Clerks Institute

Important Announcement: MAMC Institutes postponed until August

To:  Presenters, Participants and interested Members of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC)

From:  Lewis Bender, Director of the Michigan Clerks Institute
Jeremy Howard, President MAMC
Melanie Ryska, Director, Chair Education
JoAnne Kean, Director, Co-Chair, Education

Subject:  Re-schedule of the Clerks Institute March 15-20 and March 22-27, 2020

On March 10, 2020, Governor Witmer declared a health emergency for the State of Michigan with a recommendation to cancel or postpone large gatherings, conferences, and sporting events with over 100 people.  Based on that recommendation, we have rescheduled the two Clerk Institutes scheduled for March 15 – 20, 2020, and March 22 – 27, 2020, to August 16-21, 2020.  The plan is to combine all the participants from March into a one-week offering August 16-21, 2020.  We recognize that there is no perfect time to reschedule the two institutes.  However, based on avoiding May, August, and November elections, the June Clerk’s Conference, and the availability of the Comfort Inn, the August 16-21 dates were the least problematic.

What does this mean for you if you are planning to attend the August Institute?

If you plan to attend the August Institute, your hotel reservations at the Comfort Inn and or the Fairfield Inn will be booked for arrival on August 16 and departure on August 21.  You do not need to contact the hotel. (Please note – if you have already canceled your room - you need to recontact the Comfort Inn at 989-772-4000.)

If you plan to attend in August, your Institute registration will also be transferred to the August date.  You need not contact Mary Bender.

What does this mean if you are not planning to attend the August Institute?

You need to cancel your Institute registration.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing and emailed to info@ or faxed to MAMC at 517-371-1170.  Cancellation requests received after 14 days before the conference date or no shows will be charged the full registration fee and are not entitled to any refund.

You will receive a full refund of your Institute registration fee.

You will be responsible for contacting the Comfort Inn (989-772-4000) or the Fairfield Inn (989-775-5000) to cancel hotel reservations.

We wish each of you the very best, and we look forward to seeing you in August.

MAMC Basic Institute is designed to enhance the job performance of clerks in small and large municipalities and is recommended for clerks seeking the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) Designation. The CMC designation and the knowledge garnered from this substantive and relevant curriculum are of great benefit to the individual and the respective local governmental unit as a whole.

The Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks encourages continued education and professional training for members through the Michigan Municipal Clerks Institute (MMCI). The MMCI offers programs specifically tailored to the needs and requirements of the municipal clerk’s office, and completion of the program satisfies the educational requirements for the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).

The MMCI consists of three 1-week sessions with a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction per session. The program is sponsored by MAMC in conjunction with Central Michigan University and is held at the Comfort Inn in Mt. Pleasant in March of each year. The instruction and coordination of classes is contracted through a private vendor.


Future Institute Dates

March 14 – 19, 2021 or March 21 – 26, 2021
March 13 - 18, 2022 or March 20 – 25, 2022

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Beginning in 2019, the MAMC Institute class size will be limited to 40 first-year participants. Municipal, county, and township clerks and deputy clerks in Michigan will be given priority in the order the registration and payment are received. 


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MAMC Institute

In an effort to promote participation in the Michigan Municipal Clerks Institute to those who seek professional knowledge and growth, MAMC offers an annual scholarship to assist a member whose local governmental unit does not or cannot financially support educational endeavors and who has been unable to procure financial assistance through other means.

Following are the guidelines for awarding of educational scholarships to attend the Institute for Municipal Clerks as conducted by the current IIMC accredited facility Central Michigan University:

  1. Member of MAMC.
  2. Must be a full time City, Township or Village Clerk or a full time Deputy City, Township or Village Clerk performing the duties of the Clerk.
  3. The scholarship can apply to the first, second or third year of the Institute.
  4. The applicant must also be denied funds by the municipality.
  5. The Education Committee will review the application based on need and merit, then will make a recommendation of approval of the scholarship to the Board of Directors.

MAMC Conference

In an effort to promote professional knowledge and growth and avail to all members the valuable conference experience, the MAMC offers an Annual Conference Scholarship. These scholarships will be offered to members whose municipality does not financially support conference participation and is otherwise unable to procure funding.

The very purpose of our organization is to enhance, improve and promote the professional development of municipal clerks and, accordingly, provide the opportunities to accomplish this. As a comprehensive educational and networking experience, the MAMC Annual Conference provides invaluable opportunities for the municipal clerk who may be restricted from participating by a lack of funding.

The Scholarship is for the conference registration fee only. Following are the criteria for awarding an Annual Conference Scholarship:

  1. Member of MAMC.
  2. Full time City, Township or Village Clerk or a full time Deputy Clerk performing the duties of the Clerk.
  3.  Confirmation that funds were denied by the municipality.
  4.  One (1) Conference Scholarship awarded per member only. 

Contact Melanie Ryska -

Send Application to:
120 N. Washington Square
Suite 110A
Lansing, MI 48933