I am honored to be the CCPIO president for 2016 and 2017. In more than 14 years of membership, I have learned so much from all the members, and I have gained many good friends along the way. I am thankful for this opportunity to serve CCPIO now.
For those of you who are already members – thank you. I hope you value CCPIO as much as I do. I have found our members to be a terrific group of people – you are my colleagues, my confidants, my friends and, on multiple occasions, my professional lifelines. The collective wisdom and resources this group offers have enriched my ability to serve my Court.
I am proud of our board members and our committee chairs, who find time in their busy schedules to offer their leadership skills to this great organization. We are committed to working hard for you, to keeping you in the loop and to taking your feedback seriously. So please, if you have ideas or concerns, or you want to serve on one of our committees, do not hesitate to reach out to any one of us.
For those of you in the court community who may not already be members, I hope you consider joining. We have worked hard to keep our dues low and our value high throughout the years. Whether you perform media relations, community outreach or other public information duties full-time or as one of your “other duties as assigned,” we would love to have you on board.
With more than 100 members from across the United States and Canada and as far away as the Philippines, our members represent all levels of the court system and court administration. They come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences – chances are, no matter what question you might have, our membership can help you with an answer! That is what makes our listserv so terrific – help is always just an e-mail away.
One of the highlights of each year is the annual meeting, which is jam-packed with educational sessions tied to our core competencies, not to mention opportunities to get to know one another better and put faces to those names from the listserv or voices on the phone. Our next conference is scheduled for August 1-3 in Hartford, Connecticut – the planning team already has some amazing things on tap for us, so I hope you will join us this summer.
In the meantime, please let me know if you have ideas for how CCPIO can better serve you or how we can better support one another.
Beth S. Riggert
Supreme Court of Missouri