President’s Message: Oct. – Nov. 2016


Bridget Penick, president

Bridget Penick, president

“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

Bart Giamatti so perfectly expressed the heartache that is major league baseball in October (at least for all of us non-Cubs midwestern baseball fans!). Playoff season means autumn is here! Kids are back in the swing of school. Sports fans flip channels to enjoy (and bemoan) college football, the NFL, and post-season major league baseball all at the same time. Pumpkin patches, bonfires, hayrides, and sweater weather make so many people content.

This autumn is particularly important for the Polk County Bar Association and our members. If you join us for our next luncheon on October 11, you’ll find out more about the upcoming judicial retention election from Guy Cook, one of the leaders of the judicial retention efforts in recent years. Several Polk County judges are up for retention:

Please do your part to educate your friends, family and neighbors as to the purpose of a judicial retention election. Other PCBA members are on the ballot as well, running for various seats – from incumbent state senators to the Broadlawns County Hospital Trustee. Regardless of your political leanings, I encourage PCBA members to cast their ballots this year.

On Election Day (November 8), join us for the November PCBA luncheon for a real-time analysis of the election by Professor Dennis Goldford. This election cycle has been unique, to say the least, and we look forward to Professor Goldford’s always entertaining insight.

October is also significant for the PCBA as we join the ABA in Celebrate Pro Bono Week the week of October 23. Stay tuned for updated pro bono opportunities to achieve your pro bono goals through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Finally, October also is a month in which several causes are recognized: Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, and other very important causes that touch many of us. Colleagues, would you please take a moment this month to reach to someone impacted by one or more of these devastating life-changing events? And if you personally are impacted, please know that, contrary to what Mr. Giamatti says about baseball, you will NOT have to face this fall alone.