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FromThePresident BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT Let Me Introduce Myself AT ThE RE-oRgAnizATion meeting held at the conclusion of the Virginia Rural Water Association business meeting of April 24 at the Hotel Roanoke, I was elected as President. I consider this a great honor and privilege. The goals I have set for the Association and myself during my tenure are to improve communication and training opportunities for the membership. The goals I have set for the Association and myself during my tenure are to improve communication and training opportunities for the membership. But before I get too carried away, I thought it would be helpful to tell you about myself. Many of you already know that Louisa County Water Authority has been my employer for the past seventeen years and I love to shoot my shotgun. But did you know that I have two adult children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandchildren and three granddogs? I love to dance (not that I am good at it), I would rather bake than cook and that I am a fan of almost any kind of sporting event known to man. My competitive nature seems to get me in all kinds of trouble … I hate losing more than I love winning. When I do win, I don’t mind busting out the happy dance. It’s a character flaw. Communicating with others is fascinating to me, but don’t be offended if I forget your name … I am terrible with names. I am much better with numbers and that is why I work in the financial field. My current position is Finance Manager, Risk Management Coordinator and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for Louisa County Water Authority. In this role, I also serve as the Secretary/Treasurer to the Board of Directors. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Averett University, with an emphasis in e-commerce and an Associates Degree from Northern Virginia Community College in accounting with a cumulative grade point average of 3.86. My employment with Louisa County Water Authority began on June 24, 1996, as Office Manager, the first full-time office employee for the Authority. At that time, there were 60 to 70 water and wastewater customers, the accounting functions were performed manually, and the office was located in a converted garage bay in the maintenance shop. I quickly learned my duties as Office Manager and how Louisa County Water Authority is organized and operated, then made the decision to become a “student” of the Authority and my goal was to learn all aspects of the industry. My studies began with reviewing documents received in the office, reading articles in water/wastewater publications, attending training classes and becoming involved with associations dealing with industry issues. Over the past 17 years, I worked to build and maintain positive, professional working relationships with water/ wastewater professionals. These relationships have become invaluable, creating a very beneficial network for problem solving, information sharing and support. Relevant classes and training sessions have prospered my understanding of the water/wastewater business. My curiosity did not go unnoticed and my management team encouraged me to focus on my professional and personal growth. As Finance Manager, I oversee all of the day-to-day financial aspects of the Authority, which includes, but is not limited to, an annual operating budget of $2.6 million and managing 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
Generators – Learning from the Past
Does the End Justify the Means?
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet!
How is Serving on a Board of an Organization like Owning a Car?
Monitoring Master Meters
2013 Conference Highlights
OilClean from EcoSolutions Naturally Separates Oil from Water
Choosing a Rate Analyst
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Snug and Smug with Solar Power
Fresh Faces: Joey Fagan
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcome New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2013