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Megan Bellamy, RPR, CCR (KS)

As I am sitting here trying to decide what I want to write
about for this Scribe’s President’s Message, I’m reflecting
back on my last two years on the Board. When I decided
to take the jump and join the board of NeCRA, I was
this young, timid girl, and to say I was scared to death
would be an understatement. I only knew one person
on the Board and that was it. I thought, I’ve never been
to a NeCRA meeting before, I don’t even know what I’m supposed to be doing, and
they’re asking me to be the vice president?! But after talking to Caroline, I knew that if I
didn’t take this opportunity now, I probably wouldn’t do it. I love a good challenge, so I
jumped in head first!

When I started out as Vice President, I was so busy planning the conventions and running
around that it hadn’t yet hit me what I had just gotten myself into. My goal for my
first year was to learn most of the members’ names. Sounds easy, right? As I had said
before, I had never been to a NeCRA meeting before so I knew this would be quite the
task, especially when you’re terrible with names. The first year on the Board proved to
not be so frightening after all, and I thought, I can do this. This is going to be fun!

This past year I was President Elect. This year I just had to take notes, really, really good
notes, and follow Caroline around. This year was much more relaxing until the thought
popped into my head that I was going to be the one standing up there leading the board
meetings in a year. Then the anxiety hit me again, and I started taking more notes (ha!).
I survived year number two.

Fast forward to today, now I’m the President. Wow, those first two years flew by! I
have had the opportunity to meet so many more of you over the last few years, and I
have absolutely loved my time on the Board. A few of my goals as President are to continue
to promote increased membership and the benefits that come with it, to promote
stronger ties with the legal community through outreach, and to help spread the word
about our profession by promoting our career to students.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if
you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” If
only I could count how many times I have had to step out of my comfort zone the last
few years, I’m sure it would surprise even myself. But one thing I can say is that I am
extremely excited and honored to be leading this great membership of NeCRA for the
year 2016-2017.