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Member Spotlight! The corresponding director is charged with preparing and mailing correspondence as directed by the president. The historian keeps up with all events during the president’s term of office, taking pictures, collecting pertinent items for the history book, and presenting the history book to the outgoing president at the end of the term. The historian may also be in charge of the history book competition if applicable in your association. Members of the state board of directors usually consist of a state director from each chapter who will represent her chapter on the state level, attending all state meetings and reporting the activities of the chapter. In turn, the state director reports back to the chapter keeping its members informed of the dates and places of meetings, business decisions and other events and activities of the state and national associations. Your local chapter members will not know what is happening unless the state director relays the information to them. Serving on the national level is an honor and a privilege. Members use their experiences and knowledge from serving on the local and state level to assist them in continuing to maintain NALS as the best legal professional organization there is. The NALS Board of Directors consists of the president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, regional directors and a certification, a marketing, an education, and a membership director. Some of these duties and responsibilities are parallel with the state associations. The certification director is in charge of monitoring the ALS, PLS, and PP exams and to encourage members and non-members to become certified. The marketing director works with local and state associations to promote NALS and keep the public informed, explaining our purposes, our goals, and our benefits. The education director assists in obtaining excellent and pertinent legal seminars for our members at national meetings and by presenting webinars. The responsibility of the membership director is of great importance, as this director must work with state and local associations to increase our membership and retain the current members. There is always someone in a leadership position to look to for help and guidance and, yes, help you to understand and determine why you may have failed a particular challenge. So, how about it? Get on board. The journey is awesome. Take the challenge. If you fail, learn from it. You will be a better leader! Debbie Taylor, PP, PLS Debbie Taylor was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She grew up in Malin, Oregon, which is a very small town on the California border in southeastern Oregon. Debbie moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1978 and has lived in that area ever since. Debbie is a senior legal secretary at the Elizabeth K. Rhode Motley and Robin Chisamore Law Offices in Portland, Oregon, for the Liberty Mutual Group. She has been employed with them for the past 16 years. In 1979, when she was only 19 years old, Debbie became a member of NALS. As a NALS member, Debbie has held many offices on the state and local level, as well as serving on national committees. Some of those positions include: NALS of Oregon President, NALS of Portland President, NALS Education Committee, Membership Committee, and serving on the Certifying Board. Even when her initial chapter (Washington County) disbanded, she remained active and continued to participate in NALS. Debbie states that she has gained confidence and leadership skills by being a NALS member. “Starting out as a new secretary at the age of 19, this association has given me confidence to take on all kinds of challenges in the association and at work.” NALS education has been important to her. “The education offered, whether at the local, state, or national level, has been invaluable to me at all of my jobs. When I talk about NALS to co-workers, I always stress the education that is provided. Next is gaining new friends across the country.” In Debbie’s off-time, she loves to travel and read. She has been able to travel to a lot of states in the U.S.A. and to New Zealand (2004), Australia, and Fiji (2009). In her travels, she has been to 23 Hard Rock Cafes. Debbie also loves to play softball and volleyball. She has been playing softball for 30 years and volleyball for 20 years. Most members of the softball team also play volleyball and they have been a team close to 20 years. Debbie’s radiating smile is contagious and her openness makes it easy to get to know her. Once you meet Debbie and encounter her professionalism, you will see exactly why her local and state members say, “she is an excellent example of what NALS is all about.” Nominate someone to be featured in the Member Spotlight by filling out the form online at www.nals.org/?p=810 May 2011 5
Debbie Taylor, PP, PLS
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