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April 2021 Monthly E-Newsletter

Issue 04 | 2021

Your Professional Link to Excellence

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In This Issue


MAY 2-8, 2021

President's Message



All of you have been on my mind.  As we wind down from the extraordinary events over the last year, I’ve been thinking about what it has taught me and one word comes to mind:  RESILIENCE. 


  1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
  2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

synonyms:  flexibility · pliability · suppleness · plasticity · elasticity · springiness · spring ·give · durability · ability to last · strength · sturdiness · toughness · strength of character · hardiness · adaptability · buoyancy · ability to bounce back · bouncebackability

All of that.  All of that is all of you!  You have all had to be flexible, tough, strong, adaptable; STRENGTH OF CHARACTER.  The capacity to recover over and over after obstacle after obstacle.  After every rule change, after our constantly changing environment.  You were resilient.

I’ve done a number of interviews and have been asked by many about what it’s been like to be a Professional Clerk through Covid and through the November General Election.  I’ve told them that all of you are amazing, that you rose to the challenge and you were strong.  That it wasn’t easy.  But Clerks are resilient.

As we look ahead, I’m happy to say that Faith and the Conference Committee are working to get registration information out by the beginning of May.  We are looking to provide additional virtual training so that Clerks can continue to work towards certification. 

Lastly, HAPPY PROFESSIONAL CLERKS WEEK – May 2-8th.  You all deserve every kind, appreciative gesture your citizens and governing bodies send your way.  If you need a sample of a Resolution your boards/councils can use, click here!   THANK YOU for all that you do.  

Keep smiling!

Wendy Helgeson WCMC
WMCA 2020-2021 President


DEADLINE:  JUNE 14, 2021

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 14th, 2021.

Nancy J. Zastrow
Chair – Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

THE MULTI-MEDIA COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!                                        Uncle Sam

Although we understand it is a busy time, the Ad-Hoc Multi-Media Committee is seeking templates so all members can utilize them through the WMCA website. We are asking for you to help your fellow Clerks by providing sample documents to ease their time in preparing documents that already exist.

This month, we are again seeking documents for Board of Review, Liquor License forms/letters, Election Letter templates to clean up our databases (those not used by WEC), and any Excel sheet you may use which reflects Class 1, 2 & 3 Notices and their deadlines for postings. Please email your templates to either Kelly Meyer or Jeanne O'Brien, Co-Chairs of the committee at or We appreciate you and thank you in advance for your help in getting this portion of the website established for your colleagues. 

We are offering a dozen opportunities for the Clerk and your Board of Review members to attend and become certified via Zoom with a Certified WMCA Trainer.  The Department of Revenue has ruled that Zoom meetings do qualify as in-person training.
Click here to go to the Board of Review page on the WMCA website for the details of the class dates and times.  PLEASE NOTE:  Registration closes 7 days before the session date due to needing to allow for mailing of the Board of Review packets of information.  Therefore, at the time of this E-Newsletter, you are down to choosing from April 29th thru May 7th for your training.
Held virtually May 27, June 10 & June 17, 2021Badge-UWGB
Cost: $100/day | $250 for entire program
IIMC Approved for CMC and MMC Hours
Earn a new credential! Digital Badge: Sensitivity and Conflict Skills (See details below)
May 27, 2021 -Mental Health:  COVID Trauma and the Impact on Mental Health 
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST
In a Changing World, Use Awareness and Emotional Intelligence to Master Your Interactions
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST
June 10, 2021 - 

Learning your Conflict Management Style 
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST

Conflict Management in the Workplace   
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST

June 17, 2021 - 

The NEW Sensitivity Touch Points of Today’s Environment
7:30-9:30 am PST | 9:30-11:30 am CST | 10:30 am-12:30 pm EST

Defending your City-Village-Town Hall 
10:30 am-12:30 pm PST | 12:30-2:30 pm CST | 1:30-3:30 pm EST

Click here for more information and to register.


The Wisconsin Historical Society is planning records management workshops for local government employees throughout this year. This year’s workshops will be hosted through zoom. The workshop is intended to give local government officials the opportunity to learn about their legal responsibilities and basic records management of public records.   

The 2021 Workshops are planned for the following dates: 

  • Friday, April 23, 2021 
  • Friday, June 18, 2021 
  • Friday, August 20, 2021 
  • Friday, October 15, 2021 

Read more. . .


Local Government 101

May 7, May 21 and June 4 via Zoom
Details and Registration
Please thank our sponsors!
League Mutual Insurance
 * Stafford Rosenbaum LLP

Clerks, Treasurers & Finance Officers Institute
June 9-11, 2021 via Zoom
Details and Registration
Please thank our sponsors!
League Mutual Insurance * MPIC
This workshop is Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association credit eligible.

FOR THESE GREAT WMCA OFFERINGS                           
Coming Soon
WHEN:  AUGUST 24-27, 2021
WHERE:  Brookfield Conference Center, Brookfield, WI
HOTELS:  Hilton Garden Inn and the Sheraton  - Click here for the hotel info on the WMCA website
Pre-Conference classes on Tuesday-New Clerks Class; an Athenian Dialogue; UW-GB Class
Conference opens at 8:00 am Wednesday morning and ends on Friday, at 11:30 am

The New Clerks Boot Camp is designed to give survival skills to a brand new clerk. The WMCA and UW-GB have pooled their resources to bring you the best basic education possible.   You will learn about agendas, minutes, ordinances, resolutions, publications and more.  You will even get a walk through of a two-year calendar of clerk duties.  The live Zoom classes will be 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday afternoon and will reconvene on Tuesday morning and go until Noon.  Let your officials and/or fellow workers know that you need the time away from the front desk to concentrate on this training.  You won't want to miss a minute of this training!

WMCA is starting to expand their training methods and offer on-line training.  On-line training allows you to learn from the comfort of your home or office, save on travel expenses, and makes it easier to attend without having to be out of the office as much, all while still providing a high level of training to help us develop in our profession.   

Due to the new offerings a policy regarding online training attendance was put in place by the Certification Committee to provide clarity on how attendance/credit hours will be tracked.  Below is the approved policy.

WMCA Online Training Policy

If attending a WMCA live online training attendees must keep their cameras turned on and be within sight of the camera for the duration of the meeting to obtain credit hours for certification purposes.  Attendees viewing the live online training that follow these guidelines will have their training recorded in CVENT under their Membership Directory login. 

If participants are viewing the recorded version of the WMCA online training posted on the WMCA website - they must complete a signed affidavit and provide the first slide of the presentation or agenda to obtain credit hours for certification purposes.

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