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The 35th Annual Business Meeting
& Education Conference
will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 10-14, 2015.
Who we are....
The American Escrow Association (AEA) is the national association of the real estate settlement agents. At a national level, AEA is the proactive voice on behalf of professionals involved with all types of settlement practices throughout the United States. Our goals are to further the knowledge and professionalism of the individual settlement agents, while also serving as an advocate for the settlement industry, as a whole, by educating and advising decision makers at the national level on issues of consequence to our industry.
We are indeed a land of abundance, prosperity, hope and this season is an example that one person can make a change to a national custom which has lasted over a century. If one person can change the events of a nation, just imagine the change a collective association of individuals can make.
It was 1620, a leap year and James I was the King of England. The first Queen Elizabeth had died 17 years earlier and Isaac Asimov would be born 300 years later in 1920. The Pilgrims survived their first winter. In celebration of their survival, the Pilgrims celebrated with a harvest feast to give thanks. It was 169 years later in 1789 that President George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving, though this was just a proclamation for a day and not a tradition or a national holiday.
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation ordering all Government departments be closed for a local day of thanksgiving. Noticing how well received a day off from work was, each of the 31 states scheduled their own day for a day of thanks. Though well intentions, one can imagine the government and 31 states celebrating a “day-off” on separate dates could be problematic for the nation. Apparently, it was. I know you can see an obvious solution to this dilemma, but consider the era. Also consider, could there be a modern day connection to this 153 year old dilemma? (Hint: phone a friend)
Well in 1863, President Lincoln received a letter from Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74 year-old magazine editor urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs a National recognition and authoritative fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”
Prior to her letter to Lincoln, Sarah had been petitioning Presidents for 15 years. Hale wrote letters to Presidents Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Lincoln issued his proclamation in 1863 declaring the third Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Since then, we have observed this day of celebration but if not for the vision of one person.
I encourage you to get involved with the American Escrow Association and be that individual who makes a difference. Our industry is changing and we all must get involved and be part of the change. Even to the extent of inviting a friend to become a member.
Inasmuch as the Integrated Closing Disclosures will become effective in 9 months, the American Escrow Association is taking a proactive approach in a grassroots effort in bringing back the discussion and need for Uniform Closing Instructions. It is our goal that such Uniform Closing Instructions will provide us with the clear and concise instruction, direction and dates which allow us to proceed to closing. We have so many unanswered questions before the final rule becomes effective.
Oh yeah, the modern day connection to the Thanksgiving holiday, Sarah Josepha Hale wrote the famous nursery rhyme, “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. Some historians argue she may have originated the first “bake sale” to raise money. She made a difference and you can to – get involved and ask a friend to become a member today.