Clerks Institute

Re-schedule of the Clerks Institute

From:  Melanie Ryska, Director, Chair Education

Lewis Bender, Director of the Michigan Clerks Institute

Mary Bender, Institute Coordinator

Chris Swope, President MAMC

Subject:  Re-schedule of the Clerks Institute March 14 – 19, 2021 or March 21 – 26, 2021

The State of Michigan's health emergency has been extended until August 11.  Therefore, the MAMC Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interest of everyone involved to cancel the Institute that was rescheduled to August 16 – 21.  The plan is to conduct the Institute next year, March 14 – 19, 2021, or March 21 – 26, 2021.

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

  • If you plan to next Spring, your hotel reservations at the Comfort Inn or the Fairfield Inn will be booked as appropriate for either March 14 – 19, 2021, or March 21 – 26, 2021.  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.)  You will receive an email confirming the new reservation.
  • If you plan to attend next year, your Institute registration will also be transferred as appropriate to either the first or second week, based on your original reservation.  
  • You do not need to contact MAMC unless you want to make a change.  (We will be flexible with changing weeks, based on availability.)
  • If you have canceled your registration for August, you will need to register again.

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

  • You need to cancel your Institute registration and request a full refund, 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 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 next year.  In the meantime, please watch for information about virtual classes that will be offered to MAMC members later this summer and fall.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact MAMC Institute Program Director, Mary Bender.

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.

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Future Institute Dates

March 13 - 18, 2022 or 
March 20 – 25, 2022


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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