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May 05

President’s Message - April 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 10:03 AM by Denice Cox

Grand Rapids, Michigan was the site of the 2017 IIMC Region V Conference. It is also will be the site of the 2021 IIMC Annual Conference. Seventy Clerks from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana attended this conference, the first in this region in many years, The conference began with an Athenian Dialogue facilitated by Stephen French, MMC, from the Hillsdale. The book was 31 days: Gerald R. Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crises. This was am excellent book and the fact that the dialogue was held at the Gerald R. Ford Museum made it surreal. We were also privileged to hear about President Ford from the museum’s curator, Donald Holloway. Holloway spoke about the many different exhibits and the fact that this venue is different than any other presidential museum. The majority, if not all the other Presidential museums and libraries are located in the same place. This one is not. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library is actually located in Ann Arbor. It was an experience walking through history. I would highly encourage you to visit this, or any of the Presidential Libraries. A special thank you goes to Steve French for doing a phenomenal job facilitating his first dialogue.

Michigan President Sarah Bydalek, MMC, Walker, MI,and her entire team, did a great job in all facets of this conference. The facility, The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (the same site that the 2021 IIMC conference will be held) was absolutely beautiful. President Bydalek arranged a great education program. Michelle L. Steffes, from IPC Consulting, guided us through a great day discussing how we can avoid burnout. That afternoon, Steffes offered many great tools that will help to empower leadership. Concluding the education component were current Region V Directors Mary Johnston, MMC, Westerville, OH, and Robbie Hume, MMC, Lawrenceburg, KY, and past Region V Director Terri Kowal, MMC, Auburn Hills, MI, who facilitated a Crucial Conversations Roundtable. The entertainment was awesome too. What made this entertainment even more remarkable was that, while the two-man band entertained us with music from all genres, one of the band members painted a portrait of the Grand Rapids skyline while also singing. Now, he did have some help with the painting from many of the Clerks in attendance, including yours truly. An auction was held for that painting and I could not have been happier to bring that painting back home to New Jersey! Thanks to President Bydalek and her team for a great conference.

Well, here we are, just seven short weeks from our 2017 IIMC conference in Montreal. I cannot be more pleased with the responses we’ve received. We are getting close to selling out! As I continue to receive conference updates from our dedicated IIMC staff, I can assure you that this is going to be a conference like no other. This conference, the first outside the United States since 2004 when we were in Whistler, BC, will have many of the usual events such as the All-Conference event and the Annual Banquet. But there will also be changes to various other events including the Montreal Mingle (previously the Presidents Welcome Reception) and the Opening Ceremony. I think you will be overjoyed with these changes as we incorporate much of the Montreal culture into these events. If this conference will be your first travel experience outside the United States, you could not have picked a better place. Montreal is an extremely safe and walkable city, at any time of day and night. From any of the conference hotels, you can walk to many of Montreal’s magnificent and historic sites. While in this beautiful city, I encourage you to embrace the culture, food and all the history for which Montreal is known. You will grow immensely from the experience.
Vincent Buttiglieri, MMC
IIMC President
May 05

President’s Message - February 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM by Denice Cox

January is usually a hectic time for us with Reorganization meetings and all that is involved with the beginning of a new year. When looking at my January calendar this year, I realized that I was going to have the opportunity to attend the 2017 IIMC Region II Conference as IIMC President. This was special for me because the Clerks from my “home” region have always been supportive of my desire to serve IIMC and our members in a leadership position.

This year’s conference was held at the majestic Oglebay Resort and Spa in Wheeling, West Virginia from January 10-13, 2017. The West Virginia Clerks and Recorders Association had not hosted a Region II conference for many years. It had been so long, one of their members went so far as to say to the attendees that “West Virginia has not been very active with IIMC and the Region over the past few years but we are back and we are here to stay!” I cannot tell you how awesome that sounded to the sixty plus members of our Region who attended the conference. Now, this resurgence didn’t happen overnight or without the tremendous effort of so many. Much of the credit goes to past Region II Director Kimberley Rau, MMC from Laurel, Maryland, who worked with the leaders of the West Virginia Association to make this happen. Thank you so much, Kim!

The conference began with an Athenian Dialogue lead by IIMC’s-own Past President, Chuck Tokar, MMC. Chuck, with help from his capable assistant Denise Ridley, MMC, lead us through an enlightening discussion about Walt Disney: An American Original. Those who were fortunate enough to participate in this session came away with many leadership tips that will help make us better leaders. Thank you Chuck and Denise. The educational program over the next two and a half days were great and included topics such as: Benefits of a Positive Attitude, Surviving an “Active Shooter,” Business Writing Tips and “Leadership from the Inside Out” facilitated by IIMC’s Director of Professional Development, Dr. Jane Long. Each session gave those in attendance many tools to try in our own office. I cannot be more proud of all involved with this great conference. Many in attendance mentioned to our colleagues from West Virginia that they put on such a great conference, we were just going to come back next year and let them do it again!
This amazing four-day event would not have been as spectacular without a tremendous group of West Virginia Clerks who dove head-first and made us all feel special. This group included: Andrea Kerr, Janice Jones, MMC; Jane Rickman, West Virginia State President Damita Johnson, CMC; Kim Benson, CMC; Tom Armstead, MMC; Janet Keller and Annette Wright, CMC. THANK YOU ALL.

