CWEA Leader Link- September 2011
California Water Environment Association                                                                                                September  2011
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

High Volunteerism can Mean Lower Unemployment Rates

Awards Season Kickoff

Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship

Get your CWEA Online Learning Today

The Lazy Leader's Guide to Outrageous Results

New ECI Study Guides Released

SRC Meeting Expanded to Include Free Leadership Training

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

High Volunteerism can Mean Lower Unemployment Rates

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
September 21, 2012
By Peter Bolton

States in which a big share of people volunteer, vote, and participate in other civic events tended to suffer the least-drastic increases in joblessness during the downturn, according to a new report.

The study, by the National Conference on Citizenship and others, mined federal labor statistics and Census data from about 50,000 American households. It found that states that did well based on five measures—helping neighbors, volunteering, registering to vote, voting, and attending meetings—in 2006 did not face big rises in unemployment from 2006 to 2010.

States in which a high proportion of people helped their neighbors did best, followed by those with strong volunteering rates. Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Vermont were among states with the highest rates of volunteering and some of the smallest increases in unemployment from 2006 to 2010. On the other end of the spectrum, the states with the lowest rates of volunteering and helping neighbors had the highest rise in unemployment during that time: Alabama, California, Florida, Nevada, and Rhode Island.

Some key points from the report:

• Participation in civil society can develop skills, confidence, and habits that make individuals employable and strengthen the networks that help them find jobs. 59% of volunteers in national service programs believe their volunteer service will improve their chance of finding jobs, perhaps because it helps them learn marketable skills or because it broadens their professional contact networks, or both.

• Participation in civil society spreads information. Volunteering, attending meetings, and working together with neighbors on community problems are valuable ways of learning about local issues, which can help citizens hold their government accountable—not to mention lead to new employment opportunities and business relationships.

• Communities with stronger civil societies are more likely to have good government. Active, organized citizens can demand and promote good governance, and serve as partners in addressing public problems. For example, states with more civic engagement have much higher performing public schools, regardless of demographics, spending and other factors.


Awards Season Kickoff

P3S Facility of the Year Awards
The CWEA Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention, and Stormwater Committee is in the process of soliciting nominations for the 2011 Facility of the Year Awards. These awards recognize industrial user sites for their outstanding and innovative solutions in multimedia waste management. Nominations are due November 18.

CWEA State Awards
2011 CWEA awards forms are available on the web at Please make sure to use these forms as templates for your CWEA local section awards. This standard process will uphold the integrity and consistency of the program. Please forward comments and concerns to so we can continue to streamline and improve the clean water awards.

Banquet Scheduling
President Jody Allen is firming up his calendar for the upcoming Local Section Awards Banquets and Installations for 2011/2012. If you haven't already, please return this form to Victoria. Please also remember to provide a list of your incoming officers at her three weeks prior to the event. President Allen would like to get to as many of these events as physically possible.


Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship

Need Money for School? CWEA can help through the Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship. The scholarship is for students in or interested in the water environment industry who are members of CWEA or sponsored by CWEA members. Applications for next Fall are due on January 16.


Get Your CWEA Online Learning Today

With three webinars and three years of Annual Conference online proceedings complete, we’ve developed a new spot for you to get access to these items 24/7. You’ll find our online learning in our member only area with the online member directory and study guides. You can get up-to-date on the latest in SSO-WDR information by checking out the three SSO-WDR webinars: SSO-WDR Enforcement: Collection Systems Inspections Lessons Learned, SSO-WDR Order Changes and SSO-WDR Clean Water Lawsuits. Continue your learning from our Annual Conference proceedings from 2009, 2010 and 2011.


Free Training: The Lazy Leader's Guide to Outrageous Results

CWEA volunteers know that volunteering does more than lend CWEA a helping hand. You get a chance to develop your leadership and delegation skills. And, it’s a fun way to grow your career. One way is by taking part in CWEA’s free leadership development training.

Join us November 16 at the Sacramento Area Sewer for our free Annual Leadership Training to learn how to lead so others want to get involved. Turn “I don’t have time” into “I can’t wait to volunteer.” Leadership Strategist Cynthia D’Amour will teach us how to delegate for outrageous results.

The flyer has all the details
and you can register with Victoria…for free…right now. The first 50 registrants receive a free copy of Cynthia’s book “The Lazy Leader’s Guide to Outrageous Results.” RSVPs needed by October 20th.

Current and prospective CWEA leaders are welcome. The more leaders, the more outrageous our results.


New ECI Certification Study Guides Released - Free for CWEA Members

CWEA’s Certification Preparation Task Force has just released the 2nd edition of two Environmental Compliance Inspector (ECI) Study Guides. The new study guides for Grades I and IV have been revised to reflect the new ECI certification tests being rolled out January 2012. The study guides have expanded descriptions of the new Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) covered on the test and updated practice tests. Grades II and III are expected to be published in October. Study guides are available free to all CWEA members as a searchable electronic PDF book in our member only area.

Many Thanks to the ECI Study Guide Update Team!

Certification Prep Task Force Co-Chairs:
Gina Cloutier, Victor Valley WRA
Joanna De Sa, City of Sunnyvale

Joanna De Sa, City of Sunnyvale
Meg Herston, Fairfield Suisun Sanitary District
Celeste Biles, Encina Wastewater Authority
Jeff Carter, United Water Services, Inc.


SRC Meeting Expanded to Include Free Leadership Training

The next Southern Regional Committee meeting will include a free training on Leadership: Time Management (Life Management) by Mr. Varouj Abkian, Technical Services Assistant Director of the City of Los Angeles. Join us from 10-3 on November 3 at the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey. See the flyer for more detail.


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Local Sections & Committees

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Finance x 102



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Conferences & Exhibits

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Leadership Calendar      





Oct 15-19 CWEA Leaders/Members WEFTEC
Oct 27 CWEA Leaders/Members Northern Safety Day

Julie Taylor 

Nov 3 Local Section and Committee Leaders Local Section and Committee Leaders and leadership training Barbara Santos
Nov 8 CWEA Leaders/Members Southern Safety Day Julie Taylor 
Nov 16 Local Section and Committee Leaders Annual Leadership Training Victoria Rawson 
Nov 20 CWEA Leaders/Members P3S Awards Deadline Paul Schmidtbauer
Dec 8 Local Section and Committee Leaders NRC Meeting Rick Staggs
Jan 16 CWEA Leaders/Members Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship deadline Lola Dvorak
Jan 20 CWEA Leaders/Members CWEA Awards Deadline Lola Dvorak
Jan 27-8 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
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