CSWEA Chair’s Message









    By Zach Matyja

    For most, spring is a time of new beginnings, but for us section chairs, it is a time of finality, closure, and wrapping up our multiple years of service to the Executive Committee of our state section. I cannot believe my year as a chair is nearly complete. It has been an exciting year for our section, and we are geared up for another exciting year in 2018-2019.

    As our new year began, I spent some time working with our Section Treasurer, Mike Holland of Kishwaukee WRD, to set our 2018 budget. One of the most exciting aspects is seeing how much we give back as a section. Here is a summary of our budgeted expenses for 2018, with details to follow:

    • $2,000 Sponsorship to an AWWA/WEF Young Professionals Summit Attendee
    • $1,000 Sponsorship to a National Water Policy Fly-In “Water Week” Attendee
    • $2,200 in Student Chapter Sponsorships
    • $2,500 in Operations Challenge Members Sponsorships
    • $1,000 Donation to Global Water Stewardship

    I am excited to share that Joe Kostecki of the Kishwaukee WRD and Anne Crotteau of Baxter & Woodman represented our section at the YP Summit in San Antonio, as they were both selected for sponsorship. The Water Week Fly-In will occur on April 17-18 in Washington, D.C., and as of this writing, the sponsorship has not been awarded. Our Student Chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is strong and we look forward to supporting them in 2018. In 2017, we had a remarkable six CSWEA-IL members represented on the two four-person teams at WEFTEC in Chicago! Finally, if you have not learned about GWS yet, check it out at www.globalwaterstewardship.org.

    While this is certainly exciting, it is also a bit daunting! This $8,700 represents a level of “profit” the section needs to make from our local workshops, meetings, events, and sponsorships in order to continue the level of giving back we have become accustomed to as a section. At the same time, we work hard to provide our workshops, trainings, and events at as low as cost as possible to provide great value and encourage sponsorship and attendance. So, what am I saying? Well, I guess I am telling you to sign up the extra coworker, go forward with that sponsorship, and share event details with your industry peers! You can be sure your registration fee will be well spent!

    We are looking forward to a number of great events in 2018, starting with our Government Affairs Workshop, which was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies on February 27-28 in Springfield. In June, we are switching things up a bit with our Illinois Collection Systems Workshop. This year, we are moving to Northern Illinois University – Naperville for the event on June 13 and teaming with the US EPA for a parallel workshop – Effective Utility Management, alongside our typical Collections Workshop. Also, look for our annual Industrial Pretreatment/Laboratory Workshop, a summer Operations Workshop. Finally, this fall, we will be returning downstate for another downstate workshop spearheaded by our Collections Committee.

    This is a busy schedule for a state chockablock with events from multiple organizations within our industry, but I have confidence our team of volunteers will pull it off! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

    In closing, I would like to thanks all the committee chairs, volunteers, attendees of our events, and especially my successor, Mr. Chris Marschinke of Trotter and Associates. Chris has been an extremely active member of the section, not only as vice-chair but also on the Student Chapters and Operations Committees. I look forward to seeing where Chris takes our section over the coming year.

    And, since I started my first chairĀ  message with Dr. Seuss, it’s appropriate to end this last with him, from The Shape of Me and Other Stuff: “Of all the shapes we MIGHT have been… I say, ‘HOORAY for the shapes we’re in!'”

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