Over the past months, I, along with IIMC Past President Monica Martinez Simmons, MMC, have been working with IIMC‘s Executive Director Chris Shalby, Director of Professional Development Dr. Jane Long and University of LaVerne Professor Dr. Kathy Duncan to create IIMC’s first-ever Diversity/Inclusion Task Force. After the initial Call to Action, we have been working to finalize the membership of this important task force. The task force’s mission will be to examine our organization to ensure that IIMC is doing its best at being inclusive and transparent in providing opportunities for all members to have a voice within our Organization. On behalf of all involved, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the members of IIMC’s Diversity/Inclusion Task Force are:

Region I        Amy E. Warfield, CMC Burlington, MA
                       Sharon Knight, CMC Avon, NY
Region II      Tanya B. Harding County of Henrico, VA
                        Elizabeth “Libby” Hume, MMC Cape Charles, VA
Region III     Sonja Tolbert, CMC Albany, GA
                        Pamela Latimore, CMC North Miami Beach, FL
Region IV      Roxanna Richard, MMC Gueydan, LA
Region V       Melissa Autry, CMC Cincinnati, OH
                        Stephen French, MMC Hillsdale, MI
Region VI      Devin Montero, CMC Brooklyn Park, MN
                        Jeanne O’Brien, CMC Delafield, WI
Region VII    Cherry Lawson Bloomington, IL
                        Octavia Pittman, CMC Brentwood, MO
Region VIII   Sandra McKinley, CMC Henderson, NV
                         Angela R. Johnson, CMC Meeteetse, WY
Region IX      Mindy Cuppy, MMC Rancho Cordova, CA
                        Tom Graves, CMC Hollister, CA
                        Ardy Kassakhian, CMC Glendale, CA
Region X        Dawn Chaplin, MMC Torbay, NF
Region XI      Leendert (Eelco) Groenenboom, MMC Dordrecht, The Netherlands

I want to thank each member of the task force as well as the 100 plus members of our beloved Organization who volunteered their time to serve. This is just another indication of how awesome our membership is. Please stay tuned for updates on their findings and recommendations.
Wishing you all a Fantastic February.
Vincent Buttiglieri, MMC
IIMC President
May 05

President’s Message - January 2017

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 9:56 AM by Denice Cox

As I communicated in last month’s News Digest, November was a very exciting month, not only for me personally but for IIMC as an organization, as we were honored to be able to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. After leaving this memorable event, I flew directly to Boston, MA, to attend the 49th Annual Conference of the New England Association of City and Town Clerks at the historic and beautiful Omni Parker House. I want to give a special thanks to Region I Directors Carol Anderson, MMC and Julie Coelho, CMC, and past Region I Director Jim Mullen, for showing me such a great time while in “their neck of the woods.” I had the amazing privilege of administering the Oath of Office to NEACTC’s new President Betsy Brown, from Fairfield, CT, who replaces Robert Cutler from Foxborough, MA. I would be remiss if I did not extent my thanks to Bob for a job well done.
Now getting back to the Omni, you may ask what makes the Omni Parker House historic. Well, in the summer of 1953, at Table No. 40 at Parker’s Restaurant, John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier. As they say, the rest is history. While there were many great presenters during this conference, all in attendance will agree that the closing speaker, Norman Katz, was amazing. Katz worked on President Kennedy’s security team on that fateful day of November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Talk about a moving presentation.
As the holiday season came and went in 2016, I hope that each of you had the most amazing holiday and had the opportunity to spend some quality “family” time because it is that time that truly makes the holidays memorable.
As 2017 is upon us, we have the opportunity to review the past and make changes that will not only enhance our lives personally but also enhance our lives collectively. As members of IIMC, we have that opportunity by stepping out of our comfort zone and get more involved in this Association. As I stated previously, I whole-heartedly believe that each of us has the ability to make a positive impact, whether large or small, on our beloved IIMC. One way you can do that is by volunteering to serve on one of IIMC’s twelve standing committees. Time should not be a factor as most, if not all, of the work done by these committees is done via teleconference and email. See – you can make an impact without even leaving your office. How great is that! The committee application may be found on the IIMC website at
Now that we are in the new year, IIMC staff and our partners in Canada are working fast and furious putting the final touches on our 2017 IIMC Conference which is being held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. I am pleased to say that our registration numbers are trending upward and I am anticipating this to be one of the best conferences we have had in recent memory. You are not going to want to miss out on this educational and networking experience so get your registration in as soon as possible and PLEASE make your hotel reservation.
I want to close as I have during many of my recent messages. I announced the start of a peer recognition award called the Spotlight on Success where we get to shine the light on the many members for the extraordinary acts that they perform each and every day. We have highlighted some amazing individuals since the start but, to be honest with you, the submissions have definitely slowed down. Come on folks – I know there is someone in your State, Province and Region that should be recognized. Please nominate them. This is no time to “wait for someone else” to nominate someone. The nomination form can be found on the IIMC website and it only takes a few minutes to complete. Just Do It!
Thank you and make it a great 2017!
Vincent Buttiglieri, MMC
IIMC President

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