Letter from the President

A Message from 2014-15 President Karen Weinschrott WCPC/CMC

Greetings Everyone,
Wow, it’s hard to believe that the 2015 Annual Conference is just around the corner and my term of office as your WMCA President is about to conclude. I’d like to provide you with an overview of some of the activities that took place over the past several months.

I have traveled to all corners of the State attending District meetings, attended conference meetings in La Crosse, traveled to the Minnesota conference, testified at the GAB hearing in Madison, represented WMCA at Wisconsin Town’s Association meetings, and conducted Board of Director meetings held in Plover. I also participated in many committee meetings both in person and by teleconference.

The Board of Directors met six times; five in-person meetings and one teleconference. The first meeting was held in August at last year’s conference. In September, the Board participated in executive board training conducted by Jim Reseburg and had professional photos taken of all the directors. Other meetings were held in December, March, June, and July. Those very productive meetings produced some major results:

 Adopted a Code of Conduct for the Board of Directors
 Adopted a Vision Statement for WMCA
 Voted to run a two-day educational opportunity in 2016 in the northern part of the state due to the overwhelming response of a survey
 Reviewed and re-drafted the WMCA Constitution
 Voted to purchase member-voting software (part of the constitution changes)

Committees met throughout the year under the direction of the following Chairpersons:

2015 Conference – Teri Lehrke
Elections – Diane Herman-Brown & Sandi Wesolowski
Promotions – Sandy Boettcher
Scholarship – Deina Shirmer
Professional Education – Anne Uecker
Certification – Nancy Zastrow & Jane Romanowski
New Clerk’s Class – Steve Braatz & Lynn Pepper
Mentoring – Lois Frank & Sue Finstad
Lifetime Achievement – Teri Lehrke
Finance – Brenda Ayers
WCEF – Barb Van Clake
Manuals – Karen Weinschrott
Ad Hoc Committee - New Clerks Manual – Vicki Zuehlke

I would like to thank all of you and your committee members for a job well done! So many positive things happened to include an updated version of the New Clerks Manual.

The proposed Constitution is a much shorter version. A few examples of the noted changes include:

 Electronic voting privileges for all active members
 Defining who may hold office on the Board of Directors
 Changing District Director terms from one to two years
 Creating a new class of membership called Government Associate
 Defining the Executive Director position and declaring this Ex-Officio committee member has no voting rights

Over the past 18 months, WMCA Executive Director Faith Elford, has been a huge asset to me and the Board of Directors. She performs numerous duties above and beyond the call of duty (and her contract). When you see her at conference or at a meeting, please extend a word of thanks to her for all she does for our association.

Lastly, I want to thank you for supporting me as your 35th President. It has been my pleasure to represent you and I hope to see many of you in the future.

Karen Weinschrott WCPC/CMC
WMCA President

Clerk, Town of Grand Chute
1900 Grand Chute Blvd
Grand Chute, WI 54913
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