FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 4 SOURCE winter 2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR Kirk Medina CHAIR ELECT Heather Collins VICE CHAIR Uzi Daniel TREASURER Kate S. Nutting PAST CHAIR Sue Mosburg ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR Steve Dennis ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR Phil Holderness SECRETARY Tim Worley TRUSTEES Andrew DeGraca Joy Eldredge David Hokanson Drew McIntyre Conrad Tona Joe Wong DIRECTORS CONFERENCE DIRECTOR Mike Gualieri EDUCATION DIRECTOR Scott Rovanpera CERTIFICATION DIRECTOR Debra Kaye TECHNICAL PROGRAMS Erin Mackey GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Rosie Thompson DIVISION CHAIRS BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Christine Boyle WATER DISTRIBUTION Todd Jorgenson WATER RESOURCES Jack Bebee WATER QUALITY Bruce Cabral OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE Pat Sweeney OPERATORS DIVISION Bill Cardinal COUNCILS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATES COUNCIL Ken Malone WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL Vacant STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS AUDIT Larry Lyford AWARDS Jim Elliott Joe Guistino PERSONNEL SELECTION Phil Brun SDWA Rick Zimmer SMALLER UTILITIES Stevan Palmer WATER FOR PEOPLE Destree Lazo Bascos YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Jenna Mariano Helping Hands for Those in Need Cheers, Timothy Worley, Ph.D. WITH THE BEGINNING of a new and promising year, some of our loyal members might appreciate an explanation of AWWA’s recent focus on what has been broadly described as “philanthropic interests.” Last year saw the blossoming of related efforts by the Association and the California-Nevada Section to draw attention to, and support certain altruistic endeavors. One prong of the Section’s charitable enterprises is a newly developed schol-arship program to encourage and support stu-dents focused on careers in the water industry. The Community Engineering Corps (CE Corps) is a second prong, and the third is continuation of our support for Water for People. Student Scholarships. Interest in supporting the next generation of the water workforce is not new. The CA-NV Section now has seven student chapters and previously awarded annual scholar-ships. That program, which was funded by a sin-gle corporate sponsor, was discontinued when cir-cumstances changed, but a new program has been developed and will begin awarding scholarships this year to meritorious students who show an in-terest in water careers. The program will award two scholarships of $5,000 each for graduate stu-dents pursuing either a Master’s or Doctorate de-gree, and up to four $2,500 scholarships for un-dergraduate or community college students. The application process and evaluation committee are set, so help spread the word. The Section will also ramp up its fundraising in 2016 to establish an endowment fund to ensure a sound scholarship program for many generations to come. Community Engineering Corps. Although news of CE Corps activities has been published in a number of Association publications, the pro-gram is still in a very early phase in our region. Developed as a partnership between AWWA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Engi-neers Without Borders-USA, the CE Corps mobi-lizes volunteer efforts to improve infrastructure in disadvantaged communities within our nation’s borders. The Corps has adopted rules and pro-cedures to assure that its volunteer activities are not in competition with for-profit companies. Be-fore approving a project, the Application Review Committee considers several factors including need, which is described as follows: “The project should serve an underserved community that could not reasonably afford to carry out the proj-ect if required to pay the normal cost of project design and development. It is the intent of Com-munity Engineering Corps to assist communities who cannot afford engineering assistance--not communities who can afford to retain engineering expertise but elect to spend their resources on dif-ferent things.” The Section is actively seeking volunteers to be considered for future Project Teams. If you’re interested, complete the application at www.ca-nv-awwa. org. Water for People. AWWA established Water for People in 1991, and although it is is now a suc-cessful independent organization, a strong part-nership continues with the Association and with many Sections. The CA-NV Section has an active standing committee and in 2015, the relationship grew stronger when a Water for People “subcom-mittee” in Sacramento (also sometimes referred to as a local chapter) came into the fold. Volunteer leadership has emerged to organize a local sub-committee in the Ventura-Santa Barbara County area as well. The model Water for People group is the San Diego subcommittee, which holds several highly successful fundraising events each year. To some of our members, fundraising and char-ity may seem outside the normal activities of our organization. But as a people, Americans are gen-erous and altruistic, and we’re certain that many of our members fit that mold. CA-NV AWWA offers a number of ways to give a bit extra and support someone in need, be it a student poised to start a career or a community in our region or around the world that lacks resources. I hope you will be generous when we invite your support.
SOURCE - Winter 2016
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