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President's Message - January 2023

by Elizabeth Z. Marcus



The New Year is upon us, and now is an opportunity to make resolutions and set goals.  I hope you will join us in reaching the WWBA’s goal of increasing our membership numbers by January 31st. We are counting on everyone’s contribution to help us reach our goal!  Here’s why:

      The WWBA is a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, which we call, “WBASNY,” the largest statewide women’s bar association in the country.  For more than 40 years, WBASNY has been an important resource for women lawyers, with professional networking, continuing legal education programming, leadership training, and advocacy for the rights of women, children, and families.  WBASNY is comprised of 20 chapters throughout New York State, and Westchester is the second largest chapter.

      As a chapter of WBASNY, throughout the year, we certify to WBASNY all members who have joined or renewed their membership with the WWBA.  This is done over the course of three reporting periods, what’s commonly referred to as “Certification I, II, and III.”  The certification periods run as follows: June 1 - September 30 (Cert I), October 1- January 31 (Cert II), and February 1- May 31 (Cert III).  Our goal is to reach 400 members who have joined or renewed their membership for Certification II, the period of October 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023.  We currently have 374 members that count towards certification.  Thus, we are 26 members shy of reaching our goal and are counting on everyone’s assistance to help us get there!

      It is imperative that we reach our goal of 400 members by January 31, 2023, as our membership numbers directly affect the number of votes we have as a chapter at WBASNY as well as our number of delegates (we presently have eight – Elizabeth A. Cumming, Andrea B. Friedman, Angela Morcone Giannini, Jennifer L. Gray, Jacqueline Hattar, Ann M. McNulty, Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith, and Wendy Marie Weathers).  In order to keep our voting status and number of delegates, we need to hit that magic number of 400 members by January 31, 2023.

      So please pick up the phone, send an email, reach out to lapsed members and do you part in supporting the WWBA. Join online today at https://www.wwbany.org/Join-WWBA.

            Every effort counts and every member counts!

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