by David Arnott & Tracy Ekola
Whether you are enjoying WEFTEC in Chicago at the McCormick Place convention center or partaking in the online sessions later in November, we hope you will find the education and networking helpful and insightful.
Our quarterly House of Delegates (HOD) meeting was held on August 18th. As part of the meeting, the updated WEF bylaws were acknowledged and reviewed. With WEF bylaws now updated, WEF would like to assist MA’s in also updating bylaws to provide more flexibility and align bylaws with current practices including our virtual environment. MA’s are encouraged to send their bylaws for review/comment. Each MA is responsible to decide and adopt any recommendations provided by WEF.
The WEF HOD meeting at WEFTEC takes place on October 16th. For delegates that cannot attend in person, a virtual House of Delegates meeting is also available.
WEF technical committee meetings will be held online in October and also in person at WEFTEC. Joining a WEF committee is easy and can be a great way to gain and share information to bring back to your CSWEA committees or state section committees to help build and inform our industry network.
If you are interested in joining a WEF technical committee, please go to www.wef.org and navigate to membership then committees to review the committees. To apply to a WEF committee, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Name, WEF ID Number, Committee of Interest and one to two sentences explaining your interest in the committee.
Work in the WEF workgroups is wrapping up. The Conference Resources work will be publishing an infographic on best practices from WEA member associations regarding Annual Conference practices including virtual meeting best practices. This workgroup also compiled results of interviews with member associations on the successes and challenges of virtual meetings. The end product of this exercise will be recommendations to WEF and member associations on improving virtual meetings and conferences.
Financial Diversification is another workgroup at WEF. It is recognized that many MAs get most of their revenue from Annual Meetings which have been cancelled or scaled back the last couple years. Now more than ever, it is important to have financial diversification for revenue streams. Results from the MA survey will be published soon to provide insights on how other MA’s have diversified their financial resources. The purpose of the surveys is to compile the information and allow MAs to learn from others, It is hoped the results should also spur ideas and energize MAs to develop new initiatives.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) is an important initiative this year at WEF. As the results of this workgroup are published, we will provide this information to CSWEA and state sections. A DE&I toolkit is being developed to help MAs start a committee or program. To learn more about the WEF DE&I program, visit www.wef.org/about/diversity-equity-and-inclusion/.
In addition to workgroups, WEF has initiated the following efforts to address emerging and changing needs within our organization and industry: WEF Member Engagement Transformation (see additional information below), PFAS Task Force, and Integrated Planning Task Force. Members from each of WEF’s committees are included in the PFAS and Integrated Planning Task Force. These three initiatives were started in February and March 2021 and will be ongoing through 2021. Taskforce updates will be provided as part of WEFTEC. We will provide more information as available and in our next report.
The WEF Member Engagement Taskforce (MET) strives to maximize the impact of WEF’s volunteer member experience by capitalizing on the breadth, energy, and enthusiasm of WEF members. MET brings together WEF’s volunteer leaders (past, present and future) and members (new and existing) to unlock ways to engage and enhance WEF’s membership experience and impact by creating an environment for all levels of volunteer contributions and leadership. The purpose of the MET is to continue to evolve WEF and increase volunteer participation to enhance each members experience.
As WEF Delegates, we are here to support you and represent the interests of the Member Associations to the House of Delegates and WEF. If something is on your mind, please feel free to call or e-mail. We are here to serve you/CSWEA and be a liaison to WEF leadership. We look forward to hearing from you!