It is hard to believe that once again it is membership renewal time. For those of you who renew prior to January 1, 2022 and were a paid member in 2021, you will receive a discounted renewal rate of $250.00 (a savings of $100.00). For new members and those renewing on or after January 1, 2022, the renewal rate is $350.00. Renewals can be done on our website via credit card. While this has been an extremely crazy year to say the least, despite it all, our chapter has remained strong and it has paid off. We are proud to announce that due to the time and effort devoted by our Executive Board we have received the "Council of Excellence" Award for 2021 - the most prestigious honor awarded from the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. Please remember that in addition to the benefits offered by our local chapter, you are also entitled to many benefits offered by the National Association of Estate Planning Councils which you can find on their website. While it has been disappointing to not see everyone in person, it is our hope that we will be able to resume in person meetings in the upcoming year. We have a sensational line-up of speakers and topics for the upcoming year and we have secured the Melville Marriott for Breakfast meetings and Blackstone Steakhouse for our dinner meetings. Lastly, as a reminder members can apply for the designation of an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) if certain criteria are met. One member can be appointed for each category represented by our Council. If you are interested in applying for this prestigious title, please let any board member know.