Minnesota Municipal Clerks and Finance Officer Association (MCFOA) Annual Conference

Minnesota Municipal Clerks and Finance Officer Association (MCFOA) Annual Conference

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Contact Information

For program questions, contact:

Gail Ruhland

Jennifer Janasie

For registration questions, contact:

Roxann Neu


About the Event

March 22-25, 2022

Get 'Er Done! Perseverance

Kelly Inn / River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, Minnesota

The Planning Committee is hard at work on the 2022 conference.

A big thank you to our sponsors

2021 Sponsors

Diamond Level: Northland Securities, Inc.

Emerald Level/Lanyard Sponsor: Ehlers

Ruby Level: Baker Tilly

Topaz Level: Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Sapphire Level: PMA Financial Network / 4M Fund

Turquoise Level: A.T. Group, LLC

Flash Drive Sponsor: Widseth

Health & Wellness Sponsor:  Granicus

Note Pad Sponsor: Bollig, Inc

President's Reception Sponsor: OPG-3

Gold Level
• Core & Main
• Kennedy & Graven, Chartered
• Moore Engineering, Inc.
• Municode / Municipal Code

Bronze Level
• Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
• Black Mountain Software
• Cooperative Purchasing Connection
• LeVander, Gillen & Miller, PA
• Modus Elections Manager
• Resource Training & Solutions
• Swedebro
• Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

2022 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday Keynote

Jen McDonough photoJen McDonogh

In her roles as a motivational storyteller and engaging Amazon Top 100 author, Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen) works with high-stress organizations to cultivate resilient team members who can walk through any fire.

Jen and her family are most known for paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in four years. Their story has been featured in local, national, and international media.

She is also an 8-time national weightlifter, 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner, and Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee as well as an Ironman triathlete and former volunteer firefighter.

All three of Jen’s books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category.

Jen lives in Lindstrom Minnesota with her four awesome kids, one handsome husband, three naughty dogs and one ugly mortgage.

You can find more out about Jen at www.TheIronJen.com.

Thursday Keynote

Jody Urquhart photoJody Urquhart

A highly sought-after funny motivational speaker, Jody Urquhart is the author of All Work & No Say, a bestselling book that shattered assumptions that work can’t be rewarding and fun.

Every motivational talk features, Savvy, Uplifting and Hysterical advice to help your audience develop a buoyant, positive and meaningful perspective in the midst of stress and change.

Jody is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun and meaningful work. A motivational speaker for over 16 years, Jody speaks at over 60 organizations and associations every year and is a top keynote speaker.

Jody's trademark is to deliver very funny motivational speeches; humor is a key part of her audience connection.

A former stand-up comedian, Jody ONLY uses clean humor and original content catered to the audience.

Jody is the author of the best-selling book All Work & No SAY. Her mission is to help motivate people to derive more meaning, fun, and satisfaction from their work.

Friday Keynote

Mark Mayfield photoMark Mayfield

It’s pretty simple what Mark Mayfield does:  he talks about very serious stuff in a very funny way.

Mark has one of the most diversified backgrounds in the speaking industry having owned and operated several businesses ranging from livestock production to nightclubs to golf instruction, and also spent ten years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and in thirteen state legislatures for a Fortune 500 company. That business experience combined with his work as a nightclub performer allowed him to create truly unique presentations. His tagline is simple: Solid Business Wisdom in a Brilliant Comedic Style. He is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or high content speeches.

He has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has introduced a President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.

Mark is author of several business books and two joke books including his latest “Morph”, a guide to accepting and managing change, and has spoken to a “Who’s Who” list of corporations, conventions, and trade associations over the past four decades. He was raised on a farm, received two degrees magna cum laude from Kansas State University, and taught school before he began his lobbying, business, and speaking career. He has received the CSP designation from the National Speakers Association and been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

He is happily married (although his wife is not) and is the proud father of two daughters. He is also the most annoying Grandpa on the planet.

From comedy shows to seminars, Mark’s philosophy is simple... say it with humor and people will take the message home. A national convention planner recently called Mark “one of the very few, really funny, inspiring men in America today”.

Mark’s mom also said that once after a small bribe.

Conference Schedule - Tentative

Tuesday, March 22

7:30-8 a.m. Check-In for Full Day and Morning Workshops
8-11:30 a.m. HALF DAY WORKSHOP:
9 a.m.-4 p.m. FULL DAY WORKSHOP: Athenian Dialogue
12:30-1 p.m. Check-In for Half Day Afternoon Workshops
1-4:30 p.m. HALF DAY WORKSHOPS: 
4-7 p.m. Onsite Conference Check-In
6:30-7 p.m. President New Member/Attendee Meet & Greet
7-9 p.m. President's Reception / Mixer

Wednesday, March 23

8 a.m. Onsite Conference Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Presentation of Colors.  National Anthem
9:15 a.m. Opening Keynote
10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12 p.m. Lunch (WEAR REGIONAL COLORS) / Awards Luncheon
1:15-2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45-4 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
4:30-5:30 p.m. Nominations
5:30-8 p.m. Sponsor/Exhibitor Reception / Mixer

Thursday, March 24

7:30 a.m. Onsite Conference Check-In
8 a.m. Sit-Down Breakfast / Business Meeting / Oath of Office
9:15 a.m. Keynote Jodi Urquhart
10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens / Morning Break / Silent Auction
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions IV
12:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:45-3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions V
3-5 p.m.

Connect With Our Amazing Vendors!!!  Exhibit Hall / Afternoon Break / Silent Auction / Vendors BINGO (booths close at 4:30 pm)

5-6:30 p.m.

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres / Entertainment by Mark Mayfield

6:30 p.m.

