I cannot believe my year as the President of the Central Florida Chapter of ALA is ending.

As I think back over the past year, I have realized the world will never quite be the same. No one could have predicted that we would still be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic one year later. We have witnessed a major shift across the country calling for criminal justice reform. We have seen the effects of global warming with severe weather incidents ranging from massive wildfires to snowstorms in Texas and everything in between. We have witnessed insurrection upon our Nation’s Capital and a call for change in our political system. Despite all these events we have carried on.  

We have all had to learn new ways of doing things, who knew we could become so proficient on Zoom and Microsoft Teams. We have had to adapt to work from home situations, onboard new employees virtually, move into smaller office spaces, keep moral up within our firms and keep on doing business.

I am hopeful for the new year ahead. There are vaccines available and more are becoming available each day. The curve of cases is on a downward trend. We have new leadership at the White House.

I wanted to learn to embrace change this past year and think we all did a good job given the circumstances. I look forward to working with our new board and see what direction they are taking the Chapter in as we “Navigate the Future”.  We are planning a BP Happy Hour on the pool deck at the Grand Bohemian on March 25th. We will be honoring our Professionalism Award Winner, Georgette Fried and our Rising Star, Jean Carriello Shimp at that event. Hope you can join us. We are moving forward with our BP Expo planning, a bit delayed, in May.

Know that as a board we are still committed to provide valuable educational opportunities and be there as support for all our members.

I would like to thank each member of the chapter for continued participation and trust in us. I would also like to thank the board for all their hard work this past year. It was a challenge, and I could not have done it without their support. I hope to see all of you in person soon but until then by zoom.

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Maureen McArdle


Upcoming Meeting

May 4

HR Focus Group




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4th - Mellissa Waters
14th - Loralyn Hutchens

3rd - Charles Gillis
5th - Maureen McArdle
14th - Deirde Olden
22nd - Allyson Bisland

13th - Kimberlee Nickolas
29th - Kim Newberry



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