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May 2016

President's Message:

Greetings and Happy Spring!
Our Chapter held our annual Professional Seminar on April 6, 2016 and it was a big success! We would like to thank our Professional Seminar Committee: Tara Brooks, City Secretary, Grapevine, Committee Chair; Christine Green, City Secretary, University Park; and Jeannie Kenyon, Administrative Aide, Arlington. These ladies worked so hard and put on such a fabulous event. Thank you, thank you! Job well done!
We had two amazing speakers: Steve Booher, who talked to our group about Employee Engagement and Boosting Your Brain for Maximum Results. Steve provided us with some really good practical information that we could take back to our work places including: recognizing folks for a job well done and showing appreciation.
Steve Booher
Julie Davis-Colan talked with the group about "Sticking with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence". Julie discussed the elements of Adherence: Focus x Competence x Passion = Adherence. She also talked to us about choosing the highest and best use for our time and knowing when to say "no"! Not easy for us City Secretaries!
Julie Davis-Colan
I would also like to recognize our Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee: Diane Cockrell, City Secretary, Decatur, Committee Chair; Kristi Gilbert, Town Secretary, Argyle; and Traci Henderson, Deputy City Secretary, Southlake. The committee organized a silent auction that raised $893 for our scholarship fund. Thank to everyone who donated prizes for the auction and those who bid and won items! We had so much fun and donated to a great cause! Through our Alyce Deering Scholarship fund, we are able to award three to five scholarships per year to clerks enrolled in the TMCCP Certification or Recertification program.
We had fantastic vendors and sponsors who attended our seminar and provided information to our members regarding their products. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all our sponsors who assisted us in putting on this great event, which included: Granicus, Mcci, Municode, Swagit, STW, Inc., BoardSync, Destiny Software, Inc., Kofile Technologies, RCI, Inc., and Scott Merriman, Inc. Much appreciated!

Just a reminder that we will not be meeting in May due to our Municipal Elections. Hope to see everyone in Carrollton in June for our annual awards luncheon. We will be announcing our NTMCA Clerk of the Year, our TMCA nomination for Clerk of the Year, and will be awarding our 2016 Alyce Deering Scholarships. We will also be recognizing all of our committee members for all of their hard work this year. Please join us!

Important dates for 2016
  • No meeting in May - Elections
  • NTMCA Awards Luncheon in Carrollton on June 8th
  • TMCCP Seminar - OMA, PIA, Records, San Antonio,          June 16-17
  •  NTMCA Monthly meeting in Argyle on July 21st
  • NTMCA Monthly meeting in University Park on August 17th
  • NTMCA Monthly meeting in Southlake on September 14th

***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 Carrollton!

Mary Supino, President
Clerk of the Year Nominations           
We get one shot a year to honor City Secretaries/Clerks in our chapter for their relentless efforts, and that way is to nominate them for the NTMCA Clerk of the Year and our Chapter's nomination for TMCA Clerk of the Year.

Municipal clerks are always up for any challenge and it is through our recognition programs that our professional profiles continue to grow.

This is the perfect opportunity to show a fellow clerk that their hard work and dedication to their city, and our chapter is truly appreciated.

This year's submission deadline is May 13, 2016, and the nomination form, and a list of nominee qualifications are available HERE.

For any questions, please contact committee member Ron Gonzales @ 817-392-6164, or Jean Dwinnell at 972-304-3664.

NTMCA Awards Luncheon - June 8, 2016 - Carrollton         

Please join us for our annual NTMCA Awards Luncheon on June 8, 2016. We will recognize our NTMCA City Secretary of the Year, our Chapter's nominee for the TMCA Clerk of the Year, our 2016 Alyce Deering Scholarship recipients, and our NTMCA members who work so hard serving on our Chapter Committees this year.

This year's award luncheon will be held at the Crosby Recreation Center, 1610 E. Crosby Road, Carrollton, TX 75006. Click here to register.

Thank you for being a part of NTMCA!! 
We hope to see you there!


