CWEA Leader Link- November 2012
California Water Environment Association                                                                               November  2012
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

Do you Know your Volunteers' Hot Buttons?

Sweet Sour Sweet Networking Exercise

How Local Sections Can Support AC13

Awards and Installation Banquets

CWEA Board Nominations Due December 20

NRTC13 Dates Moved

Calling all Local Section Treasurers

Committee Reports to Board Due January 7

Check the CWEA Calendar When Scheduling Events

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

Do you Know Your Volunteers' Hot Buttons?

Have you asked your volunteers (and potential volunteers) how they'd like to get involved with your local section or committee? Oftentimes, we get so overwhelmed trying to get our work done that we forget to find out how we can meet our volunteers' needs. To get people involved in our efforts, we first need to get to know them better. We need to figure out their "hot buttons" or what motivates them to volunteer.

CWEA held its free fall annual leadership meeting for over 50 volunteers last month at Orange County Sanitation District. Like last year's meeting in Sacramento, the training featured leadership strategist Cynthia D'Amour. Cynthia described three “hot buttons:” learn, meet and help.  Most people are motivated by a need to strengthen their personal/professional development (learn), build community (meet) or contribute to a greater good (help). Taking the time to learn someone’s “hot button” can help make a volunteer match that meets both our personal and organizational needs.   

The next free leadership training will be held as a pre-conference workshop at the Annual Conference in April in Palm Springs. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to learn how to lead both at CWEA and at work.


"Sweet Sour Sweet" Networking Excercise

One of the highlights of this year's Annual Leadership Meeting was a simple "Sweet Sour Sweet" networking excersize that could easily be adapted to your dinner meeting or training.

1 - Ask folks to form small groups of three and then assign each group member a number between 1 and 3.

2 - Ask each group to introduce themselves to one another. Call out a number and ask folks assigned that number to leave their group and join another while practicing a sweet-sour-sweet statement such as:
- It was nice to meet you. (sweet)
- I need to go say hello to someone else. (sour)
- Thank you for your time (sweet)

3. Call out additional numbers and repeat.

The exercise gave attendees networking experience in a safe and supportive space. It also helped small groups think about how to be welcoming to new people. Working a room was never so easy!


SoCal Local Sections Can Support AC13 in Palm Springs

We’re finishing the announcement brochure for CWEA’s Annual Conference 2013 in Palm Springs this month and we have a great sponsorship opportunity for SoCal Local Sections.Your Local Section can sponsor and decorate tables in the exhibit hall lunch area for $250 each. Claim your table, secure a spot for your folks to meet and chat, see your LS name highlighted in the brochure as well as on the table and help support this fantastic event! Please let me know this month if your Local Section would like to sponsor 1, 2 or more exhibit hall lunch area tables. I’ll work with your Treasurer to put through the order.

Since we’re the sunnier CWEAers of the bunch, we can show our cloudier Northern peers how much AC13 means to SoCal by gathering lots of sponsors and setting the bar high for AC14. To get your LS logo into the brochure Julie and I would need to know this month.

Also, don’t forget your LS can request a booth in the info table area for FREE. Contact Megan Yoo at to reserve your info table space.

And thanks for being such great Local Section leaders – you are awesome!

Best regards,
Alec Mackie
AC-13 Sponsorships Co-Chair


Award and Installation Banquets

Awards and Installation Season is here.  Please make sure to turn in your banquet dates and plaque orders as soon as you’ve made your installation and awards decisions. Contact Victoria Rawson with banquet questions and to schedule the President’s attendance. Contact Lola Dvorak to order your awards plaques.

Plaque orders need to be placed 5 weeks prior to your banquet in order to keep cost low and to ensure engraving accuracy. Orders may be delayed if winners' memberships are not up to date or if the correct awards nominations and plaque order forms are not used. We need your help to make sure your plaques are delivered in time for your big nights. Everything you need to know can be found on the CWEA website.


