May was Member Appreciation Month!

Team CMBA declared May YOUR MONTH. Throughout May, we made extra efforts to say THANK YOU to our members for all they do for our Bar. We had 31 Ways in 31 Days planned to show members just how thankful we are -- no strings attached or fine print. We simply wanted our members to know how much we appreciate them!

So, what did these thank yous look like?

We recognized a member of the day, plus we'll offered contests, giveaways, fun events and more. If you don't yet like us on social media, we invite you to start — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Be sure to follow us and join the conversation. Find us and tag us @CleMetroBar and check out our Member Appreciation Month activities under #31ways.


MAY 1 - To get things started, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will feature our Member of the Day - starting with our uber member, CMBA President Rick Manoloff. Like share or retweet any of our Member Appreciation kick-off coverage today and be entered to win a free ticket to the sold-out Law Day luncheon this Friday at The City Club. To sweeten the pot, sharing or retweeting will earn you double the entry!
Update: CONGRATS to Valerie Gamertsfelder who joined us at Law Day on May 5!

MAY 2 - Member Photo Contest: Show your "Best of Cleveland"
Member of the Day: Phyllis Ulrich
Share a favorite photo taken by you of a beloved site or scene in Cleveland on social media by May 30 to win! Tag the CMBA (@CleMetroBar) and use #31ways to be entered (be sure to make it a public post so we can see it). The winning photo will be selected on May 31 (see winning photo below).  The winner will receive a fun CLE-themed prize, bragging rights and the adulation of their peers.  Show us what YOU love in The Land!

MAY 3 - Show Your Cavs Spirit & Win
Member of the Day: Jason Hillman
While our beloved Cavs work to Defend The Land this playoff season, we call on you to show us your Cavs spirit.  Do you have a favorite photo of you, your kids or your pets decked out in Cavs gear?  Do you decorate your office or home with Cavs colors and memorabilia?  Do you have a game day superstition or favorite Cavs memory?  Share your photo or story with us on social media this week and you will be entered into a drawing for a fun Cavs prize! Tag the CMBA (@CleMetroBar) and use #31ways to be entered (be sure to make it a public post so we can see it.

MAY 4 - Giveaway at CLE
Member of the Day: Chris Wick
Today is the start of the William J. O'Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute. We'll be doing a giveaway on-site, so stay tuned to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@CleMetroBar and #31ways) to see who wins.

MAY 5 - Book Raffle
Member of the Day: Tom Lekan
Like, share or retweet our social media coverage of today's sold-out Law Day event at The City Club to be entered into a raffle for a free copy keynote speaker James Forman Jr.'s, book "Locking Up Our Own: Crimes and Punishment in Black America." Sharing or retweeting will earn you double the entry!
Update: CONGRATS to Emily Hagan who was our book winner!

MAY 6 - Member of the Day: Courtney Flowers

MAY 7 - Member of the Day: Joseph Burke

MAY 8 - Member of the Day: Lauren Tompkins
If May is your birthday month, stay tuned to your email for a gift from the CMBA. We want to help you celebrate with a special offer to save 20% on an upcoming CLE or program.

MAY 9 - Member of the Day: Neal Shapero
We love our students! It's finals time for our law student members. Today we'll be showing them some love by providing a "study break" table at both Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to charge them up with a bit of candy and sugar! Wishing them all the best on exams.

MAY 10 - Member of the Day: Judge Ronald Adrine
We have a great CLE coming up May 18 - A (Rapid-Fire) View from the Bench that will bring brought together judges and magistrates from seven courts to share updates, insight and tips about their courts. As part of Member Appreciation Month, we want to reward a member with a free registration to this CLE. To enter the drawing, like or share our event on Facebook BEFORE FRIDAY, 5/12. Sharing will earn you double the entry!  Visit the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.

MAY 11 - Member of the Day: Valerie GamertsfelderCheck out social media for today's promotion: Share your favorite Tribe memory on CMBA social media with #31ways and be entered to win a free admission to our "Why Lawyers Strike Out?" CLE on May 25 at Progressive Field.

MAY 12 - Member of the Day: Mike Murman & Dave Wallace
CMBA's LRS surprised these great attorneys at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., LPA with lunch this week as a thank you for being part of the Lawyer Referral Service. Thank you to Dan Romaine, Jerry Schneiberg & Amy Herman for all you do!

