C. Glenn Cook, Jr., LPBA President
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
President's Spring LPBA Letter
As the calendar turns from 2016 to 2017, there is no better time of the year to plan ahead. We just finished our Winter Convention at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego CA, and our attention turns to our Summer meeting in Savannah Georgia.
But before we look ahead, what did we achieve and learn between 15-19 February? Without a doubt, I think we can all agree that the Del offered a picture perfect setting for our meeting. Built in 1888, the venue has hosted a vast number of tremendous events over the ages, including the LPBA meeting in 1988 during the hotel's century celebration. Our meeting this year lacked the celebrity attendance of that reunion, but it did not lack the charm and hospitality of any of the past affairs.
Nestled close to the Pacific Ocean between the Naval Amphibious Base and NAS North Island, it offered cool misty, mornings and warm, clear evenings for the most part. Friday and Saturday were unusual in that torrential rains forced cancellation of a few of our outdoor events (skydiving and the spot landing event). But, our noted CLE and social mingling continued with vigor despite the outdoor climate.
Aviation is the core of the LPBA's being, and San Diego is the birthplace of Naval Aviation. We took advantage of that connection with a tour of the USS Midway Museum, a bike tour of NAS North Island, happy hour at the SEAL bar McP's, and golfing on the island's golf course. CLE was sprinkled with an inspiring application of SEAL ethos into piloting skills (speaker Andrew Paul had a profound influence on many of our members), drone development, and recent victories against the government by our own members among other things. These were just a few of the myriad of activities our members and spouses thoroughly enjoyed and discovered.
Trying something new, we had a guest speaker for our Saturday night dinner and awards banquet. Former Congressman and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Duncan Hunter, gave us an insight into the current condition of the world concerning missle development and defence, the need for strong air superiority, and his view that modern military men and women are every bit as gallant and strong as the greatest generation. After the unbelievable meal and dessert, our generous sponsors were recognized and the meeting was then adjourned until the Summer.
Without a doubt, many came away refreshed, educated, and inspired. With our Board and Membership Meetings, we took a deep look into how we can improve the Association. In this ever changing world, we have a need to meet the needs of an evolving aviation community. Our membership can only remain strong and vigorous if we bring in new members. This is, and has been, an ongoing challenge. We discussed this challenge openly, tossed around ideas, and came away with many proposed solutions. Over the next few months, we will apply these solutions and see what happens.
In the meantime, we must continue to build on the enormous efforts instituted by our past leaders. We must continue to reach out to our fellow pilots and lawyers, to invite them into our fold, and get them to attend our conventions. We must show others how they can benefit from our commaraderie, corporate knowledge, and goodwill.
We are indeed an unique Bar Association among all bar groups; we aren't stuffed shirt 'morticians,' but an energetic, lively, and diverse group of men and women who enjoy life on many levels, who never quit, have a "roger that" attitude, and can get together and find commonality in all things aviation.
Now we look forward to our Summer Convention in Savannah, Georgia between 12-16 July. It is the first LPBA meeting in this State. Wendy, Sam, and I invite you to come and enjoy Georgia's unique and warm southern charm. Savannah is the original founding city of the State. It was classically developed by Ogelthorpe, and has played a big part of American history every step of the way. It is a city you will not want to miss, and another LPBA meeting that will offer our uniqueness. Please plan on attending, you will not be sorry. See you there!
C. Glenn Cook, Jr.,
Attorney at Law