CWEA Leader Link- February 2013
California Water Environment Association                                                                               February 2013
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

Local Section Participation Surging

Annual Conference News

CWEA Annual Business Meeting: We need you for Quorum

Local Section and Commitee Budgets Due April 30

New Feature on CWEA Events Calendar

Free CWEA Training: Skills to Boost Your Leadership Success

Regional Committee Meetings

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

Local Section Participation Surging

From CWEA President Carrie Mattingly

Something exciting is happening in our association – and it's starting in the smaller towns and agencies in the Northern Local Sections. High levels of attendance at the awards and installation banquets was surprising the local section leaders – they were reporting to have doubled the attendance from previous years. This was consistent in all but one local section banquet I attended in the North.

What does this mean? It tells me a few things:

1. The local section leaders are hitting those hot buttons needed to get people to attend;
2. The economy is shifting in a positive direction;
3. CWEA’s awards program is meaningful, especially when the recognition it provides might not be coming from anyplace else. I was thrilled to see the number of elected officials and general managers that attended the banquets; and
4. People really like door prizes.

Talking with the officers I installed up and down the state, with one exception where the section actually had a run-off vote for a position (which was totally awesome), local section leaders were concerned with succession planning, being recycled through the board, getting more people involved as officers, and attracting committed volunteers. I heard from folks that even though people seem to like to participate, they don’t necessarily want to do the ‘work’ or make the commitment to put together a training day, group event, or a banquet. Commitment is a challenge for the tiny agencies where only one or two people might work there and it’s tough for someone to get away from the plant.

There are tried and true solutions to these challenges. It’s rare to find someone who isn’t willing to spend some time supporting (or to allow time for others to support) something they believe in, enjoy, or receive benefit from. Each year free CWEA leadership workshops held at the annual conference and in the late fall hold a key to unlock your volunteer base. Attend if you can. You may have your own thoughts on these issues as a local section leader. Change is in the wind. Let’s start a conversation about the positive change happening in your local section. Your regional committee meeting is a fantastic venue for this very thing. Talk it up – you are doing great things as volunteers. Take some credit. Start some buzz about your success. You are making a difference!


Annual Conference News
From Ryan Orr and Linda Losurdo

Two new flyers have been developed to help guide your planning and enhance your experience at this year’s CWEA Annual Conference. There are countless reasons to attend this year’s event, check our flyer highlighting seven reasons that will make this annual conference the best yet. For those of you that are looking for a little training to add to the fun, there are plenty of opportunities at this year’s conference. Check out the flyer to get a glimpse at the professional development you could achieve at the event. Be sure to forward it on to your supervisors so they know how much you can learn at this year’s training sessions. The venue has gone through more than $25 million in renovations, and did we mention it’s in beautiful PALM SPRINGS! If you register before March 18th you get $100 off the price. Don’t miss it!

AC 2013 needs your help. Come volunteer to help at the conference. It’s a fun way to see people you haven’t seen in years and it helps the event run smoothly. We’re looking for volunteers to help out at the registration desk. A two hour shift is the typical commitment. Email Linda Losurdo at to volunteer. See you in Palm Springs!


CWEA Annual Business Meeting: We need you for Quorum

As a member of CWEA you are invited to attend CWEA’s Annual Business Meeting and vote on the incoming CWEA Slate of Officers. This year, the voting session will occur during the Opening Session of CWEA’s Annual Conference on April 17 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend the meeting; however, you need to notify staff at the conference registration desk if you wish to attend without registering for the conference. Be there promptly at 8:15 AM to exercise your vote.

Slate of Nominees for CWEA Board of Directors
• Vice President from the North = Phil Scott
• Director from the South = Charles Greely
• Director at Large from the North (to be Treasurer) = Gayle Tupper
• WEF Delegate Director from the North = Giti Heravian

• Automatic Appointments from Standing Committees
o Southern Regional Committee Chair/Director = Megan Yoo
o Technical Certification Program Chair/Director = Soma Bhadra

Find out more about the Slate by reviewing the 2013 Board Nominee Questionnaire Answers.
If you are unable to attend, you may obtain a proxy form to be completed and returned to the CWEA office no later than March 25, 2013 by contacting staff at 510-382-7800, extension 113 or This proxy will grant another member in attendance the right to vote on your behalf.


