Issue 52
October 16, 2017
The Oklahoma League In Action

Last week, OML Deputy Director of External Operations and Government Affairs Missy Dean attended the State Chamber Economic Development Taxation and Retail Policy Committee, impact of small structures interim study, election issue interim study, interim study over boards that control trusts and commissions, excess water interim study, the State Chamber 2030 Regional Forum, and she spoke at the planning for prosperity meeting in the House.
Executive Director Mike Fina, and Conference and Programs Manager Sarah Lingenfelter met with Visit Enid to discuss the 2018 MCO Summer Conference.
Deputy Director of Internal Operations and General Counsel Sue Ann Nicely, and Inquiry and Special Programs Director Kelly Danner spoke at the New Officials Institute in Woodward at the Woodward Conference Center and were joined by Conference and Programs Manager, Sarah Lingenfelter.
OML hosted a District Dinner Meeting in Woodward on Thursday at the Woodward Conference Center.
Choctaw Mayor And OML Vice President Randy Ross Accepts Prestigious Award
On Sunday, October 8, 2017, OML Vice President and Choctaw Mayor Randy Ross was inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Mayor Ross received the Outstanding American honor, which is given to former wrestlers who are highly successful and use the disciplines learned in wrestling in their current profession.
Ross wrestled on two state championship teams at Midwest City High School as well as for University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned All-America honors in 1973 and was team captain.  He has been a volunteer coach for Choctaw and Midwest City school districts for years.  He has also officiated wrestling matches for 27 years.  He worked several Oklahoma state tournaments, NAIA national tournaments held at UCO and was named one of the top five officials in the state for 10 consecutive years. 
Congratulations Mayor Ross!
2017 OML District Dinner Meetings - Ardmore Dinner Held, Next Up Join Us In Ponca City on October 19th! 
Join us for one of our District Dinner Meetings! The Ardmore District Dinner was held last week and the next District Dinner is on October 19th in Ponca City at El Patio Mexican Restaurant. Additional October meetings will be in Tahlequah at Napoli's on October 24, and Weatherford at Lucille's Roadhouse on October 26. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other municipalities in your district and meet your OML Field Representative. OML will facilitate the meeting where we will discuss the 2018 legislative session and share the latest League news. There also will be an opportunity to share what is going on in your municipality. More Information
Registration and Hotel Information For The Oklahoma Municipal Judges Fall Conference On October 26th and 27th
On October 26 and 27 at the Marriott Conference Center in Norman, the Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association will host their 2017 Fall Conference. Rooms at the hotel, Marriott Conference Center at NCED in Norman are booked but there are other hotel options including the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Norman at 301 Norman Center Ct, Norman, OK 73072; Courtyard by Marriott Norman at 770 Copperfield Drive, Norman, OK 73072; Hampton Inn at 309 Norman Center Ct, Norman, OK 73072; or Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at 960 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman, OK 73072. If you have any questions, please email Kelly DannerMore information and Registration
Register For The Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Training In Sand Springs: November 3rd
On November 3rd in Sand Springs, the Oklahoma Municipal League will host its Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (MC&T) training. This workshop fulfills state requirements for the MC&T certification program, as well as 4 hours of Certified Municipal Officials (CMO) credit. If you are a current member of the MC&T program, there is no charge to attend these events. Contact Kelly Danner if you have any questions. MC&T training is just an example of the many workshops OML provides its members throughout the year. For more details check out the  MC&T Web Page  or the MC&T Save The Date.
