December 2017
Your monthly news & updates
President's Message
Greetings NTMCA Members! 
I hope this letter finds everyone doing well with little to no stress, especially during this Holiday Season. Juggling our jobs and personal lives, while adding holiday festivities and maybe taking a vacation day or two, seems impossible, however, usually what truly needs to get done, gets done. We as secretaries are good at this, since that’s what we do every day.  So, even with all the ‘To do’s’, I’m learning more each year, it’s people and relationships that really matter. May this Holiday Season be filled with lots of time spent with your friends and family.   


Thank you to everyone who attended our November meeting in Coppell. Jean Dwinnell, Deputy City Secretary for Coppell, planned and hosted a lovely time for all of us. Ashley Owens, Administrative Services Manager in the Community Development Department for Coppell, helped with the decorating and setting up everything. Italian food was served, from pizza and lasagna to cheesecake and tiramisu, and it was all fabulous. The goody bags were filled with fun items too. Thank you again, Jean and Ashley!
In an effort to get to know each other better, during our Member Introductions, members were asked to name the one food they wouldn’t want to miss at Thanksgiving. It was fun hearing everyone’s responses. Dressing / stuffing was the number one choice, followed by a tie between turkey and pies. Among the other responses were casseroles, mashed potatoes and even a corn casserole in which only Lisa Cabrera (Joshua) and her sister know the recipe. (Lisa says she was lucky to get the recipe from her sister.)
Karen Hunt, Mayor of Coppell and also the Metrocrest Chamber’s Business Woman of the Year, welcomed our group and thanked each one of us for all the work we do as city secretaries, work which many times goes unnoticed.

Our guest speaker, Mike Land, Coppell City Manager, spoke about Workplace Culture and gave us an overview of how the City of Coppell has built their culture and how they are still building their city’s culture. He explained that how one acts or behaves, determines a beneficial relationship or not. The City of Coppell takes care of themselves (their employees) so the City can take care of others. Each year the City of Coppell works with a training budget of $500,000, which equate to roughly $1,000 per employee per year. The employees are taught three questions as it relates to their work/job:
1.       Am I demonstrating a servant’s heart?
2.       Am I exceeding my customer’s expectation?
3.       Am I making the situation better?
Mike Land explained that building culture takes time and the City of Coppell has been working on theirs for years. The workplace culture at the City of Coppell has made a huge difference in the lives of their employees in that the employees:
·          enjoy their work and want to be there,
·          are loyal to the City of Coppell
·          are committed to others
·          know the ‘whys’ behind what they do, and
·          live the culture

Overall, the presentation was educational as well as inspiring.
As part of the business meeting, the October meeting minutes and the October treasurer report were approved. 
Membership Committee Chair Lauri Garber (Carrollton) encouraged those that haven’t yet registered for NTMCA’s new fiscal year, to register; the goal is to have members signed up by December 1 st .

Holiday Committee Chair Laurie Garber (Carrollton) reported that the Committee is excited about the holiday party to be held in Grapevine on December 13, 2017. This year’s charity, Metrocrest Services, focuses on assisting families, individuals, and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives or who require support to live independently. Metrocrest Services will be there to further explain their organization and to accept donations.    
Alyce Deering Chair, Tammy Dixon, although unable to attend the meeting at the last minute, sent an update via email, that the Alyce Deering Committee is looking for donations for the silent auction to be held during the holiday party. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for the scholarship.

Just a couple reminders…
  • Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee is still accepting donations for the silent auction to be held during the Holiday Luncheon. Please contact Tammy Dixon for more details.  (see inset below)
  • Last day to register for the Holiday Lunch is Wednesday, December 6th. Click here to register. (see inset below)
  • NTMCA Membership Applications are due. (see inset below)

Respectfully Yours, Sheila Morales, President
Upcoming Events and Meetings
December 13, 2017- Holiday Luncheon - Grapevine
( see details below)

January 18, 2018 - Irving

February 21, 2018  - Richardson

March 29, 2018 - Haltom City

December Holiday Event - Gingerbread Jingle
This year's Holiday Committee is already seeing red and green as they gear up for annual NTMCA Holiday Luncheon. The always enjoyable event will be held December 13th at the Convention and Visitors Bureau at Grapevine's beautiful Grand Hall (636 South Main Street, Grapevine, 76051).

After much consideration, the Committee selected  Metrocrest Services to be this year's charity. This organization focuses on assisting families, individuals, and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or who require support to live independently.

We are excited to support such an organization that touches so many lives and are blessed to be able to assist them in achieving their goals.

Wednesday, December 6th is the last day to register!
Silent Auction Donations Needed
The Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee is still soliciting donations for the Holiday Luncheon Silent Auction. The proceeds fund scholarships to help pay up to $500 towards education and certification expenses.

Auction items that are sure to generate much excitement include:
·        sports and theater tickets
·        electronics (flat screen TV’s, iPads, etc)
·        hotel stays
·        time-shares or vacation rentals
·        services: painting, architectural, beauty
·        artwork, hand-made items, jewelry
·        gift-certificates
If you able to obtain any donations please contact Tammy Dixon at the Town of Bartonville at 817-693-5280 or . Please let Tammy know as soon as possible if you have something and she will work with you to have it picked up.
North Texas Municipal Clerks Association | |

President:  Sheila B. Morales , Copper Canyon | 940-241-2677

Vice-President:  Amy Shelley , Southlake | 817-748-8015

Treasurer: Monica Solko , Lake Worth | 817- 237-1211 x105

Secretary:  Kristi Gilbert , Argyle | 940-464-7273  

Historian:  Christine Green , University Park | 214-987-5302