MAY 13 - Member of the Day: Allison Taller Reich

MAY 14 - Members of the Day: Michelle Cady-Cook, Chris Hanwell & the Cady Reporting Services team

MAY 15 - Member of the Day: Keely J. O'Bryan
Volunteer Spotlight:  Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Thank you to the Greater Cleveland RTA 3Rs team for their outstanding efforts in the classroom this year! As the Justice For All pick for member appreciation month, we sent a basket of treats to their office today as a token of our appreciation.

MAY 16 - Members of the Day: Art Bernstein
Thank you to the more than 230 individuals who make up our 2016–17 Diversity & Inclusion Circle. Your generous financial contributions provide critical support for the CMBA’s many diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. We couldn’t do it without you! To see a full list of current Diversity & Inclusion Circle members, click here.

MAY 17 - Members of the Day: Joe Gross
Each and every day we count on the incredible contribution of time, energy and expertise from our membership. No group gives more to us than our Board of Trustees. We salute each and every one of them for all that they give day after day after day.

MAY 18 - Members of the Day: Krithika Rajkumar
Each and every day we count on the incredible contribution of time, energy and expertise from our membership. No group gives more to us than our Board of Trustees. We salute each and every one of them for all that they give day after day after day.

Tonight - We'll host our MEMBERS-ONLY Greet the Judges & GCs reception from 5-7 p.m. The reception also welcomes and celebrates the newest Ohio attorneys. #MeetMeAtTheBar

MAY 19 - Members of the Day: Magistrate Claudette Walcott
It's a Member Appreciation Flash Sale! Take $25 off your registration for Wednesday's Litigation Institute: Courtroom 2030 using promo code provided in your CMBA Bar Briefs email. Act fast - this promo code expires tomorrow!

MAY 20 - Members of the Day: Kathy Dugan

MAY 21 - Members of the Day: Pat Espinosa

MAY 22 - Members of the Day: Judge Anita Laster Mays
Today we honor you with a poem that provides a sneak peek of more appreciation fun to come. Enjoy!

Member Appreciation Month is nearing a close
Just 10 days remain 
We wrote this poem so our members know
What the coming days contain

More members of the day will be declared
With gifts and giveaways
Be sure to join us May 25th
For free coffee and donuts day!
 May 26th awards tickets-a pair!
To our annual meeting in June
A raffle winner will be drawn May 31st
There’s more  to come, dear members - stay tuned

MAY 23 - Members of the Day: Meghan Schane-Rambert
Today is Donor Appreciation Day. Today we recognize all of our generous members who donate to the CMBF. This evening we will thank our Fellows at a gathering in their honor at one of downtown Cleveland's premiere hot spots, The Rooftop at The 9. Thank you, Fellows, for your support! You are securing the future of our "lawyers giving back" programs making a difference in our community.

MAY 24 - Members of the Day: Raj Adlakha
Stop by the CMBA Conference Center TOMORROW, Thursday, May 25 between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for a quick treat from the CMBA as a THANK YOU for all that you do.

MAY 25 - Members of the Day: Jill Okun & Ken Callahan
Congratulations to Sarena Holder of Tucker Ellis LLP. She attended yesterday's Litigation Institute and is the lucky winner of our surprise gift card giveaway. Congrats! Thanks for meeting us at the Bar yesterday for your CLE needs.

MAY 26 - Members of the Day: Craig Cobb
Like, share or retweet today's posts about our Annual Meeting on 6/2 at Cleveland Public Auditorium and be entered to win a free pair of tickets. Sharing or retweeting will earn you double the entry! Be sure to use #31ways
Congrats to Ashley Jones -- who was already going and so she generously provided her tickets to two members in the Cleveland-Marshall Solo Incubator.

MAY 27 - Members of the Day: Andrea Kinast

MAY 28 - Members of the Day: Nick Froning

MAY 29 - Members of the Day: Marcus Pryor II

MAY 30 - Members of the Day: John Lebold
A special thanks to the CMBA's Partners for Community Engagement!  These members have helped to educate voters and build more effective courts by contributing $50 or more to support the work of the Judicial Selection Committee, including View the entire list of partners here. To help us work toward stronger courts in Cuyahoga County and have your name added to this distinguished list for 2017-18, renew your membership and make a contribution of $50 or more to the Partners for Community Engagement by August 31.

MAY 31 - Members of the Day: Debbie Yue
As we wrap our Member Appreciation Month, we are pleased to congratulate our "Show us your Best of Cleveland Photo Contest" winner Eric Simon of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Eric shared this great shot below, taken from the Taft offices. As our contest winner, he'll be receiving a gift card for the CLE Clothing Co. Congratulations, Eric!