• We are good at being kind and inclusive to our guests and new members, and this creates bonds that strengthen our organization.  I vividly remember discussions a couple of decades ago about my personal involvement with CSWEA.  I was thrilled to learn how many different educational and vocational backgrounds were represented, allowing me to embrace my unique attachment to the organization without feeling like an outsider.  If not for words of encouragement from members who were already very involved, I am not sure how my experience would have been but I know it would not have been as rich and rewarding as it has been.  Please continue to make efforts to be warm and welcoming to all that grace us with their presence and encourage those among your peers to become involved with CSWEA.
  • Our committees are incredibly important to the organization in that they both provide value to other members but they also provide opportunities to the committee volunteers.  For me, the WI Section Operations committee has given me time with peers talking about key issues that relate to my job requirements and I am grateful for the friendships and information that I have gained.  In turn, we have produced seminars and solicitated award recognition for members outside of the committee.  This is but one of dozens of examples where committees provide a cycle of value, and I highly encourage all to find a way to be more involved.
  • We have a fantastic Executive Management Team in Mohammed and Amy Haque.  Their contributions to the Association are extraordinary and an integral part of aiding a succession plan that produces a new president each year, and I am personally very grateful that they conduct themselves with patient professionalism throughout the entire year.
  • It is also important to recognize the exceptional technical information that is provided through events at both the state and association levels.  The Technical Program at the Annual conference is outstanding.  Web-based and single-day seminars help provide other levels of detail and opportunities to discuss niche and timely content.  It is truly remarkable how many people network to provide value to these endeavors through technical expertise, organizational efforts, sponsorship, and other necessary efforts.
  • I think that one of the least obvious points that I made is how CSWEA is great in part because there is a will to be better.  Some of this is institutional through events like CSX where members come together to learn from each other and share ideas related to the form and function of our events.  We have recently completed member surveys and are in the process of learning from the membership and will work to implement practical ideas from the information received.  But in reality, the most important reason that we as an Association are good at improvement, is because it is a big part of who we are and why we came together in the first place.


The five items above are five of many reasons we each have for our attachment to the organization.  My primary purpose to highlight these positives is to ask everyone to reflect on how these attributes (and others) became valuable and to remind everyone that they have a role in creating value for themselves and others.  I see a bright future because I think that there are a lot of people that embody this reasoning and are committed to keeping us moving forward, and for this, I am grateful!


In closing, thanking you all for the opportunities that CSWEA has provided me for my own personal development, I am very excited for the year to come!

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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.

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