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Oct 09

President Kelly's Message - October 2018

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

In the next few weeks, the IIMC Board of Directors will convene in Little Rock, Arkansas to hold their annual Mid-Year meeting. Prior to the actual board meeting, Board members will spend time in Board development reviewing the results of the recent membership survey and using that information to guide development of IIMC’s next 3-year strategic plan. The complete mid-year meeting agenda is posted on the IIMC website. I invite you to take a peek. As you will see, the agenda has no fluff but rather contains a great deal of information. Upon review, one gets a true sense of the significance of the various standing committees and their role in making this such an outstanding professional organization. The Board members will be expected to roll up their sleeves to do some heavy lifting as we carefully review and consider the business of running IIMC and planning for its continuing success. There will likely be a lot of in-depth discussion concerning some of the policy recommendations. During those discussions, I believe the focus will be on the financial stability of IIMC as well as what is in the best interest of our membership. Being a membership driven organization, we are obligated to keep that emphasis front and center. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board will have an opportunity to hear staff reports from the individual employees that provide the day-to-day service of the organization. Hat’s off to our dedicated and amazing staff members! The quality and amount of work they provide is immeasurable.

During the month of September, I had the distinct honor to visit Portland, Oregon to attend the Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) 36th Annual Conference and OAMR’s 35th Anniversary. They were wonderful hosts and provided an amazing conference chocked full of educational take-aways. And I, all the way from North Carolina, took away some pertinent information about public records applicable in my day-to-day application of related laws. I was aware that Oregon and North Carolina had similar laws related to public records, so what I learned was timely. In addition, I learned a lot about fundraising the OAMR way! They are very serious and creative in their approaches to raising money for scholarships. I took notes about that, too! Debbie Hamilton, now Immediate Past President, reminded conference attendees to “Do What you Love, Love What You Do”. The conference theme was “Runway to Success”. To my new friends in Oregon, I say thank you and a job well done.

As I conclude for this month, I’m about to experience the “International” part of our IIMC. Within a couple days, Executive Director Shalby and I will be leaving to attend the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) National Conference in Lincolnshire, England. In addition to attending the conference sessions, we will be meeting with SLCC officials to confirm plans for the June 2019 Study Abroad Program and Region XI Symposium. Please stay tuned for more details on the 2019 Study Abroad Program and make plans to attend, if possible.

Later in the month, I will be accompanied by Past President Monica Martinez Simmons in attending the Institute for Municipal Administrators of South Africa (IMASA) 20th General Meeting and Annual Conference in Western Cape, South Africa. It is in traveling to visit and learn with our international members that we build, enhance and strengthen our international affiliations. I look forward to sharing details upon our safe return home.

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