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Executive Director Message

Wednesday, August 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alane Boyd
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Donna, Lisa, and I attended ACE15 in Anaheim.  This was a great opportunity for Donna and Lisa to get connected to other Section staff and volunteers with AWWA.  Lisa and Donna did a good job of posting the happenings on the Section’s Facebook page.  Things that we attended and participated in include:

a)      Our work started on Sunday.  Donna and I met with AWWA one-on-one to talk about EPA Training grants.  Then we attended a special session about the EPA training grants that AWWA received.  The Intermountain Section will be putting on 4 trainings throughout the year because of this grant.

b)      All three of us then attended the Section Staff Meeting for 2.5 hours.  Many topics were discussed and the new WaterX, Section water training database, was highlighted.  The Intermountain Section has submitted the Leadership Forum training to this database.

c)       At the Opening General Session we had a great turnout for the Intermountain Section at our “place” in the OGS.  In fact, Kevin Brown, past director of the Utah Division of Drinking Water, sat with us even though he and the Utility he works for are members of the Cal Nevada Section.  Kevin subsequently got dual membership in the Intermountain Section for the Virgin Valley Water District.

d)      Lisa attended the First Time Attendee Breakfast prior to the OGS.

e)      We attended both the Women’s Networking Coffee and Lunch.  This was a good time especially for Donna and Lisa to get to know other women involved in AWWA. See them with Pam Gill on page 10.

f)        On Monday afternoon Lisa and I attended the Member Engagement and Development Committee meeting.  I am a member of this committee.  I was asked to give a presentation on our Member Engagement Committee, since this is a new concept on the Section level.  Another topic of discussion was how to measure engagement and if we should try to do that. Lisa provided some great comments about her insights with the Section’s committee. The New York Section presented some information on their GIS mapping of member data.  It was pretty enlightening and I would love to do that with our Section’s data.

g)      Lisa checked out the Student/Young Professional Scavenger Hunt and will be incorporating this same concept into our Annual Conference.

h)      While Lisa and I were at the MEDC meeting, Donna attended the Women’s Networking Event to get some ideas for Lisa to take back for the Administrative Professionals.  The session was presented by two women in the industry telling their stories.  The Intermountain Section’s Admin Professionals Lunch in August was about Women of Industry.  Pam Gill and Claudia Wheeler were part of this panel of women leaders.  They were joined by Ying-Ying Macauley with the Utah Division of Drinking Water and Debra Armstrong, Board member with Granger Hunter Improvement District.

i)        All three of us attended the Water Industry Lunch and heard from Laura Ling, journalist and writer talk about her time in captivity in North Korea.  We had the pleasure of sitting with Pam Gill and my other friend Lindsay Roberts the Executive Director for the North Carolina Section.

j)         We stopped in to see our Section competitors compete in the Meter Madness and Top Ops Competitions.  Both performed very well considering this is our first time to send teams.  Our teams got through the first rounds of competition but faltered later on.  Yeah!  Now they have experienced it and know what to expect. I would suggest that if you go to ACE in the future you go to these competitions to experience the competitiveness, comradery, and commitment to AWWA that it instills in the participants and their organizations.  Please consider persuading staff from your organizations to participate in Meter Madness or Top Ops at the Midyear Conference.

k)      The highlight of ACE for the Intermountain Section was the Leading for Growth Awards Ceremony where the section took home quite a few awards.  We were given an education award for the Leadership Forum and membership award for our growth.  Also, I received the diamond pin award again for member recruitment and the Hoffbuhr Award for Section Staff.  The Hoffbuhr Award was especially significant to me personally and I thank the Board and Section staff for their support!

l)        On Wednesday I helped coordinate the Fuller Award Breakfast.  Carollo Engineers has sponsored this event by purchasing the tickets for a table for many years.  Thank you Rick Wheadon and Alan Domonoski for their support.  Hank Childers with Washington County Water Conservancy District won the Fuller Award and his associates also attended the breakfast including Ron Thompson, Corey Cram, and Chuck Carney.

m)   I even got in a few technical session on Sustainable Water Resources and Water Reuse.

n)      Some ACE Statistics:

i)        11,500 attendees (3.6% increase over 2014)

ii)      541 exhibiting companies (11.5% increase in exhibiting companies over 2014) representing 1,168 booths

iii)    More than 900 expert presenters with more than 100 utility presenters

iv)    5,085 CEU submissions (13% increase over 2014)

v)      120 Professional sessions & 6 workshops


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