California Water Environment Association                                                           October  2010
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

Real-Life Leadership Training

New CSM Study Guides Released

Nominate Your Best & Brightest to CWEA's Board

Member Value Report Available Now

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

Real-Life Leadership Training 
CWEAs Annual Leadership Meeting
Ontario, November 16

You are invited to join your fellow CWEA Committee & Local Section Leaders, Past Presidents and Directors at CWEA's Annual Leadership Meeting in Ontario .

Agenda Highlights

  • Local Section & Committee real-life success stories

  • Leadership Stories: Lessons learned, wise advice. 

  • Lunch: munch & mingle

  • Leadership Challenges: Work in teams to practice and develop your leadership skills and problem-solving abilities using real-world examples of some of the challenges local sections and committees are facing.

  • Behind the Budget: How CWEA develops the state-level program of work and budget every year.

  • Open Forum: Bring your questions, issues, concerns and needs as a leader and member of CWEA.

Buzz About CWEAs Leadership Training Meeting:

This is real-life leadership training - not training picked up by osmosis.  If you are interested in sharpening your leadership skills, you may want to sign up.  There's some CWEA "business" too, but even that will help you learn about CWEA and further improve your leadership skills.  They provide breakfast and lunch as well.  

I went to it about three years ago, and felt it was well worth the time, and plan on attending again this year.  Hope to see you there!

        --Patrick Griffith 
          Los Angeles County SD
          Past President CWEA Los Angeles Basin Section

When & Where:

  • Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    10 AM to 3 PM 

  • The Doubletree Hotel, Ontario
    222 North Vineyard Ave.
    Ontario , CA   91764

  • No registration fee to attend this leadership event.

  • Breakfast and lunch included.

  • We hope you can make it! It wouldn't be the same without you.

  • Please RSVP directly by November 9th to [email protected].


New Collection System Certification Study Guides Released Free online for CWEA Members

CWEAs Certification Preparation Task Force (CPTF) has just released the 2nd edition of the four Collection System Maintenance (CSM) Study Guides. The new study guides have been revised to reflect the new CSM certification tests being rolled-out January 2011. The study guides have expanded descriptions of the new Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) covered on the test and updated practice tests. Study guides are available free to all CWEA members as a searchable electronic PDF book.  

Each year CWEAs Technical Certification Program (TCP) will be revalidating and updating tests for one of the 24 vocations tested. After TCP completes the new KSAs, the CPTF takes the new KSAs and updates the study guides for that vocation. This year, the CPTF reviewed and updated 328 pages of Collection System Maintenance Study Guide content!  

The CPTF is now working on updating the CSM Moderator Guides due to be released January 2011. These guides outline the curriculum for study session instructors. If your local section is planning a study session, be sure to get a moderator guide. You can contact Director of Member and Leader Services Chris Lundeen at [email protected] or 510-382-7800 x104 for more information about getting a Moderator Guide. As the moderator guides will not be available until January, the CPTF would be happy to bring your study session instructors up to speed on any changes in the meantime. Just let Chris know and he can set-up a meeting or conference call with your instructor and members of the CPTF.  

Many Thanks to the Collection System Maintenance Study Guide Update Team!  

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

Bruce O'Roak, Sacramento Area Sewer District
John Chavers, El Dorado Irrigation District
Ed Vigil, City of San Mateo
Jody Allen, South Placer MUD
Chris Lopez, Rancho California WD
Sam Rose, South Placer MUD
Robert Potter, City of Los Angele


Nominate Your Brightest and Best 
to YOUR CWEA Boardby December 20th

Take advantage of a great opportunity to function at a higher volunteer level and get involved in setting the future direction of the Association. This year the Executive Committee requests your help in soliciting nominees for the following positions:  

  • Vice President (from the North, will be President in third year of a  four-year service).

  • Director at-large from the South (three-year term).

  • Director at-large from the North (serve as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term).

  • Water Environment Federation Director from the North (three-year term starting in October 2011; however, attendance at CWEA Board meetings starting immediately after April election is recommended).

Read the full message from President Pei-Chin Low.


2010 CWEA Member Value Report Available Now


The 2010 CWEA Member Value Report is available to download now and will be hitting mailboxes toward the end of October. The Member Value Report includes CWEAs Fiscal Year 2009-10 unaudited financial reports as well as information about CWEAs programs and services.  Share the report with your local section, committee members and other water environmental professionals!

Read the Report Now.


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      





November 11 CWEA offices closed for Veteran's Day
November 16 CWEA Leaders Annual Leader Planning Meeting-- Ontario Doubletree Hotel Victoria Rawson
[email protected] 
November 25-26 CWEA offices closed for Thanksgiving Day holiday
December 2 Northern LS & Committee Leaders NRC Meeting-- CWEA Offices, Oakland Rick Staggs
[email protected]
December 20 CWEA Leaders/Members CWEA Board Nominations Due Victoria Rawson
[email protected] 
Dec. 24-Jan.2 CWEA offices closed for holidays
January 15 LS Leaders and TCP Committee Members Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship Application Deadline Connie Leonard 
[email protected]
January 28-29 CWEA Leaders CWEA Board Meeting
San Diego Catamaran Hotel
Victoria Rawson
[email protected] 
Feb. 8- Mar. 2 CWEA Leaders/Members CWEA P3S Conference
Santa Clara
Marci Donohoe
[email protected]
Full CWEA Event Calendar
Leader Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees, Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents
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