FROM THE PRESIDENT
to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association's (SCWCEA) website. I would like to begin by saying that it is an honor to serve as your President. I am grateful to all of the individuals in this organization to continue to work, devote their time, and lend to the vision that makes the SCWCEA the strong, successful association it is today.
The Board and staff hope your plans include participation in our many educational programs. The Annual Medical Seminar was held February 24-26 at the beautiful Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. The focus of this meeting was The Mysteries of Workers' Compensation. If you were not able to join us, we hope you will make plans to be with us next year.
Our 2019 One Day Seminar Committee begun planning this meeting which will take place May 31st at Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia. Registration and program details will be available before April so check the website for updates.
We topped off our year with the very popular Annual Educational Conference, October 13 - 16 at the Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. The program was exceptional and the content was both educational and beneficial to all who attended.
Memberships for 2020 will open in December. After holding the line for over a decade with no increase in the cost of dues, and with annual operating costs now outpacing revenue growth, the SCWCEA has reached a critical point financially. It's for this reason that the SCWCEA Board of Directors is implementing an increase effective January 1, 2020. Current dues are $100 and will increase to $200 per person next year. Your membership is critical in keeping the association financially sustainable, strong, relevant and influential.
Please keep in mind that all current SCWCEA members must renew no later than March 31 in order to take advantage of the discounted member registration fee at our Annual Educational Conference in the fall, and any new members must be enrolled no later than July 1 for the same purpose.
Donna Croom, our Executive Director, is available to address any questions or concerns about membership, costs, registration, credits and more.
I look forward to hearing from the membership and seeing you all at future programs.
Lana H. Sims, Jr., Esq.
SCWCEA President and Shareholder, Adams and Reese, LLP