With spring right around the corner, the FCCA Board has been working diligently to ensure the 91st Annual FCCA Conference scheduled for August 12-15, 2019, in the Fort Myers, Florida area will be a conference to remember. The conference site is beautiful and perfect for those who wish to bring their families, as there should be plenty of fun activities for everyone! Kelly Clark, Education Committee Chair, has been working to put together a robust agenda which will begin on Tuesday, August 13th. This year, the FCCA Board voted to try something new. We will be offering a downloadable FCCA Conference App to all conference attendees which will allow users to create profiles, access personal class schedules and class materials, upload photos, etc. We are confident that attendees will find the App to be convenient and useful.
The Deputy Clerks’ Council will be sponsoring a volunteer event to benefit the community again this year to kick off the conference. Although the specific details are not yet available, the event will take place the morning of Monday, August 12th, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information if you are interested in participating as a volunteer. A conference blood drive will also be organized to benefit local blood bank supplies.
I want to remind our membership that the deadline for annual award nominations is Monday, April 15th. This is also the deadline for those interested in applying for the Carol C. FitzGerald scholarship. I encourage all members to become familiar with the available awards and submit nominations on behalf of those you believe are deserving of this recognition. If you have questions regarding the awards or scholarships, additional information can be found on our website at www.fcca.ws.
We are also currently planning the next FCCA Leadership Workshop at Antietam which is scheduled to begin on May 21, 2019. The workshop has been extremely successful since its inception and many court unit executives, chief deputies, and deputy chiefs have benefited from the training. Using the historic battlefield at Antietam as a backdrop, participants share experiences and best practices, discuss operational challenges, and learn new ways to strengthen team relationships.
The benefits of FCCA membership are invaluable. I encourage each of you to share the many advantages of FCCA membership with your co-workers and challenge yourself to recruit at least one new member. Our voice only becomes stronger as our membership grows.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference, so please remember to mark your calendars. We will be announcing the opening of registration in the near future.