Saturday, October 31, 2020

Auditors' Fall 2020 Conference: A Conference Like No Other

Our fall, 2020 conference was held during the last week in October, and it was a conference to remember. Designed to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our conference took a hybrid approach, with some county auditors and deputies attending virtually and others attending in-person at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.

Challenging? Yes, but working together we made it happen! 

The Indiana County Auditors' Association expresses our heartfelt gratitude to a number of individuals who helped us work through technical obstacles, in particular: Lori Rogers and Ricci Hofherr of the Indiana State Board of Accounts; Jacque Clements of the Association of Indiana Counties; AV specialist Zac Foust; and the staff at the Grand Wayne Center.

Check back soon, as we will post the recorded training sessions once they are available.

Below is a photo gallery of our conference, arranged by the following topics: I. Welcome! II. Training III. Remembering Pauline IV. Auditors' Got Talent V. Business Meeting

I. Welcome!

ICAA 2020 Officers (left to right): President-Elect Vicki Urbanik of Porter County, Secretary Christina Sriver of Fulton County, Vice-President Jennifer Flater of Clay County, Treasurer Debbie Stevens of Warrick County, and President Julie Fox of Marshall County.

ICAA Secretary Christina Sriver and Treasurer Debbie Stevens welcome auditors at the registration table.

ICAA Vice-President Jennifer Flater hands out  a conference bag to Randolph County Auditor Laura Martin.

ICAA Treasurer Debbie Stevens welcomes Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz, one of several in-person presenters.

ICAA President-Elect Vicki Urbanik meets with Association of Indiana Counties President Anton Neff, one of our in-person presenters. 

ICAA Vice-President Jennifer Flater working the registration table.

ICAA President Julie Fox meets with Fountain County Auditor Brenda Hardy. 

II. Training

The training sessions provided by the State Board of Accounts, Department of Local Government Finance, and Auditor of State's office were held on Wednesday and Thursday of conference week. To view the slides from the training sessions, visit the SBOA webpage here: Auditors Fall Conference Presentations. (Scroll down to the section "Presentations and Training Materials" then Auditors Fall Virtual Conference.)

The ICAA also sponsored a training session about deeds on Friday morning with guest speaker Lou Klatch of the Metropolitan Title Company.

ICAA President Julie Fox addresses the conference attendees.

The conference seating provided social distancing for attendees.

Auditor of State Tera Klutz addresses the conference.

Lou Klatch of Metropolitan Title Company gave a presentation on Indiana's grid system used in legal descriptions on deeds. As he presented in-person, virtual attendees watched his presentation, as shown on the screen at right.

III. Remembering Pauline

Elkhart County Auditor Pauline Graff, former ICAA President, passed away on July 13, 2020. To honor and remember her, we presented the following: Remembering Pauline. 
(Note: To view the presentation with both audio and video, download the file; select the Slide Show option for best viewing. File size: 30 MB)

The presentation included videos of ICAA Past President Patty Ball (shown here) and President Julie Fox sharing their memories of Pauline.

IV. Auditor's Got Talent

Our Thursday evening activity included a "Survivor" game, followed by an Auditor's Got Talent show. Take a peak at all the creativity and talent!

"Survivor" game contestants.  

Julie Fox introduces the Auditor's Got Talent show.  

The "two Jeffs" from Dossett Consulting present the "Who's on First" scene by Abbott and Costello. 

Jennifer Flater introduces each act as the show's emcee. 

Laffy Taffy joke-telling by Christina Sriver, with help from Kayla and Jennifer.  

Vicki Urbanik presents a Wierd Sisters scene from MacBeth.

Brenda Hardy presents Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking."

Phil Brothers from SBS sings a song that perfectly captures a day in the life of a County Auditor.

Tipton County Auditor Greg Townsend recites the opening of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English.

More joke telling and slinging candy.

Christina Sriver and Stuart Little (aka Julie Fox).

Theresa from Clark County sings.

Amber from Clark County sings.

More joke telling and candy hurling.

Jacque Clements from the AIC presents a humorous version of Patsy Cline's "She's Got You."

The final act: We Are Family sing along.

IV. Business Meeting

Following the Friday morning training on deeds, the ICAA held our annual business meeting that included a discussion of proposed legislation, recognition of out-going county auditors, and the nomination and approval of the 2021 Association officers. The business meeting also included the presentation of the "Auditor of the Year" plaque to ICAA 2020 President Julie Fox. The conference officially concluded with our traditional gift give-away for in-person attendees.

The 2021 slate of officers is: Past President Julie Fox, President Vicki Urbanik, President-Elect Jennifer Flater, Vice-President Debbie Stevens, Treasurer Christina Sriver, and Secretary Amy Tolbert.

Thanks everyone for an informative and interesting 2020 conference! Stay safe and healthy!

Mark Palmer, ICAA lobbyist, discusses proposed legislation affecting county auditors.

Julie Fox presents a certificate of  recognition  to out-going Adams County Auditor Mary Beery, who is completing her final term. Mary shared her experiences as county auditor and how she will now move on to the position of Adams County Assessor.

Fulton County Auditor Brenda Hardy reflects on her years of service as auditor and her upcoming role as a County Commissioner. Julie presented her with a certificate of recognition for her years of service as county auditor.

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