It is so hard to believe that the summer is over and fall is in full swing. Some how this time of year always feels like the start of a new year – a chance to reset. There has been lots of exciting things happening in the chapter. This is the time of year that we evaluate the accomplishments of the past year and set the priorities for next year’s advocacy agenda. The committees are evaluating the work completed this year and establishing their goals and budgets for next year. We continue to have an active programming schedule with both the program and membership committees continuing to focus on providing interesting educational programs while finding ways to continually engage the membership.

Our DEI committee has also been hard at work exploring ways to diversify our membership and the populations we serve. A very successful pilot program has been started to provide health care proxies to underserved communities.

This is also the time of year where we establish the committee chairs for next year and nominate new board members. If you are interested in joining a committee in a greater leadership position or joining the Board of the organization, please reach out to me, any current Board member or Clarence for more information. We welcome your involvement!!!

We also have some incredible programming in place as we move through the end of year culminating in our “back in-person” annual meeting on December 8, 2022 at our old stomping grounds, the Boston Newton Marriot in Newton. Many of the vendors who have continued to support our organization will be there.

I encourage you use this time to reinvigorate your commitment to engage in our organization. We need your talents and expertise, now more than ever. We need your continued involvement to keep MassNAELA running strong.

Cathleen Summers, Esq.