The CSWEA administrative year has flown by – I am already writing my fourth and last article as president. As I’m writing this, the Omicron variant is on a steep decline, and we are looking forward to an in-person 95th Annual Meeting May 17-19 in Madison. Our theme this year is Stronger Together, which we truly are! The format of this conference will be much like that of our more recent in-person meetings, with a few minor changes in response to your suggestions. The conference will kick off on Tuesday with golf, a young professionals’ service project (seasoned professionals are encouraged to join, too!), and tours of storm water management practices and a waste treatment facility. The stormwater tour will be done by bike and e-bike again this year, weather permitting. The day will conclude with our social event and meet-and-greet at Monona Terrace. Start warming up your arm and aim for an exciting bean bag toss tournament! New this year, attendees will get an early peek at the exhibit hall during the social event.
Wednesday will start with a 5k fun run/walk along the lakeshore before our opening general session. We will open with a facilitated and inspirational discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our industry. The day will be packed with excellent technical presentations that you’ve come to expect from CSWEA. There will be plenty of time to speak with vendors in the exhibit hall and have lunch and a reception there. Meetings for 7S Society, Golden Manhole Society, Young Professionals, and Global Water Stewardship groups will take place in the late afternoon. We will recognize outstanding members who do great things every day to support the water environment and our association on Wednesday evening during the awards event.
The State Section breakfasts will kick off Thursday, followed by additional technical sessions and the exhibit hall. Special tracks will include operator training in the morning and ethics in the afternoon. The Association Meeting and Luncheon will take place at mid-day.
Many volunteers are working hard to plan a worthwhile and enjoyable event for all our members I’ve always found the annual meetings to be an excellent value. For more information, go to http://cswea.org/events/cswea-95th-annual-meeting.
It’s amazing to me to think that this is our 95th annual conference and CSWEA has been around for almost a century. We are a strong organization thanks to our dozens – no, hundreds – of volunteers working in committees and on events for the state sections and the association. Your time is precious, and I think our collective volunteerism is a sign that we are truly passionate about clean water and resource recovery. We have a talented executive team of Haque and Associates to manage our affairs. We are certainly a much more diverse organization than we were 95 years ago, and that gives us greater strength. We also have a wise practice of having vice-chairs for almost all of our committees. This allows for smooth transitions of leadership when it’s time for the chair to step aside, which typically happens at the annual meeting. I want to thank all our soon-to-be past chairs for their service. Thanks also to our association immediate past president, Mark Eddington, who will roll off the executive committee this May. He has been very supportive and helpful to me and others on the executive committee. Samantha Austin will finish her 2-year stint as the Young Professional Representative on the executive committee. We thank her for her “can do” leadership and her sense of camaraderie. Thank you to our other representatives who are completing their roles, too; this article is being written too early for me to be able to name them here, but they are certainly appreciated.
A reminder that there are many other great CSWEA and State Section events coming up in 2022 as listed here: http://cswea.org/upcoming-events. I highly recommend the Midwest Student Design Competition and Education Seminar in April… two consecutive days of inspiration, to be sure!
It has been my privilege and an honor to be your association president. I will soon be immediate past president and at a loss for what to do with all my free time. Oh wait, that’s not true. I’ll be working on some updates to our governance documents, for one thing. Long time CSWEA member Joan Hawley offered to help with this… whew. She is a past president and was involved in the recent changes to the WEF Statements of Policy, so we’re extra fortunate to have her guidance. Let one of us know if you would like to have input, too.
Please continue to take good care of yourselves and each other. Spring will be here soon, giving us more opportunities to meet up outdoors and recreate – maybe even on the water. Enjoy the season and I look forward to seeing you soon!