North Carolina County Clerks Association
Letter from the President – Spring 2019
Hello Clerk Family,
It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of April. It seems like just yesterday that we were waiting on Santa, now we are waiting on the Easter Bunny. When you have a three year old, the year is measured by holidays and the mythical creatures that go along with them.
I also can’t believe that we have already had our annual conference. A big THANK YOU goes out to Kimberly Hines and Janna Singleton for putting on a wonderful conference in Greenville this year! I personally really like Mike Collins. He was the speaker at my very first annual conference that I was able to attend and I thoroughly enjoy his presentations. Thank you so much for everyone that was able to attend, and for those of you who weren’t we hope to see you next year. Speaking of next year, our next conference is going to be in Cabarrus County and will be co-hosted by Davidson County. Thank you to Cabarrus County Clerk, Lauren Linker, and Davidson County Clerk, Debbie Harris, for volunteering to host the conference next year. Lauren and Debbie are looking at dates and venues for us, and when we have those in place we will let everyone know.
A special congratulations goes out to Washington County Clerk, Julie Bennett, the 2019 winner of the Howard Holly Outstanding Clerk award. Anyone who knows Julie, knows what a fierce advocate she is for clerks as well as a great ambassador for the association. Julie is so deserving of this honor and we are so very proud of her! Congratulations again, Julie!
I would also like to offer a special thank you to our Immediate Past President, Laura Williams. Laura did a phenomenal job last year guiding the association. Laura was always there with a smile and a positive word. Thank you so much for your service, Laura!
This is promising to be a busy year! We will meet again at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference in August. The conference will be at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. We have also identified our three regional hosts this year! The Eastern Regional will be in Pasquatank County with Gates County and Currituck County as co-hosts. The Piedmont Regional will be in Guilford County, and the Western Regional will be in Cleveland County. Thank you so much for those clerks who volunteered to showcase your counties this fall. Hopefully, there will be an update in August with dates for these regionals.
On a personal note, I wanted to say what a great group of people make up this association. You all are some of the finest people in the world. When I was between clerk jobs it really worried me that I might not get to be a part of this organization any longer, and that by far was the saddest part for me of the transition from one county to another. Thank you all for all that you do for this association. I am humbled to be the president of this wonderful group of people and feel very blessed to call you all my friends.
J. Jason Robinson, President
North Carolina Association of County Clerks