This Summer newsletter marks the dog-days of what is proving to be another banner year for the Colorado Chapter of ACC. Aspiring to fulfill our mission and guided by your survey responses of last year, the Chapter is continuing its successful joint sponsorships and its excursions into new and uncharted waters.
The expanded program and focus on the needs of in-house counsel evidenced by the special corporate counsel track built into the 6th Annual Business Law Institute and the overwhelming support and enthusiasm to date for the Black Tie Gala, an October charity fund raising event to benefit the Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, are examples in point.
In regards to the annual Business Law Institute, your attendance at and support of the 2004 seminar established the Chapter's membership as an important key segment served by this seminar. With your help, and the participation of Chapter members on the BLI faculty and Planning Committee, our special in-house CLE needs are now being addressed with programs tailored to in-house lawyers. As with last year's BLI seminar, ACC members played a key role in its success. This year's seminar in July was in Vail and filled its promise to be three days of mixed education and summer mountain beauty, not to mention an unmatchable networking opportunity.
The Black Tie Gala in October represents an important "first" for the Chapter and its membership. A bold demonstration of the Chapter's community citizenship and special concern for the needs of those victimized by violence within the family circle, this event promises to permanently place the Chapter high among Colorado organizations that care.
Although there are significant risks associated with undertaking a major new charity event, we had such overwhelming response and support from sponsors that we needed to select a larger venue to accommodate the increased numbers of members expected to attend. See the accompanying article for more details regarding this planned evening of dancing and casino fun and write the words "don't miss this event" into your calendar for October 8, 2005.
Continuing what we expect will be an annual practice; you will soon receive an electronic, four-minute, set of survey questions. Your responses will provide us with important guidance to help us establish our service focus and program planning for the balance of this year and at least the first half of 2006. Please take a few minutes of your time to answer this year's membership survey. And remember, the survey is not your only opportunity for input; your comments and suggestions are always welcome--just drop me a note or shoot me an e-mail.
On the all-important membership front, I am pleased to report that our membership is up and that the response from General Counsel to the invitation to participate in the planned new forum for GCs is very, very encouraging. With the additional input, membership support and direction expected from this group, the Chapter is postured to answer the needs of an even higher percentage of the diverse in-house practitioner base it serves. The steering committee for this organization will be announced in a future newsletter, but by the time they are announced, I'm sure those who have enthusiastically volunteered to serve in that leadership role will have met at least once and will be well on their way to officially naming and formalizing the organizational structure for that forum.
As for our monthly CLE programs, our initial experiment into multi-tracking--offering the month's CLE program over breakfast in one geographic area and then again over lunch in a different area--was a great success. In the near future, ACC Colorado will be presenting and sponsoring our first triple-track monthly CLE program with offerings in three Front Range locations in a single day. This program is part of our effort to better serve those of our members outside the Denver metro area.
These are exciting times for our Colorado Chapter and there are opportunities everywhere for your participation. If you want to add a little variety to your professional life by sharing and contributing your talents to achieving our goals, please contact me. The promising future of your Colorado ACC Chapter really depends on the enthusiasm and development of future leaders and I would encourage you to be among them.