Letter from the President

 From President Barbara K.D. Goeckner

I hope you all are enjoying a healthy and blessed start to 2018! Are you still holding to your New Year Resolutions?! The time is flying by very fast already and the February Primary is just around the corner, so I’m sure everyone is busy.

On Friday & Saturday, January 19th & 20th, I attended the IIMC Region VI meeting in Decorah IA along with members from Iowa and Minnesota. What a wonderful opportunity to meet with Clerks from our region’s states and discuss all that is happening for each of us. It was also a great opportunity to travel through several communities in Wisconsin that I don’t normally have an opportunity to get to. Such as: Prairie du Chien, Mount Ida, Fennimore, Edmund, Cobb, Dodgeville, Barneveld and many others. It is such a blessing to see all the beauty our state provides in these communities!

District meetings are getting scheduled again. Be sure to check the education section of the website on a regular basis to check out the schedule for upcoming meetings. Even if they aren’t in your district, you can still attend them if they happen to be in a location or on a date that works better for you. Just register for them like you would for your own District meeting.

The following Clerks have retired since our August conference. Congratulations and best wishes to you all!! May you enjoy your well-deserved retirement time!

Sandy Boettcher CMC, Director of Administrative Services, City of Altoona
Kathleen Goerks CMC, Clerk/Treasurer, Village of West Baraboo
Sandy Kunkel WCMC, Clerk, Town of Milton
Jan Martin WCMC, Clerk, City of Platteville
Dawn Redenius WCMC/CMC, Clerk/Treasurer, Village of Sharon
Sue Richards, Clerk, City of Sheboygan
Jane Romanowski WCPC/MMC, Clerk, Village of Pleasant Prairie
Margaret Sprague, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Fennimore
Christy Sully WCPC/MMC, Clerk/Treasurer, Village of Sister Bay
Barbara Whitmore WCMC, Clerk, Town of Genesee

As many of you are probably aware or have been watching, since mid-December the Wisconsin Election Commission and Administrator Mike Haas have been in the news a great deal. The Senate had been discussing the possibility of taking a vote on the confirmation of Administrator Haas. On January 23rd the Senate went into session with this on their agenda and after several hours, voted to reject Haas’ confirmation with an 18-13 vote. On January 24th the WEC met and appointed Mike Haas as Interim Administrator of WEC again. It has been the experience of many of us in working with Mike Haas and the WEC for a number of years, that he has always led with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism possible. I am hopeful his appointment as Interim Administrator will allow us to continue our Spring Primary and Election work without interruption of the strong leadership and excellent advice we have always received from WEC.

WMCA will be holding its next Board meeting on February 9th at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The meeting will go from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Our board meetings are open to everyone and I invite you to attend and see the work we perform for you, our members.

Some of the items to be discussed at this meeting will be work of the Board of Directors to consider possible policies, including information on succession planning for the President and Vice Presidents, should a term be interrupted; reports from various committees, like the Promotions Committee who has been working on the creation of our signature ‘cow’ pin, which we have available each year for the IIMC conference in May as well as a number of other items; and the PEC Committee is finalizing its plans for several great training sessions for our August Conference.

I welcome all of you to attend and provide input. It is because of you our Association exists and continues to function! Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can prepare accordingly. Or, if you can’t attend in person you may also call in. That information will be on the agenda for the meeting. Also, if you have something you’d like to submit or any input or questions regarding our Association, please feel free to contact me at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or ph. 262-957-6435.

Stay safe and warm! I hope to see you on February 9th at Chula Vista!

Barbara K. D. Goeckner MMC/WCPC
WMCA 2017-2018 President
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