The annual education conference in Denver is over.... and what a time we had! Over 70 court units were represented at this year’s conference and we are grateful to the clerks of court who support the NCBC by allowing staff to attend this important training. The education program was exceptional, the plenary speaker was energizing, the 10th Circuit and History Colorado Museum events were outstanding, and the host court, the District of Colorado, was second to none. Thank you Ken Gardner, Laura Guice, Deb Beatty, Christine Eckhardt, TJ Vincent, Danielle Urban, Kathi Hindes and every other member of the Court that worked so hard to produce this amazing conference. Those in Denver were asked to consider donating their conference backpacks when the event ended, for a very worthy cause. I am thrilled to report that 288 backpacks were donated and will be shared with Swansea Elementary and Adventure Elementary in the Denver. Thanks to all those who supported this amazing idea by the Colorado Court!
The bar has been set high for Vito Genna and his team from the Southern District of New York for the 2018 conference. I have a feeling that we are in for another very special event! I am very grateful to Eddy Emmons, Joe Markley, Kimberly Rubal, and Eileen Garrity for all they did to support the conference during the registration process, with the website and electronic documents, and during the conference in Denver. Thanks to Jan Zari for the excellent conference wrap-up in this edition and to Jennifer Paro for the great photos!
The 2017 NCBC election results were announced to the conference attendees in Denver and I am happy to now share them with the entire membership. Eileen Garrity (MAB) and Matt Brittain (NCMB) were elected to two-year terms on the Board of Governors; Teresa Underwood (OHNB) was re-elected for a second term on the Board; Shannon Morris (GANB) was elected to a three-year term as Secretary. Congratulations to these members and a big thank you to all those who self-nominated but were not elected this time. It is a tribute to our members' dedication and willingness to serve that there were six candidates for three Board positions.
The website has been updated with current information about officers, board members, committees, and staff.
Revisions to the NCBC by-laws were overwhelmingly approved and the document will be posted to the website soon. My thanks to those members who submitted comments and questions about the proposed changes and to the Board who worked tirelessly on this important project.
The committee chairs for 2017-2018 are:
· Awards/Scholarships - Teresa Underwood
· Benefits - Matt Brittain
· Education - Eileen Garrity
· Impact Editorial - Jan Zari
· Membership - Sabrina Palacio-Garcia
· Mentorship - Mona Sparks
· Outreach - Eddy Emmons
· Website - Joe Markley
If you are interested in serving on any committee, please let the appropriate chair know. We need your help!
Future Regional Seminars
We are working on several ideas for one or two regional seminars in 2018. If you have ideas on what the focus of these training programs should be, please let me know. We want to provide training and development in areas most wanted by our members.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. If you are like me, the fall and college football cannot come soon enough!
Thank you for your support of the NCBC and its mission. We are here for our members – let us know what you think!