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December 2016

President's Message:
Greetings to all!
Now that election season is over, I hope we can all breathe long enough to enjoy the holiday season. It always seems we're moving on to the next big thing, whatever that may be, but please take time to slow down and be thankful for your blessings. May the spirit of the season fill your homes and hearts!
Thank you to Aimee Nemer for hosting our November meeting. The Eisemann Center was an awesome location. We all appreciate Aimee's efforts to find a new venue, as well as the wonderful lunch provided by Aspen Catering in Las Colinas.
The business meeting was fairly short this month with approval of October minutes and Treasurer Report, and committee updates. We hope to see you all at the holiday celebration on December 14th in North Richland Hills.   
Our guest speaker, Britton Cunningham, shared insights on 'Working with Millennials'. Some may find working shoulder to shoulder with this generation to be somewhat challenging. It is very clear the way Millennials think about their careers is quite different than how Baby Boomers and Gen Xers think about theirs. Expectations of perceived value and happiness differ from age to age. Millennials are team driven and are 'on' 24/7. Older generations separate their personal and business lives more definitively. As life experiences define all of us, views on family and friendships also deviate between generations. One thing for sure is, we all have to work together to achieve the goals of our organizations. It's important to embrace each other, build on everyone's talents, and make every effort to create environments of teamwork and success for all. It was a great presentation. I think we all learned something about ourselves and those around us.

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our own Art Camacho (Haltom City) for being awarded the Texas Municipal Clerk of the Year at the Graduate Institute in Galveston on October 27th. Art embodies the City Secretary's Code of Ethics in every way. His acceptance speech made us laugh, cry, and feel proud of the man we all call 'friend'. To those who have known him for many years, there is no surprise of his dedication to his family, friends, community, and profession. To newcomers, please search him out and learn from him. Art's integrity and concern for his residents transcends his training by reaching above the fray and exceeding all norms. Art has been an integral member of our Chapter for many years. His charitable spirit has funded many of our prizes. We are proud to call Art our friend and colleague and we are honored by his membership in the NTMCA!
Congratulations to Laurie Garber (Carrollton) and Holly Owens (Westworth Village) for passing certification exams in October. We all wish you the best as you continue your education!
The Holiday Committee is hard at work to make this year's celebration the very best. Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon of good food and fellowship at the North Richland Hills Centre. Remember to bring cash or checkbooks for the silent auction in support of the Alyce Deering Scholarship fund. The team will also be collecting donations for the Crime Victims Unit of Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, and Watauga. Please support these families in need.
The Membership Committee is doing a great job in reaching out to our members. Now, please do your part by submitting your FY 16-17 membership dues as soon as possible. We really want to hit our membership goal in the first quarter in order to efficiently run our budget. Please contact Membership Chair Laurie Garber  if you have any questions. Also, if you know anyone that has moved into our area that will benefit from our training programs and networking, please urge them to join our Chapter. Encouraging others to learn about our organization strengthens our effectiveness in our communities. Membership Applications can be found on the website. Checks must be made out to 'NTMCA' and mailed to Amy Shelley as indicated.
Respectfully Yours,   Carol Borges, President
Holiday Luncheon, Charity Information & Silent Auction     
The Holiday Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at the North Richland Hills Centre.  Save the date on your calendar and make plans to join us for an afternoon filled of fun, food and comradery.

You can still RSVP here. Registration closes on December 9th.
Please be prepared to bid on our incredible selection of Silent Auction Items benefitting the Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund.
The Holiday Committee will also be doing the 50/50 raffle again this year. Tickets are $5/ticket or $20/5 tickets. The winner will get half the "pot" with the rest going to the Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund.
Cash donations will be accepted for our Charity this year- the Haltom, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga Shared Crime Victims Unit.
The Victim Assistance program exists to provide assistance to crime victims and their families.
When helping crime victims, many unexpected needs that most local service providers are unable to support. Examples of services that may be needed include:
  • New locks and keys
  • New tires for cars
  • Assistance with Electric bills
  • Assistance with moving and deposits
  • Assistance with renewal of vehicle tags & license
  • Security system
Please consider making a donation at the Holiday party to help those in our area who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

Erika McComis, Holiday Party Chair

Silent Auction For Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund

During NTMCA Holiday Luncheon on December 14th, we will conduct a silent auction as a fundraiser for the Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund.
If you can contribute an item, please contact Mary Kayser at the City of Fort Worth at 817-392-6161 or by email.
After December 1st, send Mary an email with the item description and value and bring it with you to the holiday event. 
Please come prepared to bid and raise funds for the Alyce Deering Scholarship. Cash and Checks accepted only.
Mary Kayser, Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee Chair 

Crucial Conversations And Ice Cream
This article is submitted by Diane Rasor, City of Newark to fulfill requirements of receiving an Alyce Deering Scholarship.

