Dear Fellow Clerks and COG Secretaries:
Membership dues are payable during the first quarter of each fiscal year and should be remitted by September 30th of each year. If you have never joined this wonderful organization, I would like to invite you to consider it now. [Membership Application (PDF) attached here]
Membership in the Association continues to gain ground and you will surely benefit from taking advantage of the improved benefits and vital training offered to Clerks. The benefits from our professional organization, which is an affiliate of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, include:
Training through the Association and in conjunction with the School of Government (SOG)
Ever increasing legislation adds layers of complexity to our roles as Clerks. Training events are structured to ensure we stay abreast of those changes and the way in which they affect our profession and our boards of commissioners. We are ever mindful of the need to render sound management practices.
SOG November Clerks Academies
Topics for the annual SOG Clerk Academies are chosen by the Association and also by the NC Association of Municipal Clerks. Who better to suggest topics for training than those of us who are in the trenches on a daily basis and are in need of the most accurate and up to date information available? We constantly strive to improve the administration of our offices and the topics selected for the January Clerks School offer sound management practices to help achieve our goals.
North Carolina Certified County Clerks (NCCCC) and North Carolina Master County Clerk (NCMCC)
The Association and the SOG listened to county clerks across the state and responded to the need for a state certification program for county clerks. The program focuses on objectives that are more relevant to county government. The first inaugural class was recognized by the Dean of the SOG during the January Clerks School in January 2010. The certification may be used in conjunction with, or replace, the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) and Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation conferred by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
For clerks who need financial assistance in attending the Annual Conference, there are scholarships available. If your county has limited funds for educational training, or has imposed travel restrictions, please apply for a scholarship.
We can never learn too much. The $55 membership fee is a wonderful bargain in exchange for the knowledge, training, networking, and certifications to be gained for our professional development. Download a membership application (PDF) and mail it with the $55 fee to the address listed on the application.
Clerk to the Board
Davidson County Board of Commissioners
NC Association of County Clerks Membership Committee, Chair