Welcome to Fall! At the onset of
Fall we get a couple of nice changes, such as moderate temperatures and
changing tree and shrub colors. As we
progress through Fall, those leaves start to fall, temperatures continue to
drop and the hint of snow starts to become a reality. Before you know it, the end of the year
holidays will be upon us. Fall presents
a great time of year to get some education sessions in prior to the holidays
and the day-to-day schedule changes winter weather brings to the Midwest.
The ISAWWA Education Committee is working hard to continue to line up
educational opportunities for you. Prior
to getting into the upcoming education sessions, I want to say thank you to the
presenters, exhibitors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2013 Meter
Symposium a success. There were 115
attendees at the symposium, which was held on August 1st in
Countryside. The attendees enjoyed seven
technical presentations on meters. The
attendees also had the opportunity to speak with the ten onsite
exhibitors. We have received positive
feedback on the Meter Symposium and are now thinking it could be an annual
event. If you have any comments on this
year’s symposium or suggestions for future symposiums, please let us know.
I am happy to report our 2013 Annual Regulatory Update was a success, as
well. It was held on October 3rd
in Elgin. There were speakers from
several state agencies, ISAWWA & AWWA representatives who monitor state and
federal regulatory activities, as well as a couple of other folks who spoke on
current and future regulations. We had
over 160 onsite attendees who were able to learn a few things and secure over
seven (7) continuing education units from this seminar. While technical difficulties put a roadblock
in our plans to live stream the seminar on the Internet, we are able to send
DVDs of the recorded event to the nearly 50 offsite registrants. With $40 being the cost of admission for onsite
association members and $20 for offsite Association members, I think you will
agree it was a great value.
The Education Committee continues to work on developing the Operator Day
Track for WATERCON. The theme will be
"This Old House”. We are working on
securing presenters who can speak about the many different perspectives (i.e.
owner, operator, regulator, engineer, etc.) on Water Works System
improvements. We are working with some
folks to fit into this theme, but are in need of more. If you have gone through a recent major water
works system improvement, whether it was new construction or rehabilitation,
please contact us so we can provide a forum to convey lessons learned to your
fellow water professionals. If you know
of someone who has recently been through a project, please send us their contact
information so we can twist their arm until they agree to present. Don’t worry, we will keep your information confidential
if you so choose!
The Education Committee and the ISAWWA staff continue to work hard to coordinate
training sessions for you. We are
starting to work on programming training sessions for the first half of next
year. Please recall our many formats for
training, including one hour webinars (live and on-demand), one hour
Engineering Power Hours, three to five hour in-person seminars and multi-week
classes, to name a few.
Lastly, and most importantly, WELCOME BACK LISA! After enjoying some quality one-on-one mommy
time with Kylie, she is back at it. I am
glad she was able to focus on Kylie’s first few months in this world, but I am also
glad she is back with the Association. I
look forward to working with Lisa and the rest of the Education Committee to
continue to provide high quality educational opportunities. A big thank you goes out to Laurie, Sandi and
Marianne for picking up the slack while Lisa was enjoying her time with
Please remember we are always looking for training session ideas. If you are interested in presenting a topic,
or there is a topic that you would really like to learn about, please contact
Lisa Hoffhines and let her know your thoughts.
Lisa’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you ever have any comments or questions
about the Education Committee and/or education program, please feel free to
contact me at email@example.com or 630-466-6700.