It is such an honor to serve as the current President of SCMA, an organization whose historical impact has been largely unchronicled until our recent release of the updated About SCMA page. A big thank you to all of our past presidents who served as the inspiration in creating our updated history, and a special thank you to our friends, Lee Jay Berman, Woody Mosten, and Peter Robinson, for filling in the gaps for a history that has been largely anecdotal to date. I hope you will take this opportunity to briefly review that and think about what role you would like to take to advance our field.
I am partially commenting on that because we have issued our annual “Call for Nominations” for SCMA Board positions that are up for election this fall. So many of our members have found it rewarding to serve on the SCMA Board, including me, and serve the community. As an educator, I have always found the intrinsic value in helping my constituents further their careers and achieve their goals, so my time at SCMA has been focused on just that; helping former President Wendy Kramer create the Mentorship Program and helping those new to the field build their skills and find their way to establishing their practices. Ultimately, our work at MC3, the mediation certification organization SCMA continues to support and build (whose progress will be further discussed at the Annual Conference this November) will be another step towards helping the field. If you have a passion, or even if you have ever thought “SCMA should be doing this or that,” this may be the time to pursue that passion with the help of the largest professional mediation organization in the region. If you have the time and interest, please consider answering the “Call.”
But first, our traditional annual party known as the Summer Soiree occurs this Thursday evening, August 9th, at the Bonaventure Brewing Company. Join your colleagues and friends in what promises to be our largest such event ever! President’s award winner Forrest “Woody” Mosten will be honored for his achievements, we will be honoring our recent class of graduates from the SCMA Mentorship Program, and there will be plenty of food and refreshments for everyone. If you joined SCMA in part to network, this is your event!
For all of you, I hope you have had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you this Thursday.