Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013 - (Page 44)
From the CEO
THIS MARKS MY last year of service to our Rural
Water family. In 2014, I will spend much more time
with my wife of 43 years and my grandkids, working
more in church and on my small ranch. During my
35 years at NRWA, I have been blessed in meeting
BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO
so many wonderful people and seeing so much of
this incredibly beautiful and diverse nation.
In my last few articles in this magazine, I will share some
observations of my experiences that perhaps may mean something
to you in some small way. From my father, I gained an appetite
for hard work and from my mother the necessity to temper it with
compassion. My experiences have allowed me to work with a group
of exceptionally dedicated and very talented people who have their
own unique methods of working and achieving their goals.
My ﬁrst is that in our nation we are all created equal before the
law. We are not all given the same gifts and abilities by our creator.
As much as I tried and exercised as a teenager, I was still two inches
short of dunking a basketball, and at one time, that was really frustrating to me. With age, I have come to appreciate the diversity that
God has given us and those who make the most of their gifts and
For more than a decade, a small group of state Executive
Directors and I have gotten together annually to discuss the current
state of affairs as well as the future of Rural
Water. Tommy Duck, Jimmy Matthews, Gary
Larimore and others have grown to be very
close friends over time and I treasure those
Having the right attitude, doing
conversations and their perspectives. We folone more thing and always
low Proverbs 28:23 “He who rebukes a man
will afterward ﬁnd more favor than he who
doing the right thing will get
ﬂatters with the tongue.” One of my questions
you far in life.
and observations from that group is why are
they successful as Executive Directors? Each
comes from a very different educational background and all have difference job experiences prior to becoming
successful Executive Directors. None of us are alike; yet all would
have been very successful even if we had all chosen a different
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vocation. In my opinion, it is about
their attitude and determination. Each
of these men believes and focuses on
being successful and works diligently
toward his goals.
John Montgomery has worked in
our DC office for more years than
I have worked for Rural Water. One
of his sayings is “just do one more
thing.” Sounds simple and I cannot tell
you how many times stopping by one
more congressional ofﬁce than we had
planned has yielded some unexpected
beneﬁts for our Rural Water cause.
Jim Dunlap is a former President
of our association and a long-serving
National Director. One of his admonitions given to him as a young man
and that he frequently passed on is
“do the right thing.” Again it sounds
simple but with that as a guiding principle causes you to consider the consequences of what you do. It may not
always win friends but you do sleep
better at night.
Having the right attitude, doing one
more thing and always doing the right
thing will get you far in life. Having
a great mother and father is not a bad
start in life. May God bless you!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013
From The President
The Election: What It Means For Rural Water and For Rural America
NRWA...Changing The Language In Washington, D.C.
Broad Support: Poll Finds That Americans Are Willing To Spend On Water Infrastructure
Let Your Voice Be Heard
New Year's Resolution: Stop Mailing Those CCRS and Appreciate The Power of an Association
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From The CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2013
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