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April 2017
President's Message:
Greetings NTMCA Members!
Elections, elections, elections.... This word has taken over our conversations: who's having them? who's not? bonds? propositions? It's a wonder we get anything else done this time of year! I hope you are all keeping your sanity and remembering the old adage, 'this too shall pass'. We'll all be counting down together - and fingers are crossed for no run-offs!   : )
Thank you to Art Camacho for hosting our March meeting at the Haltom City Library. What an inviting facility! As a member of the MetrOPAC Library Consortium, their catalog listings span seven city libraries, including Fort Worth. We invite you to take some time to visit and check out a book or two.
Thanks to Lone Star Bar-B-Que for catering a tasty barbecue lunch with all the fixins, including three desserts!
Guest speaker Lauren Midgley, local author and business consultant, encouraged us with a presentation on "Strategies to be Less Stressed and Get More Done". Lauren considers herself a "time behaviorist", which confirms how important time management is to all of us every day. We need to block time to get work done, set aside 'white space time' to think and create, and train ourselves to be proactive rather than reactive. I hope you all took away at least one new idea of how to accomplish all your tasks and still find joy in your days!

Christine Green (University Park) reminded everyone to register for the upcoming Professional Seminar on April 12th in Grapevine. 

Kim Sutter (Euless) provided an update on proposed bills affecting municipal entities during this year's legislative session. There are many moving parts to several bills. Please keep informed by accessing the TML Legislative Update webpage .   

Survey results were distributed to the membership both prior to and after the March meeting. At the meeting, the Board presented a few recommendations which were approved by the members: 1) moving forward to improve our web hosting service and provide for a 'members only' page to access historical documents and photos; 2) improve communication with our members and promote our Chapter through social media applications (specifically Facebook and Twitter); 2) encourage regular evening socials (i.e. local monthly happy hours as well gatherings in conference cities).
The Board will be conducting a follow-on discussion at the June meeting. Please send your feedback or questions to any one of us on the Board if you cannot attend. We'd be happy to present your comments at the meeting.

FY 2017-2018 BUDGET
Starting in April, the Board will be working on the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget. In preparation, we anticipate conducting a review of current year-to-date and projected expenses with the Budget Committee. We will provide updates to the membership and propose a balanced budget in August. We look forward to working together to achieve the goals of the membership!
It continues to be my pleasure to work with all of you to make the NTMCA the best chapter in Texas! Our members and committee volunteers are all truly dedicated to our organization, and it shows! We all succeed as one! Thank you to everyone for your time, thoughtfulness, and support.

Respectfully Yours,   Carol Borges, President
NTMCA Clerk of the Year & TMCA Clerk of the Year Nomination

Each year we get an opportunity to honor one of our own for their hard work and dedication to our Chapter and our profession. Past recipients of the "Municipal Clerk of the Year" Award have shown commitment to leadership and a devotion to mentoring other Municipal Clerks along the way. Nominating a fellow Clerk is the perfect way to express your appreciation and lets the nominee know their relentless efforts have not gone unnoticed.

This year's submission deadline for nominating a Chapter member is Friday, May 12, 2017 . The nomination form, and list of nominee qualifications are available.  These nominations are eligible for both the Chapter "Municipal Clerk of the Year" Award AND the Chapter recommended State "Municipal Clerk of the Year" Award.

Please contact either Jean Dwinnell at 972-304-3664 or [email protected] , or Jeannie Kenyon at 817-459-6184 or [email protected]  if you have questions.

Board Applications
The 2017 Nominating Committee is seeking applications  for individuals wishing to serve on the NTMCA Board. Board Member positions include the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Historian.

Board Members must be willing to commit to attend the ten monthly Chapter meetings throughout the year. Board Members also meet after regular Chapter meetings, as well as attend 2-3 all day retreats, as scheduled by the Board President. Board Members typically dedicate two to five hours per week of their time to NTMCA duties.

Please review the NTMCA Bylaws for detailed descriptions of duties and commitments. Please take the time to give back to our organization through service on the board.

Officer applications  are due to the Nominating Committee Chair Shannon Montgomery, at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 16.

2017 Nominating Committee
Shannon Montgomery, Chair
Diane Cockrell, Member
Sheila Morales, Board Liaison
In This Issue
Upcoming Meetings
Social Gatherings
Meeting Reservations
Future Newsletters
FY 16-17 Board Officers
Upcoming Meetings
Mark your calendars for these meetings!!

May- No Meeting-Happy Elections!!

June 22, 2017- Flower Mound- Awards Luncheon 

July 19, 2017-Euless

August 10, 2017- Carrollton

September 21, 2017- Joshua
Social Gatherings...Fun, Food & Friendship!
In response to suggestions made in the Membership Survey, the Board has decided to try out a Social Gathering on a rotating basis.

These events will allow our membership to get together outside the normal luncheon hour constraints and the normal work hours to have fun and spend time getting to know each other better.

No need to sign up early. Just show up and we will have an area for us to gather. Everyone is responsible for their own drinks & food.

The following dates have been set as the first two.

Monday, April 24, 2017 " Party on the Patio" @ Flips Grill- 415 W Hwy 114, Grapevine   

Thursday, May 18, 2017 "May Madness" @ Boomer Jack's Grill, 2300 Airport Freeway, Bedford, TX 76022
We hope these functions provide the opportunity for us to learn about each other, let off some steam and enjoy our time together!
If you would like offer a spot that you think others would enjoy for one of these gatherings, please reach out to one of the Board members.

Meeting Reservations

Members we need your help!  

In order to be able to provide food for all that attend our monthly meetings, we need to know who will be attending, so please let us know your intentions by the RSVP date.

Deadlines are included in the invitation, and on the meeting webpage.   


The best way to take care of this is to plan to attend all of the meetings and RSVP when you receive the invite!


Thank you for your cooperation!
Carol Borges, President
Future Newsletters
If there is a topic of interest or subject that you would like to see addressed in an upcoming newsletter, please let any of the Board members know.

If you would like to contribute to an article for consideration, please submit it by email to  Laura Bell
FY 2016-2017 Board Officers 
Carol Borges, Southlake

Sheila B. Morales, Copper Canyon

Amy Shelley, Colleyville 

Laura Bell, Addison 
Monica Solko, Lake Worth
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