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When: 7/10/2013
1:00 PM
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Safety and Emergency Planning Committee -Agenda

Wednesday July 10, 2013
Meeting 1 pm
Conference Call
Conference 605-562-3000
code #553113

  1. ISAWWA Strategic Planning Meeting
    1. What should our involvement be as a committee with our sections goals – review strategic planning meeting notes attached as a committee.
  2. Safety Survey
    1. Update on use
    2. What else do we need to do to generate interest?
  3. Blog – What are the next steps to getting a Safety Blog on the ISAWWA website?
  4. Committee Liaison Updates – Discuss involvement and provide status update with the following:
    1. Water Utility Council - Steve
    2. Education Committee - David
    3. ILWARN - Kevin

Safety and Emergency Planning Blog
Here are some items and decisions that we need to get together for the blog:

  • Front Page – intro with links for "Topics” (Safety, Security, or perhaps more detailed, or none at all)
  • Monthly/Weekly/etc, blog posting
  • Comments section
  • Allow comments (require review first)
  • Discussion Board(s)?
  • Links to external sites – which ones?


    Have a topic suggestion submittable link
    What are the first 3-4 topics?
    If a person submits a comment, who confirms
    How often will we post?
    Should have blog posts prepared for review - how far in advanced?
    Who will monitor discussion board?
    Who will review comments?
    Who will prepare blog posts (rotate)?
    Ask for membership posting?
    Pictures – for main banner (logo) and ?

Illinois Section AWWA - Strategic Planning Meeting
Friday, May 10, 2013 – 9:00am in St. Charles, IL

1. Introductions

2. Workshop Charter
3. Vision:

  • a. Safe and sustainable water for Illinois

4. Mission:

  • a. Provide comprehensive resources for the management and advocacy of safe and sustainable water

5. Core Values:

a. Act with integrity and transparency
b. Dedicated to water stewardship
c. Encourage careers in the water industry
d. Foster collaboration, diversity and professionalism
e. Promote public confidence and satisfaction
f. Protect public health
g. Provide value

6. SWOT:

a. Strengths:

ii. Education and training
iii. Level of volunteer participation
iv. Networking
v. Dedicated staff

b. Weaknesses:

i. Decline of volunteers
ii. Lack of public support/concern
iii. Small systems outreach
iv. Imbalanced distribution and representation of members
v. Not seen as a resource for wastewater & stormwater
vi. Aging membership

c. Opportunities:

  • i. Expand training
  • ii. New member base
  • iii. Promote awareness of the full cost of water
  • iv. Established network of water associations
  • v. Influence public officials

d. Threats:

i. Economy
  • ii. Aging workforce
  • iii. Other associations
  • iv. Generational differencesv.
  • Illinois’ financial condition

7. Goals:

a. Increase membership opportunities for younger member

    i. Prepare and send informational packets to college/trade school students (staff)
    ii. Attend career fairs (membership committee, outreach committee & trustees)
    iii. Network with younger members (YP)
    iv. Explore student chapters (staff)
    v. Increase scholarship opportunities

b. Increase involvement at national AWWA

    i. Attend more national events such as ACE, DSS etc.
    ii. Provide future leaders for directors and national committees
    iii. Broadcast opportunities to current members
    iv. Develop future leaders mentoring program

c. Increase public understanding of water issues and the value of water

i. Create an area on ISAWWA website focused on this topic
ii. Create fact sheets
iii. Build seminar-in-a-box training
iv. Outreach to schools, youth, elected officials and media

d. Become the Association of choice for utilities and water professionals

i. Establish relationships with other organizations while maintaining our identity
ii. Identify joint training and network opportunities
iii. Increase social networking events
iv. Fundraising events
v. Fun events
vi. High-quality training

e. Increase retention and involvement of members

i. Expand training and education program

1. Increase training opportunities is water, wastewater
2. Utilize university professors

ii. Increase involvement in retired professionals

1. Create a retired professionals club
2. Leadership training

iii. Continue the membership week telethon
iv. Develop a mentoring program

1. Give out award

f. Establish our strategy for total water

i. Create ad-hoc committee to determine target audience for outreach
ii. Identify the training and Association needs of that targeted audience
iii. Develop training specific to the target audience

g. Provide regional networking opportunities

i. Establish relationships with groups such as CNT, MPC, APWA etc.

1. Invite groups to participate at WATERCON

ii. Identify other relevant groups

h. Promote cross generational knowledge exchange

i. Leadership training
ii. Mentoring programs

1. Mentoring Award

iii. Ad-hoc committee to explore deploying retired professionals




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