Letter from the President
– March 2017
Hello Clerk Family! I enjoyed seeing those of you who attended our annual City and County Clerks School. I had the privilege of speaking at the New Clerks Class. Wow, do we have a lot of new Clerks!! I tried to stress to them the importance of reaching out to the Clerk network to let them know that they can reach assistance at the touch of a button – whether it be by phone or by computer!! Hopefully, they will all join our Association. I’d like to thank Trey Allen, Carla Stowe, our own NCACC Vice-President and Program Chair, Kimberly Hines, Dora Moore, President of the North Carolina Municipal Clerks Association and her Program Committee, and everyone else involved for working to make sure that we had sessions that were interesting as well as educational. I enjoyed the sessions and once again I learned new things that can help me both professionally and personally. Flag Etiquette was my favorite session!!
I am pleased to report that as I am writing this letter, we are diligently working on the agenda as well as all the other planning that goes into our Annual Spring Conference. Cleveland County Deputy Clerk and Conference Host April Crotts will be welcoming us to her County April 5-7, 2017 at the LeGrand Center in Shelby, NC. The Conference hotel will be the Hampton Inn & Suites in Shelby. Information regarding the room block has been e-mailed and the registration package will be coming out any day now (if it hasn’t already by the time this newsletter is published). We are excited that Nicole Greer, PPCC and founder of Vibrant Coaching (www.vibrantcoaching.com
) will be our speaker this year for Wednesday, Thursday and part of Friday. We will also have our own School of Government Liaison Trey Allen and North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Liaison Amy Bason joining us as well. I do hope that you all can attend as it promises to be a great and educational time.
We will have two Director positions on the Executive Committee that need to be filled for 2017-2018. Candidates must have served as a County Clerk, COG Secretary or NC Association of County Commissioners’ Clerk for a minimum of three years and also shall have been active members of the Association for at least three years. Candidates should also have the support of their Board of Commissioners via a letter of support from their Board Chair and be willing to attend all the Executive Committee Meetings and Business Meetings of the Association. Past President Paula Woodard is the Chair of this year’s Nominating Committee and will be sending out more information soon. I encourage you to please consider serving in this capacity as well as moving up on the Executive Committee to eventually become an officer. I have to say that yes, it has been a lot of work serving as a Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and now President but it has also been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Throughout my time as a Clerk, I have had so many Clerks within our Association help and support me and this was my small way of giving back.
This will be my last Letter from the President. As you can see from the picture with this letter, Vice President Kimberly Hines will be moving up to lead you next year. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. There are so many people to thank for all their support and friendship. Thank you so much to this year’s Executive Committee for all your hard work and support, especially my Past President Paula Woodard who answered my every phone call and e-mail. I don’t know what I would have done without her encouragement, wisdom and friendship. Thank you to all those that served on Committees this year – without your willingness to serve, we could not be successful in keeping the Association running smoothly. To our Regional Workshop Hosts (Transylvania County, Iredell County and Johnston County), I sincerely appreciate you inviting us to your Counties and for all the work and planning that went into those workshops. (Anybody still singing “Staying Alive”?) It was wonderful to travel across our beautiful State and visit with you. If there is any Clerk considering hosting one of the Regional Workshops, please contact Vice President Kimberly Hines. We do need Regional Hosts for 2017 so we would sincerely appreciate volunteers! Luckily we have had our incoming Vice President, Laura Williams, Moore County Clerk, volunteer to host our 2018 Annual Conference at Pinehurst. So we have that to look forward to!
Thank you again to Trey Allen and Carla Stowe at the School of Government for all your work and support to our Association. We couldn’t do it without you!
In closing, I would like to sincerely thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your President. It has been an honor and a privilege and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Julie J. Bennett, President
NC Association of County Clerks