Issue 56
November 13, 2017
Have You Heard of our 25 Years of Service Awards?

If not, and you have an official or employee that has completed a minimum of 25 years of service, please complete the nomination form and have it back to the OML offices by Friday, December 29, 2017. If you have any questions, please email April Bradbury.
In This Issue
OML Teams up with OMAG, MESO, and OkMRF
Working Together Wins!

On Friday, November 3rd , OML joined the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG), the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO), and Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF) for a luncheon at the Shawnee Fire Department. It was most certainly a rewarding day to give back and serve one of our communities that won our "Feed Hunger Grand Slam Event" at the 2017 September Annual OML Conference! Jodi Cox with OkMRF said "This was not only a great event for the City of Shawnee employees but also presented itself to be an OML mafia team building event". OML, OMAG, and OkMRF staff grilled up Hamburgers, Bratwursts, and Hot Links for the City staff in thanks for their winning contributions. Fire Chief Dru Tischer said "That was such a great event! Thank you all so much for having lunch with the City employees". Our organizations feel honored to have been given the opportunity to visit with you and thank you for everything you do for the City of Shawnee!

Cushing Receives Grant for Downtown Projects 
Congratulations to the City of Cushing!

OU's Institute for Quality Communities and the Oklahoma Municipal League awarded the City of Cushing one of the 2017-2018 OML Community Development grants. Cushing was awarded the grant in an effort to assist with the revitalization of the downtown area from not only earthquake damage, but to be more pedestrian and business friendly. The City of Cushing continues to recover from the November 2016 5.0 magnitude earthquake that caused serious damage to the downtown Cushing area. Continue Reading
Research Director Daniel McClure Attends Earth, Wind, Fire Exercise
Oklahoma Emergency Management and Daniel McClure Team Up

Last week, OML Research Director Daniel McClure attended the Earth, Wind, and Fire Exercise at the at the Oklahoma Emergency Management (OEM) Emergency Operations Center. For approximately 8 hours, representatives from state, county, municipal, and tribal governments were presented crisis situations and collaborated with participants in simulated response scenarios. The opportunity allowed participants to identify their strengths and opportunities for growth in emergency response operations. Daniel said, "Our communities have outstanding emergency response professionals throughout Oklahoma. As a state, we are truly blessed to have the talented men and women working day in and out on our behalf".  The League's purpose at this event was to better understand how OML can provide training's and expertise to municipal officials as well as develop an internal system serving as a bridge to connect state and municipal governments in emergency situations. In the coming weeks the League will be disseminating information on the new OML Emergency Response Program, keep an eye out for the announcement.
Only Two District Dinners Remain! Next Stops: Oklahoma City and Altus
Reserve Your Spot Today, Free of Charge!

Only two dinners remain in 2017! Join us on Tuesday, November 28th in Oklahoma City at Cattlemen's Steakhouse and Thursday, November 30th in Altus at Fred's Steakhouse from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Come and get connected with other municipalities in your area and meet your OML Field Representative. The 2018 legislative session and the latest things happening at the League will be topics of discussion.  Remember: the dinners are free to you and there will be a cash bar offered!
If you are interested in attending a District Dinner Meeting in your area, please visit our website, or call (405) 528-7515 for more information. Additionally, if you would like a District Dinner Meeting held in your community, please email  Sarah Lingenfelter.
Newly Elected Officials Institute In McAlester This THURSDAY
All Municipal Officials Welcome

This Thursday, November 16th, OML will host the final Newly Elected Officials Institute (NOI) of the year in McAlester at Eastern Oklahoma State College. This institute is an intensive educational program specifically geared towards newly elected and appointed officials who want to keep in the know on current municipal issues. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from municipal professionals with over 100 years of municipal knowledge and experience with topics such as Open Records and Open Meetings. Our first NOI of 2018 will be Saturday, February 3rd, in Stillwater at the OSU Alumni Center. For more information or to register for your spot, visit our  NOI information page, or call (405) 528-7515.

An officer is defined in 11 O.S. Section 1-102. 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.
Welcome to our New Legislative Affairs Director, Jodi Lewis!

