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A Special Message from GTLA Grassroots Director Micah Gravley

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Happy New Year! I hope each of you had plenty of time to enjoy the holidays with friends and loved ones. It was certainly a time to enjoy each other for our family, as well as a time for reflection and thanksgiving.  

As many of you know, an opportunity to serve my local community in the Georgia General Assembly was presented to Heather and me this past September. With the support of my family, colleagues, friends and the citizens of House District 67 (Douglas & Paulding Counties), our campaign successfully earned 68 percent of the vote on Nov. 6 in the General Election. Having received the support of those in my home community to be their voice in the Georgia General Assembly is a tremendous honor, and one that I am deeply humbled by. I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to each of you for the support you gave to me, as well. Your encouraging emails, phone calls and financial support meant a great deal to me.  Thank you. 
Going forward, I want to let you know that my commitment to the continued success of GTLA's Grassroots Initiative and the development of our local TLAs will be my primary focal point within the association. Though my role has changed at GTLA, I will continue to serve on staff as the Grassroots Coordinator and point of contact for all local TLAs. As Bill Clark noted, contact with the "mother ship" will not be interrupted. I am still here and looking forward to getting back out across the state to assist you in building and growing strong local chapters.  

During the legislative session, I will be available to each of you by phone and email and will be working to schedule guest speakers and arrange sponsorships. I also will continue to attend your local luncheons, meetings and community outreach projects as the legislative session schedule permits during the months of January through April. Also, I am partnering with Emily and Sheila who will be attending as many TLA meetings in the Metro area as they can. Additionally, I also will continue to serve as a resource for all of you at our GTLA seminars, conventions and workshops as I have done over the past five years.  

Although I no longer will manage GTLA's Lawyer of the Day program, we have brought in a firm, Centennial Strategies, to facilitate that task. I am confident their two principals, Blake Waycaster and Patrick Ward, will do a fine job assisting our members at the Capitol. I have personally worked with Blake and Patrick and will be in contact with them daily during the session to advise and answer any questions they might have.

Suffice to say, it is going to be a new and different year for me and for GTLA. But, you and your Local TLA will continue to have all the support, guidance and direction that you will need to make your TLA all that it can be! I will look forward to seeing you under the Gold Dome!


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