President's Column

President’s Column: An Unprecedented Year

Jennie A. Eichelberger

Article by Jennie A. Eichelberger 2020-2021 CABA President


I thought it was fitting to start off my final column as President of CABA by saying thank you to all of our members for joining us in an interesting and unprecedented year. When I was elected to CABA leadership, I could not ever have imagined that during my presidency we would be facing a pandemic and not be able to hold in person events. It was definitely an unexpected year. I want to give a big thank you to all of our members for continuing your membership this year, supporting CABA and participating in our events – almost all of which were virtual. Also, thank you to the fabulous board of CABA who worked along my side. This year required a lot of brainstorming and thinking outside the box, and our board went above and beyond the call to make this year possible. Thank you to our tireless Executive Director, Jane Harkins. She navigated the technology and all of the zoom meetings and seminars.

This year included CABA hosting not one, but two great golf tournaments. First, due to the pandemic and then second due to severe weather, last year’s golf tournament was pushed back into our year. Last year’s golf tournament chair, Jake Bradley, didn’t complain but kept pushing to ensure that the golf tournament actually happened. He then turned out and started planning the regularly scheduled golf tournament, which happened on March 22. Thanks to the efforts of our chair and co-chair, Jake Bradley and John Hawkins, our sponsors, and our 104 registered golfers, we were able to present MVLP with a check for $10,000.

We were thrilled to be able to finish off the year with The Evening Honoring the Judiciary, which was held on May 13 as an in-person event. The turnout was tremendous, and we were so pleased to see everyone’s face in person and not just on a zoom event. While the event looked a little different, everyone had a chance to visit with colleagues and friends, and hear from our keynote speakers, Rob McDuff and Wayne Drinkwater.

I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that I welcome the return to normalcy that we are seeing these days. I look forward to the upcoming CABA year under the leadership of Clarence Webster. It was a privilege to serve as the President of CABA this year during such an unprecedented year.