Your Monthly News & Updates

Greetings NTMCA Members!

At the September 11, 2019 meeting, President Amy Shelley was recognized for her commitment to our Chapter and her leadership over the past year. We thank Amy for her dedication to our Chapter and for serving on our Board for five years. Her warm and friendly presence truly made our chapter stronger. She is a true professional and we thank her for all her hard work.
Thank you to Kim Sutter, Lindsay Wells and the City of Euless for hosting our September meeting at the Texas Star Golf course in Euless. The food and room were amazing, and the door prizes were outstanding especially the nameplate - “Chaos Coordinator”.
Mayor Linda Martin welcomed NTMCA to Euless and spoke highly of the City Secretary position and the important role the City Secretary has in municipal government. She referred to the City Secretary as the “Chief of Staff”, as the City Secretary is all knowing. Our guest speaker was TMCA President Kim Sutter. Her presentation included highlights of her current term as TMCA president including her goal of visiting each chapter before the end of the year. She presented information about TMCA boards and committees and encouraged everyone to serve. She gave an overview of the new Municipal Clerk’s Office Achievement of Excellence Award program and application requirements (Link). She recommended that everyone work to develop and strengthen relationships with peers by mentoring, being mentored, encouraging, supporting and networking with other members.
TMCA President Kim Sutter provided the Oath of Office to the incoming Board members. She added a little flare to each board member presentation by giving them a colored handkerchief and spoke about the meaning of each color. These colors are beautiful individually but when united, they shine brighter, stronger and their message can stretch beyond our chapter.

Respectfully yours, Monica Solko, President


 For the last 3 years we’ve been so close to expanding our membership to 100 members. Last year, we were just three members short! Help us make this year THE year we make it happen by renewing your membership. By renewing, you also get member rates to all NTMCA luncheons, access to our Yahoo group, newsletter, Facebook page, and the online membership directory. Did I mention the comradery? It’s the best kind of added bonus!
Complete the Membership Application ( Available via this Link) and pay applicable fee through Paypal at the following link http://www.ntmca.org/membership_dues . Please forward a copy of the application to Erika McComis at emccomis@argyletx.com   advising her that the dues were paid online. In order to take advantage of the member rate for luncheons, members must be up to date on their dues.
Remember, our organization is not limited to Municipal Clerks. Our membership includes professionals that work with records management, human resources, Municipal Court, legislative issues, building operations and the City Manager’s Office, so be sure to encourage colleagues in your city and neighboring cities to join us for an experience that’s valuable and enjoyable.
NTMCA membership affords benefits such as support, education, and networking opportunities through:
  • Meetings in regional chapters of TMCA with your professional counterparts from nearby cities
  • NTMCA’s Yahoo Group
  • The NTMCA newsletter
  • Exclusive access to the online NTMCA membership directory
NTMCA members also have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in the selection of the North Texas Municipal Clerk of the Year Award
  • Serve on Association committees if eligible
  • Apply for scholarships and travel stipends if eligible
Learn more about NTMCA here: www.ntmca.org
Submitted by Laurie Garber, Committee Chair (Carrollton)
Pictured (left to right) Tammy Dixon, Traci Henderson, Monica Solko, Erika McComis, 
Dianna Buchanan, and TMCA President Kim Sutter
Monica Solko, President:  Monica has served the Chapter as Historian, Treasurer and Vice President. Additionally, she has served on the Holiday Committee and Technology Committee. Monica received her TRMC certification in 2009 and has completed her second recertification in 2019. Monica also holds a Certified Municipal Clerk designation and is working on her Certified Public Manager designation. She has been the City Secretary for the City of Lake Worth for 2 ½ years, previously serving the City of North Richland Hills for 11 ½ years and the City of Odessa for 3 ½ years.

Traci Henderson, Vice President:  Traci has served the Chapter as Treasurer. Additionally, she has served on the Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee for two years and Municipal Clerk of the Year Committee. Traci received her TRMC designation in 2011 and has completed her first recertification. Traci has been the Assistant City Secretary in North Richland Hills for 2 ½ years, previously serving the City of Southlake for 4 years and the City of Stephenville for 7 years.

Erika McComis, Treasurer:  Erika has served the Chapter as Historian. Additionally, she has served on the Holiday Committee for 4 years, 2 of those as the committee chair. Erika received her TRMC designation in 2017 and is currently working on her first recertification. Erika received her Certified Municipal Clerk designation in 2017 as well. She has been the Town Secretary and HR Director for Argyle for almost 1 year. Prior to that, she served as the City Secretary of Bridgeport for 3 ½ years and as the Police Administrative Manager for almost 15 years.
Dianna Buchanan, Secretary:   Dianna has previously served on the Budget Committee. She received her TRMC designation in 2018 and is working to achieve the CMC designation as well as her first recertification. Dianna has served the City of Haslet since October 2012 as City Secretary/Administrative Services Director and previously served as the City Secretary/City Administrator of the Town of Lakeside. She has over 19 years of experience in municipal government operations. 
Tammy Dixon, Historian: Tammy has served as Chairperson of the Alyce Deering Scholarship Committee for two years. She received her TRMC certification in 2014 and completed her first recertification in 2019. Tammy also holds a Certified Municipal Clerk designation and is working towards her Master Municipal Clerk certification. She has been the Town Secretary for the Town of Bartonville for 8 years, previously serving in the City of Frisco for one year and the Town of Flower Mound for 9 years.
To register for the October 16 Business Luncheon, click HERE. Luncheon is in Bedford and our Speaker is TABC's Tana Travis. Bring someone along that assists in processing those alcoholic beverage permits and your questions!
The Chapter needs your participation, whether it is serving on a committee, being a host city for our monthly meetings, or simply providing feedback. I am always mindful that a successful Chapter is not the labor of a few, but the collective work of many. Assist our chapter by serving on a committee:

• Alyce Deering Scholarship
• Audit
• Holiday Celebration (2020)
• Nominating
• Professional seminar
Please complete an application (click HERE   for the application form) and return to Monica Solko by email to msolko@lakeworthtx.org.
We need your help! Please email Monica Solko at msolko@lakeworthtx.org , if you are interested in hosting a meeting.

October 16, 2019 – Bedford
November 13, 2019 – Flower Mound
December 12, 2019 – Keller Holiday Luncheon
January 16, 2020 – Lewisville
February 19, 2020 – Haslet
March 19, 2020 – Southlake
April 2020 – TBD Professional Seminar
May 2020 – No meeting (Elections)
June 10, 2020 – North Richland Hills
July 16, 2020 – Host City Needed
August 13, 2020 – Haltom City
September 16, 2020 – Roanoke
October 21, 2020 Azle
Brief Reminders for Important Dates & Events

October 9-11, 2019 – TML Conference, San Antonio

October 16, 2019 – Business Luncheon, Bedford
  • Guest Speaker: Tana Travis - TABC

October 24-25, 2019 – TMCCP Graduate Institute, Fort Worth
  • Attend President's Celebration for TMCA President Kim Sutter

November 13, 2019 Business Luncheon, Flower Mound
  • Guest Speaker: Rep. Tan Parker – Legislative Update

December 12, 2019 Holiday Luncheon, Keller

January 16, 2020 Business Luncheon, Lewisville
  • Guest Speaker: Julie Burch – You want me to Change What??!!

January 30-31, 2020 TMCCP Election Law Seminar, Frisco

October Graduate Institute - President's Celebration

TMCA President Kim Sutter has done an excellent job and has dedicated countless hours during her presidency. She is selfless and is first to offer a hand, share knowledge, connect a new city secretary with a mentor and advocate for our profession. As her presidency winds down, we would like you to join us in celebrating her service and leadership. A reception celebrating President Sutter will be held on Thursday, October 24, following the banquet at Graduate Institute in Fort Worth. We hope you can join us for a night of dancing and fellowship.


The Annual NTMCA Holiday Luncheon is set for Thursday, December 12th, at Keller Pointe, located at 405 Rufe Snow Drive in Keller. 

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this special occasion. 

The committee is now accepting Silent Auction items. Remember the Silent Auction benefits the Alyce Deering Scholarship Fund.  This fund is an excellent way to give back to NTMCA and offers assistance for someone to attend one of the TMCA educational seminars. Examples of donations for the Silent Auction can be gift cards, gift baskets, a certificate for a service or membership, craft items, etc. Your donations may be submitted to any of the Holiday Committee members: Kelly Ballard, Jillian Cloud, and Lisa Cabrera. You may also contact board liaison Tammy Dixon to give any items for the auction.

Thank you and don't forget to SAVE THE DATE! 

Submitted by Lisa Cabrera, Committee Chair (Joshua)
Julie Burch
January 16, 2020 - Lewisville
You Want me to Change WHAT ??!!
Becoming a Change Leader in the New World of Work

Change is happening at breakneck speed: the competition is tougher, the customer is more sophisticated, margins are shrinking, entire industries are disappearing, and everybody is downsizing – trying to do more with less. In this dynamic, highly interactive, and enlightening seminar Julie Burch will show you how to keep ahead of change, not just keep up. Julie will help you to see that change is a constant, so we MUST embrace it to succeed.
In the dynamic high energy, and highly interactive session the audience will get ideas and techniques to succeed at the change game and so much more! Julie will entertain them and educate them! They will leave with solid, real world techniques they can apply immediately to handle change like a pro!

The audience will learn:
  • To Identify and Master the 3 Key Areas of Change
  • Why Change is a Constant in Today’s Business Environment and How to Embrace it
  • Master the 3 Areas Where You Have to Power in the Change Process

Upcoming Events and Meetings
October 16 - NTMCA Business Luncheon - Bedford  REGISTER HERE

October 9 -11 - TML Conference - San Antonio

October 24-25 - Graduate Institute - Fort Worth

November 13 - NTMCA Business Luncheon - Flower Mound

December 12 --NTMCA Holiday Party--Keller

North Texas Municipal Clerks Association | ntmca@ymail.com | www.ntmca.org

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

Vice-President:  Traci Henderson , North Richland Hills | 817-427-6062

Treasurer: Erika McComis , Argyle | 940-271-4262

Secretary:  Dianna Buchanan, Haslet |817-840-3952

Historian:  Tammy Dixon , Bartonville | 817-693-5280