Happy New Year and welcome back. I hope that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy some great food, family fellowship, and time away from the daily grind through the holidays. 2019 was a great year for OCAPL, full of many important accomplishments. One, in particular, was the donation of $21,000 each to PIVOT and Good Shepherd Ministries, just before the holiday season. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the check giveaway to Good Shepherd Ministries and I can assure you all, our contribution made a world of difference. I would like to congratulate our Community Affairs Chair and Co-Chair, Jordan McGee and Elle Portwood for their hard work and effort in raising these donations. A lot of time and effort goes into organizing and obtaining donations of this size through generous sponsor contributions and raffle sales at our Christmas Party. Also, thank you to those who donated to help give back during the Holiday season.
I would also like to give a special thanks to the Entertainment Committee for once again organizing an amazing Christmas Party hosted at the Skirvin Hotel. This event is always a good time and seems to get better every year. Many thanks to Sam McCurdy, Brian Carlozzi and the rest of the volunteers for making this event possible.
As for 2020, I would say we are off to a good start! We had a terrific turn out for our first educational luncheon. Clarke Richards and Chase Payton did a great job by bringing in Stacey Garvin, Director of Education and Member Services for AAPL, who presented AAPL’s Ethics 360 course. On a side note, Clarke’s ability to simultaneously match the vocals from one video with another video that was playing on the projector was uncanny. Kudos to you, my friend, for taking the “A/V” bull by the horns and making this happen! Our 1st Monday night meeting did not host an educational speaker but was well attended just the same. Although the industry is at a bit of a lull right now, the overall spirits and morale seemed high. Please mark your calendars for next month’s Educational luncheon and Monday night meeting set for February 3rd.
I am extremely humbled and honored to serve as your OCAPL President this year and cannot wait to see what the year holds. I would like to remind everyone to not only renew your membership for 2020 but also to encourage your peers, who may not be members, to join our organization. The growth and success of OCAPL depend on our members actively networking and continuing their education by attending our events.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns regarding OCAPL.
Jerrod R. Hardegree, President