September 2020 Print

President's Report

Hi members!

I hope you and your families are staying healthy and well. 

Despite the pandemic, it seems (at least for me) that things are already gearing up for Fall! It continues to amaze me how quickly we have all adapted, for better or worse, to this new normal. Instead of our usual line-up of Fall events, our Park and Rec staff are planning virtual events, we have more marketing campaigns than I can count and we’re constantly launching new platforms/apps to better serve our residents during this time. And all of this is amidst the constant communication about COVID-19. 

I was talking on the phone with a coworker earlier this week about a project we’re coordinating and our conversation quickly turned to catching up with each other. Since working exclusively from home since March, that is one of the things I miss the most – just turning around in my cubicle pod to ask my colleagues a question, brainstorming ideas and collaborating on projects and just taking a moment to check-in with them personally. Now we have our “check-ins” with each by staying on our Microsoft Teams meetings a few minutes after the meeting is over or by text message. We even had an after-work Facetime cocktail hour to celebrate all of our August birthdays a couple of weeks ago!

But I don’t just miss my coworkers, I miss YOU, my communications colleagues. I know you’re still there if I need you, but I miss seeing you in person, sharing your energy and insight and the unspoken understanding of what it’s like to be a local government communicator. Let’s do something about it! 

A few of our members presented the idea of a virtual networking and catch-up with colleagues session -- and the best part, they offered to help coordinate it! Our first NC3C virtual meet-up is September 16 at Noon. (More information is available below.) Bring your questions, your “help me please” topics, and anything else you can think of. I can’t wait to SEE and hear from all of you soon!

Hang in there, 

Rebecca Carter
NC3C President, 2019-2021

What's Happening?

Head over to the NC3C website to register for our first virtual event, September 16 at Noon! It is free for members and non-members to attend, so please share the invite with anyone you think may be interested in joining us. Bring your lunch, bring a friend, bring your questions and topics – we can’t wait to see you! If you want to submit conversation topics or questions for the group ahead of time, please send them to Rebecca Carter. We’ll send a Zoom link to all registrants the week of the event. 

Regional Meetings

Each Fall NC3C holds several regional meetings that are free to attend for members and non-members and include a free lunch! The Board is working to determine how we will hold these events this year – we might be totally virtual or we might be able to hold some small meetings in-person or it might be a combination of the two! We have one regional event already scheduled:

TBD in October -The Haw-some Side of Branding with Haven Creative hosted by the City of Hickory 

If you are interested in hosting a regional meeting (virtually or in person) please email Mark Andrews or Rick Mercier. All you need is a topic and the willingness to coordinate things for the event the day of! 

Annual Conference

Conference Refund Update

Thank you for being patient as we try to get conference registration refunds sent out. We are still trying to resolve some issues with our payment system. As an interim solution, we have decided to issue checks to each organization. The checks will be sent to the address that was used to register. If more than one person registered from an organization, the refund will be combined into one check. Checks will be mailed this week.