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February 2016

President's Message:


We kicked off 2016 in Crowley with an AMAZING speaker, Ann Marks. In addition, we would like to thank Angie Winkle, City Secretary, Crowley, for hosting our January meeting. We had a delicious lunch and Angie made a decadent chocolate fudge sundae dessert for all of us!

Mr. Robert Loftin, Crowley City Manager welcomed the attendees and thanked everyone for coming. He stated he appreciates the work city secretaries do and the commitment to education NTMCA provides.

Mr. Robert Loftin, Crowley City Manager
Ann spoke about how we learn face and pattern recognition at a very early age. She discussed how we all stereotype (right, wrong or indifferent), and that our life experiences may influence those stereotypes. Ann explained how stereotyping is an unconscious way we read faces, and that we do not realize how much we are actually doing it daily. She noted that conscious face reading provides us a way to actually connect with people.
Ann Marks

Ann read the faces of a few of our attendees - including me, Carol Borges, and Art Camacho. It was fascinating and a lot of fun! I know I learned a few things and confirmed a few things about myself.  

In summary, she stated we are all looking for person-to-person connections, and face reading provides the avenue to step into someone's reality for that personal connection.

Left to right: Norma Zenk, Azle, and Linda Rhodes, Lake Worth

At this meeting, the membership approved the following business items:
  • November 18, 2015 meeting minutes;
  • Treasurer reports for November and December 2015; and
  • FY 2016 first quarter report (October 2015 - December 2015)

Important dates for 2016:
  • NTMCA Business Luncheon in Watauga on March 18th - NTMCA Chapter member presentations featuring Art Camacho, Mary Kayser, Jesica McEachern, and Theresa Scott
  • NTMCA Professional Seminar in Grapevine on April 6th
Membership reminder:
We still have quite a few folks who have not renewed their annual NTMCA memberships. Please renew as soon as possible. You will need to fill out the 2015-2016 application, and send it to Board Treasurer, Sheila Morales.  You will also need to submit your dues via PayPal or check.

***Moving forward, if your membership has not been renewed, you will be required to pay the non-member fee for our monthly business luncheons. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation!

Please don't forget Art has his membership drive going and has numerous incentives in place. If you are attend a meeting, BRING A NEW CLERK! you will receive extra points, and will have a better chance of winning prizes that will be awarded at our August meeting!
 We hope to see you all in Flower Mound!
2016 February Meeting Attendees

Mary Supino, President
Next Meeting - February 18, 2016           
Our next chapter meeting will be held in Flower Mound at the Flower Mound Town Hall located at 2121 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound, 75028.

Guest speaker  Marcel Brunel will share the topic of "Linking IQ and EQ, the Science and Art of Building Relationships."

Registration for this event will remain open until Friday, February 12, 2016 until 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

We still need two volunteers for the 2016 Holiday Committee - one person to Chair the Committee, and one to serve as a Committee member. If you are willing to serve on this committee, please let me know. It would be greatly appreciated!! We all look forward to getting together at the holidays to celebrate, have fun visiting with our colleagues, and giving back to our community. We need your help to put together an amazing event for all of us to enjoy!

