Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010 - (Page 11)

w It’s All About Building Relationships to monthly contacts with our representatives. From the President WOW, TIME DOES fly! It doesn’t seem possible that two years have passed already. There have been many changes in the past two years, but the most important change is how we do business in D.C. We have gone from a couple of trips a year The political environment has changed drastically and we need to BY FRED SHELDON, NRWA PRESIDENT change with it. The power has changed and people who were our friends have moved up and have been replaced with some who do not know us as well. It shows us that we need to constantly work for Rural Water, both in D.C. and at home. The best advice we received was from Congressman Dicks of Washington, “Work harder on the senate side and have your representative contact the chairman, on the floor, and tell him they support rural water.” Over the past two years, I have asked you several times to thank everyone you see in D.C., both at the time you see them and again when you get home. These two little words mean a lot. They show that you are sincere in what you do and you truly appreciate their time. Bill Simpson from the NRWA D.C. office told me that when he fi rst came to work for us, hardly anyone ever thanked him for what he had done for them. Even if they don’t sign our letter, thank them for their time. This will help build or start a relationship, both at home and in D.C. The best advice we received was from We lost several members of the NRWA board of direcCongressman Dicks of Washington, tors the last two years and I’m sure we’ll have some that will retire soon. They will all be missed for the hard work “Work harder on the senate side and they have done and their friendship. I wish them all the have your representative contact the best. I also want to say THANK YOU to everyone for your support and the hard work you have done. I think all of chairman, on the floor, and tell him you have done an outstanding job, both in committee they support rural water.” work and personnel effort. Some of the work has not been pleasant, but the job got done and you all should be proud of what you accomplished. This is the best it has ever been for Rural Water. Our federal programs are bigger than ever and our fi nances better than before. Our relationships with RD and EPA are stronger than ever! We have a great group of leaders coming up and they will do a great job of taking us into the future. Once again THANK YOU for all of the support you have given me. Third Quarter 2010 • 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010
From the President
Relationships Don't Just Happen Overnight
Make the Link!
Meet the New Agency Heads!
Legislation is Top Priority in Texas
Legislative Efforts in Arkansas
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Rural Water Utilities Energy and Water Efficiency Program
Regulatory Update
Wrap It Up: Michigan and South Dakota Advertise Quality on Tap!
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2010