Randy Lusk, Membership Chair
Another summer in the books, fall weather and colors are here, and we are once again about to wrap up another year. 2012 has been a pretty good year, but we need to end it strong. We need a few more YP members in order to hit a challenge thrust upon us by AWWA at the beginning of 2012. Everyone has worked so hard to hit this goal that I don't want to end up short by only a few members. I am asking everyone to reach down deep and help find a YP or regular member to help us hit this goal and end 2012 strong. I will let everyone know how we finish in the next issue of Splash. I want to thank all members for keeping ISAWWA one of the strongest in AWWA, we are currently 7th overall. Great job everyone!
This year for membership appreciation month, we made our first attempt at calling EVERY member to thank them for being a member and for all they do for ISAWWA. If you would like to help with this task next year, please contact the Section office in St Charles (866-521-3595). Thanks to those who have already volunteered and an early thanks to new people who will join us after they read this.
We are also offering a membership for $70 (plus assessment) for Operators that will include a study manual to help them while preparing for their water class test. It has 1385 sample questions and answers. It is organized for A, B, C and D licenses. This promotion will end on December 31, 2012. The membership is usually $159 so as, you can see, it's a large savings and they get a free study guide included. (New members only). Call Sandi to sign up for this one, it's a well-kept secret. 866-521-3595 ext. 3.
I am sure many of you know that we set up booths at certain shows throughout the year to promote ISAWWA. This year the volunteer numbers have been off the charts, we have had so many new folks helping out and learning through experience how to talk to members and potential new members. Don't be shy, come out to the booth and learn and help educate people on the benefits of AWWA membership. The shows for this year have come to a close but don't worry, I will have a new list of shows for you to see in the next issue of Splash for 2013; and, as always, a Doodle will go out.
ISAWWA is participating in the 2012 Membership Matters Challenge. Our goal is as follows:
- YE Total Students: 41 (Currently at 44)
- New YP: 10 (Currently at 8)
- YE Total Membership Goal: 1878 (Currently at 1884)
- Retention Goal: 88% (currently at 92%)
I am asking all members to help ISAWWA reach this goal and show why we are one of the top sections in AWWA. One of the new key elements is our website. Everyone needs to learn how to use it and take advantage of it since you get it for being a member. It includes everything from webinars to Buyers Guide (for vendors). Learn it, love it and use it. Also, don't forget free webinars for 2012, new and taped ones.
The new members should have been receiving calls from their trustees; this is something new we started this past year and has been going great. I want to thank all the trustees for stepping up and calling all the new members to welcome them to ISAWWA and to make them feel at home. It takes time and all of you have done a great job, thanks again.
By the time next issue hits, we should be able to say World Champion Chicago Bears.