Autumn has fallen, the leaves are turning, and the year’s end is almost here. Our Bench-Bar Dinner this year featured Mr. Sherman Kishi, a gentleman who, with his family, was ordered into one of the many Japanese internment camps during World War II. Mr. Kishi shared his story with us on October 18th at Famiglia Bistro Ristorante (formerly Jacobs). Thank you Sonya Bouma for her work in putting this annual dinner together. If you have not already done so, please renew or join your local bar association. 2018 Bar Member applications are being circulated in addition to a free MCLE class to the first 100 members that pay their 2018 bar dues! Sign up here online as well as any MCLE, Luncheon, or bar event. Your steady support of SCBA is what enables us to organize unique functions for our legal community and bring you fun get-togethers to enjoy in Modesto and Stanislaus County. We greatly appreciate all your help! Our annual golf tournament was a success, with increased participation and revenue. That success was due to the hard work of Colleen Van Egmond and her crew including Betty Julian, Tamie Cummins, Richard Moths, Amanda Heitlinger, Raquel Hatfield, Deana Skelton and the ladies from Stanislaus County Legal Professionals Association, as well as the Golf Committee and co-chair George Rodarakis. A special thanks to Renee Brush and her staff for all their efforts leading up to the event and for manning the indispensable drink cart. Thank you all for your hard work. And a huge thanks to our sponsors and players. The 2017 Tournament winners are: gross 1st Van Vuren Team, 2nd Hatfield Team, 3rd Donohoe Team; net 1st Souza Team, 2nd Hatfield Team, 3rd Skelton Team; closest to pin 9 Andy Morgan, 10 Bobby MacFarland, 17 Larry Viveiros; putting contest John Amabile. Our Board of Directors has been hard at work trying to improve revenue and cut costs. On the cost cutting side, we recently moved the SCBA office to a smaller space in the same building and reduced other operating overhead. Please note the address change for correspondence by mail (802 14th Street, Suite O). The Board has worked diligently to find ways to improve the services we offer our members and to increase the efficiency of the association. In the interests of efficiency in the holiday season, the Board recently decided to combine the Judicial Calendar Luncheon and the Holiday Luncheon. Feedback from members and hectic holiday schedules dictated a change. We will do both on December 1st at noon, at Skewers Kabob House in Modesto. Earn MCLE credit while enjoying a lunch buffet and courthouse staff addressing guests with 2018 announcements. There will also be a vote and installation of next years new Bar Board. Get involved! As always, please support our MCLEs that help fund our operations. If you have other questions, comments or suggestions, please call SCBA at (209) 571-5729 or Deana@stanbar.org. Enjoy the holiday season!