depositions.

There’s lots going on.  Please read through the legislative committee article so you’re aware of all the work they’ve been doing and what’s coming up in this next year.  We’ll be voting on the renewal of our lobbyist’s contract, Elizabeth Howe.

There’s included in this InBrief our proposed slate of officers for your 2018-2019 board.  I’m excited for the chance to continue on with many and a great addition!  Take a look and see.

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to reading the InBrief every quarter!  Elisa does a fantastic job along with Devon, and I’m so grateful for all the work they’ve done on this InBrief and every other.   That said, I’m sad to say, she’d like a replacement.  So, please, if anyone is interested in being our editor, please let us know.

I know it’s been a recurring theme in my articles, but I would really encourage you to get involved with your organization.  You get back so much more than you give!  There are some great people that make up the board and all of our committees.  It takes many volunteers and we’re always looking for help!   And an immediate way you can get involved is helping out with the House of Delegates meeting of the Oregon State Bar.  Please contact me if you are available to help with reporting of that meeting on November 2nd of this year.

I’m excited for our fall convention “Back to the Beach!”   I hope to see many of you there.  It’s been a great year and I want to just say thank you for giving me the honor to be your president.   It’s been a fantastic experience.  Happy fall!