Water Environment Association
News, insights, and advice for CWEA's volunteer leaders
Planning Meeting October 7, 2008
this year’s meeting we’ll discuss how Local Sections, Committees,
and the Board can all work together to bring our mission to life.
Several questions related to this theme will be discussed in a unique
discussion group approach called a World Café.
agenda will also discuss hot topics such as:
Local section and committee leaders can also relax, exchange ideas, challenges, and plans at the networking lunch.
The agenda and invitation were sent via Evite
directly to CWEA's volunteer leaders on August 18. If you didn’t receive the Evite
or can’t open it, contact
is a World Café?
Testing is Almost Here!
deadline to apply for the first testing window (January-March) is
November 30. Our new streamlined application screening process allows us
to review applications and get test qualification notices out much
sooner. This means applicants don’t have to wait until after the
application deadline to find out if they qualify for their test. Test
notification letters will include information about scheduling a test in
one of over 100 testing centers in
Applicants to Apply Early
Your CWEA Board Liaison to Give a CBT Presentation at Your Next Board
Sure to Update Your Local Section Web Site With New TCP Info
more information about test site locations, scheduling, and
computer-based testing visit www.cwea.org/cbt.
our continuing efforts to save paper, time, and other resources, all
awards materials are now available exclusively online
for download. Binders will no longer be arriving by mail. All CWEA local section and committee leaders have been notified of this change via email, and by regular mail. Please
contact us at [email protected]
or 510-382-7800 x114 if you need any assistance finding or downloading a
There are more than 20 categories for CWEA awards, which honor CWEA members and wastewater professionals in California . The program serves to recognize outstanding professional achievements within the wastewater field, improve the professional status of all personnel working in the wastewater industry and related fields, and stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the water environment.
CWEA awards season is well underway and the time to nominate is now! The
first award banquets (and th e first section winners) take place in
November. With 17 integrated awards programs (for our 17 local
section), it is important for you to get in touch with the section to
which you belong – and make sure you don’t miss your deadline.
e first section winners) take place in November. With 17 integrated awards programs (for our 17 local section), it is important for you to get in touch with the section to which you belong – and make sure you don’t miss your deadline.
New Awards Now Available!
season, there are two new award
categories: Public Education Person of the Year Award, and Young
Professional Person of the Year. Be the first to nominate a winner for
one of these fresh CWEA industry awards!
at the local section level are brought
forward to the State competition. These nominees are judged in January
and February, just in time for the State Awards Luncheon at our annual
conference in April.
local section award deadlines, contact the local section awards chair near you at: http://www.cwea.org/cwq_cweaglance_localsec_lsleaders.shtml
applications and information about the state competition, visit us at:
and Retaining Members in Challenging Economic Times
As a leader, you are
probably well aware of the value membership in CWEA provides. However,
your members may only be aware of just a glimpse of what we have to
offer. For these members, it is important for local section and
committee leaders to take every opportunity to help them see just how
much they can get out of CWEA. Here are a few suggestions to help you
promote the value of CWEA membership among your members and prospective
Your Members Value Messages
Ways to Promote the Value of CWEA Membership
This fall and winter we have some great specialty workshops coming your way. Be sure to let your members know that they can earn contact hours for certification at all of these events.
for more information and how to register
are pleased to announce CWEA is working
in conjunction with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and
Penn State Public Broadcasting to bring Liquid Assets: The
Story of Our Water Infrastructure to
PBS stations throughout the country. Here in California, we
need your help.
No Drugs Down the Drain Campaign News
“No Drugs Down the Drain!” is just a few weeks away, scheduled for October 4-11, 2008. The campaign will involve agencies and organizations throughout the state, as well as state and federal partners such as the State Water Resources Control Board and US EPA Region 9. We need your participation!
Recent studies reporting
pharmaceutical compounds in the environment highlight the need for
alternatives to flushing unwanted medication. By providing residents
with alternatives, we can immediately tackle one of the sources of
pharmaceuticals in the environment.
