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E-Splash May 2012 - Directors Report
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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash - May 2012

Kyla Jacobsen
AWWA  Director

WOW – where did winter go? Oh, that's right, we didn't have winter. OK, maybe one or two days. I, for one, am grateful for the nice weather and the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Biking season hasn't quite taken hold, but it's just around the corner. It's just that the day job and all my volunteer activities get in the way of my biking.

WATERCON2012 is officially "in the books”. What a fantastic conference. I think that every year I say, "I just can't believe that it could get any better, run more smoothly or have more stuff jammed in”. Then the next year we exceed all expectations, AGAIN! It was a great conference and having a joint ISAWWA and IWEA conference makes sense – one-stop shopping for those folks that wear two hats and for the exhibitors who only have to be at one place. Nearly 1500 attendees is a remarkable milestone. Kudos to Laurie, Lisa and Sandi for making the conference appear to go seamlessly.

I also wish to thank all the committee members who helped make WATERCON the success that it was. And not only for their participation at WATERCON, but the participation throughout the year that makes our Section as successful as it is.

For my part as the ISAWWA Director at WATERCON, I was the official host for the visiting dignitary from AWWA. We were proud to have Gene Koontz, AWWA Vice President from the Pennsylvania Section as our distinguished guest. Gene really dug in. He went to as many committee meetings as humanly possible (and he had lots to offer at these meetings). He attended all the social events that we planned for him. He was a special guest judge at our water taste contest.

And, he even participated in the "SPLASH” mob opening of the Exhibit Hall – the WATER CYCLE dance. Gene's insight into many of the issues facing our Section, as well as his insight on changes at headquarters, was greatly appreciated.

Also, big thanks to Jon Meyer and Brian Kooistra for helping to orchestrate the second Bike & Breakfast. I mention that here because this is something that is near and dear to my heart. While we had NO PARTICIPATION at the first year's event, this one was well attended. And Mother Nature totally cooperated, so that made the event even better. For next year I have plans to actually coordinate a breakfast at the half way mark. We can bike – eat breakfast and network – then bike back. That is my goal!

I want to thank the Section and the Fuller Award Committee for making me the 2012 George Warren Fuller awardee. It is such an honor and was a complete surprise. My work here is not yet done, so the Section should plan on getting many more years of "distinguished service to the water supply field and the constructive leadership”. Thank you to all.

The next great adventure will be our first Board meeting under our new leadership. We welcome Kevin Lookis as our new Chair and look forward to a year under his guidance.



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