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President Kelly's Message - September 2018

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 11:40 AM by Denice Cox

Hello IIMC members!
This is my monthly check-in. I want to let you know what and how IIMC is doing. I may not have mentioned last month that I will have a traveling companion this year named “Bear Charles.” He was given to me in Norfolk and, so far, he has traveled with me on both of my IIMC-related trips - Birmingham, Alabama and Pinehurst, North Carolina.

I first wish to thank the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks for inviting me, as IIMC President, “home” to attend their 2018 Annual Conference in Pinehurst at the beautiful and self-described “majestic century-old” Carolina Hotel. The hotel originally opened in January 1901 and is called the “Queen of the South” because of its extensive verandas from one end to the other. The conference theme was “Spicing Up Local Government” and boy, did they ever! In addition to the numerous networking opportunities, spending time with the vendors and raising scholarship funds through the silent auction, those in attendance returned to their various communities more knowledgeable about diversity and inclusion, employment discrimination law, selling surplus property, what’s new in the Secretary of State’s Office, social media, NC open meetings law and more. We were also delighted to have Region III Directors, Pamela Smith, MMC, Sanibel, FL and Sonya Tolbert, CMC, Albany, GA in attendance. They added their own “spice” to the occasion. It was great seeing old friends, meeting new ones and learning more to help in my day-to-day work environment. It was a wonderful conference.

IIMC is hard at work -- IIMC committee members, that is. The last month has been another busy time for the Organization. It’s amazing to see firsthand the amount of work it takes behind the scenes to make our Organization successful. Being aware of what it takes to keep things moving along gives new meaning to our theme of “Together, WE can!” As your IIMC staff prepares for the Board’s annual Midyear Meeting in Little Rock, AR, the committees are working hard to review their goals and objectives. They will review draft policies to recommend to the Board for its consideration during the mid-year meeting.

But just weeks before the meeting, actually September 7th, the Budget and Planning Committee will meet at IIMC Headquarters for a day-long in-depth review and discussion of the Organization’s finances. The agenda includes a review of the 2018-2019 committee goals and objectives, as well as a review of current policies related to revenues and finances to ensure compliance. The Committee will also review new draft policies intended to improve and strengthen IIMC’s current practices with the hope of recommending them to the IIMC Board for their approval. The new draft policies are: Annual Audit; Conflict of Interest; Operating Reserves; and Liquidity and Availability. I’ll talk more about the upcoming Midyear meeting next month.

One cannot forget that IIMC is a membership-driven Organization. What we do is not about one individual or one group, but it is about the 14,000 plus members worldwide. The challenge in that is in attempting to make decisions that make the Organization standout: to add value for the members by promoting and ensuring the IIMC Mission remains front and center. One way  to help gauge our direction and course is to seek input and feedback from the membership. Knowing that everyone’s time is precious, the Board of Directors and I are appreciative to all the members who recently participated in the membership survey. Your feedback will not fall into an empty well but will be carefully considered as we work to create the next three-year strategic plan during the Midyear Meeting. This strategic plan will be used to help the Board set priorities, strengthen current operations and focus resources that ensures everyone - staff, Board and members – is working toward common goals, using an agreed upon plan on how we will achieve them.

Our Mission: IIMC is a professional, nonprofit association that promotes continuing education and certification through university and college-based institutes and provides networking solutions, services and benefits to its members worldwide.

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