by Eric Lynne & Mark Eddington
This report highlights the collaboration service area. WEF would not exist without the collaboration of its members. The numerous opportunities for conferences, seminars, committees, knowledge sharing, and engaging students is extremely valuable to our members. The following segments highlight ways in which the delegates are extracting value from WEF for you.
WEF/WE&RF LIFT AFFILIATE
CSWEA is officially a LIFT affiliate member. The newly formed innovation and Technology Committee chaired by Jeremy Cramer is already underway. Look for future announcements for webinars and technology scan updates.
WEF REPRESENTATIVE AT THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
WEF Trustee Peter Vanrolleghem, will be our special guest. Peter would be a great speaker at the conference if space allows. Peter leads a research team for water quality modeling in Quebec City, Canada. Members that are familiar with Peter are encouraged to contact the technical program committee to suggest topics that would align with CSWEA initiatives.
WEF HOUSE OF DELEGATES (HOD) UPDATE
There are four standing committees, because of their criticality to the sustainability of the HOD, as follows: Nominating, Steering, Budget, Outreach, and WEFMAX. Eric Lynne is now serving as the Chair of the Outreach Committee in its efforts to keep all the delegates informed with the activities of the WEF, the other HOD committees, and workgroups.
Each year there are a handful of workgroups that are focus groups with specific tasks to improve the organization. The workgroups were identified as follows:
Member Relations: This is a rebranding of a previous workgroup, with a primary goal of implementing the new dues strategy. Look for a workgroup update on this mid-2018.
Operator Initiatives: This workgroup is developing materials and techniques to enhance WEF’s operator taskforce and operator advisory panel in their mission to help attract, prepare, and retain the next generation of operators. The workgroup will deliver operator content at each WEFMAX. Look for an update on this mid-2018.
Student Chapter Communications: This workgroup started off with ambitious goals, but quickly realized there are many challenges limiting student chapter communications. The committee took a step back to define a database of all student chapters. Based on the feedback provided thus far, this workgroup will continue to be a high priority for most accusations.
Each committee and workgroup has monthly meetings, so ask your delegates for feedback at any time.
WEFMAX offers an opportunity for MA leaders at all levels to join together, share success stories and ideas on how MA members can be better served. These fast-paced, interactive meetings are open to all members and provide for both enlightenment and networking with other leaders of the water profession from throughout North America and beyond.
Registration has begun for WEFMAX meetings and, as in past years, several members of the CSWEA Excecutive Committee will be attending these meetings. The meeting locations (schedules) are as follows:
Note: Indiana WEA is hosting a pre-conference Young Professionals Summit – Wed, March 14 – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Theme: Learn how soft skills impact the water industry.
Attendees do not need to participate in WEFMAX to attend.
Contact Eric Lynne for details.
By popular demand a new topic at the Indianapolis and Wrightsville Beach WEFMAX will be led by WEF staff Steve Dye on Advocacy/Fly-In efforts. Steve will examine how a grassroots program works, why it’s important, the ways to make it successful, and tools associations can use to get their members to become water advocates.
Mohammed, Mark, and Eric plan to attend, respectively, the Indiana and North Carolina WEFMAX events. We look forward to networking with other MAs and interacting with other leaders to enhance our organization.
Anyone interested in attending a WEFMAX is strongly encouraged to contact Mohammed Haque.