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Bar President's Message


David N. Bazar, Esq., President, Rhode Island Bar Association

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David N. Bazar, Esq.
President, Rhode Island Bar Association

     "Each and every person has worked through this difficult time to ensure that we are able to continue to provide services to our members, so we, as professionals, can provide help and support to our clients."

 

This is my last Presidential Message – I hope. If you have read any of my previous messages, you know that I like to tell stories. I try to find the good, and humor, in everything. Perhaps, many years from now, I will find the humor in my term as president of the Bar Association. For now, I want to report the good.

We have an amazing staff at the Rhode Island Bar Association. Each and every person has worked through this difficult time to ensure that we are able to continue to provide services to our members, so we, as professionals, can provide help and support to our clients. Helen McDonald has been steady, dedicated and supportive. She has been incredible in the most challenging of circum-stances. She has kept the entire staff at the Bar Association focused on meeting the needs of our members. I would have been indebted to her for helping me serve as Bar president under normal circumstances, but, faced with this pandemic, I am grateful that I had Helen as a partner.

We have been able to keep all of the in-formation flowing to our membership due to the remarkable work of our staff. Each and every one of them has been a shining star during this crisis. Thank you.

I also want to thank the officers, Executive Committee and House of Delegates for your time, talent and dedication. It has been my honor working with all of you.

When Carolyn Barone passed the gavel to me, we were dealing with a few dying bed bugs. Who would have thought at that time that we would be looking at the good old days of only having to deal with an infestation of nasty little bed bugs? Carolyn shared with me that when she became President of the Bar Association, Michael McElroy gave her his cell phone number and told her to call, any time of day or night, if she had any questions about the Bar Association. She paid that forward to me by telling me to call any time, day or night, if I had any questions. Then she gave me Mike’s cell number. As Richard D’Addario moves up, of course I want to pay it forward. So Richard, call me, and I will give you Helen’s number and our Zoom account information.

As the end of Linda Rekas Sloan’s term as Bar president neared, she had a countdown clock on her phone. I now know why, but I am afraid of the implications of a countdown clock. In all honesty, it has been a privilege to serve as president and I want to thank you for the opportunity. I tried to always do what was best for our membership so that we can continue to be on the front lines for our clients.