February 5, 2018 - Issue 66
OML Life Savers!
OML staff responded to a call from the Oklahoma Blood Institute for blood donations this week. Many Oklahoma schools are closing due to the flu, and schools currently account for up to 20 percent of blood donations at local hospitals.

If you are interested in helping increase Oklahoma's blood supply just like our OML "life savers", a list of OBI donor centers can be found here.
New Address To Send Checks To OML
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To maintain efficiency within our accounting procedures, all payments made to OML are now being processed through the LockBox system.  As of today, please send any checks payable to OML to the address listed below. Payments remitted to OMSC or OAMA will continue to be sent to 201 NE 23rd Street, OKC, OK 73105. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Pulver via email or call 405-528-7515.
 
Please address all checks made out to Oklahoma Municipal League to: 
Oklahoma Municipal League
PO Box 268984
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8984
Quality Communities Grant Program - Deadline Approaching!

OML continues to partner with OU's Institute for Quality Communities to offer the Quality Communities Grant Program which will assist its members with up to 50% of the funding to those communities whose projects have been selected by OU's IQC for a project in their community. Applications are to be submitted to OU IQC and deadline to submit a request for assistance is February 15, 2018.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Nancee Morris via email .
CLD Application Deadline Extended - Sign Up Today!

This is a yearlong  program designed to equip participants with the skills and information they need to make a positive impact on local community and economic development. Class members in the Community Leadership Development program learn valuable skills in the areas of teamwork, community assessment and planning, economic development and tourism, and community renewal.

There are six class sessions and each one is held in a different city or town, hosted by one of our member cities/towns. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, network with other municipal professionals and see what is going on in other communities.  
OML Board Towns East Call For Nominations
Deadline: February 23, 2018
The OML District Towns East Board seat will become vacant February 1, 2018 due to Dennis Heath's resignation from the OML Board. Nominations will be received until Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and will be presented to the OML Board of Directors on March 7, 2018. Call for Nominations Letter and Sample Resolution Here.
Oklahoma Today Article: Whatever Happened to the Horny Toad?
Horny toads' spines serve a defensive purpose, as they make it difficult for predators to see and swallow them. The lizards also are famous for shooting blood from sinuses behind their eyes. Photo by OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Next New Officials Institute March 15th in Lawton
On March 15th in Lawton, OML will host a New Officials Institute at the Great Plains Technology Center. Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. 

The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures
 
State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.   For future dates or more information, see the  NOI page on our website .
 
You don't have to be newly elected to attend. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please contact  Sarah Lingenfelter at OML.
OML has partnered with Oklahoma Today Magazine to promote your community and the wonderful events you have planned for the year. Please go to this online form to submit your activities to possibly be spotlighted in this prominent publication. Due to publishing restrictions, please submit events 6 months in advance.
GrantFinder - The Ultimate Grant Search Tool
Access to over 7,500 grants
GrantFinder is an online tool giving license holders the ability to search thousands of grants to possibly utilize in your community.  OMSC has signed an agreement with GrantFinder allowing our members the ability to purchase a license for $50 per year rather than the normal price of $1,195 per year.  There are typically over 7,500 grants to choose from with the ability to use 10 search filters to narrow your search parameters.  If you have any questions, contact Nancee Morris via email or visit our website.
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