Hello to you all. I have been in my position as President now for just over one month. I am honored to represent you all in this position. Please always feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns or ideas you would like to have addressed. I would like to share with you my experience with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Clerks Treasurers Institute.
I had the privilege of attending the Clerks and Treasurers Institute from 2001 through 2004. This week-long educational program for those four summers helped me to become a better treasurer. I received the knowledge that is necessary to do my job correctly. I cannot stress how much is involved with this career and the need to stay on top of all the responsibilities that come with it. The Institute gave me that solid start.
The other aspect of the Institute that I need to point out is the networking that is involved. I made friends from all over the state. These are people whom I am in contact with to this day. The Treasurer’s job is one that really benefits from knowing others to get ideas from or to help solve the many issues that arise in the job.
I was able to get a scholarship for one year of the Institute. The Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin offers this help to its members. I believe that the cost of the Institute is very reasonable, but as we all know our budgets are tight. These scholarships afford the opportunity for our members to help defer the cost to their municipalities.
If you already attended the Institute you may want to consider attending the Master Academy programing. These training sessions offer training in the current issues facing us in our duties as municipal employees. The instructors are top notch and are very knowledgeable in their field. I have never been disappointed in any of the programs I have attended.
Both the Institute and the Master Academy can be used as education points to become a certified treasurer or to maintain your certification when you are certified. More information about certification and recertification is available on our website (www.mtaw.org).
The Clerk and Treasurers Institute will be held July 12 through the 17th. There is still time to register. The website to look into all of UWGB’s educational opportunities is www.uwgb.edu/govt. I strongly urge you to attend. You will be happy you did.
Julia Mann, CMTW
City of Tomah Treasurer