Dancing With Reality
Happy New Year!
First of all, I would like to thank the members of the Installation
Committee for making such a spectacular evening for us. I loved the
elegant colors of black and white, with a touch of pink, all tied
together in the attention to detail, even down to the black feathers in
the flowers! This group of dedicated escrow professionals consisted
of: Lupe Landeros, Anna Millsap, Tania Kelley, Emily Ochoa, Ann Smith,
Dave Shean, and Lois McCauley. Thank you all! The evening was so
memorable to me and my family.
For those of you who were unable to attend the installation dinner, this
was my speech:
In 1997, I presided over this association in a year that I know I did
not anticipate doing this again 13 years later.
Reality is: I am doing this again to give back to this association. I
joined this association for the education it had to offer to me. I
wanted it and I took it. But, I got out of it more than just
knowledge. I also gained friendships.
Reality is: We are here tonight because we have survived the longest
and deepest recession in decades. There are many people here tonight
that have lost a job or two over the past few years. Me included. Iím
glad I have friends.
Reality is: We have skills. But, itís what we do with those skills
that will keep us employed. We need to hone our skills by keeping up
with changes that are happening in our industry. We do that by
belonging to our local escrow association and getting involved.
Reality is: This association is an award-winning region. We are
awesome. In my opinion, we are awesome because of you. Our members and
escrow friends are what make us awesome. Each one of you gives
something. Whether it is hours and hours of your time, or just being at
the meetings exchanging ideas with the person you sit next to. Whatever
it is that you do, it the reason you keep coming back. And the reason
your friends, co-workers, and colleagues, keep coming back.
Reality is: This is not a reality game show. This is reality. We have
our careers and our personal experiences that will lead us into what we
will be doing next. I encourage you to join or maintain your membership
in this awesome association. Then, get involved.
I would like to thank, first of all, my family, Mike, my husband, and
Catilia, our daughter, for allowing me to take on this commitment. I
appreciate your support.
I would like to thank all my co-workers, supervisors, and managers from
LandSafe Title for being here to support me: Carla Senteno, Jeanne
Fleishman, Jan McCreary, Donna Inman, Randy Caruso, and Yong Ly. It is
a surprise and a thrill to see all of you here.
I would like to thank all the past presidents, including the ones that
are here tonight: Randy Caruso, Terri Fabbri, Trudy Swearingen, Sally
Adams, Ann Smith, Lois McCauley, Kathy Burnett, and of course, Juliana
Tu. I have had the opportunity to get to know each of you over the
years, whether it be in the workplace or on a committee, and I value our
friendships. Each one of you inspires me.
I also want to thank the incoming board, some are long-time friends and
some are new friends: Teresa Shaver, Emily Ochoa, Janeane Covarrubias,
Kathy Burnett, Dino Champagne, Jacqueline Cheou, Tania Kelley, and
Juliana Tu. We will be a good team for this next year. I want it to be
fun and rewarding for every one of you.
Now that my speech is over, I need to explain to my 4th grade daughter
what a metaphor is and why there is no dancing.
Miriam H. Brown, CEO, CSEO, CEI