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Director's Report

Wednesday, August 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gerard Yates
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At the June 2017 annual AWWA Conference in Philadelphia, Scott Paxman was recognized for his service, as he completed a three-year term as an Association Director, representing the Intermountain Section. I have had the opportunity to attend two Association board meetings (from the sidelines), and it is apparent that Scott is well known, very involved, respected, and he has represented our Section exceptionally well for the past three years. I would like to personally express gratitude to Scott for his dedication and service to AWWA and our Section. 

As a new director it has been interesting and insightful to be immersed into the inner workings of AWWA. I recently attended a two-day orientation for incoming directors, where the AWWA staff provided training on history, goals, purpose, policy, procedures, duties, bylaws, governance, legalities, AWWA staff leadership, organizational design, leadership roles, relationships, and assignments. It was very much like “drinking from a firehose”, but I enjoyed the opportunity to learn and to become acquainted with the AWWA staff in Denver. So far, I have observed that the staff at AWWA are dedicated professionals who are committed to help our Section succeed, and have the same passion for quality water that I see in my friends here in our own Intermountain Section. 

By definition, AWWA is a scientific and educational; non-profit; international membership organization with over 50,000 members whose vision is “a better world through better water”, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn and serve, with each of you, in an organization with such purpose, vision and people that makes me feel fortunate each day I go to work. 

Thanks for all you do! I look forward to seeing you all at our annual Section conference in Sun Valley.

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