Streamline - Spring 2016 - (Page 13)
Thanks for the Memories!
BY KENNY REYNOLDS, VRWA TRAINING SPECIALIST
SINCE COMING TO Virginia Rural Water Association 10 years ago, the one part of our job I found somewhat difficult was writ-
ing articles for the Streamline magazine every quarter. This article may be one of the most difficult articles I have written. Over
the past 44 years, I have been so blessed to have worked with the City of Salem Water Department and then the Virginia Rural
Water Association. I have come to a point in my life that I feel it is best for me to slow down and enjoy spending more time with
family. Over the years, my family has made many sacrifices with my working 14 of my 34 years on second and third shift for
the Salem Water Department, spending numerous hours for approximately 20 years volunteering with the Salem Rescue Squad,
and my last 10 years with extensive travel with VRWA across the state of Virginia. To my fantastic wife of over 47 years, my
two sweet daughters and their husbands, and my granddaughter and two grandsons who granddaddy loves so much, thank you!!!
I would like to take this opportunity
to thank the Louisiana Rural Water
Association staff because they are one
of the reasons I became interested in
retiring and going to work for VRWA.
While still working for the city of
Salem back in October 2005, I was
able to travel with VRWA and assist
LRWA after the Katrina and Rita hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast
states. After my years of service with
the Salem Rescue Squad, I was very
impressed with how organized and
effective LRWA was in responding to
a massive disaster. Their love for what
they were doing to assist others helped
influence me in my decision to apply
for the position at VRWA.
In December 2005, I applied for the
position of Circuit Rider with VRWA.
After I was interviewed, I had some
doubts about retiring from Salem and
accepting this position. I believe some
of my doubt was due to my years of only
water plant operation and no experience
in water distribution doing work such as
water leak detection and line location.
When I received a call from VRWA and
was offered the position, I asked to have
a day to make a decision. Previously, my
youngest daughter was trying to make a
decision about changing positions with
a different company, and she had some
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016
From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2016