Liz Marrs, Certified PP, PLS
NALS Region 1 Director
c/o M. Ray Bradford, Jr., Esq.
50 Columbia Street, Suite 73
Bangor, ME 04401
Telephone: 207-947-0173 (office)
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York,
Rhode Island, Vermont
By the emails, cards, and letters I received upon my return from region conference the
conference was a success, and everyone enjoyed the weekend. The hotel was lovely, the food
was excellent, and the speakers were terrific and supplied us with a wealth of information and
knowledge. I could not have had the wonderful and successful conference without the help of
many of my NALS sisters/friends, and to have the opportunity to have both the NALS Executive
Director and the Education Director present at the conference.
In the early preparation stages of Region 1 conference my wish was to accomplish four goals:
1) Have a national officer attend.
2) Make the conference affordable for every one.
3) Make a profit.
4) Obtain speakers that make a difference in society
I feel I accomplished all of these goals.
Thank you, Tammy and Patti for accepting an invitation to our conference, and a huge thank you
to my boss, Attorney Ray Bradford, for sponsoring Tammy’s trip to Maine. We enjoyed you
both immensely and members who have not been to a national education or leadership
conference had the opportunity to meet you. Also, Patti, thank you for your terrific presentation
on Business Etiquette.
The registration was $110 for a member and that included food at Welcome Party, both Saturday
and Sunday breakfasts, Saturday luncheon, as well as Saturday evening dinner off site.
Region 1 made a profit of $698.21 and that is not including the $350 grant we received from the
I feel all speakers for our seminars were excellent and I do believe that each of them make a
difference in our society through their knowledge and education.
I hope each of you had the opportunity to meet a new friend at the conference and continue to
grow in the NALS association. I enjoy each of you and I do consider you all my friends.
Although coordinating the region conference is a large part of my responsibilities as region
director I will continue to inform you of NALS information until my term expires in March.
Please let me know if you do have new members or if long-time members have not renewed.
Sometimes a quick note, letter, or phone call makes a huge difference.
Remember, this year many of us are concentrating on making a difference in someone’s life. I
hope I did in some small way.
Region 1 received a $350 grant from NALS Foundation. I was unable to apply for a membership
grant from the Foundation in June as all applications were geared to marketing purposes only,
however, I decided to apply for a membership grant just before the deadline of September 1. I
assumed the Foundation would notify Region 1 after our conference so I was so excited when
Tammy Hailey, CAE presented the check the Saturday afternoon of our conference weekend. A
huge thanks goes to the Foundation in helping our Region build our treasury to enable us to
recruit new members. We had 5 first-timers attend our conference and two of them have already
begun spreading the word about NALS. More information on membership will be provided to
you in future newsletters.
At the present time, I would ask all local/state Presidents of this Region to notify me with the
contact information on new members in their chapter/state. Saudra Bates, NALS Membership
Manager, is working diligently to create accurate rosters and is now able to send out rebates but
there still remain a few glitches. We have all installed new software programs at our
employment that did not run smoothly at first attempt so we can sympathize with Saundra with
these annoying glitches. The best thing we can do for NALS at this time is to show some
patience until the software program is running smoothly.
Region 1 Conference – Auburn, Maine
For those who were unable to attend our September conference I believe I can speak for all the
attendees that you missed a great weekend of education, networking, fun, and laughter. As I
indicated earlier there were five first-time attendees and I have been told by each of them they
had a great time and felt very welcomed.
Friday night was the welcome party with pizza and other treats and an evening of Double
Jeopardy on Ethics. Although Scott Davis, Esq., Bar Counsel to the Board of Overseers, was the
moderator, and his assistant Donna Spillman was operating the projector, we also had the
pleasure of both Attorneys Ray Bradford and Geoffrey Lewis offering more explanation and
comments on the questions/answers. I think some of us realized very early on that the game was
not going to be easy, but it was a fun evening of laughter and knowledge.
Saturday was filled with continuing legal education. Detective Scot Bradeen from Lewiston
Police Department started our CLE with his presentation on MySpace.com. Through the
assistance of our NALS member Linda Timberlake, PLS, Detective Bradeen was highly
recommended and he did not disappoint us. He provided us with very helpful information and
awareness to this younger generation poplar website.
After our morning break our NALS Education Director Patti Infanti, PP, PLS did a fabulous
presentation on Business Etiquette. Patti did not arrive at Portland airport until 8:45 Saturday
morning and shortly upon her arrival at the hotel she began her presentation. Patti also provided
helpful information and awareness. Thanks to Patti, we have become more educated on the dos
and don’ts as well as the correct and incorrect ways of doing things.
