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 May 2022 WMCA E-Newsletter

  Issue 5 | 2022

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   Your Professional Link to Excellence

In This Issue






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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





It’s nice to see some spring weather upon us. Take the time to get outside, go for a hike, sit on your patio, and enjoy some time with your friends and family.

Good luck with on boarding your new elected officials, Board of Review and Liquor License renewals.

Congratulations to Elena Hilby on earning her MMC!

Take Care


Sara Bruckman WCMC/CMC
2021-22 WMCA President

Office of Technical Services is asking for your help

The WI Department of Revenue Office of Technical Services is looking to initiate a review of the alcohol beverage licensee form and associated forms. They are looking for the WMCA members to weigh in on what changes you would like to see on these forms. Specifically, if there are instructions that applicants find difficult or information that is missing or irrelevant.

Here are the forms they are reviewing:

AT 103 Auxiliary Questionnaire

AT 106 Original Alcohol Beverage Retail License Application

AT 115 Renewal Alcohol Beverage Retail License Application

The Office of Technical Services is trying to review these in time to have them live for next licensing season. If you could get back to Ann DeGarmo, Excise Tax Specialist, by June 16th, that would be ideal.  You can reach Ann at

Have You Seen the May League Magazine?
 10 Clerk Contest

 The League was glad to partner again with the WMCA on a cover contest for the League’s May The Municipality magazine.   The winner of the contest has their entry on the cover of the magazine.  This year's winner was Sheila Carver, WCMC, the Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Plain.  Congratulations Sheila!  Click here to see the May "The Municipality" magazine and cover.

 Looking for a New Job?  How About Mine!
Your WMCA Executive Director Faith Elford is retiring at the end of the year after 20 years of working for you.  The WMCA Board of Directors have created a RFP for the position.  Click here to pull up the RFP or go to the WMCA website at and click on Career Ads.
Apply for the PEC Annual Education Certificate
This application is designed for annual recognition of your extraordinary efforts for completing education to gain knowledge of the current laws and processes to assist you and your municipality towards a productive and efficient office.
Click here to download the application, fill it out, and send in this application on or before June 1st and attach the required documentation for proof of attendance.  The Certification Committee will review your annual application and verify the points you have earned. Then you will be recognized at the annual WMCA Conference and receive a Diamond, Gold or Silver Certificate for your achievements.*
*The Certificates are based on the following hours per year:
Silver Certificate for 25-50 hours
Gold Certificate for 51-74 hours
Diamond Certificate for 75+ hours
The Bonus to this program - all courses listed in this application count toward state certification and will be tracked and documented for you by the WMCA!  If you fill out and send in this annual form and documentation, after a couple of years you will have accumulated the required education and life-long learning points for certification.  You will send in the certification application with just a copy of the annual certificates you have received.  You will not need to send in all of the individual certificates of attendance again! 
You do not have to be working toward certification to qualify for the annual certificate.  However, for those of you that have been working toward certification or looked at the certification application and thought it was too overwhelming to keep track of all your education for several years – this may be just the program you have been looking for.

Leaders Needed for the

2022-2023 WMCA Year

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It is that time of year when we are looking for a few good leaders to serve on the WMCA Board of Directors.  The positions that are up for election are 2nd Vice President; Secretary; Treasurer and Director-at-Large. Please note that the 2nd Vice President position ascends to the Presidency in three years.   All other positions are term positions.

You need to fill out and send in the 2022-2023 Board of Directors Packet or you can find it on the WMCA website.  June 1st is the deadline for the Board of Director Application to be submitted electronically to the WMCA Executive Director at and/or mailed to the WMCA Office at 1414 Montclair Place, Fort Atkinson, WI  53558.   Applications must be received by 4:00 pm and include a letter of support from your immediate supervisor/primary elected official.  You can read a short job description on page 4 of the packet.

