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 July/August 2022 WMCA E-Newsletter

  Issue 7| 2022

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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




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It’s been a privilege to serve as your WMCA President this year. I have been blessed to work with an amazing, supportive WMCA Board, Committee Chairs and Committee Members. Your time and talents have not gone unnoticed. A leader is only truly successful when they have a great team supporting them. Thank you for being your amazing self!

But all good things come to an end and my term as your President will be ending earlier than anticipated.

Due to personal reasons, I am officially resigning from my position with the Village of Fox Point and as WMCA President effective end of business day, Friday, August 5. This has been a very difficult decision  for me and I will truly miss this profession and everyone that is a part of this association, I have  made some lifelong friends.

With my resignation brings the question; what will happen at conference? This is a conference for the association, not the president and the WMCA Board and Conference Committee will do a great job making sure everything flows smoothly. Marie Moe as 1st Vice President will cover the open ceremony, business lunch and banquet. The Presidents Reception will be a mix and mingle with the vendors. I will be in attendance at Thursday’s banquet but will not be making a formal presentation. The new board and officers will be sworn in and there will be some recognition and thank you’s.  It will be a great time as always.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the banquet. I wish each and everyone of you the best in the future.

Thank you for all your support over the past year, it truly means the world to me.

Take Care!


Sara Bruckman WCMC/CMC
2021-22 WMCA President


 2022 WMCA Annual Conference
Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells

You have until 5:00 pm tomorrow, August 6th to register for the 2022 WMCA Conference.  We have had a wonderful surge in registrations and this will be one of the biggest conferences that WMCA has ever had.  Definitely back to pre-COVID numbers.  Therefore we are almost at capacity and will be cutting off registration this Friday.

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 Chula Vista is a big place and it can be a trek from your hotel room to the Conference Center.  And then, even the Conference Center is laid out on three floors.  So bring your comfy walking shoes.  You should have no trouble making your 10,000 steps a day at Chula Vista!!

Dress Code for classes is generally business casual.  On Wednesday afternoon with the Vendors, at the President's Reception and for the evening boat rides it is casual.  As you know, it has been plenty hot out this summer so you will want something cool for being outside, but as it usually works, Conference Center classrooms can be notoriously cool.  So don't be afraid to dress in layers.  You may need a jacket or sweater in the classrooms.

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The WCEF has some great prizes that you could win at the conference but you need to buy some tickets!  They have their annual money raffle which will be giving out 9 prizes on Friday at 11:30 am.  First place is $1,000; 2nd place is $500; there are 2-$250 prizes; and 4 prizes of $100.  The tickets only cost $5 each or 3 for $10.

There will also be two beautiful wall sculptures that will be raffled off at conference.  One is an American Flag design with an Eagle on it and the other sculpture, which was donated by two of our WCEF committee members, is a Bucky Badger with an axe.  The sculptor owns JA Metals and you can see some of his work if you click here

 Sculpture 1 Bucky sculpture

You can also win some quick cash by buying tickets to the 50/50 raffles that the WCEF members will be offering at least once a day at the conference.  A $5 investment could yield $100 or more! 

So please come prepared to play and know that every ticket you purchase does make money for the WCEF Committee which in turn becomes scholarships for you to apply for to attend next year's conference!


Whether you are attending the conference or not, when you get the opportunity please thank our Associate members for everything they do for the WMCA.  Click here to see a page from our Conference Program book that shows the wonderful vendors that have given us sponsorship money to help pay for events at our conference. If you click here you will see just how much our vendors contributed to the WMCA this year.

Then if you are in need of a service or product and maybe even working on next year's budget, click here for a full list of the vendors that will be at conference and the type of service or product they sell.  Please talk with our Associate members first when you are looking for a service or product.  You can check the Municipal Vendor page on the WMCA website for their contact information or email the Executive Director for full contact information.  They support us, we should support them!


The following individuals have earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC):

Kimberly Chavie, CMC, Village of Menomonee Falls, WI

Michelle Luedtke CMC, City of Brookfield, WI

Please join IIMC in congratulating our newest CMC's!

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2022-2023 WMCA Year

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Lana Kropf sent in her 2022-2023 Board of Directors Packet for the Secretary position by the June 1st deadline and there were no other candidates.  Therefore, Lana will be your Secretary for a second year with the WMCA Board of Directors. 

