Chapter President’s Message
Welcome to the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Suncoast Chapter. Our organization has been around for more than 40 amazing years. Together, we’ve hosted great meetings, raised money for our community affairs projects, and raised the stature of our profession in our legal community. Looking for an outlet from your daily legal grind? Through the coming year, we have several fun-filled and informative events planned. Our members are so very important to the vitality of our chapter. It is our job, as board members, to serve and provide our members with the utmost quality CLE, career advancement scholar-ships and networking opportunities.
The Suncoast Chapter has played an integral role in the growth of PAF through the promotion of the paralegal profession, paralegal certification through NALA and the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Program, which started in 2008. Suncoast supports the personal and professional aspects of its local membership, both at the state and national levels, as well as the community at large, by facilitating direct access to each member within the legal community. With advanced internet capabilities, we communicate daily with individual members, distribute quarterly newsletters and current job information via mass communication to all members of our chapter.
Through our monthly dinner meetings, the Suncoast Chapter offers great networking opportunities. The meetings provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of relevant information pertaining to our local chapter, the state, and national organizations. With our unprecedented access to the legal community and its judiciary, these meetings enable our paralegals to obtain the necessary CLE hours required for compliance with the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and FRP programs.
I want to thank each of you for this opportunity to serve as your Chapter President. I especially want to thank our past presidents, current and past board and committee members for their continued guidance, support, encouragement, camaraderie and years of service. Teamwork makes the dream work!
To me, leadership is a “being” activity embedded in creating change. If we are not working to change something, we don’t need to lead. As your President, it is my deepest desire to move, and inspire each of you through trust. I hope to unlock the potential deep within each of you whom aspire to educate, promote, and strengthen the paralegal community; to take that LEAP, and to become as you can and should be.
I look forward to an exciting year, appreciate your support and encourage you to volunteer for a committee. Please feel free to contact me, or one of our board members, with any questions, concerns or suggestions for a speaker or topic you are interested in.
Kimberly Grabbe, ACP, FRP
Suncoast Chapter President