Member Association Feature

 WEA of Ontario

The Water Environment Association of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyle Shipley as the Association's new Executive Director.  Lyle's work in the private sector as the Principal of a business strategy and sustainability consulting firm adds another layer to his extensive experience in acquiring and engaging members and volunteers to achieve success within the non-profit association sector.  Lyle is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has an MBA from Ryerson University.   










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WEF's MA, Membership & Customer Relations Team
WEF is pleased to announce that Wade Riess, a 23-year WEF staff member, has assumed leadership of our MA, Membership & Customer Relations team.  A dynamic team of experienced staff are already working together and with other WEF staff to enhance and expand WEF membership, develop and support relationships with MAs and provide outstanding customer support to all WEF members and customers.  Team members include:

Jessica LaFever - primary contact for Membership including applications/renewals processing, the membership database, and building the WEF member/customer relationship. 

Dianne Crilley - primary contact for MA programs and services, working directly with MA leaders to advance WEF and MA partnerships and to continue to provide leadership development training events that offer opportunities to share and network with MA leaders, WEF Board of Trustees, and WEF staff.

Nick Bardis - primary contact for Life Membership, Standard Methods and online WER support and Proceedings support.

WEF is excited about this new team and Wade's leadership, and their focus to provide excellent customer service and enhance the WEF member experience!

WEFTEC Meeting & Reception Space Requests
Member Associations, Exhibitors, and other affiliated companies/organizations are invited to reserve meeting and/or reception space through WEF at the Hilton Riverside (headquarter hotel) or the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

Policy prohibits functions from being scheduled during official programmi8ng hours: Monday, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, between 8:30 - 5:00 pm.  There is an exception given for training meetings related to exhibiting companies' personnel and/or manufacturers' representatives.  Once WEF has assigned event space, it is the responsibility of the applicant/group to place all order for food & beverage, audio-visual equipment, telecommunication equipment (including internet), and electricity directly with the venue/vendors.  Reservation confirmation will be e-mailed to the applicant/group by WEF staff Deana Gissendanner, WEF Meeting Manager. 

 Kentucky-Tennessee WEA - New Student Chapters
Congratulations to the Kentucky-Tennessee WEA in forming two new Student Chapters.  The WEF Board of Trustees has approved charter for the University of Louisville (faculty advisor Michael Sharp) and at the Tennessee Tech (faculty advisors Kevin Young and Tania Datta).

 Attend the 2014 National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In
Share your perspective on federal clean water policy at the 2014 National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In.  Hosted by WEF, NACWA and WERF, the event brings water sector professionals from across the country to meet with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.  The event will be part of World Water Week 2014 which also includes a Water Infrastructure & Innovation Expo featuring booths and displays by water sector associations, federal agencies, technology innovation organizations, and others.

All WEF members are encouraged to attend the event which will be held April 7 - 9 at the Capital Hilton, Washington, D.C,.  Register and find additional details on NACWA's National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In website.  Contact Steve Dye for more information.

New Jersey WEA hosts 6th Spring Fling
May 12 & 13, 2014 in Atlantic City
The Spring Fling is a professional skills competition for the water quality industry that prepares teams for the Operations Challenge event at WEFTEC.  It also prepares the WEF's Operations Challenge Committee for WEFTEC.  It typically attracts many of the top teams and most of the national event coordinators.  The event provides an opportunity for Ops Challenge teams to convene and evaluate all of the components, anticipate problems, and develop contingencies.  Essential support is also provided by the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority.  They provide and deploy the equipment used in the event and create competitive scenarios that closely resemble the conditions teams will experience at WEFTEC.  Teams of all skill levels and experience, from all Member Associations are invited to participate.  The fling takes place in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere and enables new teams to compete without the pressure and expense of WEFTEC.  Contact Michelle Salfi | 609.398.8992 

WEF Ads for MAs
Ready made 1/2 page ads are available 24/7 to MAs.  The ad format will allow you to proportionally reduce or enlarge to fit the need.  MAs can play a significant role by utilizing these ads to further promote training and educational programs to WEF members.  Check back periodically as new ads are posted.  View the new ads now available! 

Promote your MA Programs
Have news to share?  WEFLeader offers a vechicle for MA's to share programs, and exciting news with each other.  Let us know what is happening in your world!  Contact WEF Staff Dianne Crilley.