Mary Supino, President
Membership Drive               
If you paid your dues before December 31, 2015, your name will be placed in a drawing to have your 2017 membership dues paid. The drawing will take place at the February NTMCA Chapter meeting held in Flower Mound.
In addition, I am personally offering the following for the 2016 Membership Drive:
1.      For each meeting attended from December 2015 through August 2016, each attendee, who has already paid their 2016 membership dues, will have their name put in a drawing for a pair of Dallas Cowboy tickets for the 2016 fall football season, to be drawn at the end of the August 2016 NTMCA Chapter meeting.  If the Chapter member brings a new clerk with them to the Chapter meeting, that same Chapter member will receive an additional 5 drawing chances for their invitation, and their invitee will receive 1 drawing chance.  If the newly-invited clerk joins the NTMCA Chapter, they - and the Chapter member who invited them - will each receive an additional 5 drawing chances at the next Chapter meeting.
2.      In addition to the Cowboy tickets, a $300 gift prize will be awarded to the ticket winner in the form of gift cards for golf, sporting events, dining, and merchandise.
So, a prize package of nearly $500 will be awarded to someone at the end of the August 2016 meeting!
The current 2016 Membership Drawing gift basket items and values include:
  • Dallas Cowboy 2016 game tickets - $160
  • Subway gift card - $15
  • Darden restaurants gift card - $15
  • Hobby Lobby gift card - $50
  • State seal - $45
  • Yeti 30 oz. Rambler - $45
  • Texas Rangers v. Houston Astros - 9/3/16 game tickets - $30
  • Golf for (2) at Iron Horse Golf Course with golf cart - $60
  • Target gift card - $15
A current value of $405, and still growing!
Please take the time to complete the membership application and submit your dues today.  If you pay your membership dues by PayPal , please notate that on your membership application.  You must print out your PayPal receipt and attach it to your application.  Mail both to the Chapter Treasurer, Sheila Morales, Town of Copper Canyon, 400 Woodland Drive, Copper Canyon, TX 75077.
Feel free to contact me with any questions, 817-222-7749, or email at .
Membership Committee Chair
Art Camacho 
Historical Tid-Bits - Bridgeport             
The origins of the City of Bridgeport can be traced back to a stagecoach route that passed through the city. In the late 1850's, John Butterfield was awarded a contract by the government to provide mail services between St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco, California. Mr. Butterfield's service, which was known as Butterfield Overland Mail, passed through North Texas as it made its way west to California.
In order to successfully make this journey, Butterfield Overland had to cross over the West Fork of the Trinity River. This necessitated the building of a bridge. In 1860, William Hudson Hunt, a land surveyor, obtained rights from the government and built a toll bridge that traversed the Trinity River where FM 920 currently intersects the river. At the time, there was a one-dollar toll to cross the bridge. Though the toll bridge provided the necessary access for Butterfield Overland Mail to conduct business, its use was short-lived. Due to the traffic on the bridge and the poor material with which it was built, the bridge collapsed. The impending Civil War also caused Butterfield mail to cease its operations.
In 1873 Charles Cates, a Decatur merchant rebuilt the bridge in order to transport supplies from Decatur to Fort Richardson. This time, the bridge was built out of iron. Not only did the bridge provide access for suppliers to transport their goods, it was also a landmark from which a small community, Bridgeport, developed. Fertile soil, trees, waterways, and wildlife also surrounded the location of the bridge. These features made this a prime location for settlement and many people converged on this new community. Since the town of Bridgeport developed around a bridge, it is assumed that its name was derived from this fact. Others have suggested that Nance Burris, an employee of the Overland Stagecoach Company whose job was to name towns along his route, named Bridgeport.
Another unique part of Bridgeport's history is the discovery of coal. In 1860 Charles D. Cates, discovered coal while digging a well. Twelve years later, Mr. Cates, J.H. Halsell, J.G Carpenter, Sam Levy, J.J. Long, Henry Greathouse, J.W. Hale, J.M. Holmes and Dan Waggoner came together to form the Wise County Coal Company. For almost half a century, the coalmines provided many economic resources for the city. Unfortunately, as oil and natural gas became more readily available, coal's viability as a major economic engine diminished as many railroads and other industries shifted to these new sources of fuel. This shift in fuel source and a strike by coalminers led to most of the mines shutting down in 1929. A few of the mines continued limited production until the early 1940's.
Bridgeport, however, adapted to the changing times and when the Rock Island Railway laid tracks two miles east of the original town center, the city opted to move closer to the railroad in order to have better access to the rail line. In 1893 the town center was relocated east of the train tracks. Having a railroad in the city enabled Bridgeport to establish itself as a retail center for many farmers. The city was later incorporated in 1913.
Since Bridgeport was incorporated, it has experienced many changes including increased infrastructure. Over the years, the city has added more schools, parks, an airport, and has seen a steady influx of businesses moving into the city. In its early history, Bridgeport's population was 1,872. Today, the city is home to over 5,300 citizens.
It is plain to see that big things lie ahead for this city. Bridgeport, once a transit point for an overland mail service, is now a growing city with endless potential.
Submitted by Laura Bell, Historian


In This Issue
Next Meeting Info
Volunteers Needed
Membership Drive
Future Meetings
TMCCP Scholarships Available
Professional Seminar
Calendar Wheels
Future Meetings
March 9
April 6
Professional Seminar - Grapevine
May - No meeting
June 8
July 21
August 17
University Park
September 14

TMCCP Scholarships


As you plan your seminar schedule for next year, take a look at these TMCCP Scholarship opportunities: TMCCP Seminar Registration Fee Scholarships or TMCCP Seminar Travel Stipends   


If you meet the eligibility requirements, apply and let TMCA pay for your TMCCP seminar or your travel/lodging expenses for a TMCCP seminar this up coming year!  


Please apply no later than 10 business days prior to the desired seminar.


Submitted by   

Mary Supino,

NTMCA President 

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!
Mary Supino, 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  Amy Shelley
 2016 Professional Seminar
The 2016 Professional Seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Grapevine Convention and Visitor's Bureau Headquarters. Registration and breakfast will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Calendar Wheels
These wheels are an excellent tool for counting deadlines with ease and precision.  They are great for calendaring events/tasks associated with elections, requests for public information, budget, public hearings, legal notices, etc. 

The calendar wheels will be available at the monthly meetings for $5.00 each. Monies raised from the sale of the calendar wheels will benefit the Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund. The calendar wheels come in two colors-purple and green. 

If you are not at a monthly meeting, and would like to purchase a calendar wheel, please contact Monica Solko at 817.427.6062 or via e-mail  
FY 2015-2016 Board Officers 
Mary Supino, Arlington

Carol Borges, Westworth Village

Sheila B. Morales, Copper Canyon

Amy Shelley, Colleyville 
Laura Bell, Addison 
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