My name is Tyler Fleming and I completed my internship during my junior year at Chelmsford High School. As a Chelmsford native and someone who has always been interested in politics, I felt like the CLERK Internship would be an amazing opportunity to learn more about the backbone of local government.
I performed a multitude of tasks ranging from dog licensing to voter registration. As I completed mailing reminders to people around town to get them to register to vote or to renew their dog licenses, I realized how much the staff in the Clerk's Office do every day. I like to think that the Town Clerk's Office is like the backbone of the community. If you did not have a Town Clerk's Office then Chelmsford residents would have no voice, wherever they are, and their opinions would not be heard. Working at the Town Clerk's Office turned out to be a very rewarding experience. I was able to give back to my community and gained a better understanding of how highly functional, versatile, and successful teams accomplish their goals.
In the Chelmsford community, I am involved in many different activities such as Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow, and the Thomas Jefferson Forum. I also take part in outdoor activities whenever possible. I am undecided about what I want to study in college but I know I want to make an impact on the community around me. After college, I plan on going into the Peace Corps, and then we will see what happens from there on.
I would like to give my most grateful thanks to all of the Town Clerk Office team. I would like to thank Thad Soulé, Jennifer for having the patience to explain the filing of many different kinds of forms, thank you to MaryLou for explaining the fine points of dog licensing to me (who knew it would be so intricate), thank you to Town Clerk Onorina Maloney for always making sure that I was always busy and never bored.
Lastly as explained by John F. Kennedy, “Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” Always put effort into what you are trying to accomplish, and you will be able to do whatever you want.
Fun Fact: I am a Life Scout in Boy Scouts and am working on my Eagle Project.