No one applied by the deadline for 2nd Vice President; Treasurer or Director-at-Large. Please note that the 2nd Vice President position ascends to the Presidency in three years. The Director-at-Large position is a one-year term and a new Treasurer gets a 2-year first term.

As the WMCA Constitution says in Section 3.4 Election of officers. Paragraph D.   If there are no candidates for any office up for election, members may nominate candidates for appointment from the floor at the Annual Business Meeting for any office up for election that does not have a registered candidate. Those who accept the nomination and are willing to serve on the Board will then need to complete the application process and send to the WMCA office by a designated date for possible appointment at the next Board of Directors meeting.

If you are interested in one of the open positions you now need to be nominated at the 2022 WMCA Conference Annual Meeting during lunchtime on Thursday, August 25th, at Chula Vista.  Once nominated you need to fill out the 2022-2023 Board of Directors Packet, have a Letter of Support, biography, and a head shot picture ready to email in to the Executive Director by August 31st.  The WMCA Board of Directors will meet in September and will vote in the officers.

WCEF Scholarships
have been Awarded
for the Conference

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WCEF, the Wisconsin Clerks Education Fund Committee, has awarded 25 members with a scholarship for the 2022 Conference.  16 members have been awarded $350, which will cover their full conference registration and help with their hotel bill.  9 others received a $170 scholarship to cover their registration fee. 

The winners will need to attend the full conference, from Wednesday afternoon through to Friday at 11:30 am.  They will need to attend and sign into all classes and vendor time on Wednesday afternoon.  Those that were awarded the $350 scholarships will also need to bring a copy of their hotel bill to the Executive Director at that time. Then at 11:30 am on Friday, the winners will be called up to pick up their reimbursement scholarships.  Congratulations to the winners!  The WCEF hopes that you have a wonderful conference experience.


A Webinar co-sponsored with the WI Library Association

Public libraries and municipalities have the shared goal of supporting the diverse needs of their community. To ensure success, it is critical that public library boards, directors, and staff have a good relationship with other representatives of the municipal government, especially the municipal clerk and/or finance director.
This webinar will discuss these unique roles that exist within your municipality and how they can work together for the benefit of your community. You’ll learn best practices from public library representatives and their municipal partners who have worked together to build successful working relationships.

Click here to download the registration and more information.

WI PSC Broadband Office WISER survey

Jessica Hatch, Broadband Coordinator for Door County, has contacted WMCA with a survey to help under served municipalities get internet service.  Please read her explanation of the survey and the link to the survey is included.

This is an online survey, however THE most important demographic to capture are the unserved.  This does not just include people without internet, but that is a very important piece in the puzzle for the Federal funding. There is also a phone number to call into the State 608-267-3595 for those that cannot take this online due to no connection.  We also chose to print a short version, 6 of the WISER questions that are the first 6 to capture our local demographic that can then send it to me or email it from a phone.  We did not include the Native American Reservation question as we do not have a tribal reservation in our County, however that demographic is also very important to capture as there is Federal funding specific for Tribal areas and entities. 

The most important parts to focus on and highlight

  • All residents, property owners and business owners should participate in the short 10 minutes survey from their home or business (or both and for as many properties as they own) that includes an internet speed test from your home or business to show what internet services are in place at their locations and the survey and speed test should be done from that location on a home device, not from a cellular device.  It is important to capture the land/business connection speeds, not cellular speeds.
  • If you do not have a home or business connection they should call 608-267-3595 and take the short phone survey to capture that they are unserved. OR take the WISER survey first 9 questions from a cellular device to report you do not have internet at that address location. 
  • Every survey completed can help the State obtain more Federal funding to build out broadband infrastructure throughout the State to the premise.  Every survey completed can help Counties and Municipalities qualify and apply for more State and Federal grant funding to help build out broadband infrastructure to the premise.

Click here for the WISER Wisconsin Internet Self-Report from the Wisconsin Broadband Office.

Thank you, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Jessica Hatch, Broadband Coordinator
Office of the County Administrator | 421 Nebraska Street | Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235         920-746-2289(office) | 920-493-2237(cell)

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