Randy Lusk, Membership Chair
Hello again everyone. I hope everyone’s holidays went well
and you got to spend time with friends and family. The New Year is upon
us. It’s 2014 and it’s hard to believe,
where does the time go? This winter’s weather has been crazy; multiple inches
of snow and record colds. I do need to say thanks to Mother Nature for my new
work out regiment J I know you will be disappointed if I don’t mention some
type of sports announcement so here it goes, we have an awesome Hockey Team who
won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and looking good to repeat in 2014. We also now
have a good QB for a fair number of years and let’s just hope some off season
pickups for our beloved baseball teams will happen soon.
When we talk about goals we have 2 set goals. We have the
year goal, which is a hard number and than a retention goal percent for each
month. Retention goal is what percent of members we kept for an individual
month from last year to this year; our retention goal for each month is 88%.
The goal for 2013 was to have 2064 members by Dec 31, 2013 which is a 1%
growth. We ended at 2132 with is a growth of 68 members, which is outstanding. If
you know someone who didn’t renew, please discuss with them the value of
membership and why you continue to be a member. We will try to have a 1% growth
again for 2014. This means by the end of 2014 we need to have 2153, 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 2013 was 91%, nice work everyone.
For 2014 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 have capitalized on this
promotion. So once again, I want to thank all of you for your continued support
of being a member and all that you do for this organization.
There was a contest in 2013 or a "Challenge” that was put
out to all the sections in AWWA. This
contest was retention based and new members based. We had two goals, the first
goal was to retail 116 of the new members we signed in 2012, we are currently
at 85 which is short (31). The second goal was to have 2064 members by the end
of the year; we are at 2132 which is a gain of 68 new members which is a great
accomplishment. These numbers are not final but this is the latest update I have
received from AWWA Denver. ISAWWA has been the 7th largest section
for the past number of years. I am proud to let you know we are currently the 6th
largest section. Way to go everyone!!
Thought I would do a breakdown on which sections are
actually winning this challenge, there are not many. These 4 have
reached both goals ATM. Not one of these sections had larger goals than us,
just saying J
If you are a member and looking for ways to get involved
with ISAWWA please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We have many
committees you could participate in. 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 and work our booth at the conferences and 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 17-20, 2014.
Stop by the booth and see what’s new for 2014.
Introduce a friend or
colleague to AWWA today….
You joined AWWA for many great reasons; now spread those reasons
on 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.