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February 5, 2020

Dear Members and Friends:  

Now that we’ve all had time to recover from the usual food coma that accompanies Chinese food, it’s time to look ahead to our next gathering at Venus II in Marshfield on February 27, 2020. That is a Thursday this month, so make sure to mark your calendars accordingly. As always, our social/cocktail hour will begin at 5:30(ish) with a sumptuous buffet to follow at 6:30(ish). For a one-time donation of $35, you too can partake in our highbrow hijinx. There is still time to take advantage of our Promo Pricing Program, so alleviate some stress and RSVP  by Friday, February 21 by contacting the PDBA email at plymouthdistrictbar@yahoo.com or by calling our very own Noodge at 508-224-8700!! (For those of you with commitment issues, you can still take $5 off the price of this month’s meeting if you pay when you make your reservation.)

This month we are looking to try something new and fresh. In a nod to our New England tradition of direct democracy, the PDBA will hold its first annual Town Meeting… meeting. Instead of a guest speaker, we will open up the floor to all our members and guests to offer their thoughts, observations and suggestions. We’ve never been afraid to be different from other bar associations, and we’re looking to continue this tradition by looking for ways to freshen things up and get new ideas for venues, speakers and other activities. So if you have something to say, join us at the Venus II and your voice will be heard!!

Save The Dates: We have quite the year mapped out, so you’re going to want to make sure and mark the following dates in your calendars, daily planners, smartphones, tablets, laptops, BlackBerrys, desk blotters, or cell walls: March 26, May 1 (Law Day), May 27, June 11 (Golf Tournament), September 23, October 21, November 18 (Elections) and December 16 (Christmas Party). PLEASE NOTE all meeting dates are tentative and subject to change, so pay attention to future newsletters!! Venues and speakers will be announced as we get closer to those dates and our “people” finalize details with their “people” over lunch.

Dues:  All members are reminded that PDBA dues are a mere $50.00 per year and are paid on a calendar year basis commencing in January of each year.  Paid members are entitled to be listed, along with two (2) specialty areas of practice, in the annual PDBA Membership Directory due out in June of each year.  Additionally membership in the PDBA (America’s Oldest Bar Association, est. 1750) carries with it the cache of being a member of the most interesting and rewarding bar association dis side of Mardi Gras and dat side of Carnivale!!

Bar Association Room:  Please be reminded that all PDBA members have access to a Bar Association room in the library at the courthouse for meetings, depositions, etc.  Please contact Jean Lee at 508-583-6966 to arrange to use this facility.  Please try to give Jean as much advance notice as possible when you realize that you want to reserve the room.  Remember, if we don’t use it, we might lose it.

Law Day:  The PDBA will continue its tradition of sponsoring Law Day, with this year’s theme being “Your Voice, Your Vote, Our Democracy”. Our celebration will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020.  We expect events will commence at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day at the Plymouth Trial Court, 52 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA.  Events are expected to include a mock trial, courthouse tours, displays of our legal heritage, and a full afternoon docket of cases to be heard at the historic 1820 Courthouse in the refurbished Plymouth Town Hall. The PDBA Law Day program has been described by some as the “gold standard” of Law Day celebrations and if you would like to be a part of this exciting and rewarding event, please contact any one of the Officers or Directors to express your interest and ideas.

Golf Tournament:  SAVE THE DATE!!! The Eighth Annual Mayflower Cup Golf Tournament will tentatively be held on Thursday, June 11, 2019 at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston!  The anticipated cost per person will be $130.00 and this includes cart rental, greens fees, 18 holes of golf and a fabulous buffet dinner!!  Not to mention all of the various prizes, raffles and giveaways to be had. So, get your foursomes ready, polish those irons and wash your balls! The PDBA hopes to raise significant funds to continue to grow its scholarship program.

Scholarships:  The Thomas P. Kramer Scholarships are awarded each year to local high school students continuing their education at the college level in areas associated with the law, the legal profession and law enforcement.  Last year three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded and we hope to continue to expand this program.  Simply put, we would like to increase our scholarship awards and make more of them!  In addition to our golf tournament we anticipate offering more 50/50 raffles throughout the year and we encourage our members to contribute their cash, time, labor and ideas to this great program.

PDBA Directory:  This handy directory is for paid members and includes name, address, telephone, email and two (2) areas of practice for each member.  If you would like to be included in this directory your annual PDBA dues must be paid and you must not have an outstanding balance for any missed meetings. Please be sure to provide your UP TO DATE contact information (including email), as well as your list of two (2) practice areas, to Marshall Johnson 508-224-8700 (phone), 508-224-8737 (fax) or by responding to the PDBA email at plymouthdistrictbar@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy:  Lastly, please be reminded that the Plymouth District Bar Association is able to keep its membership benefits high and its costs low by maintaining a SLIM financial margin of error. It is for this reason that we ask our members to follow our CANCELLATION POLICY, effective January 1, 2019, which states that if you find that the vicissitudes of life intervene and you are unable to attend a meeting after having made a reservation, it is IMPERATIVE that you contact one of the PDBA officers or Directors no later than 48-hours beforehand, otherwise you may be required to spin up the combination to your wallets, free the moths and bring yourselves flush with America’s Oldest Bar Association.  

Regards,

PDBA


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ODE TO OUR PAST PRESIDENTS

Maureen K. Crowley, 2018       Timothy Shyne, 2017

Amber Cohen, 2016      Robert W. Galvin, 1999

Christopher Murray, 2015   Susan L. Collins, 1998

Pamela F. Churchill, 2014   Brian K. Bowen, 1997

Liam Scully, 2013 Allan J. Costa, 1996

Kathleen E. McKay, 2012 Kathleen A. Romano, 1995

Edward M. Joyce, Jr., 2011 Lothrop Withington, III, 1994

Holly S. Dyar, 2010 George L. Whiting, Jr., 1993

Marshall E. Johnson, 2009 Lloyd C. Rosenberg, 1992

Susan C. Pieri, 2008 Peter N. Muncey, 1991

Ronald J. Weiss, 2007 F. Steven Triffletti, 1990

Laurie Grant, 2006 Linda M. Steeves, 1989

Joseph D. McDonald, 2005 Robert C. Betters, 1988

Amy H.B. Annis, 2004 Christine M. Farrell, 1987

Robert D. Dimler, 2003 Thomas P. Kramer, 1986

Linda M.E. Auton, 2002 Richard M. Serkey, 1985

Dennis Scollins, 2001 Edward T. Angley, 1984

Jennifer J. DiGregorio, 2000 John H. Wyman, 1983

Paul W. Kaufman, 1980

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If you have not paid your yearly dues they are  $ 50.00 payable to the Plymouth District Bar Association to Post Office Box 3022, Plymouth, MA 02361.

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