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A Heartfelt Thank You It went by in a flash Elke Lubin, Executive Assistant ELubin@hcma.net I have been Managing Editor of The Bulletin since 1993 but have written a column only a couple of times: my twenty and twenty-five year anniver-saries with the HCMA.  Don’t get me wrong, my words are all over The Bul-letin – yep, I author those snappy cap-tions for all the event photos. Well, now I’ve been here thirty years. I started working at the HCMA on Friday, November 13, 1987.  Yes, Friday the 13th… I am obviously not superstitious.  In Septem-ber the HCMA turned 122 years old; I have been a part of the organization for nearly a quarter of that time. During the November 7th Membership Dinner, after a love-ly, flattering introduction, which broke down three decades all the way to 262,800 hours  (tears are threatening again just at the memory), Debbie Zorian, your Executive Director, called me to the podium.  She personally presented me with an Elke Lubin bobblehead.  I absolutely love it – it never disagrees with me!!  I was also given a generous gift from the HCMA Board of Trust-ees and a standing ovation from the attendees.  The recognition was humbling. As a few people are aware, it makes me very nervous to speak in front of a group.  So there I was, at the podium, facing over a hundred people.  I know that I said something; I was assured I “did fine.” I truly do not remember what I said.  So, I’d like to pretend that I am cool as a cucumber at the podium and that I find speaking to a crowd a pleasure…this is what I would say… I’d like to thank the Academy…oops, wrong speech…(my alternate self is quite a jokester). I have worked at the HCMA for more than half of my life. I truly cannot imagine working anywhere else.  The relation-ships I have made over these thirty years, both professionally and personally, are priceless to me.  Heck, I’ve even acquired a husband out of it! I work with the most dedicated women I know.  During my entire career with the HCMA, Debbie has been there. She and I have not only mastered a working relationship that only people who have been together this long can, we serve as confidants for one another. We’ve even been referred to as Evil Twins… in a nice way. The other two ladies in the office, Kay and Jean, I also consider dear friends and enjoy working alongside them. I so admire the women I work with. We can have a lot of fun to-gether but we also are very serious when it comes to the HCMA. We are a small, but mighty, team! Over the years I have worked with so many exceptional men and women, the leaders of the HCMA.  I cannot imagine the pressures of being a physician, especially in current times. I have been told the satisfaction of helping patients outweighs the multiple hoops they must jump through just to do that.  How can you not respect that?  At the HCMA, we do our very best to help the practice of medicine, so the people I admire most can continue their mission, hopefully, a little less impeded. I feel that I am an essential member of a fantastic quartet that helps so many in the noblest of professions. Thank you for recognizing my thirty year anniversary with the HCMA. Thirty years sure seems like a long time, especially when broken down in months, weeks, days, and hours – but I can assure you one thing…it went by in a flash. Happy Holidays Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours now and throughout the coming year. Kay Mills (Event & Membership Coordinator), Jean Repass (Bookkeeper), Debbie Zorian (Executive Director), and Elke Lubin (Executive Assistant) The Hillsborough County Medical Association administrative staff wishes you and all those close to you a joyous holiday and a new year filled with happiness and a world at peace. 12 HCMA BULLETIN, Vol 63, No. 4 – November/December 2017


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