Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013 - (Page 48)

I From the CEO The Measure of a Man in my 35 years at NRWA, I have had the privilege of working with great men and women who are genuinely honest, hard working, dedicated and have the upmost integrity. With the media reporting insuring BY roB JohnSon, nrWA ceo that we know all that is wrong with our nation, I have seen the heart of rural America and know there is hope. A s one who has par tici“The one thing that pated in several hundred board doesn’t abide by meetings all over this nation, majority rule is a my observations are that most person’s conscience.” boards and chief staff officers – Harper Lee, To Kill know the right thing to do. a Mockingbird. Occasionally some choose not to take that narrow path and it usually makes the front page. NRWA has a noble goal of insuring that every aspect of our association operates at its highest professional level. For decades, we have trained not only our staffs but also our boards. Our President Doug Anderton occasionally speaks about the dilemma of the easy wrong or the hard right that everyone in leadership of any organization has faced. Who in our industry does not make this choice every day? In the water and wastewater business, most of our assets are buried underground, but our character and integrity is not. Integrity can be defined as a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy. The Measure of a Man Author: Anonymous Not – How did he die? But – How did he live? Not – What did he gain? But – What did he give? these are the things that measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth. Not – What was his station? But – Had he a heart? And – How did he play his God-given part? Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer? to bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not – What was his church? Not – What was his creed? But – Had he befriended those really in need? Not – What did the sketch in the newspaper say? But – How many were sorry when he passed away? these are the things that measure the worth of a man as a man, regardless of birth. continued on page 47 “According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one.” – John MacArthur 48 • Second Quarter 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013

From the President
Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plans
Electric Bills
The Energy Future of Rural America
A Tiny Drop of and Idea
Water University
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers /
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013