As 2019 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to thank this year's Board of Directors. Each of them has embraced the EmpowHer™ theme and has provided their own distinct contribution to this record-breaking year. Thank you to Jessica Achtsam, Jacqueline Beaumont, Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Betty Fracisco, Kelly Galligan, Jaimi Groothuis, Dana Heyde, Tracy Hughes, Colleen McCarthy, Jessica Munk, Sarah Nowels, Laurie Rowen, Heather Stangle-Smith, and Lucia Valenzuela. I would also like to thank our Foundation Board of Directors including Jaimi Groothuis, Betty Fracisco, Shelly Aronson, and Linda Iannelli. And thank you to the many members who served on OCWLA committees. I would also like to thank Amelia Montgomery, OCWLA's Executive Director, for her exemplary work and dedication to OCWLA.
In 2019, OCWLA has not only achieved its goal of 500 members, but has soared past the goal with 587 members. OCWLA was able to give the largest amount it has ever given to local charities, and the OCWLA Foundation was able to double its bar stipend program. The work accomplished this year launches OCWLA into the next decade on a new platform.