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Dear Fellow Escrow Humans,
First and foremost, I wanted to give a big thank you to all of the firefighters - whether volunteer, professional or foreign - who have been battling all the fires and who are saving lives and homes. I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy amid the madness that is 2020. In the blink of an eye it is fall again. It feels like time is flying, at the same time 2020 keeps dragging on! Does it feel that way for you, too? Time for Hallowe’en and thinking about how we will celebrate the holidays this year, which may mean having to create some new traditions.
In August we lost our friend and colleague Julie Hayre, and we will miss her exceptional spirit. Julie worked at City National Bank and was an active volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. Please consider honoring Julie’s memory with a donation to one of her favorite charities: Olive Crest in Orange, CA (www.olivecrest.org), or Florence Critttenton Services of Orange County (www.crittentonsocal.org).
In September, the country lost a legend: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and civil rights and liberties. In reflecting on her impact on the world, I came across one of her quotes, which I have been pondering: “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” In our current climate, it is easy to get distracted by negativity. It is much harder to focus on the long term impact of our actions. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been OCEA President last year and this year, where I work with an amazing team to help bring awareness and education so we can help you do your work to the very best of your ability. We look forward to continuing to serve you next year.
A rare blue moon will light up the sky on Hallowe’en, a lunar event which normally happens about every 2 or 3 years. It would figure we get this occurrence in 2020! Enjoy and be safe out there!
P.S.: If you haven’t already done so, please “like” us on Facebook, and visit the OCEA website where, among other useful bits of information, there’s a list of all of our amazing 2020 Silver Sponsors. All sponsor logos link to their websites. When you can, please support our sponsors as they support each of us in the industry.