10th Judicial   

         President's Message



I want to thank all of you that attended our March and April luncheons.  As for our March luncheon I want to give a special thanks to Lieutenant Rian Shea for his presentation on active shooters.  It was excellent.  As a Marine Corps veteran with combat training I thought that reactions in such a situation were just plain common sense.  After viewing his presentation I can say that I was way off.  It was both very informative and interesting and offered tips that could save your life if ever needed to be put into practical application.  I really do appreciate him taking the time to offer his presentation to our members.  

      As for our April luncheon, it was nothing short of spectacular.  It was a great day that was enjoyed by all in celebration of our Circuit’s awesome Judicial Assistants.  I want to especially thank all of the Judicial Assistants for what they do each and every day for all of us.  I also want to thank the Honorable Chief Judge Donald Jacobsen for his presentation regarding the state of our Circuit as well as assisting us in recognition and presentation of awards to our Judicial Assistants.  The “Queen for a Day” theme was both fun and appropriate in their recognition on this special day.  As always I want to thank Lisa Oliver for all that she did in organizing the gifts and crowns.  I also want to thank our members, Judges and Judicial Assistants for coming.  Our organization appreciates your participation and thanks you for making this such a great annual event.

It really is hard to believe that this year has gone by so fast.  I have truly enjoyed serving as your President and look forward to continuing to serve this great organization next year as the Past President.  I appreciate all of the help that I have received from all of our board members, members and our judiciary throughout the year.  Without your assistance and participation this year would not have been such a great success.  I especially want to thank Lisa Oliver who as always throughout the year is the glue that keeps this organization together and on track.  I really appreciate all of the help and guidance you have given me.  You made this experience most rewarding and enjoyable for me.  I would be remise if I also didn’t give special thanks to my Past President Jean Henne for her mentorship and guidance as well as the rest of our Board of Directors.  

I also want to give special thanks to our Vice President Kyle Jensen who has been instrumental throughout this year with this organization.  We were saddened to hear that he is relocating with his family and we will greatly miss his contributions next year.  We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.  I also want to give a special thanks to Art Fulmer Jr. for stepping up and agreeing to serve as our President for next year. Similarly, I want to thank all of our other members that have volunteered to serve as our board members and officers for this next year.  I expect this coming year to be another great year for our organization.

Looking back on this past year I have no doubt that the Lakeland Bar Association is the best deal in town.  The CLE credits offered for ethics and technology, the great lineup of speakers we enjoyed, our many social functions from the Past President’s event to the Bench Bar party at the Green residence, our 3rd Annual Golf tournament that raised $3500 for Florida Rural Legal Services and community outreach opportunities through Habitat for Humanity and Dinner at the Children’s Crisis Center are truly one of a kind in our Circuit.  I look forward to seeing this organization continue to crescendo and look forward to what the next year holds for us.  With Art Fulmer Jr. as our incoming President coupled with an outstanding Board of Directors, I am confident that next year will be yet another awesome year.

       I remind all of you to please attend our upcoming Law Day luncheon on May 5 th at the Eaglebrooke clubhouse.  Our very own Florida Bar President Schifino will be present as our guest speaker.  We will also be presenting our Annual Golden Badge Award and our Jerry DeVane Award at this last luncheon of the year.  In addition to these great items on the agenda, our new Board and Officers will be sworn in as well.   We also will be presenting the proceeds for our Lakeland Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Florida Rural Legal Services.  I sincerely hope that all of you can make it.

      It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your President for this past year.


Kevin Humphries



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