The Illinois American Water Company Champaign District was pleased to host this year's Visitation Day on July 27 and 27. The two day outing consisted of a golf outing and awards banquet on Thursday and technical presentations and plant tours on Friday.
The golf outing and awards banquet was held at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on July 26. Featuring one of the most enjoyable 18 – hole public golf courses in down state Illinois, the course provided an outstanding venue for this event. The participants were treated to beautifully manicured Bent grass fairways and greens along with a very challenging links style layout.
Over 90 water industry professionals from around the state participated in the outing at Stone Creek. In attendance that day were several Illinois Section Board members including Chair Elect – John Van Arsdel, Vice Chair – Theresa O'Grady, District 3 Trustee – Ted Meckes, District 4 Trustee – Lori Stenzel and District 5 Trustee – Larry Coloni. The outing provided an excellent opportunity for renewing old acquaintances and networking with fellow water professionals. Proceeds from the event are to benefit Water for People.
The first place team, with a 13 under par (59) consisted of Bill Brown, Bill Bosler, Scott Smith and Jim Roth. A scorecard playoff was used to determine second and third place. The team of Craig Allen, Bill Gray, Rod Fletcher and Bruce Kelso finished in second place with a 10 under par (62). The team of Tom Healey, Dave Farrar, Shane Garren and Scott Werner finished in third place also with a 10 under par (62).
In addition, there were also various individual contests held on the course throughout the day. Closest to the pin competitions were held on holes #3 and #17 with Tim Postula and Patrick Gleason winning the honors. The longest putt winner was won by Scott Smith on hole #18 with Theresa O'Grady and Ben Langendorf winning the longest drive competition on holes #11 and #9 respectively. The putting contest sponsored by Dixon Engineering was won by Ron Bannon from the Village of Lansing with the proceeds going to Water for People.
On the following day, July 27, approximately 45 people participated in a tour and presentation at the Champaign County Water Treatment Plant. Participants toured the LEED-certified (Leadership in Environmental Engineering Design) facility and attended a technical presentation on the lime softening water treatment process utilized at the plant. The plant is constructed 7.5 miles outside of downtown Champaign on a "Greenfield” site (a piece of previously undeveloped land). The water treatment plant is a model of sustainability, incorporating energy-efficient technology and demonstrating close regard for the environment.
The technical presentation was provided by Elizabeth Doellman, the Illinois American - Champaign District Water Quality Supervisor. Attendees received professional credit hours for their attendance.
The day's festivities were kicked off with a welcoming address by the City of Champaign Fire Marshall John Koller and the City of Urbana public works Director Bill Gray. They welcomed everyone to their respective cities and discussed the importance of partnership with the community water utility for fire protection and effective public works.