Guilford County Register of Deeds

The Recorder


 
December 2010
  In this issue


Dear Friends,

Season's Greetings!

We find ourselves at the end of another full year of change and reorganization. The Register of Deeds office is grateful to have kept our core priorities of enhanced technology, innovative business practices, and good customer service. This is an achievement we take seriously and I appreciate our staff's efforts each day and their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to make that happen.

As I take time to reflect and look forward, I'm reminded of a somewhat Americanized piece of Chinese wisdom. It is proposition that the ancient symbol for crisis comes from two symbols: one is for opportunity and the other for danger. For those of us within the Christian tradition, the two symbols seem appropriate for an event symbolizing the miracle of a new beginning in the face of perilous circumstances and overwhelming odds. In all honesty, those symbols are relevant to our friends of every background, belief or circumstance who have experienced a high degree of uncertainty at one time or another.

As we celebrate this holiday season, it is clear 2011 will be a year of crisis in local and state government. Guilford County and the State of North Carolina will face their largest deficits in history. The path before us will be very difficult and the solutions will not come easily. We don't have the luxury to fight the same old political battles between Democrats and Republicans here or in Raleigh because the stakes are too high. We need leadership. Period.

As a result, I'm asking you to do two things during this holiday season:


First, please keep your neighbors along with your elected leaders in your thoughts and prayers. The economy has contracted and most have felt the impact. Some of our neighbors have lost their jobs and/or homes to foreclosure. Mounting bills and the stress and anxiety that have accumulated can be just too much to handle. That's why it's incredibly important for us to remember and awaken our hearts to fact that our destiny is not defined by what we have or have lost, but its rooted in 'who we are' and who we have it in ourselves to become. This kind of civic awakening and spirit connected to an unshakeable commitment to sound decision-making by our civic and elected leaders can transform lives and communities. Now is the time to raise our game and we certainly can't do it alone.

Secondly, please give your time and energy to a worthy cause. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Communities and Schools of Greater Greensboro (CIS). I met CIS student Terrell Collins a few months ago. CLICK HERE FOR TERRELL'S STORY. It will grab you. Terrell is an example of one who has refused to give up and is somehow finding a way in spite of the odds that he and his family face every day. As you can see, Terrell is taking care of business.

I find inspiration in Terrell's story. He reminds me that like most of us he's not perfect. Yet in the midst of this time of danger and uncertainly he reflects the example of a greater power that's filled with hope and abundance and that power can be found within each and every one of us in unlikely places and unlikely times. And it is ultimately from that power we can then create new opportunities and possibilities to make a difference.

We just simply need to be present and claim the moment.
If you would like to volunteer with Communities in Schools (CIS), please call (336) 691-1268.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

signed Jeff

Jeff L. Thigpen
Guilford County Register of Deeds

Ribbon Cutting for new DSS Building in High Point

East Russell Ribbon Cutting

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Office Building at 325 E. Russell Avenue was held on September 28th at 10:00 a.m. Chairman Melvin "Skip" Alston presided over the ceremony that featured remarks from Commissioners Bruce Davis and John Parks. Rev. William Wright, pastor of new Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Chairman of the Social Services Board, gave the Invocation. Commissioners Kirk Perkins, Carolyn Coleman, Steve Arnold and Kay Cashion, Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen as well as Manager Brenda Jones Fox and Assistant Manager Sharisse Fuller were also in attendance for this special event. Developer Wayne MacDonald was recognized for his vision with this building's renovation.

Other guests included other elected officials, City of High Point staff, members of the Social Services and Elections Boards, community agency representatives and Department Directors. The following departments will have offices in the structure: Board of Elections, Veteran's Services, Register of Deeds, Tax, Child Support, Social Services and Transportation. Tours of the building were conducted after the building was officially opened.

Wishing You Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings

From the Guilford County Register of Deeds!
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