The hotel provided us with a delicious luncheon buffet and our NALS Past Presidents Debbie
Nickerson, PP, PLS and Anita Cottrell, PP, PLS, along with our Executive Director Tammy
Hailey, CAE delighted us with information on how and when they became involved with NALS,
their accomplishments and why they are still very active in NALS today. NALS Past President
Harriet Sharp from Rhode Island was unable to attend but she forwarded notes for each of us to
read as well as some pictures. The huge commitments and great accomplishments of these
women and others like them is the reason why NALS is where it is today. They are huge assets
to our Association, as well as outstanding mentors.
The second half of the day of CLE began with Dr. Fred Jordan, a forensic pathologist. Although
he is a Maine native, most of his pathology experiences in his profession were in Oklahoma City.
Although Dr. Jordan returned to Maine for retirement he is still active in many areas of his
profession, including employed by State of Maine.
Our final presentation was Mike Cameron of Avery Dennison. As always, Mike gives a terrific
presentation and always has new products that are useful and helpful in our legal profession. Not
only did Mike distribute many useful Avery items to each attendee, he also had great items for
door prizes. Also, Mike asked that I email him the names and addresses of the attendees and he
would mail Design Pro to each attendee. This is a great software for use when creating labels,
postcards, business cards, greeting cards and brochures, as well as a terrific organizational tool.
For those who received Design Pro from Mike, if you would like his address to send a thank you
note, just email me and I will provide it to you.
Saturday evening we car pooled and drove to DaVinci’s for our networking/social dinner. The
restaurant was only a few minutes away from the hotel but probably too far to walk. Everyone
enjoyed their meal. The food was excellent and service was exceptional. The cost was amazing –
all dinners, including gratuity and tax, was only $460. Again, thank you Linda Timberlake for
recommending this eating establishment.
Upon our return, a few retired to their room but most of us came to my room that I was sharing
with Patti Infanti. We had a great time sharing stories and enjoying each other’s company. Also,
we were entertained by jokes from Linda Livingstone’s mother. She came to Auburn with Linda
as she did not feel comfortable having Linda drive to Maine from Massachusetts by herself.
Shortly upon her arrival she realized that we enjoyed her company and she acknowledged that
we were a fun group to be around. In fact, she enjoyed herself so much during the conference
weekend, she is planning to be with her daughter in Virginia next September.
After our continental breakfast Sunday morning, the Region 1 meeting was conducted, followed
by the State meetings, and then unfortunately many had to give their hugs and leave for home.
Who Won The Jewelry?
I’m pleased to announce that NALS Past President Harriet Sharp is the recipient of the beautiful
emerald ring that was donated to our region by the Foundation. Harriet sent me an email to
inform me that the ring is beautiful and fits on her finger perfectly. Of course I emailed back to
Harriet to inform her that the ring also fits very well on my finger, but unfortunately there can
only be one winner. All joking aside, Harriet is very deserving of this ring and I’m pleased that
she is happy with her recent investment. Congratulations, Harriet!
Who Won the $50 Premium Prize
Heidi Knight, PP, PLS was the recipient of the $50 premium prize. Heidi sold $50 worth of
tickets to help raise money for the Foundation. Congratulations, Heidi, and thank you for the
Who Won the $50 for First-Time NALS OF MAINE
Marie Tucker was the recipient of the $50 for being a first-time attendee at NALS of Maine
meeting. Congratulations, Marie! I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to meet you.
Auction Items/Door Prizes
There were many lovely auction items donated by our members and I’m pleased to announce
that $285 was collected from the ticket sales of the auction items. Thank you, Anita Prince, PLS
and Paula Rossignol, PLS for attending the auction items table and selling the tickets to enable
Region 1 to add to its treasury.
Besides our members winning auction items and door prizes from Avery Dennison, NALS
forwarded many items, including jackets with the NALS logo, shirts, key chains, thermal mug,
just to mention a few, to use as door prizes. I believe every one left with at least one door prize.
Thank you NALS for your generosity!
Mark Your Calendar Now
The 2008 Region 1 conference will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts area on June 27-29,
2008. More information will be included in future newsletters, however, I thought it wise to
inform you of the place and date. My term will expire in March 2008 and the new incoming
regional director (running unopposed) is Marion Sarcuni from New York and you will be
receiving newsletters with the conference information from Marion after March.
