Letter from the President

A Message from 2014-15 President Karen Weinschrott WCMC

Greetings and Happy Fall,

Our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have been very busy since the August conference. Several district meetings have been scheduled that will cover topics to include Elections with the GAB, Advance Excel Tips & Tricks, Social Media, Levy Limits, Special Assessments, and Act 274-Utility Bills. I encourage you to attend your district meeting or a district meeting anywhere around the state. You can view the agendas and register online by going to the WMCA website under the menu item Education/Training.

October and November are going to be very busy months. I will have the opportunity to meet many of you at one of five District Meetings I will be attending. The UWGB Advisory Board will meet in Wisconsin Dells on October 3 and the WMCA Finance Committee will be meeting on October 10 in Plover to assemble the 2015 budget for presentation at the December 5 Board of Director’s meeting. Committees are busy scheduling their initial meetings for this year. The Promotions Committee is working on the 35th WMCA Anniversary/IIMC pin, website updates, promotional folders and brochures, and will be attending Wisconsin Town’s Association meetings around the state to promote our association to new clerks and supervisors.

On September 12, the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs met in Plover, WI, for leadership training provided by Jim Reseburg. The training afforded us an opportunity to share our thoughts and goals for our association. One of our exercises was to break into 5 groups and discuss where we felt our association should be 5, 10, and 15 years from now. What is the vision for our association? Many great brainstorming ideas surfaced from this exercise. In the near future, your Board of Directors will be creating a Vision Statement aside from our Mission Statement, which will allow members to identify our short- and long-term vision. This training session was video recorded for viewing by those who could not attend and for training of future Board members. I would like to thank Kassie VanRemortel, UWGB Director of Government Affairs and Economic Development, for providing the equipment that made this possible.

Also at this meeting, professional photos were taken of this year’s Board of Directors which have been downloaded on the WMCA website. A short business meeting was conducted to administer oaths of office to District Directors not present at the August conference. JoAnn Cram was appointed as secretary and also took an oath of office.

Executive Director Elford and I traveled to LaCrosse to meet with the 2015 Conference Committee at the LaCrosse Center. I am sworn to secrecy at this point while all the components are still coming together, but I can assure you, you won’t want to miss our 35th anniversary event. Remember, this will be the extended conference, with opening ceremony on Wednesday morning. Call now and make your reservations.

It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks, we will be busy with the November General Election. Soon to follow is Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the hustle, bustle of our professional and personal lives, be sure to take a moment to enjoy each and every day. I need to remind myself often and love to read the following and I hope you will, too:

Four things you can’t recover:

The stone after the throw;
The word after it’s said;
The occasion after it’s missed;
The time after it’s gone.

I commend all of you for your excellence and dedication to our profession. May you and your families share health and happiness this holiday season.

Karen Weinschrott WCMC
WMCA President

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