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President's Message

SERVICE IS THE CORE OF THE GATE CITY BAR ASSOCIATION

 

CORE is defined as "a central and often foundational part; a basic, essential, or enduring part." Each of us has a CORE -- a foundation. Gate City's core is, and must always be, SERVICE -- service to our profession and to our communities, not merely through our words as advocates in the courtroom, but through our acts and good deeds. This year, Gate City is dedicated to restoring its members to its core by recommitting to service.

In our society, stories of greed and self-indulgence dominate the news. However, on a daily basis, countless altruistic acts permeate American society. Thus, I am persuaded that at each of our cores is a genuine concern for the welfare of others and a willingness to help and serve. Lawyers are no exception. Across the world, we are answering the call to serve.

 

For example, in California, 51 year old attorney, Tony Tolbert, gave up his home to a homeless family of five for a year. Tolbert's philosophy, "we can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have, and for me, I have a home that I can make available." In London, Barrister Charles Woodhouse was making his way up a staircase of a London county court when he saw a man tie a nylon rope around his neck and jump from the balcony. Woodhouse heroically caught the man by the shoulders and supported his full body weight for several minutes, saving the man's life. Kimberly Motley, a former beauty queen, wife, and mother of three moved to Afghanistan becoming one of the most respected international lawyers. Amidst threats of rape, and even death, Motley works for the release of foreigners languishing in Afghan jails. Motley's motivation -- "justice, ethics, protection of human rights -- the people deserve it." These are but a few, albeit non-traditional, ways in which lawyers are displaying their altruist cores.

 

As lawyers, we must move beyond the four walls of our offices, and continue our journeys toward altruism. Through altruism, we improve our profession, but more importantly, our world. Each of us can serve. What do you have to give? At what price are you willing to serve? Winston Churchill once said, "we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Are you making a living, or making a life? Gate City is committed to making lives, through our continued programs of service.

 

 

Serving Gate City,

 

Meka B. Ward

President, Gate City Bar Association

 

"A Year of Restoration: Our Core, Our Mission, Our Community”

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