Register Today For The OML Employment Seminar At Rose State College: November 9th
Are you ready to learn about subjects such as the Importance of Employee Handbooks and Job Descriptions and Employee Termination? Then the Oklahoma Municipal League Employment Seminar is for you! Sign up here today. This seminar is eligible for 6.5 credit hours towards the CMO and MC&T Programs .   More Information and Registration
New Officials Institute Held In Woodward, Registration Available For Next Session On November 16th In McAlester
Thursday, October 12, OML staff and instructors traveled to Woodward and hosted over 40 municipal officials at the Woodward Conference Center. Attendees heard from governing professionals from around the state about topics such as budgeting and open records.  The next opportunity to attend a New Officials Institute will be on November 16th in McAlester at Eastern Oklahoma State College.  More Information
OML Hosts SGR's 4th Dimension Leadership Workshop, November 29th
Strategic Government Resources is proud to partner with Oklahoma Municipal League to present this one-day workshop based upon the principles of servant  leadership. The term "Servant-Leader" may sound like an oxymoron but this philosophy, which more and more organizations are adopting, provides a way for people to nurture healthy relationships and achieve inspiring results. This workshop will introduce you to these dynamic principles, how others are living them out, and how they can begin to transform the culture.   Download Brochure
Call for Nominations for OML Board Seat for District 8: Deadline October 27th
The OML District 8 Board seat is now open due to Randy Ross, Mayor of Choctaw, becoming the new OML Board Vice President. Nominations will be received until Friday, October 27, 2017 and will be presented to the OML board of directors at their November 2nd  meeting.  More Information and Sample Resolution
Community Leadership Development Class 6 Holds Session 4 In Ardmore
The Community Leadership Development class traveled to Ardmore October 5th and 6th for Session 4, Lead by Example. Thursday October 5th the class had the opportunity to attend OML's District Dinner Meeting at CafĂ© Alley. The District Dinner Meeting was the first District meeting of the year.  Executive Director Fina welcomed the class and gave an OML update and Missy Dean, Deputy Director of External Operations/Government Affairs gave a legislative update. Wrapping up the evening Vice Mayor Sheryl Ellis welcomed the group to Ardmore and shared some of the past and present exciting changes taking place in her city!   Read Article
Employee Spotlight: Melanie Armstrong
Our Membership Services Assistant Melanie Armstrong has been with OML since February of this year. Born in Marietta, Oklahoma, she is a veteran Okie with deep southern roots. Day to day she is knee deep in mail outs, customer service, printing, and publications. She has one cat and currently resides in Oklahoma City. Thank you Melanie for everything you do! 

OML Announces New Field Representative Program
Introducing OML's new Field Representative Program. OML Wants to serve our members the best we can, so each member has been assigned a field rep according to their district. Your new field rep will be your point of contact when you have questions or need assistance . Read Article
Community Convening Education Meeting To Be Held In Oklahoma City On October 25th
On Wednesday, October 25, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will be hosting a special Community Convening to share Oklahoma Edge: 8-year Strategic Plan for Education. From 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. you can hear from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and a host of community leaders about gaining a competitive edge and how citizens can engage . Register Here
Now Open: Certified Healthy Applications
Promote health and wellness where Oklahomans live, work, learn and play. Applications are being accepted through November 1, 2017. Cities and towns can apply for certification under both the community and business categories with this program. This program was promoted at the TSET booth by the Oklahoma State Department of Health at the Oklahoma Municipal League Conference. Please visit for more information.
Visit Frederick's Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off!
On Saturday, November 4, Frederick Chamber of Commerce will host it's 10 th Annual Cotton Festival and Chili Cook Off. There will be activities for all ages such as Cow Patty Bingo, Little Miss Cotton Ball Pageant, and the Cotton Gin Tour! To purchase Chili tickets, you can visit the Chamber Booth or purchase them from the pageant contestants. For more information please visit Frederick's Chamber Website.
Have An Event You'd Like To Share?
If your municipality is having an event and you would like it to be shared in the Oklahoma Municipal League's electronic newsletter  Insight , or even featured in Oklahoma Today Magazine, please contact OML's Communication and Media Specialist Marilyn Courtney . Please note, if you would like to possibly have your event in Oklahoma Today Magazine, you would need to submit it at least six months in advance.
2017 OML Award Winners 
The 2017 OML Annual Conference brought the announcement of winners of several prestigious awards such as the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials, The Innovations Awards, Mayor of the Year Awards, Don Rider Award, Gerald Wilkins Award, and OMCTFOA Member of the Year. If you would like to know more about this year's winners, please visit our   Awards website page.
Other News
American Society for Public Administration Oklahoma Chapter Annual ConferenceNovember 2, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK