Dear Conference Delegate:
Every year is a year unlike any other. But this year has been something else, again. After all the challenges that all of us have faced since last we met in Atlantic City, I’m very happy, very thankful, and more than a little relieved to say …
Welcome to the 105th Annual Conference of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
In a lot of ways, this promises to be a Conference unlike any other. But the League Officers, our Executive Board, the League staff, and the leadership of our affiliate organizations have worked hard to deliver the same high-quality educational sessions and learning experiences that have been the hallmark of every Annual Conference for over a century.
Throughout the planning process we have been guided by one great principle: Safety first. We think we’ve been able to hold to that tenet without forfeiting the Conference’s usual program quality. In Don Quixote, Cervantes wrote, ‘All these squalls to which we have been subjected are signs that the weather will soon improve and things will go well for us, because it is not possible for the bad or the good to endure forever, and from this it follows that since the bad has lasted so long, the good is close at hand.’
As we begin a new decade with a focus on the future, we hope that this year’s Conference helps to provide you with the knowledge and the tools that you can use to seize the opportunities and surmount the challenges ahead.
On behalf of the League’s Officers, Executive Board, and staff, I want you to know how much we appreciate all you do throughout the year to hold true to your duty to your fellow citizens and sacrifice for the good of anothers. Every day you serve in municipal government, you make those sacrifices out of love for your hometowns. Of course, we thank you for that. We also thank you for committing this week to learning as much as you can to make your hometowns the best that they can be.
James J. Perry, Sr.,
Committeeman, Hardwick Township