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Viewpoint Debt 3 March/April 2010 26 Oliver Yandle is the Executive Vice President of the Commercial Law League of America. He can be reached at 312-781-2000 and via e-mail at oyandle@clla.org. Leaders Who Make A Difference “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” –Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker In just a few short weeks, the Commercial Law League of America will elect new leaders to guide our organization through the coming year. We are fortunate to have a strong slate of candidates who hope to take on the challenge, and I look forward to working with them to create a stronger CLLA. The new leadership team will build on a solid foundation established by several great leaders whose terms will end in April. We owe them an enormous amount of gratitude for tackling tough problems with energy, commitment and creativity. The CLLA is better because of their many contributions. As executive vice president, I feel especially fortunate to have worked with these outstanding leaders very closely over the past year. They have taught me a great deal about the League, about leadership and about character. Don Scott has served with distinction as the law list representative to the board. He has willingly taken on difficult tasks and worked tirelessly to find common ground between law lists and the board and move the CLLA forward. We appreciate his hard work, energy and humor. The board has also benefitted from Jeff Rubin’s considerable talents. It’s no surprise that Jeff is an avid sailor. He has helped the board navigate challenging issues, effectively steered the implementation of the CLLA’s strategic educational goals and helped set the organization on a course for success. Chris Hickey, another CLLA team member, is not only a leader in the CLLA — she also currently serves as president of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Chris’ insightful comments, commitment to excellence and focus on results have helped the board’s discussions and decision-making. Her positive contributions to the CLLA are enduring, and we appreciate her sharing her many talents with us. Like Chris, when Barry Gammons speaks, people listen. His principled, visionary perspectives on critical issues facing the League have shaped the direction of the organization in very meaningful ways. His concern for the League has been demonstrated repeatedly this year by both words and actions. Dave Gamache had the unfortunate task of training the “new guy” when I came on board in the middle of his presidency. It was certainly not the way he envisioned his year as president to go. However, David has been an excellent and patient tutor and an exceptional leader — not just embracing change, but inspiring it. David’s signature phrase is, “It’s a good time to be a member of the CLLA.” Certainly, David’s leadership has contributed significantly to that feeling; and for that, we are deeply grateful. In 20 years of association management experience, there have been few leaders that I have worked with who had Rick Thomas’ optimism, patience and thoughtfulness. His ability to see all sides of an issue, seek common ground and maintain a positive outlook is rare. And — given the challenges he confronted during the course of his term — the CLLA was extremely fortunate to have Rick as our leader. He, too, has taught me a great deal this year. In his acceptance speech last April, Rick recalled a conversation he had with former president Jerry Myers. Rick asked Jerry if he’d ever run for CLLA president, to which Jerry replied, “Of course!” When Jerry asked Rick if he’d ever run, Rick, just as confidently, replied, “Of course not!” Luckily for all of us, Rick changed his mind. Rick has certainly met the challenge of leadership with strength, kindness, boldness, thoughtfulness, humility, pride and humor. Thank you for your service, leadership and friendship, Rick. I would be remiss if I did not also thank two outstanding staff members who left us this year. Dick Schascheck has served the CLLA as its CFO for the better part of a decade. But Dick was always more than a CFO: He was the organization’s right-hand, and also was a counselor and friend to members and the CLLA staff. His many contributions extend well beyond financial management. We will miss his involvement and wish him well in his new pursuits. Elizabeth Hart was with us for just a few years; however, she accomplished much in her tenure. Her many skills and talents were put to the test often at the CLLA, and she passed each challenge with flying colors. We thank her for her outstanding work and look forward to hearing of her continued success in association management. We can say we knew her when. To the entire board and all of our volunteer leaders: Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the CLLA and for working to maintain and grow our strong leadership. We plan to continue to increase the value of CLLA membership — 2010 is going to be an exciting year!

PATRON FUND The CLLA Patron Fund provides an excellent means for CLLA members to give something back to their association. The Fund was established in 1963 and has a proud tradition of supporting the League and its endeavors. Patron Fund contributions create a financial reservoir that allows the League to underwrite worthy projects without the need for special fund drives. Patron Fund grants have been used to finance a variety of programs and projects that benefit our members and increase the overall visibility and viability of the League. In recent years, grants have been awarded to: Q the CLLA Bankruptcy Section Q the Commercial Collection Agency Association Q Q the Membership Development Committee Q the League’s Legislative Writer Q Q the DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal Q Q the CLLA to underwrite the expenses of League Counsel Q Q the National Education Committee to produce teleseminars Q Q the CLLA commissioned to prepare FTC white paper promoting changes to the FDCPA Q All League members are invited to join this esteemed group of colleagues by simply completing the pledge form below. Your pledge is a meaningful way to demonstrate your commitment to the Commercial Law League of America ® . Contributing companies or firms are recognized by publication in the Patron Roster and by special designation as Patrons on conference badges for their members. Return the completed form below to: CLLA 36404 Treasury Center Chicago, IL 60694-6400 Phone: 312.781.2000 Fax: 847.526.3993 COMMERCIAL LAW LEAGUE OF AMERICA ® PATRON FUND PLEDGE FORM Please include my name amongst the esteemed list of colleagues that support the Commercial Law League of America ® as a Patron of the League. I understand that the minimum pledge to the Fund as established by the CLLA Board of Governors is $150.00. I also understand that my membership will appear by firm name when published in the Patron Fund Roster. o I am enclosing my check made out to CLLA in the amount of $_____________________________. OR o I am faxing my credit card information to 847-526-3993 authorizing CLLA to charge my credit card the amount of $______________. o MasterCard o Visa o AMEX o Discover Credit Card Number Exp. Date Signature Date I understand that my listing in the Patron Fund Roster will appear as shown below. First Name Last Name Firm Name Location

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