ALSO, the 57th NALS Education Conference & National Forum will be held in Norfolk,
Virginia in September 11-14, 2008. Please note early bird registration for this conference will
be June 1, 2008. More information on this conference will also be included in future
56th NALS Education Conference & National Forum
St. Louis, Missouri
Believe it! It is now time to attend the 56th NALS Education Conference & National Forum in
St. Louis, Missouri. There are seven of us from Region 1 attending this conference and some of
us will be in flight to St. Louis as early as Tuesday, October 9. This conference will be a few
days of terrific CLE, reuniting with friends, meeting new members, as well as plenty of
networking, fun, and laughter, and of course some sight-seeing.
For those of us from this Region who will be attending the conference will be in for a night of
great fun and laughter at the Foundation Gala on Saturday evening, October 13, as we are doing
a song from the musical “Menopause” as our act for NALS Got Talent. Each region was asked
by the Foundation to participate in the talent show so our fun-loving NALS Past President Anita
Cottrell, PP, PLS assured us that we had talent and she can up with the idea of selecting a song
from the musical. Of course this all came about the Sunday after our region conference so you
can just imagine how much rehearsing we have done. To vote for your region you need to
donate $1 for each vote and all proceeds goes to the NALS Foundation. You can forward your
money directly to NALS Foundation or mail it to me and I will see that it is mailed to the
Foundation. I will let you know how successful we were at the NALS Got Talent evening in my
If you have not already done so, please send your ballot for our NALS 2008-09 Board of
Directors. Deadline for all ballots to be received at the NALS Resource Center is Monday,
October 29, 2007. I realize that Region 1 Director is running unopposed but the region with the
highest return of ballots will receive one free registration to 2008 NALS Professional
Development and Education Conference in Tulsa.
I always hesitate when singling out members in case I forget to mention someone but I will try
at this time to give a huge thank you to the following members that offered their assistance with
the preparations for the conference.
Tammy Hailey, CAE – Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to attend our
conference as well as doing a presentation with Debbie and Anita during Saturday luncheon.
Also, a huge thank you for all the NALS items you donated to the conference for door prizes.
Patti Infanti, PP, PLS – Thank you for accepting the invitation to be part of our conference and
for such a terrific job with the seminar on Business Etiquette.
Debbie Nickerson, PP, PLS – Thank you, Debbie, for traveling to Auburn early Saturday
morning (2 hour drive) to do the luncheon presentation with Tammy and Anita. Your weekend
schedule was full and I do appreciate you attending the conference and having the opportunity to
visit with everyone.
Anita Cottrell, PP, PLS – Thank you, Anita, for your part in the luncheon presentation. Like
Debbie, we can always count on your help and both you and Debbie are huge assets to our
Region with the wealth of information you both have about NALS.
NALS Past President Harriet Sharp – Although, Harriet, you were unable to attend the
conference I wish to thank you for the interesting notes and pictures that you sent to be included
in the luncheon presentation.
Linda Timberlake, PLS – Thank you, Linda, for all your replies to my emails, and especially the
contact info for Detective Bradeen and the name of a good restaurant. You did an excellent job!
Also, like Debbie you had a weekend full of activities but you still came to the Welcome Party
and was able to chat with Tammy Hailey and others.
Lori Brown, PLS and Vicky Neale, PLS – Thank you for volunteering to attend the registration
Anita Prince, PLS and Paula Rossignol, PLS - Thank you for doing a great job selling tickets for
the auction items and enabling our region to increase our treasury by $285.
Karen Mills and Renee Lindsey, PLS – Thank you for doing a great job selling tickets for the
emerald ring and enabling our region to contribute $670 to the NALS Foundation. Also, Karen
and Renee, thank you for the trips to the airport so both Anita Cottrell and Patti Infanti did not
need to find a cab. Also, Renee, thank you for use of your color printer for the name tags and the
beautiful Maine pictures.
NALS Foundation – Thank you for the $350 grant - a lovely surprise at the conference.
Finally, I would like to give a thank you to all the attendees of the conference. Without each of
your attendance, the conference would not have been the success it was.
As I stated in my previous newsletters, I am available at all times to answer any questions, listen
to any concerns or issues, and help in any way to make your journey with NALS a pleasurable
one. I will keep you informed during my term and I will gladly include any events or news your
State wishes to share with others. Please feel free to contact me at any time, as it is my hope that
I have the opportunity to meet as many members of this great Region as possible throughout my
term as Director.
Until my next newsletter, be happy, keep safe, and enjoy life.