Apr 10

2020 IIMC Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, Cancelled

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 9:27 AM by Karen Lee

2020 IIMC Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, Cancelled

As you know, IIMC and the 2020 Conference Host Committee have been working diligently to find a way to produce a conference this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hyatt Regency Host Hotel has been very accommodating and cooperative during this unprecedented planning process. Other 2020 dates were offered from the Hyatt Regency, but they were not a good fit for IIMC and its members. Moreover, with the current uncertainty and with no definitive end in sight as well as the feedback we have received regarding travel restrictions, travel bans and combined with the overall feeling that there wasn’t a strong comfort level to convene in 2020, it became evident that the Conference needed to be cancelled.

Therefore, on Thursday, April 9, 2020, the IIMC Board of Directors in conjunction with the 2020 St. Louis Conference Host Committee have agreed to officially cancel the 2020 IIMC Annual Conference. In addition, the Board also voted to award the 2025 conference to St. Louis.

This is a tremendous disappointment regarding all those participating in the Conference, from the Board to the Host Committee to the attendees. Member safety was and always is our primary concern. In the end, this was the right decision.

If you have a reservation at the host hotel (the Hyatt Regency), your reservation will automatically be cancelled, and you should receive an email notification.

Please look for a separate email regarding your IIMC conference registration cancellation options.

On behalf of the IIMC Board of Directors, the Host Committee and IIMC staff, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you at a future conference.  

Thank you.

Lana McPherson, MMC
IIMC President – 2019 - 2020

Mar 31

President's Message - Heroes - March 2020

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 7:56 AM by Karen Lee

Dear IIMC Family -


I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and sending you virtual hugs daily while we navigate this new reality of dealing with COVID-19. Your IIMC Board, Executive Director Shalby, and IIMC Staff are in daily contact and working with all the scenarios of the ‘what ifs’ should we need to reschedule our IIMC Conference in May, as well as those conferences scheduled or now rescheduled in various states and regions.  You will be kept apprised through the IIMC E-Briefings, so please continue to read those as they are distributed.

Clerks are generally the front line of City Halls, right there with the First Responders, Fire and Police.  Many of our City Halls are closed and Clerks are working from home or taking shifts on doing what is necessary in City Hall.  You are not alone!  No matter what IIMC region you reside in, we are all reaching out to each other and lending our wisdom and experiences as we learn from this daily and ever-evolving experience.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge with your fellow Clerks.  

I am blessed by those of you who have reached out with words of encouragement and support not only to me, but to your fellow Clerks, Institute Directors and IIMC staff members.  We truly are a giving and caring group of individuals.  One of the many reasons I truly love our IIMC family.  As IIMC past-president Stephanie Carouthers Kelly said, ‘Together, We Can’ and we ARE accomplishing our tasks daily.  We may be doing it in a different or unusual way than our ‘normal day’, but we’re marching forward.

Thank you for being the calm in the storm within your City.  Thank you for being the person those in your City reach out to for reassurance about utilities, meetings, food and shelter, as well as the unusual questions you respond to.  Please continue to Be the ONE to share a smile, a word of encouragement, and most of all, your knowledge and leadership with those who call upon you in this time of the unknown.  You may be the only person to reassure someone that this storm will pass.  Know you are important to many and loved by many more.  Keep doing what you are doing because YOU are making the difference and helping bring the calm and assurance in this realm of uncertainty.  I’m proud of each and every one of you and blessed to be a member in our IIMC family.

Stay strong and safe, my Heroes.  

Hero graphic with Christopher Reeve quote: A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength t


Aug 13

President's Message - June/July 2019

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:02 AM by Denice Cox

President Lana McPherson’s speech from the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Birmingham, Alabama.

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