CWEA Board Nominations Due December 20

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” --John Quincy Adams.

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 next leader (or tell someone to nominate you) for your CWEA State Board.

We are seeking the following candidates:

  • Vice President from the North (will be President in third year of four-year term);
  • Director at-large from the South (three-year term);
  • Director at-large from the North (serves as CWEA Treasurer in third year of three-year term);
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF) Delegate Director from the North (three-year term, starting in October 2013; however, attendance at Board meetings starts immediately after April 2013 elections).


NRTC 2013 Dates Moved

Based on feedback from attendees and agencies, CWEA has moved the dates for NRTC 2013 Modesto  to a new rotation Tuesday- Thursday, September 10-12, 2013. The prior rotation of Wednesday-Friday has become challenging over the past few years.  The new dates will allow members with Friday’s off or furloughs on Friday to stay for the whole conference.  We look forward to seeing you in Modesto in 2013.


Calling all CWEA Local Section Treasurers...

Spend an hour, save your sanity.  The Treasurer Orientation is required for local section treasurers to successfully fulfill their responsibilities over the next year. Plus, this free one-hour orientation webinar will make your job as treasurer easier. Local section presidents are strongly encouraged to attend too. Even if you are not a new treasurer, or if you have attended this webinar in the past, you will learn what’s new and will be able to share your experiences with incoming treasurers.

What You’ll Learn

  • The features and updates to the local section budget and reporting template, with a live demonstration.
  • The basic budget reporting and planning requirements.
  • Answers to your questions and helpful advice you would like to share with your fellow treasurers. 
  • Why financial reports are so important to the proper functioning of CWEA.

Who Should Attend
Current local section treasurers, incoming/prospective treasurers, and presidents are all strongly encouraged to attend. It would be best if you could all attend the meeting.

Treasurers’ Orientation Webinar Topics

  • Meet other local section treasurers and CWEA incoming Treasurer Zoeanne Tafolla, current Treasurer Paul Schmidtbauer, CWEA CFO Kevin Rogers, and our Finance Manager Renu Pal.
  • An overview of the annual and monthly financial reporting requirements.
  • Helpful tips on understanding your local section budget and financial reporting. 
  • The Local Section Budget Template.
  • Questions & Answers.

Webinar Date & Time
Wednesday, February 13 from 12-1pm.

How to Participate
RSVP and we will send you logon and call-in instructions.  

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 31
Contact Chris Lundeen to RSVP @ or 510-382-7800 x104. 

Contact Director of Member & Leader Services Chris Lundeen at 510-382-7800 x104 or


Committee Reports to CWEA Board Due January 7

Please complete the committee report form and send along with your committee's agendas and approved minutes for this quarter by January 7. Contact Victoria Rawson with any questions.


Check the CWEA Calendar When Scheduling Events

Check out before scheduling your trainings to make sure that they aren't in conflict with other CWEA events. Make sure there are no committee meetings, board meetings, state events and such before scheduling a training event that could pull people from other sections. This will help all of us keep our event attendance up and ensure that training are spread out enough to meet our members' needs. Make sure your event is posted on the CWEA event calendar by emailing

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



Board Meetings

Victoria Rawson  x 113



Renu Pal x 102



Teresa Montano x 100


Conferences & Exhibits

Julie Taylor x 103

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

Leadership Calendar      





November 22-23 CWEA Members CWEA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday  
December 13 CWEA Leaders CWEA Northern Regional Committee Meeting Steve Caswell
December 24- January 1 CWEA Members CWEA Office Closed for Winter Holidays  
January 7 CWEA Leaders Committee Reports to Board Due Victoria Rawson
January 24 CWEA Leaders CWEA Southern Regional Committee Meeting Barbara Langley
January 25 & 26 CWEA Board of Directors CWEA Board Meeting Victoria Rawson
February 25-27 CWEA Members P3S Training Conference Julie Taylor
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