The 2013 officers for the Chautauqua County Municipal Clerks' Association were recently installed. Roberta Valentine, Pomfret town clerk, is the new president of the association. Vice president is Nancy Thomas, town clerk for North Harmony. Jetta Wilson, Celoron deputy clerk, continues to serve another term as the secretary and Donna Sanderson, tax collector for the town of Westfield, is the new treasurer.
The CCMCA meets monthly for a business meeting and an educational program.
Additionally, the association supports communities throughout the county. The purpose of the association is to be a resource for the municipal clerks and other municipal staff to develop improvements in municipal offices, promote and encourage training and be a positive influence in local communities.
Seated, from left, are: Vice President Nancy Thomas and Treasurer Donna Sanderson. Standing are: President Roberta Valentine, Secretary Jetta Wilson and Past President Vince Luce.
In the last year, the association participated in the following activities:
Thirteen boxes of personal items were donated and mailed to a local soldier, Staff Sgt. Sean M. Macey, serving in Afghanistan; those items were shared with members of his unit while they were stationed at a Forward Operating Base at Christmastime. Macey is the son-in-law of Falconer Village Clerk Gloria Anderson.
In November, the association collected toys in conjunction with the Chautauqua County Highway Superintendents' Association for distribution to local children at Christmas.
Financial donations are made to various food cupboards throughout the county every year.
Scholarships have been given to local college students with an interest in public service. The CCMCA encourages continuing education for members by offering scholarships for attendance at statewide training for municipal clerks and, in 2012, five clerks received those scholarships.
The Clerks' Association supports the Southern Tier West Local Government Conference held at Houghton College each spring. The conference provides training for newly elected municipal officials as well as ongoing educational workshops for current officials and staff.
In 2012, two members of the CCMCA were recognized on the state level. In April, Karen Bifaro, Ellington town clerk, was named NYS District 10 Clerk of the Year by the New York State Town Clerks Association in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In September, Celoron Village Clerk Shirley Sanfilippo, was honored at the New York State Association of City and Village Clerks in Lake Placid, N.Y. Both Clerks received further recognition at the CCMCA meeting and at their respective municipalities.