Spring is here! For many, it seemed like the longest Winter ever. While we tend to be dormant during the winter months, several NCBC members were busy working on some new and exciting events for our membership.
During the week of April 22, over 300 employees, from new human resources professionals to seasoned human resources leaders, gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2019 Human Resources Forum. There was great court unit representation from across the nation including Bankruptcy, District, Appellate, Probation, and Pretrial Services. For this program, NCBC continued to partner with the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee (TNWB). Regina (Gina) Thomas, NCBC Immediate Past-President and Lisa Haney, Chief Deputy Clerk, TNWB, spent countless hours putting together an excellent training program. I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to Gina and Lisa for their commitment to ensuring a valuable educational experience for all. The Forum was a success in no small part due to their vision and leadership. A program summary is available in this edition of Impact.
NCBC would not be where it is today without the ongoing support of its members. During the week of March 18, we held the sixth Member Appreciation Week (MAW). Mary Schott and Jeff Peirce, Membership Committee co-chairs worked together to accomplish another successful MAW. The week featured gift card give-a-ways and paid membership raffles. Winners of the Chicago Fun-Facts, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, and Website Scavenger Hunt will be announced at our annual education conference in Chicago. An active membership makes a great organization, and we continue to be grateful for all the support and enthusiasm our group brings to the NCBC. Your appreciation gift for being a member will soon be on its way!
I’d like to provide an update on the LEAD Academy that was announced in early April. My personal thanks go to Sandy Smith (CAEB), Chair and committee members Eric Dixon (INSB), Susan Gallup (WAWB), Kathy Noel (CASB), Woody Parks (MNB), Dailin Pena (FLSB), Anita Pribula (OHNB), Melody Siefert (NMB), Jamie Smith (MNB), and Jan Zari (CACB), for creating and kicking off our pilot program. Fifty deputy clerks were selected to take the first adventure. Read more about the LEAD Academy in this edition.
We have an upcoming election! The secretary and three board of governor positions are available. Nine outstanding deputy clerks are vying for your vote; I encourage you to review the candidate statements included in this Impact issue. Past election results have been very close – so your vote really counts!
It’s that time of year, registration for this year’s annual education conference will kick off on May 1. Eileen Garrity and Sharon Zurowski, this year’s education program co-chairs, have worked on an excellent program. Along with the committee members, the group selected over 30 breakout sessions and two outstanding plenary sessions. Be ready to learn and be entertained! The program also includes remarks by The Honorable Karen E. Schreier, Judicial Conference Committee Chair Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System, the AO’s Deputy Director LeeAnn Bennett, and all three Associate Directors, Jim Baugher, Mary Louise Mitterhoff, and Joe Peters. Dana Chipman from the FJC will speak, and MSU will, sadly, be holding its last graduation. Our host court ILNB continues preparations for the conference. A welcome reception at the Gwen Hotel is planned for the evening of August 5, and a dinner event for August 7 will be at the Crystal Gardens on the spectacular Navy Pier. We hope to see you in Chicago!