Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013 - (Page 48)
From the CEO
MOSES WENT TO the top of the mountain and
the Lord said to him, “This is the land which I
swore to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, I will
give it to your descendants; I have let you see it
BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO
with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”
In over 35 years of working with the National Rural Water
Association, I have had the pleasure of working with over 200
members of our board, 17 presidents, several thousand state
board members and several hundred executive directors, training
specialists, circuit riders, wastewater technicians, ground water
specialists, asset management specialist and ofﬁce managers. All
those who have worked so steadfast in the past have laid a solid
foundation for our national association. We have really come a
long ways after beginning with eight states in 1976. An association is never about one person but a large group of people sharing
a common dream and manifesting the will to achieve it. It has
been a great honor to work with the most noble
and hardworking people in this great nation.
I have just returned from our annual In-Service
Training Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado,
An association is never about
and after a week looking into the faces of many
old and young state association professionals, I
one person but a large group
have great conﬁdence about the future.
of people sharing a common
Our accomplishments in DC this year have
been awesome, especially when you consider the
dream and manifesting the will
climate of that town. The inroads made on sevto achieve it.
eral new areas paint a wonderful picture for the
future of our association. My colleagues in DC are
capable of doing so much good for Rural Water.
Sam Wade, our Deputy CEO, has created several new technological pathways that will move us well into the next few years.
Living in Loco and working in Duncan allows me to live in a
rural setting and experience all that you do. I have worked with
many of my colleagues in our headquarters ofﬁce for several
decades and you will never meet a more hardworking, dedicated
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and friendly group of people. I have been
blessed working with them.
And our Board of Directors continue to
change each year with some leaving and
others just arriving. They take their jobs
very seriously. You can tell much of the
success of an association by the behavior
and expectations of its board. NRWA is
successful because our board will accept
nothing less. And the plans of our Board
of Directors, well…just wait. I’d rather you
see the results than for me to just talk
All of this is to say that I have come
to the top of the mountain of my last year
with the National Rural Water Association
and will not go into the future with you.
From here I can see much of what lies
ahead. Together the past has only created a
very solid foundation for our association’s
future. Standing on this peak, my view
of the plans and potential for our Rural
Water Association lets me say with great
conﬁdence and pride that the best years
of National Rural Water Association still
lie ahead. And oh what a future it will be.
I thank God for the privilege of working
with this great, large family of dedicated
and committed people who really care
about what they do. God bless you!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013
FROM THE PRESIDENT
PROJECTS THAT START IN RURAL AMERICA TOUCH THE LIVES OF ALL AMERICANS
WHAT DOES RURAL MEAN?
PROTECTING THE LAND
THE POWER OF AN ASSOCIATION
OLD CONSERVATION IDEA STILL IN VOGUE
THROWING MY LOOP
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FROM THE CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2013