Letter from the President

A Message from 2016-17 President Chris Astrella WCPC

Seems as though summer is finally here, and we can enjoy the warm weather for the next three + months. I hope you’re all doing well, and catching up on stuff given there aren’t any elections until February! May was particularly busy for me as I attended the Northern Conference with around 150 Clerks. It was another rousing success! I had a couple of weeks at work, and then travelled to Montreal, Canada for the IIMC Conference, and this year was spectacular. Perhaps it was the authentic smoked meat, croque monssier, or the delicious cup of chocolate I had, but the classes were awesome and the venue was as well. If you ever have a chance to go to Montreal, trust me; you’ll love it. I left Montreal for a week at Walt Disney World to celebrate my wife receiving her Doctorate (I’m married to a Dr.!) and then we came back home to see my nephew graduate high school in River Falls. I blinked and May was over.

Back here at home, the Conference Committee has been busy planning for our Annual Conference at the Kalahari, and we all think it’s going to be fantastic. Remember, the President’s Tailgate is already included with the cost of your registration, so come for some fun games and great food! The classes the PEC lined up for us look awesome and the committee is getting some great door prizes for everyone. Additionally, the big fundraiser for the WCEF is our baseball shirts. The order form is attached to conference registration, and we’re looking to get a group picture the night of the President’s Tailgate…so make sure to order one and wear it!

I want to congratulate the new (and returning) District Directors and Elected Officers for 2017-18. I am so excited to swear you in at conference!

I also want to congratulate the latest CMC-Certified Municipal Clerk announced by IIMC - Christa J. Miller, CMC - Deputy Clerk - City of Oak Creek.

Big Congratulations to the latest retirees!
Donna Austad, Clerk, City of Eau Claire, will be retiring on July 20th after 30 years in Eau Claire; Mary Klingenmeyer, Deputy Clerk City of Baraboo, is retiring August 1; Lynn Meyer, Deputy Clerk for the Village of Hartland has just announced she is retiring on September 5, 2017; Laura Johnson, Deputy Clerk from the Village of Richfield is retiring on July 7th; and Lois Havenor, Clerk/Treasurer; Village of Eleva is retiring today, June 23, after 24 years.

I’ve been working with 1st Vice President Barb Goeckner as we begin our transition from my year to hers her, and I know she’s going to be a GREAT President. As always if you have anything you’d like to share, ask or comment on my phone and email inbox is always open. Thank you again for this tremendous opportunity; I really can’t say it enough!

Chris Astrella WCPC

WMCA 2016-17 President
Phone: 608-446-6480
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