CWEA Leader Link- February 2012
California Water Environment Association                                                                                               March  2012
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

Cert Prep Taskforce's Train the Trainer Free Workshop

Free CWEA Training: Growing in Leadership


CWEA Annual Business Meeting..Quorum Needed

AC12 Info Tables Still Available

Contribute to the Scholarship Fund

Local Section and Committee Budgets Due April 30

Regional Committee Meetings on April

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

Certification Preparation Taskforce Presents: Training the Trainer 2012
Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30-4:30
Earn 8.4 Contact Hours
At AC11, the Certification Prep Task Force held another successful Pre-Conference Workshop to Train the Trainers in the techniques of presenting training material to accommodate the different learning styles of adults as they prepare for Certification Testing. Based on the results and feedback of this and previous workshops, the Task Force has re-crafted its training materials to hold a new and improved Train the Trainer Pre-Conference Workshop at AC12.

The Task Force needs help from Local Sections to recruit members to build up CWEA's pools of moderators. If you hold certification in Grades II, III, or IV of your vocation, now is your chance to learn how to help your fellow wastewater professionals earn their certification through CWEA’s Technical Certification Program. You will find out what VARK is, what your own VARK style is, and how you can channel your VARKism to best serve others. In addition, you will gain other valuable tools that will help you become a trainer capable of effectively assisting others who are striving to obtain CWEA certification in their vocation.

This is a free pre-conference session, with a great lunch included. Upon completion of this training you’ll receive contact
hours. PLUS, your commitment to become a trainer will allow you access to standardized training material relevant to your vocation from the State’s finest trainers.

Speakers: Joanna De Sa, City of San José; Gina Cloutier, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority; Marjorie Boone, ehs International Inc.; and Sam Rose, South Placer Municipal Utility District



Free CWEA Training: Growing in Leadership
Tuesday, April 17 from 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Earn 4.8 Contact Hours
Our Leadership Training pre-conference workshop, Growing in Leadership, will be held April 17th  from noon to 5 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Earn 4.8 Contact Hours at this free workshop and increase your leadership skills. The workshop is for committee leaders, local section leaders, and CWEA members who are interested in volunteering for CWEA and in increasing your overall leadership skills.  The workshop will include a mix of classroom and round-table style formats to equip you to be a successful leader in CWEA, in your workplace, and beyond. Sign up and get a free lunch when you register for AC12.

Speakers: Connie Leonard, CDM; Debra Bogdanoff, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County


WATER’S WORTH IT is a new messaging campaign from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) that answers the question about how our actions, attitudes, and the things we most value are so closely connected with water.

The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the value and importance of water, water-related issues, and the work that water professionals do every day to provide these vital services.

Designed to be versatile and easy to use, the tagline, WATER’S WORTH IT, can be used on its own, in support of an existing program or brand, or coupled with a simple keyword to alter its impact and reach. For example, “My Effort. WATER’S WORTH IT” evokes a personal responsibility while “Your Effort” serves as a call to action and “Our Effort” represents a shared commitment to sustainable water management.

Easily customized to your needs, the campaign can help you reach any audience, in any location, about any issue. Get involved at


CWEA Annual Business Meeting
Please attend to help us reach the quorum needed to approve our incoming boardmembers. 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 18 at the Sacramento 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 8:30 AM to exercise your vote.

Slate of Nominees for CWEA Board of Directors

  • Vice President from the South = Simon Watson
  • Director from the North = Kevin Calderwood
  • Director at Large from the South (to be Treasurer) = Berlinda Blackburn
  • WEF Delegate Director from the South = Alec Mackie

  • Automatic Appointments from Standing Committees
    • Northern Regional Committee Chair/Director = David Stoops
    • Technical Certification Program Chair/Director = Lenny Rather

Find out more about the Slate by reviewing the 2012 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 23, 2012 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 Committees Encouraged to Have an Info Table At AC12

CWEA will be hosting its Annual Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center from April 17-20, 2012.  The conference planning committee would like to invite you to have an information table at our conference free of charge.  This annual event showcases the best and brightest of California in the wastewater and water industry, offers networking opportunities for busy professionals, and provides continuing education for everyone from front-line operations and maintenance workers to engineering staff and managers.  We anticipate over 1,000 attendees and participants from public agencies, consultants, manufacturers and vendors supporting the California water and wastewater industry. Please see the invitation letter and registration form for additional information.


Contribute to the Kirt Brooks Scholarship Fund

The CWEA Scholarship Committee awarded $13,200 to 3 undergraduate and 3 graduate students for the next school year. Congratulations to these amazing students and thank you to all the students who applied. It’s very inspiring to read about the career goals of these future leaders.  The selected students will be invited to attend the Annual Conference in Sacramento.

Come to the awards lunch at AC12 to meet some of the scholarship winners in person and to see CWEA Local Sections present their annual donations. Additionally, contributions will be collected at AC by this year's 5S - Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers - inductees. You can help more students receive the funding they need to go into the water environment field.

With recent budget cuts to higher education, many students are struggling to start or continue their college studies. CWEA can help! We are interested in growing the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship Fund to reach even more students and help them realize their potential in water environment careers. Do you want to encourage young people to enter this dynamic, fulfilling community of professionals? Do you have great ideas for fundraising? Do you have a pile of money sitting around wondering what good use you can put it to? Let’s talk! Contact

Learn more about the scholarship and download a donation form today.


Local Section and Committee Budgets Due April 30

Attached is the Committee Budget Template for the upcoming fiscal year FY12-13.  If your committee does not plan to spend more than $500 for FY 12-13 (July  2012 – June 2013), you do not need to complete. Otherwise, complete the attached template with as much detail as possible and return it to me no later than April 30th to be considered for approval.

The new local section template introduced last year is mandatory for FY 12-13. Local sections using this tool have found it makes reporting easier, and helps the treasurers track revenues and expenses.

If you have any questions, please contact Renu Pal, or Kevin Rogers,


Regional Committee Meetings

The roll-out of the “straw design” for revitalizing the Northern and Southern Regional Committees (NRC and SRC) has been 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 AC12, and bring ideas for more ways the regional committees can serve you!

The committees will meet separately from 1:30 - 3:00 on April 18 and then join to meet together with leaders from across the state from 3:00 - 4:30. Contact Barbara Langley and Rick Staggs



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

Finance x 102



Leslie Carino x 107


Conferences & Exhibits

Julie Taylor x 103

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

Leadership Calendar      





March 22 CWEA Members World Water Day and WATER'S WORTH IT campaign launch
April 17 and 21 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
April 17 - 20 CWEA Members Annual Conference Julie Taylor
April 18 Local Section and Committee Leaders SRC/NRC Meetings Barbara Langley
Rick Staggs Rick.Staggs@fresno.govl
April 18 CWEA Members CWEA Annual Business Meeting Victoria Rawson
April 30 Local Section and Committee Leaders Local Section and Committee Budget Deadline Victoria Rawson
June 29-30 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
Full CWEA Event Calendar
Leader Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees, Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents
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