CWEA Leader Link- November-December 2013
California Water Environment Association                                                                                   November-December   2013
Leader Link

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

In This Issue:

21st Century Education Workshops A Success...Attend Next One at AC 14

AMS Launching Soon

Data Freeze 11/25 - 12/3

President Dobson Seeks Board Nominations

It's Local Section Awards Season...State Awards Due 1/10

Temporary Staffing Change

Staff Contacts

Leadership Calendar

21st Century Education Workshops A Success...Attend Next One at AC 2014

About 60 CWEA members learned science-based methods to improve their presentations and educational events at our two 21st Century Education workshops we held in November. It was exciting to see how engaged the participants were. CWEA leaders are ready to learn and to try new ways of sharing their knowledge by focusing. Some participants had presentations to give later that week and were planning changes based on what they learned in the workshop.

Participant Glenn Edwards (Inland Empire Utilities Agency) left this comment on workshop leader Jeff Hurt's blog:

“I attended Jeff's presentation at the CWEA Leadership Workshop yesterday (11/4/2013). I was very impressed with the techniques Jeff employed. I came away from that workshop more educated than any other workshop I have attended. In fact, this morning I wrote an email to my supervisor about the learning I received. I was surprised at how easy my thoughts came to me as I expressed what I learned. I did not struggle with what I did for 6 hours. I recalled key points with ease. I am certain it was because I was not trained, I was educated.”

If you missed the November workshop or you want a refresher, we’re offering it as a pre-conference workshop in Santa Clara on Tuesday, April 29th. It’s called “Sizzle & Substance: Creating Brain Friendly Presentations” with Jeff Hurt as the workshop leader and runs from 10 am to 4 pm. Attending would be a great way to kick off your CWEA Annual Conference 14 experience.


AMS Update: Launching Soon

We're thrilled to be so close to launching, our new online customer service center. Watch your email in December for a welcome message with instructions on how to log in to start using our new system.


  • Renew Your Certifications & Membership
  • Search for Current Certificate Holders
  • See Your Event Attendance History Since 2007
  • Register Groups for 2014 CWEA Educational Events
  • Download Membership Rosters (Available to LS Officers Only)
  • Update Your Contact Info
  • ...all that and more from your computer, tablet or smartphone

Many of you attended the Southern Regional Committee meeting for a demonstration. If you missed it, consider attending the next demo at the Northern Regional Committee (NRC) meeting on December 17 in Oakland (Please note date change). To attend in person or by GoToMeeting, contact NRC Chair Steve Caswell at


Data Freeze 11/26 - 12/3

As part of our data conversion to our new AMS, we won't be able to make changes to any member data during between 11/26 to 12/3. We'll send you November membership rosters and dues rebates through 11/25. We'll include any dues from the end of November in your December dues rebate.


President Christoph Dobson Seeks CWEA Board Nominations

"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” --John Buchan.

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 by January 1 (or ask someone to nominate you) for your CWEA State Board.

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 2014; however, attendance at Board meetings starts immediately after April 2014 elections).


It's Local Section Awards Season...And State Awards Are Due Jan 10

CWEA Local Sections hold their awards contests between August - February. Their winners go on to participate in the state program, where winners are acknowledged each year at the Annual Conference in April.

Awards forms for 2013 are available online. 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 Merin Lund to order your awards plaques. Forward the applications of your first-place winners to the CWEA office by Friday, January 10.


Temporary Staffing Change

Lola Dvorak will be out of the office for 30 days following the birth of her daughter. In her absence, Monica Ruck (x 117) will be supporting AMS, local section and publications programs. Merin Lund (x 110) will be coordinating local section and state awards.

STAFF CONTACTS - 510-382-7800
  Staff Concierge: 
Monica Ruck
x 117 Contact Monica if you need help and don't know who to contact.  



Latasha King x 110


Local Sections, Websites, Publications & Advertising
Monica Ruck
  x 117



Chris Lundeen  x 104

Board Meetings

Victoria Rawson  x 113



Renu x 102



Merin Lund x 110
Teresa Montano x 100


Merin Lund x 110

Conferences & Exhibits
Serena Miller x 115

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

Leadership Calendar      





November 28-29 CWEA Members CWEA Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday  
December 17 CWEA Leaders CWEA Northern Regional Committee Meeting Steve Caswell
December 23-27 CWEA Members CWEA Office Closed for Winter Holiday  
January 1 CWEA Members CWEA Office Closed for New Year's Holiday  
January 24-25 CWEA Board Board of Directors' Meeting Victoria Rawson
February 24-26 CWEA Members P3S Conference Serena Miller
Full CWEA Event Calendar
Leader Link: Linking Local Sections, Committees, Board Liaisons, and Past Presidents
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