Sunday, December 8, 2019

Message from 2019 President Patty Ball

It has been a great honor and privilege to have served as your President this year!  It has been a year of change but change allows opportunities!! Every Association at times needs to review and evaluate their goals and the plans to achieve those goals. Our mission statement found in our bylaws gives us the foundation of WHO we are and WHAT we are to be about.

Section 1
The Indiana County Auditors’ Association hereinafter designated “Association” is formed to provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting and representing County Auditors of the State of Indiana. In order to implement its purpose, the Association’s programs shall include, among other things:
a.        Dissemination and exchange of information pertaining to the operation of the county auditor’s office.
b.        Fostering of cooperation among members, including meetings, seminars and other forums to promote EDUCATION, understanding and efficiency in matters relating to the county auditor’s office.
c.        To unite County Auditors of the State of Indiana to exert effectively a combined influence upon matters affecting the operation of the county auditor’s office and other matters which may affect the financial stability of the county.

My desire is for the Association to always strive to achieve this mission in everything we do!  As you continue to review the Bylaws and make revisions for good governing practices, remember the mission!

As President it has allowed me to get to know more of you more personally, and that has been a joy! We are so fortunate to have so many talented people who are so dedicated to doing a good job! It is a hard job as we all know, with many demands! I continue to be amazed at the vast knowledge and experience of so many of you!  So, to each one of you, my appreciation for serving your county and for serving our Association! I encourage you to stay involved as much as possible! Step up and share your knowledge and experience, it is vitally important and will make us ALL stronger Auditors!

I congratulate Julie Fox, Marshall County Auditor and your next ICAA President. I wish her the very best as she leads you, along with a great team of officers working with her: Vicki Urbanik, Porter County as President Elect, Jennifer Flater, Clay County as Vice President, Debbie Stevens, Warrick County as Treasurer and Christina Sriver, Fulton County as Secretary. 

May each of you have a Merry Christmas and may the NEW YEAR be full of blessings to all!

With much gratitude,

Patty Ball, Daviess County Auditor

ICAA Holds Year-End Affiliate Meeting 

The Indiana County Auditors' Association participated in the Indiana Association of County Commissioners' annual conference, held Dec. 3-5 in Indianapolis. In addition to attending various educational sessions, our Association held an affiliate meeting at which we conducted year-end business and officially transitioned to a slate of new officers for 2020.

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Some of the county auditors at the Indiana Association of County Commissioners conference.

During our business meeting, 2019 ICAA President Patty Ball announced a new initiative: The President's Award, given by the ICAA President in recognition of a county auditor who has made a significant contribution to the Auditors' Association. This year's recipient is Amy Tolbert, Vermillion County Auditor and the Association's West Central District chairperson. Congratulations, Amy!

Vermillion County Auditor Amy Tolbert (at left) received the  President's Award from 2019 ICAA President Patty Ball.

Another county auditor was recognized at our affiliate meeting: Putnam County Auditor Lorie Hallett, who received the "Outstanding Supportive Auditor of the Year" during the County Commissioners' conference. Congratulations, Lorie!

Putnam County Auditor Lorie Hallett with Commissioner Rick Woodall.
Our affiliate meeting included several year-end business items, including the transition to new officers for 2020 and the passing of the torch from Patty Ball as ICAA President to Julie Fox, Marshall County Auditor.

ICAA 2019 President-Elect Julie Fox (at right) receives a plaque honoring her as the 2020 ICAA President from 2020 Past-President Patty Ball.

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