Dear Fellow Clerks,
Happy New Year to all of our NC County Clerks and your families!! I hope you each were able to have some downtime and spend it with your loved ones. As you can see by my picture, I was able to spend some time with my beautiful nieces. (They are growing up waaaaay too fast!!)
As it is every January, Clerks’ School will be upon us shortly. Vice President Kimberly Hines and I attended a meeting in September with the School of Government and the Municipal Clerks to make plans for the 2017 January Clerks’ School. The Municipal Clerks were excellent to work with and I feel this planning session went very well. We tried to come up with topics that can benefit everyone and I hope you all can attend. The School of Government has posted the registration links on their website. The dates are January 18 – 20, 2017. We will have our Business Meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Also, we will be having quite a few new Clerks joining us, so please make an effort to make them feel welcome. I look forward to seeing everyone (Cross your fingers for good weather.)
Cleveland County will be the site for our 2017 Annual Conference. The dates are April 5-7, 2017. You will note this is a slight change in the days of the week for this conference—starting on a Wednesday and ending with the banquet on Friday night. We are able to use these dates after the bylaw amendment regarding changing the days of the week for our annual conference was approved at the August 12, 2016 Business Meeting held during the Commissioners’ Annual Conference held in Winston-Salem. Please join me in thanking Cleveland County Clerk Henry Earle and Deputy Clerk April Crotts for graciously offering to be our host. They have already got a great ‘outing’ in the planning stages, so please go ahead and mark your calendars--you won’t want to miss this one. Also, if anyone has anything in particular they would like to see covered at the annual conference, please contact Vice President Hines or myself so we can make a note. These conferences are for the benefit of our Association and we need your help to make it useful to everyone.
As we begin this year with new resolutions, make sure to set goals that are reachable, not ones that will undermine your self-confidence if not achieved. Some things happen in our lives (personal and professional) that we have no control over and that send us in a direction we didn’t anticipate. As Clerks we try to be ‘one step ahead’. Every now in then, we just have to stop, take a deep breath and evaluate what that next step will be. Keep your confidence. It will keep moving you forward!!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to any of you. It takes all of us to make our Association work and I am so grateful to be part of such a supportive network. I hope 2017 brings great things for us all.
Julie J. Bennett, President
NC Association of County Clerks