California Water Environment Association                                                           February 2010
Leader Link

News, insights, and advice for CWEA's volunteer leaders                     

In This Issue:
Help Promote AC10!

TCP Trainer Training

CSJS Launches Web Site

Budgets Due April 30

Treasurer's Training
5S Nominations Due March 1
YP Summit in Puerto Rico
New CWEA Web Calendar!

Help Promote the 2010 Annual Conference!
CWEA's Annual Conference comes back to historic Sacramento with "Oceans of Opportunities!" This year we are expanding into the Sacramento Convention Center with the technical sessions and exhibits all in one building, only an escalator away. Sessions will cover the most current issues facing the wastewater treatment industry today and tomorrow. Exhibitors will be onsite to offer their solutions as well. Members can register for $425 an entire week of sessions, exhibits, and receptions and free lunch in the exhibit hall. Technical tours, pre-conference workshops and events will be offered to participants for an additional fee. One-day rates are also available, but attendees coming for the full week can earn up to 33.3 contact hours! Plus, the California Department of Public Health has approved 70 hours of technical sessions for their certifications. 


You can help us promote the AC10 by publishing announcements in your local section newsletters, and making announcements at your committee meetings and local section events. Here’s where you can find more information about AC10:

AC10 Brochure:
Online registration:
For more info contact: Jodee Schwan
  [email protected]  


Free Full Day Study Session Instructor Training
April 20, 9AM – 5PM, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento

Local sections and committees, this is your chance to get your volunteers trained on how to teach CWEA certification study sessions. The Certification Test Preparation Task Force has been working on improving study sessions and understands that many CWEA sections struggle to get trainers for TCP prep study sessions. The TCP Training the Trainer preconference workshop will help local sections give volunteer study session trainers the tools they need to run successful and effective certification study sessions. The ultimate goal is to grow a sufficiently large pool of qualified study session trainers in each region.

During this free workshop, participants will become familiar with the principles of teaching adult learners. Following the free lunch, they’ll be teamed up with some of the best trainers in the state to learn how to present Study Guides and study materials for Collection System Maintenance, Laboratory Analyst, Environmental Compliance Inspector, Plant Maintenance—Mechanical Technologist, and Plant Maintenance—Electrical/Instrumentation. All of these vocations will start at Grade I and work up to Grade IV. We need more trainers in each of these vocations, so we ask volunteer trainers to step out of their comfort zone, and come learn how to train others!

If we are to increase the pool of study session trainers, we must have the help of the sections to recruit new volunteers and send them to the workshop. Local section leaders are urged to send at least one person per vocation to this workshop.

To register for this free workshop see the 2010 Annual Conference brochure. For more information please contact Joanna De Sa at [email protected].


Central San Joaquin Section Launches New Web Site!

CSJS launched a great new web site in December. The new site has a cool calendar function, a feed of E-Bulletin posts, the section newsletter, and some really good rolling photos of wastewater treatment plants. This was a huge milestone for the section because they had been the only section without a website and have had some starts and stops with the project over the past few years. CSJS President Dan Cravins was the driving force behind establishing the new web site. Credit also goes to CSJS Newsletter Editor Eric Casares who is serving as the webmaster. If you are interested in leaning how to add a similar feed of E-Bulletin content to your local section web site contact Communications and Membership Manager Lola Dvorak at [email protected]. Check out the CSJS web site now!


Early Reminder! Local Section & Committee Budgets Due April 30th

Get your Local Section and Committee budgets and work plans for FY 10-11 in by April
30th so they can be considered in CWEA’s upcoming budget cycle. Access the forms online at:


Treasurer's Training Coming Soon

A set of Treasurer's Training workshops are in the works for this Spring. These are webinars led by experienced treasurers and CWEA staff to help your incoming local section treasurers get up to speed on financial reporting. It is recommended that your local section president and treasurer attend along with the outgoing treasurer if possible. Watch your email and Leader Link for workshop dates and how to participate.


Nominate an Exceptional Volunteer for the 5S Society
Deadline is March 1

It is the time of year to recognize the efforts of your friends and colleagues by nominating them for membership in the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers, commonly known as 5S. CWEA members who have contributed an excess of five years to the wastewater collection, design and operations objectives of CWEA are eligible for membership in the 5S society. Service may have been completed as a CWEA or Local Section officer, Committee member or faithful volunteer at the local, regional, state or even national level.

Nominations are accepted from individuals as well as Local Sections and CWEA committees. A select committee of Sludge Shovelers evaluates all the supporting documentation for each nominee. Only a few are selected each year. Selection is made solely on merit — it is not a popularity contest.

To make a nomination, go to the awards web page to download the nomination form and send it to Maura Bonnarens at [email protected]. Don't forget you need to include a digital photo of the nominee, and make it a good one! If you are not sure if your nominee is already a 5S member, check the official 5S roster.


Young Professionals! Looking For A Reason to go to Puerto Rico?
Attend the YP Summit 2010 and Advance Your Leadership Skills Too

YPs are invited to attend the 6th Annual YP Summit to be held March 11, 2010, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This event provides attendees with a variety of career enhancement opportunities, such as sessions on job advancement and leadership skills, and the chance to network with leaders from WEF, the American Water Works Association, corporate sponsors, and other YPs. Encourage a YP from your employer or member association to attend. It's also a perfect opportunity to try some mofongo!


New Calendar on CWEA's Web Site

Check out our brand new master calendar. More details to come in next month's Leader Link


STAFF CONTACTS - 510-382-7800


Latasha King x 110


Publications & Advertising
Lola Dvorak
  x 114


Local Sections, Committees, Leader Link

Chris Lundeen  x 104



Brian Murray x 102


Lola Dvorak  x 114



Leslie Carino x 107


Conferences & Exhibits

Marci Donohoe x 120


Leadership Calendar





April 20 Anybody interested in teaching TCP study sessions TCP Study Session Trainer Training Joanna De Sa at [email protected]
April 21 Local section and committee leaders NRC & SRC meetings at AC10 Sacramento. Chris Lundeen [email protected]
April 20-23 All Members CWEA Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA Jodee Schwan  [email protected]   
April 30 LS & Committee Leaders FY 10-11 Annual Plan and Budgets Due Chris Lundeen [email protected]
Leader Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees, Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents
For more info contact us at [email protected]