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 13

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
NRWA Recap
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2016