CSWEA President’s Message

    91st annual meeting


    Try to imagine your life without readily available, safe water. I was watching a show on Netflix about an evil warlord poisoning the water, causing death to all people and land. You are probably thinking: Doesn’t that woman have anything better to do than watch that kind of television? However, just think of the devastation that would cause. How fortunate we are to have professionals who work towards keeping our water and land safe for future generations. Granted, I might not have felt that way at the beginning of the year when I was filing all the annual reports, but once you get through all of that and reflect on what just occurred, it’s quite impressive.

    The responsibilities of leading this group are really hitting home with the preparation of the Annual Meeting. At the last Executive Committee meeting, Dave Amott, the incoming president, asked me what he needed to know to help him during his presidency. At the time I really did not say anything, but now that I have had some time to think about it, here it is.

    It would be very helpful to review Robert’s Rules of Order. Seriously, I still get confused as to when the discussion is supposed to occur. Know your Executive Committee and how many people you need for a quorum, and who the guests are (guests are to be excused when discussing contracts and voting). In addition, you are the president and have the final say. Having an organized local arrangement chair and recruiting volunteers is essential to get the conference scheduled.

    On that note, the CSWEA 91st Annual Meeting will be held on May 14-16 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL at the Drury Lane. By shortening the conference by one day, this means that from morning to night, the conference will be a flurry of opportunity and activity.

    We have an excellent line-up of vendors and speakers. We will also be recognizing several members at the association luncheon and banquet. And who knows, I might even sing again.

    See you all there.


    -Sue Baert-

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