Letter from the President

A Message from 2014-15 President Karen Weinschrott WCMC

2014 Conference Highlights:
Diane Hermann-Brown Takes Home Top Honors

The 2014 WMCA Conference is now history, but we are sure it will not soon be forgotten by Diane Hermann-Brown, WCPC/MMC/CPM, Clerk for the City of Sun Prairie. President Barb Van Clake first honored Diane with the President’s Award of Excellence, honoring her for being Barb’s mentor over the years, as well as for her great service to the WMCA as Chair of the Elections Communications Committee, testifying on our behalf regarding election processes and proposed laws at the State and Federal level, and for her involvement with the GAB.
But Diane’s night was not over. Hermann-Brown was called back up to the podium five minutes later when she received WMCA’s highest honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award! More than 20 years of local government service, years of committee work, and holding seats on the WMCA Board of Directors from District 4 Director to President in 2010-2011. And in the midst of all this work, she still finds time for family, including five grandchildren, and her volunteer work with OccuPaws. Diane Hermann-Brown is truly a worthy recipient of both awards and the attendees at the banquet honored her with two standing ovations to show their support. Congratulations Diane, from all WMCA members.
Also honored Thursday evening were the three co-chairs of the 2014 IIMC Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Diane Coenen, Julee Helt, and Anne Uecker were honored with President’s Awards of Excellence by President Van Clake for their five years of dedicated service including fundraising and coordinating with the IIMC staff to put on a great conference and showcasing our great state of Wisconsin. And in true clerk fashion – bringing it in well under budget! Thank you, ladies, for your hard work and great representation of our association. Congratulations on your awards.
There was applause and honorable mention for this last year’s clerks that certified either as WCMCs, WCPCs, MMCs or CMCs, and also the PEC award winners. Several 25-year clerks were also given a plaque for their years of dedicated service. A full listing of all of this year’s winners will be in the October Quill.
The evening culminated in the honoring of Barbara Van Clake for her year of dedicated service as the 34th President of the WMCA and the swearing in of the new 2014-2015 WMCA Board of Directors.
The Annual Meeting
The election of officers was held during the lunch hour at the annual meeting and the results were read at that evening at the banquet. The officers elected for 2014-2015 are: Chris Astrella, 2nd Vice President; Colleen McCoy, Treasurer; Barbara Goeckner and Kelly Michaels as Directors-at-Large.
With the passage of the two Resolutions presented at the annual meeting (printed in your July Quill), there will no longer be nominations for immediate election for any Board of Director officers, a process that was developed and approved by the Board of Directors a couple of years ago. A potential candidate is required to complete forms along with a questionnaire regarding experience and desire to be a part of the Board of Directors. This paperwork must also include a letter of support from their Administrator, Mayor, or governing body. The papers must be filed with the WMCA Office by June 1st to have their name on the ballot at the annual meeting. If an office does not have a nominee by June 1, there can be nominations for appointment made from the floor at the annual meeting. If that person accepts the nomination, they must complete the nomination papers for consideration by Board of Directors at their next board meeting. If an office should have no nominees, the President may present a nominee for appointment by Board. Under these new rules, JoAnn Cram was nominated for the office of Secretary and has submitted her nomination paperwork for consideration by the Board at our next meeting on September 12th.
The resolution to remove all of the required placement of Board of Directors on committees also passed. As I stated at the banquet, the passage of this resolution helps in two areas. First, officers were being asked to serve on as many as five to six committees. This is an unrealistic assignment to think that anyone has ample time to be dedicated to that many committees. Secondly, it opens up seats on these committees to allow for new participation from members looking to give back to the WMCA and earn points for certification.
fromI am pleased that our members saw the benefit in passing both resolutions. We will continue to update our Constitution and Policies and Procedures.
We did “Climb to New Heights in Education”
The eleven educational sessions provided during this conference were outstanding, both for subject matter and qualifications of the presenters. Hats off to the Professional Education Committee for their fine selection. We continually strive to bring the best education possible to our members and that was certainly achieved at this conference.
Special thanks to the 2014 Conference Committee and Executive Director Elford (and her assistants) for a job well done in putting together this year’s event.
If you were not able to attend this year, I do hope that you will mark your calendars for August 18-21, 2015, and plan on attending the 35th Anniversary WMCA Conference which will be held in La Crosse at the La Crosse Center. Hotel information will be sent out on September 15th when hotel room reservations will be available. This will be an extended conference – Wednesday through Friday noon, with the pre-conference classes being held on Tuesday next year. For your budgeting purposes, the hotel rooms will be $129 per night and the estimated registration fee for the 2 ½ day conference should be no higher than $175. Pre-conference classes are estimated to be $75.
Hope to see you in La Crosse in 2015!