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My year as President is about half over already and I have enjoyed serving MTAW.
July – I attended the UW-GB Institute to promote MTAW and its member benefits. I had the privilege of spending time with ‘seasoned’ treasurers and many newly elected and appointed treasurers. I encourage each attendee to complete the Institute program – it is well worth the time and financial investment.
August - I attended the Association of Public Treasurers-United States & Canada’s annual conference in Houston Texas. The heat index was around 110 degrees each day (and not a ‘dry’ heat’). The sessions were relevant to today’s municipal government environment and I met many treasurers from other parts of the US and Canada. Thank you, Helen Schmidlkofer, APT-US&C Vice President (City of Chilton Wisconsin Clerk-Treasurer), for extending a warm welcome to me.
September – The New Treasurers Class and Fall Conference in Eau Claire had record attendance. Conference attendees learned about capital planning, detecting fraud in the workplace, new MSRB rules for debt issues, brownfield grants and much more. The all-conference event at Leinies’ Lodge and Irvine Park/Zoo, including a pig roast, was enjoyed by all. Of course, networking with other treasurers was a significant part of the conference. On behalf of the MTAW membership, I extend a sincere thank you to the Conference Committee for its hard work and dedication.
October - I presented sessions on MTAW member benefits and “What is a P-Card” at the Joint District 1 & 2 meeting. Other topics for the day were Healthcare Reform, HR Audits and Ergonomics in the Office.
Now……..it’s not too early to start planning for your 2014 educational opportunities.
2013-2014 – District Meetings - These one-day sessions provide you an opportunity to brush up on hot topics and network with municipal treasurers in your area. Agenda/registration information will be posted on the MTAW website. Thank you, District Directors, for organizing these meetings.
2014 Spring Conference – May 1-2 at the Ostholff Resort, Elkhart Lake - The “John Schlice Scholarship” includes the Spring Conference registration fee and two nights lodging. It’s the only scholarship for the Spring Conference and all MTAW members are eligible to apply. The application, including eligibility requirements, is on the MTAW website.
July 2014 UW-GB Educational Opportunities - In the November 2013 newsletter, there will be UW-GB training information. The instructors, students and you share job-related experiences to help develop your problem solving skills and professional growth. Some scholarships are available.
2014 New Treasurers Class – September 24 at the Heidel House, Green Lake – This one-day session covers the duties of a municipal treasurer, including budget prep, tax collections, banking, audits and more. Instructors are representatives from a city, town and village with municipal government experience and expertise.
2014 Fall Conference – September 25-26 at the Heidel House, Green Lake – This conference, like every fall conference, will provide another excellent opportunity to continue your professional growth.
Most, if not all, MTAW members are now in the heart of budget development, then tax collections and then audits….. Even though you are very busy, remember to take time to recharge yourself, whether that’s a day off doing nothing or spending quality time with family and/or friends. Here are some simple ‘recharge’ ideas:
• Allow yourself extra sleep
• Take a break from processed food, sugar and/or caffeine
• Set aside time to play
• Immerse yourself in nature • Write down whatever you are grateful for
• Go tech-free for a day (no computers, cell phones, etc.)
In closing, I have enjoyed the first half of my Presidential term and welcome your comments or suggestions anytime.
Until next time……
Kathleen V. Morse, MMC, CMTW, WCPC