"KIRTLAND BROOKS Biography"
by Mike Donovan
Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship was named after Kirtland
"Kirt" Brooks, Association Manager and Bulletin
editor for several years in the 1980's. Kirt had joined
the Association in the mid-60's and become active in
the San Francisco bay section and several other northern
California sections. In 1972, he served as Chairman
of the Bay Section and later as chairman of the Northern
Regional Committee. In 1974, he was inducted into the
Association's 5S society (Select Society of Sanitary
Sludge Shovelers) in 1975 and was one of the first to
be awarded the Pretreatment Pollution Prevention & Stormwater Committee (P3S) Committee's
Silver Manhole Award.
Kirt's participation in and commitment to the Association
were focused on the Association's operator training
and certification programs. Kirt believed that by improving
the technical qualification of operators and maintenance
people, all would benefit. One of his major satisfactions
was the development of what is now the Technical Certification
Program. He was a key figure in encouraging the development
of the program while on the Board of Governors and later
its first "paid staff" to manage and process
the tests - although he probably donated more time than
he got paid for. Later when the idea of a scholarship
program was conceived, Kirt became a member of the ad-hoc
committee to define its objectives and selection criteria.
He saw the scholarship as a logical extension of the
Association's basic purpose of education of its members.
For nearly thirty years, Kirt actively contributed
his time, creativity and wisdom to the Association.
Several times, he declined the opportunity to be nominated
to the Association's presidency, wanting instead, to
work behind the scenes to foster the goals of the Association
and encourage others to embrace them by his example.
He was so respected and loved, that, at the next Board
of Governor's meeting following his passing, the Board
unanimously voted to name the scholarship program after