Randy Lusk, Membership Chair
Greetings. I hope
everyone’s holidays went well and that you got to spend some quality time with
friends and family. The new year is upon us.
It’s hard to believe it’s already 2013.
Where does the time go? The "winter” weather we’ve been experiencing is
crazy! At some point the Chicagoland
area may become the winter destination and not FloridaJ. I know you will be
disappointed if I don’t mention some type of sports announcement so here it
goes. We have a new coach for the
Chicago Bears. Let’s hope he can turn
Jay into an elite QB. There will only be a half season of hockey, so who knows
how the Hawks will perform. And last, but
not least (but definitely last) my Chicago Cubs. Let’s just hope some off-season
pickups will happen soon. Now, on to
business . . .
When we talk about goals, we have two set goals. We have the
year goal, which is a hard number, and then a retention goal percentage for
each month. The retention goal is that percentage of members we kept for an
individual month, comparing last year to this year; our retention goal for each
month is 88%. The goal for 2012 was to have 1878 members by December 31, 2012,
which is a 1% growth. We ended at 1924, a growth of 46 members, which is
outstanding. We gained 227 new members this year, but we did have 323 members
who did not renew. If you know someone who didn’t renew, please discuss with
them the value of membership and all the reasons you continue to be a member.
We will try to have a 1% growth again for 2013. This means by the end of 2013
we need to have 1943 members. I know we
can do it this year, and I am counting on all of you to help us achieve this
goal. Our overall retention rate for 2012 was 88%. Nice work everyone.
For 2013 we will continue doing membership appreciation by
allowing free webinars to members as a way to say thanks for being a member. This will be for the live ones AND the
recorded webinars. I just want to report that this is going over very well, and
many members are capitalizing on this promotion. So, once again, I want to
thank all of you for your continued support, both for being a member and for all
that you do for this organization.
There was a contest in 2012, or a "Challenge”, that was put
out to all the sections in AWWA. The challenge included reaching a goal of 1878
members, and we were at 1924 (+46). We were also challenged to have 41 student
memberships; we ended at 42 (+1). The final challenge was to have 10 young
professional memberships, and we ended at 16 (+6). So what you just got by
reading that is that we met every goal given to us and, therefore, met the
challenge. That means the Section will
be recognized at the membership summit in February. I want to thank every
member and board member for pushing hard this year to recruit new members and to
keep current members. Way to go ISAWWA.
If you are a member and looking for ways to get involved
with ISAWWA, please do not hesitate to contact us. There are many committees
you could participate in, so you’re sure to find one in your area of interest.
If you’re outgoing and want to get involved with membership, please give me a
call, I am always looking for people to help promote membership; to work our
booth at the conferences and to use their experiences on why they continue to
be a member of ISAWWA. We have 8 different conferences we will be attending
this year; and, if you have some free time and want to contribute, we would be
most appreciative of some of your time. Don’t forget, Watercon in Springfield
is March 18-21, 2013. Stop by the booth
and see what’s new for 2013.
2013 ISAWWA Conferences
February 19 - 21 - (IRWA Conference in Effingham)
March 18 - 20 – (Watercon in Springfield)
April 23 – (Water Distribution Conference in Countryside)
May 22 and 23 – (APWA Conference in Schaumburg,
June 5 – (T-Con in Grayslake at College of Lake County)
Sept 11 - 13 – (IPWSOA Conference in Springfield)
Oct (TBD) – Joint Products Day
Oct 22 and 23 – (Northern Rural Water Conference
in Utica) – New Location
Introduce a friend or
colleague to AWWA today . . .
You joined AWWA for many great reasons; now share those
reasons and help to keep our Section growing strong. Talk up the reasons you
joined, and we will see new members each month. This Section needs everyone to
be involved in recruiting - that’s what will keep ISAWWA strong. Write your
name and membership number on top of the application and you will receive
credit for the new member. If you need pointers on what to say, please visit http://www.awwa.org or http://www.isawwa.org.