March 2019                                                          Issue #105
Vancouver Section Conference
Leadership Symposium - Abstracts Needed
WFP Silent Auction Items Needed
Bridging the Gap Podcast
Fundraising Events
Training Opportunities
Job Postings
Registration Is Now Open!

Section Conference  
Vancouver, WA
May 1-3, 2019
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Sept 26-27, 2019 Yakima, WA
SECTION CONFERENCE IN VANCOUVER - Early Bird Registration Rates End March 31!

Registration is now OPEN for the 2019 Section Conference in Vancouver, WA, May 1-3. 

March is the last month for early bird pricing. Register before April 1st and save $150! 

We are sold out of vendor booths but we have several other sponsorship opportunities including golf hole sponsors, technical track sponsors and more!  Check out our conference website for all the additional opportunities. 

This year we will be offering 1.7 CEUs in drinking and wastewater (CEUs vary by state). The technical program is now on our website! You will also find a detailed description of the Wednesday pre-conference sessions. 

Our annual conference golf tournament will take place at Camas Meadows.  The golf course is approximately 14 miles from downtown Vancouver. 

The conference will kick off on Wednesday evening May 1 at Esther Short Park with our Competition Night.  Join your friends for this great event and cheer our teams on to ACE19 in Denver. Stay energized with local food and beverages from food trucks and breweries around Vancouver which is known as the Hippest City in America by MoveHub.  

Our Thursday morning Opening General Session will feature our  keynote speaker Steve Eberlein from Tipping Point Resilience. Steve will share his experiences living in Sri Lanka during the 9.1 subduction zone quake that triggered a massive tsunami that took more than 230,000 lives in more than a dozen countries. He will relate those experiences to our risk of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake along the west coast. You won't want to miss this!

Check out our conference website for all the latest information and to register! 
2019 LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM - One Month Left To Submit Your Abstract!

F IRST EVER PNWS Leadership Symposium scheduled for September 26-27 in Yakima, WA. 

This two day symposium will offer tracks for multiple levels of management including:
  • Becoming a lead or supervisor - what skills do you need to manage your peers?
  • Mid-level managers making the move to senior management
  • Senior management and elected officials 
  • Plus the annual Young Professional Summit will be taking place as part of this symposium
Interested in presenting in any one of these areas?  The Leadership Symposium abstract window is now open. Abstracts must be submitted by April 1 for consideration and need not be CEU worthy.  Registration for the Leadership Symposium opens immediately following the Section Conference. 
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It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about what you'd like to donate to this year's Water For People silent auction at annual conference. This year's conference in Vancouver, WA is shaping up to be an amazing event and we hope to raise significant funds to help Water For People continue to do the amazing work they do. As you know, the sky's the limit on the items you donate - in past years handmade items and alcohol have made the most money. Sporting event tickets, unique trips, and specialty themed baskets also do very well.
If you could please log your donation at this link, it would be very helpful as this allows us to have a bid sheet and description ready for the conference. 

Items can be brought with you to the conference, or sent ahead of time to:
Via UPS and FedEx:
City of Vancouver
Attn: Tyler Clary
4500 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver WA 98661
City of Vancouver
Attn: Tyler Clary
PO Box 1995
Vancouver WA 98668-1995  

The Member Engagement and Development Committee will be publishing their first Bridging the Gap Podcast! 

The GOALS of the podcast will be:

- to connect our Young professionals with our Seasoned/Retired Professionals by capturing their story

- to  extract lessons learned and apply them to our own careers professionally and personally

For the first podcast we will be interviewing AWWA Past President Brenda Lennox. If you have any questions for Brenda, please send them to Chris Young by Friday, March 15th.

For Brenda's full Biography, as well as past interviews, please see the Bridging the Gap Podcast webpage on our website. 
PHILANTHROPY EVENTS - Water For People and Scholarships

NW Oregon Hops for H2O

The 3rd Annual Hops for H20 is scheduled fo
r Tuesday, March 12 at the Lagunitas Community Room in downtown Portland from 6-9pm. Live music, food and beer - what's not to like? Register now as space is limited. 

2019 Walla Walla For Water
The 2nd Annual Walla Walla for Water event is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at the Foundry Vineyards in Walla Walla. 

Score points with your significant other and take them to this great event!  Spend the weekend in beautiful wine country with your peers as we raise money for both Water For People and scholarships for the next generation of water professionals. 

Walla Walla has great food, great wine and you are guaranteed sunshine. 
Register now and we will see you there! 

24th Annual Water For Life Reception

Please join us April 13, 2019 at the Seattle Mountaineers Club near Magnuson Park, Seattle. The evening will feature delicious food, live music, silent auction and hosted wine and beer to help make the dream of safe water and sanitation a reality around the world. Dress code is cocktail.  Please register by April 10. 
CEU's and More CEU's!

March 13 / Vancouver, WA
  • Water Program and Support Manager
  • Utility Worker I/II
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Green River Facility Manager
  • Maintenance Electrician
  • Industrial Electrical Supervisor
  • Assistant Director - Public Works
  • Associate Engineer
  • Sewer Maintenance Worker
  • Utility Worker I
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator II
  • Engineering Technician
  • Customer Service Representative
  • General Manager
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator I
  • Water Circuit Rider with Idaho Rural Water
  • General Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Solid Waste Attendant I
  • Engineering Technician
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee
  • Senior Accounting Specialist
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 April edition to the  Section office.  

Kyle Kihs
Executive Director