There are many ways to participate in the “No Drugs Down the
Drain!” campaign, such as:
There are many ways to participate in the “No Drugs Down the Drain!” campaign, such as:
You may also visit the campaign website, http://www.nodrugsdownthedrain.com/StatewideCampaign.html for further information, frequently asked questions and a PowerPoint presentation. The first set of the informational materials is now available at the No Drugs Down the Drain website at: http://www.ororkepr.com/NDDD/NDDD.html.
CWEA Board Nominations Due December 17
The Nomination Process
Every year the Executive Committee requests nominations from members, local sections, and CWEA committees for candidates who able and willing to perform the duties and responsibilities of the positions open for nomination. Nominees are vital to the continued success of CWEA. This is an opportunity to function at a higher volunteer level, to get involved in setting the future direction of our Association, and to home your leadership skills.
The selection process is handled the same as a typical job recruitment process. The Executive Committee interviews each nominee and considers their past employment activity in the industry, level of CWEA activity, leadership qualities and values, record of prior duties and commitments, understanding of the workings of CWEA, the nominees’ views and opinions on the future needs of CWEA, and the desire for the CWEA Board to represent the diversity of the membership. It also allows the nominees the opportunity to expand upon their qualifications and their ability to serve in these key positions.
Following this process, the Executive Committee presents the recommended slate to the CWEA Board for approval at the February Board meeting. The candidates are subsequently presented to the membership for a vote at the business meeting during the annual conference in April. At that time any member may nominate another member from the floor to be considered by the membership along with those candidates presented by the Executive Committee. The exact protocol is described in the CWEA Constitution.
This year the Executive Committee requests your help in soliciting nominees for the following open board positions:
Nominations for all candidates must be submitted in writing to the CWEA office and received by December 17, 2008 with a brief biography of the candidate. Candidates should have confirmed their willingness to serve and submitted a picture and a completed questionnaire concerning their qualifications and commitment by December 17, 2008 – the date the nominations are due. If you are unable to contact the person you are nominating, please submit early so that staff can request the information from them on your behalf.
In 2009, the Vice-President nominee will become President in their third year of service and will serve on the Executive Committee. The Director at-large from the North will become a member of the Operations Committee and become the CWEA Treasurer in the third year on the Board. Thus, consideration of nominees will include experience in financial matters.
WEF Delegate Directors and Directors-at-Large serve a three-year term of office and also function as CWEA Board members. To preserve balance in the numbers of representatives from the North and South, WEF Delegate Directors from the North are replaced by representatives from the South, and vice versa. As the term of WEF Delegate Director Agor from the South is ending in 2009, the WEF Delegate Director position will be filled from the North. WEF Delegate Directors are elected in April, but do not take office until October, at WEF’s annual conference. WEF Delegate Directors-Elect are expected to attend CWEA Board meetings beginning immediately upon their election.
Job Descriptions for the Board of
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Latasha King x 110
Publications & Advertising
Kristina Basgen x 114
Local Sections & Committees
Chris Lundeen x 104
Brian Murray x 102
Leslie Carino x 107
Conferences & Exhibits
Marci Chase x 120
|September 25-27||Computerized certification test demos at Tri-State Seminar on the River|
|No Drugs Down the Drain Campaign Week|
Southern Regional Committee Meeting, Irvine
Water District HQ
|October 7||Annual Planning Meeting, Irvine Ranch Water District HQ|
|October 15||Northern Safety Day - Yolo County Fairgrounds|
|November 30||Certification applications due for January-March testing window|
|December 4||Northern Regional Committee meeting, CWEA HQ Oakland|
|December 4||Certification Preparation Seminar, City of Oxnard Community Center (hosted by Tri-Counties Section)|
|December 17||CWEA Board nominations due, including completed questionnaire and bio.|
|January 2||Computer-based certification testing begins|
|January 9||Local section & committee award submissions due for state awards|
|January 15||Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship applications due|
|February 6-7||CWEA Board workshop and meeting, San Diego|
|April 28||CWEA Board meeting, Palm Springs|
|May 2||CWEA Board meeting, Palm Springs|
Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees,
Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents