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E-Splash June 2013 - Past Chair Report
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  June 2013

 


Past - Chair's Report
Kevin Lookis

I enjoyed my tenure as Chair of this Section and feel that I learned a lot about what we do, who we are, and most importantly, what more we can do…I want to thank everyone who put up with me and my constant mantra of TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING! We all need to continue working together to increase and improve the educational opportunities for all of our members.

I want to take the time to thank the remaining past and current Board members and committee chairs for all of the fine work that they did last year. I know how much of a sacrifice this can be in the age of "do more with less" and tighter budgets. Please know that your work is greatly appreciated! To all of those who attended WATERCON, again in the age of "do more with less" and tighter budgets, I want to thank you for your participation and I hope that the conference was a positive experience and you left with more knowledge than you had when you arrived. I think we can say that WATERCON 2013 was a great success thanks, in large part, to all of the members and volunteers who work so hard to make it happen.

As I have indicated before, the biggest issue now facing both the Section, but more importantly, the water industry as a whole is the aging of our membership. There are so many people who will be retiring in the next 5-10 years and this truly could become a crisis. All of us need to work more to encourage people to get into our field, as it is an excellent career path. This issue is now a long term goal for the Section and we are partnering with entities to improve what we do in attracting both members as well as people to join our industry. The Section is also working on updating our Strategic Plan for the coming years and this will also be an ongoing project. If you are interested in participating, please let us know!

Please remember that the Section needs you and your help as a volunteer. The backbone of our organization relies heavily on the support that comes from members who generously give their time and ideas serving on committees and participating in ISAWWA activities. Take a look at the Committee list in the back of SPLASH or on the Section Website and see if there is a committee that interests you; and don’t hesitate to contact either me or the committee chair to volunteer. Remember that the Section greatly appreciates your time.

Speaking of our new website… the changes and upgrades are incredible and it truly has become an excellent tool to assist in all that you do that is water related. The functionality of the site is amazing and I still have only touched the tip of the iceberg on all of the uses that are available. As we move forward into this ever increasing technological era, the use of the site will become more and more important.

Thanks again for your support and for those that can make it to Denver for ACE this year I hope to see you there!


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