Today, I traveled to Annapolis to attend the Maryland Municipal League's (MML) Fall Conference: Celebration with Food and Friends Celebrating Scott Hancock's 27 years as the organization's Executive Director.
In case you don't know, MML is a non-profit, founded in 1936. Its purpose is to support Maryland state municipalities throughout the state of Maryland. There are approximately 157 municipalities that it represents. MML's mission is to strengthen and support those municipal governments through advocacy and development of effective leadership.
It was like a family reunion: I so much enjoyed seeing all the mayors from across the state, all the various council members, town staff and, even other elected leaders. The reception was to honor Scott Hancock--who for over a decade led the organization well.
(PHOTO Courtesy of TMC; Pictured is Scott Hancock and Councilman Todd Nock of Pocomoke City, MD)
The atrium of the Graduate Hotel in Annapolis was swarming with friends who attended the reception to bid Scott Hancock well on the next chapter of his life. "Thank you for decades of leadership," said Senator Cheryl C. Kagan (Democrat District 17 of Montgomery County, MD). Senator Kagan is pictured below posing with Scott Hancock, presenting him with a citation.
(PHOTO Courtesy of TMC; pictured-elected leaders and Scott Hancock with Senator Kagan)
It truly was a beautiful evening of camaraderie and elegance. Many old and new, retired and active members of the Maryland Municipal League were present. It really felt like a family gathering. The room was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The following picture is of the Maryland Black Mayors, Inc. presenting Scott Hancock with a token of love for his service. The Maryland Black Mayors, Inc. is led by Mayor Nemphard (mayor of New Carrollton, MD). "Thank you for your service and this is a limited gift on behalf of MBM that came all the way from Jamaica," said Mayor Nemphard as she handed Scott Hancock a bottle of Grey Goose (see picture above). Mayor Nemphard was elected as the first Jamaican-American mayor in New Carrollton, MD.
(PHOTO Courtesy of TMC; present and past members of Maryland Black Mayors, Inc.)
(PHOTOS Courtesy of TMC; Mayor Cynthia Miller, MML President Denise Mitchell, and Mayor Eugene Grant-former mayor of Seat Pleasant, MD.)
"It has been a great conference with lots of in-class learning and being refreshed on some things as well," said Councilmember of Town Of Capitol Heights Victor James.
(PHOTO Courtesy of TMC, Councilmember Victor James of Town of Capitol Heights at MML Conference)
It really was great to see so many hardworking elected officials. I saw Mayor Petrella Robinson (North Brentwood), Mayor Emmett V Jordan (Greenbelt), Mayor Tracy Gant (Edmonston), Mayor Craig Moe (Laurel), Commisioner Chair Wanda Wheatley (Cottage City), Mayor Benn Cann (Morningside), and so many others.
To learn more about the Maryland Municipal League and figure out how you can get involved, visit their website by clicking here.