YP Committee Hard at work (and play:)
Brian Kooistra, Young Professionals (YP) Chair
The YP Committee has been hard at work maintaining the proper balance between young and professional—no easy task. We partnered with APWA Suburban Branch for a social event at the Kane County Cougars on Friday the 13th for a Christmas in July game. It was my first interaction with the APWA, but there wasn't anything scary about it. What a great group! I'm delighted that they came out to help make the event a success (in spite of a rain delay) and I'm looking forward to successful collaborations in the future...
…like the YP's annual trip to Arlington Race course. We partnered with the Suburban Branch APWA for Arlington Family Day, August 10th. Although it has yet to happen as I write this, and it will be over by the time this gets published, let me assure you that it was a blast. My wife has probably already forgiven me for my gambling losses.
Big plans in the works:
September 14, 2012 MEGA TOUR featuring Chicago's Jardine WTP and MWRD's Calumet WRP. We're partnered with IWEA for this one. Signup early and often because registration is limited to a max of 40 people. (http://isawwa.org/megatour)
- Official plans were not available as this goes to print, but Laurie Dougherty personally challenged me to a paintball grudge match, so look for a paintball/foliage trip in the fall.
If you'll notice, most of our YP events occur in District 2, especially near Chicagoland. While we occasionally journey out into other parts of the Section, YPs haven't managed to get our hooks in very much past Lake Michigan. The Committee plans to change this by changing the structure of the Committee itself. A new position is being created, tentatively called "Jr. Trustee” for each of the 5 districts. The goal is to have this new position oversee YP events in the districts so that we can bring the party to the rest of the Section. This new role takes the lead for one social event and one technical tour in each of their respective districts per year, while working with the YP Committee for support and coordination. Because we know we don't have solid YP roots in these areas, the YP Committee is dedicated to remotely supporting the cause, and we have a solid commitment from the District Trustees to get our "Jr. Trustees” up and running. YP Committee member Cameron Jones has already thrown a legally binding high-five to represent the YP Committee in District 3. If you are interested in performing this function for your district, young and semi-professional operators are standing by to take your call (actually, it's just me, firstname.lastname@example.org). If you manage or supervise promising young minds, I encourage you to send them our way.