Friday, November 16, 2012

NAGC President's Message

Hello fellow government communicators,

As many of you who have met me probably know, I have two young boys who provide my life with continual anecdotes. A few weeks ago, my son was acting a bit hyper while we were out for dinner, and I told him not to act crazy at the restaurant. His response, “that’s not crazy, dad. THIS is crazy.” And he put his napkin on his head and did a dance around the table. Sometimes, whether you are expecting it or not, life gives you a little bit extra.

Along those lines, I was inducted as President of NAGC yesterday morning. No, I did not have a napkin on my head, but this induction happened a little sooner than expected. Our previous President, Carrie Moritomo, is currently transitioning between government positions and stepped down from her role with NAGC.
 

First of all, I’d like to thank Carrie for her years of activity and the significant role she’s played in various board and committee positions. She’s really an asset to NAGC and I look forward to her continued activity in our organization.

I’d also like to thank all of you in the NAGC membership. It was a great honor to be elected President Elect last spring and I appreciate the confidence that you have entrusted in me. I am committed to making NAGC what YOU, as NAGC members, want and need it to be. As such, I want to keep an open line of communication with NAGC members. My e-mail is gthomas@mlgw.org, so please let me know if you have any questions or feedback about anything related to NAGC.

We’ll also be holding a special election for the office of President-Elect in the coming weeks, so please let us know if you have a nomination.

The NAGC board of directors has its annual board retreat set for December 17, and I’ll be sharing some additional information about that soon. If there’s anything you would like us to discuss, please let me know.

Networking has long been identified by NAGC members as the top benefit and we need to improve on our networking offerings. A few things we’re currently working on to that end:

  • Website improvements and enhancements
  • 2013 Communications School
  • 2013 Blue Pencil Gold Screen Awards
  • Increased communications with NAGC members
  • Series of education webinars
  • An “Ask an NAGC Expert” feature for members
  • Increasing networking with international government communicators
  • Member Value Program (MVP)
Thank you again for being a member of NAGC. Please feel free to contact me to share your thoughts.

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