December 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Greetings NTMCA Members! 
I hope this letter finds everyone doing well with little to no stress as we’ve wrapped up the November election season and headed to the festive holiday season. It seems we are always moving on to the next BIG thing, but I hope you find yourself reflecting on the small victories you’ve had this past year, whatever they may be. May this holiday season be filled with lots of time spent with your family and friends .
Thank you to Amy Arnold for hosting our November meeting. The conference center at Splash Dayz was great! I loved taking our group photo outside, in our warm jackets, while having fun with the water toys, minus the water of course. 

Jeff James, City Manager, welcomed our group and thanked each one of us for all the work we do as city secretaries, work which many times goes unnoticed.

In an effort to get to know each other better, during our Member Introductions, members were asked, “What is Your Pet Peeve.” Responses included liars; non-accountability; kids/people who don’t listen; bad grammar; disrespect; stupid people; slow walkers/drivers; and loud chewing. Our members are serious about their pet peeves!

Our guest speaker was Mary Kayser, City Secretary for the City of Fort Worth. We really appreciated Mary speaking to us, even though her meeting went late the night before. Mary provided an update relative to the latest and greatest information about the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, or IIMC, for short. She explained how important it is to continue learning and growing in our profession and IIMC is a great tool to provide those opportunities. She said most clerks do not feel they are valued; however, IIMC provides tools for clerks to advocate for themselves. She encouraged each of us to consider moving forward with our CMC or MMC certifications.
As part of the business meeting, the October meeting minutes and the October treasurer report were approved. 
On behalf of Membership Committee Chair Lauri Garber (Carrollton), President Amy Shelley encouraged those who haven’t yet registered for NTMCA’s new fiscal year, to register; the goal is to have members signed up by December 1.

Holiday Committee Chair Tina Stewart (The Colony) reported the committee is excited about the holiday party this year. This year’s charity, Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center, focuses on offering services to victims of sexual assault as well as domestic violence. Gift cards are requested to be given to the adults of the shelter. The shelter participates in a local angel tree for the children.
On behalf of Alyce Deering Chair Tammy Dixon (Bartonville), Art Camacho (Haltom City) provided an update that the Alyce Deering Committee is looking for donations for the silent auction to be held during the holiday party. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for the scholarship.
The Holiday Committee is hard at work to make this year’s celebration the very best. 
Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of good food and fellowship at the Denton County Southwest Courthouse Community Room. 
Remember to bring cash or checkbooks for the silent auction in support of the Alyce Deering Scholarship fund. 
The team will also be collecting donations for the Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. If you would like more information about this organization, you may visit .

Be sure to register by December 7! Here's the link:  Holiday Luncheon Registration


The Membership Committee is doing a great job in reaching out to our members. Now, please do your part by submitting your FY 18-19 membership dues as soon as possible. We really want to hit our membership goal in the first quarter in order to efficiently run our budget. Please contact Membership Chair Laurie Garber if you have any questions. Also, if you know anyone who has moved into our area and will benefit from our training programs and networking, please urge them to join our Chapter. Encouraging others to learn about our organization strengthens our effectiveness in our communities.  Membership Applications can be found on the website. Checks must be made out to ‘NTMCA’ and mailed to Traci Henderson as indicated.
For our January 17, 2019 business luncheon in Azle, Robert Sumner from the Secretary of State’s Office will provide an overview of Notary Services.
If you’ve ever had questions about notary services, now is the time to ask! Feel free to invite notaries from your respective cities to attend this meeting. It would be awesome to have a room full of engaged members and guests.
This meeting will take place at the Azle Memorial Library, 333 W. Main Street, Azle, 76020.

Upcoming Meetings and Events
December 13, 2018 - Holiday Luncheon, Denton County Southwest Courthouse Community Room, 6200 Canyon Falls Drive, Suite 900, Argyle, 76226  REGISTER HERE
January 17, 2019 - Business Luncheon, Azle – Robert Sumner, from Secretary of State’s Office, Notary Services
January 24 - 25, 2019 - TMCA Election Law Seminar, City of Frisco
February 21, 2019 - Business Luncheon, Argyle – Dianna Faulkenberry, City of Decatur will provide information about Court Records.
Respectfully Yours,  Amy Shelley, President
North Texas Municipal Clerks Association | |

President:  Amy Shelley , Southlake | 817-748-8015

Vice-President:  Monica Solko , Lake Worth | 817- 237-1211 x105

Treasurer: Traci Henderson , North Richland Hills | 817-427-6060

Secretary:  Christine Green , University Park | 214-987-5302

Historian:  Erika McComis , Argyle | 940-464-7273