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Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing BY DONNA LAWSON, WASTEWATER OPERATIONS SPECIALIST VRWA HAS JUST completed the 27th Annual Conference at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Va. The conference had the highest attendance ever, with 113 vendor booths and nearly 300 attendees. The conference is the biggest event VRWA puts on every year and the small staff and many volunteers work very hard to make it successful. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, you're missing something. If you have attended, then you know there is something special about bringing so many people together for a common cause. In many ways the conference is like a family reunion. You meet old friends you haven't seen in a while and also make new friends and acquaintances. Good food and drink along with a bit of learning, a little recreational golf or skeet shooting and some much needed CPEs and peer networking are what makes conferences worth going to. I call it the "conference high." Why limit that experience to once a year? For the past three years, VRWA has gained momentum through hosting region meetings. What is different about a region meeting and how does it benefit VRWA's members? Well, to start, it is more than a class, though we do offer CPEs. The meetings are targeted to a central location in each of the five VRWA regions. The meeting is hosted by a corporate member who provides the keynote speaker and lunch. Primacy agencies such as the Office of Drinking Water, Rural Development, and the Department of Environmental Quality are encouraged to attend and are invited to speak during the meeting. Local government officials, town managers, board members, corporate members, facility managers and operators all have a reason to attend a region meeting. Where else There is something special about bringing so many people together for a common cause. can you go for half a day to gain valuable information, get to know your neighbor, get CPEs, have lunch and be back to your facility within an hour or less? At the close of this last conference, our Executive Director told the staff that everyone was where they should be. That comment came as a follow-up from the beginning direction that all staff must be where they were assigned at all times. Looking forward as VRWA wants to be where they should be by providing services, training and being the top conduit for water and wastewater professionalism in the state of Virginia both now and in the future, then the region meetings are the place to be. When you see one scheduled in your area, make plans to attend and bring a friend. Take part of the next big thing and VRWA will continue to be where we should, where you need us. 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2015

From the President: A Disinfection Byproducts Odyssey
From the Executive Director: It’s Over
Importance of Professional Relationships in the Water and Wastewater Industry
Spring Cleaning … All Year Long
Region Meetings: the Next Big Thing
Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses
Virginia Source Water
USDA Rural Development
A Successful Model for Waterworks
Professional Licensing Update: News You Can Use
NRWA Recap
Tank Team Tackles Water Distribution
VRWA 2015 Conference Highlights
Town of Lovettsville Wins the ‘Great Water Taste Contest’
Throwing My Loop: Helpers in Our Path
Wastewater Crossword
VRWA Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
New Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Summer 2015