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Dear Fellow Clerks and COG Secretaries:

It is time to renew your annual membership in the North Carolina Association of County Clerks to the Boards of County Commissioners. If you have never joined this wonderful organization, I would like to invite you to consider it now. Dues are payable during the first quarter of each calendar year and should be remitted by March 31, 2017. Membership in the Association continues to gain ground and you will surely benefit from taking advantage of the improved benefits and vital training offered to Clerks. The benefits from our professional organization, which is an affiliate of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, include:

Training through the Association and in conjunction with the School of Government (SOG). Ever increasing legislation adds layers of complexity to our roles as Clerks. Training events are structured to ensure we stay abreast of those changes and the way in which they affect our profession and our boards of commissioners. We are ever mindful of the need to render sound management practices.

Topics for the SOG January Clerks School are chosen by the Association and also by the NC Association of Municipal Clerks. Who better to suggest topics for training than those of us who are in the trenches on a daily basis and are in need of the most accurate and up to date information available? We constantly strive to improve the administration of our offices and the topics selected for the January Clerks School offer sound management practices to help achieve our goals.

North Carolina Certified County Clerks (NCCCC). The Association and the SOG listened to county clerks across the state and responded to the need for a state certification program for county clerks. The program focuses on objectives that are more relevant to county government. The first inaugural class was recognized by the Dean of the SOG during the January Clerks School in January 2010. The certification may be used in conjunction with, or replace, the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation conferred by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.

Scholarships. For clerks who need financial assistance in attending the Annual Conference, there are scholarships available. If your county has limited funds for educational training, or has imposed travel restrictions, please apply for a scholarship.

Membership Fee. We can never learn too much. The $50 membership fee is a wonderful bargain in exchange for the knowledge, training, networking, and certifications to be gained for our professional development. Membership applications may be obtained online at http://www.nccountyclerks.org/Membership.aspx and should be mailed with the $50 fee to Michelle Parker-Evans, 200 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Respectfully,

Debra Weary
Clerk to the Board
Granville County Board of Commissioners
NC Association of County Clerks Membership Committee, Chair

  
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