Good afternoon everyone!
It is hard to believe that October has come and gone as well as our 22nd Annual SCPRA Conference, and we are fast approaching the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Time is truly passing me by at a faster rate than when I was but a child.
I would like to thank the Board of Directors as well as the Region Program Coordinators with assisting me in helping to plan and bring together another great conference for the membership this year. We had a great membership turn out (96) this year as well as (11) Exhibitors. For those of you who were unable to attend our theme was “Securing Your Records In A Digital Age. “ Our Keynote speaker was the Secretary of State Honorable Mark Hammond. He gave a great presentation on bringing the Secretary of State’s Office into the digital world. Hugh Ryan spoke on the “SC Commission on Indigent Defense and the Importance of Data Collection” and Michelle VanAllen spoke to us concerning “Email as a Record”. I honestly think we can plan a whole conference around that subject!
With all of us going digital with work, home and play we need to be careful and we had a great presentation by Rick Floyd of the Greenville County Schools to talk to us about “Internet Safety”. With it being October and Breast Cancer Awareness month we invited Linda Kaufmann from the local American Cancer Society to come talk to us on “Help and Hope for Others”. She gave a great presentation on the various cancers and how we can help those in need either by volunteering where needed and monetarily. I would like to thank Linda for her dedication in serving the American Cancer Society. Finally we brought everyone together for our Special Interest Groups on Friday morning to hear George Hazin speak on “Understanding Your Retirement System”. This was a subject everyone was interested in attending and enjoyed.
After each session everyone was asked to fill out a survey letting us know how much they liked or disliked the presentation and they had an opportunity to have input on topics they would like to see and hear next year. In December at our next Board meeting we will go over these survey results and suggestions which will be used in helping us to plan the next conference when the Board and Region Program Coordinators get together in February. For those newly elected Region Officers and returning Officers we will hold an Officer training day in January to be determined.
Here’s wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas if I don’t get to see you soon!.
Andrew Bigony – President, SCPRA