Streamline - Spring 2016 - (Page 9)

FromThePresident BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT Strong WHEN THE BOSTON Marathon bombing occurred in April 2013, the city of Boston adopted the phrase "Boston Strong". In Louisa County when a beloved high school football coach was diagnosed with cancer, the entire community adopted the phrase "LC Strong" (Louisa County). Phrases like these are meant to lift people up and bring them together in support of each other during difficult times. In the General Assembly, they are considering a House Joint Resolution (HJ 88) designating June 30, in 2016 and each succeeding year as Drinking Water and Wastewater Professional's Appreciation Day in Virginia. My work family means a lot to me. You cannot spend 40+ hours a week with your co-workers and not develop feelings of concern and compassion for them and their families. Recently, while completing the Sacramento Course "Operation and Maintenance of Wastewater Collection, Vol. II", I came across the term, "Esprit de corps", which is defined "In union there is strength. Promote it always. Avoid creating dissension among subordinates. Encourage and reward employees on the basis of their ability, talent and accomplishment." Actually, I prefer the version provided by Merriam-Webster, "The common spirit existing in members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion and strong regard for honor of the group." Esprit de corps is a good explanation of how I believe a work environment should be, however, we all know that a chain (or organization) is only as strong as its weakest link. In a family when one member is weak, the rest of the family is strong, providing encouragement and support until the weak family member has once again regained their strength. There are several definitions of strong or strength, such as "the state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance" (Merriam-Webster), but what about "force as measured in numbers: effective numbers of any body or organization" (Merriam-Webster). Therefore, when a co-worker is weak, should the work family do everything they can to bring them back to full strength? Should we provide mentoring, guidance and/or training? I believe so. According to Wikipedia, "United we stand, divided we fall" in modern history is credited to John Dickinson's "The Liberty Song", from pre-Revolutionary times, but versions of "United we stand, divided we fall" can be found in Greek stories and in Bible verses. The sooner all co-workers have been restored to full strength, the stronger the organization will be. When everyone is strong, the organization will rise together in efficiency and productivity. When a co-worker is weak, provide encouragement and support. The sooner that a weak co-worker is once again strong, the sooner your organization will be able to state "United we stand" and be able to drop "divided we fall". In the General Assembly, they are considering a House Joint Resolution (HJ 88) designating June 30, in 2016 and each succeeding year as Drinking Water and Wastewater Professional's Appreciation Day in Virginia. Please contact your representative in support of this House Joint Resolution. It would be a great opportunity to be able to say that we are "Utility Strong". www.vrwa.org 9 http://vrwa.org/

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
Drought
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/Ad.com

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