On August 9th SCMA Members, Past Presidents, Board Members and friends gathered at the Bonaventure in downtown LA for the SMCA 2018 Annual Summer Mixer. Held on the beautiful outdoor private patio of the Bonaventure Brewing Company the event celebrated our SCMA members and gave everyone a chance to network, laugh and have some fun with colleagues and friends. Recent graduates of the SCMA Mentorship Program were introduced and received their Graduation Certificates.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2017 SCMA President’s Award by current President Dr. Jack Goetz and Past-President Jason Harper to Forrest “Woody” Mosten who was honored for his work in providing divorce mediation training as well as commemorating the 10th year of the SCMA Education Foundation which was created in his honor. The SCMA Education Foundation provides conflict resolution libraries to dispute resolution centers, non-profits and universities. Woody’s acceptance speech highlighted the future of mediation as he encouraged the mentees who had been acknowledged earlier to share with us their hopes and goals for their future mediation practices. The Foundation also had a highly successful fundraising “Wine Pull” at the Soiree where donated wines were sold off to attendees who paid $25 each “pull” of a bottle off of the table without being able to see the label. This mystery wine event was a big hit! Overall, it was another wonderful SCMA event and great opportunity to meet, network and dialog with mediators and supporting professionals from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties!
The Southern California Mediation Association’s mission is to promote mediation, excellence in the practice of mediation, and community awareness of the mediation process through education, dialogue, and outreach.
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