I still need one volunteer to Chair the 2016 Holiday Committee. 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.
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 - (2 @ $15) = $30
  • Hobby Lobby gift card - $50
  • State seal - $45
  • Yeti 30 oz. Rambler - $45
  • Texas Rangers v. Houston Astros - 9/3/16 (2) game tickets - $30
  • Golf for (2) at Iron Horse Golf Course with golf cart - $60
  • (1) dozen Noodle golf balls - $15
  • Target gift card - $15
  • Home Goods gift card - $15
  • NTMCA 2017 Dues - $30
  • Texas shaped cutting board - $30
  • Chili's gift card - $25
A current value of $565, 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.
Membership Special!!
Each attendee at the June 8th meeting in Carrollton (NTMCA Awards Luncheon), will have their current points automatically doubled!
Feel free to contact me with any questions, 817-222-7749, or email at .
Membership Committee Chair
Art Camacho 
Historical Spotlight - North Richland Hills        
Early Settlement
Our community began when W.S. Peters agreed to bring 600 families into the area within a three-year period as part of a land grant. Families began arriving in the summer of 1848. In 1849, Tarrant County was established and named for General Edward H. Tarrant. The community of Birdville (adjacent to what is now North Richland Hills' southwest boundary was named the first county seat. The area remained a rural farming and ranching community for more than 100 years.

In 1952, Clarence Jones began to subdivide his 268-acre dairy farm into a suburban addition in the area that is now Cummings Drive. In 1953, the North Richland Hills Civic League sought to have the area annexed to Richland Hills, then voted to form their own city when annexation was denied. An election was held, and the 268 acres of the Jones Farm, with a population of 500, became officially incorporated as the City of North Richland Hills.

By 1957, the North Richland Hills' boundary was within two miles of Smithfield and by 1960, Smithfield had been annexed to North Richland Hills. In 1960, the population of North Richland Hills was beginning to rise at 8,662 residents, with that number doubling to 16,514 by 1970. The city's population continued to grow at a rapid pace with the 1980 census at 30,592, and the 1990 census reflecting 45,895. As the city entered into the new millennium, it was estimated that the population was approximately 56,500. Today, North Richland Hills is the third largest city in Tarrant County with more than 67,300 residents. 
Submitted by Laura Bell, Historian

In This Issue
Clerk of the Year Nominations
Awards Luncheon
Volunteer Needed
Membership Drive
Historical Spotlight
Future Meetings
TMCCP Scholarships Available
Meeting Reservations
Nominating Committee Information
Alyce Deering Committee Thank you
Calendar Wheels
Future Newsletters
FY 15-16 Board Officers
Future Meetings
June 8
Awards Luncheon - Carrollton
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 upcoming 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
Nominating Committee -      2016-2017 NTMCA Board
The 2016 Nominating Committee is seeking applications for individuals wishing to serve on the NTMCA Board.  Board Members include the offices of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Historian.  Board Members must be willing to commit to attend 10 monthly meetings throughout the year, as well as three officer meetings.  Board Members also typically dedicate two hours per week of their time to NTMCA duties. 
Detailed descriptions of duties and commitments can be found by viewing the NTMCA Bylaws. Over the years we have had many committed individuals serve us.  Please take time to consider getting out of the comfort of your chair and giving back to our organization through service on the board.
Officer applications are due to the Nominating Committee Chair Kristi Gilbert , by Monday, May 16th.
2016 Nominating Committee:
Kristi Gilbert, Chair
Shannon Montgomery
Mary Supino, Board Liaison

Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee
The Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee wants to send a great big thank you to the following members that donated items for the Silent Auction on April 6th in Grapevine:

Michael Wells, Carol Borges, Kristi Gilbert, TOASE Law Firm/Art Camacho, NTMCA Board, Mary Supino, Amy Shelley, Asucena Garcia, Diane Cockrell, Shanae Jennings, Erika McComis, Monica Solko, Laura Bell, Theresa Scott and Kim Sutter.
We also want to recognize the bid winners for their contribution to the scholarship fund:

Alicia Richardson, Traci Henderson, Christine Green, Diane Cockrell, Tiffany Witherspoon, Theresa Scott, Stephanie Porter, Mary Beth Gunderson, Mary Supino, Amy Shelley and Art Camacho.

There was a total of $893 raised for the scholarship fund.  We are looking forward to awarding scholarships at the June 8th meeting.
Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee:
Diane Cockrell, City Secretary, Decatur, Chair
Kristi Gilbert, Town Secretary, Argyle
Traci Henderson, Deputy City Secretary, Southlake
Mary Supino, City Secretary, Arlington, Board Liaison
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  
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
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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