CSWEA President’s Message

Taking Time to Reflect

November 2022


It’s 2023, a brand-new year filled with tremendous opportunities and new beginnings. It’s that time of year to reset, refocus, and realign with your purpose and develop your goals or action plan for the future. This is a great time to think about the upcoming year, but it is just as important to reflect upon the previous year. I like to keep a summary of the highlights from the previous year and review this list year as I am developing my next year’s goals. These highlights include accomplishments and successes for the organizations I am involved with and those of my colleagues. We all are so busy checking items off our to do list and moving on to the next big task that most often we don’t take the time to recognize what we have done and the impact we are making on those around us. Recognize and celebrate your successes, take the time to reach out to a colleague and thank them for their efforts and congratulate them on their successes. This is an example of how you can “take action”, one of our key focus areas for the organization. This one small action can make a huge impact.

The motto for one of our key focus areas for our organization this year is “Big Goals – One Step at a Time.” I encourage you to think BIG and BOLD when developing your 2023 goals. There are many strategies towards goal development. Many use the SMART goal system which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. For me, the three most important things when developing goals is writing them down. Just by writing them down, it creates this momentum for actions, sometimes even subconsciously. The second most important thing to do is to identify actionable steps that need to be taken to make progress on that goal. Break it down into little steps and before you know it, those actions make great things happen. The third key to accomplishing your goals is to be passionate about your goal and the potential impact.

One example of one big goal that has avalanched into an incredible success is Global Water Stewardship. This was one big goal by our very own Executive Director, Mohammed Haque. Through passion, dedication, taking action and inspiring others, Global Water Stewardship has impacted so many lives. It has impacted those that are volunteering their time, the emerging leaders who are involved in the program and those that are benefitting from having access to clean water because of the efforts by so many.

A huge thank you to all who planned for and participated in events at WEFTEC in October and other CSWEA events throughout the remainder of 2022. And congratulations to the CSWEA Operations Challenge teams. Once again, our teams came home with hardware. The Pumpers took 3rd in the safety event and the Shovelers took 1st for the process control event and 3rd place for the lab event. Well done to all for taking action and being an active part of our amazing organization!

Liz Kramer, the Local Arrangements Chair, and the LAC committee members have been busy planning for the upcoming 2023 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on May 22-24, 2023 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. The theme of the meeting is “Inspiring Action.” The Technical Program Committee efforts are already underway and by the time you are reading this, they will be reviewing over 100 abstracts. These abstracts are scored, and the successful submittals will be placed in the technical program. The Annual Meeting provides a technical program that is second to none, networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, and the chance to explore local exhibitors. We look forward to seeing you all there this spring!

Happy goal setting an wishing everyone a successful and impactful 2023.

-Tracy Hodel-

Mission Statement

To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and challenges.