Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010 - (Page 11)

2009: FROM THE PRESIDENT BY FRED SHELDON, NRWA PRESIDENT A Year of Change 2009 WAS AN OUTSTANDING YEAR. It was the best year ever for funding, and for the fi rst time, we are in the president’s budget. We also have said goodbye to several friends. Bill Parnell (NRWA past president and longtime employee) passed away this past summer, Rolly Olney (NRWA board member from Michigan and NRWA Executive Board member) died suddenly in December and several board members retired from the NRWA board (Bobby Scott, Tennessee; Dwight Calhoun, West Virginia; and Bob Selchert, Wisconsin). Every one of them will be missed. We’ve also had several in the Rural Water family who are recovering from different illnesses and surgeries. I would ask that you keep all of them, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers. We had the fi rst-ever H2O-XPO, and it was a huge success! Sure, there were some small problems – every new venture experiences growing pains – but nothing could dampen the excitement of over 17,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibitors. We changed the name of our NRWA conference to the WaterPro Conference (taking place on September 26-29 this year) to promote our experience and expertise as THE PROFESSIONALS in Rural Water! Our state associations continue to grow, adding new members and new staff. NRWA headquarters have added several new staff members, as well. It was a year of change, additions and growth…none of which could have happened without YOU! You are the reason we exist. YOU are the reason we grow. YOU are Rural Water! We’re really in this together! By the time this magazine is in your hands, we will be deep into the process of working on our 2010 funding and working hard to get funding support. You can do your part by contacting your congressional representative. Ask your congressman to approach Rep. Dicks on the floor and ask Dicks to support Rural Water and our request for funding. He would like this to come from Democrats and Republicans! 2009 was the year of change. I believe that 2010 will be even better! We have changed the dates of the Rally to February 8-10, 2010, and by doing so, some committee dates will change and may interfere with some state conferences. We apologize for this, but we MUST be in D.C. during the appropriation process – not after. Congress needs to HEAR and SEE us before they begin the decision process on our funding! We NEED YOU, as always, to be an integral part of our lobbying process. We need YOU making phone calls and writing letters to your Congressional delegation. I hope you all had a merry Christmas and I hope you all have an outstanding new year. Don’t forget to thank your members of Congress, and to do it several times throughout the year! ❍ Congress needs to HEAR and SEE us before they begin the decision process on our funding! We NEED YOU, as always, to be an integral part of our lobbying process. First Quarter 2010 • 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010
Table of Contents
From the President
H2O-XPO to Waterpro
The Utility Perspective
The State Rural Water Association Perspective
The Washington DC Perspective
Recent Drinking Water Quality Claims Unfounded
Telling Our Story: The City of Risk
Finding Art in Unexpected Places
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2010