Chapter President
Tellie Settimi




In This Issue


Immediate Past President

Vice President
Bar Liaison &
Charitable Giving



Membership Chair

Business Partner  Relations

Meetings & Education Chair

IT & Website Chair

Newsletter Chair

At our July Chapter Meeting on July 11th, Michael Verdi, Owner of Cigar City Crossfit, spoke on health, lifestyle, nutrition, and work/life balance - something we all could use!
Michael Shared a Better Understanding of things that affect our wellbeing, including
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Sunshine
  • Stress
  • Hydration
  • Digestion

Poor Sleep & Chronic Stress
Increases Desire for Junk Food
Increases Appetite
Decreases BMR
Impairs Muscle Growth
Decreases Drive to Exercise
Impairs Digestion

For More Info, Contact Michael:
Cigar City CrossFit


Upcoming Events

August 9 - Membership Luncheon, Centre Club, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Join your fellow members for a presentation on  Wage & Hour Issues in the Legal Field.

Presenter:   Ben Bard, Esq. (http://www.tsghlaw.com/our-attorneys/benjamin-w-bard//)
Partner, Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A.

His practice is in representation of both public and private sector employers in all matters related to labor and employment law.

Prior to entering private practice, Ben completed a two-year term judicial clerkship with the Honorable Francisco A. Besosa, United States District Judge, as well as a one-year term judicial clerkship with the Honorable Marcos E. Lopez, United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Puerto Rico. In addition to his clerkships, Ben worked on the Tulane Law Review as an Articles Editor and graduated from law school as a member of the Order of the Coif.

Ben is a member of The Florida Bar and Hillsborough County Bar Association as well as the Federal Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice in Arkansas and the U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico.

July 2018 CLI: Denver, Colorado

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them,  and it will change your life." - Amy Poehler
ALA's Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI) is an orientation, training and networking event for chapter officers and volunteer leaders. Its intent is for attendees to leave with new ideas, insights and tools that will serve them both in ALA, their career, and personally. Our chapter leaders take the responsibility of elevating the caliber of our chapter very seriously, and the attendance of four of our chapter board members at this year's CLI in Denver is a perfect example of their commitment.

"Collaborate to Elevate & Innovate!" - April L. Campbell, JD

ALA International's new President, April Campbell, was found to be warm, honest and funny. She shared with attendees the ways in which the International chapter is working to be more transparent and involving member input at a higher level than ever before.
Diversity & Inclusion Are a Continuing Theme
Collaboration was the overarching theme. During the BOLD Bites breakfast, our attendees learned what other chapters are doing, including:
  • Fit ALA NYC - ways in which the New York City chapter are contributing to participation for their members in fitness-related events;
  • Next Generation Toolkit - A physical welcome kit of sorts that the Capitol chapter gives to its members;
  • Blowing It Up - Boston chapter's version of telling their story of before and after and why they did what they did;
  • Silicon Valley chapter video;
  • Offering training for paralegals and legal assistants;
  • Highlighting member volunteer efforts;
  • Tours of law firms who have done recent build-outs - with meetings to include the involved architects and contractors - a big help to members who are anticipating future build-outs themselves.
Our own Karen Beasley, Immediate Past President of our Suncoast Chapter and now a Regional Representative for Region 2, was honored to have been asked to be a presenter during the conference. She served with two other panelists on the Chapter Past Presidents' Panel, monitored by Gary Swisher, CLM. She also participated in a group presentation of Region 2 and Region 4 Representatives on What to Expect When You're Expecting ... to Be President!

There were many other informative sessions offered during CLI, too many to mention here, but you can access the handouts for more information by visiting the ALA website

Board Members Arleen Davidenko, Gary Hopper, Tellie Settimi & Karen Beasley

Supporting Our Chapter at CLI

Meet Your Chapter President: Tellie Settimi

If you have had any connection with Tellie at all, I am sure you have had the same impressions that I have: Tellie is smart, dedicated, dependable, and admirable as an administrator. You may not know that in her down time, Tellie enjoys nightly walks, time at the beach, and hiking in the mountains when she is able to (like recently before CLI in Colorado), with her family: husband Jim and daughters Bianca (27) and Gianna (14).

Tellie began in the legal industry in 1994, and other than a few months spent in Wisconsin, she has spent her entire career with the same attorneys. The firm names have changed along the way, and she has served them in Orlando, Sarasota, West Palm, Boca Raton, St. Pete and Tampa, but she has basically served the same core group of lawyers for nearly 25 years. When asked what she credits with her success, it is not surprising to hear her answer: Hard work. Always wanting to do better. Never saying no. Having a positive attitude and wanting everyone to be happy. Getting people to work together. Figuring out how to "get it done."

Tellie joined ALA over 15 years ago, and she has served on the Suncoast Board
of Directors for seven years. I have always admired Tellie for her pr ofessionalism, but serving with her on our Board, I have had the pleasure of get ting to know her on a personal level. She is more than a sharp administrator. She is an exe mplary servant leader. Tellie has a spiritual side that allows her to share her exp erie nces in a way that makes the world we work in just feel better. If you ask  her about her experience at a conference, for example,  you won't get the usual  cookie cutter answers. You won't just learn about the ed ucation that was shared; you will understand how it  felt  to be there. It is not surprising that she was once involved as an actress in community theatre .

Take the opportunity to get to know Tellie and your other fellow administrators. You'll be glad you did!

If you would be willing to share your story,
please contact Suzette Welling at

Please join us on October 10th, 2018 as we welcome Sunjay Nath as our Luncheon Speaker.

Sunjay travels globally sharing insights on leadership and performance.  He is best known for his trademark, "The 10-80-10 Principle," which is a framework that helps individuals and teams improve performance.  This methodology combines best practices with small wins to help people empower themselves.

Having presented at ALA National Conference, you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear Sunjay at our General Membership Luncheon.

This is a great opportunity for you to attend and invite guests or prospective members!

If you would like to know more about Sunjay, you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or at sunjaynath.com.

* Don't forget to support our designated charities *
R.I.C.H. House of Robles Park

Suncoast Animal League





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