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February 2017                                                          Issue #81
SECTION ELECTION RESULTS - New Trustees Take Office Following the Section Conference

Your ballots have been counted and these new Section officers
will begin their term in office immediately following our Section Conference in May. Congratulations to these new officers! 

Chair Elect - Mel Damewood, Eugene Water and Electric Board


Oregon/Idaho Trustee - Julie Smitherman, City of Ashland

Washington Trustee - Ronda Farmer, Spanaway Water

Trustee At Large - Lynn Williams Stephens, Brown and Caldwell

In January at the Winter Board Meeting of AWWA Directors, our very own Marshall Thompson was selected as Director At Large for the Association. 

Thompson is the Operations Manager for Suez Idaho in Boise and serves as Treasurer on our Section Board of Trustees. 

In June at ACE17 in Philadelphia, Thompson will begin his  three year term as Association Director.  Thompson joins Kari Duncan who is already serving on the AWWA Board as our PNWS Section Director. 

Congratulations Marshall!

Registration is now open for the largest conference for water professionals in the Pacific Northwest!  

Join your industry peers in Kennewick, Washington May 3-5 and you will experience:

  • Pre-Conference Photo Contest - upload your favorite picture of water to our conference smartphone app and be entered to win a free conference registration. It takes literally two seconds and could save you hundreds in registration fees. Upload the smartphone app to your phone and the app will prompt you on how to upload the photo. Winner announced March 31!
  • Scavenger Hunt Open to Everyone - This year's scavenger hunt will take place on the smartphone app and be open to everyone to play! We are calling it PNWS Go! and those attendees with the highest score by Friday at lunch will win one of three fabulous vacations in our Section! This replaces the raffle tickets that you had to purchase in the past to win the trips. 
Vendors - half our booths are already sold out!  Don't delay register for your booth before they are all gone. 

Hospitality Suites are Back! - And they are SOLD OUT!  Thursday night everyone is invited to swing by the RH2, MWH/Stantec and Murray Smith and Associates suites located in the convention center.  We will have buses standing by to get everyone back to their hotel rooms after an evening of networking!

Scavenger Hunt Advertising Opportunities - This smartphone Scavenger Hunt runs throughout the conference. For only $750 we can guarantee to drive people to your booth! 

  • Drive attendees to your booth! - Take part in the Scavenger Hunt and attendees will have to stop by your booth to receive a code and be entered in the drawing for three fabulous trips!
  • Get your company logo on the Scavenger Hunt Game!
  • Maximum visibility!
ACE17 GAVEL PASSING - Meet and Greet Replaced with Wrap Party

Our Section's very own Brenda Lennox will begin her term as AWWA President this June at the conclusion of ACE17 in Philidelphia. 

Lennox will accept the gavel at the ACE17 Wrap Party on Wednesday night, June 14 as the association celebrates the conclusion of our annual exhibition.  We want to see a huge turn out from PNWS at this party to support Brenda. Because of this we will not be holding our usual pre-ACE Meet and Greet on Sunday that we have traditionally held. Instead we want to encourage everyone to stick around for the Wednesday evening wrap party at the Fieldhouse!

EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING AWARDS - Nominations Are Open until February 10

Now is the time to enter your recent project in the PNWS Engineering Awards Competition!

Outstanding drinking water related engineering projects which have led to overall cost savings to the water using community, provided enhanced safety to the public and/or water resources, resulted in extended asset service life, integrated a cutting edge technology in the design, or other criteria that is representative of "Excellence in Engineering". The following criteria are required for all entries:
  • Projects must be submitted within 2 years of final acceptance of construction.
  • Projects shall not have been previously submitted for consideration for this award. (Submitting a project multiple years for consideration is not allowed.)
To enter or find out more visit the Engineering Committee webpage.

WATER FOR PEOPLE - Silent Auction and Kenneth J. Miller Award
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Donations are being accepted for the WFP Silent Auction at the Kennewick Conference. Do you have an awesome craft or art piece you create?  Or have the hook up on an amazing vacation rental or sporting event?  Or just have something really great you'd like to donate?  Register your item here. 

Do you know someone who works tirelessly for Water For People?  Then submit their name for the Kenneth J Miller award!  This award recognizes volunteers for their outstanding service and leadership in the advancement of the Water For People mission.  Last year's winner, Cindy Foss, was nominated for her long term commitment to the Water For People committee.  Anyone can be nominated:  Long time volunteers, section committee chairs or subsection event chairs, or that volunteer who is always working behind the scenes at Water For People events. Submit their name today!
CEU's and More CEU's!

February 22 - Basic Waterworks Workshop Lynnwood, WA

March 2 - A Day with DOH Workshop Skagit, WA

March 9 - Cross Connection Control is Critical Longview, WA

March 12-15 - Cascade To Coast Subsection Short School Eugene, OR

Spokane, WA

March 22 -  Free Webinar - Water Audits and Water Loss Control: Entering Your Data Into the Spreadsheet

Water Manager
Water Quality Inspector and Water Quality Specialist
Water Distribution Utility Worker
Water Treatment Plant Operator Recruitment
Water Treatment Plant Operator II - IV

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Your tax deductible donation provides scholarships to students taking courses that will lead to or improve their careers in the drinking water industry. 
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the March edition to the Section office.  
Kyle Kihs
Executive Director