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Sunshine, BBQ Kick Off Omaha Bar Association Year 9/18  09/17/18 12:21:11 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version


From left, Dave Janus, senior vice-president, Wealth Management Division of First National Bank; Cathy Kalama, senior advisor, Private Client Services at First National Wealth Management and an OBA member; Patrick Cooper, OBA president; and J. Terry Macnamara, of counsel for OBA, team up to host the 48th annual Fall Kickoff BBQ on Thursday. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)
Sunshine, BBQ Kick Off Omaha Bar Association Year

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

The 48th annual Fall Kickoff BBQ for 2018-2019 enjoyed sunny weather after weeks of rain – a good omen for the official start of the year for the Omaha Bar Association. Hundreds of OBA members, members of the judiciary, law students and hosts from the bank’s Wealth Management Division gathered at First National Business Park in west Omaha for the event.
“It was a great event,” OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers said. “We’ve hosted hundreds of attorneys, judges and professionals for the past 48 years.”
The event has become a mainstay on calendars for OBA members.
“People set their watches by that Thursday after Labor Day,” Sommers said.
This marks the first year in decades that the event was not overseen by attorney Tom Gaughan of First National, who served as OBA’s event chair for 37 years. Dave Janus, senior vice-president of First National Bank’s Wealth Management Division, will take over his role.
With the 50-year event coming in 2020, Sommers said they’ve already discussed something special.
“We’ll have to figure something out,” he said. “This event used to have 700 people when it was downtown. It had a roast pig and ice sculptures. We might look at bringing some of that back.”
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