Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021!
By Veronica Loete
These messages for the magazine keep sneaking up on me – the time seems to be flying by! I’m writing this before the holidays. A few days off from work and holiday fun with family (even if it has to be via Zoom) are ahead of me, but by the time you read this the holidays will be over. We’ll be deep into winter and there’s a good chance we’ll be getting sick of the dark and the cold. I don’t know what we’ll be feeling or talking about in February, but I do know that there are great CSWEA events, past and future, to talk about.
In November we held a well-attended virtual version of the WI State Section Annual Business Meeting. This meeting is usually jam packed since it includes budget discussions and election of new board members, but this year we had a fun additional agenda item – celebrating award winners! We used this meeting as a chance to honor some of the CSWEA 2020 award winners since there weren’t the usual in-person events where the awards are given out. I believe screenshots of the award winners from the meeting are going to be included in the upcoming issue of the magazine. Congrats to the winners! I’m thankful for all their efforts and contributions to CSWEA and proud of how well they help us represent Wisconsin.
In December, there was the virtual three-state version of the Operations Seminar that Wisconsin Section members were involved with planning. I haven’t heard about attendance numbers yet, but they put together a good-looking program. Also, our section’s YP committee held another happy hour event as a way for YPs to connect during the pandemic. Virtual happy hour was a fun, casual event that gave attendees a chance to talk about a wide variety of topics. We talked about–and saw—some cute children and pets. We also talked about current projects at work, Global Water Stewardship projects, dream travel destinations, what it is like working a job where you are responsible for your billable hours, and movies. We even heard a story about one YP who spontaneously arranged at WWTP tour when they were on vacation and discovered that their campground was across the street from the WWTP. We discovered lots of shared connections and mutual acquaintances. It’s a small world! The committee is building good momentum to move into 2021.
If you missed out on any of these events and the cold, dark days of February are getting you down, don’t worry! There are some great events coming up as well. Virtual versions of Wisconsin’s Government Affairs Seminar (February), Spring Biosolids Symposium (March), and the CSWEA Annual Education Seminar (April) are all coming up. Be sure to keep an eye on your email or check out CSWEA.org for more details about those great events.
I hope you had a healthy and happy holiday season and that your 2021 is off to a good start. Spring is on its way and so is more great virtual content from CSWEA and the Wisconsin Section!