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 September 2022 WMCA E-Newsletter

  Issue 8| 2022

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   Your Professional Link to Excellence

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Wisconsin Clerk Education Fund (WCEF) was established to promote the education and training of clerks! 

 We couldn’t do it without your generosity!  All donations received are returned in scholarships!

Our goal for 2022 is to be able to offer $8,000.00 in scholarships.  Help us reach that goal! 

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WMCA Mission

To be the premier source for the personal empowerment of municipal clerks in Wisconsin through education, professional development, and the promotion of excellence.

Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association


President's Message  

Marie Moe

Greetings Fellow Members,

The Annual Conference is now behind us.  We celebrated the annual coming together of fellow clerks for learning and networking; as well as celebrated the upcoming retirement of UW Green Bay’s Institute Director Kassie Van Remortel in September, and WMCA’s Executive Director Faith Elford in December.

Look for the conference evaluation on the venue and classes that was emailed out earlier this week by the Executive Director.  Please take time to complete, as your opinion matters.

We are all in full swing with the November election.  As you are aware, the latest court ruling allows voters who require assistance with mailing or delivering their absentee ballot because of a disability, to receive assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agenda of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union.  See the Guidance the Wisconsin Elections Commission put out September 7, 2022.

The Elections Commission has a 2022 election security subgrant program where municipalities may receive up to $1,200 to “improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements.”  You’ll want to review this program to see if you are eligible for funding. 

Just a reminder to use caution when receiving emails from third-party groups requesting you inactivate votes, save poll books, etc.  Groups have been sending out emails asking clerks to take action to “clean up” voter lists, etc.  Use caution before taking any action, consult with your municipal attorney; independently verify information/contact the voter before taking action. 

Don’t forget to take time for yourself as we gear up for a busy fall.

Marie A. Moe, WCMC/MMC
2022-23 WMCA President

 2022 WMCA Annual Conference
Events and Awards Review

The WMCA recognizes the significant contributions given to our association by our Associate members.  The vendors are recognized at our Opening Ceremony and several pages of the Conference Program Book are dedicated to listing our vendors and what they give to the WMCA each year.  This last year the Associate members have contributed $75,601 between, dues, conference registration fees; advertising; scholarship donations and raffle donations.  Thank you again Associates!
25 Year Awards

Plaques were given to the following members for 25 years as a municipal clerk or a total of 25 years in the clerk's field.

Lori Bruckner
Albert Bannink WCMC
Kaye Matucheski WCPC/MMC
Tina Mayer CMC
DaNean Naeger WCMC/CMC 

Bruce Jamroz WCMC/CMC/CMTW
Lisa Kalata WCMC
Lisa A. Riley

Frances Duncanson WCPC/MMC
Patricia Goebel
Sheila Meyer CMTW

 PEC-Professional Education Certificates

The following members sent in the annual Professional Education applications to be recognized for the educational work they did in the last year.

Anne Arndt, Village of Biron
Debbie Bouma, Town of Long Lake
Darla Fink, Village of Fox Crossing
Elena Hilby, City of Sun Prairie
Linda Kuhlman, Village of Brooklyn
Ashley Lemke, City of Medford
JoAnn Marcon, City of Onalaska
Jenny Salvo, City of Milton
Rebecca Wallendal, City of Beloit
Stacy Wilk, City of Onalaska

GOLD AWARDS (51-74 hours)
Becky Bolte, City of Eagle River
Kara Kroll, Village of Sister Bay
Julie Lesar, Village of Belgium
Barbara Schuh, Village of Black Creek 

SILVER AWARDS (25-50 hours)
Kelsey Faust-Kubale, Town of Clayton
Chantel Kasriel, Village of Fox Crossing
Michelle Luedtke, City of Brookfield
Sonya Silvers, Village of Benton

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 Thanks again to HeyGov for sponsoring the 2022 WCEF Money Raffle.  The following winners were announced at the 2022 WMCA Conference on Friday, August 26, at 11:30 am in the Chula Vista conference center.

First Place WCEF Raffle Winner:  $1,000.00 Kaitlyn Bernarde
Second Place: $500.00 Tammy Hitz
Third Place:     $250.00 Laurie Sweeney
Fourth Place:  $250.00 Marilyn Larson
Fifth Place:      $100.00 Jane Snell
Sixth Place:      $100.00 Melissa Hongisto
Seventh Place  $100.00 Kassie Van Remortel
Eighth Place:    $100.00 Cassie Smith
Ninth Place:     $100.00 Kathy Kasza

New WMCA Board of Directors Officers

2022-2023 WMCA Year

As stated in the July/August WMCA E-Newsletter, no one applied by the deadline for 2nd Vice President; Treasurer or Director-at-Large positions for the 2022-2023 WMCA year. Therefore, as stated in the WMCA Constitution, nominations for the positions were taken at the Annual Meeting that was held at the Chula Vista Conference Center on Thursday, August 25th at Noon.  Once nominated, the members were told to fill out and send in the 2022-2023 Board of Directors Packet of information to the Executive Director.

