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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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