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Summer Workshop

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jared Oldroyd
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2015 Summer Workshop

Josie Taber

                Alane, Darek, Delmas, and Josie attended the AWWA Summer Workshop July 21st-23rd in Denver, Colorado. Representatives from 23 sections were in attendance. Presentation topics included ways in which to utilize Section Services, lobbying, ways to optimize the scholarship program, goal setting, engaging volunteers, how to take better board meeting minutes, electronic apps to help utilize resources, an update on the Value of Water Campaign, and leveraging AWWA’s financial resources.               

                Christopher McGinness gave a presentation on ways that the AWWA Section Services Group can function as an “easy button” by providing essential services to the Sections. These include by-law reviewing services, strategic planning help, and insurance protection just to name a few. He also stressed the importance of not letting your strategic plan live in a drawer. Other sessions focused on goal setting and membership growth and retention. As always, growth in membership is the key to success and there were open discussions on ways in which to engage a younger demographic while recognizing current and long-term members.

                Some of the main take-aways that are applicable to the Intermountain Section include how we will differentiate ourselves and our training tactics from our competitors’ programs(s). Also, it came to our attention that other states receive one CEU for every hour of training so that is something that we will need to address with our Annual Conference. Representatives from AWWA Section Services, the Illinois Section AWWA, and AWWA IT gave a presentation on computer applications for associations that was especially helpful. We hope to utilize these apps to help with the business aspects of the Section. Another potentially helpful suggestion would be to have a combined conference with WEF.

                The Summer Workshop was a great learning experience and gave attendees the chance to meet representatives from across the country and Canada. The sharing of ideas and open discussions emphasized the fact that we are essentially one entity working towards a common goal. 

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