District Directors work as a Co-Directors team with one vote on the Board.  It is a 2-year term and one Director is elected each year.   The duties involve working with the Executive Director to develop one-day district meetings in the Fall and Spring.  The Co-Directors determine what classes to offer and contact speakers.  The Executive Director assists with all other details.  The Directors just need to be at the meeting to check people in and welcome them to the meeting.  At lunch time you report to the members about what is happening with the Board of Directors and upcoming events.   Also as a District Director you are part of the WMCA Board of Directors which meets 4-5 times per year in-person or via zoom.  You are part of the decision-making body representing member Clerks from your district!  The Board keeps the WMCA growing and sets the pace for helping clerks into the future. 
If you are interested in becoming a District Co-Director or wish to nominate someone else, attend your Spring District Meeting to see what position is open.  District Directors DO NOT have to fill out the Board Packet.  If you have any further questions regarding any of the positions above, contact the Executive Director.

 Educational Opportunities with WMCA
 In-Person District Meetings Coming Soon

Your District Directors are working on Spring in-person meetings for you.  Watch your email for your personal invitation to a meeting near you or click on the links available below.

District 3 - Save the Date - District 3 is working on a meeting in June at the Skyline Golf Course in Black River Falls.  Registration coming soon.

District 7 - the Spring District 7 meeting will be in Hortonville on June 16th.  Click here to go to registration and to see the agenda.

WCEF Scholarship Winners for the Northern Training

Congratulations to the following members that were able to attend the WMCA Northern Training for New Clerks last week.  They applied and won a WCEF Scholarship to attend.

Martha Black, Town of Stockholm
Martha Hartung, Town of Eau Galle
athy Kasza, Town of Farmington, Waupaca Cty
Andrew Pope, Town of Keystone
Judith Rachick, Town of Hull
Laura Siclovan, Town of Milton
Susanna Snyder, Village of North Hudson
Laurie Weber, City of Lake Mills

2022 WMCA Annual Conference  Back to the Future

Watch your email for the annual conference registration, coming in the next two weeks.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Deadline:  June 30, 2022


In our Clerk world, we all know an amazing Clerk who gives above and beyond in their daily job and to their community.  Would you like to nominate an amazing Clerk for the WMCA Lifetime Achievement Award?

The Lifetime Achievement Award gives recognition to a Clerk who has made a significant contribution to the Clerk profession and their community.  Please consider nominating a Clerk to receive this honor.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Wisconsin Municipal Clerk’s Association’s most prestigious award.  This award was originally known as the Clerk of the Year Award, the name was changed in 1999 to reflect the long-term commitment of the recipient clerk.  This award was developed to recognize clerks for outstanding contributions and commitment to their local municipality and their profession.  The award will be presented at the Annual WMCA Conference in August.

If you have someone in mind to nominate for this prestigious award, the person must be a member of WMCA for at least five years, held the position of Municipal Clerk or Deputy Clerk, exhibit leadership ability, have received or currently hold certification as a Municipal Clerk (WCMC, CMC, MMC, WCPC), be active in the WMCA by serving on the Board of Directors, serving on a committee, attending annual conferences, workshops and trainings.  We urge you to work with the person you are nominating to help you gather all the information for the application.

Click here for the Guidelines and the Nomination Form or find them on the WMCA website or you may contact WMCA Executive Director at  Applications must be returned by June 30, 2022.

Nancy J. Zastrow
Chair – Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

Watson Marks 50 Years with Village  CN-IS-watson-220421-660x400

Judy Watson was recognized for her 50 years of service to Scandinavia as the village’s deputy clerk/treasurer.  The Scandinavia Village Board recognized her at its April 12 meeting. Watson started her job March 24, 1972. “Clarence Trinrud had passed away, so the village needed someone immediately,” she said. Her husband Doug, who was a trustee at the time, suggested that Judy fill the position temporarily.

“When we moved here, I had planned on being a stay-at-home mom,” Watson said. “I had no intention of going back to work, but I took the position until they could get someone to fill it. And here I am, 50 years later.”

She said she has enjoyed all 50 of those years. Her favorite part of the job was the legal research she had to do from time to time. “And, of course, getting to know everyone in the community,” she said. “Scandinavia always seemed like one big family. Everyone always seemed to care. If you want to know what I enjoyed the least it was writing the minutes. I hated doing that.”

The biggest change Watson has seen over the years is elections.  “When I first started there wasn’t voter registration for the smaller municipalities,” she said. “It has become so much more complicated and there is so much scrutiny over the elections.”

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