ICYMI: NAGARA's 2021 Annual Business Meeting & Awards Presentation Recap

July 15, 2021

Washington, DC - Yesterday, NAGARA conducted its 2021 Annual Business Meeting & Awards Presentation virtually for the second year in a row. In case you missed it, members can review the meeting recording and access the handouts on the NAGARA website.

Below are a few highlights from yesterday's meeting:

  • NAGARA's outgoing Treasurer, Ms. Beth Cron, reported on NAGARA's strong financial standing. Despite the challenges presented to the association by the pandemic and subsequent cancellation of the 2020 NAGARA Annual Conference, NAGARA tightened its belt, transitioned all programming to virtual events, and finished the fiscal year with a nearly $27,000 surplus! Ms. Cron also reported on the association's "clean audit" report from NAGARA's audit firm, Mullins, P.C. The membership in attendance voted unanimously to accept the 2020 Audit Report as presented.

  • NAGARA's incoming President-Elect, Ms. Jennifer Green, who served as Chair of the NAGARA Nominating Committee this past year, reported on the results of the 2021-2022 NAGARA Board of Directors election. This year's Board election was conducted online in April, and NAGARA is excited to welcome four new Board members to service: Ms. Pari Swift, Treasurer; Ms. Shante Ellis, State Representative; Ms. Lindsey Rambow, Local Representative; and Mr. JA Pryse, At-large Representative. Current Local Representative on the Board, Jen Haney Conover, was elected to serve as NAGARA's new Vice-President, and thus begins her four-year executive service track. Board members ending their Board service, and who deserve much thanks and praise for their dedicated service and contributions to NAGARA, include Mr. Casey Coleman, Immediate Past-President; Ms. Beth Cron, Treasurer; and Ms. Angela Ossar, State Representative. You can learn more about the new Board of Directors on the NAGARA website.

  • During parting remarks, NAGARA's outgoing President, Ms. Caryn Wojcik, thanked everyone for the honor and opportunity to serve and noted the many achievements of the past year. Namely, the creation of NAGARA's new READI Committee to address racism, equality, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion within the association and the profession; NAGARA's work with allied associations to advocate on behalf of our members, including a successfully meeting with the Biden Transition Team on issues of importance to the association; and NAGARA's ability to continue offering engaging professional development opportunities virtual, in light of the challenges presented by the pandemic.

  • Incoming NAGARA President, Dr. Pat Franks began her tenure by declaring "The health of our organization is strong -- and our future is bright!" But, she noted, this comes with one caveat, only as long as NAGARA "continues to demonstrate its ability to alight, execute, and renew ourselves in light of technological, economic, cultural, and societal changes taking place... which requires the involvement of all NAGARA members!" Dr. Franks noted her 25+ years in archival, records management, and information governance education, and noted her personal goal as NAGARA President is to work more closely with NAGARA's Advocacy Committee to identify and shine the light on the danger posed to our historical record due to events unforeseen 25 years ago, such as holes in the Internet, fake news, stealth editing, and the loss of government funding.

  • NAGARA Professional Development Chair, Ms. Pari Swift, and NAGARA's 2022 Annual Conference Program Committee Chair, Ms. Angela Ossar, discussed NAGARA's 2022 Programming Plan, which will consist of both virtual and in-person learning offerings. Indeed, in 2022, NAGARA will offer members 12 webinars, one (1) Online Forum in January 2022, and one (1) in-person Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in July 2022. With this hybrid approach, NAGARA hopes all members continue to enjoy valuable and flexible offerings.

Following the conduct of association business and remarks by leadership, NAGARA then presented its four Annual Association Awards to the following well deserving recipients:

  • 2021 Emerging Leader Award: Catheryne N. Popovitch
  • 2021 READI Award: The Office of Archives and Records Management of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • 2021 Program Excellence Award: Saint Louis Zoo/Registrar Department
  • 2021 Bruce W. Dearstyne Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Lewis J. (Lew) Bellardo

Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to view the recording of the virtual Awards Presentation and learn more about each award recipient on the NAGARA website.

If you have any questions about NAGARA's 2021 Annual Business Meeting & Awards Presentation, please e-mail us at [email protected].