 Crucial Conversations and Ice Cream

A few years ago, I wrote a book report on Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler, which was by far the best book I have ever read on the importance of everyday conversations. I thought, with that holidays upon us (and lots of family), it would be a good time to give myself a refresher course and share my thoughts with you.

First, if you don't know this, you need to. A sensitive conversation will cause your body's chemistry to change (nothing you can do about that except recognize it) and send a message to your brain to either "fight" or "flight" along with causing you to be unable to think clearly. This tends to generate responses totally opposite of the resolution you may want.

The key to controlling this chemical reaction is to learn the technique of redirecting by actively listening. I have a three-year-old grandson who can go from screaming with tears running down his face to total calm in two seconds flat. When I ask, "Do you want some ice cream?" I have redirected his thoughts. I have trained myself to redirect my thoughts to what the other person is saying instead of allowing my emotions to cloud the issue. Concentrate on what you know, not on how you feel. Example: She is saying people who like chocolate ice cream are stupid. My feelings: " I can't believe she just called me stupid!". What I know: "The flavor of ice cream I like has nothing to do with my IQ."

Respond with honesty and respect. Search your hear for motive and stay focused on what purpose. Is your motive to win the argument or hurt the other person because you are being hurt? Recognize your motive for your reaction. Ask yours, "What is my motive for what I'm about to say?". If it's going to make things worse, don't say it. Quickly figure what outcome you want from the conversation. If your motive is to solve the problem and end the conflict then you might say, " O don't want to argue; I can tolerate vanilla ice cream."

Fact or Fiction. We all do it-The Mayor says he wants you to "tweak" the report you just finished for him. You tell your assistant, "Can you believe it? He wants me to re-write the whole thing." Stick to the facts. He just wants a cherry on top of his ice cream, that's all.

Repeat or rephrase what the other person has said to make sure you understand what they want. Sometimes it's as simple as that. If there are points you agree  with, begin working with those until, hopefully, you will both get what you want and are glad the conversation too place. "Ok, so we both want ice cream but you want vanilla and I want chocolate. How about we just buy a gallon of each?"

It would be great if all conversations were that easy and everyone ended up happy but realistically they don't. However, most of them could end on a positive note if we think before we speak, practice the techniques above and recognize that every conversation is crucial. Now go get an ice cream. You deserve it!

Happy Holidays,

Diane Rasor, TRMC
City Administrator/City Secretary
City of Newark, Texas 
Do You Know.....
The history of the Dorothy Byrd Scholarship fund?
Dorothy Faye Byrd is known as the "mother" of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association Program. Her story began in the City of Andrews, Texas where she served as the City Secretary and Tax Collector. There she began working on her doctorate through the University of North Texas. As a result of her doctorate work, she started the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program (TMCCP). The program was established in 1967, with Dorothy serving as program director in 1968. Prior to serving as director, she served as the president of the Association of City Clerks and Secretaries of Texas (ACCSOT) from 1964 to 1965. In 1986, the organization was renamed the Texas Municipal Clerks Association (TMCA), Inc. In 1973, for her efforts as a spokesperson on the successful education program, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) recognized TMCCP for IIMC certification.
Dorothy was instrumental in the passage of House Bill 2092 by the Texas State Legislature in 1985, which recognized the TMCCP and provided for certification and recertification. In 1993, Dorothy retired and became director emeritus. In 1994, Dorothy was presented with the first Director's Award of Excellence from IIMC. IIMC also credited her for the phenomenal growth of IIMC's Certification and Academy Programs. Dorothy was a lifetime member of both TMCA and IIMC. She was especially proud of fostering the development of the first Texas Municipal Election Law Manual, the Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual, and the Texas Municipal Clerks Handbook.
Dorothy Faye Byrd died on February 25, 2010 after coping with several health issues. She was an exemplary leader who worked tirelessly to advance the education, personal development, and professional status of municipal clerks on a local, state and international level.
Submitted by Monica, Solko, Historian

In This Issue
Holiday Luncheon & Charity Information
Upcoming Meetings
Meeting Reservations
Future Newsletters
Membership Renewal
FY 16-17 Board Officers
Upcoming Meeting

Mark your calendars for these meetings!!


December 14, 2016-Holiday Party @ North Richland Hills Grand Centre


January 12, 2017- Argyle


February 16, 2017- Addison

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. 
Membership Renewals Now Open
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Please note that membership dues need to be paid ASAP to avoid paying the higher non-member fee at luncheons.
You can pay online through PayPal. Remember to send the completed application to Amy Shelley.
FY 2016-2017 Board Officers 
Carol Borges, Southlake

Sheila B. Morales, Copper Canyon

Amy Shelley, Colleyville 

Laura Bell, Addison 
Monica Solko, North Richland Hills
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