Just this morning, September 30, 2022, the WMCA Board of Directors voted and the following members have become WMCA Officers for 2022-23.

2nd Vice President

Elena Hilby WCPC/MMC

City of Sun Prairie Clerk

Elena Hilby  
Here's more about your new 2nd Vice President.  Elena Hilby's Bio:
I started my career in local government in 2008 when I started as a part-time Administrative Assistant for the City of Madison. In February 2009, I was hired as a Municipal Clerk 1 with the City of Madison's Clerks Office. I spent six years there working my way up to Certified Municipal Clerk. I was appointed City Clerk for the City of Milton in 2015 where I spent two years. In 2017, I was appointed City Clerk for the City of Sun Prairie and still love what I do and the people I work with.
I became a Certified Public Manager in 2015 through the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I attained my WCMC in 2013 and then my WCPC in 2020. After becoming a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks I earned my CMC designation in 2019 and just earned my MMC designation in 2022.
I currently serve as District IV Co-Director for the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association {WMCA}. During my career l have served on several WMCA committees. I have served on the Promotions Committee and currently serve on the Legislative Communications & Advocacy Committee, the New Clerks Class Committee, and am the co-chair of the Certification Committee. I am certified to provide Municipal Clerk Core Training and Chief Inspector Training for the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
I have been married to my best friend, Jeff, for seven years. I have three amazing sons, Drew {age 25}, Noah {age 17}, and Logan (age 2). I spend most of my spare time enjoying yoga, reading, and spending time with my family.


Gail Tamez WCMC/CMC

Village of Wales


Gail feels that she is in a good place to be able to give back to the WMCA and is excited to become part of the WMCA Board of Directors. 

Here is a little more about Gail. "I started my career at the Village of Butler as a deputy clerk in 1996. In 1999 I was appointed as the Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Wales and in 2020 I was promoted to Administrator Clerk-Treasurer. I have been a member of WMCA for 25 years, a member of IIMC for 24 years and have earned my WCMC and CMC designations. I am currently working on my Public Manager certification."


Brenda Ayers WCMC

City of Lodi

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My name is Brenda Ayers and I am starting my sixth term as WMCA Treasurer. Prior to becoming Treasurer, I served as a Director-at-Large in 2015-2016. I am currently the Administrator/City Clerk for the City of Lodi. Prior to that, I was the Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer for the Town of Burke for eleven years.  I have served as a municipal Clerk/Treasurer for twenty years. My Associate’s Degree in Accounting and six years of experience on the WMCA Finance Committee give me a solid foundation to serve as Treasurer.  During my first term as Treasurer, I worked with Faith and the Finance Committee to establish the WMCA Accounting Policies and Procedure Manual.  Over the years the WMCA has made a lot of progress in the handling of the finances of the organization.  

 Your District Co-Directors for the 2022-2023 Year

We have several new District Co-Directors this year. Click here to see the full list of your WMCA Board of Directors and you can check out your District Co-Directors.  *Note:  District 4 will need to hold an election at their next District meeting for a new Co-Director now that Elena Hilby has been elected as the 2nd Vice President for the  2022-23 year.

Watch for the website to be updated this next week for full contact information and photos of your District Directors.  Look for the one-day educational meetings to begin in your area after the November election.

2022-2023 WMCA Committees
The WMCA Board of Directors voted in the list of committees and members for the 2022-2023 year today, September 30th. In the next week, the Executive Director will be sending a list of members to each Committee Chair.  Your Chair(s) will be in touch to let you know when your meetings may begin.  Click here to see the list of committees.  They will also be listed on the WMCA website within the next week.

Grants Training In Milwaukee
October 27-28, 2022

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Training Academy and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop on October 27-28, 2022.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals.

Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

Tuition for Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association members and their staff is $465 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use the discount code "Assn" at the time of registration. 

Groups of 5 or more receive a $50 discount per person.  Discounts for Grant Writing USA alumni are also available.  Please call for details.  Payment is not required at the time of registration.

All health and safety guidelines will be followed. Online reservations are necessary.

More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.


Janet Darling
Grant Writing USA
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More than 10,000 agencies across North America have turned to Grant Writing USA for grant writing and grant management training.

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