20 June 2014

From the President

I hope this letter finds everyone doing well and looking forward to summer fun and vacations. Remember the August meeting is being held in Hickory. Keep in mind that we have two board positions becoming available in November. We will be taking nominations and composing a list of eligible candidates for the new positions. If qualified the nominating committee will be in touch with you. I hope that you are excited about serving the association in such an important way.

NCLAEducation is vital to all of our success so please make sure you are paying close attention to your education hours so that you are in compliance with the licensing laws. When you are registering for your classes pay special attention, this time we are offering two-part classes so that you have an opportunity to get all your hours. Attendance for both sessions is mandatory or you will not receive credit for the class. Before registering make sure you can attend both sessions. .

I would like to thank Michael Reaves for his many years of service coordinating the education program with the assistance of Roy Young. Roy Young will be assuming the position of Chairman with Jennifer Richards as his assistant. I am confidant that they will do a phenomenal job with our education program. Please contact them with suggestions and if you are available to teach so they can schedule a time for your class.


We want to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Jerry Lewis a long time member who lost his wife, Bobbie. She was an officer of the ladies auxiliary and will be dearly missed. Please keep him in your prayers through this difficult time.


To avoid the long lines don't forget to preregister. If you are planning to arrive early on Friday remember to preregister ahead of time so you can pick up your registration during the board meeting from the secretary. If you have not preregistered or you have questions you will have to wait until the board meeting is over at noon and the board members are available to assist you. Dues were due in February, make sure you are current when you register. If not, you may pay your dues by credit card with Debbie Derruisseaux.

I hope to see everyone at the next meeting in Hickory August 8th, 9th and 10th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, 1960 13th Ave Dr SE, Hickory, NC 28602. Our contract for sleeping rooms is with the Hampton Inn. You can call 828-624-2000 anytime to make your reservation. You can also reserve online using the group code NLA to receive the group special rate. The cost should be $119 plus tax per night. Check your bill before paying to assure that you have received the discount. The cut off date to register is July 17th. For more information and pictures please visit www.hickorync.hamptoninn.com. Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing you all. If you need to reach me feel free to email paul@marshallslocks.com.


Paul Atkinson