Local Section and Committee Budgets Due April 30

Rember that local sections and committee budgets are due April 30. If your committee does not plan to spend more than $500 for FY 13 (July 2013 - June 2014, you do not need to complete. If you need the budget template or have any questions, please contact Renu Pal, or Kevin Rogers,


New Feature on CWEA Event Calendar

We're pleased to announce that we've been able to make posting events on the CWEA calendar one step easier. Go to and select the "Suggest an Event" tab. When the pop-up screen appears, simply add your event information. Select the category that best fits your event. In most cases, you'll choose the "local section events" category.

Check out before scheduling your trainings to make sure that they aren't in conflict with other CWEA events. Make sure there are no committee meetings, board meetings, state events and such before scheduling a training event that could pull people from other sections. This will help all of us keep our event attendance up and ensure that training are spread out enough to meet our members' needs.


FREE CWEA Training: Skills to Boost Your Leadership Success

Do you wish you could:

  • Get people to try new ideas without needing to resist?
  • Implement new behaviors so they stick for more than just a few days or weeks?
  • Facilitate conversations with ease?
  • Effectively manage conversation challenges when clashing personalities are on your team?
  • Confidently start conversations with strangers?
  • Build a network to support your leadership success?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you need to attend CWEA’S Leadership Training Day in Palm Springs! Due to member demand, we are bringing back leadership strategist Cynthia D’Amour, MBA, to lead us in a day of high-energy advanced leadership training focusing on specific how-to ideas you can use right away. This workshop will be all new material and useful to you even if you've attended one of her CWEA trainings in the past.

You’ll delve into topics such as:
  • How to get beyond “We’ve always done it that way!”
  • How to lead meetings your diverse team enjoys
  • How to network like a leader
Extra Bonus: You’ll also participate in a networking lunch with the CWEA board! Cynthia will give you specific assignments to help you make connections. The skills you learn today will help you boost your leadership success as a volunteer for CWEA - as well as at work!

Who is Cynthia D'Amour?
Leadership strategist Cynthia D’Amour, MBA is the president of People Power Unlimited. She’s also the author of seven books including The Lazy Leader’s Guide to Outrageous Results and How to Turn Generation Me Into Active Members of Your Association. Cynthia has served more than 67 total years on boards and recruited more than 250 members. Cynthia specializes in working with associations that want to get more volunteers involved and leaders who want to achieve outrageous success. She is a frequent speaker at leadership events.

When is it?
Tuesday, April 16
Pre-conference workshop at AC13 in Palm Springs

How do I Participate?
Sign up when you register for AC13. Free!  

Contact Victoria Rawson at 510-382-7800 x113 or


Regional Committee Meetings

The roll-out of the “straw design” for revitalizing the Northern and Southern Regional Committees (NRC and SRC) has continued moving forward, with considerable positive feedback from participants. Increased CWEA State Board participation in Regional Committee meetings is one way that these committees are already bringing more value to local section leaders. CWEA Local Section Presidents and VPs, be sure to attend the upcoming NRC, SRC and Joint Regional Committee meetings at AC13, and bring ideas for more ways the regional committees can serve you! The committees will meet separately from 1:30 - 2:30 on April 17 and then join to meet together with leaders from across the state from 2:30 - 4:00. Contact Barbara Langley and Steve Caswell.


STAFF CONTACTS - 510-382-7800
  Staff Concierge: 
Lola Dvorak
Contact Lola if you need help and don't know who to contact.  



Latasha King x 110


Awards, Publications & Advertising
Lola Dvorak
  x 114


Local Sections & Committees

Chris Lundeen  x 104



Board Meetings

Victoria Rawson  x 113



Renu Pal x 102



Teresa Montano x 100
Merin Lund x 110


Conferences & Exhibits

Serena Miller x 115

Leadership Reference Materials Online
Local Section Orientation Packet: 
Committee & Liaison Orientation Packet: 
Leadership Web Pages:

Leadership Calendar      





February 25-27 CWEA Members P3S Training Conference, Napa Leslie Carino
April 16-19 CWEA Members Annual Conference, Palm Springs Serena Miller
April 16 CWEA Members Free CWEA Leadership Training Day,
AC13, Palm Springs
Victoria Rawson
April 16 & 20 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meetings
AC13, Palm Springs
Victoria Rawson
April 17 CWEA Leaders Northern and Southern Committee Meetings
AC13, Palm Springs
Steve Caswell
Barbara Langley

April 18 CWEA Members CWEA Annual Business Meeting
AC13, Palm Springs
Victoria Rawson

April 30 CWEA Leaders Local Section and Committee Budgets Due Renu Pal
June 27 & 28 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meetings, Oakland Victoria Rawson
Full CWEA Event Calendar
Leader Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees, Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents
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