Committee was well represented at the AWWA ACE12 conference in Dallas this past
June, and will also be well represented at the AWWA DSS conference in St. Louis
in September. As Chair of the Water
Distribution Committee, I would like to recognize their efforts at the national
level; and, if I may, brag about them a little bit. Well, maybe more than a
was the Coach of the Westmont men’s tapping team that represented the Illinois
Section at ACE12. His team members were Cranker Tony Falada, Starman Brian
Beusse, and Copperman Jim Cates. Mike’s team made both taps, and finished with
an official time of 1:50. This was an excellent time for a men’s team competing
for the first time at ACE. What a coach!
has also been very good at procuring prizes for the Committee to give away at
our WATERCON booth and at our annual Water Distribution Conference raffle.
Thanks for getting all the "swag”, Mike!
but not least, did you know that Mike was on the cover of the AWWA Opflow May
2012 issue? If you’re near Westmont, stop by with your Opflow copy and see
Mike. Maybe he’ll autograph it for you.
was the organizer and Starwoman for the FIRST women’s tapping team from the
Illinois Section to participate at the national competition. Her team members
were Coach Lisa Martini, Cranker Andrea Putz, and Copperwoman Candace Scholz.
Michelle’s team made both taps, and finished with an official time of 4:16. Michelle
made it happen!
Land of Lincoln Lady Tappers had, in my opinion, the best shirts in the tapping
competition. Michelle had her team’s
shirts printed with a picture of an angry Abe Lincoln saying "Stick a bit in
it, eh?” Great job Michelle! We can’t wait to see your team will be wearing
when they compete again next year.
and center at the national competition giving the play by play of each
competing tapping team was our Committee member Ralph Gross, aka Mr.
Microphone. Ralph is a natural born announcer, and we all know that he is never
at a loss for words. "Ralph, please tell us how to connect the copper service
pipe to the roundway just one more time.” All kidding aside Ralph, you did a great
job at ACE!
Please read Jeff’s article in the
July, 2012 AWWA Journal "Implementing and managing a large water utility’s
underground corrosion control program”. It is a very well written article. Also,
for this year’s AWWA DSS conference, Jeff was selected to present on this
subject for the technical program. Jeff has presented in the past at our annual
Water Distribution Conference and at WATERCON in Springfield. Jeff is an excellent speaker, and I am certain
that he will do very well at DSS. Way to go Jeff!
joined our Committee a year ago. First
moved to Illinois with his family from Florida where he now works for Benton
and Associates, Inc. in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Firat’s abstract at DSS will be "Spray-On Linings for Water Mains – How
Structural Are They?” Firat, thank you
for joining our Committee, and congratulations on getting your abstract
accepted for the DSS conference!
I would like to thank Mike, Jeff and Firat for agreeing to staff our Committee’s
booth at DSS in St. Louis. We hope to attract more members for
our Committee from central and southern Illinois, and to attract more attendees
to our sixth annual Water Distribution Conference schedule for April 23, 2013
in Countryside, IL.
I’ll stop bragging now, even though I could go on and on about all the other
contributions our Water Distribution Committee members have made at the local
you are interested in joining our Committee, please contact Lisa Hoffhines at email@example.com or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
are not interested in our Committee, there are many ISAWWA committees to
consider joining. Please consider joining a committee and getting involved, and
I’m sure that someone with ISAWWA will start bragging about you.
wishes to all of our fellow ISAWWA members and their families.