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Executive Director's Message

David B. Walls, CAE, CMP W

ith a New Year starting, why not make a resolution that is easy to keep? MAJ is always looking for volunteers who

can share expertise, or sometimes, just a pair of hands for a few hours. Volunteering was really brought home to me a month ago when my wife Cindy signed on as Treasurer of my daughter's high school drama boosters. And naturally, because Cindy decided to volunteer her time and talent, she thought it would be a wonderfully good idea if I lent a hand building sets for the multiple productions that the school is presenting this year. Hammers and drills ho!

How Much Time Does Volunteering Take? Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what

we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Simply put, volunteering is working on behalf of others or a cause, without payment (and sometimes recognition).

I am

extremely grateful for all or our MAJ volunteers because I know that for them, they are sharing their time and experience while continuing the busy demands of their professional practice and the stresses of balancing work and home life.

MAJ would not be the organization it is without

the volunteers bringing much needed resources that the staff and I cannot provide. While staff is trained in the art of administrating an association, we are not attorneys. Consequently, melding the two professions allows the Association to be the strong entity it is today, providing the programs and outreach to members and the public we serve. MAJ volunteers offer an extra set of hands to our

larger Association and Foundation philanthropic endeavors. Volunteers who speak at seminars or learning sessions add valuable wisdom to current and future attorneys. Other times, volunteers bring camaraderie and networking opportunities that our members enjoy and could not get elsewhere.

Volunteering can take many forms: you don’t have to spend a lot of time if you don’t have it. Many MAJ projects have a finite time line or a specific time of year that allow volunteers the ability to schedule the time they can give. In other instances, some volunteers choose to spread a few volunteer hours over the course of the year to better focus what they share.

MAJ Is Looking for a Few Good Volunteers Listed below are the current MAJ committees and a

brief description of their scope of deliverables. Look them over and see where your expertise can help, or call the MAJ staff for more specifics. Don't know if you have what it takes to be on a specific committee? Let us match you up with a “committee buddy” who will provide the guidance and intros that you may want.

• Amicus – MAJ files amicus curiae briefs in cases pending before Maryland Courts of Appeals, presenting

issues of substantial importance to

MAJ’s membership. Tis is a year round endeavor and involves writing.

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