Greetings to all!
First, let me send a BIG THANK YOU to Mary Supino who served as President for the last TWO years. The number of hours Mary put in to keep our Chapter together was a testament to her dedication and true concern for our members. Please take the time to recognize Mary's efforts!
SEPTEMBER MEETING SUMMARY
Thank you to Lori Payne and the Southlake staff for hosting our September meeting. The food, arrangement, and goodie bags were very much appreciated.
Guest Speaker Randy Pennington's presentation, "Flourish - Succeeding in a World of Uncertainty and Upheaval", was right on the mark given today's local and national events. We, as city secretaries, need to remain calm in the face of chaos. As Randy put it, "to remain relevant, you must learn to flourish in the new normal; faster, better, cheaper, friendlier is the new mandate." We need to manage ourselves, our staff, and our responsibilities to Council and residents with the utmost professionalism and calm. Randy encouraged us to remember "choices drive actions, actions drive habits, and habits driver character."
The Six Choices that Enable You to Flourish are:
1) Tell Yourself the Truth
2) Pursue the Best over the Easiest
3) Focus on the Energy
4) Leverage the Power of Partnerships
5) Continuously Learn, Grow, and Adapt
6) Show the Courage of Accountability.
INTRODUCING THE FY 2016-2017 OFFICERS
Carol Borges, President: Carol has served the Chapter as Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. She received her TRMC certification in January 2015 and is working on her first recertification. Having held the City Secretary position in Westworth Village for 7 years, Carol recently accepted the Deputy City Secretary position in Southlake. She is thrilled to have found a new home and is looking forward to a productive year.
Sheila Morales, Vice President:
Sheila has served the Chapter as Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian. She has also served the NTMCA on the Clerk of the Year Committee. Sheila completed certification program requirements and will 'walk the stage' in January 2017. Sheila has been the Town Secretary for the Town of Copper Canyon for 5 ½ years.
Amy Shelley, Treasurer:
Amy has served the Chapter as Secretary and Historian. She has also served the NTMCA on the Professional Seminar and Technology Committees. Amy received her TRMC certification in January 2014 and is working on her first recertification. Amy has been the City Secretary for the City of Colleyville for 3 ½ years.
Laura Bell, Secretary:
Laura has served the Chapter as Historian. Additionally, she has served on the Holiday Committee, Professional Seminar Committee, and Nominating Committee. Laura received her TRMC certification in 2009 and is working on her 2nd recertification. Laura has been the City Secretary for the City of Addison for 1 year, previously serving the City of Carrollton for 10 years.
Monica Solko, Historian: Monica is our newest Board member and we all look forward to working with her. She has served the Chapter on the Holiday Committee and Technology/Communications Committee. Monica received her TRMC certification in 2009 and is working on her 2nd recertification. Monica has been the Assistant City Secretary for the City of North Richland Hills for ten years.
We all thank you for your support and look forward to a wonderful year!
OCTOBER 13th MEETING
Your NTMCA Board is working hard to complete open projects and respond to members' needs. We will be conducting a Strategic Planning & Budget Meeting on October 13th. We invite all members to attend and provide feedback on the Chapter's focus and services. The meeting will be held at the North Richland Hills City Hall building.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: We encourage all of you to submit your membership applications and FY16-17 dues as soon as possible. Membership Applications can be found on the website. Checks must be made out to 'NTMCA' and mailed to Amy Shelley as indicated. For more information, please contact Laurie Garber, Membership Committee Chair at 972-466-3005 or here by email.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: As of this writing, I still have a few committee gaps to fill. Please consider serving our membership. It takes ALL of us to accomplish our goals. Give me a call for more information. Committee Applications can be found on the website.
Respectfully Yours, Carol Borges, President