"Free Time" / Time to explore St. Cloud / Have supper & network with colleagues

Friday, March 25

8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
9 a.m. Closing Keynote
10:15 a.m. Final Announcements and Drawings
10:45 a.m. Adjourn

Registration and Accommodations

Registration - Information (2021 Info)

Tuesday Pre-conference  (rates are in addition to the overall conference amounts regardless of registration date)

  • Half-day sessions (each): Member rate $50, Non-Member rate $75  (no lunch included)
  • Full day Athenian Dialogue:  Member rate $90, Non-Member rate $115 (lunch included)

Wednesday-Friday Conference

  • MCFOA Member Rate:  $275 early bird until May 17, 2021. $295 regular rate postmarked/received after May 17, 2021.
  • Non-Member Rate:  $350 early bird until May 17, 2021. $370 regular rate postmarked/received after May 17, 2021.
  • Retiree Rate:  $195. Tickets to the Thursday evening banquet ($45) must be purchases separately.
  • Additional banquet tickets (one included in registration) can be purchased for $45.

To qualify for member rate, individuals must be current, paid members of MCFOA. Contact Angie Storlie, MCFOA Administrative Assistant, to determine membership status at astorlie@mcfoa.org or 218-743-3782.

Any registrations received/postmarked after the registration deadline of June 1, 2021 will incur a $25 late registration fee.

Invoices that are not paid within 45 day so the invoice date will incur a $25 late payment processing fee.

Accommodations - Rates

The Best Western Plus Kelly Inn (320-253-0606) serves as the event headquarters, hosting most of the Conference events and holds the largest sleeping room block.

A block of rooms have been set aside.  The special rate is available until the block is sold out.

  • Reserve a room  //  call 320-253-0606 to book
  • View a map

To receive the 2022 rate $109 + tax rate for all room types, enter the dates you will stay and then click UPDATE.

Alternatively, call 1-320-253-0606. Ask for the discounted group rate for our group: MCFOA.

Alternative Accommodations:

The Courtyard by Marriott (320-654-1661), holding a smaller sleeping room block, is connected to the other conference venues via skyway. the 2022 rate is $143 -$145 per night plus tax.

The Grandstay (320-251-5400), downtown St. Cloud offering spacious hotel suites. This is not connected to the conference venue. The 2022 rate is $129-$139 plus tax.  Please call hotel directly and ask for the MCFOA Block.

The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (St. Cloud East) (320-252-8282), situated off U.S. Hwy 10 offering guest rooms or suites.  This is not connected to the conference venue. Rate for 2020 is $95 plus tax.

The Holiday Inn & Suite St. Cloud (320-253-9000), situated off U.S. Hwy 15 and U.S. Hwy 23 offering guest rooms and suites.  This is not connected to the conference venue. The 2021 rate is $99 plus tax.

The Quality Inn (320-251-1500), situated at 4040 2nd St. S., Saint Cloud, offering guest rooms. This is not connected to the conference venue. The 2021 rate is $79.00. Use code LMCFOA.

Please call the hotel directly and ask for the MCFOA room block. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.  Once the room block is sold out, you can still reserve a room just not at the block rate.

Each hotel provides overnight guests with a broad range of amenities including heated swimming pools, whirlpools, exercise areas and a variety of dining facilities. Completing the St. Cloud site package is the state-of-the-art Rivers Edge Convention Center which will serve as the location for all exhibits and various Tuesday through Thursday Conference events.

Completing the St. Cloud site package is the state-of-the-art River’s Edge Convention Center which will serve as the location for all exhibits and various Tuesday through Friday Conference events.

The sleeping room blocks for Conference attendees (Kelly Inn and Courtyard by Marriott) are being held until they are sold out. Reservations received after will be accepted on a “space available basis” and at prevailing rates. Make your overnight reservations via mail, fax, phone or e-mail.

2021 Conference Details

CMC/MMC Points and Continuing Education Credits

CMC/MMC Points

This year's education-rich Conference offers numerous opportunities to earn CMCIMMC Education Points. Even the general sessions provide opportunity for llMC   credits. You can find more information in your final program and in your participant bag regarding important steps you must to take to receive these points.

Continuing Education Credits

The Conference will offer Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through St. Cloud State University only if yes is checked on the CEU box when registering. This year the cost of CEUs is covered by MCFOA, but please be sure to request them at the time of registration for costs to be covered. If CEUs will not play a role in your ongoing education plans, then you need not obtain them. The CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.

Silent Auction

The popular silent auction will take place again this year. Take time to view and bid on items donated by clerks and finance officers throughout the state, as well as items from our generous sponsors and exhibitors. Silent Auction items must be paid for and picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. If you are not able to stay for the end of the Silent Auction, please make arrangements to have a colleague pick up your item(s). Proceeds from the auction support the Association's training, scholarship programs and send lucky winner(s) to the llMC Annual Conference (must be active member at the time of the drawing).

Instructional Materials

Flash drives containing handouts from all general and concurrent sessions will be provided to attendees onsite. Prior to the Conference, all registrants will also receive a link to the MCFOA website containing session handouts. This will allow you to print out all materials (or load to your devices) in advance for use during the Conference.

Cancellations/Refunds (2021)

Cancellation Policy: 

  • Fees will be refunded minus a $25 service fee only if cancellation is received via email (register@scsutraining.com) by TBD.
  • If you do not cancel your registration by March 2, 202 or do not attend, a refund will not be provided.
Should inclement weather (or other circumstances beyond our control) necessitate program cancellation or postponement, please listen to WCCO AM 830 or St. Cloud area station WJON AM 1240 for an announcement regarding delay or cancellation.