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June 2023 WMCA E-Newsletter
Issue 6 - 2023
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In This Issue:
  • 2023 Conference
  • WCEF Update
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Clerk & Treasurers Virtual Institute
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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.
2023 Conference
2023 WMCA Annual Conference
Hilton Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton
Have you registered for the 2023 WMCA Annual Conference? Remember, this is the longer conference this year. Therefore, when you register for the full conference, it covers from 7:30 am on Wednesday through Friday at 11:30 am. See information regarding the separate “pre-conference” classes offered on Tuesday in the next articles.
Wednesday morning, there will be breakfast and then the Opening Ceremony. Then we will have a general session regarding Election Updates with the WEC. After that, Awards Luncheon is from 12:00 – 1:00 PM then spend the afternoon with vendors and chances to win some money through the WCEF raffles. End the day with us from 5:00 to 7:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres, live music and a cash bar will be set up for the President’s Reception.
Thursday morning, we will have breakfast. After that we will have 3 breakouts for you to choose from 8:30-10:00 and then 5 breakouts to choose from 10:30 am -12:00 pm time slots. Breakout sessions will repeat from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Then we will come back together again to finish the day with a general session called, “How to be Heard (Without Screaming)”. 
The Thursday evening closing reception is a great event to attend for some great food, networking, and to watch the changing of the guard in the WMCA. 
Friday morning after breakfast, join us for Brenda Viola’s The Public Servant’s Survival Guide Workshop
Click here to go to the registration pages and read more about the agenda for the 2023 WMCA Annual Conference.
Pre-Conference Class - New Clerks Class
This 6 hour session taught by seasoned Town, Village and City Clerks will touch on the following topics:
Statutory Duties, Calendar, Retention Schedule, Municipal Vocabulary, Basics of the Open Meetings Law, Agendas – Posting and Publishing, Board Packets, Deadlines, Media, Meetings, Motions, Resolutions, Ordinances, Hearings, Minutes, Open Records, Elections, General Licensing, Alcohol Beverage Licensing, Budgeting, Financial Administration, Taxes, Checks and Balances, Receipts and Expenses. 
Click here to register.
Pre-Conference Class - An Athenian Dialogue
What Is An Athenian Dialogue?
Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all municipal clerks in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read.
Dialogues are conversations in which clerks share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.
For this pre-conference Athenian you need to read "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown before the class on Tuesday. Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.” Read more about the book on the registration page.
UW-Green Bay Master Academy Class
Watch for a separate email regarding a Master Academy class that the UW-Green Bay is setting up as a third option as a pre-conference class on Tuesday, August 22nd. Click here for more information.
WCEF Update
The WCEF (Wisconsin Clerks Education Fund) Cash Raffle has begun.
Please thank HeyGov at the conference for their generous donation and sponsorship. 
Click here to view the full flyer!
Tickets are $10 each and there are ONLY 600 tickets being sold.
Tickets are available now from any of the WCEF Committee members listed below 
and will be available at the annual conference in August.
The drawing will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.
You need not be present to win.
1st prize is $1000
2nd prize is $500
3rd – 5th prize is $250
6th – 7th prize is $100
8th prize is $50
Proceeds go to fund scholarships to attend WMCA training opportunities. The training received makes the municipal clerk a valuable resource for their community, and scholarships help someone from a community that might not otherwise be able to send them. Please encourage board members, community citizens and even family members to purchase tickets and support their own clerk and others in pursuing education that will make their community stronger. 
This year WCEF is awarding 15 full scholarships of $418 each (registration and 2 nights hotel) and 5 partial scholarships for $220 each (registration only) to attend the annual conference in August. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, go to the WMCA WCEF website page,, and download the application or fill it out on-line. Click here for the online application. Deadline is Friday, July 7th.
If you’re not a raffle person, consider a cash donation, or sign up for IGive on the WCEF website and help simply by shopping at your favorite stores. Family members, friends and your community can also participate. 
Feel free to reach out to any of your WCEF Committee members for tickets or more information:
Chair, Racquel Shampo-Giese, Village of Combined Locks
Diane Coenen, City of Oconomowoc James Wendt, Town of Watertown
Jennifer Haar, City of Madison  Lisa Vanden Heuvel, Village of Suamico
Jerri Johnson, City of Adams  Sarah LaValliere, Village of Summit
Linda Kuhlman, Village of Brooklyn
Lifetime Achievment Award
Deadline: June 30, 2023  
Just a reminder the Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations are due on June 30th, 2023.  Please consider nominating a Clerk who is viewed by peers for a job well done, serving their community and WMCA. There are many deserving hard working Clerks in our Clerk world, let’s give them the recognition they deserve.
Click here for the guidelines and the nomination form, or find them on the WMCA website. If you need assistance, please contact  or you may contact WMCA Executive Director at
Nancy J. Zastrow
Chair – Lifetime Achievement Award Committee
Best Clerk Education in the Country!
July 17-21, 2023 Clerk & Treasurers Virtual Institute
2023 Tuition $499 | **Note: Courses will NOT be recorded.
The UW-Green Bay online Institute is a series of interactive, live online sessions via Zoom.
Pros of Virtual Learning
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home or office
  • There's no lodging or travel costs
  • Easy digital access to learning materials
  • Less time away from the office
Click here for more details.
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