The Oklahoma Municipal League has named former Executive Director of the Oklahoma Community Institute as the Legislative Affairs Director for the statewide organization. OML Executive Director Mike Fina said, "Jodi brings an immense passion and tremendous amount of municipal knowledge to the League. We are fortunate to have her as a member of the OML team." Previously, Mrs. Lewis was elected to the Piedmont City Council, and was the youngest person in history to do so. Graduating from Oklahoma State University, and being a native from Bristow, Mrs. Lewis Oklahoma roots run deep. Jodi developed her passion for Oklahoma cities and towns while traveling the state speaking to local FFA chapters as a former State FFA Officer. Lewis serves in various leadership roles on multiple non-profit boards and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma. In 2007, Jodi was named one of Oklahoma Cities Business "Forty Under Forty".  Welcome to OML, Jodi!
SGR's 4th Dimension Leadership Workshop Hosted by OML Is Two Weeks Away!
Come Join Us!

The Oklahoma Municipal League is proud to partner with Strategic Government Resources to present the 4th Dimension Leadership Workshop on November 29th! This one-day workshop is derived upon the principles of servant leadership. This 'servant leadership' philosophy, which more organizations are embracing, provides a way for people to nurture healthy relationships and achieve inspiring results. This workshop will introduce you to these compelling principles, how others are living them out, and how they can begin to transform the culture. For more information on this workshop, please  download the brochure.
Employee Spotlight: Nancee Morris
Meet our Operations and Business Development Manager!

Being here for over 4 years, Nancee has become a veteran here at OML. Nancee was born in Cushing, Oklahoma and moved out of state as a child. About 30 years ago, Nancee moved back to the state and resides in Norman. Being an avid Oklahoma Sooners fan and doing volunteer work in her community, she thinks of Norman as her hometown and heart. She is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a Master's in Education. Not only is Nancee a huge presence in OML's business development department, but she also serves as a field representative for OML districts 4 and 10. Nancee's hobbies outside of OML are traveling and four-wheeling. OML thanks you for everything you do, Nancee!
The League in Action
OML Had a Busy Week Last Week!

The OML staff attended a Customer Service Training at the OML offices.
Research Director Daniel McClure and Program Manager Cheryl Adams attended the Employment Seminar in Midwest City.
Executive Director Mike Fina, Deputy Director of External Operations and Governmental Affairs Missy Dean, Director of Legislative Affairs Jodi Lewis, Conference and Programs Manager Sarah Lingenfelter, Administrative Assistant MJ Barton, Operations and Business Development Manager Nancee Morris, and Accounting Manager Cathy Pulver attended the District Dinner Meeting in Krebs at Pete's Place.
Missy Dean and Jodi Lewis attended the State Chamber lobbyist meeting on Monday.
Missy and Jodi also met with Tim Yaciuk and Scott Hopkins to discuss legislative issues on electrical licensing.
Missy and Jodi attended the capitol for Special Session.
Mike Fina met with Nicoma Park city clerk, Beverly McManus.
2018 Government Finance Officers Association Conference
Get Registered Today!

Join the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for their Annual Conference May 6-9, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. With concurrent sessions, pre-conference sessions, general sessions, discussion groups, and networking opportunities, why would you want to miss it? Session tracks will include topics such as accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Explore St. Louis and what it has to offer while sharpening your financial skills and preparedness for audits and budget woes for the coming year! Don't miss out on the first discount for registration, which ends on February 1st . For more information on registering, read their brochure here.
The Practical Guide to Everyday Municipal Issues Workshop
Register for the December 15th Class

OML is hosting a Practical Guide to Everyday Municipal Issues Workshop on December 15th at Rose State College in Midwest City. Come hear about topics such as Meeting Decorum and Open Meetings and Records Acts. Have any questions about this workshop? Contact  Cheryl Adams  or call (405) 528-7515 for more information. To register, please visit our  registration page!
Have You Completed Your 2017-2018 Salary Survey?

If you have not completed your 2017-2018 Salary Survey, and would like a complimentary copy, you're in luck! OML is currently accepting surveys. Students from the University of Oklahoma will be calling you to clarify the information given or ask any follow up questions. If you have any questions, please email  Daniel McClure.
Take Note: 2017-2018 Directory Changes

OML Directory Changes for this week  available here.
Other News
What Else is Happening?

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.
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