April 2018                                                          Issue #94
2018 Section Conference
ACE18 Section Meet and Greet
Members To Approve New Section Bylaws
New Section Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan
Member Appreciation Events Planned
Golf Season is Coming!
Water For People Events
AWWA Training Comes to PNWS
Training Opportunities
Job Postings

Section Conference  
Tacoma, WA
April 25-27, 2018
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2018 SECTION CONFERENCE - Tacoma, WA - Online Registration Closes Friday, April 20

Online register for the 2018 PNWS-AWWA Section Conference in Tacoma, WA, April 25-27 closes on April 20. Onsite registration will open in Tacoma on Tuesday, April 24 at 3pm. 

Register online to take part in the conference meals. Onsite registration does NOT include meals. 

  • Registration 
  • Technical Program  - 1.7 CEU's
  • Our Keynote Speaker - From XYZ University the experts on generations in the workplace!
  • First Time Attendee and Student Events
  • Golf, Competitions and Networking
  • Hotels
  • You could win a $500 destination vacation to Coeur d'Alene Resort by completing the post conference survey immediately following the conference.
  • Take part in the 50/50 Water For People Raffle!  The more you donate the more you could take home!

Volunteers Needed  - We need room monitors. Volunteer for 4 hours, earn CEUs and get the day free!  Click here to find out more!

Vendors  - Booths are sold out!  But there are multiple other opportunities to get your company name in front of our conference attendees  including: 
  • golf hole sponsorships (only 6 left)
  • technical session sponsorships (only 3 left)
  • scavenger hunt sponsorships (only 5 left)
  • smart phone banner ads (only 1 left)
  • Conference Meet and Greet/Competition Night - Everyone attends this event on Wednesday night!  Make sure your company name is in front of them all. (1 spot left)

The Smart Phone App is up and running!  We are adding information to it daily!  Upload it to your smart phone now and stay up to date on conference activities. Plus speakers and vendors are uploading technical and sales information pdf's so you can get the 411 before the conference! Download it now!

Silent Auction Items Needed - The Water For People Committee is looking for silent auction items for the conference!  Click this link to fill out your donation form in advance!

Registration is now open for ACE18 in Las Vegas, June 11-14. If you are planning on attending, and why wouldn't you since our very own Brenda Lennox will be presiding as President at this conference. You should plan on kicking your ACE experience off with your Pacific Northwest Section pals at the Mob Museum, Monday June 11 from 6:30 - 9:30.  Register to attend this great event at this world class museum!

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement. It is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas located steps from Fremont Street.

The museum will take you from the birth of the Mob, to today's headlines. Shadows and whispers. G-Men and Made Men. This eye-opening, authentic view of organized crime's impact on the world reveals an insider's look at the events and characters of the continuing battle between the Mob and the law.

Real stories are brought to life with engaging, multi-sensory exhibits and unparalleled insights from those on the front lines of both sides of the battle. The Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at this fascinating topic through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. 

Special thanks to our event sponsors RH2 Engineering, Murraysmith, HDR, CH2M/JacobsDN Tanks and West Yost Associates


AWWA members are asked to attend the Tacoma Section Conference Opening General Session, Thursday, April 26 at 8am to vote for approval of the new Section Bylaws. 

Newly updated Bylaws can be found on our Governing Documents page on our website. 

Your Board of Trustees recently looked at the strategic plan of the Section which has been in place since 2012.  Designed to provide direction for the Section for a 3-5 year time period the current plan needed some adjustments to meet the needs of an ever changing membership and Section.  Ideally strategic plans should provide guidance to the Board, Section Committees and Subsections as they prepare their self-appraisals, action plans, and budgets for the coming years.

Recently shared with committee officers at the Fall Committee Officer Training this new guiding document which includes a new Vision and Mission statement for the Section is scheduled for Board approval at the May Trustee Meeting in Tacoma prior to the Section Conference. It can be found on our website on our Governing Documents page as well as below.  Between now and then, members are encouraged to share feedback with the Board of Trustees and any recommended changes or additions. 

New Section Vision Statement
  • Be the Pacific Northwest's trusted resource for water professionals
New Section Mission
  • Foster a network of professionals to provide opportunities and leadership to the water industry in the Pacific Northwest
Strategic Objectives
  • Member Engagement
    • Subsection & Committee Outreach
    • Introduce students & new professionals to PNWS
    • Retain & grow membership through engagement
  •  Organizational Stewardship
    • Effectively communicate policy & process to members
    • Provide financial accountability
    • Define roles & responsibilities for Committees, Subsections & the Board
  • Advocacy and Philanthropy
    • Support all philanthropic efforts
    • Increase involvement with the Association
    • Review & advocate on topics that Impacts our members
MEMBER APPRECIATION EVENTS PLANNED - For the Cascade To Coast and King County Subsections

The Section Membership Committee has planned two Membership Appreciation events for those members of the Cascade to Coast Subsection and the King County Subsection. Please RSVP to attend. 

May 3 / 5-7pm - Cascade To Coast Subsection


Golf Season Is Coming!

July 20 - South Sound Subsection Tournament at Oakbrook Golf Course

July 27 - Northwest Oregon Subsection Tournament at Gresham Golf Course
Water For People Events
WFP Gala
April 21 - 23rd Annual Water For Life Reception - Woodinville, WA

4 million people, 9 countries, safe drinking water and sanitation for generations. Please consider donating an item to the Water For People Silent Auction at the Tacoma conference. Water For People Donations can be registered here prior to the conference.

Effective Utility Management - April 9-10 in Bellevue

This two-day seminar presents important information for utility managers interested in recent updates to the 2008 Effective Utility Management (EUM) framework, originally developed by water sector leaders in 2008 featuring both the "Ten Attributes of an Effectively Managed Utility" and "Five Keys to Management Success."

CEU's and More CEU's!

April 3-6 / Albany, OR

April 3-5 / Ontario, OR

April 4 / Everett, WA

April 9-10 / Bellevue, WA

April 10 / Woodinville, WA

April 10 / Astoria, OR

April 18 / Spokane, WA

April 18-20 / Portland, OR

April 25 / FREE Webinar
Technologies to Save Energy, Resources, and Time in Water System Operations

May 1 / FREE Webinar

May 15 / Blaine, WA

May 30 / Tillamook, OR

June 5-6 / Lynnwood, WA
Western Washington Short School and Trade Show

June 19-21 / Clackamas, OR
NW Oregon Waterworks School

June 20 / Pendleton, OR

July 20 / Bend, OR
Free Achieve & Maintain Compliance with the SDWA

August 9 / Richland, WA

  • Wastewater Collections/Surface Water Mgmt System Specialist 
  • Senior Engineer
  • Water Plant Operator I-IV
  • Water Works Mechanic Level I or II
  • Maintenance Technician III (Entry level)
  • Water System Operator II
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Working Foreman
  • Utility Worker Lead
  • Utilities Director (W/WW)
  • Engineering Technician III
  • Water Distribution Operator I or II
  • Construction Inspector I or II
  • Operations Supervisor/Water Distribution Operator III or IV
  • Maintenance Technician I or II
  • General Manager
  • Utility Supervisor
  • Water/Wastewater Operator
  • Development & Utility Services Manager
  • Secretary - Water
  • Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer
  • Engineering Inspector
  • Public Works Director
  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Cross Connection Control Coordinator
See the Jobs Listing Page on our website  for more information or how to apply for any of the above listed jobs. 
That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the May edition to the Section office  
See you in Tacoma!
Kyle Kihs
Executive Director