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November 2016                                                          Issue #78

So Many Things to be Thankful For...

Fall is in full swing and I have been enjoying my favorite time of the year.   I love the changing colors in the fall foliage, the cooler/rainy weather, and decorating for the holidays.   Our girls, Kennedy (age 6) and Hadley (age 3), grew FOUR big pumpkins in our garden this year.  Of course they are also excited about Thanksgiving and spend a lot of time wondering what Santa will bring.  

This year has been an amazing year and there is so much to be thankful for.   It has been incredibly rewarding to work with the PNWS Board and members over the last few months.  The PNWS continues to be a recognized leader within the American Water Works Association.   Our members have shaped a resilient, well respected, and innovative section.  I am continuously impressed by the dedication of our members and the quality of trainings, fundraising, and networking events hosted by various committees and subsections.    I am blessed to be part of the PNWS and I want to personally thank you for your continued membership and service to the drinking water industry. 

This time of the year can be very hectic.  Be sure to take some time to relax and enjoy all the season offers.  On behalf of the PNWS Board, we would like to wish you and your families a very merry holiday season and a happy and healthy 2017.  Cheers to you and yours!

Lacey Goeres-Priest
PNWS Board Chair


Help select the future leaders of our Section by voting and then mailing your ballot back to the Section office by December 30. 

Candidates include:

Chair Elect
Mel Damewood
Jennifer Garbely
Mike Whiteley

Oregon/Idaho Trustee
Mike McClenathan
Jamie Porter
Julie Smitherman

Washington Trustee
Ronda Farmer
Tony Lindgren
Sam Perry

Trustee At-Large
Cory Baune
Lynn Williams Stephens
Pat Van Duzer

Look for candidate bio's in this fall's Water Matters.  

The 2017 Winter Subsection Officer Training and Trustee meeting is scheduled for February 1-3 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. 

Registration is now open and you can reserve your hotel room anytime prior to January 11 and take advantage of the discounted rate of $122 a night before taxes. 

The Subsection Advisory Council is working on a great training agenda which will be available in a few weeks.  Additionally, you can expect the Friday Trustee Meeting agenda to be available very soon.  All Committee Reports will be due on Friday, January 20.  

Starting in 2017, AWWA will enhance membership benefits for Utility and Service Provider Members.  Specifically, AWWA will replace its current benefit system, Plus Points, with a package of benefits that maximizes the value of the former offering. This change affects Service Provider and Utility members with over 5,000 service connections.
Utilities with less than 5,000 service connections will experience the upgrade differently. A low dues rate along with an enhanced version of Let's Talk Safety 2017 will be provided. In addition, free training opportunities may exist for those servicing populations of 10,000 or less.
These changes are a direct result of feedback from member surveys and interviews, collaboration with Sections, and recommendations from volunteer groups.
To maximize your benefits or learn more about Utility and Service Provider membership opportunities, please contact AWWA at or 303.794.7711.  

PNWS LEADERSHIP - What Does It Take?

You may of thought about it.  

Some of your peers are even doing it. 

You might be interested if you knew more about it. 

I'm referring to being a leader in our Section.  Whether it be at the subsection level, the committee level or as a Section Trustee there are many levels of leadership in our Section. 

Maybe you have been asked to volunteer or lead a project. Perhaps you are seeking career advancement, looking to give back or make a difference with an organization, team or specific effort. Maybe you are ready to take it to the next level. The Section can help build and develop the skills needed to become an effective leader and those leadership skills will translate easily between the Section and the work place.  If you are a proven leader at work, you will easily become a leader within the Section.  If you are looking to build your leadership skills, the Section is a great place to build those skills that will assist you in your future career goals. 

Check out the new How To Be A Leader In PNWS page on our website for more information. 
TRI-STATE WUC MEETING - Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the Tri-State Water Utility Council meeting in Portland at the Airport Embassy Suites on Friday, November 18 from 8am - 2pm. 

As in past years AWWA Legislative staff from the Washington DC Office will be joining us. The meeting will also cover legislative, legal, and local updates from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.   Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch!

Garden City, ID
CEU's and More CEU's!
Senior Business Process Analyst
Water Division Manager Assistant Distribution Operations
Water Division Manager Assistant Ops and Maintenance

Civil Engineer
Municipal Water Operator
Operations Lead
Communications and Public Outreach Coordinator
Principal Engineer
Infrastructure Design Engineer

Utility Superintendent
Financial Systems Administrator

Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Application Systems Administrator
Cross Connection Control Specialist
Civil Engineer III - Water Utility
Maintenance Technician II


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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 December edition to the Section office.  Happy Thanksgiving!
Kyle Kihs
Executive Director