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FEATURE

NRWA President

Steve Fletcher

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Rural Water's "Man for All Seasons"
BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA LEGISLATIVE ANALYST

In the 16th century,

Sir Thomas
More (later to become Saint Thomas
More) was said to be so intellectually
versatile and morally principled that
William Shakespeare felt compelled to
write a biographical play about him in
1592. In 1520, a contemporary of More's
by the name of Robert Whittington said
that the humanist, author and statesman
was a "man of an angel's wit," among
other superlatives that concluded with the
famous sobriquet, "a man for all seasons."
Fast forward from Tudor England to
21st century America-September 14,
2016, to be exact-when the National
Rural Water Association swore in their
19th President of the association and
another true renaissance man, Steve

Fletcher from Washington County, Illinois.
In his acceptance speech, the humble
and modest Fletcher said he was not a
great orator. He added that he would "do
everything in his power to continue the
association's success in appropriations,
legislation and regulatory affairs. And
I only hope I can live up to everyone's
expectations."
At the beginning of 2018, NRWA's
Washington office chief, Bill Simpson,
reflected, "It is often asked, do the times
make a man great, or does the man make
his times great? In the short time since
President Fletcher has assumed the
leadership of NRWA, we have needed
him to testify in Congress two times to
advocate on our priority Congressional

Steve Fletcher accepting the NRWA Presidency from past President Charles Hilton in Orlando, Florida
(September 14, 2016).

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FIRST QUARTER 2018

issues: saving the USDA water funding
program from termination as proposed
by the White House, standing up for rural
and small communities as the House of
Representatives was crafting amendments
to the Safe Drinking Water Act, and
pressing Congress to make their 2018
Farm Bill good for rural communities."
Simpson, himself a devotee of humanist
scholarship of the European Renaissance
period, said, "After seeing how President
Fletcher has led the association on a range
of existential issues for rural America, I
really think he is our Man for All Seasons."
In addition to appearing before
Congress more in one year than anyone
else in rural water's history, Fletcher
also represented NRWA before the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency for
their formal "Federalism" consultation on
revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, and
has been a keynote speaker at numerous
State Rural Water Association annual
conferences, providing his exegesis on
the "Power of an Association" and Rural
Water's grassroots network.
On March 9, 2017, the U.S. House
of Representatives Committee on
Agriculture held the rural development
subcommittee's first hearing of the
new Congress to discuss the Farm Bill
programs and issues under its respective
jurisdiction. So much of what rural
America will be able to accomplish over
the next decade will be tied to how well
these rural development programs work,
making it the most appropriate topic of the



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018

From the President
When Rural Water Systems Combine
Peer-to-Peer Networking
Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
Rural Water Rally 2018
State Rural Water Association Profile
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Regulatory Update
Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 3
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - When Rural Water Systems Combine
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 14
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Peer-to-Peer Networking
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Cheboygan, Michigan Adopts Level Service Goals for Water Department
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - NRWA President Steve Fletcher: Rural Water’s “Man for All Seasons”
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Rural Water Rally 2018
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 34
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - State Rural Water Association Profile
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 37
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 39
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - 42
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Up the Creek: The Ongoing Story of Our Life
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2018 - From the CEO
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