CWEA Leader Link- Nov/Dec 2011
California Water Environment Association                                                                                                Nov-Dec  2011
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

Leaders Need Mentors

Awards Deadlines Coming up Fast

Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship

President Allen Seeks Board Nominations

Local Section Treasurer Training on Feb 8

CWEA Office Holiday Schedule

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

Leaders need Mentors

Many people get involved with CWEA for its networking and professional development opportunities. One of the most critical elements in retaining great people is effective mentoring. Mentorship requires different things at different stages, including different types of skills and advice, and different types of teachers and learning styles.

Consider this simple three-part structure to help match the right mentorship to the right stage of your (or your team's) professional development.

  • Buddy or peer mentors. In the early stages of a person's career, a "buddy" can help speed up the learning curve. This relationship helps the protégé understand how things work at the organization.

  • Career mentors. After the initial period at a workplace, employees need to have a senior manager serve as a career advisor and advocate.

  • Life mentors. A life mentor serves as a periodic sounding board when one is faced with a career challenge. Organizations can't necessarily offer a life mentor but they can encourage seeking one.

Go ahead, find your next mentor by getting more involved in CWEA.

Excerpted in part from the forthcoming book Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck by Anthony Tjan.



Awards Deadlines Coming Up Fast

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.


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.


President Allen Seeks CWEA Board Nominations

Serving on CWEA’s Board not only allows you to give back to the profession that we care so much about but also provides you with an outstanding leadership and professional development opportunity…so nominate your best and brightest.

We are seeking the following candidates:

  • Vice President from the South (will be President in third year of four-year term);
  • Director at-large from the North (three-year term);
  • Director at-large from the South (serves as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term);
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF) Delegate Director from the South (three-year term, starting in October 2012; however, attendance at Board meetings starts immediately after April 2012 elections).


Local Section Treasurer Training Webinar on Feb. 8
Calling all CWEA Local Section treasurers...spend an hour, save your sanity.  Participate in a free one-hour webinar orientation to help make your job as treasurer easier.  Local Section presidents are encouraged to attend too. CWEA is hosting a webinar to help prepare CWEA local section treasurers for their terms over the next year. Even if you are not a new treasurer, or if you have attended this webinar in the past, you are encouraged to participate to learn what’s new and share your experiences with incoming treasurers.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why financial reports are so important to the proper functioning of CWEA.
  • The basic budget reporting and planning requirements.
  • How to use the Local Section Budget Template to submit your annual budget and monthly financial reports.
  • Answers to your questions and helpful advice you would like to share with your fellow treasurers. 

How to Participate:

RSVP by Jan 25 and we will send you the agenda, logon and call-in instructions.


CWEA Office Holiday Schedule

The CWEA office will be closed for Thanksgiving (November 24 - 25) and for winter break (December 23 - January 2). Staff will respond to member inquiries on January 3. Urgent messages requiring a faster response may be left at (510) 382-7800, Ext. 0.

Best wishes for a happy holiday from all of us at CWEA!


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      





Nov 20 CWEA Leaders/Members P3S Awards Deadline Paul Schmidtbauer
Nov 24-25   Thanksgiving CWEA Offices Closed
Dec 8 Local Section and Committee Leaders NRC Meeting Rick Staggs
Dec 23-Jan 2   Winter Holidays CWEA Offices Closed
Jan 13 CWEA Leaders/Members CWEA Awards Deadline Lola Dvorak
Jan 16 CWEA Leaders/Members Kirt Brooks Memorial Scholarship deadline Lola Dvorak
Jan 26 Local Section and Committee Leaders SRC Meeting Barbara Langley
Jan 27-8 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
Feb 27-9 CWEA Members P3S Conference Julie Taylor
Feb 8 Local Section Treasurers and Presidents Treasurer Training Webinar Chris Lundeen
April 17 and 21 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
April 17 - 20 CWEA Members Annual Conference Julie Taylor
April 30 Local Section and Committee Leaders Local Section and Committee Budget Deadline Victoria Rawson
Full CWEA Event Calendar
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