Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010 - (Page 11)

t From the President Challenges and Triumphs in D.C. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU THAT ATTENDED THE RALLY in DC this year. Delayed fl ights, canceled fl ights, snow and ice kept a good portion of you away. We barely had enough directors to have a quorum. In fact, we had to hold up taking a vote until someone who had left the room came back. The city was shut down for most of the week and those of us who were there had nowhere to go, especially since everything was shut down: restaurants, stores, gas stations and most government buildings. There are several stories on how people showed up. Earl McKinney, NRWA board member from Wyoming, flew to Pittsburgh, rented a car and drove through a blizzard to get to DC. Tommy Duck flew to New York and took a train…we still don’t know if he ever received his luggage. Leaving was even harder. When the storm fi rst hit, there were a few who were able BY FRED SHELDON, NRWA PRESIDENT to drive out before things got really bad. Steve Wear, NRWA director from Arkansas, had a wedding he had to get to and Walt Smith, NRWA DC staff member, drove him and his wife to Richmond, Va., in a blizzard to catch a fl ight. Steve and Connie made it to their daughter’s wedding. Congratulations Steve! For those who stayed, it was reported to us that they were the best meetings they ever had! We were the only ones in town and most offices had all the time in the world to talk to us. Rodney Tart, NRWA director from North Carolina, knocked on doors till they opened for him! When it was time to leave, a whole new set of problems occurred. I had six canceled fl ights and spent another night in Minneapolis before Chairman Dicks (Washington, and I fi nally got home on Saturday night. The very next week, we began our annual fl y-ins. All House Appropriations Committee) of the states that were unable to get to DC was very happy that we were in were able to have a fl y-in before the middle of March. town early during the appropriation There are some major changes this year and process and asked that ALL OF YOU it has shown us that we have a lot of things to overcome. Chairman Dicks (Washington, have YOUR congressional people and House Appropriations Committee) was approach him on the floor and ask very happy that we were in town early during the appropriation process and asked that for support of rural water. ALL OF YOU have YOUR congressional people approach him on the floor and ask for support of rural water. He also said that we do well on the house side but need work on the Senate side. I want to thank each and every one of you for the effort you put out this year and don’t forget to say “thank you” to your congressional offices again! These are two small words that go so far in helping Rural Water to be remembered in the halls of government in DC. Second Quarter 2010 • 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
From the President
Energy Reduction Planning for Utilities
Energy Efficiency
Using the Water Bill to Foster Conservation
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Water University for Utility Managers
Rhapsody in Rural Water
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010