GLBLO will be examining its role in the NLC Board and encouraging its members to run as candidates for the Board for 2010.
In addition, the GLBLO Board officially made the decision to modify GLBLO's name from Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Local Officials.
Outgoing President Pettis was honored by GLBLO Board members and colleagues for his service as president for the past two years.
I have enjoyed the challenges and leadership opportunities with GLBLO and urge our members to keep bringing the issues of our community to the forefront at NLC," Pettis said.
Pettis and GLBLO
leaders will be holding discussions on how they can support NLC's legislative agenda and also explore how they can work more closely with the NLC policy steering committees for the year ahead.
I am honored to help lead GLBLO
as an NLC constituency group for another year," Pettis said.
will also hold elections for its 2008 Board of Directors at the Business Meeting.
During the meeting, GLBLO heard from guest speaker, Tressa Feher, director of leadership network of The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
Over the coming year, GLBLO will be examining policy and advocacy issues with NLC and it established a policy committee that will begin a series of conference calls with NLC policy staff to help focus on discussions about suggested policy issues that can be addressed by GLBLO for NLC's steering committees this spring.
also held a reception where it honored GLBLO
Past Presidents Patty Sheehan, councilmember, Orlando, Fla.
recommended that GLBLO
First Vice President Ed Oakley, councilmember, Dallas, to take over the helm of GLBLO
in March instead of later this year in Reno at the NLC Congress of Cities due to the nature of her schedule for the coming year.
Following the business meeting, GLBLO
members had the chance to network with representatives of the Charlotte Business Guild and meet with colleagues at an Equality North Carolina special event, coordinated by Michael Nelson, mayor, Carrboro, N.