Dear Maine Clerks,
On September 10th our 2015 Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association Annual Meeting was held in Waterville in harmony with our 20th Annual Clerks’ Networking Day. There were nearly 100 Clerks in attendance, plus guests, speakers, MMA staff, and sponsors.
Hats off to you if you were able to attend and thank you for your participation. We hope that you had a positive educational and networking experience, with lots of wonderful memories. It’s really my favorite event of the year! If you could not attend, here are the highlights from that day:
John Myers announced the theme for the day “Shoot for the Stars,” and said this includes Service, Teamwork, Advocacy, and Resources. He said Confucius, China’s most famous teacher expressed, “If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it’s okay, but you’ve got to shoot for something. A lot of people don’t even shoot. He said Maine Clerks shoot for the stars every day pursuing excellence, aiming high, showing no limits, seeing no boundaries, feeling infinite possibilities, achieving great ambitions, stopping at nothing and going for it! There were awesome star table decorations along with inspirational quotes throughout the day’s events. Our brightest stars were:
- 2015 Maine Clerk of the Year, Rebecca Hapgood from China. Rebecca was greeted by China’s Chairman of the Select Board, Joanne Austin and many co-workers and residents of China. She was absolutely delighted to have been chosen.
- 2015 Maine Deputy Clerk of the Year was awarded to the our beloved Barbara Seaver from New Gloucester. She was very surprised and extremely happy. I know we have missed her but says she is enjoying her retirement and misses us, too!
- 2015 Maine Rookie of the Year is the one and only… Beverly Labbe from Presque Isle. Bev was in shock and beamed with joy, as she should! Her Town Manager spoke many words of praise as she and her family enjoyed the moment.
- 2015 Ethelyn Stuart Marthia Award and fifth recipient went to a magnificent mentor for the past 25 years… City Clerk, Patti Brochu of Old Town. Patti was almost in tears as she shared some fond memories.
- 2015 President’s Award went to Deputy Clerk, Nancy Gove from Madison who had served our association as Certification Committee Chair for the past five years. Under Nancy’s guidance the MTCCA certification program has been enriched, perfected, upgraded and tweaked and now that program has flourished. Great job Nancy!
This year a second President’s Award was given to Brenda Singo of Long Island for her dedication and patience dealing with ballot questions. Great job Brenda!
Congratulations to our two members for achieving the highest status we have for Maine certification, Lifetime Certification for “Certified Clerks of Maine”. You are all simply marvelous!
- Shirley Boyce, Town Clerk of Norway
- Tracey Stevens, Town Clerk of Freeport (who has since moved to Florida)
Three cheers to the following seven colleagues for ascertaining their rank of Re-Certification as “Certified Clerks of Maine”. Victory is yours!
- Bonnie Baker, Town Clerk of Embden
- Susan Clements-Dallaire, City Clerk of Auburn
- Angelina Davis, Town Clerk of Industry
- Kim Hughes, Town Clerk of Dexter
- Ruth Nickerson, Town Clerk of Hermon
- Denise Polches, Town Clerk of Indian Township
- Mary Vogel, Town Clerk of Belgrade
- Pauline Weiss, Town Clerk of Lyman
Hats off to the following eleven members for earning and receiving their “Certified Clerk of Maine” status! They lead by example and they have fully earned the right to use the CCM acronym. Motivating!
- Melanie Alexander, Deputy Town Clerk of Skowhegan
- Rachel Bizarro, Town Clerk of Bristol
- Dawn Burns, Town Clerk of Newcastle
- Michelle Cameron, Town Clerk of Damariscotta
- Cathy Cook, Town Clerk of Wayne
- Marcy Corwin, Town Clerk of Union
- Kalen Hill, Deputy Town Clerk of Caribou
- Angela Hinds, Town Clerk of Windsor
- JoAnne Lepley, Town Clerk of Berwick
- Wanda Libbey, Town Clerk of Holden
- Pamela Parlee, Town Clerk of Corinna
- Kathy Walker, Town Clerk of Canton
All twenty two Association’s Committee Chairs and all of the Committee Members were acknowledged and recognized for their service. Certificates were available for picking up at the end of the meeting. Our Committees working together are the heart of our Association. They thrive to keep our profession on track; keeping us educated and up to date. A huge round of applause was given to each and every committee member. I thank you for your service!
We were pleased to welcome to the team the two new Executive Committee Members Pauline Weiss of Lyman and Heidi-Noel Grindle of Ellsworth as we said our goodbyes to Lincoln Town Clerk Shelly Crosby and Saco City Clerk Michele Hughes. We are cheerful and thankful to have four Executive Committee Directors returning to aid us in retaining consistence on the Board and welcomed back Mapleton, Chapman & Castle Hill Deputy Town Clerk Sue Skidgell and Auburn City Clerk Sue Clements-Dallaire, Cumberland Town Clerk, Tamara “Tammy” O’Donnell, and Boothbay Harbor Town Clerk Michelle Farnham.
The MTCCA team of Officers, were nominated, elected, and took their oath to serve as follows. Their oaths were administered by former 2010 Clerk of the Year recipient Susan Mooney, South Portland City Clerk. The MTCCA Officers are:
- First Vice President Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk
- Second Vice President Pat Gray, Bar Harbor Town Clerk
- Secretary Katherine “Kathy” Jones, Portland City Clerk
- Treasurer Patti Brochu, Old Town City Clerk
- President Twila Lycette, Lisbon Town Clerk
- Our Immediate Past President John Myers, Buxton Town Clerk completes our Board of Directors
Last, but certainly not least, we recognize our Maine Municipal Association Support Staff, much gratitude to Margaret Noel, Manager Educational Services (who has recently moved on and will be missed), Melissa Christie, Admin II, Denise Kolreg, Training & Affiliate Group Coordinator, Joan Kiszely, Affiliate & Training Liaison, Jennifer Stiles, Administrative Office Assistant, Carol Weigelt, Resource Center, and Benjamin Thomas, Website & Social Media Editor. We also want to thank Eric Conrad, Director of Communications & Educational Services who works very hard behind the scenes along with Jaime Clark, our Graphic Artists & Marketing Assistant. Although we make the decisions for the Association, they all do a huge amount of the work. And, most of all a huge “thank you to our membership” for being the “stars that shine brightly” lighting up our whole Association.
Twila Lycette, CCM/CMC/MMC
Lisbon Town Clerk
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